North Andros, Mangrove Cay and South Andros islands are collectively known as Andros Island, with little more than tidal creeks separating them from each other. Andros Island is the largest island in the Bahamas, and the fifth largest in the West Indies at roughly 2300 square miles. The island is 104 miles long and 40 miles wide at its widest point. The third largest barrier reef in the world stretches for over 140 miles along the eastern edge of Andros Island. Andros Island is often referred to as the bonefishing capital of the world. Other popular activities on the island include SCUBA diving, snorkeling and exploring an extensive network of freshwater blue holes.
The first inhabitants of the island are believed to be the indigenous Lucayan people, who were wiped out by exposure to disease following the arrival of the Spanish in the 1550s. The Spanish called Andros Espiritu Santo, the Island of the Holy Spirit. Eventually the British colonized the Bahamas and renamed the island Andros. There are several theories, but many scholars believe the island was named for Sir Edmund Andros, Commander of Her Majesties Forces in Barbados in 1672, and eventual governor of New York, Massachusetts and New England. Others believe that the island was named after the Greek island of Andros, by Greek sponge fisherman.
Andros Island's nearby reef, the Tongue of the Ocean trench, and a network of freshwater blue holes helped make the island a popular SCUBA diving destination early in the sport. The area was frequented by such well known divers as Jacques Cousteau. Today most guests visiting Andros are either there to fly fish or dive. Andros has escaped many of the commercial development projects, and has never really experienced a tourism boom like many of the other islands in the Bahamas. It remains, for the most part, a sleepy little community of outgoing Bahamians, surrounded by tremendous natural beauty. You will not find any high rise resorts or fashionable shopping districts on Andros.
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 hovers around 78% year round -- a touch lower in March and April, and a touch higher in September and October.
From Nassau: Most guests fly to Nassau and take the local commuter flight to Mangrove Cay (MAY) or Congo Town (TZN). Either way, it is a short flight that takes about 20 minutes aboard Western Air's modern 19 or 33 seat turbo-prop aircraft. If you choose this option, you should plan on arriving in Nassau by 1:30 PM to make the mid-afternoon flight. 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, or you can book this flight on your own. Regardless of how you reserve your seats, you will pay for the tickets with cash when you check in for the flight. The flight schedule and fares are subject to change, so make sure you check with Orvis Travel or Western Air for updates before booking your international flights. Currently the fare is approximately $120 per person, round trip. Return flights from Congo Town to Nassau are typically scheduled for early morning, allowing guests enough time to connect to international flights scheduled after 11:00 AM.
A fun and convenient option for getting from Nassau to Tiamo is a float plane charter. The float plane departs from the executive terminal in Nassau and can deliver passengers right on the beach in front of the resort. The float plane is perfectly suited to 2 passengers and their luggage. It is also possible to charter a larger land based aircraft to fly from Nassau to Congo Town, or Mangrove Cay. Orvis Travel will be happy to provide some charter recommendations.
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Watermakers Air offers direct flights from Fort Lauderdale to Congo Town twice a day. We would recommend this option if you can arrive in Fort Lauderdale early enough to catch the mid afternoon flight. Private charters from Ft. Lauderdale are also available.
Regardless of the option you choose, a representative of Tiamo will meet you upon your arrival in Congo Town or Mangrove Cay and transfer you by car and a short boat ride to the resort. Check-in time is 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon. Call us at 800-547-4322 to get more details about travel to Tiamo.
Check-in time is 3:00 PM. Whether you choose to fly in from Fort Lauderdale or Nassau you will be met at either the Congo Town or Mangrove Cay airports, and transferred to Tiamo. You will be driven to a nearby dock where a boat will be waiting to take you to the resort. The entire transfer typically takes less than 20 minutes and is included in all Orvis Travel packages. Upon arrival you will be given a brief tour of the resort, and shown to your cottage. Once you have had a chance to settle in you can relax for a while on the beach, or go for a quick snorkel off the dock. Cocktails and appetizers will proceed dinner. This is the perfect time to get to know the resort’s other guests, and maybe even begin relationships that will last long after your trip to Tiamo is over. Dinner is at a set time and will be served at around 7:00 PM each evening.
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 8:00am all guests are in their boats, and on their way to the flats. Depending on conditions, and individual 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 4:00pm. If you want to get some more fishing in you can wade the productive flat in front of the resort until you have had your fill of fishing for the day.
Many of the guests visiting Tiamo are not there to fish. The resort’s naturalist guides offer daily outings where guests can explore and enjoy the area’s natural beauty. Whether you want to snorkel “The Crack” or take a sea kayak to explore the mangroves, the staff is there to help get the most out of your experience. Guided nature activities are available to all guests while staying at Tiamo. If you are interested in booking a guided excursion just mention it to a member of staff the evening before, and they will make the arrangements.
