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Turneffe Flats | Saltwater Fly Fishing | Belize

Overview

Tour code: BEL006  

The stunning Turneffe Flats is a little piece of paradise like no other and is known around the world for providing some of the best saltwater flats fishing while experiencing some of the finest services. Immerse yourself in this tropical paradise while wading crystal clear flats looking for those tailing fish or carefully wind yourself through the shallow reefs being poled by one of the superb guides in search of that dream chance of a Grand Slam of Bonefish, Permit and a Tarpon all in a single day. For over 30 years Turneffe Flats has been recognised as one of the world’s finest saltwater fly fishing destinations with many Trip advisor awards that the staff and guides have worked so hard to achieve you will certainly feel all of their passion as soon as you step foot in this dream saltwater fly fishing location.

Location

At approximately 17 degrees north, Belize is the northernmost country in Central America. Belize is bordered south and west by Guatemala and the north by Mexico and out to the east, you will find the stunning shimmering Caribbean Sea. The country of Belize is relatively small with it only being 200 miles from north to south and only 100 miles across. Belize in comparison is relatively small but very diverse, much of the coastline is mangrove forests which is home to a huge diverse fish eco-system and protects Belize from storms and erosion and more inland you will find dense rainforests home to some stunning wildlife. Also along the coast are nearly a thousand islands locally known as ‘Cayes’ as well as three of only four coral atolls in the hemisphere.

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. After the devastation of the hurricane, Turneffe Flats remodelled the resort expanding the dining room and added air-conditioning which leads us up to the present day and once you have witnessed what the lovely staff and the long-standing owners have created here you will call this your second home.

Fishing

For more than 30 years this resort has built a huge reputation within the saltwater fly community due to the ability to sight-fish for Permit, Bonefish and Tarpon on any given day making Turneffe Flats one of the few places where a Grand Slam is always possible. Turneffe Atoll is the largest Atoll of only four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere and is best known for its wide array of saltwater fishing.

Bonefish have been a primary target of anglers here for over 30 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 while still offering the more experienced great and sometimes challenging opportunities. With Bonefish approaching double figures it gives ideal situations for anglers to experience skinny water fishing at its best and you will get to witness some the world’s most picturesque flats known to man-kind. Most of the fishing for Bonefish in Turneffes Central and Northern Lagoons is often done from the bow of your skiff. The Bonefish in these lagoons take on a beautiful brownish-green colouration this is due to them blending into their surroundings and it is believed that the sort after golden coloured Bonefish often spotted can only be caught at Turneffe. They stand out very clearly from the rest of the shoal and more often than not, they are the largest fish in the shoal.

Belize is recognised around the world by saltwater fly anglers as the Permit capital of the world and with many very experienced anglers landing their very first Permit at Turneffe.
With over 250 square miles of the fishing area, it is no wonder that many anglers have focused their attention on this wonderful fishery. The Permit fishing is normally focused around shallow bars and flats inside Turneffes central lagoon from the bow of the Dolphin skiff however there are lots of wadable flats on the ocean side. The Permit flats average around 1 to 3 feet deep and are covered in turtle grass, hard coral and sandy bottom which makes for some really challenging fishing.

Turneffe Flats has a great pedigree in producing some first-class Tarpon fishing and produces Tarpon all year round. Although there is 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.

The skiffs you will be using each day are 16ft Dolphin Super Skiffs custom built in the states. These boats have been designed to cut through the chop and also pole well in skinny water. They all come equipped with large casting decks and rod holders capable of holding 6 rods. If you prefer to have a lean bar please request one and one will be added to your boat.

There is also a very well stocked tackle shop onsite that can provide all you flies, lines basically everything you will need to fish at Turneffe Flats. It is also possible to hire all your equipment from rods and reels and even wading boots.

Guiding

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.

Other Activities

As mentioned previously, this is not just a fish resort they cater for all manner of guests form your family holidays with a couple of days fishing to your more seasoned anglers who want full-on fishing experience. You will find many non-fishing activities from eco-adventures to many different diving opportunities. If you would like a full detailed list of all the activities please ask a member of the Sportquest team who will be more than happy to assist.

