This luxury yacht will take you to the most remote and pristine flats off the Isle of Youth. Is an exceptional and exclusive destination The Perola is a classy 75-foot luxury live-aboard yacht that we utilize for weekly trips to the most remote areas of the Canarreos Archipelago, the world famous chain of islands that runs eighty miles from the Isle of Youth to Cayo Largo. We’ll stop off at selected anchorages like Cayo Campo, The Cantilles islands and finally Cayo Rosario, which is renowned for some of the most outstanding flats fishing in all of Cuba. The Perola is a beautiful yacht, recently refurbished, and perfect for a group of six anglers. There are five very comfortable air-conditioned cabins below deck, most having their own private bath, with good showers and plenty of hot water. Anglers will really appreciate the large amount of storage space available in each of the rooms.
Fishing opportunities aboard the Perola
Anglers lucky enough to be fishing aboard our French luxury yacht, the Perola, will be treated to fishing the remote flats in the chain of keys that run from the Isle of Youth seventy-five miles east to the end Key called Cayo Largo. We’ll start out in Gerona where the anglers will board the skiffs early in the morning and head East, fishing their way to one of the prime anchorages we’ll utilize with the Perola during the fishing week. With only six anglers aboard and three skiffs, we are free to travel about the island system, fishing flats that rarely get fished by anyone.
The island system to the East provides spectacular, crystal clear flats both on the inside and outside, regardless of the wind. There are lots of tarpon, but smaller on the average than in the big channels closer to Gerona. There are a few channels and flats where you will find 50-75 lb. tarpon but most are smaller, in the 25-40 lb. class. The perfect size fish for a 10 weight rod. There are still lots of snook to be caught and even more good permit flats with fish up to 30 pounds and larger. The real treasure you’ll experience on your week aboard the Perola is the spectacular bonefish flats. Miles and miles of some of the finest bonefish flats anywhere in the world! Many of these Oceanside flats are hard white sand, making for easy wading and wonderful visual fishing opportunities. Big bonefish are everywhere and EASY to catch! Best of all, you will be close enough to where the Perola is anchored to run back for a wonderful lunch aboard ship and perhaps a short nap, swinging in the breeze in one of the several hammocs hung below the shaded top deck of the Perola.
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.
This is an impressive yacht, with highly polished hardwood floors and teak paneling. Circular stairways take you downstairs to the cabins or upstairs to the dining area on the top open-air deck. The top deck is covered and always remains in the shade, but open to the sea breeze, insuring our guests a very comfortable and insect free environment. Clear plastic side coverings are utilized in harder winds or in inclement weather. Several comfortable rope hammocks are hung from the ceiling structure and can be lowered after lunch or dinner for a delightful nap in the breeze. A full sized, air-conditioned salon on the main deck level can be utilized for a living and dining area in extremely harsh weather. Fly tiers will like the full size table in the salon, and sinking into one of the salon’s plush couches with a good drink is the perfect end to a long day on the flats.
Cuisine on board the Perola is exceptional. Fresh fish of the day is utilized for most meals, either caught by the anglers themselves or harvested by the crew. Lobster and Conch are abundant can be had on a daily basis from the surrounding waters. Salads with fresh vegetables and a variety of fruits are always available. In addition, you’ll have excellent pork and chicken entrees during the week, fresh sashimi for appetizers and some of the finest frozen Daiquiris known to man. Traditional Cuban flan topped off with aged Havana Club Rum is one of the many unique and delicious deserts served. AND – you can have seconds on anything your heart desires!
Anglers arriving in Gerona will stay aboard the Perola the first night, anchored at our private marina on the Jucaro River. Early the following morning anglers will meet their guides, jump in the skiffs, fishing and running their way east, to meet up with the Perola that evening in one of the selected anchorages. On the final fishing day, anglers will fish their way back to Gerona, re-board the Perola at our marina with time to take a refreshing shower and do their final packing, before departing on the evening flight to Havana.
Price includes 3 skiffs, full charter in exclusivity
Week starting Saturday and ending Friday
Jan.1 – March 1
June 22 – July 26 Euro 17,990
March 2 – June 21 Euro 25,550
May 4 – May 24 Euro 27,050
Single skiff (Euro 2,000)
**Enquiry online for special group prices
- Reception in Havana airport
- All transfers inside Cuba as per program below
- 2 nights in double room, breakfast included (1 night before / 1 night after) 5-star hotel in Havana
- 6 nights accommodation, full board at Perola Motor Yacht,
- 5 full days fishing + 1 half day, sharing a skiff
- Beverages on board – 15 beers & 35 drinks (water & soft drinks)
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
- VIP service in Havana airport at arrival
- Transfers: International airport to Hotel Havana on arrival and departure
- Fishing Tackle
- Cuban visa
- Airport tax (CUC 25 to be paid at the airport before leaving)
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.