Secluded, Fishing-Focused, and Family-Owned
Located near the small, beachfront village of Punta Allen, Ascension Bay Lodge is perfectly situated to explore the north end of the prolific Sian K’aan Biosphere. After a short transfer from the airport, you will find yourself ready to explore the bay for bonefish, permit, tarpon, and enjoy the beachfront access at the lodge. Only hosting eight anglers at a time, Ascension Bay is the perfect trip for passionate saltwater anglers in search of great fishing and seclusion on Mexico’s southeastern Yucatan peninsula.
Opened in 2015, Ascension Bay Lodge is a nicely-appointed three-bedroom house on the Punta Allen beachfront. The spacious, air-conditioned guest rooms, private dining room, deck setting, and beachfront access comprise the perfect low-key home base for a saltwater trip. Ascension Bay Lodge hosts a maximum of eight anglers at a time, making the lodge private and the service personal.
The in-house cooks prepare delicious Mayan inspired cuisine that is usually enjoyed in the private dining room. You can be sure that the beer is always ice cold and that the fresh-squeezed margaritas are top-notch here as well.
Typical Length of Stay
Ascension Bay Lodge offers a variety of great customized packages. Give us a call and we’ll find the perfect one for you!
Non-Angling Activities and Options
While Ascension Bay Lodge is primarily a fishing-focused destination, non-angling guests have quick access to a variety of activities including bird watching, snorkeling, exploring Mayan ruins, beachcombing, and just plain relaxing. The lodge is located in one of the world’s largest protected wild areas, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. This pristine World Heritage Site covers over 1.3 million acres and is home to over 325 species of birds, 4 different types of marine turtles (Loggerheads, Green Sea Turtles, Hawksbills, and Leatherbacks) and fish species too numerous to name. You may also walk down the beach to Punta Allen, which offers minimal retail opportunities.
Wi-Fi is available for guests via your own device. Cell phone service is not available. Satellite phones are available for a modest fee.
How To Get There
All guests should book flights to Cancun International Airport (CUN). From there, a Grand Slam Lodge representative will transfer you by air-conditioned vehicle to the lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is very important to arrive in Cancun BEFORE 3 p.m. and depart home AFTER 1 p.m. to meet your transfers between the airport and the lodge. If you miss your transfer you may have to pay for a private transfer or stay overnight in Cancun.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six months of trip dates. No visas or vaccinations are required for U.S. citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket.
Minors Traveling Without Both Parents
All children 18 years of age or younger accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian must have a NOTARIZED letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to travel. Single parents need NOTARIZED documentation of divorce or a spousal death certificate. Unaccompanied Minors require a NOTARIZED letter of consent signed by both parents.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
The pristine waters of Ascension Bay provide the ideal habitat for a wide variety of sea life, including diverse game fish in the vast estuary, flats system and adjacent reef. It has been said that this part of the Caribbean boasts the world’s largest population of permit.
Ascension Bay is also loaded with large schools of bonefish that provide consistent action all year long. It is also home to one of the world’s most diverse selections of game fish. When conditions are right, an angler can cast to bonefish, tarpon, snook, permit, jacks, barracuda, cubera snapper, mutton snapper, sharks and several different reef species in a single week of fishing.
The “typical” conditions that one encounters when fly fishing the Ascension Bay area are as close to perfect as a saltwater angler can hope for. Bright sun, white sand flats, and crystal clear water create outstanding conditions for sighting and stalking fish. Even when the wind is blowing hard, the guides can usually find a lee in the mangrove-lined lagoons, which offer easier conditions for fly casting. Whether wading the warm sandy flats or fishing from the boat, Ascension Bay is an ideal destination for the saltwater angler.
Boats and Equipment
Classic 23-foot Mexican pangas provide comfortable water transport – particularly in strong winds and rough seas – and a stable casting platform for fly fishing. These pangas are easy to pole through shallow water and for decades have served the region’s fishermen and guides.
Yellow Dog will provide you with a complete gear and equipment list prior to your departure. The lodge does have a small retail area where you can purchase flies, leaders, tippet, sunscreen, and other items that you may need for the day.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars.
- All accommodations at Ascension Bay Lodge
- All guided fishing as specified in your package
- Ground and transfers to and from Cancun
- Three meals per day
- All bottled water, breakfast juices and coffee
- Mexican fishing license
- All applicable Mexican VAT taxes
What’s Not Included:
- International flight to Cancun
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- All flies and terminal tackle
Ascension Bay Lodge (Punta Allen – Yucatan Peninsula)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all trip packages and reservations, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. All trip cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations outside of 60 from the start of trip, a refund or trip credit will be given minus 10% of the package cost charged by the lodge plus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee. Cancellations inside of 60 days to 30 days from the start of the trip can be refunded or credited minus 50% of the package cost charged by the lodge plus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee. For cancellations inside of 30 days from arrival date, deposits and final payments will be forfeited. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing. Under the threat of a hurricane, Ascension Bay will evacuate the lodge or cancel trips if needed, and refunds will not be granted. For this reason, Ascension Bay Lodge and Yellow Dog Flyfishing strongly recommend that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. Ascension Bay Lodge will not refund payments in the event of a hurricane or poor weather. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.