The expedition to discover Cuba is going underwater.
Marine wildlife artist and conversationalist Guy Harvey’s Fort Lauderdale-based Outpost Resorts is launching a weeklong diving trip to the Caribbean island in September — lionfish derby included.
The team-led guided fishing and diving trip will leave from Miami International Airport on Sept. 14, then spend three days in Havana and four days in Maria La Gorda, on the southwestern tip of the island. The trip will focus on conservation, education and entertainment and be led by Cuban native Yoel Gonzalez.
At Maria La Gorda, the group will take part in a lionfish derby to remove the invasive species from Cuba’s reefs, where it preys on the native species that don’t recognize it as a predator. Awards will be given to the biggest and smallest lionfish caught, as well as the most lionfish caught.
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“We are incredibly excited to expand our Expedition Collection and offer these extraordinary educational adventures, beginning with Cuba,” said Cliff Jensen, director of sport fishing & watersports for Guy Harvey Outpost Collection.
Other conservation and expedition trips with Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts go to destinations such as the Galápagos Islands, Panama, Isla Mujeres and Little Cayman.
The Cuba trip includes lodging in both locations, tours in Havana and four dives, including tanks and weights, for $2,400 per person.