Belize Bonefish Bonanza

This special fly fishing adventure in Belize is limited to only 20 anglers and their guests.

Belize Bonefish Bonanza

Overview

This part of Belize is one of the best places to get a saltwater "Grand Slam": bonefish; permit; and tarpon in one day. The flats are extensive and the lodge is well located so you don't have to travel far to be on the fish, although they go on endlessly north to the border with Mexico.

This Belize fishing lodge caters to fly-fishers, but there are some great non-angling activities available as well. There's excellent snorkeling, an extensive barrier reef, a dive shop and the option to take excursions to Maya ruins on the mainland. You are free to arrive a couple days early or extend your trip if you want to experience more of Belize.

El Pescador Lodge is a good place for your first saltwater trip and there's an on site coach to help you master sight casting on the flats. The large numbers of bonefish mean your chances of success are excellent, and light tackle gear is available.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrival (Monday)

Fly to Belize City. You can arrive anytime before 4:30 PM and connect to San Pedro on local flight (included in trip price), transfer to the lodge by boat.

Settle into your room, take a swim and enjoy a cocktail before dinner.

Days 2 - 4 | Fishing and Relaxing in the Sun (Tuesday - Thursday)

After an early breakfast, head for the fishing grounds with your guide aboard a Panga (a Mexican-styled skiff, with a casting platform on the front, and a v-shaped hull). The boats are well stocked with food and cold drinks, so you can enjoy a full day chasing fish.

If you don’t want to fish, the staff will arrange a number of activities and excursions, including snorkeling, diving and daytrips to the mainland. As the tropical sun sets, hors d’oeuvres are served at the bar, followed by a relaxed buffet dinner at 6:30.

After dinner, you can relax, swim in the pool, walk on the beach or enjoy the bar, which is kept open by the resident staff until the last guest retires.

Day 5 | Depart El Pescador (Friday)

After breakfast, you’ll be taken back to the San Pedro airstrip for flights back to Belize City and flights home. You should be able to catch any flight to the US departing Belize City after 9:30 AM. It is also possible to stay longer or visit another Orvis Travel destination in Belize. Contact Orvis Travel if you would like to extend your trip.

Trip Extensions

Some guests will choose to stay at the lodge for a few more nights, so they can get in more fishing, or take advantage of the other activities available at El Pescador Lodge. Please contact Orvis Travel for pricing and availability. Rates are set by the lodge, so booking your extension with Orvis Travel will save you time, and we will ensure that every detail of your trip goes as planned.

Although it is certainly possible to extend your stay at El Pescador Lodge, many anglers visiting Belize choose to spend some extra time exploring the inland jungles and Mayan Mountains of Western Belize. Belize is a small country with a tremendous amount of ecological and cultural diversity, all close by. A short drive or flight from Belize City puts visitors in mountainous pine forests, or tropical jungles. Orvis Travel has relationships with the best eco lodges in the country, and we will be happy to help you arrange a memorable stay to help you round-out your Belize adventure. Below are some options to consider. We will be happy to discuss these options with you, to help find the best fit.

Blancaneaux Lodge – Located in the Mayan Mountains about a 2½ hour drive from Belize City, this luxury resort boasts excellent food, sophisticated accommodations, personalized service and a variety of guided activities. The Lodge is owned by Francis Ford Coppola and is set high in the remote Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, making it a great base for adventure. Orvis Travel packages include transfers, meals, accommodations and a variety of specially selected private tours. 3 night inclusive packages start at around $1300 per person, double occupancy. Visit orvis.com/blancaneaux or call Orvis Travel for complete details.

Chan Chich – Built on top of an ancient Mayan site, this unique resort offers naturalists unparalleled access to 130,000 acres of pristine tropical forest surrounding the lodge. Although many guests choose to stay for an entire week, shorter stays are also available, which combine nicely with a few days of flats fishing or exploring the country’s coast. Most guests arrive by overland transfer with a stop at Lamanai, a Mayan site, along the way. At the end of your stay, a 30 minute air taxi flight will get you back to Belize City in time to make your international flight connections. Orvis Travel packages include transfers, meals, accommodations and a variety of specially selected private tours. 4 night inclusive packages start at around $1400 per person, double occupancy. Visit orvis.com/chanchich or call Orvis Travel for complete details.

Belcampo Lodge – Southern Belize’s only eco-resort that is also an Orvis Endorsed fly fishing destination. Although most guests visit Belcampo to enjoy the area’s tropical nature and the lodge’s luxury accommodations, anglers might consider booking a day or two of fly fishing with one of the lodge’s expert guides. The lodge is situated on a hillside above the Rio Grande on a 12,000 acre private reserve where guests can observe tropical birds in the canopy. Nearby is the Port of Honduras Marine Reserve, one of the best places in the world to catch permit on a fly rod. Activities include everything from making traditional Mayan chocolate to African style safari drives with naturalist guides. Orvis Travel packages include transfers from Punta Gorda, guided fly fishing, meals, accommodations and a variety of activities. 4 night fishing packages start at around $1900 per person, double occupancy. Visit www.orvis.com/belcampo or call Orvis Travel for complete details. Visit orvis.com/belcampo or call Orvis Travel for complete details.

