Paradise on the Fly - A Women's Fly-Fishing Trip in Belize
Join Orvis for a hosted women's only fly-fishing trip in Belize.
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September 14 - 18, 2023
LENGTH OF TRIP: 4 nights, 3 days of guided fishing
PRICING: From $3,195 per angler
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|Dates||Shared Room/Shared Guide||Private Room/Private Guide||Private Room/Shared Guide||Non-Angler Price|
|September 14-18, 2023||$3,250||$4,750||$3,650||$1,850|
Trip Length: 4 nights, 3 days of guided fishing
*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.
UPGRADES AND EXTENSIONS
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.
- 4 nights lodging in an air-conditioned, en suite room in the main lodge
- 3 days of guided fishing from flats boats (2 anglers per boat is standard)
- Expert advice and support from El Pescador’s fishing director
- An Orvis Trip Leader will be on site to help you maximize your success
- All meals at the lodge and boat lunches
- Beverages, including local Belizean beer and rum at bar
- Complimentary use of all amenities (pool, kayaks, bikes, Wi-Fi)
- Local air and transfers between Belize City and El Pescador Lodge
- Local sales and hotel taxes
- International fights to Belize City
- $10 per person local air (Tropic Air) fuel surcharge
- Marine Park fees (optional) and fishing licenses (approx. $25/person)
- Guide & staff tips (approx. $70/day, per person)
- Imported liquors
- Fishing equipment (available for rent or purchase)
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.
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.
- Snorkeling: Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world. Half- and full-day trips are available to Mexico Rocks and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve to explore the vast marine life including Green and Loggerhead sea turtles, green moray eels, nurse sharks, parrotfish, angelfish, grouper, snappers, jacks and many more species.
- Diving: Explore the undersea wonders that make Belize one of the top dive spots in the world.
- Mayan ruins: Take a day trip to the mainland to explore the impressive ruins and learn about Mayan culture. The Lamanai Mayan Center is one of the largest and oldest Mayan sites in Central America and consists of more than 800 structures.
- Birding/kayaking: Tours are available along the protected mangrove coast as well as along the beach.
- Sailing: Sail to the neighboring island of Caye Caulker or book a sunset cruise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.
Limitation of liability
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