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 MV 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 Cuba People-to-People programs, including M/V Oceans for Youth, and 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 Camaguey Airport (CMW) by 6 pm or Santa Clara Airport (SNU) by 5 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) or Camaguey (Ignacio Agramonte Airport); both are located approximately 2 1/2 hours, by chartered bus, from Jucaro where the M/V Oceans for Youth is docked. Transfers are available Saturday for flights arriving by 5 pm at Santa Clara Aiport and 6 pm at Camaguey Airport. 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 begins 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 - M/V Oceans for Youth
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. (2 1/2 travel time)

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M/V Oceans for Youth - Classroom-at-Sea Program
Explore. Learn. Protect.

The M/V Oceans for Youth is equipped and staffed to support Classroom-at-Sea Programs for field-based educational opportunties. It is a 100-ft. motor vessel built for safety and stability and sleeps up to 24 passengers with a crew of eight. The vessel’s main salon provides a large teaching space complete with laptop hook-up and projection screen. A small library includes species ID guides and other natural history books and videos.

Field sites include the following habitats: deep and shallow coral reefs, seagrasses, lagoon systems, mangroves, and barrier islands. All field excursions are from tenders. This program also includes four optional scuba dives at two sites.*

The Classroom-at-Sea Program is for any high school (age 15 or older), college, university, scouting or other educational groups interested in studying marine biology or ecology in the field. Participants will spend 7 nights on the vessel exploring the spectacular Gardens of the Queen National Park, located 60 miles off the southern coast of Cuba. Throughout the week, your hosts will be Cuban marine biologists who guide your daily expeditions and give daily seminars about the wildlife, habitats, and the ecological importance of each. The theme of the week will focus on how Cuba's conservation and management efforts in the national park have maintained one of the healthiest marine ecosystems in the Caribbean.

The provided course curriculum, “Dynamics and Conservation of Cuban Coastal Ecosystems” is field-based and is taught by Cuban scientists working and conducting field studies from on board the vessel.

Daily seminars topics focusing on Cuba's marine ecosystems include:

• Ocean Zones and Coastal Communities

• Lagoons and Mangroves

• Seagrasses and Coral Reefs

• Oceanographic Processes and Coastal Ecosystems Interactions

• Fisheries Management and Coastal Ecosystems

• Marine Protected Areas Management

• Jardines de la Reina Management Plan – Development and Implementation

All seminars are taught to the appropriate group's academic level i.e. high school or university – undergraduate or graduate level. A one-week course provides seminars at the Introductory Level (best for high school and undergraduate students) and a two-week course (best for graduate students) provides seminars at the Advanced Level.

Customized educational content is available upon request. Customized charters and itineraries are also available upon requestminimum 1 week; 2-4 weeks or semester-at-sea options. Educational institutions may provide their own curriculum and/or integrate theirs with educational content provided by on-board Cuban scientists (in English and/or Spanish) or by the Oceans for Youth Foundation.

Group Discounts are available for non-profits and educational institutions booking groups of 10 or more. After the first 8 bookings, 1 bunk is free-of-charge and each booking after that is $3000 per passenger, reduced from $3520. With 16 bookings, 2 bunks are free-of-charge and after 21 bookings, 3 bunks are free-of-charge.

Itinerary Overview:

Day 1 - Saturday

Welcome and pick-up at Camaguey Airport by 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.

Dinner and orientation starts at 7 pm.

Days 2 - 6

Arrive in Gardens of the Queen National Park and begin exploring marine and coastal habitats with Cuban biologists and resource management experts to include daily snorkeling and island excursions (with 2 optional scuba diving sites including 4 dives total). Habitats to explore and learn about:

~ 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)

~ Daily marine ecology seminars by 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 are included (snork and/or dive equipment is available for rent).
  • 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.

  • ** Please Note: Fishing activities are not permitted as part of the Oceans for Youth Foundation's People-to-People authorized Cuban travel programs.

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    *Cost of transfers is not included in booking price for M/V Oceans for Youth.
    ** Authorized People-to-People Program permits do not allow for independent travel. Therefore, we cannot recommend any bus or taxi transport from Santa Clara nor Camaguey Airports to Jucaro dock.

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