Perola live-aboard yacht
The Perola live-aboard yacht based on the Isle of Youth in Cuba
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7-14 APRIL 2017
14-21 APRIL 2017

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Booking Enquiries

WhereWiseMenFish has exclusively booked the Perola Yacht for two consecutive weeks in April 2017 to Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth). The Isle of Youth has a well-established reputation for providing some of the best migratory Tarpon fishing in Cuba with opportunities of fish over 100lbs but equally good numbers of more ‘manageable’ Tarpon from 30-60lbs.  The Perola is the most charming yacht of all the live-aboard options in Cuba, oozing elegance, authenticity and sophistication.  The Captain of the Perola, Manuel, of Spanish/Italian descent speaks perfect English and is a fantastic source of information about not just the fishing but Cuba and the whole environment.  With over a decade running the Perola he and his very experienced crew do an amazing job ensuring everything functions exactly how it should whilst maintaing the Cuban feel, complete with daily mohitos made with fresh mint.

Details of the past tthree WhereWiseMenFish hosted week to IDJ can be seen below:

WWMF 2014 Hosted Trip-Isle of Youth2014 Hosted Trip-Isle of Youth

WWMF 2015 Hosted Trip-Isle of Youth and Jardines de la Reina2015 Hosted Trip-Isle of Youth and Jardines de la Reina

WWMF 2016 Hosted Trip -Isle of Youth-Perola 2016 Hosted Trip -Isle of Youth-Perola

The Perola

The Perola is a 75-foot luxury live-aboard yacht that for 2017 is operating exclusively in the Isle of Youth area. This area is also fished in rotation with anglers staying at Hotel Rancho on the mainland however as with all the yachts it offers a number of distinct advantages:

  • Extended fishing hours (Guides will be stood by the skiffs ready to go from 8am -1 pm and 4pm-8pm/dark)
  • Immediate access to the fishing area (no taxi journey or skiff travel time of 45-60mins to the fishing)
  • Fantastic food.  Freshly caught fish everyday with lots of lobster 
  • Very experienced english speaking Captain of the Perola and long-standing crew 
  • Will move to numerous selected anchorages over the week providing great access to some of the more remote and best fishing areas with minimal travel time
  • Late evening fishing opportunities when the Tarpon fishing can be at its best
  • Option to return to the yacht for lunch at midday with a freshly cooked lunch and a siesta out of the midday heat
  • Opportunity to spend some time on the Isle of Youth and see part of Cuba that rarely gets seen by tourists.

Over the weeks fishing anglers will have the chance to fish the full length of the fishable area, from the Islas de Mangles in the North West to Cayo Roserio in the South East, stopping at selected anchorages such as Cayo Campo and the Cantiles Islands. This is a wider area than the area that can be fished by anglers at Hotel Rancho on account of the proximity of the yacht to the fishing.

Lunch break at Cayo Campo (Monkey Island) Battling a Tarpon on the Flats
Lunch break at Cayo Campo (Monkey Island) ------------------------------------ Battling a Tarpon on the Flats

Accommodation - Perola - Live Aboard Yacht

This is a wonderful yacht, recently refurbished and perfect for a group of six anglers. There are four very comfortable air-conditioned cabins below deck, most having their own private bathroom, with good showers, plenty of hot water, and lots of storage space for anglers. Dining is on the upper deck which can be left open-sided to enjoy the elements but also closed if required.   Freshly caught fish and lobsters are the mainstay of lunch and evening meals but you can expect a varied menu with some boat specialities such as equisite cerviche.  The anchorages the Perola occupies are well positioned and the boat is extremely well balanced with almost no motion.

Perola Live aboard Yacht Perola Live aboard Yacht
Perola Live aboard Yacht

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The Fishing Area – Isla de la Juvetud

The Isle of Youth is a world away from the crowded white sand beaches of Varadero and other more tourist focused areas in Cuba. It is only a short 25-minute flight directly south from Havana and it is the largest of the 350 islets in the Archipelago de los Canarreos. The area is comparable in size to the Florida Keys This string of islands, which includes Cayo Largo a little further to the east, are the reason for the fabulous saltwater flats fishing in this area. A myriad of mangrove islets, sandy flats and turtle grass expanses comprise the bulk of the fishing area. The southern edge is ocean fronted which draws in large Tarpon all year round.

The Saltwater Fly-Fishing

Alongside the Bonefish, which are numerous and of a good size on many of the ocean flats, it is the Tarpon that are one of the primary sources of interest for anglers visiting this area. The numbers of migratory Tarpon peak from April to June but good fishing can be had throughout the year. There are any number of inner mangrove lagoons and channels with a surprising depth of water that can draw in some of the largest Tarpon to be found in Cuba. Tarpon of 80-100lbs are not uncommon. In addition some wide ocean channels provide excellent passages for Tarpon heading in or out from the sea and these in turn open into large expanses of flats providing excellent opportunities to cast at sighted Tarpon. There are of course opportunities for Permit at the Isle of Youth alongside Barracuda, Jacks, Cubero Snapper and other saltwater species.

Snapper Big Tarpon
From big Tarpon to Snapper – Plenty of opportunities for mixed species on the flats, mangroves and the ocean reef

Skiffs & Guides

Each pair of anglers has an individual skiff and guide. The professional fly-fishing skiffs typically have 60-70HP engines. Although wade fishing is possible in some areas the majority of the fishing is done from the skiff with the guide using the platform and pole to spot and steer you into the optimum casting position. All the boats have coolers for drinks although there is also the option of returning to the yacht for a mid-day break.

Skiffs have 60 or 70 HP engines
Skiffs have 60 or 70 HP engines to get you where you want to be...fast!


Date Time Remarks
Friday Arrive Havana
  • Met on arrival
  • Overnight 5 star hotel in central Havana
Saturday Transfer to IDJ/Perola
  • Picked up from Hotel and driven by air-con coach to Havana domestic terminal. Fly to IDJ followed by a 10 min drive to Jucaro port. Flight schedules vary but you could be ready to fish from 9am giving you a full day of fishing
Sunday-Thursday Fishing
  • 5 full days fishing. Timings are flexible and schedule can be adjusted to meet the group or individual requirements.
Friday Transfers Havana
  • Transfer from Jucaro Port via domestic flight back to Havana
  • Overnight 5 star hotel in central Havana
Saturday Depart Hotel
Depart Havana
  • As per your international flight schedule.
  • Option to extend stay in Havana as required
Note: Timings and schedule will be adjusted to suit local conditions/domestic flight schedules

Availability and Pricing for WhereWiseMenFish Hosted week on the Yacht Perola -2017

Package is all inclusive and includes 2 nights in Havana and 6 night full Board on Perola with 4 skiffs shared by 6 rods
Rate: €5,900/person 6 anglers sharing 4 cabins
Included: All transfers & flights in Cuba with exception of international airport to Havana hotel on arrival and departure, full board on Perola and breakfast at Havana Hotel, house wine at meals and beers, soft drinks.
Not Included: Extra drinks & food, Tips, Visas, Airport tax.
Supplementary Charges: Single Skiff & guide €2,000

If you would like to know more about the fishing in Cuba, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
Venezuela Bonefish. Justin Maxwell-Stuart Justin Maxwell-Stuart

Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857
Fax: +44 (0)20 7352 0942
E-mail: justin@wherewisemenfish.com
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If you would prefer to speak to us directly regarding a trip to Cuba, please contact us at the following:

United Kingdom Office:
Justin Maxwell-Stuart
Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857
Fax: +44 (0)20 7352 0942

United States Office:

US Country Code: +1
Telephone: 646 797 2945


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