BELIZE - TURNEFFE FLATS

Location

Situated about 30 miles off the coast of Belize City, Turneffe Flats has long been recognized as a premier saltwater fly fishing and marine ecotourism destination. It's located on Belize's Turneffe Atoll, the largest and most biologically diverse atoll in the Caribbean.

The Fishing

Turneffe Atoll has long been recognized as one the finest flats fishing destinations found anywhere! It's blessed with a vast network of wadeable bonefish flats that seemingly go on forever. The Turneffe Atoll is the largest of the four coral atolls found in the Western Hemisphere and Turneffe Flats Lodge is beautifully situated in the midst of countless productive flats, the majority of which are only 5 to 20 minutes away. The expansive lush flats found out at Turneffe are full of crabs, shrimp and other bonefish foods. This translates into incredible numbers of bonefish, both in large and small schools, as well as singles and doubles. Wading these picturesque flats while sight casting to tailing and cruising bonefish is an absolute joy. The hard packed coral flats are relatively easy to wade, and anglers of all ages can handle the terrain.

Bonefishing is a mainstay of the fishing at Turneffe Flats Lodge, with miles of crystal clear, wadeable flats. Anglers can either wade or fish from the boat, depending on preference as well as what the situation dictates. Permit are found throughout the year in abundance out at Turneffe, usually in the cuts and channels and on the edges of the coral flats. The fish range between 8 and 20 pounds, although larger fish are caught with a fair degree of regularity. Even though there are times when permit are found in very shallow water, most often anglers targeting permit will encounter them in 6 to 10 feet of water.

The tarpon fishing can be excellent during the spring and summer months.Most of our migratory tarpon are in the 70-90 pound range, but we see a few 150-200 pound monsters each year. As a result, if you're serious about chasing a "Slam", there are few better places anywhere on earth that Turneffe in the spring and summer. The skinny water fishing is that good and it's supported by a guide base that is first rate. Turneffe Flats Lodge offers a wonderful environment and delivers a first class angling experience.


Trip Information

Documents Required

For American, Canadian, and E.U. citizens, all that is required for entrance to Belize is a valid passport. If you plan to spend more than a month in Belize, you will have to request an extension from the Immigration Office. Guests from China, Columbia, Cuba, India, South Africa, and Taiwan require a visa for entrance to Belize. Visa information can be obtained from the Belize Immigration and Nationality Department, Belmopan, Cayo District, Belize, Central America. (telephone 011-501-8-22423 or fax 011-501-8-22662)

Boats and Equipment

16 foot Super Dolphin skiffs powered by 60 h.p. engines. The skiffs have rod holders, poling platforms and a generous casting area at the front of the skiff

Fly and spin casting welcome

Species

barracuda, bonefish, grouper, jack crevelle, marlin, permit, tarpon, wahoo

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Season

Year-round

Capacity

8 anglers

Accommodations

The comfortable guestrooms of the Princess Hotel and Casino are located right on the beach and all have a fantastic view of the Caribbean. Each room is centrally air-conditioned and furnished with one queen-size bed and one single bed. All rooms have private baths with 2 sinks and a shower. Budget-friendly to luxurious accommodations are also available. Please contact us with your lodging preferences for a customized quote.

Getting There

International flights to Belize travel through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte. American, Delta, Continental, US Air, and Taca all serve Belize.

Guests will fly into Belize City, where they will be met by a Flytreks representative. Guests are then escorted to a domestic air carrier for a 35 minute flight to Placencia. An assistant will ensure that luggage is properly tagged to the correct destination and will help with lost luggage should assistance be necessary. Upon arrival in Placencia, you'll be met by our taxi driver, who will drive you to the hotel.

What's included

  • Being met as soon as you clear customs at Belize International Airport
  • Round trip taxi service from Belize International to the Princess Hotel in Belize City
  • Round trip water taxi service from the Princess Hotel to the Turneffe Flats
  • Number of nights accommodations as specified in booking
  • Number of days guided fishing as specified in booking
  • All meals

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Belize International Airport
  • Fly fishing equipment
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Accommodations in Belize City (if needed)
  • Meals in Belize City (if needed)
  • Gratuities
  • Departure tax is typically included in international airfare – please check with airline

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