Travel to Cuba and embark on an incredible sailing trip around the Canarreos Peninsula.
Spend eight unforgettable days sailing through the island paradise of Cuba. After being captivated by the time capsule that is Havana, venture offshore on a yacht for a Cuban encounter few people get to experience. Take in an array of natural wonders and get up-close to marine- and wild-life while sailing from Cienfuegos around the islands of Cayo Guano, Cayo Largo, Cayo Cantiles and many more. Uncover heavenly, untouched islands, swim in crystal-clear waters, snorkel over stunning reefs and spend days soaking up the chilled out vibe of irresistible Cuba. Find out why this vivacious country, so blessed with natural beauty and an abundance of cultural delights, is one of our favourite destinations.
- Havana, Cuba
- Havana, Cuba
- Physical rating
- Min 15
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 8
Why we love this trip
Old-world charm, rich history, exciting nightlife – evocative Havana is like nowhere else on earth. Wander the cobbled laneways of Habana Viejo or head to Vedado for a taste of the world-famous Copellia ice cream
Beaches don't get much better than this. The islands of the Canarreos Archipelago offer miles of pristine white sands and sparkling turquoise reefs to explore
The underwater world of Cayeria Los Majaes is a snorkeller's dream, thanks to its warm, shallow pools that you could bask in for hours
From lobsters and loggerhead turtles to iguanas and monkeys, this trip spans the most eclectic spread of sea life and wildlife. Not to mention those odd Carribean creatures, the jutias
This being a true sailing trip, there's plenty of leisure time. When you're not soaking up your idyllic surrounds on deck, you can while away evenings in beachside restaurants feasting on delicious Cuban cuisine
The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we can be flexible on the day's itinerary
Is this trip right for you?
You don't need to complete a Physical Participation Form, but it's important to read the trip notes carefully to make sure you're suited to this trip. You’ll need to feel comfortable with moving about the boat. The cabins and communal areas are spread over two decks, and the steps between decks are steep.
You will be entering and exiting a Zodiac boat during wet and dry landings and when returning from snorkelling. Although the waters are usually calm, it can get rough and choppy, which requires steady sea legs and a sturdy stomach. Rain or shine, your trusty crew will always be on hand to assist you.
The boats are real yachts, and this is a real sailing trip. Yachts are designed to maximise living area space, so sleeping quarters (typically four twin-share cabins) can be a bit cramped. That said, the adventure and exhilaration of an authentic sailing trip more than makes up for any discomfort.
While at sea and when exploring the islands, you may be exposed to the sun for large parts of the day. It’s important to use sun protection and drink plenty of water.
Sometimes changes to the itinerary are necessary due to the weather. This can happen with little notice. If you're flexible and have a sense of humour, you're bound to have a fun and relaxing trip across this beautiful part of the world.
It's important to have fun, but also to respect your shipmates who might be sleeping. If you do enjoy a late night out, consider booking a hostel (where available) for the night so you don't wake your fellow travellers (and more importantly the skipper) upon your return.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 November 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 November 2016 - 30 April 2017
- Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals IncludedThere are no meals included on this day.
- Overnight boat (1 night)
Cayo Largo del Sur
The second-largest of the islands in the Canarreos Archipelago, home to some of the best beaches in the region. One stretch of beach is 13 km of the cleanest, whitest sand. The island is also home to nesting sites of loggerhead and green turtles. For those that way inclined, nudism is tolerated on certain beaches.
Cayeria los Majaes
A small group of beautiful islands with surrounding sand banks and shallow pools, excellent for snorkelling. The pools are less than half a metre deep, and with a sea temperature of around 30°C they are perfect for lazing around in. Look out for a large colony of iguanas on the eastern shore of the western pool.
Pristine beaches of white sand where you can spot stingrays and manta rays. If you are not fond of snorkelling in deeper waters, you will find these more shallow waters a dream.
Arguably the perfect beach, with brilliant waters, soft white sand and a bar that serves up a range of cocktails. There are many umbrellas under which to enjoy a drink. There are also friendly resident iguanas here.
An uninhabited island with a deep water channel. This is the perfect place to throw out a line and catch the night's dinner.
Also uninhabited by people, this island teems with sea life – moray eels, groupers, barracudas, lobsters and the odd reef shark to name a few. The nearby reef is great for snorkelling.
Known as 'Monkey Island', Cayo Cantiles is uninhabited, with the exception of a small number of workers who tend to a monkey sanctuary. This island too is home to iguanas, and a funny rodent-like animal called a jutia.
- Overnight boat (5 nights)
- Breakfast (5)
- Lunch (5)
- Dinner (5)
- Overnight boat (1 night)
If you have planning on flying out on the last day please do not book a flight out before 8pm to take into account any delays that may occur.
If you wish to book additional nights in Havana pre or post tour, or stay on in Cienfuegos please let us know at the time of booking so we can make the appropriate arrangements.
Adiós y esperamos verte de nuevo.
Meals8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
TransportBoat, Public bus
AccommodationGuesthouse (1 night), Overnight boat (7 nights)
Dates & availability
Trip search is unavailable.
Jump to a departure month
Essential trip informationWant an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.
Our Cuba Sailing Adventure trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.
Cuba Sailing Adventure, December 2016
This sailing trip ticked a lot of boxes for me-needless to say I had a fulfilling experience. For a week I forgot about the "real world" which is a very telling affirmation of the success of this trip. I suggest that future clients acquaint themselves with the limitations in Cuba, especially with regards to the variety, availability and standards of services, technology, amenities and food(drink). More than once have I encountered negative comments from fellow travellers which I think does Cubans and the country a great disservice. I think the first world mentality needs to be set aside before embarking on a trip to this country. Cuba is changing rapidly and travellers need a flexible approach to its teething problems.
Review submitted 31 Dec 2016
Cuba Sailing Adventure, November 2016
Wonderful, relaxing, stress free trip. Opportunity to swim in turquoise blue waters, laze under the stars and drink a mojito or two. Delicious food served up daily by our chef Hugo and boat expertly guided by skipper Alberto. Highly recommend this trip!
Review submitted 08 Dec 2016