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Turneffe Flats | Saltwater Fly Fishing | Belize

Tour code: BEL006  
Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Turneffe Flats is known as one of the world’s premier flats fishing destinations and another great destination where Grand Slam species can be caught all year round. Turneffe Flats has a great variety of accommodation catering perfectly for couples as well as groups.


Turneffe Atoll is the largest of only four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere and is best known for its variety of fishing. The resort built its first guest cabins in 1985, the first guests at the lodge had such a fantastic experience that one member of the group soon became a shareholder. The resort continued with extra cabins and upgrades taking place throughout the late 80s and 90s and even being the first Lodge to use the custom-built Dolphin flats skiff boats. In 1998 and 2000 respectively the Atoll was hit by two major Hurricanes resulting in major damage, in 2001 the major remodelling of the lodge was completed.


Bonefish have been a primary target of anglers here for over 20 years. While wading the expansive flats you will regularly see large schools of Bonefish providing a great opportunity for new saltwater anglers to learn the basics of the sport.

There is also plenty of challenging fishing for those who enjoy stalking larger fish in skinny water. Permit are the prime objective for many anglers and Belize has gained a reputation as the Permit capital of the world. As much hunting as it is fishing, Permit present a unique challenge and many guests have celebrated their first ever Permit here. Most Permits are found as singles or in small groups throughout the Turneffe Atoll, although you frequently see larger schools of Permit tailing in shallow water. With the help of your experienced guide, the correct fly can be picked and presented often resulting in hooked fish.

Turneffe Flats has a great pedigree in producing some first class Tarpon fishing and produces Tarpon all year round. Although there are always some resident Tarpon to be found, the migratory Tarpon season extends from May until October and this is generally when the larger fish turn up. Tarpon inhabit the creeks, channels and lagoons of the Atoll and most Tarpon jumped are 60-90 pounds, with some fish in the 100-150 pound range and occasional monsters approaching 200 pounds.

Other species that can be found around the atoll include Triggers, Snook, Jacks, Snapper and Barracuda. These can be great fun to catch in between targeting the main slam species of the Atoll.


During fishing days you will travel with your guide in teams of two via the flats boat spotting for tailing fish and then take it in turns to take shots at what presents itself.

If you have any questions about our fishing trips contact our experienced team who will be able to help with any questions you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure.

Turneffe Flats

The social center of Turneffe Flats is the main Lodge, which provide incredible views from the upper and lower decks. This makes it a favourite spot for many customers to relax. The main Lodge also includes the dining room, bar and sitting area as well as a fully stocked gift shop and fly shop. This Lodge also has a stunning oceanfront infinity pool with spectacular views over the reef. All accommodations at Turneffe Flats are fully air-conditioned, including the main Lodge.

Meals are a tasty combination of Belizean and International dishes. Fresh seafood, local produce and home-baked pastries are standard fare. Depending upon your plans and your preference, you have the option to take a packed lunch or return for lunch each day. Following hors d’oeuvres and refreshments in the evening, dinner is comprised of soup or salad, entree and a delicious dessert. Entrees vary among seafood, chicken, pork and beef and we do our best to accommodate special dietary needs. The bar is located in the Lodge just adjacent to the dining area with plenty of open space to gather after a day of fishing, diving and adventure.

At Turneffe Flats you have a choice of accommodations:

Beach Cabanas

There are 8 spacious, air-conditioned cabanas, which all are located on the beach with a panoramic view of Turneffe’s coral reef. Each cabana has 2 queen sized beds, built in dresser and desk. There is also a large private bath with two sinks and a large walk-in shower.

Reef Villa

The Reef Villa is a 3 bedroom villa with common area. The common area includes a sitting area with satellite television and a small kitchenette without cooking facilities. The largest bedroom has 2 queen beds and the other 2 bedrooms each feature 1 queen bed and 1 twin bed. All bedrooms have their own private bathrooms.