Regardless of what you did today, you can end it by relaxing with a Kalik (The Beer of The Bahamas), glass of wine or a cocktail before dinner. The lodge has a very good selection of beer, wine and liquors available for purchase. If you have a specific drink of choice, you are welcome to bring a bottle with you.
Check-out time is 12:00 noon. You will be transferred to Congo Town or Mangrove Cay 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 Tiamo. 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.
Andros Island is considered by many to be the holy grail of bonefishing. Although one of the largest islands (technically a group of islands) in The Bahamas, Andros is sparsely populated by fewer than 7,000 residents, most of which live on North Andros. Tiamo is located on the north end of South Andros, directly adjacent to the South Bight, which separates the island from Mangrove Cay, to the North. Although the entire Andros Island system provides anglers with access to very productive bonefishing flats, many feel that anglers fishing the waters around South Andros have access to the very best.
The fly-fishing on the South Bight and West Side, both famed Andros locations, is superb, and the guides know where to locate bonefish. There are even bonefish on the beach, or you could kayak to several nearby flats if you want to try your luck without a guide. Keep in mind, however, that “do it yourself” bonefishing is usually very frustrating for those new to saltwater fly fishing. If catching fish is an important part of your vacation, then you should book a guide for the days you want to fish. Guides should be booked well in advance, at the same time you make your reservation. It is highly unlikely that any of the resort’s expert guides will be available if you wait until the last minute.
The resort’s location gives anglers access to a wide variety of flats on the east and west sides of the island, plus the flats in the bight that cuts between South Andros and Mangrove Cay. Tiamo has some of the best bonefishing in the world at its doorstep. Whether you are a veteran flats angler or just learning, Tiamo’s ideal location and their professional guides will set you up to have an exceptional bonefishing experience.
Although South Andros is primarily a bonefishing destination there are some other species available to fly rodders. Permit are seldom seen on the flats of South Andros. Tarpon are occasionally seen in mangrove channels and on the west side flats. Anglers traveling between May and October have the best chance at seeing them. If you have tarpon equipment, and are traveling in the summer, you might want to bring it with you, just in case. Barracuda, sharks, jacks, and snapper are abundant, and can make for a fun diversion, adding a little variety to the day.
Blue water fishing is occasionally available at Tiamo. However, the captains are not experienced with blue-water fly fishing tactics or equipment, so we recommend this type of fishing only for anglers that are willing to use conventional gear for a shot at sailfish, wahoo, kingfish, dorado and tuna (yellowfin and blackfin). Tiamo has its own boat, fully equipped for blue water fishing. Blue water fishing should be coordinated directly with lodge management upon your arrival, since it is very weather dependent. Although a day of blue water fishing can be fun, it is important to remember that Tiamo is not a blue water fishing destination, and guests should set their expectations accordingly.
A note about Tiamo's guides
Guests traveling alone, or with a non-angling companion, will have their own boat. The lodge will not attempt to pair you up with another single angler. The guide costs the same, whether there is one angler in the boat or two, so your non-angling companion is free to join you if desired.
When you book a Tiamo guide through Orvis Travel you can rest assured that the guide is experienced, has safe equipment and is fun to spend time with. The resort itself works closely with these guides and will do everything they can to make sure you have a positive experience if you are fishing with one of their guides.
Tiamo is the perfect place for anglers and their non-angling companions to enjoy a variety of activities. With a white sand beach, infinity pool, gym and full service spa some guests will choose to remain on-site during their entire vacation. However, for those more adventurous, the resort has full time naturalist guides on staff that lead nature tours in the forest and in the water. Snorkeling, sea kayaking, sailing and birding are just some of the activities enjoyed by Tiamo guests. Although many anglers will choose to fish all day, every day, Tiamo is best enjoyed by those that take some time to participate in some other activities as well. All of the resort’s non-guided activities are available to all guests, at no additional charge.
The spacious, individual villas are tucked beneath palm trees a few steps back from the white-sand beach and water’s edge. Guests have the option of a traditional Tiamo open air “Island Breeze” villa or upgrading to an air conditioned “Pool Villa”. The Island Breeze villas are designed to keep occupants comfortable by utilizing the cool sea breezes and an ultra efficient, and quiet, ceiling fan. The Pool Villas, on the other hand, are fully air conditioned, providing maximum comfort, but lack the open air “sleeping with nature” feel of the Island Breeze Villas. Guests choosing the pool villas will also have access to their own private deck and pool. Regardless of cabin choice, guests will enjoy a king sized bed and have the option of adding a twin bed to each room. Free wireless Internet access is available throughout the resort.
