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Water Caye | Permit City | Saltwater Fly Fishing | Belize

Tour code: BEL001
Overview

A twelve-acre island perched right on the edge of Belize’s world famous Barrier Reef offering beauty, peace, tranquility and fantastic fishing. This little idyllic island offers some unbelievable saltwater flats fishing and where the Permit is so much in abundance that we named it Permit City.

This beautiful island is one of the most visually stunning locations in all of the Caribbean. The island is small at just less than 12 acres in size, and guests can walk from one end to the other in about 15 minutes. Drenched in palm trees and located right on the Barrier Reef, the island life is both unhurried and relaxing. This is what the Florida Keys used to be like 50 years ago.

Water Caye is situated right in the middle of what we estimate to be the best skinny water Permit fishery in the world. The flats extend both north and south of the island and we’ve never been anywhere that consistently produces more Permit than this location. These pristine flats hold incredible numbers of Permit, and can be counted on for numerous quality shots while wading.

Some of the flats are as close as a 10 minute boat ride from the island. The Permit fishing in this area takes place on tidal flats in about 1-3 feet of water and guests will be casting to tailing Permit in much the same way they have for tailing Bonefish in other locations. Guests can expect to see 25-40 tailing fish per day and we’ve had 100+ fish days every year for the past decade.

The majority of the fishing for Permit is done while wading, making this one of anglings ultimate challenges!

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Accommodation
Blue Marlin Lodge
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The Blue Marlin Lodge is a rustic and charming dedicated diving, fishing, and relaxation resort. The grounds occupy a sizable portion, from beachfront to lagoon, of a small, striated coconut and pine covered islet – Southwater Caye . The property includes a lagoon-side dive storage shack and boat docks, a clubhouse restaurant, bar and deck, two guest apartments with nine guest rooms, three domed cabins and five seaside cottages facing the trade winds.

Inside the thatched roof, open-air clubhouse is the funky island bar, complete with pool table and the adjacent Charlie’s dining room, a casual setting with a touch of elegance. The meals, three times a day plus afternoon snacks, are remarkable. The menu takes advantage of island seafood and local fruit. Lunch and dinner are served family style; breakfast is cooked to order. A fresh pot of hot coffee is always waiting.

The property features white sand beaches, groves of coconut palms, snorkeling in the lagoon and SCUBA diving from the Oceanside, a distance of only 1,500 feet. Incidentally, insects like sandflies are practically nonexistent on the island. The beautiful tropical island is picturesque; the landscape is natural, the grounds are clean and manicured. The palms and pines are residence to various island and seabirds, including the resort’s funny and friendly pelicans, which spend most of the day preening and dive bombing for small fish in the lagoon.

All guestrooms are cozy, cool and comfortable with fans. The domed cabins are spacious and air-conditioned. The beach cabins are newest; all wood and air-conditioned with handsome tropical interiors and mounted on posts at the edge of the sea. All accommodation types feature en suite bathroom (tub or shower) with hot & cold water, air-condition and fan ventilation, and bath toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner). Bedding configuration varies from King Bed or Queen Bed to multiple bedding (King & Queen or Double).

The resort’s total capacity is 32.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin & single rooms
Internet: WiFi
Laundry: Nominal charge
Power: 110 volt
Air Conditioning: In rooms
Meals: In Charlie's restaurant & bar
Alcohol: In bar and room mini bar
Shop: Onsite gift shop
Cards Accepted: Credit & debt cards
Cash Accepted: US Dollar
Miami Airport Hotel
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We use a variety of Hotels in or around Miami airport for your overnight stay, whichever hotel we use, it allows you to break up the journey, if you so wished extend your stay with additional nights.

All hotels that we use are a minimum of 3 stars and will at least include all the basic facilities listed below. If you wish, we can discuss, which hotel to use to suit your own personal requirements. Also, for overnight hotels, there is always the option to upgrade to single rooms.

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
Bonefish
Season: All Year
Peak: March to June
Weight: 2LB to 12LB
Average Weight: 3.5LB
Permit
Season: All Year
Peak: March to June
Weight: 2LB to 60LB
Average Weight: 10LB
Tarpon
Season: All Year
Peak: May to June
Weight: 5LB to 150LB
Average Weight: 15LB
Snook
Season: All Year
Peak: March to June
Weight: 2LB to 12LB
Average Weight: 5LB
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:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Miami

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

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

DAY 2:

Depart Miami
Arrive Belize

On arrival our Sportquest representative will meet you and escort you to your onward connection flight. (This is a 15 min. scenic flight)

On arrival a taxi will take you the short ride down to the waterfront.

At the waterfront, a waiting water-taxi will take you out to the island. (Transfer takes around 1.5 hours)

The rest of the day is yours to relax or try the flats at the back of the island.

Overnight accommodation: Blue Marlin Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 3: Fishing Day.

After a full breakfast depart with your guide for a full 8 hours fishing on the numerous flats.

Overnight accommodation: Blue Marlin Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 4: Fishing Day.

Each day you will be mainly targeting Permit; however there is also very good Bonefish fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Blue Marlin Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 5: Fishing Day.

You will normally pole around in the boat until a shoal of Permit has been spotted.

Then it is best to wade towards the fish as you can approach quieter on foot.

Overnight accommodation: Blue Marlin Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 6: Fishing Day.

Apart from the amazing Permit fishing, why not take a day out just off the reef fly fishing for an array of different species.

Overnight accommodation: Blue Marlin Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 7: Fishing Day.

The lodge each day will provide both packed lunches and drinks for you to take out fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Blue Marlin Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 8: Fishing Day.

Enjoy your last full day flats fly fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Blue Marlin Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 9:

After a full breakfast you will take your water taxi back to Dangriga, then a short taxi back to the airstrip for your return flights to Belize City airport.

Depart Belize
Arrive Miami
Depart Miami

DAY 10:

Arrive UK

Dates & Prices

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Start DateEnd DateDaysNightsFishingAnglerNon-AnglerAvailability
01/03/201930/09/20191096£5,609On Request  Book Now
01/03/202030/09/20201096£5,773On Request  Book Now
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If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

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

Flight upgrades

Additional nights either at lodge or any Belize hotel

Single room upgrades

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), Belize City – Dangriga (approx 15 mins)

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

Boat ride from Dangria – Blue Marlin Lodge (approx 30 mins)

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