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ZAPATA PENINSULA

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Fly fishing the Zapata Peninsula allows you to experience fly-fishing one of the most remote, isolated parts of the Cuban mainland. This sparsely populated region has ensured a very healthy habitat for Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon and the area is now under UNESCO protection, ensuring the pristine wetland and marine preserve will be indefinitely protected.

The four thousands square kilometers of the Zapata Peninsula provides the chance to fly-fish for large Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon in one of the least fished parts of the Caribbean. There is no better way to explore this area than by live-aboard boat which offers you the chance to fish areas of this Peninsula that have never seen a fly-angler before.

  • Season: all year round
  • World-class Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon, Snook, Barracuda, Jacks and Snapper
  • Ideal for fishing singles, couples and small groups
  • Live-aboard boat
  • 8 anglers per week

The Georgiana, a large spacious boat previously used for fishing the Isle de Juventud, will be the base for a week's fishing the Zapata Peninsula. The Georgiana can comfortably accommodate eight anglers per week. The yacht can be chartered for groups of six or eight anglers. There are six twin-bedrooms on the boat, all with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Upstairs a large dinning and lounge area allows you to discuss the day's fishing in comfort over a cocktail, each evening.

Food is basic and simple and a mix of traditional Cuban dishes, fish, seafood and meats such as chicken and pork and the standard of food is more than adequate, although the menu is limited.

The fishing at San Lazaro is similar to Las Salinas, however, the water is generally a little deeper and the area bigger so that most of the fishing is from skiffs that are essential to fully explore the fishing grounds and flats. Typical fishing grounds in this area are Mangrove islands, sand bars, shallow flats and creeks. This is mainly a bonefishing destination although there are other species such as a Tarpon, Permit, Jacks and Barracuda. This area is completely unexplored, so as the operation develops over the years consistent tarpon and permit fishing areas are sure to become a feature of this destination.

The crystal clear waters which are up to a metre deep offer great opportunities to spot fish a long way off. Whilst many will prefer to fish from skiffs, there are opportunities to walk and wade for those who want to and the bottom is a mix of hard sand and coral. Bonefish tend to be in the region of two to four pounds in weight but bigger fish are around and have been seen and caught up to a staggering twelve pounds.

A typical day starts after breakfast at 07:00am, leaving with skiffs at 8:00am. You will return to the boat for lunch and siesta and will fish again from 15:30pm to dusk, when you will return to the Georgiana for aperitifs and cocktail followed by dinner.

We would advise all anglers to bring their own equipment - rods, reels, lines, flies, wading boots, polarized glasses etc and any spares that you might need. There is no rental or spare gear at this location.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.

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Fly to Havana where you will spend the first night. The next day, it is a two-hour drive to the port where you will baord the Georgiana.

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Fly Odyssey Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

  1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
  2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
  3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Fly Odyssey Ltd.

OVERSEAS BOOKINGS

Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305
Email: enquiries@flyodyssey.co.uk

CHALK STREAMS BOOKINGS

Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 01730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232
Email: g.bate@flyodyssey.co.uk

AUSTRALIA BOOKINGS

Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816
Email: j.laverty@flyodyssey.com.au