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.

Accommodation
Turneffe Flats

This stunning picturesque resort was founded back in 1985 where they welcomed the very first guests and since then the resort has grown into what people now see. Back in 1985 there were only two small cabins and only had power from a generator for a couple of hours per day, cold showers were the norm as hot water was to arrive a couple of years later. Then in 1988, they decided to extend the buildings to house more customers and then each until today they have been working tirelessly to get this resort to where it is now which is world re-nouned for being a luxury eco and saltwater fishermen’s dream location.

Resort

The social centre 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.

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. Each Cabana has a small oceanside deck ideal for taking morning coffee or watching the world go by. This accommodation is what our standard itinerary is based on.

Reef Villa

The Reef Villa is a 3 bedroom villa with common area and are ideal units for small groups or families. 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. Each Reef villa has a screened veranda, satellite television and stunning views of the open ocean.

Garden Villa

The Garden Villa is also a 3 bedroom villa with a larger common area ideal for larger groups and large families. 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.

Food & Drink

Meals are a tasty combination of Belizean and International dishes. Fresh seafood, local produce and home-baked pastries are standard fares. 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.

On Location

Explore all of the wonders and the beauty of Turneffe Atoll, including the finest reef snorkelling in the Caribbean.  Enjoy the unique marine eco-adventures features world-class snorkelling, birding, wildlife sightseeing, plus several other fun and informative activities. If you prefer, you also can stay at the resort and lounge at the pool or on the stunning beach. Every day offers both a great new adventure and a perfect opportunity to relax.

If you would like to know more about Turneffe Flats Resort, please feel free to contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure.

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
Species Information
Bonefish
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 2lb to 12lb
Average Weight: 3.5lb
Permit
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 2lb to 60lb
Average Weight: 11lb
Tarpon
Season: All Year
Peak: May to October
Weight: 5lb to 150lb
Average Weight: 90lb

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one as we have flights departing from the UK every day, 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 Airport, you will need to make your way to the baggage reclaim area to collect your luggage. Once you have your luggage make your way out of the terminal and take a taxi to your overnight hotel. (Taxi not included)

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

Day 2: (Saturday)

In the morning, you will need to book a taxi back to Miami airport for your onward flight. Speak to the hotel reception and they will assist in booking your taxi (Taxi not included)

Depart Miami
Arrive Belize

On arrival at Belize City, a representative from Turneffe Flats 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. Once you have arrived you will be greeted and then taken to your room where you will then have the rest of the day to unpack and relax.

Overnight accommodation: Turneffe Flats Beach Cabana (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 3: Fishing Day (Sunday)

An average fishing day at Turneffe Flats is about 8 hours however this is quite flexible. Each day you will speak to your guide who will ask what you would like to fish for.

Overnight Accommodation: Turneffe Flats Beach Cabana (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 4: Fishing Day (Monday)

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

Overnight Accommodation: Turneffe Flats Beach Cabana (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 5: Fishing Day (Tuesday)

You will spend the whole day with your guide on the flats targeting the fish of your choice

Overnight Accommodation: Turneffe Flats Beach Cabana (Twin Rooms) F/B

Days 6 & 7: Fishing Days (Wednesday & Thursday)

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

Overnight Accommodation: Turneffe Flats Beach Cabana (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 8: Fishing Day (Friday)

You will spend your last day fishing the flats or why not choose wade the ocean side after tailing Bonefish

Overnight Accommodation: Turneffe Flats Beach Cabana (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 in Miami

Depart Miami

Day 10:

