Sailfish Oasis Lodge
Sailfish Capital of the World. As one of the largest breeding grounds for Pacific sailfish, Guatemala is among the finest sailfishing destinations in the world. Guatemala holds both the conventional and fly fishing records for most sailfish released in one day. Sailfish Oasis Lodge won the Billfish Foundation’s Overall Release category and the Sailfish Release category for the Pacific for 2014. Click here for Sherpa (up-to-date travel requirements).
Sailfish Oasis Lodge Fishing
The Sailfish Oasis fleet often averages 15 to 30 sailfish releases per day during peak season and a year-round daily average of 5 to 20 releases.
Throughout the year, anglers enjoy calm waters and the benefit of a friendly fishing community. Captains are in constant communication to ensure everyone has an
unforgettable fishing experience. Whether you are new to the sport or an expert fly angler, Sailfish Oasis Lodge's experienced captains and mates will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to land a billfish on a fly.
Species and Seasons:
Sailfish: Great year-round, with peak fishing from October through June.
Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin: May through November is their Marlin season. However, after many years of tracking marlin numbers, the Lodge has noticed that they are more prolific in September and October. They do raise occasional black and striped marlin, but the waters of Guatemala are predominately inhabited by blue marlin averaging between 200-500 pounds.
Dorado: All year-round, but especially in their rainy season from May through September.
Guy's Recap of our 2014 Hosted Week:
"Day 1: We raised 14, landing 3 on flies and 3 on bait. Day 2: We raised 36, landing 8 on flies and 9 on bait. Day 3: We raised 22 and landed 3 on flies and 3 on bait. Day 4: We raised 18 and landed 3 on flies, 4 on bait, and we also caught 2 large dorados.
Captain “Kiwi” Chris and his crew did an excellent job of teasing the sails to the back of the boat - for an easy cast with a fly rod. It’s very exciting to watch a 50 to 100-pound fish eat your fly 25 feet from the boat.
The Lodge was really nice, and the meals were very good. I would highly recommend Sailfish Oasis Lodge to a flyrodder or conventional angler."
- Guy Schoenborn
Sailfish Oasis Boats:
The Captain Hook is a 43 ft. Willis made famous by Captain Ron Hamlin. The boat is powered by twin Cummins diesels and was built in North Carolina by master boat builders. The wooden hulls produce a low rumbling sound notorious for raising billfish. The Captain Hook has a fighting chair. The boat has set many records for numbers of fish caught in one day and in one year.
Their Flagship Boat, The Allure II is a 1996, 40’ Custom Carolina Capps, with a cruise speed of 23 knots, and is arguably the finest charter sportfishing vessel in Guatemala. The Allure II is fully equipped with top-of-the-line Shimano reels, custom rods, a marlin tower, a modern electronics package, and a reputation for excellent food and very cold beer. Captain “Kiwi” Chris has been fishing the Pacific Coast of Guatemala since 2002.
The Intensity is a one-of-a-kind 37’ Gamefisherman with Captain Mike Sheeder at the helm. Designed and built specifically for billfishing in Central American waters, she has maneuverability, comfort, and speed—powered by twin 900-HP Cummins motors with a cruising speed of up to 30 knots.
The Makina is a 2001, 36’ Out Island Express powered by Cummins 450HP C-Series motors. With a 26-knot cruise, top-of-the-line tackle, air conditioning in the cabin, and common area, she is the perfect platform to fish from. The experienced and fun Captain Juanga is at the wheel.
The Marina: Marina Pez Vela is 10-minutes from the Lodge in Puerto San Jose. It is the only marina in Guatemala protected by a breakwater structure.
Brad's Trip Report for 2019 Hosted Week.
About Sailfish Lodge
Sailfish Oasis Lodge is open year-round. The Lodge is in a secure, residential, tree-lined development.
This spacious, private property boasts an outdoor area with lush gardens, a nice swimming pool, and boardwalks to your air-conditioned bungalow with a private bathroom and plenty of hot water.
Meals: In the evenings, guests gather at the open-air bar (rancho) or in the dining room to share fish tales and dine on delicious food such as yellowfin tuna or dorado sashimi, ceviche, ocean-fresh pan-fried mahi-mahi with toasted almonds in a butter and white wine sauce, jumbo shrimp marinated in ginger and sweet chili sauce, and USDA prime beef.
Spend a few days fishing and then add to your adventure by climbing volcanoes, visiting Mayan ruins, zip-lining over a gorgeous lake, making chocolate, mountain bike on the edge of a volcano, learn to surf, personalized Spanish classes, and more! For non-fishing family members, there's plenty to do, such as a spa day, foodie tour, yoga, massage, a weaving workshop, textile tours, and more.
• Sightseeing in Antigua
• 3-day overnight hike to Lake Atitlan
• Guided surfing trips
• Glamping (Luxury camping)
Getting to the Lodge:
You’ll be met at La Aurora International in Guatemala City by a member of the Lodge staff. He will escort you to the group's private air-conditioned vehicle with ice-cold complimentary drinks on board. It’s a 90-minute drive from the airport to Sailfish Oasis Lodge on the Pacific Coast, and this ground transfer is included in the package. Depending on your arrival time, you may choose to have a gourmet lunch in La Antigua,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For an additional fee, a helicopter flight can be arranged from the airport to the Lodge, reducing travel time to 20-minutes.
Flight Times from: • Miami: 2-hours • Houston: 2-hours and 30-minutes • Dallas: 3-hours • Atlanta: 3-hours or • Los Angeles: 4-hours and 30-minutes.
Typical Fishing Day:
6:00 a.m. Breakfast is served. After breakfast, you’ll be driven to Marina Pez Vela, a five-minute drive. You'll leave the dock at 7:00 a.m. for a full day of fishing. Lunch, snacks, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages are provided in the boats. Between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., you’ll return to the dock. Your driver will transport you back to the Lodge. You'll freshen up then enjoy appetizers before dinner.
Departure Day: After breakfast, your driver will drive you the 90-minute trip back to Aurora International Airport in time to catch your flight home. You might enjoy spending your final night of the trip in Antigua (for an additional fee). Sailfish Oasis Lodge will gladly arrange a one-night stay at a beautiful colonial hotel in the center of town.
2023 USD Rates
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing
35 to 37ft Boats:
3-anglers per boat: $5,070.00 per person
4-anglers per boat: $4,095.00 per person
5-anglers per boat: $3,805.00 per person
3-anglers per boat: $5,608.00 per person
4-anglers per boat: $4,565.00 per person
5-anglers per boat: $4,195.00 per person
Many more package options are availble.
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All ground transfers from the airport to the Lodge, double-occupancy lodging, all meals at the Lodge (breakfast, snacks, dinner, and dessert); lunch, fruit and snacks, beer and non-alcoholic beverages included on the boat on fishing days; ground transfers to the marina, guided fishing with an experienced captain and crew, and Wi-Fi.
Packages Do Not Include:International airfare to and from Guatemala City; gratuities to staff, boat captains, deckhands, and porters; personal expenses, beverages (other than soda and beer on fishing days on the boat), any extra flies (the first fly is free), Global Rescue, travel insurance (recommended), lunch in La Antigua on your arrival day, room tax must be paid in Guatemala, tours, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. Fuel surcharges may apply.
Helicopter Option: For an additional fee, a helicopter flight can be arranged reducing the travel time to 20 minutes to the Lodge. The cost of the flight depends on the number of people. For a group size of four guests (with light carry-on luggage), a one-way flight is approximately $2,000.00.