Garden Villa

The Garden Villa is also a 3 bedroom villa with a larger common area. This building is set slightly back from the beach, but has wonderful views of the manicured grounds and the Caribbean. The spacious common area is a great gathering area for friends and family. Satellite television and a small kitchen area, without cooking facilities, compliment this room. The Villa has 3 nicely appointed guest rooms, each with a private bathroom.

Board: Full board
Rooms: 1,2 & 3 bedded rooms
Internet: WiFi in main lodge
Laundry: Nominal charge
Power: 110 volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout
Meals: In dining room
Alcohol: In main lodge (chargeable)
Shop: Gift shop
Cards Accepted: Credit & debt cards
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Miami Airport Hotel

We use a variety of hotels in or around Miami airport for your overnight stay as it allows you to break up the journey if you so wish to do so.

All hotels that we use are a minimum of 3 stars and will include all the basic facilities listed below. If you wish, we can discuss, which hotel to use to suit your own personal requirements.

Board: Bed & breakfast
Rooms: Single, double & twin available
Telephone: In room
Internet: Free in lobby
Laundry: For a nominal charge
Power: 110 volt in rooms
Air Conditioning: Throughout hotel
Meals: Breakfast in restaurant
Alcohol: Available to purchase
Cards Accepted: Debit & credit cards
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 2lb to 12lb
Average Weight: 3.5lb
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 2lb to 60lb
Average Weight: 11lb
Season: All Year
Peak: May to October
Weight: 5lb to 150lb
Average Weight: 90lb
Suggested Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one as we have flights departing from the UK everyday, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with more fishing days or adding more nights in Belize, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

DAY 1: (Friday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Arrive Miami

On arrival at Miami take a taxi to your overnight hotel.

Overnight accommodation: Miami Airport Hotel (Twin Rooms) B/B

DAY 2: (Saturday)

Depart Miami

Arrive Belize

On arrival at Belize City, our representative will meet you and transport you to the Radisson Marina.

At the Marina, you will be notified of the boat’s scheduled departure time, which varies according to the customer’s arrivals.

The trip by boat to Turneffe Flats takes 90 minutes.

Overnight Accommodation: Turneffe Flats accommodation of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 3: (Sunday) Fishing Day.

An average fishing day at Turneffe Flats is about 8 hours; however, this is quite flexible.

Overnight Accommodation: Turneffe Flats accommodation of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 4: (Monday) Fishing Day.

During Tarpon season opt to start shortly after sunrise and take a rest during the day.

Overnight Accommodation: Turneffe Flats accommodation of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 5: (Tuesday) Fishing Day.

Spend the whole day with your guide on the flats if you wish.

Overnight Accommodation: Turneffe Flats accommodation of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 6: (Wednesday) Fishing Day.

Each day the fishing is normally based on 2 anglers per guide.

Overnight Accommodation: Turneffe Flats accommodation of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 7: (Thursday) Fishing Day.

If you are a hard-core angler, you can 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.

Overnight Accommodation: Turneffe Flats accommodation of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 8: (Friday) Fishing Day.

Spend your last day fishing the flats.

Overnight Accommodation: Turneffe Flats accommodation of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 9: (Saturday)

After a light breakfast you will be transferred by boat to Belize City Marina and then onto the airport.

Depart Belize
Arrive Miami
Depart Miami

DAY 10: (Sunday)

Arrive UK

Dates & Prices

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23/06/201921/12/20191096£4,635On Request  Book Now
29/12/201922/06/20201096£5,280On Request  Book Now
23/06/202021/12/20201096£4,778On Request  Book Now
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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.

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What's Included & Excluded
  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 6 days fishing
  • All meals at Lodge
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Park fees
  • Fishing tackle
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Departure tax

Flight upgrades

Additional nights either at lodge or any Belize hotel

Single room upgrades

Tour Notes


No visa for UK citizens required.

Note: Because your flight will involve travelling into the USA, you will be required before travel to complete an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online, which is compulsory for all USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers before boarding an air or sea carrier to the USA.

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 a $35 USD additional departure tax payable upon leaving Belize however this can change regularly.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Miami (approx 9hrs), Miami – Belize City (approx 2 hrs),

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

Belize City – Turneffe Flats (approx 90 mins by boat)

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