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.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/10/2020 31/10/2020 10 9 6 £4,748 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2020 30/11/2020 10 9 6 £4,748 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2020 31/12/2020 10 9 6 £4,748 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2021 31/01/2021 10 9 6 £5,280 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2021 28/02/2021 10 9 6 £5,280 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2021 31/03/2021 10 9 6 £5,280 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/04/2021 30/04/2021 10 9 6 £5,280 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2021 31/05/2021 10 9 6 £5,280 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2021 30/06/2021 10 9 6 £5,280 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2021 31/07/2021 10 9 6 £4,830 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/08/2021 31/08/2021 10 9 6 £4,830 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2021 30/09/2021 10 9 6 £4,830 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2021 31/10/2021 10 9 6 £4,830 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2021 30/11/2021 10 9 6 £4,830 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2021 31/12/2021 10 9 6 £4,830 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2022 31/01/2022 10 9 6 £4,912 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2022 28/02/2022 10 9 6 £4,912 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2022 31/03/2022 10 9 6 £4,912 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/04/2022 30/04/2022 10 9 6 £4,912 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2022 31/05/2022 10 9 6 £4,912 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2022 30/06/2022 10 9 6 £4,912 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and the Turneffe Flats Beach Cabana for 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
  • 6 days fishing
  • All meals at Lodge

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Park fees
  • Fishing tackle
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Departure tax
  • A la Carte Menu

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights either at the lodge or any Belize hotel

  • Single room upgrades

  • Private Villa Upgrades available

  • Reef Villa Upgrades available

  • Fishing tackle can be rented including fly rods and reels

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

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 the 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 are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airline’s 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)

Questions & Answers

WHERE IS THE LODGE?

At approximately 17 degrees north, Belize is the northernmost country in Central America. Belize is bordered south and west by Guatemala and the north by Mexico and out to the east, you will find the stunning shimmering Caribbean Sea. The country of Belize is relatively small with it only being 200 miles from north to south and only 100 miles across.

WHERE WILL I FISH?

Turneffe Atoll is the largest Atoll of only four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere and is best known for its wide array of saltwater fishing. Most of the fishing for Bonefish and Permit will be done in Turneffes Central and Northern Lagoons and is often done from the bow of your skiff.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REACH THE FISHING GROUNDS?

This all depends on the species you are targeting. Some of the very productive flats are only 5 minutes from the Marina but some can be over an hour boat ride. The guides will sit with you each morning and come up with a plan so you are aware of what and where you will be fishing.

WHAT SPECIES WILL I CATCH?

The main targets will be Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon however the is a large array of species available at Turneffe Flats wich is why it is very popular with many saltwater flyfishermen.

HOW WILL I FISH?

The majority of the fishing will be performed from the bow of the boat while being poled around the numerous flats and channels. The water depths are on average between 1 – 3ft so spotting fish in good conditions is fairly good. If you would like to do some wading then the oceanside flats are better for this technique

DO THE GUIDES SPEAK ENGLISH?

The guides at Turneffe Flats all speak very good English.

WHAT SKILL LEVEL IS REQUIRED?

Due to the sheer numbers of fish present very little skill level is required however a good basic knowledge of fly fishing will mean a more successful holiday and better experience.

HOW PHYSICALLY DEMANDING IS THIS TRIP?

When fishing from the skiff as long as you are able to fish for around 8 hours a day then it is not very physically demanding. However if you choose to wade then this can be a little more demanding.

HOW WILL I GET THERE?

The most direct route from the UK is a flight to the US, normally landing in Miami. Then you will overnight in Miami then the very next day you will take a mother flight to Belize. A representative from Turneffe flats will then meet you and transfer you the rest of the journey.

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?

The social centre of Turneffe Flats is the lodge which features a beautiful mahogany bar, spacious sitting area and the dining room. The sitting area is a great spot to enjoy tales of the day and a beverage of your choice before dinner. Incredible views from the upper and lower decks make this a favourite spot to relax and enjoy the tropical sea breeze.

WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?

Meals are a delicious combination of Belizean and international dishes. Fresh seafood, local produce and home-baked pastries are standard fares. Following hors d’oeuvres and refreshments in the evening, dinner consists of soup or salad, the main entree, and a delicious dessert. Entrees vary among seafood, chicken, pork and beef. We do our best to accommodate special dietary needs.

