The huge chain of keys and islands to the southeast of Nueva Gerona offers some of the most spectacular waters and pristine flats you have ever seen. Most anglers head to Isla De Juventud for the world-class tarpon fishing, which is without a doubt some of the finest found anywhere in the Caribbean. This area is home to great numbers of tarpon, and while the spring and summer months typically see the most consistent action and largest numbers of tarpon, there are fish here throughout the year. When the waters are calm and wind fairly low, then you can expect to be polling the flats for a shot on tarpon in the 30 to 80-pound range. Larger fish are in the area as well and can be encountered on a daily basis.
Not only is the area home to tarpon of all sizes, but also some very large bonefish and decent numbers of permit. Only in recent years has this flats fishery been developed, and most of the areas fished by Avalon are areas that are protected as a part of the Cuban National Marine Parks system, where no commercial fishing is allowed other than for lobster. Since the fishing pressure is so light in these areas, flats species like tarpon, permit, bonefish, snook, mutton snapper, barracuda, and a variety of jacks are present in incredible numbers and (compared to many destinations) at times are relatively easy to catch. The bonefish here are some of the largest in all of Cuba, and are found on a regular basis in all types of conditions. The snook fishing in the area is also amazing— hands-down the best in all of Cuba.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
This is a remote, live-aboard operation located in the mangrove and saltwater wilderness of the Canarreos Archipelago area—non-angling activities are very limited. Wi-Fi is not available aboard the Avalon Fleet I, which means that once you board the ship, you will be offline and totally unplugged. Check with your cell service provider to see if your U.S. cell phone will work in Cuba. “World Phones” can be used and are a very affordable option. Satellite phones are strictly prohibited in Cuba and will be confiscated at the airport on arrival.
The Avalon Fleet I mothership guarantees the finest liveaboard experience in the Caribbean. The staterooms accompanying each cabin feature air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs, and plenty of storage space. A panoramic window spans each room, allowing guests to enjoy the expansive view before them. A spacious and comfortable lounge, dining room, and bar area on the upper deck offer space for relaxed socializing and dining. There is also a hot tub and an indoor lounge outfitted with excellent visual and audio equipment.
Food and Beverages
The galley aboard the Avalon Fleet I take great pride in serving amazing Cuban food, fresh seafood, and a variety of international dishes. Breakfasts are cooked-to-order each morning. Lunches can either be packed for a full day on the flats, or guests have the option to return to the ship mid-day to eat and relax. All dinners are served with international wines, local liquors, and desserts.
Accommodation and Rate Details
Seven nights, six fishing days
Double occupancy room
- $6,750 per person cost
- 50% deposit is due at time of booking
- 50% balance of payment is due 3 months (90 days) prior to arrival
- Meet-and-greet reception upon arrival in Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV)
- Seven (7) nights accommodations aboard Avalon I
- Three meals per day (all-inclusive meal service)
- Six (6) full days of guided fishing (two anglers per skiff) from Avalon I
- Beverages while aboard Avalon I
- Taxes and GSTs
- Gift bags with flies and other essentials
- The opportunity to use vintage tackle on the trip
- One lucky angler will receive a special prize pack
- Jerry Gibbs, author and former editor of Outdoor Life, will be AMFF’s host and brings with him a wealth of knowledge about the history of saltwater fishing. He will offer a short presentation on the history of fly fishing in Cuba an evening before dinner.