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 M/V Oceans for YouthM/V Oceans for Youth

General Information:

Flight Information - Getting There

There are many daily international flights available. Aggressor Adventure Travel is an authorized travel provider for all our authorized People-to-People programs including M/V Oceans for Youth, and we can book your airline and ground transfer reservations.
Email: info@aggressortravel.com for more information and bookings.

Arrival & Transfers
Travelers' flights must arrive at the Santa Clara Airport by 5 pm and the Camaguey Airport by 6 pm on Saturday to meet the transfer transportation to the M/V Oceans for Youth docked in Jucaro.

Transfers* are available to/from the Santa Clara Airport (Abel Santamaria Airport; SNU) or Camaguey (Ignacio Agramonte Airport; CMW) on Saturday; both are located 2 1/2 hours, by chartered bus, from Jucaro where the M/V Oceans for Youth is docked. Transfers are available for flights arriving by 5 pm at SNU and by 6 pm at CMW. Guests arriving earlier may wait for the transfer from the airport to the M/V Oceans for Youth. Travelers must be onboard the vessel by Saturday evening for the welcome dinner and orientation. If travelers are making their own way, boarding starts at 5 pm**.

Passport & Visa Documentation
A passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date for your international flight. Some countries will require a Visa. As a traveler, you are required to obtain all necessary/required documents for entry to your destination.

Your Passport details must be current and exactly the same as  the Letter of Authorization at the time of travel. (You will print the Letter of Authorization when completing the GIS which we will email to you prior to departing.) Travelers are on an official People-To-People Program.

Cuba Airport Departure Tax
Most airlines include the departure tax in the cost of the ticket, please verify with the airline carrier.

Boarding/Disembarking -
All travelers must be onboard the boat Saturday evening to depart for the Gardens of the Queen early Sunday morning. Throughout the week, snorkeling, exploring the islands, and limited scuba diving will be offered from Sunday until Friday afternoon. The M/V Oceans for Youth will depart back to Jucaro on Friday where travelers will stay onboard for dinner then depart Saturday morning as a group back to the Santa Clara or Camaguey Airports for their flights home (approximately 2 1/2 hour travel time from Jucaro to each airport).

M/V Oceans for Youth - EcoExploration Program

Explore. Learn. Protect.

The M/V Oceans for Youth is a 100-ft. motor vessel designed as a sustainable exploration and educational platform that supports ecosystem monitoring in the Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. You are invited to join the adventure as part of the official Oceans for Youth Foundation's authorized Cuba "People-to-People" Program.

The M/V Oceans for Youth EcoExploration Program is for any group interested in experiencing multiple land and sea areas of the Gardens of the Queen National Park while snorkeling shallow reefs, lagoons, and seagrass meadows, navigating through extensive mangroves on small, private boat tours, and discovering pristine beaches guided by local marine biologists. This adventure also optional sucba diving (maximum of 4 scuba dives at two sites during a typical one-week charter).

You will explore Cuba’s pristine Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park with internationally recognized Cuban marine scientists as your guides. The Jardines de la Reina National Park is a string of islands and surrounding waters located 60 miles off the southeastern coast of Cuba. Due to the intact connectivity of the seagrass beds, mangroves, and coral reefs, the remoteness of the area, and the history of protection from coastal development, the Gardens of the Queen represents a “baseline” for a nearly pristine Caribbean marine ecosystem; an ecosystem that is home to healthy populations of Caribbean reef sharks and goliath groupers, important grazers like Rainbow parrotfish and Long-spine sea urchins, recovering endangered species such as Elkhorn coral and nesting Hawksbill sea turtles.

Join us aboard the M/V Oceans for Youth as we "Explore. Learn. Protect."

Itinerary Overview:
For travelers aboard the M/V Oceans for Youth, you will spend 7 nights on the liveaboard exploring the spectacular Gardens of the Queen National Park. Throughout the week, your Cuban marine biologists guides will lead nightly discussions about the wildlife, habitats, and the ecological importance of each. The theme of the week be how Cuba's conservation efforts in the national park have maintained one of the healthiest marine ecosystems in the Caribbean.

Day 1 - Saturday

Welcome and pick-up at Camaguey Airport 6 pm or Santa Clara Airport by 5 pm. Transfer to Jucaro for boarding the M/V Oceans for Youth vessel. Boarding begins at 5 pm followed by the welcome orientation and dinner.

Days 2 - 6

Arrive in Gardens of the Queen and begin marine eco-explorations with daily snorkeling and island excursions (and with 2 optional scuba diving sites including 4 dives total). Habitats to explore:

~ Pristine marine lagoons and expansive sea grass meadows

~ Mangrove forests and channels

~ Patch and crest reefs with rare, endangered corals

~ Deserted cays and sea turtle nesting beaches (in season)

~ Nightly natural history presentations by and discussions with Cuban marine scientists

Day 7 - Saturday

8 am transfer to Camaguey or Santa Clara Airports (2 separate transfers) with lunch provided for a 1 pm arrival at your airport for departure.

  • Throughout the week, Cuban marine biologists will be speaking on ocean conservation and the ecosystem of the Gardens of the Queen.
  • Snorkeling in the Gardens of the Queen is from Sunday to Friday. Four optional scuba dives, at two sites, are included (equipment is available for rent in advance of the trip).
  • All meals are included. Aboard the M/V Oceans for Youth, alcoholic beverages are permitted but not included. Guests are welcome to bring and consume their own, provided they are of legal U.S. age to consume alcohol.
  • Visit M/V Oceans for Youth Pricing

*Cost of transfers is not included in booking price for M/V Oceans for Youth.
**Our People-to-People Programs' permit does not authorize independent travel. Therefore, we cannot recommend any bus or taxi transport from Santa Clara nor Camaguey Airports to Jucaro dock.

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