The Fishing at Tiamo

The big draw of the Bahamas is the sight fishing for bonefish and South Andros offers some of the best bonefishing in the world. Tiamo has access to an enormous area of unspoilt and barely exploited bonefish flats. The lodge calls on a pool of local English speaking guides who have accumulated many generations of knowledge and experience navigating and fishing the diverse array flats and waterways that interconnect the myriad of islands, creeks and cays. On unguided fishing days you can just as easily be dropped off a mile or so from the lodge and patrol back to Tiamo fishing as you go. If ‘Bigger is better’ then take a day in the comprehensively equipped bluewater boat and tackle all manner of gamefish.


South Andros -The Area

Andros Island is considered to be the largest unexplored tract of land in the western hemisphere, at 100 miles long by 40 miles wide it covers an area of roughly 2,300 square miles. Andros sits in the middle of the Great Bahama Bank and is flanked to the east by The Tongue of the Ocean, a deepwater trough that drops to more than five thousand feet not more than a mile offshore. Along the edge of “the drop” lies the third largest barrier reef in the world.(Hence the wonderful diving and snorkelling available within sight of Tiamo) Andros Island itself is riddled with innumerable tidal creeks and inland flats, all home to an incredible diversity of marine life. This environment has resulted in some of the best, largest and most under-exploited Bonefishing Flats in the world. South Andros has been named the ‘World’s bonefishing capital’ for good reason.


The Accommodation at Tiamo

Tiamo has had a dedicated following as a secluded eco-resort for many years. Situated on a private white sand beach all the cottages are within 20 yards of the water. In 2009 Tiamo came under new ownership and underwent extensive remodeling and upgrading.

It now offers the levels of service and comfort that ‘non-fishing partners’ would not only happily accept on a ‘fisherman’s holiday’ but will have couples booking repeat trips every year. Each of the cottages is beautifully constructed with sumptuous linen and lashings of Caribbean charm. There are various styles of cottages available ranging from the secluded honeymoon Pool Cottages, complete with private Jacuzzi, to the simple Sunset villas, ideally suited to fishing partners who are likely to spend the majority of the day on the flats.

Delicious meals compliment your stay at Tiamo.  


Living at Tiamo

Every aspect of your stay at Tiamo is designed to ensure that when you leave you feel revitalised in body and soul. A resident  and acclaimed chef prepares a heady mix of Bahamian and fusion cuisine and the lodge has an enviable cellar of wines from around the world. The heart of the lodge is the Great Room that looks out onto a infinity pool and the ocean beyond. Relax by the pool with cocktails during the day or enjoy the peace of the oak panelled library in the evening. Non-fishers can depart for a picnic and a day of tranquillity on a secluded and magical white-sand beach.


Saltwater Fishing on South Andros and what To Expect

  • Bonefish (Bones) - The ghosts of the flats, bonefish patrol the flats in huge numbers providing superb action. Bonefish in the Bahamas range in size from 2-15 pounds although on average bonefish will be in the 3-5 pound range. Do not be misled by their comparatively ‘small’ size. Sighted fishing for bones on a fly rod is exceptional sport and in shallow water when hooked they will run...and run...and run!
  • Permit - These are one of the most fickle yet rewarding saltwater gamefish. Typically identified by their protruding coal black forked tails, permit are found regularly in the water of the Bahamas and it is not uncommon to see them on the flats while pursuing bonefish. Permit in the Bahamas range in sizes from 3-40 pounds with the average being between 8-15 pounds.
  • Tarpon - Although tarpon are not the primary target on Andros, they are available and in pretty good numbers. Tarpon are most often seen in and around creeks or around fresh water springs and blue holes. Most tarpon in the Bahamas range in size between 30-60 pounds; however bigger fish are not out of the norm. Big tarpon up to and over 100 pounds are often sighted and cast to, especially on the west side of Andros Island.
  • Bluewater Species – Tiamo has a fully equipped bluewater boat suitable for catching all manner of bluewater species including dorado, wahoo, yellow fin tuna and the possibility of a Sailfish or Marlin. Guests may be requested if they would like to come and help catch supper while those who would like a full day of blue-water action can charter the boat at a very reasonable rate.


Non-Fishing Options

Tiamo, although perfectly positioned to take advantage of the superb fishing on South Andros, is focused on providing an experience that is second to none for couples in general. Outside of the idyllic Caribbean pool/beachside life a few alternative options are listed below:

  • Spa & Gym – Tone up in the gym and then indulge in some serious pampering in Tiamo’s luxurious new Spa.
  • Snorkeling & Diving – The Andros Barrier Reef is the third largest reef in the world and has excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities. Follow in the footsteps of veteran celebrity diver Jacques Cousteau and take advantage of the fully qualified PADI dive master to enjoy a day under the ocean.
  • Sailing & Kayaks – Take a quick lesson from the beach team team and before long you can be skimming across the ocean, resting on the hammock nets of the easy to handle trimarans. Alternatively pick up a paddle and explore the waterways by kayak…with or without a fishing rod.
  • Nature Tours – Under the guidance of a local expert who is very knowledgable on local medicinal plants some with surprising names!!?? trek through the bush, to several blue holes via a bat cave, and look out for the 330 different species of birds and 20 species of wild orchids on South Andros.Finally take a refreshing swim in a blue hole with a very high mineral content. If this sounds too energetic use one of the several trails around Tiamo and then sit on the pool deck watching for hummingbirds.


Getting to Tiamo

Guests fly to Nassau or Fort Lauderdale and from there take a domestic transfer/charter to Congo Town or Mangrove Cay. From there you will be collected by lodge staff and ferried by car and boat the 20-minute journey to the lodge.

Private float-plane charters can also be arranged.


Availability and Pricing for the 2018 Season


Low Season-1 - 15 Nov & 1 June -31 August

High Season-10 Jan - 31 May

Peak Season 16 Dec - 10 Jan

Accommodation Rate:

Daily Rates

Sunset Villa Low $700 High $800 Peak $1,400
Cool Villa Low $1,100 High 1,300 Peak $2,000
Pool Villa Low $1,300 High 1,500 Peak $2,500
All rates in USD per accommodation per night based on 2 people sharing

Please ask for specials on 7 nights / pay 5 and other deals available throughout the season.

Accommodation Rate Includes:

- Full Board at Tiamo including all soft drinks.
- Local Transfers from Congo Town or Mangrove Cay.
- Range of non-fishing activities: Canoeing, Snorkeling, Picnics, Sailing, Gym etc.

Fishing Rates:

Half day guided Fishing $350
Full day guided fishing - $500


Price does not include international flights, domestic flights, alcoholic drinks, spa or gratuities.

Best Time To Go

The season runs from October to mid-June. Bonefishing is consistently good although November-February is the best time to go for a trophy Bonefish whilst March –mid June may be considered the most prolific months. Resident Tarpon are available all year round with migratory Tarpon being present from May-June.


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