Situated about 70 miles off the southern coast of Cuba, the island of Cayo Largo sits on the eastern edge of the Archipelago De Los Canarreos. The archipelago is a beautiful chain of 350 islands that are as pristine as any group of islands on the planet. The natural beauty of these islands led the Cuban Government to turn the entire Cayo Largo area into a National Park with a strictly enforced ban on commercial fishing.
Bonefish and Permit. Tarpon, Mutton, Cubera Snapper, Jack Crevelle, and Barracuda are also available.
SEASON OF OPERATION
Feb 1st through to August 28th.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
This destination runs on a Saturday to Saturday rotation
The Jardines Avalon I is a very spacious 110 foot live aboard yacht. It has exceptional cruising capabilities allowing you to access the most remote areas of the Canarreos archipelago during you week fishing the Cayo Largo program. There’s a total of 10 rooms with 2 being convertible queen size cabins featuring side by side beds and 8 deluxe state rooms each with single side by side beds. Each state room is equipped with its own private bathroom, toilet, shower, individual climate controls and a safe.
There is an air-conditioned lounge featuring a large screen TV and DVD system for unwinding and watching those amazing fishing videos from your day out on the flats. The lounge is also equipped with a complete digital and photo editing computer if you would like to use it during your stay. The shaded upper sun deck and cushioned chairs and couches are waiting for you to take a siesta in the afternoon or enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. The yacht is also equipped with a jacuzzi, which is the perfect place to enjoy a mojito after a long day of fishing.
12 Rods per week
The Cayo Largo fishing area is a classic ocean flats eco system, made up of large mangrove islands and bays, semi soft marl, healthy turtle grass flats and hard packed sand flats which are excellent for wading. There are only 6 flats boats allowed to fish the entire park, meaning that there are thousands of acres of flats per boat per day. The whole Cayo Largo area is an ideal bonefish habitat and the bones on average are bigger than just about everywhere, except for perhaps the Seychelles. Guests can expect to land several fish during the course of the week that will tip the scales between 8-10 pounds. This is also probably the best location in Cuba for specifically targeting permit. Most of the permit are found in 3-4 feet of water and are often cruising behind feeding rays. We do find tailing fish in certain locations and the guides know where to go if this is something guests want to try. Juvenile tarpon in the 20-50 pound range can be targeted in the winter and spring months and the larger fish will generally show from May through August. The Cayo Largo fishing area is broken down into six sections and each day the skiffs rotate into a new area. This means that guests are constantly fishing new water each day and have that area to themselves. There are normally between 25-30 Grand Slams at caught at Cayo Largo each year making this one of the top destinations in the world for achieving this rare angling feat.
BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
The flats skiffs at Cayo Largo are 18-foot Dolphin Super Skiffs powered by 90 horse powered engines. The boats have rod holders and poling platforms and a generous casting area at the front of the skiff. Fly fishing and spin casting. No gear available from this location.
Clients will fly into Havana in the morning and board the yacht in the Zapesca area, 3 hours south of Havana on Saturday and navigate to Cayo Largo and fish full days Sunday through Friday. On the following Saturday the mother boat will return to Zapesca where clients will disembark to make an afternoon flight out from the Havana airport. This program will require no additional nights in Havana and remove the early morning air transfers that have been characteristic of the Cayo Largo program in the past.
Slipstream is a full-service travel company that can handle a variety of services relating to your trip. For assistance, please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
• Reception at the Havana airport
• Transfer from/to Havana to/from Cayo Largo
• 7 nights on the Jardines Avalon 1; 6 days on full board basis
• 6 full days guided fishing
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
• Gratuities to staff and guides
• Fishing gear
• Any additional nights in Havana
• Meals while in Havana
• $100 USD Conservation fee donation to the Oceans for Youth Foundation
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
1) A valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after your departure from Cuba
2) A Cuban Entry Visa.
RATES FOR 2020
Low Season, Feb 1 to Match 20, 2020 and June 28 to August 28, 2020:
High Season, March 21 to June 27, 2020: