La Reina is a comfortable yacht, fully refurbished at the end of the 2005 season. It is sixty-nine feet in length, fully air conditioned, with 4 double rooms and 4 bathrooms. The large upper deck, where meals are usually served, makes a fine place to relax before diner with a cocktail or a good Cuban Cigar. We installed a new water maker that allows us an unlimited amount of fresh water each day. The showers now have plenty of hot water to make the accommodations as comfortable as possible for our guests.
The chef on La Reina, as on other yachts, goes all out to provide delicious fare for our guests. Dinners are seafood oriented wit fresh mutton snapper and grouper being readily available. Other traditional Cuban entrees like chicken and pork are also part of the regular weekly menu. It is very easy for us to prepare vegetarian meals on request and the chef serves a variety of salads and fruits each day.
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 guides live aboard the La Reina along with the guests, giving us the flexibility to travel around this huge island system in order to find the absolute best fishing. This is one of the keys to the popularity of booking one of our yachts like the La Reina for your week. The ideal group of anglers is four, with two guides and two flats skiffs available at all times. For those guests that are keen to try all kinds of fishing techniques, from fly fishing to spin fishing, trolling along the reef, or bottom fishing for snapper and grouper, the La Reina is a superb choice and is the ideal setting for a smaller groups of anglers.
Unlike many of the traditional lodges, the fishing hours on board La Reina are totally at the discretion of the clients. Our fishing day normally begins with breakfast at 7:00am, and your guides will be ready to depart for fishing from 7:45 am on. Most of the flats you will fish are within fifteen minutes of the yacht, and it is always nice to take a lunch break in the comfort and shade, back on board the boat. Relaxing for an hour or so before fishing the long afternoons, especially during the warm summer season, is always a good idea.
Lunches on board La Reina are particularly good, while we are more limited in fare when making up box lunches for a full day on the water. Many of the more remote flats can produce outstanding fishing and your guides will suggest the evening before that you pack a lunch and stay out all day in order to access some of the more distant flats and estuaries .
Clients can fish late into the evening if they like, since it is usually only a short run to get back to the La Reina. At Jardines, the morning winds often calm down in the afternoons, and fishing in the late afternoon can be superb, especially for bonefish. There is never a daily gasoline limitation for our guides, so you can run longer distances to fish remote flats, especially on those days when you opt to stay out all day.
Our fishing weeks on board the yachts run from Saturday to the following Friday.
Prices per boat, 2 skiffs, 4 clients in single room base
Week starting Saturday and ending Friday
Sept. 1 (2012) – March. 1
June 22 – Aug. 30 Euro 13,200
March 2 – June 21 Euro 17,800
May 4 – May 24 Euro 19,000
Personal boat and guide for single angler: EURO 1300 / week, subject to availability
**Enquiry online for group prices
- Reception in havana airport
- All transfers inside Cuba as per program below
- 2 nights accommodation in double room base in 5-star hotel in Havana (on arrival and departure), breakfast included
- Transfer to/from Jucaro port to/from Jardines de la Reina,
- 6 nights on La Reina on double occupancy; 6 days on full board basis;
- 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:
- VIP service on arrival at the Havana Airport
- 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.