Bair's Lodge, The Bahamas

This bonefishing trip on South Andros Island offers a world-renowned fly fishing experience.

Bair's Lodge, The Bahamas

Overview

Andros Island is known as the bonefish capitol of the world, and many experts say that the flats of South Andros are the best of the best. If you're looking for a small lodge with owners who really know fly-fishing, Bair's Lodge gets our vote for the best place to stay in this area. Bair's Lodge on Little Creek is all about fly-fishing, and you can't find a friendlier place for Bahamas fly fishing.

The flats in the area are vast and 5-7 lb. bonefish are common. The flyfishing guides are hand picked and grew up on these waters. They know the comings and goings of the fish, the tides, and the weather; and can spot fish from astounding distances. They use custom built 17 foot Bonefisher flats boats with 55 hp outboards, and can get you to remote flats quickly.

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 South 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 Western Air to Congo Town. If you choose this option, you should plan on arriving in Nassau by 1:30 PM to make the connection. For your departure day you should be able to catch any flight back home that departs after 10:30 AM. If you would like, Orvis Travel can reserve your seats on the flight from Nassau to Congo Town 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 on Watermakers air. This flight costs approximately $550 per person, round trip. You can contact them directly through their website at www.watermakersair.com to discuss their schedule and rates, or to make a reservation. Private charters from Nassau and Ft. Lauderdale are also available. Regardless of the option you choose, a representative of Bair's Lodge will meet you upon your arrival in Congo Town and transfer you by car to the lodge. Call us to get more details about travel to Bair's.

Itinerary

Arrival Day

Whether you choose to fly in from Fort Lauderdale or Nassau you will be met at the Congo Town 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 all guests are in their boats and on their way to the flats. Depending on conditions and angler preferences, anglers may be casting within 15 minutes of leaving the dock. On occasion, the trip to the flats may be longer but seldom takes longer than 45 minutes. After a long day on the water, all boats will plan on getting back to the dock by 5:00.

Once you get back to the lodge you will have an opportunity to relax with a Kalik (The Beer of The Bahamas), 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 Congo Town 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 Bair’s 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 great prices.

Activities

The Fishing

Personable, experienced guides will show you miles of bonefish flats minutes from the guesthouse. The South End of Andros, 45 minutes by boat, provides hundreds of flats that are very seldom fished. And then, one more bone can often be caught at the end of the day from the guest house beach!

Besides the traditional flats, much of the fishing is done in the “creeks” of South Andros. Although called creeks, these are really large meandering flats systems cutting through the island. These creeks harbor good numbers of fish and some very large ones; Big Creek has produced some 15-pounders. It’s known as one of the best fly fishing locations.

You can travel from the east side of the island to the more remote west-side flats via a short 45-minute trip through Little Creek. That presumes, of course, that you ignore the temptation to cast to bonefish while you are in transit.

The Reef

Off the east coast of Andros Island lies the third largest barrier reef in the world. Just one half mile off shore, the 12 foot water around the reef suddenly plunges 6000 feet into the "Tongue of the Ocean", and contains colorful marine life of nearly all species, some of the world's deepest blue holes, and spectacular coral gardens and underwater caverns. For guests wishing to snorkel, the reef offers brilliant scenery. Offshore fishing is also available. Tuna, dolphin, and barracuda are plentiful.

About Andros Island

Andros is the largest (104 x 40 miles) and least explored of the many islands in the Bahamas. It has also come to be known as the "Bonefish Capital of the World." Most of the major towns on Andros are scattered along its northeastern coast. South Andros, where Bair's Lodge is located is very remote. Besides fabulous fishing, you will enjoy the peaceful relaxation of the swaying palm trees, the lapping waves, and the graciousness of your hosts.

