Eva's Bonefish Lodge

Enjoy quick access to some of the most well-known and productive flats

Eva's Bonefish Lodge

Overview

Located in Staniard Creek, this new lodge with a rich family bonefishing tradition is the perfect get away for serious bonefish anglers. The quaint, yet newly finished 3 bedroom lodge is located on the eastern side of North Andros. The location provides quick access to some of the most well-known and productive flats near Fresh Creek and Mastic Point. It also give you chance to visit the remote and seldom visited areas on the west side of Andros, and the seemingly endless flats of the Joulters.

About Andros Island

Andros is the largest (2300 square miles) and least explored of the many islands in the Bahamas. Most of the major towns on Andros are scattered along its northeastern coast, including Staniard Creek where Eva's is located. The Andros Barrier Reef, located to the east of the island, stretches 140 miles and is the third largest coral reef in the world. Andros is also known for its freshwater Blue Holes that spring up from deep in the earth providing most of the drinking water for the rest of The Bahamas islands. Besides fabulous fishing, you will enjoy the peaceful relaxation of the swaying palm trees, the lapping of waves, and the graciousness of your Bahamian hosts.

The Weather

The average temperatures in the Bahamas follow familiar patterns. The temperatures peak in August, with an average daily high of 89.3 and low of 73.8. January is the coolest month of the year with an average daily high of 77.3 and a low of 62.1.

Rainfall varies throughout the year. The months of November through April experience the lowest rainfall (between 1.6 and 2.2 inches). June and August yield the highest rainfall, between 8.5 and 9.2 inches. May, July, September, and October vary from 4.6 to 6.9 inches per month.

The average humidity of Andros Island hovers around 78% year round - a touch lower in March and April, and a touch higher in September and October.

Getting There

Most guests fly to Nassau and take one of the local commuter flights to either San Andros or Andros Town airports. If you choose this option, you should plan on arriving in Nassau by 1:30 PM to make the regularly scheduled connections. For your departure day you should be able to catch any flight back home that departs Nassau after 10:30 AM. If you would like, Orvis Travel can reserve your seats with one of the local commuter airlines from Nassau to either airport for a $25 per ticket convenience charge. You will pay approximately $150 per person cash when you check in for the flight.

Some guests prefer to travel from Fort Lauderdale directly to Andros. Flights are limited, and usually depart Fort Lauderdale early in the morning, often requiring guests to arrive the evening before.

Private charters from Nassau and Ft. Lauderdale are also available, and Orvis Travel will be happy to discuss this option. Chartering can be the most cost effective way if you're traveling with a group of 4 or more anglers. Regardless of the option you choose, a representative of Eva's will meet you upon your arrival at either Andros Town or San Andros and transfer you by car to the lodge. The drive takes approximately 25 minutes and is included in your package. Call or email us at orvistravel@orvis.com to get more details about travel to Eva's.

Itinerary

Arrival Day

Whether you choose to fly in from Fort Lauderdale or Nassau, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the lodge. The drive will take approximately 25 minutes. Check-in time is 2:00 PM. If you arrive early morning, it may be possible to book a day of fishing on your arrival.

Fishing Days

The day starts early with a traditional breakfast served in the lodge dining room. After breakfast guests meet with their guides and develop a plan for the day. By 8:00 AM all guests are in their boats and on their way to the flats. Depending on conditions and angler preferences, anglers may be casting within 10 minutes of leaving the dock. On occasion, the trip to the flats may be longer but seldom takes longer than 30 minutes. After a long day on the water, all boats will plan on getting back to the dock by 4:00 PM.

Once you get back to the lodge you will have an opportunity to relax with a Kalik (The Beer of The Bahamas), a glass of wine, or a cocktail before dinner. The lodge has a limited selection of mixers and liquors so if you have a specific drink of choice, you may want to bring a bottle with you.

Dinner is served in the dining room at a set time each evening.

Departure Day

Check-out time is 10:00 AM. You will be transferred to the local airport in time to catch your flight back to Fort Lauderdale or Nassau. It may also be possible to visit another lodge after your stay at Eva’s Bonefishing Lodge. Orvis Travel has a wide variety of options available in The Bahamas, and we will be happy to make a recommendation and handle the arrangements. We offer the best fly fishing vacation packages at a great value.

Activities

The Fishing

Andros Island is considered by many to be the bonefishing capital of the world. The lodge owners, management, and guides have a long history of accommodating visiting anglers, and know how to satisfy their guests.

