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Abaco Lodge | Bahamas | Saltwater Fly Fishing

Overview

Tour code: BAH002

Abaco Lodge is located on the Marls side of Great Abaco Island, in the Bahamas. This area is known as the “Marls of Abaco.” It has a vast expanse of prime, wilderness Bonefish. This destination has long been known by well-travelled bone fishermen as one of the most unique and productive fisheries in the Bahamas.

Abaco has more than 400 square miles of flats; none better known than the Marls on the western side of the island. Abaco Lodge is centrally located directly on the Marl side of the island with access to them all. For twenty miles, the average depth is 4ft, a Bone fisherman couldn’t ask for a better backyard.

It would take a lifetime to fish the entire Marls alone but Abaco also offers some incredible fishing on the eastern ocean side of the island. The Bonefish on the Marls average 4-6 pounds with plenty of shots at bigger fish. The ocean side flats offer opportunities at some of the largest Bonefish in the Bahamas, but they are incredible wary creatures. Although primarily a Bone fishery, Abaco offers occasional shots at Permit and Tarpon so we recommend you bring the appropriate tackle just in case.

The guides are highly professional and more than meet the high standards of the lodge operation. They are also commercial fishermen for Lobster and Conch in the offseason and as such they know these waters inside out.

They understand the effect of the tides and know where to go under different weather conditions. They also know the honey holes where a Permit, Snook or Tarpon can be found, and this can be a nice addition to Bonefish fishing.

If you have any questions on the saltwater fly fishing trip we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

Accommodation
Abaco Lodge

Abaco Lodge sits on the rocky shoreline of the Marls on the west side of Abaco. Enjoy a cold drink in the pool as you watch the sunset after a day of fishing and tell fishing stories by the Oceanside fire pit in the evening.

The lodge has eight air-conditioned private rooms with private bath, each room has beds, electricity, air-conditioning, plus storage space for clothes and fishing tackle. The lodge also has a pool, a sitting room, an outside fire pit, and patio space. You can fish all day and not miss a beat of what is going on at home with the lodge’s computer with high-speed internet available for our customers plus WiFi is available throughout.

Phone service is available and the lodge has a new flat screen television for everyone to enjoy. There is a main bar fully stocked with spirits, cold beers, soft drinks, plenty of ice, a blender and mixers for cocktails.

Dining at the lodge is amazing, the freshly cooked food is as good as you would receive at any 5-star tropical hotel, making Abaco Lodge the ideal destination to also bring along your non-angling partner.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin rooms
Telephone: In lodge (chargeable)
Internet: Free compter station & WiFi
Laundry: Nominal charge
Power: 120 volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout
Meals: In dining room
Alcohol: All beer, wine & spirits included
Equipment Hire: Rods & reels included
Shop: Fly shop
Cards Accepted: Credit & debit cards
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Bonefish
Season: March to July - October to November
Peak: April to May
Weight: 1lb to 10lb
Average Weight: 5lb
Permit
Season: March to July - October to November
Peak: April to May
Weight: 1lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 7lb

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one as we have direct flights departing from the UK with British Airways everyday except Mondays, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days in Nassau, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive in Nassau.

Depart from Nassau
Arrive at Marsh Harbour

At the airport, your host and a driver will meet you.

Once your bags are loaded into our air-conditioned transport, you will be driven straight to the lodge which is about 10 minutes north.

When you arrive at the lodge, the staff will greet you and show you to your room, where you will find your bags.

Overnight Accommodation: Abaco Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 2: Fishing Day

Breakfast is served at 7 AM. You will leave the dock at 8 AM for a full days flats fishing and return between 4 – 5 PM. Fishing is based on two rods to one guide and skiff.

Overnight Accommodation: Abaco Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 3: Fishing Day

You will have full days fishing with your guide and skiff, that are equipped with padded seats, backrest and a lean bar in the front. Making them the perfect platform to cast from at patrolling fish.

Overnight Accommodation: Abaco Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 4: Fishing Day

Depart for another day of fantastic flats fishing.

Your guide will bring picnic lunches and cold drinks to the flats in a cooler each day.

You will access the Marls directly from the lodge dock. The flats on the ocean side require a short drive, runs to the flats vary from 10 to 45 minutes.

Overnight Accommodation: Abaco Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 5: Fishing Day

This will be your last full day on the flats fishing with your guide and although the majority of the fishing is done from the boat, wading opportunities do exist if you prefer to try and get up closer to your target species.

Overnight Accommodation: Abaco Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 6:

After lunch, you will be returned back to Marsh Harbour Airport to start your return journey home.

Depart Marsh Harbour
Arrive in Nassau.

Depart Nassau

Day 7:

Arrive UK.

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/10/2019 29/02/2020 7 6 4 £5,395 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2020 30/06/2020 7 6 4 £5,600 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 4 days fishing
  • Loaner rods & reels
  • All meals at Lodge
  • All beer, wine & spirits

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Terminal tackle
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights either at Lodge or Nassau

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry is required. No visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is departure tax of around $15 however this can change regularly.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Nassau (approx 9.5 hours) Nassau – Marsh Harbour (approx 1 hour)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Marsh Harbour – Abaco Lodge (approx 10 Minutes)

Blogs

Reviews

Michael

The experience left us wanting nothing while not being over the top, we are not the Ritz and Four Seasons types and Abaco Lodge was a comfortable, luxurious experience with great food and gret people while never making us feel uncomfortable or guilty of opulence. simple yet elegant we love it.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Wow such a nice review and comments.

Thank you for taking the time to complete a customers feedback, very much appreciated.

Matt

Amenities and hospitality was top notch.

Guides are very well versed in their craft and knowledgeable about all things related to the island and surrounding area.

In total a wonderful holiday.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Matt, we agree such a wonderful destination to make such a wonderful holiday, see you again soon.

Thomas

Everything we expected and more.

Fishing was great and the guides were very helpful – finding fish and positioning the boat for the best possible cast.

Accommodations were very comfortable and the staff were professional and polite.

The food was fantastic and imaginative.

We will definitely be back in the spring for a longer trip and hopefully bring another couple with us.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for the review and kind words, we will all look forward in you returning soon.

Bruce

The experience was more like staying at a friend’s house who just happens to have a professional staff at your service.

My 12 year old son says it was the best holiday ever !

We loved it and will recommend it to our friends and family.

We probably won’t be able to return next year but we will return for sure in the not to distant future.

Thanks for everything

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Bruce, all the staff said it was a pleasure having both you and your son.

F

A long way to travel but thats the beauty of the fishing.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Yes you are correct its a long way to travel, however the travel is quite straight forward and as you have clearly stated well worth the effort. Look forward in assisting you with all your future travels Regards Phil

Trevor

Had a great time chasing the Bones, the guides are amazing at spotting these fish, sometimes they had to be under my feet for me to see them.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Trevor, ha ha yes they can be very hard to spot at times, but glad you managed to bag a few. Regards Mathew

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