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Avalon I -Isla de la Juventud, Cuba

Destination Overview

Fly fishing in Cuba is far different from other destinations in the Caribbean. Only in recent years has this flats fishery been developed, and you are fishing waters that have not seen sport fishing for nearly fifty years. Cuba has given these pristine areas protection as Cuban National Marine Parks, where no commercial fishing is allowed other than for lobster. Flats fish like Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Snook, Mutton Snapper, Barracuda, and a variety of Jacks are found in incredible numbers and since the fishing pressure is so light in these areas the fish rarely encounter sport fishermen and are unusually easy to catch. 

Think about a place where you can fish more than 100 miles of flats without seeing another fisherman, a place where the flats fishing is so good, you can catch seven species of fish in one day, a place where big bonefish run toward your fly even when it hits the water too hard, rather than streaking off the flat in the other direction, a place where you have a legitimate chance for a Grand Slam every day of the year, a place where big permit are as plentiful as they were in the Florida Keys 30 years ago, a place where you can wade miles of white-sand flats in your bare feet for big bonefish, a place where you’ll find enough big tarpon, jacks, ’cudas, and sharks on the flats to wear you out! 

 

We passionately recommend this as a must do on your bucket list  of saltwater destinations!

 

At a Glance

Location: Isla de la Juventud, Cuba

Target Fish: Bonefish and permit, tarpon, snook, jacks, snapper, barracuda and more

Time of Year: September through mid July

Lodge Capacity: 12 anglers

Nearest Airport: Havana, Cuba.  

Documents Required: Passport (valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your stay) Citizens of most countries are also required to have Visas

Fishing Program

BRIEF ITINERARY:

 

Friday
Flight arrival into Havana airport, greeted by Avalon representative

 

Saturday
Morning Transfer to Isla de la Juventud
Lunch and accommodation on board
Dinner and overnight in Avalon Fleet I

 

Sunday- Friday
AVALON FLEET I
7:00 am Wake-Up call
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Fishing
Return in the afternoon
Appetizer and dinner
Overnight in Avalon Fleet I
Note: Schedule can be changed according to your preferences and your
guide's suggestions

 

Saturday
Transfer Isla de la Juventud / Havana
End of services

 

Skiffs

We use Dolphin Super skiffs at all our Avalon flats fishing destinations. The last one acquired was a new Dolphin 16 foot Super Skiff Pro. The original Dolphin Super Skiff has been a favorite of Florida bonefish guides for thirty years! It was the first skiff designed specifically for poling shallow flats that also had the ability to handle long runs in open bays through heavy chop and still provide a smooth ride for the guide and clients. The hull is designed with enough deep V to slice through the waves, turn and handle beautifully yet with a draft of only 8 inches, it’s a skiff the guides can pole on the shallowest bonefish flats. 

Dolphin’s Super Skiff has been the choice of the finest lodges in the Caribbean for many years and has earned its reputation as the safest, quietest, stealthiest, best handling flats skiff on the planet! 

 

Constructed from a very light fiberglass mold, these skiffs are ideal for the miles and miles of shallow water flats that anglers will find here. Drawing less than 6 inches of water, the skiffs are powered by very reliable 40 HP Yamaha engines.

 

Seasons

Low Season: Sept. 1, 2018 - March 2, 2019  and June 29 - Sept. 1, 2019

High Season: March 2 - June 29, 2019

Accommodations

Avalon Fleet I is an intimate, comfortable and stylishly designed yacht, where each space is created to provide its guests with maximum comfort and safety. The atmosphere was conceived and designed to provide our guests with an experience of a lifetime. 

Its overall capacity is 18 passengers and 8 crew members. We suggest between 8 and 12 anglers for optimum comfort. The design and interior decor give the yacht a touch of intimacy, refinement, a sense of warmth and simplicity. The boat has the perfect balance of substantial exploration capabilities and a unique and noble style. It guarantees all our guests a pleasant, exciting and exclusive voyage through Jardines de la Reina. 

The mothership’s cabins have been built with extreme care, emphasizing the importance of comfort and safety above all else. You’ll also find a blend of exquisite décor and great taste, so you definitely won’t miss anything from home. You’ll also experience our warm and attentive service during your trip. 

There are 8 deluxe king cabins, with 7 private bathrooms, with air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs, as well as storage in drawers. Each room has panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean beaches. 

There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, dining room and bar area on the boat deck. This is where you will do much of your socializing and dining. The setting is casual and filled with fun and entertainment. In this area you can find DVDs and music to add even more enjoyment to your stay. 

In cabins and common areas there are electric sockets available for you to plug in your personal items (220 volts and 110 volts). 

The Avalon Fleet I is heaven-on-earth. We offer queen size beds, hot tub and a lounge to make you feel at home with excellent visual/audio equipment. and of course, amazing Cuban gastronomy that we will treat you to throughout your entire stay, served with international wines and local liquors and desserts. 

After savoring each gastronomic adventure kick back and enjoy drinks of your choice, prepared by our bartenders.

 

The bar is quite possibly the source for the least expensive beer in all of Cuba. 1 CUC per beer is a true bargain, even by Cuban standards!

Getting There

Guests fly into Havana city .

 

A valid passport is required for all visitors to Cuba and must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of your stay. Citizens of the United States are also required to have Visas with proof of authorization to travel under one of the 12 approved categories of travel.

 

Rates 2018-2019 Season 

Prices are for full boat in exclusivity with 4 skiffs / guides + 1 additional skiff in case of full groups. Week starting Saturday and ending the following Saturday

Low Season: $52,500

Sept. 1, 2018 – March 2, 2019 and June 29 – Sept. 1, 2019 = $4,800 per person

High Season: $72,000

March 2 – June 29, 2019

Included:
Reception in Havana airport
Transfer Havana / IDJ / Havana by helicopter
7 nights on Avalon Fleet I; 6 days on full board basis;
6 full days fishing
Beverages on board - 10 beers & 30 drinks (water & soft drinks) per angler, per week.
 

Not Included
VIP service on arrival in Havana Airport
Havana hotels
Tips, personal expense; and drinks other than stated above.
Transfer on arrival and departure, Airport - Hotel

 

 

Mandatory supplements:
- Open bar fee: US $ 200 per person / week
- Conservation fee per angler: US $ 100, this can be included at your invoice, or paid at Oceans for Youth website: liveaboardfleet.net/chron/virtual/oceansforyouth/conservationfee.php

 

Optional supplements (which must be confirmed and paid 60 days before the arrival to Cuba):
- Fishing equipment rental: US$ 280 per rod per week, includes rod, reel and lines
- Diving equipment rental: US$ 250 for full set of diving gear per week

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DOMESTIC FLIGHTS TO ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD 

This year, Cuban rules for admission of items on board are stricter than past, for security reasons on domestic flights:

Hooks, nylons (including tippets, leaders, etc.), spray or fishing rods (regardless of size) are not allowed in hand luggage. They must be put in the checked bags. 

For your convenience and luggage safety, we suggest to put some kind of lock on the luggage to be carried. 

Thanks for understanding. 

Avalon staff.

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