Activities

The Fly Fishing in Belize

Ambergris Caye is conveniently located amidst some of the most productive bonefish, permit and tarpon flats in the Caribbean. The area has long been a favorite of anglers chasing the coveted tropical saltwater grand slam. Although still a difficult feat, even for highly skilled anglers, many would agree that El Pescador Lodge is probably home to more grand slams than any other lodge in the Caribbean. The flats extend for miles, providing ample opportunities and a wide variety of species. The nutrient rich ecosystem provides a tremendous amount of food to the bonefish, permit, tarpon and numerous other fish that inhabit the flats. From extremely large schools of small bonefish to incredible schools of permit and tarpon exceeding 150 pounds, variety is what fly fishing in this part of Belize is all about.

Bonefish

Bonefish are the most numerous game fish available in Northern Belize. Many experienced professional and amateur anglers caught their first bonefish with an El Pescador guide. The fish are plentiful and there are always options available to anglers of all skill levels. The average bonefish weighs in at around 2 pounds but there are larger fish available, and fish over 10 pounds have been landed. Most of the bonefishing around Ambergris Caye is done while casting from the platform of a Mexican style panga flats boat. The elevated position of the angler and guide makes spotting fish easier and oftentimes the boat can get closer to the fish than a wading angler can. There are some flats that are hard bottomed and well suited to wade fishing. However, anglers spend most of their time fishing from the boat.

Permit

Permit are a popular attraction for anglers visiting Belize. Although never easy to catch, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, this is one of the best places in the world to connect with this special fish. Permit sizes range from 5 pounds to over 40 pounds with the average fish landed running around 10 pounds.

Tarpon

Tarpon are available year round in smaller numbers. The resident fish that are found in the mangrove creeks from October – April typically range from 15 – 40 pounds and are a lot of fun on a fly rod whenever they are encountered. Most of the tarpon fishing this time of year involves blind casting in deeper channels with sinking lines. In approximately late April through early October the larger migratory tarpon move into the area looking for baitfish schools on their annual migration through the Caribbean. This provides the best opportunity to sight fish for tarpon. It is not unusual to see fish over 100 pounds and larger fish are caught every year.

The unique geography of the area allows El Pescador’s well trained guides to find fish throughout the day by switching locations and species as the tide fluctuates. In addition to bonefish, permit and tarpon, these bonefishing guides are well trained and eager to pursue other species including jacks, snapper, barracuda and the occasional snook.

The Fly Fishing Guides

All of El Pescador’s fishing guides were born and raised on Ambergris Caye. Many of the guides have been working at El Pescador Lodge for over 20 years, and all are expert anglers. The guides have an encyclopedic knowledge of the fishery, coming from a lifetime dedicated to learning where the fish are and how best to catch them on a fly. El Pescador’s guides are happy to help teach you some of their secrets and will work hard to maximize your opportunities for success.

Many of the small inns and resorts on Ambergris Caye offer to arrange day trips with independent guides. However, ask anyone in Belize if they are a fishing guide and you will most likely get a confident “yes”. The same individual may also claim to be an expert carpenter or SCUBA dive instructor. All guides are not created equal, so it is important to choose carefully. If fishing is an important part of your vacation to Ambergris Caye, there is no substitute for the well organized fishing program and friendly professional guides at El Pescador.

Other Activities

  • Snorkeling: the waters are crystal clear, there’s a major barrier reef close to the lodge, and a marine park.
  • Dive: there’s a dive shop and they arrange a variety of daily dives, including trips to the Blue Hole offshore.
  • Mayan ruins: daytrips to the mainland can be arranged to visit the impressive ruins.
  • Birding/kayaking: tours are available along the protected mangrove coast as well as along the beach.
  • Sailing: daytrips and sunset cruises are available.

Lodging

Lodging on the Beach

This grand slam fishing lodge is a very good location for a group with mixed abilities. The experienced anglers can head off to the more technically challenging flats while the beginners can work on technique – and catch bonefish – closer to the lodge.

El Pescador Lodge is nestled on the Bahia del Punta Arena with an immaculate beach graced with palms and flowering tropical plants. The lodge, built in the colonial style, features a long verandah overlooking the beach and barrier reef.

You will have the option of staying in a standard room in the main lodge or upgrading to one of the lodge’s very nice beachfront villas. Regardless of your choice, all of the air conditioned rooms are comfortable and have a nice view of the beach. There are two double beds in each room, so sharing a room with another angler is easy. However, private rooms are also available.

