The Ciénaga de Zapata, in the province of Matanzas, Cuba is the best-preserved wetlands system in the entire Caribbean.
It is a place of such environmental significance that in 2000 UNESCO declared the wetlands which occupy the entire Cuban Zapata Peninsula and surrounding area a biosphere reserve. A year later, it was declared a wetland of international importance. The Cuban government then formalised a submission to UNESCO in 2003 that the Ciénaga de Zapata be declared a World Heritage Site.
It is this vast expanse of forestry and wetlands that cover just under 6,500 square miles of wilderness, supporting some 175 species of birds, 31 species of reptiles and over 1000 species of invertebrates which captured our attention.
In 2015, more than 60 miles was set aside as the San Lazaro Biosphere Reserve. Critically, commercial fishing was prohibited ensuring the habitat and fisheries were protected.
Here, within the entire West Salinas portion of this vast preserve, our partners Fly Fishing the Run (FFTR) have the only legal permission to access these waters, developing a 6 day, 7 night exclusive liveaboard charter to fish a total of 6 boats, based exclusively on catch and release fly fishing only charters for bonefish, tarpon, permit, and snook.
No more than eight anglers will share access to thousands of miles of remote, coastal mangrove-lined shores and creeks that support very healthy populations of juvenile tarpon, bonefsh and permit.
Join us on our next adventure to Cuba!
May 13, 2023: Havana, CUBA
Arrive at Habana Airport. We recommend arriving the night prior to your scheduled pre-arranged transfer date and spending the night in vivid Havana to avoid any delays or disappointment. Your host will meet you once you have cleared immigration and customs, where we will exchange cash to obtain CUCs (Cuban Convertible Pesos) and work our way to our hotel for the night.
May 14, 2023: TRANSFER DAY / HALF DAY FISHING
Once the sun comes up, the MV Georgiana will depart the dock to motor out to the fishing grounds at Zapata. It takes approximately 2.5-3.5 hours (depending on the weather) to motor to the anchor point in Las Salinas. Reaching the first mooring, everyone will head out in the skiffs for the first day of fishing, until dark.
May 15 – May 19, 2023: 5 Days fishing
Breakfast is typically served from 7.00am each day. The fishing boats aim to leave the mothership around 8.00am. Guests are typically provided a packed lunch to maximise time on the water. Each fishing day runs to around 4.00pm-5.30pm depending on fishing.
At the end of each day you can then retire to the back deck or air conditioned lounge, enjoying a choice of canapés until dinner is served at your groups preferred time.
May 20, 2023: departure DAY
There is an early wake-up call and breakfast on your last morning aboard MV Georgiana. The mothership will then head back to port in order to meet the bus that will transfer you to Habana International Airport. You should not book a flight departing Havana until sometime after 5:00 pm on this day.
- 13th May, 2023
- Zapata, Cuba
- USD $6,250 pp
- Permit T. Falcatus
What is included
- 6 days guided fishing – 3 days single flat botom skiff, 3 days double skiff.
- 7 nights accommodation aboard Georgiana – twin share, with 4 Single Room supplements available.
- All transfers inside Cuba.
- AFF Cuba Welcome Pack – Patagonia/AFF Sun Shirt, AFF Cap, Zapata Fly Pack
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard Georgiana.
- Flights to/from Havana, Cuba
- One nights’ accommodation recommended in Havana on the arrival night of the 12th, May 2023
- Travel & medical insurance
- Guide tips and Cuban Visa
- Fly Fishing equipment & Flies
- US$120.00 Mandatory conservation fee
- All inclusive Open Bar available at US$200.00 per person.