Trip Length: 4 nights, 3 days of guided fishing
Price: From $2,950 per person
Recharge your soul on a women's fly-fishing trip in beautiful Belizea tropical paradise and land of diverse ecosystems and natural abundance. Whether you are new to fly fishing or you are on a quest for the coveted saltwater Grand Slam, you'll enjoy three days of saltwater fishing in the camaraderie of other women who share your same passion. This trip is open to anglers of all abilities. You'll learn tips and techniques for flats fishing in a fun and supportive environment with your Orvis host, an IFFF certified casting instructor and local, expert guides who have lived and fished on these extensive flats for years. The shallow turtle-grass and sand flats offer a tremendous population of bonefish. You'll rejoice at the sound of your reel screaming as you land your first ghost of the flats. Belize also boasts a world-class permit fishery and year-round sight-casting for tarpon.
Serenity awaits you at our luxurious, beachfront lodge on the island of Ambergris Caye. El Pescador Lodge sits on the water's edge and offers well-appointed accommodations, three swimming pools and a large deck perfect for relaxing and swapping stories at the end of the day.
Day 1: Welcome to Paradise
Fly to Belize City for a short, local flight to San Pedro (included in your trip). A friendly staff member will meet you at the airport in San Pedro for the short transfer by boat to El Pescador Lodge & Villas, your beachside home for the week. Your Orvis host will be at the dock to greet you, help you check in and introduce you to your fellow angling companions. Take a dip in the pool, practice your casting or enjoy a Belizean cocktail on the deck before a family-style dinner al fresco.
Days 2-4: Fishing and Exploring
Wake up to the gentle sounds of the ocean and take a moment to find your pause. After an early breakfast, you’ll meet your guide and head for the flats aboard a Panga (a Mexican-styled skiff with a casting platform on the front). The boats are well stocked with food and cold drinks, so you can enjoy a full day chasing fish.
Non-anglers will also enjoy this tropical paradise. Laze the day away with a book on the dock or go for a refreshing swim in one of three pools. Head out for a day of exploring with a complimentary kayak or canoe. Borrow a bike and pedal into the town of San Pedro for some shopping or a visit to the Belize Chocolate Company. The staff can also arrange for optional excursions such as snorkeling on the crystal-clear waters of the barrier reef or a day trip to visit Mayan ruins.
Reunite with your fellow travel companions and share stories from your date of adventure over a house rum drink or local beer at the outside bar overlooking the ocean. As the tropical sun sets, you’ll dine under the stars on local Caribbean specialties prepared by the resort chef.
Day 5: Depart El Pescador
After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow anglers and Orvis host. You’ll be whisked by boat back to the San Pedro airstrip for flights back to Belize City.
Extend your trip
It’s easy to extend your Belize trip whether you want to fish an extra day, take a day trip to explore Mayan ruins, or go snorkeling or diving to explore the vast marine life in the crystal-clear waters of the barrier reef. Belize boasts some of the best snorkeling in the world. The expansive seagrass beds and coral reefs are home to many species of fish including parrotfish, grouper, snappers, and jacks. In the company of an expert local, marine guide, you may also spot moray eels, green sea turtles, loggerhead turtles and nurse sharks. Call us at 800-547-4322 for more information.
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 saltwater Grand Slam. Although still a difficult feat, even for highly skilled anglers, many would agree that El Pescador Resort is probably home to more grand slams than any other fishing lodge in the Caribbean.
The flats cover nearly 400 square 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 cruise 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 are the most abundant 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 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 Mexica-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 most anglers spend their time fishing from the boat.
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 are available year-round in smaller numbers. The resident fish that are found in the mangrove creeks from October - April typically range from 15 to 40 pounds and are a lot of fun to catch on a fly rod. Most of the tarpon fishing this time of year involves blind casting in deeper channels with sinking lines. In 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.
All of El Pescador's fishing guides were born and raised on Ambergris Caye. Many of the guides have been working at El Pescador 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.
Our home for this women’s fly fishing trip is El Pescador Resort on the island of Ambergris Caye. The lodge is situated right on the beach, amidst whispering palms and tropical, flowering foliage. The colonial-style lodge features a long veranda overlooking the beach and barrier reef. There are 3 pools where you can take a refreshing dip, and a sitting area with a fire pit.
The main lodge rooms were recently renovated and feature modern amenities and air-conditioning. All lodge rooms overlook the beach. If you prefer, upgrade to a private beachfront villa with exotic, hardwood floors, handcrafted furniture and a great room with dramatic cathedral ceilings designed to maximize the view of the ocean. Most rooms have two queen beds and a small sitting area, so sharing with another angler is easy. Private rooms are also available.
Trip Length: 4 nights, 3 days of guided fishing
$2,950 per angler (double occupancy, 2 anglers per guide)
$1,150 per non-angler (sharing a room with an angler)
$400 per person, private room supplement*
$900 per person, private boat supplement**
SPECIAL OFFER: Each angling package includes a Helios 3D saltwater fly rod, Hydros SL reel and Orvis flyline ($1200+ value)
*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 Orvis Adventures special group departure.
Reserve your space now!
Call Orvis Adventures at (800) 547-4322 and place your $300 deposit by credit card.
PRIVATE VACATION VILLA: Upgrade to a 1, 2 or 3-bedroom private, ocean view villa for an additional $75-$100 per person per night.
EXTEND YOUR TRIP: It's easy to extend your stay at El Pescador for additional days or nights. We can also help you plan an extension to the inland jungles and Mayan Mountains of Western Belize. Call the Orvis Adventures team at (800) 547-4322 to check availability and pricing.
Each angling package includes a Helios 3 outfit ($1,200+ value).
Call 800-547-5322 for details.