There’s a pool for a refreshing dip. The intimate, well-stocked bar features an exquisite fresh fruit rum punch and is the perfect place to swap stories after a day’s activities. Hors d’oeuvres are served in the evening. Buffet style meals are a delightful blend of both local and American dishes.

Read our El Pescador Lodge reviews to learn more about Belize fly fishing trips.

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for Belize Bonefish Bonanza

Six dates to choose from:
February 16-20, 2015 SOLD OUT
March 16-20, 2015 SOLD OUT
May 11-15, 2015
June 8-12, 2015
October 26-30, 2015
November 2 - 6, 2015
4 nights, 3 days fishing

$2345 per angler, double occupancy room, 2 anglers per guide
$995 per non angler, sharing a room with an angler
$300 per person, private room supplement*
$720 per person, private boat supplement**


A $500 non-refundable deposit will hold your space.
*Guests traveling alone, or requesting a private room must pay the private room supplement.
**Single anglers are not charged the private boat supplement as long as they are willing to share a guide with another single angler. Offer only valid on this special Orvis Travel group departure.

Trip can easily be extended to include more fishing, or a unique jungle extension at an Orvis eco-lodge. Call Orvis Travel at 800-547-4322 for details.

Orvis Travel Special Offer:

Each angler will recieve a FREE Helios 2 908-4 tip-flex saltwater rod and a discount card good for 15% off of Orvis merchandise.

Included:

  • Helios 2 908-4 tip flex rod
  • Assistance & coaching from an Orvis Travel trip leader
  • Guided fishing from flats boats (2 per boat is standard)
  • Lodging in an air conditioned en suite room
  • All meals at the lodge and boat lunches
  • Beverages, including local Belizean beer and rum at bar
  • Local sales and hotel taxes
  • Complementary use of all amenities (pools, WiFi, Kayaks, bikes, etc.)
  • Local air and transfers between Belize City and El Pescador Lodge.

Not Included:

  • International flights to Belize City
  • Marine park fees (optional) & fishing licenses (approx. $30/person)
  • Guide & staff tips (approx. $50/day, per person), imported liquors
  • Fishing equipment (available for rent/purchase)

Reviews

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  • 5/5

    Wonderful Trip - 11/15/2013
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    My husband and I recently spent 9 days at El Pescador Lodge in Belize. The staff made us feel very special and treated us like family. The rooms (and bathrooms) were very comfortable and clean. Our fishing guide was excellent. Even though tarpon, bonefish, and permit are the sought after fish, many other species are caught. The food was terrific. We liked the seating style for meals because it encouraged conversation with other lodge guests. We met many wonderful people from all over the United States. This was our third trip to El Pescador and we will certainly be returning next year.

  • 5/5

    A Great Full Service Lodge - 3/30/2011
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    I took a group of my customers to El Pescadore in mid-March. Everyone, even our beginners, caught fish every day. The guides were terrific. They were all very professional and truly dedicated to putting us on fish under really difficlut circumstances. During our stay we faced 20 -35 knot winds every day and casting was a challenge to say the least. Under those conditions I would have given the guides a pass if we'd gotten skunked but no-one came back to the lodge without pictures and memories. I should add that the entire staff is among the best I've found at any destination. Without exception everyone at the lodge knew all of the guest's names by breakfast of the morning after we arrived. They were so genuinely friendly that we felt like more like friends and family than customers. I titled this "A Great Full Service Lodge" for a reason. I knew in this economy I'd have trouble filling this trip without something for non-fishers to do. The lodge offers day sails, scuba and snorkeling, trips to the interior to see Mayan ruins and many other adventures for anyone not obsessed with fly fishing. You really could entertain the entire family through an extended stay. This is a trip you and anyone you bring will remember.

  • 5/5

    The Service Blew Me Away - 3/9/2011
    By: from Michigan

    I have traveled to many destinations and by far, going with Orvis is the only way to go. I was ready in just a couple of days with my packing list which didn't leave anything out. Jason and Tyler did a great job of answering any questions I had and made great suggestions of future trips. My trip to El Pescador was the best experience I have had and I will be there again. El Pescador's service blew me away. I felt like family and I miss them all. The whole atmosphere there is something to cherish. I knew everyone's, including guests, name and they knew mine. The fishing experience was top notch and the staff was helpful and made you feel at home. If you are thinking of a trip of a lifetime, you will make El Pescador a lifetime of trips. The sad part was the day I left. I'm already gearing up now to head back. Thanks to all of you at Orvis Travel and El Pescador Lodge for introducing me to the place I will be spending many vacations at in the future.

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Jeremy Kehrein
Belize Bonefish Bonanza
800-547-4322
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)
Winner of the Orvis-Endorsed International Destination of the Year Award

Orvis Travel Special Offer:

Each angler will receive a FREE Helios 2 908-4 tip-flex saltwater rod.

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