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.
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Fly fishing in Cuba is far different from other destinations in the Caribbean. Cuba has given these ...
Avalon, are proud to announce that starting with the 2017 season, Cuba will be home to the first "Fly Fishing Only" sanctuary...
Permit, tarpon, bonefish, snook, snapper, jack crevalle, barracudas, needlefish, lemons, more...
Since the first fly was casted in 1993, Avalon has served as a leading example of how environmental sustainability and fly-fishing is essential in today's world.
Having said this, we at Avalon, are proud to announce that starting with the 2017 season, Cuba will be home to the first "Fly Fishing Only" sanctuary, aiming to continue to improve not only the quality of the anglers experience, but most importantly the marine wildlife.
With the ever-growing interest in Cuba we have engaged in the implementation of sustainable tourism policy, based on a simple but growing set of principles and initiatives:
- Guaranteeing an efficient, secure and effective management of tourism operations in the park,
Providing our clients full satisfaction and giving them an opportunity to live a unique experience are most important goal for Avalon, which only can be achieved by maintaining world-class standards and pristine ecosystems where marine live thrive. That is the reason we agreed to limit the number of tourists, jealously observe carrying capacity limits and good practices, have implemented a rotation system of fishing zones and limited the number of skiffs. We also continue working to diversify the options of low-impact activities for visitors, while excluding other that could represent some risk to biodiversity and ecosystems. Training of our staff is also a priority tool, as new lessons can be learned every day elsewhere, and new knowledge is available for a better management of our operations.
- Reducing the ecological footprint of tourism operations,
It is our policy to minimize pollution, and reduce the generation of solid waste in Jardines de la Reina National Park. To this aim, Avalon has been providing our live-boards with technology and procedures to avoid direct dumping of waste and ballast waters in the park, a measure that will be required to any boat visiting the park. Freshwater is a valuable, scarce resource in the park. That is why our live-boards are outfitted with technology designed for saving water. However, your contribution to this objective is what ultimately will determine our achievements on this regard.
- Returning benefits to the park authority and local communities in order to guarantee the long term preservation of the natural heritage,
Avalon is very aware that conservation is at the very core of its business. So, besides collaborating with Flora y Fauna, we are committed to share the economic benefits of tourism operations. We thank you, our faithful clients, because your contribution not only help us to provide you a service of excellence, but to continue guaranteeing the long-term effective protection of the natural wonders you are privileged to enjoy in Jardines de la Reina National Park.
Additionally, we are extending a helping hand in form of education and training for those who are disadvantaged in society, building seamless pathways of education that connect basic education, vocational training, labor market entry and lifelong learning.
- Supporting conservation through an alliance for sound management, efficient enforcement and systematic monitoring of the national park,
Avalon has partnered Flora y Fauna, the legal manager of the national park, to provide wide support to the best management of the park. To this aim,Avalon is supporting Flora y Fauna by:
- Helping the development of a science-based, up to date, clear and accepted regulatory framework, through a new management plan with PM with an accepted zoning and clear regulations for all the users of the area
- Facilitating a better management system to face potentially increase of demand of access to the park
- Sharing information and assisting in field enforcement and monitoring
- Supporting research, monitoring, and conservation and sustainable use projects carried out by Cuban scientists and conservationists,
Avalon is committed to support research, monitoring, and conservation and sustainable use projects in the park and its surrounding areas. While Avalon has hired the services of Cuba’s top marine science institutions and provided varied support to marine expeditions to Jardines de la Reinafor many years, is willing to go further and explore new avenues to continue deepening the scientific knowledge that hold up wise management decision in the park.
We hope that the passion we hold as anglers for fly-fishing help drive our initiatives and innovative ideas for a true environmental sustainable paradise.
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 cuberas, jacks, 'cudas, and sharks on the flats to wear you out! Note that Tarpon can't be fished with spinning because of marine park restrictions.
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.
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