M/V Oceans for Youth
Flight Information - Getting There
There are many daily international flights available. Aggressor Adventure Travel is an authorized travel provider for the Cuba Travel Program II and can book your airline and ground transfer reservations.
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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**.
Cuba Airport Departure Tax
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.
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 (approximately 2 1/2 hour travel time from Jucaro to each airport).
M/V Oceans for Youth - Ecotourism
Explore. Learn. Protect.
The M/V Oceans for Youth is a 100-ft. motor vessel designed as a sustainable ecotourism & educational platform that supports Cuban marine research and natural resources 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 "People-to-People" program focusing on expeditionary ecotourism and educational classroom-at-sea experiences.
The M/V Oceans for Youth Ecotorism program is for any group interested in experiencing multiple land and sea areas of the Gardens of the Queen National Park via snorkeling shallow reefs, lagoons, and seagrass meadows, navigating through extensive mangroves via boat tours, and discovering pristine beaches all while guided by local marine biologists.
You will explore and learn about 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 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 includes 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.
This adventure includes exploring both land and sea, both shallow and deeper coral reefs. We will explore via snorkeling, hiking, boating, and optional sucba diving (maximum of 4 scuba dives at two sites during a typical one- week charter). Join us aboard the M/V Oceans for Youth as we "Explore. Learn. Protect."
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, 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 lead nightly discussions and give presentations about the wildlife, habitats, and the ecological importance of each. The theme of the week will focus 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 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:
~ 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 talks or 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, 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.
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*Cost of transfers is not included in booking price for M/V Oceans for Youth.
**People-to-People Programs do not authorize independent travel. Therefore, we cannot recommend any bus or taxi transport from Santa Clara nor Camaguey Airports to Jucaro.