DATES: May 2nd - 7th, 2020
LENGHT OF TRIP: 5 nights, 4 days
Shared Room/Shared Boat - $3150 per angler
Private Room/Private Boat - $4950
Non-Angler/Sharing room with Single Angler - $1025 (this option can only be applied to a private room/private guide booking)
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE LOCAL FLIGHTS - $325 Round trip per person
Join us for the Orvis-exclusive Permit Palooza group fly-fishing trip to Belize, and enjoy luxury accommodations at Copal Tree Lodge. The best fly-fishing guides in the area are at Copal Tree, and they'll help you get a shot at the elusive permit that are found here. Copal Tree guides have been trained to the highest standards for interpreting the tropical forest, birds, and marine life. You will find them friendly, informative, and well organized.
The Gulf of Honduras is permit country, and you may get more shots at a permit here in one day than anywhere else we know in the Caribbean. Permit are elusive and finicky, and landing one is a challenge, even for expert anglers, which is why they are so highly regarded as one of the saltwater flats' most coveted catch. Copal Tree's guides know permit fishing and will introduce you to the best waters each day throughout your Belize fly-fishing experience.
There are also tarpon and bonefish in the regiontarpon are frequently seen rolling in the Rio Grande close to the lodgeand it's possible to catch a grand slam (bonefish, tarpon, and permit in the same day). Snook are found in the area too, and you may have a better chance of a hookup with one here than in most places. However, permit are the stars and by far the most likely object of your fly-fishing desire while staying at Copal Tree Lodge.
Conservation note: As of 2008, permit, tarpon, and bonefish are catch-and-release only in Belize by law. Copal Tree Lodge strongly supports this conservation effort and Belize's pro-conservation policies.
Upon arrival in Punta Gorda after a 1-hour scenic flight over the coastline of Belize, you will be met by a Copal Tree representative who will transfer you to the lodge. Your Orvis host will greet you there and help you gear up for the fishing days ahead while you settle in to the lush jungle surroundings. Your fishing guide for the week will meet you there as well and go over the fishing plan for the next morning.
Fly Fishing for the elusive Permit. After a full breakfast, anglers will take a short Land-Rover ride to the marina and join your guide there. You'll spend each fishing day exploring the most productive areas based on conditions, while learning more about what it takes to target Permit on the fly from some of the most experienced guides in the business. Non-anglers will find plenty of guided and non-guided activities to choose from back at the lodge, with different options planned for each day. After each fishing day, guests will return to Copal Tree Lodge with enough time to relax before dinner, go for a local hike or bike ride, or kayak the Rio Grand right on the property. Members of the group can dine together at a common table or enjoy a table for two with candlelight.
Guests will be transferred from the lodge to the Punta Gorda Airstrip to catch a 1-hour flight back to Belize City based on your international departure time.
Your Permit Palooza Base Package includes lodging in a Jungle Suite.
Nestled amidst lush tropical foliage, lies our Jungle suites. These spacious rooms, with either two queen beds or one king bed, tall ceilings and full-length windows afford an airy retreat. From freshly cut tropical flowers to our handwritten welcome note to locally made soap, we make sure that none of the details are overlooked.
Based on availability, it may be possible to upgrade you lodging option to a Canopy Suite or Family Villa.
Canopy Suites offer stunning views from the Maya Mountains to the Caribbean Sea. Each 750 sq. ft. suite with a California king bed provides a private screened porch, outdoor soaking tubs, and access to a 40' salt water infinity pool and spacious decks. These suites are equipped with California king beds plus daybeds.
The three-bedroom Family Villa provides a wonderful retreat for your group or family to experience the luxury of the lodge with all the comforts of home with sweeping views of the jungle. Featuring an en-suite king bedroom with its own private screened in porch and 2 smaller queen bedrooms with a shared bathroom. The Family Villa includes a central lounge and full kitchen, which opens up onto a private luxurious porch.
Please contact Orvis Travel for pricing and availability on any lodging upgrades.
What is included?
How many people are on this trip?
This trip is limited to 8 anglers. There is space for non-anglers as well.
This trip is recommended for fly anglers with some previous experience in Saltwater flats fishing. Permit can be incredibly difficult to catch, and while this trip is open to anglers of all abilities, we do not consider it the best option for those new to Saltwater fly fishing.
What am I responsible For?
How strenuous are the activities?
Is this a child friendly trip?
Children are permitted at Copal Tree Lodge. Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip as an angler.
Meals and Dining:
All meals, afternoon snacks, and beverages including local spirits and beer are included in the package. Imported spirits, wine, and beer are not included.
Delicious, authentic food is at the core of the Copal Tree Belize experience. The Lodge produces on-site more than 70% of the food served. The culinary team at Copal Tree Lodge takes advantage of the organic farm, the availability of fresh fish and seafood, as well as local ingredients to provide an extraordinary level of dining each day with a menu that highlights Belizean flavors.
