Current Trip Specials
Discounts on Lodge Packages of three (3) nights or more
Summer and Late Summer Special (June 15 – October 31) = 20%
Fall / Early Winter Discount (November 1 – February 28) = 10%
(Fall Discount does not include Christmas season December 18 – January 4)
Contact: Shaun Lawson
One of the Yucatan's Most Popular Fishing Destinations
Situated in the middle of the 1.3 million-acre Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Pesca Maya Lodge offers a great fishing program, good food, and one of the best values found anywhere in the world of saltwater flats fishing. Pesca Maya first opened it’s doors in January 1996, and has since established itself as one of the Yucatan’s most popular fishing destinations. The property is located 90 miles south of Cancun on a long, narrow strip of the barrier beach that is virtually surrounded by the waters of Ascension Bay and the Boca Paila Lagoon. If you’re a beginning saltwater angler, Ascension Bay is one of the best places in the world to catch your first bonefish. For more seasoned anglers, this is one of the world’s best locations to target permit with a fly. With hundreds of square miles of flats, it is not uncommon to see bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, and barracuda all in the same day.
Pesca Maya features a number of accommodation options, with the primary operations focusing on rooms in the recently-renovated Robinson and SeaClusion House. All rooms are nicely decorated, clean, and comfortable. Each features a private bathroom, hot and cold water, air conditioning, and screened porches and windows, allowing for a constant flow of ocean breezes. The Lodge is located on an untouched, solitary white sand beach, surrounded by turquoise waters and a magnificent coral reef that starts only 90 yards from the beach. The new main palapa is a spacious building serving as Pesca Maya’s hub, with its bar, dining area, small tackle shop, and the main common area. Here, you will eat all meals, enjoy cold beers and frosty margaritas on the porch, tie flies at the “community” tying bench, and swap stories with fellow guests and anglers.
Food and Beverages
Most meals are served home-style, with a breakfast buffet, do-it-yourself lunches, and an extensive dinner menu that changes nightly. You can enjoy an American-style breakfast, a cooler full of food for your lunch on the water, and a dinner menu that includes a variety of soup, salads, vegetables, fish, steak, shrimp, fresh lobster, and chicken. Beverages and drinks include purified water, sodas, beer, wine on the table, and a variety of cocktails including margaritas, rum-and-cokes, daiquiris, and more. If you desire imported liquors or a particular brand, feel free to bring your own bottle along. They will serve it to you at the bar at no extra charge!
Typical Length of Stay
Packages and itineraries of any length can be accommodated and anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week. Please contact Yellow Dog Flyfishing for more details and specific rates.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
While Pesca Maya is primarily a fishing-focused operation, non-angling guests will feel comfortable and well cared for. The lodge can easily arrange for a variety of activities, including birdwatching, snorkeling, exploring Mayan ruins, beachcombing, and just plain relaxing. The lodge itself is located in one of the world’s largest protected wild areas, the Sian Ka’an, Biosphere Reserve. This pristine reserve covers over 1.3 million acres and has been designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. The abundance of marine and wildlife in Sian Ka’an is hard to imagine until you have seen it for yourself. Found here are over 325 species of birds, four different types of marine turtles (loggerheads, green sea turtles, hawksbills, and leatherbacks), and fish species too numerous to name.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge to lodge guests. Depending on your service plan, some U.S. cell phones may work in the Cancun, Tulum, and even the Punta Allen areas.
How To Get There
All guests should book flights to Cancun International Airport (CUN), an easy airport to reach with direct daily flights from most cities in the U.S. and abroad.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is very important to schedule your arrival time into Cancun International Airport (CUN) BEFORE 2:30 PM and also plan to book your return flights for AFTER 12:00 PM. This is very important to ensure for a smooth transfer to and from the lodge and the airport. Pesca Maya schedules one transfer per day, usually departing Cancun around 1:30 PM. If you arrive early (11:00 am for example), you may have to wait for other guests to arrive before leaving the airport or pay a special transfer surcharge. If there are other arrivals later that day you will depart Cancun immediately. However, guests arriving in Cancun after 3:00 PM, may be charged a special transfer surcharge. The special transfer surcharge rate is $300. The driving portion of the transfer is around two hours. The remainder of the transfer is typically by boat through the Boca Paila Lagoon. This boat ride is approximately one hour-long, and passes directly through “Permit Alley.”
On departure day, breakfast is served at 5:30 AM and all guests depart at 6:00 AM in order to get to the airport for midday flights. Please keep this in mind when booking your departure flights. And again, do not schedule your departing flight before 12:00 noon. The Cancun airport does require you to be at the airport 2 hours prior to departure.
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.
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.
Pesca Maya offers the best of both fly fishing worlds – a short boat ride to the productive flats of Ascension Bay or a quick trip to the more secluded lagoons that surround it. Whether you are wading expansive flats for schools of bonefish and permit or casting in lagoons for tarpon, snook or barracuda, this is the ideal fishery for novice and seasoned saltwater anglers alike. If you’re a beginning saltwater angler, Ascension Bay is one of the best places in the world to take your first bonefish on a fly. For more seasoned anglers, this is one of the best locations on the planet to take a permit on a fly.
With hundreds of square miles of flats, it is not uncommon to see bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, and barracuda all in the same day. Due to these strong resident fish numbers and seasonal migrations of snook and tarpon, there have arguably been more Grand Slams and Super Grand Slams (a tarpon, bonefish, permit and snook all in the same day) caught here than anywhere else in the world.
The “typical” conditions that one encounters when fly fishing Ascension Bay 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 offers easier conditions for fly casting. Whether wading the warm sandy flats or fishing from the boat, Ascension Bay is the ideal destination for the saltwater flats 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 in shallow water and have for decades served the region’s fishermen and guides. These boats can accommodate two fishermen, a guide, and an apprentice guide. The boats are roomy and comfortable with large, clean casting decks. If possible, anglers should plan on bringing all equipment such as rods, reels, and fly lines with them. The Lodge does have some demo and rental rods available, and also has a decent selection of flies, leaders, and tippet for sale in the small gift and tackle shop. Yellow Dog recommends that guests travel with their own gear.
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.
Double Occupancy Package (2 Per Boat / 2 Per Room)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,290.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,685.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,080.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,475.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,870.00
2 Nights / 1 Fishing Day = $1,263.00
Single Occupancy Package (1 Per Boat / 1 Per Room)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $5,685.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,805.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,980.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $3,150.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $2,325.00
2 Nights / 1 Fishing Day = $1,500.00
*Discounts on Lodge Packages*
Summer Discount (June 15 – October 31) = 20%
Fall Discount (November 1 – February 28) = 10%
(Fall Discount does not include Christmas season December 18 – January 4)
- The number of nights lodging specified in your package
- All guided fishing
- Round-trip ground transfer between Cancun and Pesca Maya Lodge
- Three meals per day
- All beverages including Mexican beer, liquor, wine, bottled water, and soft drinks
- Fishing gear (if needed)
- All applicable Mexican VAT and hotel taxes
What’s Not Included:
- International flight to Cancun
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Phone calls, laundry, and additional special services
- Flies and terminal tackle
- Mandatory Mexican fishing license