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Cuba Kayaking Trip

Season(s)
October through June
Length
8 Days
Level
Easy-Intermediate
Airport
HAV
75000

Highlights

Beautiful Cuba

The beauty, the sounds, the geography, the culture – Cuba needs to be experienced on foot and by kayak. The largest of the Caribbean Island, this captivating country is waiting for you to come and explore. On this amazing eight-day adventure, you’ll be beguiled by an eclectic mix of history, food, music and environment. And you’ll leave wanting more. Explore the fascinating cities and villages, majestic rivers and mountains, lush forests and memorable beaches with our experienced guides, and enjoy the trip of a lifetime!
End of the Day - Kayaking Cuba

People to People - Legal Cuba

Not only is this people-to-people trip to Cuba completely legal, our itinerary ensures you will engage with the Cuban people, support Cuban society and contribute to the local economy. Experience the magical world of Cuba by land and sea on this amazing new trip from award-winning Tofino Expeditions.
A Warm Welcome in Cuba

Havana - Like Nowhere Else

It’s everything you’ve come to expect – and more. The great city of Havana showcases the amazing culture and diversity that Cuba has to offer. A large and exciting city, it bustles with friendly people, fascinating architecture, public art and museums. Explore the spectacular ocean-front malecon, wide boulevards and narrow alleys on foot, including the many historical plazas of the city’s old quarter in Havana Vieja. Our local Cuban guides ensure you have the opportunity to experience and admire multiple aspects of this wonderful city.
Morro Castle and Havana Bay

Natural Beauty

Cuba’s natural beauty shines as you get the chance to journey through its national parks. As gateways to Caribbean adventure, the country’s parks offer so much to enjoy and explore as you snorkel, kayak and hike this breathtaking island. This trip truly accentuates the spectacular waters and rivers of Cuba the way only a kayak tour can.
Caribbean Flamingos

Historical Cuba

Cuba’s fascinating history is yet another highlight. The many walking tours of different cities offer a look into the past and the present-day lives of its resilient and remarkable people. Cuba is authentic because of these people who proudly carry on the traditions of all those who came before them.
Colonial Architectural Detail and Cuban Flag

The Culture and Food of Cuba

Music and food are mainstays of any culture, and in Cuba they do not disappoint. Here you will experience the region’s long-established music and dance scene, as well as its emerging food culture. The birthplace of the rumba, mambo and salsa, Cuba’s vibrant personality shows and glows through its dance. Its food, like many aspects of its history, is a blend of Spanish, African and Caribbean influences, and must be appreciated in person.
Classic Cuban Fare

Itinerary

Day 0

Flying to Havana

Commercial flights from the United States to Havana began December 1st, 2016 and are effectively replacing group charter flights as the standard mode of travel between the two countries. We now ask that our guests book their own travel between the U.S. and Havana.
If you are unable to fly all the way to Havana on Day 1 with an arrival before 11:00 AM, we recommend that you consider a "Day 0" for your tour and choose either of the following:

Travel to Havana on Day 0. With this option, we recommend that you overnight in a casa particular (a private home with rooms for rent) of your choosing and make your way back to the Havana Airport to meet your Tour Leader, guides, and fellow travelers the next morning.

Travel to Miami on Day 0. With this option, we recommend that you overnight in Miami and take a flight to Havana on the morning of Day 1.

We are happy to offer guidance with scheduling your travel to and from Cuba, and our office staff is ready to answer any questions you may have.
Overnight: NA
Meals: None
Day 1

Havana and Habana Vieja

Your guides will meet you in Havana's Jose Marti International Airport in the late morning. After introductions and brief orientation, we head out to explore some of this vibrant city on a walking tour. After check into our hotel there will be time to relax before we meet to enjoy the regional cuisine at a local paladar (private restaurant) and further discuss trip details. As we return to the hotel, we’ll catch glimpses of Havana’s nightlife, where music, dancing and rum are plentiful.
Overnight: Havana Hotel
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Day 2

