DESTINATION: TURNEFFE FLATS, BELIZE
Experience the Grand Slam. Saltwater Fly Fishing in Belize at Turneffe Flats.
Thirty miles off the coast of Belize, Turneffe Flats is located on the Turneffe Atoll, the largest of only four coral reefs in the Western Hemisphere. The Turneffe Atoll is remote and strikingly beautiful, with crystal clear waters and a wide diversity of marine life.
The Turneffe Atoll is noted for its variety of saltwater fly fishing. Plentiful bonefish, permit and tarpon make Turneffe Flats one of the rare spots in the world where you have a legitimate shot at a Grand Slam. In addition, there are a number of other game fish resident to the area creating a unique diversity of saltwater fly fishing options.
Some of the best flats are located minutes away from the resort. Long, rough boat rides aren’t necessary. It is very feasible to fish for tarpon and permit in the morning, and boat to the ocean side flats for a full afternoon of bonefish. There is also a flat right outside the doors of the cabins that is home to a large school of bone fish and an occasional permit.
Accommodations include seaside guest rooms plus two large villas. All rooms are air-conditioned and most are furnished with one queen size bed and one single bed. All rooms have private bathrooms. Three delicious meals per day feature a mix of Belizean and American cuisine. A comfortable lounge area and well-stocked bar in the main lodge provide a focal point for gathering in the evening.
All Turneffe Flats guides are English-speaking Belizeans with extensive knowledge of the water. Several have been guiding on the flats for more than three decades. They are accomplished boatmen and fly casters. They will gladly help you with the technical aspects of saltwater fly fishing if you desire assistance. Two anglers generally fish with each guide, although private boat/guide packages are available. We fish from tiller-driven 16’ Dolphin Super skiffs that were custom built in the U.S. These are comfortable boats with a nice casting deck, rod holders and dry storage.
The average fishing day at Turneffe Flats is about 8 hours; however, this is quite flexible. During tarpon season, many anglers opt to start shortly after sunrise and take a rest during the day. Hard core anglers may wade the flats in front of the lodge early in the morning, go out with your guide for the day and come back to the lodge flats and fish until sundown.
Superb snorkeling and SCUBA diving are other reasons people visit Turneffe Flats, and a variety of other activities are available. The Atoll Adventure Package is very popular with non-fishing partners and offers a fully guided daily activity such as snorkeling, sightseeing, shelling, dolphin and manatee searches, or bird watching.
Commercial flights are available to Belize City. From there, you will be met at the airport and transported to the marina for a beautiful 90 minute boat ride to Turneffe Flats.
Cost varies by season and custom options. Ask us for detailed pricing and itineraries.
For trip dates, availability and pricing please contact Andrew Pulford at 303-794-1104 or email him at Andrew@anglersall.com