South Ana Maria is the eighth Avalon destination. We plan to offer this endeavour as a fishing alternative for those looking to broaden their angling horizons, while discovering a completely unpressured natural marine environment for salt water fish on the live abroad Halcon Yacht.
The area is completely untouched and exclusively maintained and chartered by Avalon. Species found in this area are: tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook, jack crevalle, snapper, large and aggressive barracuda as well as several other powerful species. Avalon’s goal is to offer another destination to unexplored, virgin waters, as we once did in other areas now well known and protected in Jardines de la Reina. In recent seasons we have visited these waters with guides and clients, with spectacular reviews. The results have been so positive that we are proud to spread the word on how unique and abundant this marine ecosystem is. The rich flora and fauna in this area also make it perfect for diving, as the waters are so clear and the species inhabiting the area, so abundant.
Jardines de la Reina
Named the Queen s Gardens by Christopher Columbus, the Jardines de la Reina is a pristine chain of islands, very similar in nature to the Florida Keys in the USA.The island system runs more than one hundred miles back to the northwest, from Cuba’s south-eastern coast. Most of the area we fish is fifty or more miles offshore and has been designated as a Cuban Marine Park in 1996 and now is the biggest Park in all the Caribbean area.As such, there is no commercial fishing in the area, and no other operators allowed.
There is no inhabitation of any kind on any of the islands in the Marine Park, where Avalon’s operation is located.This is a huge expanse of saltwater wilderness, perhaps the last place like this left in the world today.With Cuba’s continued protection it should remain a treasure forever.
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 that you can catch seven species of fish in one day, a place where big bonefish run toward your fly 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!
Despite heavy commercial fishing pressure before the ban, Cubas remote archipelagos have remained unspoiled. Because they are often situated from 50 to 100 miles off the Cuban coast and are not easily visited, even by the Cuban lobster fishermen. ?With the tutelage of several famous guides and anglers, the Cubans have become excellent guides and good fly fishermen. Give them a fly rod and they’ll double-haul a 100-foot cast, or show you just how to work a fly to make bonefish charge and inhale it. They spot fish as well as any of the Caribbean’s best guides and direct your casts from the poling platform. These guides enjoy enthusiastic anglers and love to work long days, allowing you to fish as hard as you want. A remarkable contrast to many other destinations or lodges where you are often limited to six or eight hours on the water, including your running time. In Avalon’s destinations, there is never any limitation on gas used or distances run in the day. If you want to get out early and fish to dark, you can do it! But the fishing is normally so good and so intense that you’ll be ready to quit in time to be back for cocktails. Although Spanish is the guides’ native tongue, they have all taken classes in English and they communicate surprisingly well with their anglers. They are also in constant training to improve their language skills.
The Halcon is a recently refurbished luxury yacht with a storied past. Seventy-Five feet in length, it is powered with two GM 450 hp diesel engines. Below decks you will find six cabins with private bathrooms. It is perfect for groups of eight to ten anglers. The ability of the Halcon to travel allows anglers to fish the more remote parts of the Jardines de la Reina, and explore flats where the fish have rarely seen anglers and are easier to catch. But best of all is that anglers on the Halcon get in a lot more quality fishing time each day. You are minutes away from many of the very best flats so there is far less running time in the skiffs and more fishing time for everyone. Since you are fishing flats that are often ten minutes from were the Halcon is anchored this makes it very pleasant to come back to eat a wonderful lunch aboard and then even catch a little nap before heading back to the flats. Since the run back to the Halcon in the evening is short, it allows anglers to fish very late, almost until dark. Since it is often calm late in the day, it is always easy to find and catch some very large bonefish that become a lot easier to fool once the sun starts to go down.
All of the Halcon cabins have excellent A/C, comfortable beds and a surprising amount of storage space for your clothing and gear. Good showers with plenty of hot water make things comfortable at the end of a long fishing day. On the main deck is a large salon, which is fully air-conditioned with comfortable couches making it the perfect place to relax with a cocktail, before dinner. The salon is equipped with a TV, DVD and a good sound system that allows people to either watch movies or for anglers to hook up their video cameras and have fun watching the exciting fishing videos shot by their friends earlier that day.
The Captain on the Halcon has many good protected spots in the island system that make for a perfect anchorage yet are close to some of the very best fishing flats. Cachi Boca is one of the best, about twenty miles or so East of the Tortuga. Here we position the Halcon in the well-protected back bay of a large channel. In selected spots like this it is easy to keep the yacht far enough from mangrove islands to eliminate any bug problems, and in a spot where there is little more than a chop on the water even with hard wind. We try to maximize angler comfort and eliminate any problems with seasickness. The gentle rocking and rolling you experience will lull you to sleep at the end of a long day.
Meals are usually served on the afterdeck where there is normally a nice breeze. In inclement weather the afterdeck is easily and quickly enclosed with heavy roll down clear plastic windows. In more severe weather the air conditioned salon is utilized for our dining room.
Chefs on the Halcon have always been excellent. The day starts out with a hearty breakfast. Lunch is just right- with delicious lobster and pasta salads along with sandwiches of your choice. Dinners are primarily seafood- fresh fish every day provided by the crew.
Prices per angler
Week starting Saturday and ending on Friday
Sept. 1 (2012) – March. 1
June 22 – Aug. 30 Euro 3,400
March 2 – June 21 Euro 4,600
May 4 – May 24 Euro 4,950
Personal boat and guide for single angler: Euro 1,450 / week, subject to availability
Single room Euro 1,300 / week, subject to availability
Enquiry online for special group prices
- Reception in havana airport
- All transfers inside Cuba as per program below
- 2 nights accommodation in dbl room base in 4-star hotel in Havana (on arrival and departure), breakfast included
- 5 full days + 2 half days fishing (two people per skiff);
- Beverages on board – 10 beers & 30 drinks (water & soft drinks);
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Fishing tackle
- Cuban visa Boarding tax (CUC 25 to be paid at the airport before leaving)
- Tips, personal expense; and drinks other than stated above.
- Transfer on arrival and departure, Airport Havana – Hotel Havana
DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION POLICY:
On Booking, send passport number, Date of Birth and full name (as in passport). A deposit of 20% of
your package is required within 2 weeks of invoice to confirm a reservation. A deposit of 40% is due 6
months before trip. Deposits are refundable (minus a Euro 400 handling fee until 60 days prior to the
start of your trip). Within 60 days of your trip, your deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to
resell your spot. No refunds are available for unused portions of packages. Full payment is due 60
days prior to arrival. NO CREDIT CARDS. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended. In the
lodge, credit card payments cannot be accepted. All programs and execution of them remain subject
to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Claims for refunds will not be accepted.