Criadero de Cocodrilos, Bay of Pigs and Zapata National Park

We leave Havana in the morning and travel to Boca de Guama, where the Cuban park service operates a crocodile breeding facility. There we’ll learn about American and Cuban crocs and the different stages of their life. After lunch we continue to our casas particulares (bed & breakfast) accommodation in the small village of Playa Larga. After a bit of exploration, we’ll go out for our first kayak excursion on the Bay of Pigs. After paddling the area and learning of its history, we return to the beach and dinner.
Overnight: Playa Larga Casas Particulares
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3

Kayaking Zapata National Park

Following breakfast, we head off on an adventure through the Zapata National Park, where we’ll paddle the waters surrounding the Zapata Peninsula. A local park guide will join us and share facts about the local wildlife. Flamingos, other tropical birds and countless sea creatures make their home in this unique tropical ecosystem of mangroves and swamp. In addition to paddling its shallow waters, we’ll get the chance to stop for lunch on a small island and stretch our legs, and maybe even fit in some snorkelling. We return to Playa Larga by late afternoon. The early evening features a people-to-people presentation and discussion with Frank Medina, the Director of Zapata National Park, about the mission of the Park and its various programs. A dinner of fresh and local foods follows.
Overnight: Playa Larga Casas Particulares
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4

Museum Playa Girón, Snorkeling, Cienfuegos Botanical Garden and Trinidad

Playa Giron’s beautiful beaches and prime snorkeling locations await. Full of colorful fish and healthy reefs, we can experience firsthand and learn about how Cuba has the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean Sea. Following snorkelling, we visit the Bay of Pigs museum. After lunch in a local Paladar, we travel to the Jardin Botanico Cienfuegos – one of Cuba’s largest botanical gardens featuring 2,000 plant species. Another local guide joins us for more great people-to-people experiences as we explore the gardens. That night’s destination is an hour away in the town of Trinidad, where we’ll check in and then head to a local restaurant before enjoying a good night’s sleep.
Overnight: Trinidad Casas Particulares
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5

Morning Kayak, Explore Colonial Trinidad and People-to-People with Julio Munoz

Today we get to further explore Trinidad, Cuba’s third-oldest city. This UNESCO Heritage Site features striking colonial style and culture. A short drive allows us to paddle on a nearby river, where Hernan Cortez landed 500 years ago, and enjoy a river-view of the city perched above us. When our paddle is complete, we return to town and enjoy a guided walking tour of the city and some personal shopping and exploration time. Later we meet at the home of well-known photographer, Julio Munoz, who discusses Trinidad’s history and culture, life in Cuba today and his own fascinating story. Then we dine outside at a local restaurant and get to enjoy the Casa de la Musica, an outdoor venue on the steps of the city.
Overnight: Trinidad Casas Particulares
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6

Kayaking Guanaroca Nature Reserve and on to Cienfuegos

After breakfast we make our way to “Laguna de Guanaroca-Yaguanabo-El Nicho,” a wildlife-rich area that covers about 10,000 acres. Flocks of resident flamingos will look upon us as we paddle in the lagoon and then head out into the larger Bay of Cienfuegos. There we’ll paddle past an abandoned navy base, a sunken sub and on to a bountiful seafood lunch. Following lunch, we shuttle a short distance to the city of Cienfuegos. Known as the Pearl of the South, it was settled by French and French Creoles who were invited there by the Spanish government in the 1800s. You’ll notice a French flair remains as we enjoy a late-afternoon walking tour. We’ll view the Creole architecture, among other things, as we stroll on the Prado, a vibrant boulevard that fills with people late into the evening. Dinner and then rest at local casas follow.
Overnight: Cienfuegos Casas Particulares
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7

Ernest Hemingway Museum, Cojimar and Havana’s old cars

Our last full day of activities starts by heading back to Havana. There we go to the Ernest Hemingway Museum (Finca Vigia), where he lived for 20 years and wrote many of his books. We then head to the historic fishing hamlet of Cojimar, where Hemingway moored his boat. Back in Havana, we visit the Mercado San Jose, a huge warehouse market filled with art, crafts and other souvenirs. We travel in style to dinner tonight in classic cars from the 1940s and 50s. On the way we tour the Plaza de la Revolucion and other historic sites. Our farewell meal is at one of the city’s finest paladars, then it’s time to get out and dance or head back to the hotel to pack.
Overnight: Havana Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8

Morning in Havana - Departure

Breakfast, perhaps a morning stroll and then it's time go. The hotel will be happy to arrange transport to the airport. Adios, Cuba!
Overnight: NA
Meals: Breakfast

Supplementary Information

Rates for 2018/19 Season:

• $2990 (8-16 guests)
• $3590 (4-7 guests)
• $3790 (2-3 guests)
Prices below reflect our lowest tiered price.

