The Turneffe Atoll is the largest coral atoll in the western hemisphere and as such it has long offered fantastic saltwater fishing opportunities. Situated one and one half hour’s boat ride from Belize City its relative inaccessibility ensures that as well as providing a high level of exclusivity it places the visitor in a beautiful and diverse marine environment. At 30 miles long and 10 miles wide it assures an enormous variety of fishable water.
As far as saltwater fishing lodges go, Turneffe Flats is one of the most well established and one of the most comfortable. Under the same ownership for 25 years, it has developed from an aspiration into a lodge of world repute. Idyllically located with wadeable flats 10 meters from your porch it consists of 4 individual chalets, each containing two very spacious double rooms. Each room has a private bathroom, air conditioning and ocean-fronted veranda, all eastwards facing to catch the morning sunrise. There are also two larger villas with their own sitting room which are ideal for families or groups. The main lodge has a central dining room, fully stocked bar capable of providing the most exotic of cocktails as well as a comfortable sitting area.
The Turneffe Atoll has fishing for everyone from novice to expert. The fishing tends to be a mix between poling for Permit on the ocean flats and the inner lagoon, wading the numerous ocean flats for Bonefish and Permit as well as seeking out Tarpon, Snook and Barracuda in the creeks, channels and lagoons. In addition the reef that runs North to South along the eastern shoreline proves anglers with opportunities for Snappers and Jacks.
Fish Species – Permit
Although there is enormous variety on offer with large schools of Bonefish on all the flats, Turneffe has increasingly focused on its Permit fishing for which it is world renowned. It is likely that you will see more Permit and have more opportunities at Permit than at any other destination. On the ocean flats it is common to see Permit tailing on a frequent basis and along the inner edge of the Atoll, running alongside the mangroves, it is likely that you will see not just individuals but large schools where the water ripples from the combined wakes of several dozen or more cruising fish.
The bread-and-butter of most saltwater destinations and the opportunities at Turneffe are equally good all year round, even if they sit to an extent in the shadow of the Permit fishing. The ocean sided flats are not only visually spectacular but have huge schools of Bonefish on easily wadeable flats. It is usually not a case of finding the fish but selecting a fish without spooking what are often much larger schools lurking unseen.
For many, the ultimate in terms of power and size, the Tarpon tend to inhabit the creeks and lagoons. Most Tarpon jumped are in the 60-90 pound range although there are some fish 100-150 and even monsters approaching 200 pounds. Although there are a few resident Tarpon all year round they are migratory and so are seasonal. Numbers increase from April or May and drop off in September or October with the peak months being June, July and August.
Although fishing is the mainstay of Turneffe flats it is however only the tip of the iceberg as to what is available. As such Turneffe is very popuarfor dedicated anglers with partners who would enjoy not just the opportunity to relax by the pool but experince all that this fabulous eco-system has to offer.
DIVING: The lodge has its own dive master and runs dive packages both around the atoll and to the world reknown blue hole. Belize's Atolls consistently rank among the world's top dive locations and Turneffe Flats is ideally located to take advantage of Belize's very best Scuba diving. The dive program offers 18 dives each week including a day of diving at Lighthouse Reef and the Blue Hole, weather permitting.
ATOL ADVENTURE: Explore all of the wonders and the beauty of the Turneffe Atoll, including the finest reef snorkeling in the entire Caribbean. Our unique marine eco-adventure experience features world-class snorkeling, birding, wildlife sightseeing and several other fun and informative activities. If you are so-inclined, you also can stay at the resort and lounge at the pool or on our beach. Every day offers a great new adventure and a perfect opportunity to relax - that's what our Atoll Adventure is all about.
Guests coming to Belize generally have to fly via Miami or another American hub and from there to Belize City. From there you will be collected and taken on a 15-minute drive, via Belize city to Princess Marina. From there you will be picked up and embark on a journey of about one hour to the lodge on the atoll. It is hoped that following runway extensions at the international airport there will be direct flights from Europe.
Mainland Activities - Chaa Creek Rainforest Lodge
There are excellent opportunities to combine a 3 or 4 day fishing package on Turneffe with a package of a similar length on the mainland allowing couples to enjoy much more of what Belize has to offer. Combination packages with Chaa Creek, an award winning Belizean Rainforest ecolodge, located in the heart of the ancient Maya civilisation, offers both intellectually and physically stimulating trips
Arrive Belize (NLT 15.30)
Transfer to Princes Marina
Boat Transfer to Turneffe Flats (90 mins)
6 Full Days fishing
Arrive Belize Airport (9.30am)
Jan-June - $4,390
July-20 Dec - $3,790
Rates based on double occupancy. Shorter stay pacakges of 4 or 3 nights are available on requst.
- Seven (x7) nights.
- Six (x6) days guided fly-fishing.
- Price includes accommodation
- Includes transportation from Belize City Airport.
- All meals and soft drinks.
Price does not include Belize taxes or gratuities. Lodge capacity is 18
The lodge operates all year round. For those specifically wishing to target the migratory Tarpon the season runs from April-September with the best fishing over June, July and August. Permit and Bonefish are available all year round, although the more settled weather conditions between April and August make these the prime months.
10A week at Turneffe Flats
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