Lodging

The Lodge

Bair's is a small bonefishing lodge located in Little Creek, South Andros, and is perfect for small groups. The charming house has six air conditioned guestrooms, each with private bath. You are truly a guest here, and you’ll feel right at home. After a day of fly fishing, guests return to find a dinner of conch, lobster, or grouper waiting, followed by Key Lime pie. Limiting the occupancy to just these few clients enables the staff to provide exceptional guest service less than an hour’s flight from Miami, and just a short hop from Nassau.

Bair's Lodge was originally the home of Andy Bair and his wife Stanley, who operated it successfully for many years. In 2003 Fernando de las Carreras' company, Nervous Waters, purchased Bair's Guest House and renamed it Bair's Lodge.

Nervous Waters is most well known for their top quality lodges in Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and Cordoba, Argentina. They have a reputation for providing a first class, friendly lodge environment, where you can enjoy world class fishing while their staff can attend to your every need. There’s no better place to stay during your fly fishing vacation.

We highly recommend Bair’s Lodge for experienced anglers who want a traditional, yet upscale, fly-fishing lodge. Read our fly fishing trip reviews to learn more about our Bahamas fishing vacation.

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for Bair's Lodge

Season: October through June; the lodge is typically closed Dec. 15 - Jan. 31 & June 15 - October 15, but may be available for groups during this time.

Duration Oct. 2014 - March 14 & July 2015 March 15 - June 2015
7 nights/6 days $4,995 $5,150
6 nights/5 days $4,495 $4,775
5 nights/4 days $3,925 $4,150
4 nights/3 days $3,195 $3,350
3 nights/2 days $2,250 $2,350

Rates are per person based on double occupancy, 2 anglers per room/guide.
Anglers traveling alone pay a single surcharge of 60% of their package price (pvt room and boat).
Fishing on arrival or departure day is $550 for a half day, or $750 for a full day, per guide (1 or 2 anglers).

Included:

Guided fishing on extensive bonefish flats; comfortable lodging in a private guesthouse, double occupancy; delicious meals; complimentary wine and liquor; daily maid service; transfers to Congo Town Airport.

Not included:

Airfare to Congo Town, Bahamas; fishing equipment (rod, reel and line rental $25 per day), personal items, phone calls, & gratuities.

You never pay more when booking your trip to Bair's 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.

Bair’s Lodge requires a 50% non-refundable deposit to confirm a reservation. Final payment will be due 90 days prior to departure. Please consider purchasing trip insurance when booking this trip since cancellation penalties cannot be waived for any reason. You will receive trip insurance information when you book your trip. Visit orvis.com/travelinsurance for more information or to receive a quote.

Reviews

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  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Thanks Orvis Travel - 2/2/2010
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    Hi Jason, The lodge was great, especially the food and wine. The fishing was also very good, however, we had a cold front go through for a couple of days and you know that bonefish do not like cold water temperatures. But no one can control the weather especially in January and that is why you go for a week so you have time for the good and not as good days. I caught my largest bonefish to date, a 24.5 inch fish of around 7lbs. We also had a doubleheader, lots of 18”-22” fish and a 16lb barracuda on a popper. We also saw green sea turtles, the US coast Guard helicopter and many different birds. We had the lodge all to ourselves, as we were the only guests. The managers only showed up for the last couple of days, which was a bit different. However, Lita the assistant manager did an excellent job. As we did not have a chance to wade fish, due to the weather, I would like to return someday to experience that. The guides were very good and nice guys. Leslie and Harlon were our favorites. Anyway, great vacation. We are looking forward to our next saltwater trip. Thanks again for your assistance in making it special. Sincerely, Alan

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Bair's Bonefish Lodge - 5/21/2008
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    I had a thoroughly enjoyable time staying and fishing at Bair's Lodge on South Andros. The hospitality at the lodge and the company of the other anglers was outstanding. Our fishing ranged from 2-5 tailing bonefish back in the mangroves to schools of hundreds on the flats and everything in between. My fishing partner and I had several periods during our four days of fishing where while he was landing a fish I stepped up on the bow to cast to more fish and this was repeated numerous times. I have been to South Andros before and plan to continue to make it a regular trip.

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Bair's Lodge
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