The resort’s Great Room, a spacious and relaxed Bahamian lodge, is just a short walk down the beach from the guest villas. The Great Room overlooks the resort’s infinity pool and the ocean beyond. It is surrounded by three levels of decking, providing ample opportunities for private discussions or interacting with other guests. Inside the Great Room there’s a well stocked full service bar, a charming dining room, and a secluded library with satellite television.
For those guests that need to exercise in order to relax, Tiamo boasts an impressive gym. The gym is air-conditioned and fully equipped with cardio and multi-gym, free weights and chi balls. You can rejuvenate your mind and body by gazing out over the peaceful ocean while you exercise.
Adjacent to the gym is an intimate spa surrounded by the sights and sounds of the palm tree jungle. Guests are offered a wonderful selection of health-giving and beautifying treatments. Whether you choose a facial, massage, or full body scrub and wrap by the resort’s resident therapist, during your time in the spa, the real world back home will seem a million miles away.
You will be tempted daily with a mix of Bahamian and fusion cuisine served with fine wines from around the world. Vegetarian and lighter options are also available.
Breakfast is served buffet style in the Great Room each morning and includes coffee, juices, fresh fruit, pastries, bread, meat, and eggs cooked to order.
Lunch is served in the Great Room and guests will have a variety of hot and cold menu items to choose from.
If you are fishing with a guide your lunch order will be placed the evening prior and typically consist of a sandwich or salad, fruit, chips, and homemade cookies. Although it is often possible to return to the lodge for lunch, most anglers enjoy lunch on the water.
After a full day of fishing or exploring, guests are invited to relax with a cocktail or cold beer at the resort’s bar, or on the deck overlooking the ocean. The full service bar has a nice selection of wines, beer and liquors and the friendly bartender will happily mix your favorite drinks while sharing stories of life in the Bahamas. Delicious appetizers are served just prior to dinner, so you can sample local specialties such as conch fritters, ceviche and grouper fingers.
Dinners are served in the dining pavilion, on the deck overlooking the infinity pool, in the privacy of your own cottage, or virtually anywhere else you might choose. The resort’s management can even make arrangements for you to go by boat to a deserted island and enjoy a romantic picnic lunch or fully prepared dinner on the beach.
Dinner starts with homemade soups and all entrees are served with fresh salads. The chef’s emphasis is on mixing Bahamian favorites with European and American fusion dishes. Desserts will have a Bahamian flair with a new treat served every evening after dinner. After dinner guests can enjoy a nice pour of their favorite brandy, port or other digestif from the bar.
2017 Accommodation Rates
The resort will be closed in September & October
Bonefishing is $500 a day and $350 a half day
Sunset Room - Max 2 persons (215 sq ft), one bedroom, queen size bed
Cool Villa - Max 3 persons (700 sq ft) One bedroom, king size bed
Pool Villa - Max 3 persons (700 sq ft) One bedroom, king size bed, private deck with private pool
Full Moon Villa - Max 4 persons (1200 sq ft) One bedroom king size bed & one living room sofa bed
Star Light Villa - Max 4 persons (1400 sq ft) One bedroom, king size bed, deck with pool
Bird's Nest Villa - Max 8 persons (3200 sq ft) Deck with pool, jacuzzi, three bedrooms, king size beds, TV and dining room
Nov 1- Dec 15
May 1- Aug 31
January 6 - May 31
Dec 16 - Jan 10
|Full Moon Villa||$1500||$1700||$3000|
|Star Light Villa||$1700||$1900||$3500|
|Bird's Nest Villa||$3600||$4500||$6800|
|*Add 10% of lodging costs for resort service fee|
Includes: Lodging in selected accommodations, meals served in the lodge’s dining room, soft drinks, regularly scheduled guided snorkeling excursions (1 per day), all self-guided activities (kayaking, snorkeling, picnics, sailing, etc). Transfers from Mangrove Cay or Congo Town airports, Internet, gym, pool, library, service charge (staff tips) and VAT accommodation taxes. Fishing packages include guided fishing (1 or 2 anglers per guide and boat).
Not included: Airfare to Congo Town, South Andros, special transfers other than those described above, special meals, fishing license, guide gratuities for fishing and naturalist guides, airport departure taxes, fishing equipment, non-angling activities and spa services other than those specifically included, items of a personal nature, alcoholic beverages, and long distance phone calls.
You never pay more when booking Tiamo Resort through Orvis Travel.
Orvis Travel Special Offer:
Buy One, Get One free air ticket from Nassau to Mangrove Cay on stays of at least 4 nights or longer. Offer applies to new bookings confirmed before June 30th, 2016.
Travel before August 31st, 2016 and stay 6 nights and your 7th night is free.
Please call for details (800) 547-4322.