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Zapata - Georgiana Live-Aboard

Playa Larga
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Live-aboard // Capacity - 8 Anglers
Season
Year-Round
Species
Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon & More
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Originating in the small town of Playa Larga, the location of the famous Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, this liveaboard trip is a Yellow Dog favorite. Ideal for small groups, the Georgiana liveaboard has six staterooms with ensuite baths and a maximum group size of 8 anglers for a full week of fishing. In addition, anglers are guaranteed plenty of bow time as there are both single occupancy and double occupancy skiffs utilized during the week of fishing, allowing each angler the opportunity to have a few days of single occupancy fishing. The Zapata peninsula (Cienaga de Zapata) is one of the largest wetlands in the entire Caribbean, covering 1.5 million acres (approx. 2,200 square miles). The interior of the peninsula is largely inaccessible with very little human impact aside from channels cut into the swamp by pirates in order to access hardwoods to make charcoal. The tremendous biodiversity of birds, crocodiles, turtles, and fish along with a large number of endemic species of both plants and animals in the area led to the area being named as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2001. Freshwater from the interior of the peninsula mixes with saltwater along the mangroves along the southern coast, creating the ideal nursery environment for many fish species.
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Lodging Details
Georgiana is a 100-foot, custom-built yacht that accommodates groups of eight anglers at a time. The boat features six comfortable cabins (four single cabins and two double occupancy cabins) each outfitted with bunks and private bathrooms. The interior areas of the boat and all staterooms are air-conditioned, and there are numerous outdoor sitting and lounge areas on the upper decks. The boat is the ideal base of operations for exploring the mangrove wilderness, endless flats, and wild backcountry of the Zapata Peninsula. The ship is strategically anchored in a well-protected location to allow for easy access to the most productive flats and fishing areas in the reserve. Typically the Georgiana moors in two different locations within the fishery during the week.

Food and Beverages
The galley aboard the Georgiana takes pride in serving a diverse menu of traditional Cuban food, fresh seafood, and various international dishes. Breakfasts are cooked-to-order each morning. Lunches can either be packed for a full day on the flats, or guests have the option to return to the ship mid-day to eat and relax. Fresh fish of the day is utilized for most meals, and salads with fresh vegetables and a variety of fruits are always available. In addition, you’ll have excellent pork and chicken entrees, fresh sashimi, and Italian-style pizzas for appetizers. All dinners typically include a great line-up of fresh seafood and are served with wine, local liquors, and desserts.

Typical Length of Stay
The typical package is seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days. Since the fishing area is so close to Havana, anglers can typically transfer directly to the International Airport upon disembarkation. Additional days and nights in Havana or on other parts of the island can easily be arranged and itineraries can be fully customized. 

Non-Angling Activities and Options
The Zapata Peninsula and the area where the Georgiana moors during the week are very secluded and there are no nearby towns or private residences. This is truly an “off-the-grid” location where you can disconnect and get away from it all. Non-angling activities are limited, and overall this destination is best suited for anglers, nature lovers, snorkelers, and birdwatchers. This part of the Matanzas Province is very flat and contains the basins of the Hatiguanico and Hanábana Rivers. The Hanábana empties into Laguna del Tesoro, one of the largest lakes in the country, which features a restored Taino Indian village (with life-size statues of the Indians engaging in their everyday activities) on a series of islets. The Tainos were one of the three groups of Indians who lived in Cuba prior to the Spanish Conquest. The coast is also home to numerous flooded caves and cenotes, making it a popular destination for divers. Playa Girón, the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, has an interesting museum with aircraft and other artifacts from the historic battle.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is NOT available aboard the Georgiana, which means that once you board the ship, you will be offline and totally unplugged (something that is getting harder to find these days). Keep in mind that most U.S. cell phones currently DO NOT work well anywhere in Cuba – you should check with your cell phone provider before departing for your trip to see if they offer international plans that will provide service in Cuba during your trip. Also, satellite phones are strictly prohibited in Cuba and will be confiscated at the airport on arrival. For any emergencies, Yellow Dog can facilitate getting messages to anyone aboard the boat while you are on your trip. 

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