Cayo Largo aboard the
Jardines Avalon I, Cuba
Hosted by Mark Merrill
March 14 -21, 2020
Per Person / dbl. occ.
Cayo Largo is in the South Central region of the Cuban Archipelago, and it’s one of the last virtually untouched eco systems left on the planet. With 17 miles (27 Km) of fine white sand beaches, the surrounding ocean produces a spectacular kaleidoscope of colors, from incredible shades of ocean blue to the stunning pastels of turquoise and green. When you arrive in Cayo Largo you will be surprised to find a natural environment that has scarcely changed over the last 1000 years.
As of April 1st, 2008 the incredible Cayo Largo (Long Key) fishery came under the management of Avalon Fishing Center. Based on their experience and great fishing results in this area, Avalon continues to protect this fragile ecosystem. Together with biologists and marine specialists, Avalon has designated Cayo Largo a fly fishing only destination.
At Cayo Largo you can fish for above average bonefish, large populations of permit as well as snook and tarpon. The fishing areas are carefully managed each day and only guided fly fishing boats are in the fishing area. No commercial fishing is allowed. Guides are assigned areas each day and many days you see no other boats all day. This is truly a phenomenal fishery and the easiest to reach in Cuba.
At a Glance
Location: Southwest coast of Cuba, in the Canarreos Archipelago
Target Fish: Permit, Bonefish (large ones), Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Barracudas, Mutton Snapper, Snook and more
Time of Year: November - August
Lodge Capacity: 14 anglers a week maximum
Nearest Airport: Vino Acuña International Airport, Cayo Largo
Jose Marti International Airport, Havana
Documents Required: Passport (must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your travel).
A visa is required for travelers from most countries
Avalon is one of the few companies in the world that can offer its guests the unique ability to fish in a completely exclusive marine park, free of commercial fishermen, nets or any skiffs or yachts from other companies.
Think about the incredible possibilities of having all those nautical miles to yourself and being able to choose the species and the places you want to fish, without any fuel limitation during your fishing week. Guests can expect the following species when fishing with Kiene's Fly Shop at Cayo Largo: Permit, Bonefish (large ones), Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Barracudas, Mutton Snapper, Snooks, etc..
Peak fishing season is from February to June, when all species are present in the area. Tarpon, bones, permit and jacks will all be encountered during these months. The migratory tarpon, up to 80/100lbs (average 15/30lbs) are regularly spotted and shots at permit are very frequent.
Our peak season is the best time to try the Gland Slam. Numerous Grand Slams are achieved each season as well as a few Super Grand Slams (Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit and Snook).
Avalon I is an intimate, comfortable and stylishly designed yacht, where each space is created to provide guests with maximum comfort and safety. Its overall capacity is 18 passengers and 8 crew members. We suggest 12 anglers for optimum comfort.
The ship’s cabins have been built with extreme care, emphasizing the importance of comfort and safety above all else. You’ll also find a blend of exquisite décor and great taste, so you definitely won’t miss anything from home. You’ll also experience warm and attentive service during your trip.
There are 8 deluxe king cabins, with 7 private bathrooms, with air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs, as well as storage in drawers. Each room has panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean beaches.
There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, dining room and bar area on the boat deck. This is where you will do much of your socializing and dining. The setting is casual and filled with fun and entertainment. In this area you can find DVDs and music to add even more enjoyment to your stay.
In cabins and common areas there are electric sockets available for you to plug in your personal items (220 volts and 110 volts).
The Avalon I is heaven-on-earth. The food is prepared in an immaculate galley by trained friendly chefs. Soon after arrival from fishing, there will be a fresh thin crust Caribbean pizza appetizer, and later a feast of fresh salads, fruit, breads and freshly caught seafood!
Breakfast on the boat includes table-side made to order eggs, fruit, fresh baked breads, cereals, and other treats.
Lunch on the boat is a feast! Fresh fruit, salads, meat, hot sides and main dishes, pasta, chicken and seafood. The staff enjoys having you back for lunch!
One of the great benefits to this destination is that Cayo Largo also offers a modern international airport (Vino Acuña International Airport) where Canadian, European, American and South American aircraft can fly to directly from several international cities.
If your travel package begins in Havana's Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), you can fly in and arrive from just about any place in the world.
US airlines now have direct flights to Havana, and possibly Cayo Largo directly. Stay tuned! Many guests choose to fly to Havana from Mexico City, which is a quick and easy trip. Great affordable and quick charters from Miami to Havana are available also. Kiene's Fly Fishing Travel will help with your flights to Cuba.
You will clear immigration and customs in Havana before heading to the main reception area of the airport. An Avalon representative will meet you and transfer you, via taxi, to your hotel in downtown Havana. The next morning you will depart for Cayo Largo.
A valid passport is required for all visitors to Cuba and must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of your stay. Citizens of the United States are also required to have Visas with proof of authorization to travel under one of the 12 approved categories of travel.
When you book with Kiene's Fly Fishing Travel we will walk you through getting the proper authorization under the people to people program. Also, a Cuban entrance visa can be secured when checking in for your direct flight to Cuba. The visa can be purchased for approximately USD $25.00 when checking in for the flight. Some airports require cash but when we flew in from Mexico, they required a credit card to purchase this visa, about $23.
$5300 pp dbl occ. - March 14-21, 2020
Reception at Havana Airport, Domestic flight Havana Cayo Largo round trip
7 nights in Cayo Largo on board Luxury yacht Avalon I
6 full days fishing, sharing a skiff
Open Bar ($200), Conservation fee ($100)
Transfer on arrival and departure, Cayo Largo airport - Hotel Sol Club
Tips, Personal expenses, drinks other than stated above
Hang out with Mark Merrill on the luxury yacht
Avalon I fishing around Cayo Largo, Cuba.