High-End Amenities in the Heart of the “Bights” of Andros
Andros Island’s Mangrove Cay Club is a fantastic option for anglers seeking an upscale fishing destination and high-end amenities in the heart of the “bights” of Andros. Its prime location allows for anglers to fish the north, middle and south bights of this huge island, where guides can position you on optimal tides throughout each fishing day. You can also explore both coasts of the island and cover a phenomenal amount of fishing area, making this one of the most diverse bonefishing destinations in all of the Bahamas. The full-time guides are well-suited to work with beginner and novice anglers and can target both trophy bones or pure numbers of schooling bones, as well as occasional tarpon on the famed West Side. The Club’s accommodations are well appointed, with comfortable waterfront suites located just steps away from a private dock from which you will launch for your fishing adventure every day. Mangrove Cay’s main social area and bar overlook the Middle Bight, providing the perfect setting for post-fishing socializing, catching a ball game on television, or shark fishing off the dock at night.
Mangrove Cay Club offers four bungalows, each divided into two suites and separated by thick, soundproof walls. The Club can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests in eight suites, making this an ideal destination for large or small groups. The suites feature high cypress ceilings outfitted with fans, air conditioning, sitting rooms, oversized-bathrooms, and private porches overlooking the ocean. The sitting room within each suite is furnished with a sofa and chair and some small tables, creating the ideal space for laying out and rigging tackle and equipment. Each bathroom has its 40-gallon water heater so there is never a shortage of hot water. Each air-conditioned bedroom features two queen-sized beds and sliding doors open from the bedroom directly on to the porch to take in the views of the water. Fresh ice and bottled drinking water are placed in suites each afternoon. In the instance of a loudly snoring roommate, the Club staff can easily move a bed into the sitting room and close the partition door between rooms to ensure that everyone gets a quiet and restful night’s sleep!
Food and Beverages
Mangrove Cay’s professionally-trained chef, Iyke, has held this position for 12 years and will ensure that you thoroughly enjoy your meals. The Mangrove Cay Club kitchen is always stocked with a variety of fresh food and supplies. Most of the dinner menu items include fresh, local seafood such as lobster, grouper, snapper, and conch. In fact, the local fishermen regularly deliver freshly-caught seafood right to the Club dock. Iyke limits fried foods, serving most seafood grilled or poached using only fresh fruits and vegetables to ensure a healthy diet for guests. You will enjoy plenty of classic Bahamian cuisine, including Iyke’s lobster salad, specialty seafood soups, and the Club’s famous Key Lime Pie. Through Yellow Dog, you may customize your meals for your stay at the Club. A full bar offers guests top-shelf alcoholic beverages, soda, juice, mixers, and of course, plenty of ice-cold Kaliks.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length to Mangrove Cay Club can be arranged. There are no specific transfer days so you can arrive and depart on any day of the week and stay for any number of days. Arrival and departure day fishing can be arranged upon request.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
While Mangrove Cay Club is primarily a fishing lodge, the island is a wonderful place to partake in other activities. During your stay, you are welcome to use the Club beach cruisers to explore Mangrove Cay and soak up the local culture. The local settlement of Moxey Town has a nice seaside conch stand which is a must-see. There are also many colorful and quaint places on Mangrove Cay to visit. The Club can arrange diving and snorkeling around the blue holes and along the third largest reef in the world, located just off the east coast of Andros. You may also snorkel directly from the Club beach.
Internet / Communications
The Club offers Wi-Fi in the office and main lodge, as well as a computer and landline phone for guest use. Most cell phones with an international plan do work in the area.