DOES THE LODGE PROVIDE FISHING TACKLE?

The lodge offers all the rental equipment and can be pre-booked before you arrive. There is a large selection of fly or spin gear to rent. There is also a well-stocked fly room where you can purchase everything you will need. It is also possible to hire wading boots but there is limited amounts so we recommend booking these in advance if you do not wish to take our own

IS INTERNET AND PHONE SIGNAL AVAILABLE?

Yes there is phone signal and free WIFI around the resort

ARE THERE OTHER ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE?

Turneffe Flats is a great place for non-fishing activities. They run great scuba dives and lots of other tours. A more detailed list of non-fishing activities can be requested.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel arrangements we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

Reviews

John

As per telephone call, unfortunately the fishing was poor during our visit as the weather was not great. Other regular anglers have said it has not been a good season.

It was hard to find and spot fish on the shallow flats as we believe more fish were in the deeper water.

It was such a shame as the lodge and staff are so nice and accommodating.

Another great service from Sportquest Holidays as usual

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

John

Yes thank you for taking the time to call me.

I hate when the weather is set against a trip. It is so so annoying. It makes everyone question the fishing, start to put doubt in everyones mind. When after all its down to bad weather which as both me and you know from having fished the world over. The weather plays the biggest part in ANY fishing trip.

To hot, to cold, to much water, not enough water.... there are just so many variables that effect the fishing. But that is part of fishing that we have to accept. It is also what makes it all the more special when everything comes together....

Thanks for all the good feedback scores even tho the fishing was tough. It is very much appreciated.

Have to get you on one of my hosted fly fishing trips again soon

Regards Peter

John

Flights and transfers went smoothly, the accommodation and food were good but the bottom line is the fishing and unfortunately this can only be described as poor.

Despite catching a Tarpon within ten minutes on our first day, we saw virtually no other fish roll and the migratory Tarpon were absent .

There were very few snappers, jacks or barracuda around to take our poppers and the guide was reluctant to take us out on the flats owing to the overcast conditions making fish-spotting difficult. When we eventually fished the flats, we were surprised by how few fish were evident and we went for long periods without a cast; I probably had two or three casts at a Permit all week and then it was on trust rather than by sight.

I eventually fished the reef by wading along the edge and managed to catch a couple of bonefish. Talking to the guides and other anglers who had fished this location before, I gained the impression that the fishing had been deteriorating over the past few years.

A " red" tide last year and low water temperatures were cited as reasons but it appears that there has been some unknown, adverse ecological change out on the reef.

A pity about the fishing as it is a comfortable and attractive place to stay.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

John

Thanks for calling me back.

It was a shame to hear that the fishing was tough due to the conditions.

As you mentioned sometimes this is fishing and annoying as in your own words Turneffe Flats is such a great place.

Lets hope next time the weather is kinder to everyone.

Just like to add my thanks for your continued support in booking with us and I look forward in dealing with you again soon.

Tight Lines Peter



William John

Turneffe flats - a delightful destination.

Any holiday that begins with a 30 mile boat trip to a Caribbean island must be good.

Given the above the accommodation and facilities were excellent.

Turneffe may be the capital of the world for permit - but they are extremely difficult to catch. Bear this in mind and perhaps concentrate on the bonefish at the correct time of day - extreme tides created very low levels of water on the Flats in the afternoons.

Thousands of fish but very very skittish (2 fish for the week). We are experienced fly fishermen so know a lot more than the basics!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Mr Wraight

Thank you for the feedback as it is very useful to everyone. Noted and totally understand about Permit as they are the holly grail for saltwater fly fishing. The more you have a go at the better your chances but having said that trying to get them to eat a fly is sometimes just impossible.

I am glad you liked the resort but sorry that the fishing was not better for you. You are correct about hunting the Bones when the tide is at its best.

Thank you for the good scores for Sportquest Holidays services it is much appreciated. I will be telephoning you all to discuss your holiday in more detail.

Regards Peter

MICHAEL

Turneffe Flats is extremely well organised, despite being in the middle of nowhere!

