Isla de la Juventud Liveaboard

Jardines The JAF1

Fly fishing only at this protected marine park

Isla de Juventud is Spanish for the Island of Youth. This pristine marine park is located 93 miles from Havana, covering 1,367 square miles, with approximately 90,000 inhabitants. This area is part of the 672 keys and islets that make up the archipelago. Full yacht and half yacht rates are available. Book now for 2023 and 2024.

Fly Fishing at Isla de Juventud

Tarpon Fishing Cuba

Aboard The JAF1, a 110-foot liveaboard yacht, you’ll explore the most remote areas of the Canarreos Archipelago, the world-famous chain of islands that runs 80 miles from the Isle of Youth to Cayo Largo. You’ll stop off at selected anchorages like Cayo Campo, the Antilles islands, and finally, Cayo Rosario, which is renowned for some of the most outstanding flats fishing in all of Cuba. Isla de la Juventud is an ideal trip for anglers with an obsession for monster tarpon. Between March and June, they’ve caught and released tarpon around 100-pounds, and the fishing usually exceeds their expectations.
Liveaboard Season:  The JAF1 is in Isla de Juventud from mid-February through mid-July.
Peak Fishing Season: is from mid-February through mid-July when bonefish, permit, and jacks are all present in the area.
Migratory tarpon average between 15 and 30 pounds and up to 100 pounds are regularly spotted, and shots at permit are frequent. Peak season is also the best time to try for a Caribbean Grand Slam—tarpon, permit, and bonefish in one day. Each season produces numerous Grand Slams and a few Super Grand Slams—tarpon, which means a bonefish, permit, and snook in one day.

Juventud Fishing Facts:

Isla de Juventud Cuban Fishing Centers

Boats:  16-foot Dolphin Super skiffs with Yamaha 60 and 70 HP motors. The guides pole the skiffs on the shallowest bonefish flats. Two anglers per guide and boat.
Guides:  Local Spanish-speaking guides know enough fishing English to get by and are excellent anglers. They know these waters like the backs of their hands and are skilled at finding all species.
Fishing Hours:  are at your discretion. You are guided for seven to nine hours each day. You’ll take a packed lunch and return to the Liveaboard in the afternoons, depending on the tides and fishing.
Fishing Equipment is not provided. A fly rod and reel rental is available for $350.00 per week. A detailed list of what to bring is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  The fishing license is included in the package. For 2023, the Marine Park Conservation fee is included in the package. For 2024, the Marine Park Conservation fee is $300.00 per angler.

Sample Fishing Day:
7:00 a.m. Wake-Up call
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Guided fishing
You'll return to the yacht in the afternoon.
Enjoy appetizers and dinner.

The JAF1 Liveaboard Yacht

The JAF1 Liveaboard

The JAF1's overall capacity is 12 passengers and eight crew members. They suggest between 8 and 10 anglers for optimum comfort. There are ten cabins, three with queen-size beds. Eight rooms have a private bathroom, two rooms share a bathroom. Each room includes air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs (220 volts and 110-volts), storage, and panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean beaches. A spacious and comfortable lounge/bar and dining room area is on the boat deck, plus a hot tub. And, of course, you'll be treated to amazing Cuban meals throughout your stay, served with international wines, local liquors, and desserts. After savoring each gastronomic adventure, kick back and enjoy drinks of your choice prepared by their bartenders.

Dining Aboard The JAF1

The JAF1 Liveaboard

Meals:  Buffet-style breakfasts and packed lunches. In the afternoons, you’ll enjoy some of the finest frozen daiquiris, Cuban libres (rum and coke), and cocktails. Dinners include fresh salads and entrees such as lobster, fish of the day, pork, or chicken. Wine and dessert are served with dinner. Chefs work with special dietary needs.
The Open Bar:  The open bar is included in the package and includes beer, wine, rum, soft drinks, and water.
Communications:  There is no Wi-Fi available on the liveaboard. You’ll need to check with your cell service provider before your trip to see if your U.S. cell phone will work in Cuba. Satellite phones are strictly prohibited in Cuba and will be confiscated at the airport on arrival.
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Getting to the Liveaboard:

On Friday, you’ll fly to the Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) in Havana, Cuba. A JAF1 representative will greet you at the airport and help arrange a taxi for you to take you to the hotel of your choice. (The taxi and the hotel night in Havana are not included in the package.) Saturday morning, after breakfast, the group will be driven in a private bus from Havana to Zapesca Port (2024), a three-hour drive; this roundtrip ground transfer is included in the package. At Zapesca Port, you'll board The JAF1. The navigation to Cayo Blanco, the first anchoring point, takes about two hours. At 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, you'll navigate to Cayo Rosario, a part of Isla de la Juventud Marine Park, which takes about 2.5 hours.

2023 USD Rates:

7-nights on Liveaboard and 6-days guided fishing:
High Season Only: Feb. 18 - July 15, 2023:
• Full-Yacht:  A max. of 12 anglers, with 6 skiffs/guides.
$99,900.00 per group
• Half-Yacht:  A max. of 6 anglers, with 3 skiffs/3 guides.
$49,950.00 per group

2024 USD Rates:

7-nights on Liveaboard and 6-days guided fishing:
High Season Only: Feb. 17 - July 27, 2024:
• Full-Yacht:  A max. of 12 anglers, with 6 skiffs/guides.
$114,400.00 per group
Half-Yacht:  A max. of 6 anglers, with 3 skiffs/3 guides.
$57,200.00 per group

Packages Include:

Reception at the Havana Airport, a private bus transfer from the hotel in Havana to Zapesca Port, a 3-hour ground transfer where you will board The JAF1 yacht for navigation to Isla de la Juventud and a private bus transfer from Zapesca Port back to Havana on the following Saturday, after your full week of fishing; 7-nights aboard the liveaboard, all meals on the Liveaboard, open bar with beer, wine, rum, soft drinks, and water; laundry service, 6-days guided fishing, fishing license, and for 2023 only, the Marine Conservation fee.

Packages Do Not Include:

Airfare, ground transfers in Havana to and from the airport to your hotel of choice; first and last night hotel in Havana, (4-and 5-star hotels run $250.00 to $350.00 per night), optional fishing equipment rental of $350.00 per week, gratuities to guide and staff, tips for laundry, personal expenses, Global Rescue, travel insurance, (for 2024 Marine Conservation fee of $300.00), and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Deposit Policy

Isla de la Juventud

Bonefish plentiful year-round

Bonefishing Cuba

Barracuda fishing, too.

Isla de la Juventud Barracuda

Sought-after Mutton Snapper

Isla de la Juventud

16' Super skiffs with 60 &70 HP motors

Isla de la Juventud Skiffs

Skiffs returning to the mothership

The JAF1 Liveaboard

The JAF1 Liveaboard

The JAF1 Fleet I

Bedroom aboard The JAF1 Liveaboard

JAF1 Bedroom

Open Bar is included in the Package.

Beverages on Deck

The Jacuzzi on the Upper deck

The JAF1 Jacuzzi

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