Most of the fishing takes place in shallow water averaging 1-2 feet deep, and although fishing from the front of a flats skiff is productive, the area also provides outstanding opportunities for wading. The primary target is bonefish, but occasionally anglers will see permit on flats as well. Tarpon are not often seen in this area, but in the summer months the occasional migratory fish may be spotted. In addition to the more sought after flats species, the area also boasts an impressive population of barracuda, mutton snapper, jacks, dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), wahoo, tuna and of course sharks.

Andros Island bonefish average 4-5 pounds, and are larger than those found in Belize and many other Caribbean nations, but on average are smaller than those found in the Florida Keys. Fortunately, the bonefish in this area are generally a lot more cooperative than those in the Keys, so it’s a good place for a fly angler that wants to chase bonefish for the first time. Fish in excess of 10 pounds are frequently caught, although anglers should not expect to catch a double digit bonefish. In addition to fly fishing, the guides at Eva’s happily cater to those anglers that prefer to fish with spin gear.

Although bonefish are available year around, peak season is generally February through June. Fall is also a popular time to visit Andros, and some of the biggest fish of the season are caught in October through early December. Winter can be good, but there is an elevated risk of inclement weather that could result in slower fishing. Late summer brings warmer water temperatures, which can reduce the numbers of fish seen on the flats.

Lodging

The Lodge

Eva’s is an intimate bonefishing lodge located in the heart of Staniard Creek, North Andros, and is perfect for small groups. The charming lodge has six air conditioned guestrooms, each featuring two queen beds and a full private bath. Although well suited to small groups, anglers traveling alone, or with only one companion, will be welcomed with the same gracious Bahamian hospitality. There is no minimum group size, but if you have six anglers in your group you will have exclusive use of the lodge.

The main lodge is appointed with finely crafted wood floors and ceilings to create a feeling of peace and serenity. The lodge’s lounge area is popular with guests that like to enjoy a cocktail, socialize, or simply relax and watch TV or read a book after a long day on the water. The lodge also has a fly tying station set up for those anglers who enjoy the challenge of creating their own variations of the popular bonefish patters, or even creating something new from their own imagination.

Each day at Eva’s starts with a full breakfast in the lodge’s dining room before anglers meet their guide to discuss the plan for the day. By 8:00 AM guests are on the water heading to the flats, which are on average located about 20 minutes from the dock. Guests return to the dock by 4:00 PM each day and have some time to freshen up before happy hour, followed by a savory dinner of local cuisine including fresh seafood like conch, lobster, or grouper. Desert usually consists of a homemade treat like Key Lime pie.

After dinner most guests will move to the lodge’s veranda where they enjoy the cool Bahamian breeze and storytelling with the other anglers, guides and lodge staff.

The intimate setting and small group size allows the staff to focus on providing an exceptional guest experience that’s sure to delight.

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for Eva's Bonefishing Lodge

Flats fishing package land costs (USD)

  • Rates are per person and include round trip airport transfers, all taxes and resort service charges
  • The lodge is open year round, but peak fishing is October through June
  • Rates valid through December 31, 2016
  Double Occupancy (2 per room, 2 per guide) Single Occupancy (1 per room, 1 per guide)
3 nights, 2 days of fishing $1,700 $3,400
4 nights, 3 days of fishing $2,450 $4,900
5 nights, 4 days of fishing $3,200 $6,400
6 nights, 5 days of fishing $3,950 $7,900
7 nights, 6 days of fishing $4,700 $9,400

Included:

  • Private round trip transfer from San Andros or Andros Town airports.
  • Guided fishing, up to two anglers per boat
  • Lodging in air-conditioned en suite rooms
  • All meals at the lodge and boat lunches
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Fishing license
  • Wireless Internet and use of guest computer
  • Local accommodation taxes and fees

Not Included:

  • Flights to Andros
  • Alcoholic beverages (available for purchase)
  • Phone calls
  • Fishing equipment (limited, available for rent/purchase)
  • Guide and staff gratuities
  • Laundry service
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (available when booking with Orvis Travel)

You never pay more when booking your trip to Eva’s Bonefishing Lodge with Orvis Travel. Occasionally last minute specials or unadvertised deals are available. When you book your vacation with us we will work hard to get you the best deal currently available. You will also have the confidence knowing that your reservation and payments will be handled by an Orvis Travel professional that is familiar with every detail of this trip. Contact Orvis Travel today at 800-547-4322.

Reviews

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Dan Davala
Eva's Bonefish Lodge
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)
Orvis International Travel

800-547-4322 | 802-362-8790
orvistravel@orvis.com

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