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The adventuresome operation at Fly Fish Guanaja brings us to The Faraway Cayes. This new and extremely remote location lies 160 miles southeast of Guanaja. These isolated cayes, known mostly by a family of longtime guides, lobster fisherman, and Miskito Indians, were kept a secret from inquisitive anglers… Until now. Getting to the remote cayes requires a one-hour private charter flight and a two-hour boat ride, but once there, some of the best guides in the Caribbean await to share this one-of-a-kind permit and bonefish destination. Only operating for 12 weeks a year, less than 60 lucky anglers fish here each season, ensuring it remains mysterious and faraway.
Lodging at Faraway Cayes is best described as a rustic luxury basecamp. Guests stay in one of two Western Shelter yurts, strategically placed to enjoy the sunrise and sunsets. The yurts sit on platforms overlooking the home flats. A stay in a Faraway Cayes luxury yurt is one of the only places we know where you can regularly spot bonefish from the deck of a lodge.
Food and Beverages
The chef and staff at Faraways are excellent. Like Faraway Cayes land-based operation, the lodge chefs and staff have been trained by several culinary professionals flown in from the United States. Using local delights such as lobster and fresh fish, vegetables, and local fruit, the chefs put together a fantastic and diverse menu. Breakfasts and dinners are served in a screened-in dining and bar area, while lunches are either had on the water or at the lodge between fishing sessions.
Typical Length of Stay
A standard trip is six (6) nights / six (6) fishing days while at Faraway.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
This trip is ideal for hard-core anglers, as not much else exists at Faraway Cayes. There is some excellent snorkeling that can be done for those that are interested, but most visitors to Faraway Cayes come for the fishing.
No internet or cell phone service exists at Faraway. If you must communicate, travel with a sat phone.
How To Get There
Guests fly to Roatan, Honduras (RTN), which has direct flights from several major US airports. The itinerary for a Faraway Cays trip is a 7-night total trip, Saturday to Saturday including an overnight stay in Roatan.
Sample Itinerary: Guests fly-in on Saturday and spend the night at a hotel. Sunday morning, fly out to Faraway Cayes, approximately an hour and twenty-minute helicopter flight. Upon arrival, you will fish for a full day. Monday thru Thursday are full fishing days. Friday, fish half to two-thirds day and then fly back via helicopter to Roatan, where you will spend the night. Saturday, depart Roatan for home.
A valid passport is required for all visitors to Honduras and must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your stay. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, and Canada are NOT required to have Visas.
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The Faraway Cayes can offer some incredible opportunities at permit and bonefish, both on foot and from the boat. There are over 12 square miles of flats in the fishery, all offering prime habitat for flats species. These expansive flats are surrounded by coral walls that drop off into deep water. This access to deep water means fish regularly move onto the floats. Faraway Cayes bonefish are numerous and eager to jump onto a well-presented fly. These fish are larger than many other areas in Central America, averaging 3-6 pounds along with some larger fish pushing double digits. Although bonefish and permit are the main targets at Faraway, plenty of other species swim on the flats. Several types of jacks, snappers, large barracudas, lots of triggerfish, and even an occasional large tarpon will be spotted off the reef in deeper water. Permit run from small schoolie-sized fish on up to some very large ones, with plenty of sizes in between.
Most of the bonefishing is done on foot, but when pursuing permit, anglers spend about half the time from the boat and half the time wading. Permit shots are a mix of stalking tailing fish, casting to fish on spotted Eagle rays, and finding small to large schools of various sizes of fish. The bottom is a mix of hard sand, coral, and turtle grass so wading is not difficult but sturdy wading boots are a must.
Boats and Equipment
The boats at Faraway Cayes are 18’ custom-made pangas with 70 HP engines, outfitted with poling platforms, and lean bars. These boats offer an elevated position for anglers to fish from and are perfectly designed for running the flats and the rougher water outside of the reef when running from flat to flat. They are smooth-riding, comfortable, and ideal for fishing the Faraway Cayes.
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, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Single Occupancy – Please contact Yellow Dog if interested in a single occupancy package.
Double Occupancy – $13,500
- Six (6) days guided fishing (two anglers and two guides per boat)
- Six (6) nights double occupancy accommodations
- Round trip transfers from Roatan to Faraway Cays
- All meals and soft drinks at Faraway
- All applicable taxes and fees
- Loaner rods and reels
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare from home to Roatan
- Nightly accommodations upon arrival/departure to/from Roatan (arranged by Fly Fish Guanaja)
- Transfers from airport to accommodations in Roatan (arranged by Fly Fish Guanaja)
- Terminal tackle and flies (flies are available for purchase if arranged beforehand)
- Meals and beverages while in Roatan
- Gratuities for guides and staff
Fly Fish Guanaja and Faraway Cayes (Guanaja – Bay Island, Honduras)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all Fly Fish Guanaja and Faraway Cayes packages, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. (Note that Faraway Cayes is operated by Fly Fish Guanaja.) For cancellations, all deposits and payments are non-refundable. Because of the lodge’s no refund and no credit policy, we highly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. In no event will Fly Fish Guanaja or the operators be responsible for any cancellation of services or operations due to inclement weather, any event of force majeure, airline delays, or any other reason beyond the control of the lodge. Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. Fly Fish Guanaja and Faraway Cayes will not refund payments in the event of a hurricane or poor weather. If your flights are late and connections are missed, Fly Fish Guanaja is not responsible for alternative travel arrangements including flights, hotels, meals and any other expenses incurred. 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.
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