CUBA

January 25th - February 3rd, 2018

People-to-People Travel Program
the Cuba Travel Program through Oceans For Youth Foundation

Cuba Travel Program Details
All participants of the program must travel from Thursday - Saturday (9 night program) and stay at the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel for 2 nights and the Jardines Aggressor for 7 nights.

Cuba Travel Program

Learn about Cuba’s unique marine environment during an Oceans for Youth Foundation People-to-People educational program.The Cuba Travel Program will include 10 days/9 nights arriving in Havana, Cuba on Thursday and departing Havana, Cuba on Saturday. 

During our program, travelers will spend 2 hotel nights at the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel in Havana, and will visit with Cuban scientists and marine experts about ocean conservation and cultural exchanges. One of these will include a presentation by world renowned expert, Dr. Julio A. Baisre. Interactive exchanges will discuss how Cuba has maintained one of the healthiest marine ecosystems in the Caribbean. Travelers will visit the town of Cojimar and Habana Vieja before spending a week on the Jardines Aggressor liveaboard. Seven days of the program will be spent on the Jardines Aggressor liveaboard exploring the spectacular Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park, located 60 miles off the southern coast. During the week, biologists and Cuban specialists  will host discussions and presentations on the marine environment, conservation, and the importance of this magnificient ecosystem.


Presenter During Program

Dr. Julio A. Baisre

The Cuba Travel Program will include a presentation by Dr. Julio Baisre, world renowned expert in the study of spiny lobster. Dr. Baisre graduated in 1968 from the University of Havana as a marine biologist. He completed his Ph.D. in Fisheries,  “Fisheries Resources of the Cuban Archipelago: Ecological Background and Strategies for Management.” He was awarded the Carlos J. Finlay Order, Cuba’s highest scientific recognition, served as President of the Cuban Aquaculture Society and headed the multidisciplinary group which drafted the new Fisheries Law which was formally approved by the Cuban Council of State. He has been instrumental in the development, introduction and enforcement of many regulations in the Cuban fisheries sector including aquaculture development, species introduction and licensing systems. 

Cuba Travel Program Includes:

Transfers to/from Havana José Martí International Airport; located 9 miles from Havana on start/end day of program.
2 nights hotel accommodations at the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel in Havana, all meals, dinner at Ivans Restaurant.
Full day Friday; Meeting with Cuban scientists and biologists speaking on ocean conservation and research, visit to Fortress of El Morro or Hemingway House, town of Cojimar, Habana Vieja, lunch in Bodeguita del Medio and dinner at Cafe de Oriente or Moraleja.
Saturday transfer from Havana to Jucaro for boarding of the Jardines Aggressor liveaboard
Sunday to Friday Gardens of the Queen scuba diving and meeting with Cuban biologists
Saturday disembarkation transfer to Havana José Marti International Airport
All meals are included in the Cuba Travel Program


Cuba Travel Program Pricing:

* All prices quoted are per person in USD.

* The 9 nights/10 day program (Thursday to Saturday) program pricing is below. 

*  A single supplement is charged 65% of the Jardines Aggressor rate for a private room while onboard. Traveler will be guaranteed a private room. 

Travelers must choose:

1)  Type accommodation (master or deluxe) on the Jardines Aggressor by making a reservation with the Oceans For Youth Reservations Office. After the reservation is confirmed, an email with a link to the GIS (Guest Information System) will be sent to the traveler.

Through the GIS, the traveler will then choose:

2) Land Package with Iberostar Parque Central Hotel accommodation (single or double) 

3) Optional; Nitrox specialty course $150, Student Fills $80, Nitrox $100

4) Mandatory Subscription Fee of $110

The land package with hotel includes:

1)  Thursday airport arrival transfer from Havana José Martí International Airport to Iberostar Parque Central Hotel.
2)  2 nights accommodation at Iberostar Parque Central Hotel in Havana Thursday and Friday night.
3)  All meals starting with dinner Thursday evening. 
4)  Full day in Havana on Friday with a cultural exchange with scientists and marine experts.
5)  Saturday transfer from Havana to Jucaro for boarding on Jardines Aggressor.
6)  Disembarkation transfer Saturday morning back to the to Havana José Martí International Airport.(lunch included)

The Jardines Aggressor includes accommodations aboard the yacht, diving, compressed air tanks, weights & weight belts, all meals and snacks, non alcoholic beverages, local beer/wine and a conservation program. 

The Cuba Travel Program does not include airfare, visa requirements or insurance.

Jardines Aggressor 
 
Jan. 27 - Feb. 3, 2018 $3999


Land Package with Iberostar Hotel Parque Central, Havana Double pp Single
Jan. 25 - 27, 2018 - $1479
 

PAYMENT POLICY

Individual Travelers: 40% of the total cost of the Cuba Travel Program is due within 14 days of the reservation. Final payment is due ninety (90) days prior to departure date. All payments must be made directly to Oceans For Youth Foundation by traveler who is participating in the Cuba Travel Program.

Getting There - Flight Information
There are many daily international flights available. LiveAboard Vacations is an authorized travel provider for the Cuba Travel Program and can book your airline travel reservations. Email: info@liveaboardvacations.com for information.

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 documents for entry requirements 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 theLetter of Authorization when completing the GIS prior to departing) Please contact the Consulate of the country you are visiting to verify document requirements. The following website offers all Passport/VISA requirements for all nationalities. Visas may also be obtained directly from the Consulates. Travelers are on a People-To-People Program.

http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/sicw/EN/Mission/ConsularSectioninWashington.aspx
 
Hotel Accommodations - Parque Central Hotel, Havana
Travelers will enjoy staying at the elegant 5-star Iberostar Parque Central Hotel located in central Havana, Cuba Thursday and Friday nights. Known for its Spanish colonial-style architecture, which pulls in the rich culture of the streets, the IBEROSTAR Parque Central Hotel is an excellent starting point for the Cuba Travel Program which is nestled in the heart of Havana. Travelers will admire beautiful city views from the charming French windows and doors of the hotel.  The restaurant has some of the best international cuisine in Havana, but above all, the most impressive Cuban fare.The hotel is conveniently close to the José Martí International Airport and only 20 minutes away.
Boarding Jardines Aggressor
Travelers will depart Havana Saturday morning as a group at 8 am for a 4 - 5 hour drive (lunch included) to Jucaro to board the Jardines Aggressor. After all travelers are onboard, the boat will depart for the Gardens of the Queen.
Throughout the week, scuba diving will be offered from Sunday until Friday around noon. The Jardines Aggressor will depart after lunch back to Jucaro where travelers will stay onboard for dinner then depart Saturday morning as a group back to the José Martí Airport for their flight home.

Disembarking Jardines Aggressor
Saturday between 6 - 7 am, travelers will depart the Jardines Aggressor to the José Marti International Airport where the Cuba Travel Program will end. Travelers will stop for lunch on the way to the airport. Arrival at the airport will be at approximately 1 pm - 2 pm.

Cuba Airport Departure Tax
There is a required departure tax of $25CUC (Cuban Peso) per person that has to be paid in CUC if it is not included in the price of your airline ticket. Some airlines will include the departure tax, please verify with the airline carrier.