Responsible tourism: Cuba sailing holiday, Canarreos Archipelago and Cayo Largo
By operating with a sailing yacht and following scuba diving best practices, we are able to impact the environment in a significant and positive way.
As a sailing yacht, our vessel minimizes its impact on the environment, especially when compared to large catamarans or motorized yachts. The yacht uses the natural power of its sails to navigate to its destination. Not only do this provide a genuine nautical experience for travellers, but it also minimizes the damage on Cuba’s waters through the use of gasoline. Though we may use in some cases, it does so only when absolutely necessary, and still at a rate that’s significantly less than other sailing and diving providers in the region and abroad.
We are proud to be able to provide a sailing and/or diving holiday to its guests. The crew has a lot of experience diving around the world and emphasizes the importance of having a certification and following its best practices. One of this is to preserve the natural state of the marine life and environment encountered while exploring Cuba’s depths. We encourage not only our divers, but sailors and snorkelers to respect and observe Cuba’s underwater ecosystems. Doing this not only preserves this experience for future travellers, but minimizes the environmental harm on marine life in the area.
Finally, we are proud to work with local partners in Cuba to provide environmentally efficient airport transfers to the marina. We work with our guests to carpool them to their destination at a cost-effective and environmentally friendly rate.
We are proud to work with the government of Cuba and the local Cuban economy to support its operations. We work actively with the Cuban government to set positive standards for nautical tourism in the region. Our captain meets with the government on a monthly basis to share learnings and discuss how we are fulfilling the government’s economic mandate.
Crew members are employed locally, which not only brings a wealth of experience and insight to one’s travelling experience, but also goes back to supporting the local communities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Our divemaster and mariner, both of Cuban origin, have a combined decades worth of experience diving and sailing in the region. This means we can its partners.
Materials, food, and equipment are locally sourced. All meals provided are made with ingredients sourced from local suppliers. We work actively with partners from around the world to import knowledge and materials to support Cuban manufacturers and its operation. This means we provide schematics from outside of Cuba to Cuban manufacturers for boat repairs and upgrades. By working with local partners, we are able to provide authentic access to Cuba’s culture and cuisine.