Tarpon Fishing Mexico's Holbox Island
Holbox Fly Fishing Lodge is the only property on Holbox Island dedicated to fly fishing enthusiasts and their non-angling travel partners. Anglers and guides pursue both large and small tarpon, cobia, sea trout, snook, barracuda, and the occasional permit in clear gulf waters, on endless flats, and in backcountry mangrove lagoons. Non-fishing partners mix wandering throughout the town, swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, birding, and island exploration with hours of relaxation on the empty, white-sand beaches of this undiscovered island. Trips to nearby Mayan Ruins or snorkeling with the whale sharks are also options.
Holbox Flyfishing Lodge is located on the main Isla Holbox beach, only a short walk from the town square. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, and each is finished in a tasteful manner. Comfortable lounge furniture is available for relaxing on the front deck or the beach, and hammocks allow you a siesta at any time of the day. Rod racks sit outside each room, and a freshwater cleaning rack is available on the side of the building. Upon arrival to the island, Holbox Lodge manager Luciano will mix your favorite drink while you get settled in. He will explain in detail your trip schedule and talk to you about the weather, fishing, wake-up times, guides, meals, happy hour, and all the other items that will allow you to immediately feel at ease. Luciano will be your concierge, personal guide to the island, bartender, computer guru, and world-traveled storyteller. He will also be your “go-to” guy to solve any last-minute fishing issues that occasionally seem to pop up.
Food and Beverages
Food is an important part of any vacation, and Holbox will not disappoint. You will watch the daily catch brought in to the beach. Several of Holbox’s restaurants offer dishes made with superb seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, including lobster, shrimp, calamari, and the freshest of fish. An Italian presence has been on the island for many years, resulting in excellent European cuisine that fuses with classic Mexican food. Each day will begin with a continental breakfast, and lunch is served on the boats during fishing days. Happy hour in the afternoons includes signature hors d’ oeuvres and cold beers. Dinner is on your own each night at one of several local restaurants, all of which is a five-minute walk from the lodge.
Typical Length of Stay
The standard package is a seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days package (Saturday to Saturday), although shorter packages can be arranged.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
As good as the fishing is at Isla Holbox, most tourists come here to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere on an island featuring one small village, streets of sand, and the friendliest people in the Yucatan. The island’s “Laguna Yalahau” is a mangrove-filled lagoon full of dolphins, flamingos, and many different species of fish. Isla de Pájaros (Bird Island) is located in the Laguna Yalahau and is home to over 140 different species of birds. This Island is a protected natural area which can be reached only by boat. Although snorkeling and diving are not great, the beaches on Holbox are splendid and swimming is easy. Non-anglers can also enjoy horseback riding, kite surfing, golf carts for exploring the island, bicycle rentals, and much more.
Internet / Communications
The lodge has a small office with Skype, Wi-Fi access, and a hard-wired internet connection. There is also a land-line phone service for guest convenience, and most U.S. cell phones will work on Holbox.
How To Get There
All guests should book flights to Cancun International Airport (CUN) – an easy airport to get to with direct daily flights from most cities in the U.S. and abroad.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Guests making their own flight reservations must plan to arrive into Cancun International Airport (CUN) BEFORE 3:00 PM. Arriving around 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM is ideal. Be sure to schedule the return flight AFTER 12:00 PM as well in order to make a smooth connection with the ferry and the shuttle van. Transportation is included from Cancun to the Lodge at Isla Holbox. This service includes pick up by a private van at Cancun’s airport or at any of Cancun’s hotels with ground transport to the small coastal town of Chiquila (about 2.5 hours from Cancun). From Chiquila to and from the island, there is a ferry service that runs every hour on the hour during the high season. The larger boat can accommodate later arrivals and bad weather and is a safe, dry option. This water transfer takes about 30 minutes.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. No visas or inoculation are required for U.S. citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket.
Minors Travelling To Mexico Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children under 18 years of age entering Mexico 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 enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a notarized letter of consent signed by both parents. Please visit the US Embassy in Mexico Website for more information.
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A small, virgin island with beautiful white sand beaches, surrounded by a magnificent turquoise colored sea, Isla Holbox is blessed with one of the world’s outstanding tarpon habitats. Here in the shallow mangrove lagoons, creeks and flats you will find baby tarpon (5 to 15 pounds) and snook throughout the year. However, it is the migratory fish that make Holbox a unique flyfishing destination. In April, migrating fish arrive to feed in the clear water of the shallows. During June, July, and August the fishing for large tarpon in the 75 to 190-pound range is fantastic. In addition to tarpon and snook, bonefish, barracuda, snapper, permit, and jack crevalle are also occasionally found in area waters during the spring and summer months.
Each morning, the guides will pick you up at the Lodge. Breakfast will be served early so you get a jump on the fishing. Guides are native to Holbox Island and all have been tarpon fishing the area for many years. Language is not an issue while fishing, as all guides, speak some degree of “fishing” English. Some guides are completely fluent in English. The guides are fully-trained professionals that have years of experience in this area.
Each morning you will run between 20 and 50 minutes to fish the shallow waters surrounding the island. Typical fishing days will include eight hours on the water, although extra time can be arranged. The bottom line is that Holbox offers what is arguably the best tarpon fishing – and the best chance for a truly large “trophy” tarpon during the summer months – anywhere in the Yucatan. It is important to remember, however, that fishing for big tarpon is never easy, and it can be hit-and-miss depending on the weather and overall conditions. That said, if you are serious about focusing on tarpon – both large and small – then Holbox is a great option.
Boats and Equipment
The fishing boats are seaworthy 18-foot pangas, fully equipped for your comfort and safety. Since there is a limited amount of gear and fishing tackle on the island, it is recommended that anglers bring all rods, reels, flies, and terminal tackle.
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. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
STANDARD FISHING PACKAGES
Fish for very large migratory tarpon during the summer months and fish for baby tarpon and juvenile tarpon during the winter months! Rates below are per person, based on double occupancy in the room and with the guide.
High Season (May – September)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,795.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,395.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,995.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,495.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,895.00
Low Season (October – April)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,295.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,995.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,695.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,395.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,895.00
** Single supplement for Boat and Guide add $200 per day.
The perfect relaxed trip for a non-angler sharing a room with an angler! Enjoy the famous Holbox sun and sand while your partner slaves away over a red hot wild tarpon, then hook up again on the Terrazzo at Happy Hour after your partner gets off the water!
High Season (May – September) = $200 per night
Low Season (October – April) = $100 per night
FISH AND BEACH COMBO
Fish every other day and enjoy the magic of the island on your days off. Luciano, the lodge manager, will help you select the best fishing days based on weather and conditions! Rates below are per person, based on double occupancy in the room and with the guide.
7 Nights / 6 Days / 3 Fishing Days = $2,495.00 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days / 2 Fishing Days = $2,095.00 per person
- All accommodations at Holbox Flyfishing Lodge as specified
- The number of days of guided fishing specified in your package
- Round trip land and water transfer between Cancun and Isla Holbox
- Continental breakfast each morning and lunch on the boat with your guide
- All beverages, local beer (the lodge has a daily “Cerveza and Agua Bar”) and afternoon hors d’ oeuvres
- All taxes and service fees
What’s Not Included:
- International flight to Cancun
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Dinner each evening (there are numerous nearby restaurants)
- Fishing License