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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 - Overview 

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 "People-to-People" Cuba Travel Program.

The M/V Oceans for Youth is equipped and staffed for two programs: the EcoExploration Program, and the Classroom-at-Sea Programs. It is built for safety and stability and comfortably sleeps up to 24 travelers with a crew of eight.

All programs take place from aboard the vessel in Cuba's Garden's of the Queen National Park, the largest and healthiest marine reserve in the Carbbean with internationally recognized Cuban marine scientists as your guides or instructors. Typically, daily excursions are from the vessel's skiff.

Program Options

EcoExploration Program: 8 days/7 nights -- Saturday to Saturday; 7 nights onboard the M/V Oceans for Youth. Guides focus on exploration and natural history. Daily discussions with marine scientists about field observations and optional evening natural history presentations (in English and/or Spanish). This program includes snorkel excursions to multiple sites, island visits, and 4 optional scuba dives. All field excursions are from tenders.

Who is this program for?
Anyone or any group interested in exploring 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 and discovering pristine beaches and native wildlife.*

Classroom-at-Sea Programs: 8 days/7 nights -- Saturday to Saturday; 7 nights onboard the M/V Oceans for Youth. Instructors focus on marine biolgoy and conservation. Daily instruction and evening seminars by staff marine scientists about marine ecology, conservation science, and species identification (in English and/or Spanish). The provided course curriculum, “Dynamics and Conservation of Cuban Coastal Ecosystems” (1-week, Introductory; 2-weeks, Advanced) is field-based and taught by Cuban scientists working and conducting field studies from on board the vessel. Semester-at-Sea itineraries and customized curriculum are also available. These educational programs include snorkel excursions to multiple marine habitats, island explorations, and 4 optional scuba dives. All field excursions are from tenders.

Who is this program for?
Any high school (age 15 or older), college, or university student or group; or scouting or other educational institution affiliated groups interested in studying marine biology or ecology in the field.** Marine science educators may lead their own groups and may develop, integrate or provide their own curriculum. Dive training is also available upon request.

Generalized Programs' Itinerary:

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)

~ Natural history or marine ecology presentations 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, 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.
Pick a program and join us aboard the M/V Oceans for Youth as we "Explore. Learn. Protect."
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** Please Note: Fishing activities are not permitted as part of the Oceans for Youth Foundation's People-to-People authorized Cuban travel programs.

**The M/V Oceans for Youth international license via the Cuban Government is for educational expeditions and class-room-at-sea instructional activities only. Therefore, the vessel is not available for charter for scientific research nor commercial use of any kind including any data or samples collection or photography or filming by any non-Cuban parties without first applying for a work permit via the Cuban government. Should you wish to apply for such a permit, Foundation staff may put you in touch with our colleagues in Cuba who may provide guidance or assistance, at their discretion. Please note that these work permits are difficult and timely to acquire (with a 50% success rate on average); therefore, we cannot guarantee the granting of any such required permits as part of booking any space aboard nor any chartering of the M/V Oceans for Youth in Cuba.

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