How To Get There
Some guests choose to first fly to the Nassau International Airport (NAS) and then on to Mangrove Cay’s Clarence A. Bain Airport (MAY). There are flights from Nassau (NAS) to Mangrove Cay (MAY) twice daily. Other guests arrive by private aircraft, including charters from Nassau as well as Florida. The Club can easily arrange to transport guests from South Andros if they do not want to continue after clearing Customs and Immigration in Congo Town. This is common with private jets. The lodge can either bring guests across the South Bight or straight to Mangrove Cay Club’s dock. However, you choose to reach the island, upon arrival on Mangrove Cay, a representative from the Mangrove Cay Club will meet you and transport you directly to the Club. For those that want to arrange a private charter from the U.S. direct to Mangrove Cay, Yellow Dog works with several charter companies in Ft. Lauderdale and would be happy to arrange a charter flight.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Be sure to leave ample time for connecting flights on your return trip, due to customs and immigration. We recommend at least 1.5 hours to deal with departure and immigration procedures. Private air charters can be arranged by contacting Yellow Dog.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blanks, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way.
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.
Andros Island is known as the “Bonefish Capital of the World, ” and the three large “Bights” of the island collectively offer one of the most expansive flats systems in the world. These massive bights are natural waterways that cut through the island and feature hundreds of square miles of shallow lagoons and white sand flats. The overall size of the Andros fishery (96 by 38 miles) is the main reason why many anglers feel this island offers the most productive bonefishing found anywhere in the Atlantic. Andros is one of the only islands in the Bahamas that is surrounded by flats, and it goes without saying that more flats equal more bonefish! Aside from the area’s huge numbers of bonefish, anglers can also target barracuda, sharks, jacks, snapper, and even bluewater species.
Mangrove Cay Club offers direct access to this massive fishery directly from the Club dock, which means no long boat runs, boat trailering to distant boat ramps, or taxi rides to meet the guides. Depending on the weather and conditions, wading-specific trips can also be arranged to the Water Cays located at the southwest tip of Andros. The Club’s center console boat (actually a catamaran with twin 150 engines) is used for this trip, as well as to ferry guests to nearby wading flats on days when the wind is up and blowing hard. The cat is a safe and smooth riding boat.
The Tongue of the Ocean, the main body of water feeding the flats, is a 5,000-foot trench that begins only one mile off the east coast of Andros. This proximity to deep water ensures you will always have cool, clear water in any weather conditions. The Club offers offshore fishing in the Tongue of the Ocean for tuna, wahoo, red snapper, grouper, dolphin fish, and more.
Collectively, all of these factors mean that you will never be fishing an off-tide, chasing fish deep in the mangroves that are uncatchable, or fishing in off-colored water during your guided days. All guides at Mangrove Cay Club are full-time professionals who only work for the Club.
Boats and Equipment
The guides run 16 Dolphin Skiffs with 85HP Yamaha. All skiffs are outfitted with poling platforms, poles, plenty of rod storage, coolers, VHF radios, personal locators, life jackets, cushioned seats, and backrests. While we always recommend having all of your fly equipment any time you leave the U.S., the Club does have loaner rods and reels. Tackle and flies can be purchased in the on-site fly and gift shop.
Per-person Fishing Package Rates for 2019 Season:
Double Occupancy/Shared Guide
7 nights/ 6 days – $5,550
6 nights/ 5 days – $4,900
5 nights/ 4 days – $4,200
4 nights/ 3 days – $3,400
3 nights/ 2 days – $2,550
2 nights/ 1 day – $1,700
Single Occupancy/Single Guide
7 nights/ 6 days – $8,300
6 nights/ 5 days – $7,200
5 nights/ 4 days – $6,200
4 nights/ 3 days – $5,050
3 nights/ 2 days – $3,700
2 nights/ 1 day – $2,400
- Guided flats fishing
- All meals
- Round-trip airport to lodge transfer
- Beverages including, wines, house liquors, beer, bottled water, soft drinks
- Wireless connection
- VOIP telephone calls (no charge within North America)
- Some wines and Liquors
- Gratuities for lodge staff and fishing guides
- Bahamian departure tax (USD 25 where applicable)
- Items of personal nature (telephone calls, fly shop purchases, etc.)
- Bahamas fishing license: $5 per day, $10 per week, $20 per month, and $50 for the year (Yellow Dog will ensure the lodge has your license until the online system is in place)
- Bahamian VAT Tax (12%)