Turneffe Island Resort
Top Fishing Destination
Saltwater Sportsman Magazine recently included Turneffe Island Resort
in its list of best fishing recommendations. However,that's nothing
new to many avid anglers around the world: Turneffe Island Lodge has
been recognized for more than 40 years as one of the top flats fishing
destinations in the Caribbean.
It is the original fishing Lodge on the Turneffe Atoll, which includes
over 100 square miles of fishing grounds. The Lodge is strategically
located in the middle of the most productive area, and anglers can
cast to several different species of fish on the flats, lagoons, shore
lines, coral reefs and offshore.
The fishing at Turneffe Island Resort, located 30 miles off the
Belizean Coast in the western Caribbean, is suitable for any level of
skill. Bonefish and permit thrive on miles of beautiful flats, where
there is a catch and release policy. Many of these flats are also
perfect for wading. Schools of bonefish are very large and average
insize from 3 to 7 pounds.
Permit are also plentiful in these waters, and it is here where you
can accomplish one of the most difficult tasks: a permit on the fly!
It is therefore one of the few areas in the world where you have a
chance to catch a "grand slam:" bonefish, permit and tarpon all in one
The size of Tarpon vary, from small to 100-pound monsters in the
summer months. The creeks and deep channels that penetrate the Atoll
are literally peppered with Tarpon holes. If the shallow water
species are not what you want, then try the blue water, right in front
of the Lodge. Wahoo, king mackerel, tuna, dorado, barracuda,blue
runners, horse-eyed jacks, snappersand many others round out the
diverse fishing opportunities at Turneffe Island Lodge.
Equipment at Turneffe Island Resort is first class: the resort uses
16-foot dolphin skiffs powered with 40 hp motors. Recently, the Lodge
added a Pro 48 sport fish boat for offshore fishing, and another Pro
48 customized for diving(30 dive sites are within minutes of the
Lodge). Top of the line rods and tackle are available for rent.
All of the Lodge's private cabanas and standard rooms are
air-conditioned. You don't have to be an angler to enjoy Turneffe
Island Lodge,which also offers snorkeling, kayaking, and beachcombing,
and a full-service dive operation. The Lodge features a first-class
dining room and lounge, and can arrange day trips to Lighthouse Atoll,
Altun Ha, and the Belize Zoo. A day trip to Lighthouse Atoll is
included in the 7-night dive packages.
The Lodge can only accommodate 12 fishermen,20 divers and 4
beachcombers per week-thus, guests are assured of an exclusive
experience. Turneffe Island Lodge's fishing guides are skilled
English-speaking Belizean natives, who have intimate knowledge of the
waters-and know how to coax fish onto a hook and into the skiff.