Very friendly and helpful staff and comfortable accommodation. The only negatives were the food, which was adequate but not as good as suggested on Trip Advisor, and the fishing.

It was only the second time we'd been bone fishing but it was much more challenging (ie far fewer fish!) than we'd had last year in Cuba.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Mr Banton

Glad you liked the resort and I have noted your comments about the food that will be passed on to the management of the lodge.

I will call you personally to get a better understanding of the fishing, as normally the lodge does have great reports about fishing so interesting on the week you were present that the fishing was very tough.

Regards Peter

Richard

We were a party of four friends all experienced fly fishers if not in salt water. We decided to have 2 nights in Miami and visited the Bass Pro Shop which is the most extraordinary fishing equipment emporium. Stuff was purchased at excellent prices.

The next day we moved on to Belize and Turneffe Flats. After a rather prolonged boat trip asone of the engines failed and we had to wait for a replacement boat to take us to the island we arrived.

A rum punch and friendly welcome greeted us. We had 3 bed rooms and large sitting room on the top floor of one of the cottages in the hotel grounds. We had A/C and fans to cool us and the rooms were comfortable. The food was at best described as adequate gastropub fare but the staff were excellent and friendly.

After a briefing session the next morning we went off to the flats to fish for bone fish. They wre there in large numbers in water 8-10 inches deep. They proved much more difficult to catch than last year in Cuba we caught a few but many more were lost.

We also tried to catch permit on other days but despite there being many fish present they seemed completely oblivious of our flies.

All in all the fishing was disappointing.

The guides were competent but rather reluctant to be proactive with suggestions for the days fishing. They tended to ask us what we would like to do.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Mr Packard

Thank you for taking the time to complete our feedback form as both us and future customers I am sure will find your review interesting.

I noticed you found the Bones more difficult to bite than your previous trips with us to Cuba, was this because the fish were very shy and scared of anglers or just that you were fishing in very shallow water. I also noted your comments about the Permit. It was good that you got lots of chances at them but as they say its Permit fishing. I have lost count the sheer number of Permit i have had totally ignore my fly on occasions.

I was sorry to hear that the fishing did not live up to expectations as we always like to have customers come home with great fishy stories. I will be calling you to discuss.

Thank you for the high scores about the service you received from Sportquest as that is always appreciated. The staff in the office work hard to try and make sure everything lives up to expectations and runs smoothly.

Regards Peter

Stewart

The accommodations were first class. Sitting in the room or the lodge you would never believe that you were 30 miles off the coast of Belize. I'm not sure they get much better than that! All the meals were fabulous and there was plenty to eat. I really enjoyed the variety. Dion did an excellent job putting us on fish. He was very patient with us and we wouldn't have done as well as we did without him. This trip was everything we could have asked for. The accommodations were first class, the food was excellent and the fishing was second to none.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Stewart I will pass on all your kind remarks to the lodge and staff. These are the types of feedback we do like to receive.

Leo

These accommodations are equal to the best I've experienced fishing in this part of the world. Congrats on a great job! Great Belizian cooking

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for your fabulous feedback I am happy that you also enjoyed the amazing cooking. Until next time Mel

John

Everyone goes out of their way to insure that every detail is taken care of. This includes the kitchen staff bringing appetisers to our porch several times when we were having drinks after a day of activity. It also included wait staff bringing me extra deserts when they realised that I have a sweet tooth. The cleaning staff going beyond the norm to get our laundry finished or making our room perfect everyday. I cannot say enough about the attention to detail from top to bottom with the entire staff. We loved the experience even though I didn't catch the big one. Before we left we were planning our next visit to Turneffe Flats.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Sorry to hear that you did not catch the big one, but glad that overall you could not fault the trip. At least if you left the big one behind it gives you all the excuse to return.

John

A true asset to Turneffe and the reason why my overall experience at Turneffe was excellent. 10 out of 10! I had high expectations going in and they were exceeded."

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for your kind words and pictures. Glad to be of service again.

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