The culinary experience starts each morning with a coffee or tea wake-up service and continues through breakfast, lunch, daily afternoon snacks, pre-dinner and dinner, complete with an exceptional wine list and full-service bar. Copal Tree Lodge does not stop with world class dining; they have gone on to offer an exceptional wine list and full service bar. By the glass or the bottle, the wine selection is varied to suit connoisseurs of all tastes. For those who prefer beer or mixed drinks, the choices are sure to please.
Aside from fishing, Copal Tree Lodge has a well-organized activities schedule and some of the best trained guides in Belize. There is always something to keep everyone as active as they choose during their stay. This Belize adventure tour has something for everyone. SPA Copal Tree's Jabulani Spa's hand-carved wooden water feature and rock fountain help bestow a sense of tranquility throughout the spa. The structure, which was inspired by traditional Maya homes, features Belizean hardwoods harvested from hurricane-damaged trees and sustainable wood farms. A covered outdoor terrace leads to a spacious treatment area with floor-to-ceiling glass walls offering an unrestricted view of the rainforest canopy. The spa's interior walls are adorned with approximately 70,000 natural stones, which reflect the surrounding environment and complement the oversized waterfall shower. Situated in the tranquil tropical forest, surrounded by sensuous scents and sounds, you can enjoy exotic treatments that incorporate rare, local, organically produced Belizean ingredients including chocolate and orange, copal and lavender oils. These oils are made from local natural ingredients by two Doctors living in one of the nearby villages. Copal Tree's Spa Therapist uses the local oils in her massages and facials. Other spa treatments are also offered using only locally made salts and oils. These treatments include: full manicure, full pedicure, mani-art, and pedi-art. Appointments can be made at the front desk.
There are a variety of activities available and they are operated by trained guides using the adventure lodge's own well-maintained vehicles and boats. The groups are small, with an average of six guests with a guide. These can be arranged at the lodge after arrival, allowing you to choose the best tours based on your personal interests, the weather, and the season.
Suggested tours (these can be arranged and paid for on-site, ala carte):
Mayan Culture and Sites:
Lubaantun, Blue Creek Village and Cave Swim
Nim Li Punit Ruins and Rio Blanco Waterfalls
Maya Ruin and Village Adventure
Epicurean and Farm Tours
Snorkel with the Chef
Bean to Bar Chocolate Making Class
Toledo Culinary Tour
Punta Gorda Town and Market Tour
Jungle River Boat Adventure
Nighttime Polaris Jungle Adventure Ride
Half Day & Full Day Snorkeling & Reef Adventures
Permit are the stars and by far the most likely object of your fly fishing desire while staying at Copal Tree Lodge. The flats, lagoons and river channels around Copal Tree are among the best permit fisheries in the world. The largest fish are found from March through May, but ample numbers are found year-round.
Tarpon: Large tarpon are migratory and are found in the waters around Copal Tree from May through September. Smaller tarpon, less than twenty pounds, can be found in the mangroves and brackish estuaries, creeks and lagoons year-round.
Bonefish: The flats, lagoons and river mouths attract bonefish, but not in the same numbers as in northern Belize. We suggest you combine a stay at Copal Tree Lodge with a fishing lodge to the north if you are new to flats fishing.
Snook: Coastal marine and brackish mangroves offer the best snook fishing from November through March.
Jack Crevalle: Thriving in the area since the 1995 commercial net ban, large schools of jacks are found in the shallow flats and lagoons around Copal Tree from February through November.
Mutton Snapper: This coveted species is found year-round in the sandy areas around mangroves, lagoons and river basins.
Copal Tree Lodge is really the only place in far southern Belize where you can explore the tropical forest or fly fish and enjoy luxurious accommodations and gourmet food. It is surrounded by tropical nature both on land and at sea. This Belize adventure lodge is situated on a hillside above the Rio Grande in a 12,000 acre private reserve, where you can observe tropical birds in the canopy, and adjacent to the Port of Honduras Marine Reserve, one of the best places in the world to catch permit on a fly rod.
The climate is subtropical. Summer temperatures seldom exceed 96°F and winter lows are rarely below 60°F. The rainy season is between June and October, and the dry season is from February through April, however rain can occur all year round.
What else to bring?
Many anglers prefer to have a 9-10 weight rigged up for permit. A 10-weight rod is also perfect for most Central American Tarpon fishing. Fly rods in the 7 to 8-weight range are the ideal size for Belize bonefish. Reels should be anodized, corrosion-resistant saltwater models that will hold a full fly line, plus approximately 200 yards of 30-pound backing. Reels equipped with smooth, high-quality drags are essential to prevent break-offs from the blistering runs of hooked fish. A weight-forward, saltwater floating line is ideal for most of the sight fishing you will encounter. There are times when an intermediate clear-sinking or sink-tip line is the answer for tarpon and snook fishing.