Cuba’s natural environment, abundant in unique species of flora and fauna thanks to a tropical climate, is one of the fundamental pillars on which the country is aiming to develop its tourist industry.
In addition to sunshine, beautiful beaches and a wealth of history and culture, providing holidaymakers with greater access to activities related to nature tourism is another initiative being undertaken to strengthen the industry on the island.
To accomplish this goal, sights have been set on Cuba’s eastern region – in particular the destination of Holguín – where Cayo Saetía is located at the entrance to Nipe Bay, considered to be the country’s largest hunting reserve with a wide variety of different animal species.
Forests cover over half of the 42 square kilometer islet, which is home to diverse fauna, including white-tailed deer, zebras and antelopes.
Hunting activities are carried out in strict accordance with both established national and international regulations, so as not to harm the environment and in order to preserve the natural surroundings.
The Gaviota Group, responsible for managing the site, also offers vacationers the unique opportunity to go on a jungle safari, and hunt wild animals amongst the thick vegetation.
For this activity, participants will be provided with transportation, specialized security, equipment, guides, and well-defined routes, while weapons can be swapped for cameras as holidaymakers make their way through this incomparable paradise free to take photos of the stunning natural landscapes.
Designed to function as a Nature Park, Cayo Saetía continues to enjoy its status as an untouched environment, through the protection of its original flora and fauna.
Visitors can travel to various points across the island in specially designed vehicles, during which they will encounter wild boar, buffalo, peacocks, zebras, ostriches, antelopes, bush rats, Cuban trogons and wild bulls.
In addition to the aforementioned species, the park is also home to several different types of birds, which at certain times of the year sees the arrival of more migratory species.
A coral reef which surrounds the islet, located on the northern coast of Holguín province, also provides plenty of options for lovers of diving.
Clear waters, fine white sand and a coastline speckled with light brown rock formations - various hues of which are found across the islet’s 12 beaches, creating exceptional scenery - constitute singular features of the site.
In regards to infrastructure, the key offers 12 air-conditioned rooms all equipped with a television, and a restaurant specializing in exotic meats and traditional Cuban cuisine where tourists can enjoy a wide variety of dishes prepared with ingredients found on the islet, in addition to fish and other seafood options caught in adjacent waters.