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Yachting in Cuba’s Sapphire Sea tour

Yachting in Cuba’s Sapphire Sea

Adventure Unbound
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Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
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Highlights

  • Visit to Environmental Research Center and Havana
  • See Finca Vigia, Transfer to Cienfuegos, Catamaran
  • Enjoy First Day at Sea, Kayking in Islands
  • Experience Yachting, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Cayo Largo
  • Enjoy yacht among the islands of the Cuban archipelago

Short Description

US Traveler legal - Cuba yacht tour with kayaking, snorkeling, Havana and more.
Discover a Caribbean paradise on this Cuba yacht tour on the islands of southern Cuba, far from any crowds but rich in learning and discovery!  Sail with us aboard an exclusive Cuban catamaran to the Canarreos Archipelago to kayak, snorkel and explore this island wonderland.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Havana
End City Cuba

Destinations

Cuba

Cities & Attractions

Havana

Age Requirement

12

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Trip Includes

  • Experienced English-speaking guide(s)
  • Specialized activity guides based on activity of trip (kayaking, walking, etc.)
  • Specialized equipment needed for activities such as kayaks, paddles, personal flotation devices, etc.
  • Private pre-tour orientation meeting
  • Cuba Unbound hand-crafted itineraries
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All meals as noted in itinerary
  • Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of Treasury general license
  • Small group size (Custom tours for 2, group tours are 16-18)
  • All entrance fees to include events and activities
  • All in-country ground transportation
  • Clean drinking water available at all times
  • Gratuities for presenters, luggage handling, and restaurant staff

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Itinerary

Day 1: Environmental Research Center and Havana

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Havana Casa

Our first stop on the Cuba yacht tour is at Cuba’s most renowned environmental education and research center where we meet our first guest-lecturer.  We are introduced to the area where we will be traveling by yacht, and learn about Cuba’s national preservation system of natural areas and particularly, marine conservation areas.  In addition, we learn about joint Cuba-US marine research projects that have been going on many years.

After lunch we have an information and intriguing walking tour of old Havana.  Mostly a pedestrian area due to the narrow streets, dozens of colonial buildings tell tales of swashbuckling invaders and eager colonists seeking to both sow and reap the island’s many rewards.  We visit the classic Plaza de la Catedral, charming and oozing-with-history Plaza de Armas, serenely beautiful Plaza de San Francisco and the carefully-restored Plaza Vieja. Our local guide spins yarns and intriguing facts to bring to life these historic, yet relevant places that anchor the city. 

Later in the afternoon we check into our hotel and then head for dinner at one of the city’s finer paladars (private restaurants) where you enjoy a Cuban feast.  After dinner, those with energy may wish to enjoy some of Havana’s lively music scene, perhaps with a visit to the ultra-hip Fabrique de Artes Cubana, or a jazz or salsa club.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Research Center, Art Project, Museum of the Revolution

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Havana Casa

We return in the morning to learn more from our friends and mentors at the research center to prepare us better for life on a Cuba catamaran.  Today we drill down into more specifics regarding some of the marine species we are likely to encounter, notably including various fish and corals.  Because of the lack of development along Cuba’s coastline, the waters surrounding the islands are the healthiest in the entire Caribbean.  Fidel Castro was an avid scuba diver and led an effort to conserve some of the most remarkable reef areas. 

After our morning educational sessions, we head a bit further west to visit the art project of Fusterlandia, created by Jose Fuster.  An entire neighborhood is adorned with his colorful mosaics and creations inspired by Gaudy and Picasso.  We enjoy lunch at a nearby paladar.  Then it’s time to learn about Cuba’s history with an excellent guided tour of the Museum of the Revolution.  The story of Cuba’s political scene prior to 1959, and the ultimate victory of the Revolution is told through a series of rooms with photographs and memorabilia.

We return to the hotel, and a bit later meet for dinner at another fabulous paladar to talk about the upcoming Cuba yachting adventure.  After dinner there’s time to stroll along the malecon, Havana’s social center with beautiful views of the sea and city skyline.

Day 3: Finca Vigia, Transfer to Cienfuegos, Catamaran Orientaiton and Embarkment

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Private Catamaran

After breakfast we step back in time with a visit to Ernest Hemingway’s house, Finca Vigia, where the author lived for almost 20 years and wrote some of his most famous works.  It seems the author walked away just last week, as his books, papers and furnishings rest as if waiting for his return.  From here we leave Havana, driving on the main road southeast towards Cienfuegos.  On the way we stop at the Criadero de Cocodrillos, a project run by Cuba’s Flora y Fauna (similar to the US National Park Service) that breeds the rare and endemic Cuban crocodile. 

On arrival in Cienfuegos, we have a guided walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage designated city.  In 1819, under the blessing of the Spanish crown, 137 French settlers arrived, coming from Louisiana and the Bordeaux region of France, to settle the city.  The deep-water port became the economic engine of this charismatic city that is the port for our comfortable Cuba catamaran.  In the late afternoon we board our home for the next six days, have an orientation briefing and dinner, and later in the night (weather permitting) set out under the Caribbean sky, heading southwest on our Cuban yacht to the beautiful archipelago.

