Bahamas bonefishing resort with expert fly fishing guides and upscale lodging.

4.2 out of 5 Customer Rating
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  • The only lodge directly on the famed Marls, providing very easy access to the fish.
  • Short runs from the lodge, usually less than a half hour and as close as five minutes away.
  • Tailing fish, and lots of them. The Marls is shallow water for as far as you can see.
  • Incredible logistics make this the easiest fishing lodge in the Bahamas to reach—eight commercial airlines fly to Marsh Harbour regularly.
  • A surprising number of juvenile tarpon are around, providing almost weekly excitement.
  • One of the most under-pressured fisheries of this caliber in the Caribbean.
  • The most knowledgeable guides in the Bahamas, they know the Marls and the ocean intimately and they possess an uncanny ability to find fish.
  • The latest Maverick skiffs, widely recognized as the ultimate flats boat, allow us to access the shallowest flats safely and in maximum comfort.
  • Island culture and activities make Abaco a great place for the non-angling spouse or children.
  • À la carte menu with exceptional fresh local dishes.

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The Story

Choose Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodging at Abaco Lodge for your Bahamian angling adventure. Abaco's sheltered Marls region is big. So big that it could swallow 13 Manhattans within its 300-square-mile footprint. Instead of sputtering cabs and people crammed into skyscrapers, however, this wilderness flats area is peppered with unpopulated pine forest islands, mangrove cays, and a prodigious bonefish population.

From Abaco Lodge's central location, we fish the Marls from as far south as Cross Harbour to its northern extremities off the west side of Treasure Cay. A 20-minute skiff run due west puts anglers within striking range of the Marls' ocean-side edge. And from all points in between, Marls bonefish average two to four pounds. Larger fish in the five- to eight-pound class, although fewer and harder to seduce, are also found in good numbers. Big permit and juvenile tarpon shots are frequent enough that you should be prepared with gear for targeting both species, and barracuda, jack crevalle, plus mutton snappers also call the Marls home. But bonefish generally rule this kingdom, thanks to an ideal mix of sheltered habitat and prime forage sources through the seasons.

Fishing in the Marls is done from our meticulously maintained Maverick flats skiffs. Wading opportunities also exist. From the lodge dock, runs to the flats vary from 10 to 45 minutes. All skiffs are fishing (and comfort) friendly, with padded seats, backrests, line mats, and lean bars on the bow. They're also equipped with first aid kits and an emergency satellite phone.

In addition to wonderful flats, Abaco has incredible blue water fishing. We are happy to coordinate a day, or two, with the best captains available. Target species include marlin, sailfish, dorado, wahoo, and tuna—depending on the season. Arrangements can be made at the lodge, but the best captains book early and we recommend you do as well. There will be an additional charge for this type of fishing.

Abaco Lodge sits on the rocky shoreline of the Marls, on the west side of Abaco. We are just north of Marsh Harbour, on the way to Treasure Cay. The bright, charming lodge welcomes guests with spectacular waterfront views. Enjoy a cold Kalik by the pool, or gather around the fire pit where under a setting sun the day’s fishing stories enter into island lore.

The lodge consists of 11 rooms with a capacity of 14 anglers. There are eight single rooms with king- or queen-size beds and three double rooms with two queen-size beds. All of the rooms offer air conditioning and a private bathroom. Wireless Internet will keep you connected back home. Phone service is available and there is great cell coverage throughout the island. There is also a large flat-screen TV for catching all the games.

The lodge’s main bar is stocked with spirits, cold beer, soft drinks, plenty of ice, and mixers for cocktails. We also have an on-site fly shop where you can purchase everything from flies, leaders and tippet, and lodge logo-wear. Fly-tying equipment is also available.

Fishing in the Marls is done from our meticulously maintained Maverick flats skiffs. Wading opportunities also exist. From the lodge dock, runs to the flats vary from 10 to 45 minutes. All skiffs are fishing (and comfort) friendly, with padded seats, backrests, line mats and lean bars on the bow. They’re also equipped with first aid kits and an emergency satellite phone.

From blue holes that attract juvenile tarpon (and not-so-juvenile barracuda) to productive bonefish flats and hundreds of cays extending from Cross Harbour in the south to stretches well north of the lodge, you’ll explore new and unpressured water daily. Permit and juvenile tarpon shots are frequent enough that you should be prepared with gear for targeting both species, and barracuda, jack crevalle, plus various shark species also call the Marls home.

The bright, charming lodge welcomes guests with spectacular waterfront views. Enjoy a cold Kalik by the pool, or gather around the fire pit where, under a setting sun, the day’s fishing stories enter into island lore.

Sample Itinerary:
7:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am Depart dock
4:00 pm Return to lodge
4:30 pm Onwards cocktail hour
5:30 pm Appetizers
6:30 pm Dinner

Abaco Lodge is the sole bonefishing resort in the Marls, on the island’s western edge. The Marls is enveloped by a designated National Park; inside its perimeters, with an average depth of about four feet and little tidal influence, lives one of the top-rated bonefisheries in the Bahamas. Abaco’s sheltered Marls region is big. So big that it could swallow 13 Manhattans within its 300-square-mile footprint. Instead of sputtering cabs and people crammed into skyscrapers, however, this wilderness flats area is peppered with unpopulated pine forest islands, mangrove cays, and a prodigious bonefish population. From Abaco Lodge’s central location, we fish the Marls from as far south as Cross Harbour to its northern extremities off the west side of Treasure Cay. In addition to wonderful flats, Abaco has incredible blue-water fishing. We are happy to coordinate a day, or two, with the best captains available. Target species include marlin, sailfish, dorado, wahoo, and tuna—depending on the season. Arrangements can be made at the lodge, but the best captains book early and we recommend you do so as well. There will be an additional charge for this type of fishing.

Season 2023 — April to June:

7 Nights/6 Days Fishing: $ 7,350 per person
6 Nights/5 Days Fishing: $ 6,795 per person
5 Nights/4 Days Fishing: $ 6,250 per person
4 Nights/3 Days Fishing: $ 5,350 per person
3 Nights/2 Days Fishing: $ 3,950 per person
For more information, please visit https://www.abacolodge.com/rates

How do I get there?

There are many direct flights from the US to Marsh Harbour; you can also fly via Nassau.


Do I need a Fishing License?

Yes, and it is included in the rate.


I am a novice fisherman; can you teach me how to fly fish?

All our guides are certified instructors, so they can assist you with any instruction you might need and help you better your technique. Don’t hesitate to ask for help! You can also use a spin rod.


Do you provide loaner fishing equipment?

Yes, there are quality fly rods, reels, and fly lines available at the lodge for you to use if needed.


Can I get a Single Room/Boat?

Yes, though single rooms and boats are subject to availability and might have an additional charge.


Can I bring a non-angler with me?

Yes, non-anglers are welcome at an additional rate, and they can happily enjoy the wonderful facilities at the lodge.

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