TURNEFFE FLATS LODGE
For nearly three decades Turneffe Flats, 30 miles of the coast of Belize, has been known as one of the Caribbean's finest saltwater fly fishing destinations. The superior lodge facilities, the fine boats and equipment, to the superior quality rooms make this the best saltwater lodge you will find.
The diversity of the area's fishing sets Turneffe Flats apart from other destinations, and the opportunity to catch bonefish, permit and tarpon on a given day makes this one of the rare spots to pursue a "Flats Grand Slam".
The lodge whisks you from Belize City on their spacious 48’ boat and makes a scenic 90 minute crossing where you may see dolphins, manatees, varied bird species as you weave through case and mangroves to your isolated luxury destination with every amenity!
Located on Turneffe Atoll, the lodge offers all-inclusive fly fishing vacations emphasizing world-class bonefishing, great permit fishing, and tarpon fishing and superior personalized service for a small group of guests at a private island paradise. They are also experts in diving and many guests take advantage of both diving and great fly fishing.
Kiene's Fly Fishing Travel has visited this location and promises you this location will leave you amazed with the eco-system and the amazing care that has been invested in this magnificent lodge.
At a Glance
Location: Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Target Fish: Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon
Time of Year: Year round
Lodge Capacity: 28 total guests w/maximum of 16 anglers
Nearest Airport: Belize City, Belize
Documents Required: Valid passport
Belize fishing license (can be purchased at the lodge)
You will rise early, have a great breakfast and met your guide at the dock. The guide will have your lunch and chosen drinks and be ready for a day on the water. The fishing schedule is as flexible as possible. A typical day's fishing is about 8 hours. Generally the fishing day begins after breakfast and ends around 5 pm, although may be adjusted depending on the tides and other factors.
You will return by 5 pm and have a few hours to relax, take a swim or fish the home flat before dinner.
Bonefishing has been the mainstay of Turneffe Flats Lodge's fishing for decades with Turneffe Atoll's miles of crystal clear, wadeable flats. While wading Turneffe's extensive turtle grass flats, many just 5 to 15 minutes away, you will sight-fish to large schools of bonefish as well as smaller groups and singles. Bonefishing remains consistently good throughout the year.
Increasing numbers of saltwater anglers have developed a serious interest in permit fishing. Turneffe Flats is one of a select group of saltwater destinations where you can regularly experience the excitement of flats fishing for tailing permit. Good permit fishing is available throughout the year and you will see tailing fish and have opportunities at fish from 10 to 20 lbs. and an occasional shot at a much larger permit. For the hardcore angler, you can even fish the home flat for tailing permit before dinner, or rise at first light to chase the permit that visit the water in front of your accommodations.
Because tarpon are migratory, they are, by nature, seasonal. Although some tarpon are around throughout the year, the prime season generally begins in mid-to-late April and continues to mid-October with June, July and August generally being the prime best months. Most of the migratory tarpon are in the 70-90 pound range, but some 150-200 pound monsters are seen each year.
The atolls of Belize are consistently rated amongst the world's best dive destinations. With pristine coral reefs, abundant marine life and warm Caribbean seas, it's easy to see why.
Turneffe Flats is ideally located to take advantage of Belize's best diving, and three dives per day including a weekly night dive are standard for the lodge. The lodge is ideally located with access to Lighthouse Reef Atoll and the famous Blue Hole. Weather permitting; TFL's weekly dive package includes a trip to Lighthouse to dive the Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall and Long Caye.
Small dive groups are the norm (6 to 12 divers) with the excellent Instructors and Dive Masters emphasizing personalized service and maximum flexibility. PADI Dive Instruction is available on-site and a wide range of courses are offered, including Discover SCUBA Diving, Open Water Referral, Advanced SCUBA Diver Certification and various Specialty Courses.
Because there are so many wonderful things to see and do at Turneffe, a diversified marine ecotourism vacation was developed combining the nearby world-class snorkeling with several other daily activities. This package is called the "Atoll Adventure". Incredible snorkeling is a mainstay of this package with a wide variety of snorkeling choices.
Observe manatees and dolphins in their natural habitats or look for more than 60 bird species identified at Turneffe. This unique program is exciting, educational and fun. Learn the fascinating history of the Turneffe Atoll beginning with the Maya, who fished and traded on the Turneffe Atoll as far back as 400 A.D., to the Pirates of the Caribbean who used Turneffe as a favored hideout. Join a Belizean cooking class or just relax in a hammock under the coconut palms.
The social center of Turneffe Flats is the main lodge building. Incredible views from the upper and lower decks make the lodge a favorite spot to relax. The lodge includes the dining room, bar, and sitting area as well as a small gift shop.
Eight spacious, air-conditioned cabanas are located on the beach with a panoramic view of Turneffe's coral reef. A cabana consists of two bedrooms, each with a queen bed and an extra-long single bed, sitting area, lots of closet space, and a chest of drawers. Each room has a large private bath with two sinks and a large walk-in shower.
In addition to the Main Lodge there is the Reef Villa. It has 3 bedrooms and is on the beach. The living room, while common to all 3 rooms, has satellite tv and a small kitchenette.
The newest addition to the lodge is the Garden Villa. This deluxe accommodation has three bedrooms with private bathrooms and a common room. The common room is great for family or group gatherings. It contains a satellite TV and a small kitchen (without cooking facilities). It also has a meeting roman an exercise room.
The two villas are perfect for families, a group of friends or business partners. Call about availability for the villas.
Meals are served in a very spacious dining room and include a tasty combination of Belizean and international dishes. Every night, following hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, dinner is comprised of soup or salad, entree and a delicious dessert.
Entrees vary among seafood, chicken, pork and beef. Most any special dietary needs can be accommodated. The bar is located in the lodge just adjacent to the dining area with plenty of open space to gather after a day of fishing, diving and adventure.
Depending upon your plans and your preference, you have the option to take a packed lunch or return for lunch each day.
Travel to Belize City from the United States is easy with several direct flights from Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Miami and Newark.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT you arrive in Belize no later than 3:30 pm. Upon arrival at Belize International Airport: You will pick up your luggage and clear Customs. As you exit the terminal, a Turneffe Flats representative will meet you and transport you to the Radisson Hotel Marina.
Your actual travel to Turneffe Flats will be via a boat trip. The boat trip to Turneffe Flats takes approximately 90 minutes. You will travel through several off-shore cayes, the Barrier Reef, across open ocean, and then through the Turneffe Islands to Turneffe Flats.
Departure from Turneffe Flats: You will leave the island on Saturday morning at approximately 8 a.m. after a light breakfast. From the Belize City marina you will be transferred to the airport for your departing flight, or the continuation of your Belizean vacation.
The typical length of stay is 7 nights, 6 days. It is possible to also set partial week packages available with some restrictions.
December 28 - June 20
7 night/6 day package = $4,690 per person (double occupancy)
June 20 - December 19
7 nights/6 day package = $4,090 per person (double occupancy)
Included in package: airport pickup and transfer by boat to the lodge (flight arrival no later than 3:30 pm), lodging, daily guide service, three meals daily including evening hors d'oeuvres.
Not included in package: any lodging in Belize City, guide and staff gratuities, alcohol, Belize fishing license (can be purchased at lodge), Belize departure Tax of $37 USD, flies, leaders and terminal tackle (can be purchased at tackle shop).