Joining us is our Cuban captain and sailor.  Over the next six days there will be plenty of time to learn about their lives and thoughts about Cuba, its history, culture and politics.  This is the ultimate in meaningful interaction with Cuban people as our small group has these special days to converse and learn.  As we travel, we experience pristine reefs, beautiful optics, disconnection from the distractions of daily life and paddles that can be easily tailored to your interests and skill levels.

Day 4: First Day at Sea, Kayking in Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Private Catamaran

We awaken at anchor, set among a tranquil bay for our first glimpse at this spectacular marine ecosystem.  After breakfast we cruise a bit further, then lower kayaks into the water for our first paddle in the islands.  We continue a bit further west before finding a suitable anchorage for the night.  The day ends with what will now be our end-of-day routine.  A celebratory beverage while watching the sunset, followed by dinner on board and then a deep slumber in the Cuba catamaran.

Meals on board are fresh, delicious and bountiful.  Our captain and sailor double as cook and server, providing typical Cuban meals of fresh seafood such as fish and lobster, rice, salads and more.  There’s a full-bar on board and they also mix-up thirst-quenching mojitos, Cuba libres and other favorites. 

Day 5-8: Yachting, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Cayo Largo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Private Catamaran

For four more days, we yacht among the islands of the Cuban archipelago.  Weather and winds determine our exact stopping points and itinerary.  We stop on sugar-white beaches.  We paddle among mangroves to the rhythm of bird song and on waters the color of turquoise and jade.  We stop at Cayo Largo to visit a biological research station and meet the local scientists to learn about their work and discoveries. This is where Henry Morgon, the legendary English privateer, brought his ship for repairs and in the area are several sunken galleons. 

From Cayo Largo we head further west to explore and anchor at Cayo Rico, Cayo Iguana, Cayo del Rosario and Cayo Cantiles.  Our days are mixed with paddling, snorkeling, beachcombing and relaxing on board.  By Thursday we turn the Cuba catamaran back to the east, stopping as we journey when a remote cove beckons.

Day 9: Return to Port at Cienfuegos

Accommodation: Private Catamaran

We have started our return to the east towards Cienfuegos.  By late afternoon we’ve started our 8-10 hour crossing across the Caribbean, arriving in Cienfuegos in the wee dawn of Saturday morning to end this incredible Cuba yacht tour.

Day 10: Adios Cuba!

Meals: Breakfast

It’s time to pack up and move off the boat by 11:00 am.  For those flying directly from Cienfuegos back to the USA, there’s time to explore the town some more before the late afternoon flight.  For those returning to Havana we will arrange transportation (three hours, not included) and if desired, overnight accommodations.

Or, even better, join one of our weekly land-based tours!  We offer a sea kayaking tour, or a multisport tour starting on Sundays, a walking tour featuring Cuba’s National Parks on Saturdays, or two different bicycle tours that also start on Saturdays.  If you combine two tours we offer a 10% discount!

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 12

Additional Information:

Do I need any experience to join the kayaking adventure?

Whether you are an avid sea kayaker or stepping into a sea kayak for your first time, you’ll enjoy these incredible trips. For those new to the sport, kayaking is easy to learn in the sheltered waters that we visit, and we provide all of the kayaking equipment and guidance needed. In addition, we keep our groups small so that you not only travel intimately among nature, but receive the necessary attention from our guides as well. Your guides will give you an introduction to paddling and you’ll have plenty of chances to practice. We take plenty of paddle breaks to observe the biodiversity and learn about the area from our knowledgeable guides. We do recommend that you get some paddling in before your trip as kayaking uses muscles you may not know you have. Getting a little experience and building some strength will help your enjoyment of the trip.

Will single kayaks be available?

We have both double and single kayaks in Cuba. At this time we are not offering the choice for a single kayak rental. Rather, we plan to bring between one and three singles on each tour to be shared among participants, depending on expressed interest.

What kind of equipment or gear should I bring?

All of the kayaking equipment is provided as well as personal flotation devices and dry bags. Just bring your clothing and personal gear. Do bring snorkeling gear and gloves. A complete packing list will be sent to you upon reservation. We highly suggest traveling “light” for this adventure.

Do I need to bring my own snorkel and fins?

While snorkel gear is sometimes available for rent in Cuba, we advise that you bring your own snorkel and mask (fins and wet-suits not required). Your own equipment also ensures a better fit and better hygiene, as well as prescriptions if needed.

What is the food like on board?

Meals on board are fresh, delicious and bountiful.  Our captain and sailor double as cook and server, providing typical Cuban meals of fresh seafood such as fish and lobster, rice, simple salads and more.  There’s a full-bar on board and they also mix-up thirst-quenching mojitos, Cuba libres and other favorites.

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Trip Excludes

  • Round-trip air to/from Cuba
  • Cuba Tourist Visa Fee  (ranges from $50-$100 depending on where you buy it)
  • Guide and driver gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, gifts, additional drinks/entertainment, and incidentals

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