Turneffe Flats Lodge - Premier Flats Fishing
Thirty miles off the coast of Belize, Turneffe Flats Lodge is located on the Turneffe Atoll, the largest and most diverse coral atoll in the Caribbean. The Turneffe Atoll is remote and strikingly beautiful with crystal clear waters alive with a wide diversity of marine life. There are 250 square miles of expansive flats.
Fishing Turneffe Flats
Turneffe Flats has been known as one of the Caribbean’s premier saltwater fly fishing destinations. The diversity of their saltwater flats fishing sets them apart from other
destinations and the opportunity to catch bonefish, permit, and tarpon on any given day make Turneffe Flats one of the rare spots to pursue a Grand Slam. Spin fishing is exceptional, but they are primarily a fly fishing destination.
Read John B. Snow's Outdoor Life article:
A Bone Fishing Adventure on the Flats of Belize.
Bonefish miles of crystal clear, wadeable flats. While wading Turneffe’s extensive turtle grass flats,
you'll sightfish large schools of bonefish as well as smaller groups and singles. Their bonefishing is good throughout the year.
Some of their best flats are located literally minutes away from the resort. As a result, long, rough boat rides aren’t necessary.
They do fish the entire atoll and some of the bars, creeks and lagoons may be a 30-40 minute run.
The proximity of their fishing is such that it's very feasible to fish for tarpon and permit in the morning, for example, and boat to the oceanside flats for a full afternoon of bonefish. There is also a flat right outside their cabins that is home to a large school of bonefish and an occasional permit.
Turneffe's Boats and Guides
Boats: Fish from 16’ Dolphin super skiffs, custom built in the U.S. These are comfortable skiffs that cut the chop when running and pole well in skinny water.
They have large casting decks and rod holders for six rods. All skiffs are equipped with VHF radios and safety gear. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides: All of their guides are English-speaking Belizeans. Several have been guiding on the flats for more than three decades, and most have been with Turneffe Flats for the majority of that time. They are some of the most experienced and dedicated flats guides in the Caribbean. If you desire assistance, they will gladly help you with the technical aspects of saltwater fly fishing.
You'll fly to Ladyville, in the outskirts of Belize City. After Customs, a Turneffe Flats representative will meet you and drive you to the Radisson Hotel Marina. There is a restaurant/bar at the marina for lunch or a beverage while you wait to leave for Turneffe Flats. You'll take a 90-minute boat trip aboard the Lodge's comfortable 50-foot Hatteras. This scenic trip takes you through the offshore cayes, the Barrier Reef, and the mangrove channels before arriving at Turneffe Flats Lodge.
About Turneffe Flats Lodge
Turneffe Flats is located on the northeastern side of Turneffe Atoll on a private point with a white sandy beach. World-class snorkeling. Enjoy Belizean-style and American dishes in the colonial-style lodge. Air-conditioned rooms with private baths are located right on the beach. There are many package options, diving, Atoll Adventures and more. There are also diving and fishing combination packages. Request an information packet for full details.
2019 USD Rates:
7-nights and 6-day packages
Saturday to Saturday
Dec. 29, 2018 - June 22, 2019:
$4,490.00 per person
$3,190.00 per person
Fishing and Diving Combo
$4,590.00 per person
Non-Angler sharing room
$2,590.00 per person
June 22, 2019 - Dec. 21, 2019
$3,990.00 per person
$2,990.00 per person
Fishing and Diving Combo
$4,090.00 per person
Non-Angler sharing room
$2,390.00 per person
Guided activities as per package booked, Saturday and Wednesday boat transfers to the Lodge, lodging at Turneffe Flats, three meals daily, plus hors d’oeuvres, use of on-site amenities including pool, the internet, sea kayaks, and the gym.
Packages do not include:
Airfare, liquor, gratuities, equipment rentals, additional transfer fees (on days other than Saturday and Wednesdays), park entrance fees and licenses, airfare to Belize, exit tax of approximately $40.00 U.S. per person, (This fee is included in the price of U.S. airline tickets) and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Sightseeing, superb snorkeling, and SCUBA diving are other reasons people visit Turneffe Flats. Combination fishing and SCUBA diving packages are available. PADI Dive Instructors offer introductory diving courses offer basic SCUBA instruction followed by two shallow dives of no more than 30 feet. There is an additional charge for this course. Their Atoll Adventure Package offers a full day of guided activities such as snorkeling, sightseeing, or bird watching. Spend a day with one of their cooks, learning how to prepare empanadas and tortillas or garnaches the Belizean way.