Take a trip to fisherman’s paradise to experience some of the best bonefishing in the Bahamas.

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Orvis Week at Swain's Cay Lodge


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2024 Dates:

March 9 - 15, 2024


Length of Trip:

6 nights and 5 days fishing


Price:

$4,695 Per angler, Double occupancy


Highlights:

  • Opportunities for trophy bonefish, tarpon, permit, barracuda, and snapper
  • Fish with third- and fourth-generation professional guides
  • Great family or couple’s destination
  • Relaxing accommodations not far from the beach
  • Enjoy authentic Bahamian cuisine

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The Story

Whether you are new to fly fishing in the Bahamas or looking for your next relaxing getaway, we invite you to join our Orvis Week at Swain's Cay Lodge. Located on the beautiful Andros Island, it is just a 15-minute flight from Nassau. Swain's Cay Lodge boasts relaxing rooms and accommodations, professional customer service, and guest-oriented guides with exceptional flats boats. Andros Island is commonly known as a fisherman’s paradise. While there, guests will have the opportunity to experience some of the best bonefishing in the Bahamas. For the non-angling guests, Mangrove Cay is just waiting to be explored. Snorkel the reef, take a bike ride around Mangrove Cay or simply watch the world go by from a beach lounger while a warm breeze gently melts your stresses away. Orvis and Swain's Cay Lodge are excited to team up to make this Orvis week a relaxed and enjoyable experience from beginning to end.

Accommodations:

Mangrove Cay is rustic, charming, and perfectly simple, the ideal location for anglers and non-anglers looking for that hidden slice of paradise. Newly built in 2009, the lodge is on the beach and offers various accommodations. All lodge rooms are equally charming and not too far from the beach; simply step outside to enjoy the beautiful view. There are always lodge staff available who can answer questions, help arrange travel, and assist with angling and non-angling activities. All lodge rooms come with the following amenities: en suite bathroom, furnished patio, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi.


Meals:

Located right on the beach, the Reefside Restaurant & Bar serves up delicious and truly authentic Bahamian cuisine. The restaurant chefs draw inspiration from using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner, their fresh, home-cooked food is always popular. When fishing, guests can expect a boxed lunch consisting of a sandwich, chips, fruit, cookies, and water.


Alcohol & Beverages:

Aside from water, the lodge does not include any beverages in its accommodation package prices. Charges accumulated from alcohol and soft drinks will be settled upon guest check-out.

Arrival Day:

Arrive at Clarence A. Bain Airport on Andros Island. Since the lodge is close by, guests can arrive on any flight, but we recommend coming in the afternoon or early evening if possible. Once landed, anglers will be taken to the lodge where they will be introduced to the property and their rooms. Guests can choose to spend the rest of the day enjoying lodge activities or relaxing on the wraparound deck that overlooks the water. For anglers eager to fish, there is a home flat directly in front of the lodge that they can easily access on their own. The day will finish with dinner at the restaurant of the lodge.


Fishing Days:

The daily activity starts at 6 AM with coffee and continental items available to the early birds and a delicious homestyle hot breakfast served from 6:30 AM at the Lodge's beachside restaurant, Reef Side Restaurant & Bar.

Anglers are thereafter around 7:15 AM and 7:30 AM taken to the fishing docks at the Middle or South Bights only five minutes away, taking in a scenic view of the town and delivered into the hands of one of the professional guides. The competent and friendly guides will take anglers out on the beautiful flats and seas for an enjoyable 8-hour day to hunt the species they desire. Anglers are sure to marvel at the expansive and beautiful aqua-marine waters. Not to mention the exciting and enjoyable day that will be had.

Around 3:15 – 4:30 PM, the anglers are greeted by a friendly assistant who will take them back to the lodge. Once at the lodge, guests will be welcomed with a cold Kalik, tropical drinks, and sumptuous hors d'oeuvres while relaxing on the wraparound deck. Kayaks, bikes, or a walk along the beach are enjoyable at the end of the day. At around 6:30 pm, there will be a sit-down three-course dinner where guests can share fish stories with fellow anglers.


Departure Day:

You will make your way to Clarence A. Bain Airport in time to catch your flight home. For those wishing to continue their adventure, 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.

*Please note that this itinerary is subject to change.

Swain’s Cay Lodge is located about halfway down the East coast of Mangrove Cay in the center of Andros. The Middle and North Bights separate Mangrove Cay from North Andros and the South Bight separates Mangrove Cay from South Andros. The Bights are a complex network of channels, islands, flats, reef, and deeper cuts. It's an ideal habitat for numerous sea life, a healthy ecosystem, and the perfect environment for big bonefish! This central location makes Mangrove Cay the ideal place to fish due to the versatility of sites easily reached.

A complex tidal system exists where tides can be opposite depending on which side of Andros you are on as the water is pushed and pulled through the network of channels. This allows the fishing guides to be able to search out a rising tide at most times of the day. The lodge boasts professional, customer-service-oriented guides with exceptional flats and boats.

Swain's Cay Lodge is primarily a fly-fishing lodge but also offers other fishing adventures such as spear fishing, deep sea, reef fishing, snorkeling, and diving in the deep blue or blue holes. Spin fishing is also available.

Target Species: bonefish, tarpon, permit, barracuda, and snapper

What is Included?

  • Professional guide and boat for up to 2 guests per boat
  • Accommodations, all meals, purified or bottled water
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Transfers to and from the dock (Middle Bight or South Bight)
  • Wi-Fi and all lodge levies
  • Use of kayaks, bicycles, and snorkeling equipment

What is Not Included?

  • International and domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages and sodas at the lodge
  • Service fees for guides and staff
  • Fly-fishing equipment and flies
  • Select additional activities
  • Value added tax @ 10.00% on services/sales outside of packages, i.e., bar, other activities, fly shop

How many people are on this trip?

18 anglers.


What skill level is suggested?

All skill levels are welcome.


How strenuous are the activities?

The trip can be tailored to an individual's fitness level.


Is this a child-friendly trip?

Kids will have a great time at Swain's Cay Lodge. Fly-fishing, reef, and snorkeling trips are all kid-friendly. Swain's Cay Lodge can provide childcare services if needed. Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip as an angler.


What other activities are available?

Even if you’re not into fishing, there are plenty of activities to enjoy at the lodge. Kayak along the bights and spot the creatures of the air and sea. Snorkel the tropical underwater landscape. Admire the flora and fauna during a bike ride around Mangrove Cay.

  • Kayaking & Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Bike Rides
  • Eco-Tourism

What is the typical weather?

In Andros and the Bahamas, weather is a sub-tropical climate with temperatures averaging in the 70º–80ºF range all year round. Summers can be humid with temperatures up to 90ºF. There is no snowfall and there are on average 340 sunny days per year. It's best to check the local weather forecast just prior to your trip for the most accurate weather conditions.


What gear do you recommend?

Choose either lightweight cotton or synthetic fabrics. Synthetic fabrics and blends dry very quickly and remain comfortable after minimal washing. Cotton has many advocates, but it does take a long time to dry. Due to the exposed nature of the flats, we recommend loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants for complete protection from the sun. Remember to use plenty of sunscreen if you prefer short sleeves and shorts.

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & Clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.

Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.

Orvis Travel, its Owners, Employees, Associates and Agents give notice that they act only as the agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers providing means of transportation and/or other services and assume no responsibility howsoever caused for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers.

Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

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