Located north of Camaguey, Cayo Cruz is an island in the Jardines del Rey archipelago (Gardens of the King). This pristine and massive area is prime hunting ground for large bonefish, permit, tarpon (in season), large jacks, snapper and barracuda. Known for its expansive hard sand flats, anglers that are keen to get out of the boat and stalk fish from their feet may fall in love with Cayo Cruz.
Like anywhere else in the world, Cayo Cruz's incredible permit can be difficult to entice in to eating, but the habitat is ideal, with endless crab and shrimp infested flats ranging in depth from 2 - 4 feet. Permit at Cayo Cruz are fond of cruising and feeding near large stingrays which can offer an exciting and interesting angling dynamic. Many bonefish can be encountered in the 5 - 7 pound range and can be targeted both while wading or from the boat. Along with good opportunities for permit, bonefish and migratory tarpon can be found on the flats and in the channels of Cayo Cruz from March - June. The fishing areas around Cayo Cruz are pristine and lay within close proximity of the open ocean. Cayo Cruz borders the deep water of the Bahamas Channel which is a major migratory pathway for adult Tarpon. Anglers may find 40-100 pound fish cruising the flats, rolling in channels, and patrolling the ocean side reefs.
Guests overnight in Havana and depart very early the next morning by plane for the international airport at Cayo Coco. They are then transferred by coach approximately 5 hours to their final destination. Guests stay aboard the 107 foot long yacht called Avalon Fleet 1, which anchors near Cayo Cruz during the months of April, May & June. Fresh seafood provides a staple meal and is supplied daily. Meals are fantastic and consist of a blend between Caribbean and Cuban influences.
Avalon Fleet I:
The Avalon Fleet 1 is a luxurious yacht, built and designed for ultimate comfort while at the same time feeling cozy and intimate. Overall capacity for the AF1 is 18 passengers with a crew of 8. For fishing groups, we find 8-12 anglers is perfect. Guests aboard the Avalon Fleet 1 are housed in 8 deluxe cabins, 7 of which have their own bathroom and shower. Also standard in each room is air conditioning, multiple electrical plugs, and drawers for storage. In the evenings, once the fishing is done, the aft deck is a perfect place to enjoy a drink and appetizer. This is also where the main dining area is located. The upper deck is equipped with a hot tub, and offers beautiful views of the surroundings and evening sunsets. Service aboard the AF1 is hard to beat, with a plentiful staff available to help guests with all their needs. Meals are exceptional, especially given your location so far from land. Fresh squeezed juice is always available, and dinners largely comprised of the days catch of seafood. The Avalon Fleet 1 is located in Jardines de la Reina most of the year, but does move to Cayo Cruz during the height of the annual tarpon migration.
2017 Rates: Avalon Fleet 1 - Rate: $8,800 per person for a 9 night/6 day package (based on a group of 10 anglers)
Included: All accommodations and meals, guided fishing, 10 beers per angler/per week, wine with dinner, welcome cocktail after fishing, 30 drinks (water & soft drinks) per angler/per week, all ground transfers inside Cuba, national park license.
Not Included: Round trip airfare to Havana, fishing tackle, departure tax, personal expenses, taxis and meals in Havana, staff & guide gratuities
Fish Species: Bonefish, tarpon, permit, jacks, snook, baracuda, snapper
Yacht Capacities: 6 - 10 anglers
Time: UTC/GMT -5 hours