Isla de la Juventud Liveaboard - Avalon
Isla de Juventud is Spanish for Island of Youth. This pristine marine park is located 93 miles
from Havana, covering 1,367 square miles, with a population of approximately 90,000 inhabitants. This area is part of the 672 keys and islets that make up the archipelago.
As of June, 2017, there is a $250.00 fee for a “people to people” license to travel to Cuba, it is available for purchase through the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.
Fly Fishing only at Isla de Juventud
Aboard the Avalon Fleet I, their 75-foot liveaboard yacht, you’ll explore the most remote areas of the Canarreos Archipelago, the world-famous chain of islands that runs 80 miles from the Isle of Youth to Cayo Largo.
You’ll stop off at selected anchorages like Cayo Campo, the Antilles islands, and finally Cayo Rosario, which is renowned for some of the most outstanding flats fishing in all of Cuba.
The yacht accommodates up to 16 anglers, an ideal trip for anglers with an obsession for monster tarpon.
Between March and June, they’ve caught and released tarpon around 100-pounds, and the fishing usually exceeds their expectations.
Avalon uses Dolphin 16-foot Super skiffs teamed with Yamaha 60 and 70 h.p. motors at all of their flats fishing destinations. The guides pole the skiffs on the shallowest bonefish flats. Local Spanish-speaking guides know enough fishing English to get by and are excellent fishermen. They know these waters like the backs of their hands and are skilled at finding all species.
Juventud Fishing Season
The beginning of the season from November to January is very good, with plenty of bonefish (especially big ones) on the flats and mangrove areas.
Fishing for tarpon and other species can also be excellent. This is a great time to plan a trip here, as the weather is much warmer in Cuba than in Northern America.
Peak Fishing Season is from February to June when all species are present in the area. Tarpon, bones, permit, and jacks will all be encountered during these months. Migratory tarpon up to 80-to 100-pounds (average 15 to 30 pounds) are regularly spotted, and shots at permit are very frequent. Numerous Grand Slams are achieved during peak season as well as a few Super Grand Slams - tarpon, bonefish, permit, and snook.
The Avalon Fleet I - Liveaboard Yacht
Group Rates only - up to 16 anglers.
TThe Avalon Fleet I has eight deluxe king cabins, with seven private bathrooms. Its overall capacity is 18 passengers and eight crew members. They recommend between eight and 12 anglers for optimum comfort. Each room includes air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs, storage, and panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean beaches. On the boat deck, there is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, hot tub, dining room, and bar area. In the cabins and common areas, there are electrical sockets available for you to plug in your personal items (220 volts and 110 volts). And, of course, you will be treated to amazing Cuban meals throughout your stay, served with international wines, local liquors, and desserts. After savoring each gastronomic adventure, kick back and enjoy drinks of your choice prepared by their bartenders.
Meals: Buffet-style breakfasts. Packed lunches. In the afternoons, you’ll enjoy some of the finest frozen daiquiris, Cuban libres (rum and coke) and cocktails. Dinners include fresh salads, and feature entrees such as lobster, fish of the day, pork or chicken. Wine and dessert is served with dinner. Chefs work with special dietary needs.
You’ll fly into Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), also referred to as Havana Airport. There are no longer any domestic flights to
Isla de Juventud; however, there are helicopters that make the one-hour flight from Jose Marti International Airport to the Rafael Cabrera Mustelier
National Airport in Nueva Gerona. Once in Nueva Gerona, you’ll be greeted by an Avalon representative and transferred to your liveaboard, about a 25-minute drive.
Currency: It’s best to bring Euros or Canadian Dollars to exchange into Cuban CUC upon arrival in Cuba. U.S. Dollars are subject to a 10% special tax/commission.
7-nights and 6-full days guided fishing:
Maximum of 16 anglers per trip.
Includes 6 skiffs and full yacht exclusivity.
Low Season: January 6 - March 23 and July 13 - Sept. 1, 2018
$49,500.00 per group
March 24 - July 12, 2018:
$69,000.00 per group
reception at Havana airport, 7-nights aboard liveaboard, all meals on liveaboard, 6-days guided fishing, fishing licenses, $220.00 fuel charge, and beverages on board – 10 beers and 30 non-alcoholic drinks (water and soft drinks) per angler per week.
Packages do not include:
airfare, transfer from airport to hotel upon arrival and hotel to airport upon departure, the helicopter transfer to/from IDJ (price to be confirmed at time of booking – estimated at $3,000.00 per group), the Marine Park Conservation Fee ($100.00 – may be paid online prior to your trip), fishing tackle, fly rod and reels, Cuban visa, boarding tax of CUC 25 (CUC Cuban convertible peso) to be paid at airport before leaving, gratuities to guide and staff, personal expenses, extra beverages and food - other than those stated above, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Anglers arriving in Gerona will stay aboard the Avalon Fleet I the first night, anchored at their private marina on the Jucaro River. Early the following morning, anglers will meet their guides, hop in the skiffs, fish, and make their way east to meet up with the liveaboard (newly moved) in one of the selected anchorages. On the final fishing day, anglers will fish their way back to Gerona, reboard the liveaboard at the marina with time to take a refreshing shower, and do their final packing before departing on the evening flight to Havana.