Tiered Pricing Explained
Our trips are priced for full or near full registration and enables us to offer trips at the lowest possible cost. Because of numerous fixed expenses, it is more costly to operate a trip with a small group. Therefore, on some of our trips, in order to avoid having to cancel a trip, we have a “tier-pricing” system to avoid cancelling a trip with a low number of registrations. Most people also prefer this alternative to having a trip cancelled. Thus, you will note on our trip prices there may be different price for 4-7 people versus 8-16, etc. We may initially invoice you at the higher tier price, and refund the difference depending on the final group size.

Single Supplement: $500

Overnight:
Meals: None

Accommodations

Hotel Presidente Havana

Casas Particulares

We use Casas Particulares or guest houses on the portions of the trip outside of Havana. Visiting developing countries can be eye-opening and life-changing, and hopefully visiting Cuba is both. Accommodations may not be up to the standards you are used to. We ask all our guests to appreciate the authenticity of your cultural encounters as well as the people, food, culture, and adventures that are exceptional in their difference.

At this time we do not offer any extensions for this trip but please feel free to call us about added travel options at 1-800-677-0877. We have spent a lot of time in and around the destinations we offer and are more than happy to share our experience.

Dates & Availability

Dates
Trip Length
Price
Availability
Notes
10/28/2018 - 11/04/2018
10/28/2018 11/04/2018 8 Days
2990
Available
11/11/2018 - 11/18/2018
11/11/2018 11/18/2018 8 Days
2990
Available
11/18/2018 - 11/25/2018
11/18/2018 11/25/2018 8 Days
2990
Available
11/25/2018 - 12/02/2018
11/25/2018 12/02/2018 8 Days
2990
Available
12/09/2018 - 12/16/18
12/09/2018 12/16/18 8 Days
2990
Available
12/23/2018 - 12/30/2018
12/23/2018 12/30/2018 8 Days
3290
4 places
12/30/18 - 1/6/19
12/30/18 1/6/19 8 Days
2990
Available
1/13/19 - 1/20/2019
1/13/19 1/20/2019 8 Days
2990
Available
2/3/2019 - 2/10/19
2/3/2019 2/10/19 8 Days
2990
Available
2/10/19 - 2/17/2019
2/10/19 2/17/2019 8 Days
2990
Available
2/24/2019 - 3/3/2019
2/24/2019 3/3/2019 8 Days
2990
Available
Tofino Founder Grant Thompson
3/17/19 - 3/24/2019
3/17/19 3/24/2019 8 Days
2990
Available
3/24/2019 - 3/31/19
3/24/2019 3/31/19 8 days
2990
Available
4/7/19 - 4/14/19
4/7/19 4/14/19 8 Days
2990
Available
5/5/19 - 5/12/19
5/5/19 5/12/19 8 Days
2990
Available
6/9/19 - 6/16/19
6/9/19 6/16/19 8 Days
2990
Available
NOTE: Trips showing as 'Available' have at least 4 places open. All prices are $USD unless otherwise stated.

What Is Included

  • All accommodations as specified in the trip itinerary
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers on the last day of scheduled itinerary
  • Ground transportation and attraction entry fees
  • Expedition sea kayaks and equipment including PFDs
  • Safety equipment including medical kit, radios and cell phones
  • Support boat and luggage transfers
  • Certification of travel to Cuba under the US Department of Treasury general license
  • Clean drinking water available at all times

What Is Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Cuba Tourist Visa Fee (ranges from $50-$100 depending on where you buy it)
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature
  • Tipping of guides
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