Combine all Day Fishing with a Great Caribbean Vacation
Located on a white sand beach of Mangrove Cay, Andros, Swain’s Cay Lodge is a full-service bonefishing operation and beach resort ideally situated and built for anglers, non-anglers, families, and couples. Choose from ocean-view suites, garden-view twin rooms, and a three-bedroom apartment for groups and families. The Swain’s Cay Lodge Reefside Restaurant & Bar is located on the beach and serves up delicious three-course dinners of fresh lobster, fish, ribs, chicken, and conch. A home flat spans the water just beyond the Lodge, where anglers can fish independently anytime during their stay.
Constructed in 2010, Swain’s Cay offers beachfront or garden view cottages, and the three bedrooms Mangrove Villa. The tranquil, private four-acre property runs from the main road to the beach, with the main lodge overlooking the beach and home flat.
Meals are always freshly prepared using local vegetables, meats, and seafood. Andros Island is one of the main producers of vegetables in the Bahamas, and all seafood is caught daily. This is the place to try some of the finest conch salad in the Bahamas! Expect breakfasts cooked to order, a packed cooler lunch on the water, and three-course dinners featuring grouper, snapper, Mahi Mahi, wahoo, chicken, pork ribs, pasta dishes, and homemade desserts. Vegetarian meals are available upon request. A visit to Shine’s Conch Stand, only minutes from the Lodge, is a great side trip.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length 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.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Swain’s Cay offers a quiet, clean beach with soft white sand, lounge chairs, and a bar that is open throughout the day. The waters are calm and shallow here; ideal for wading and swimming. Guests can use the four sea kayaks to access deeper water for swimming, bonefishing, and snorkeling. There is also a small island bird sanctuary a short paddle away. Surrounded by flats, this tiny island is also near a private sand spit and blue hole perfect for snorkeling. Use one of the lodge’s bikes to explore the rest of Mangrove Cay via the main road, which is very safe for running and biking. A quick taxi to Moxey Town offers a few shops and some nightlife.
The Lodge offers Wi-Fi in the office and Main Lodge. Cell phone service is available depending on individual plans.
How To Get There
Most guests first fly to the Nassau International Airport (NAS) and then on to the Mangrove Cay’s Clarence A. Bain Airport (MAY). Flights from Nassau to Mangrove Cay operate twice daily. From there, a Swain’s Cay Lodge representative will transport you the three short miles to the Lodge. For groups of more than six people, we would be happy to arrange a charter flight direct from Ft. Lauderdale to Mangrove Cay.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Since Swain’s Cay has no set changeover days or a required length of stay, guests can arrive and depart on any day of the week, at any time.
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.
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.
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Andros Island is known as the “Bonefish Capital of the World,” where an expansive system of natural channels bisect the islands, creating hundreds of square miles of shallow lagoons and white sand flats where bonefish flourish. With easy access to the best fishing areas, guides will take you to where the tides and winds are most favorable on any given day. Swain’s home water is the middle and south bights which are vast and diverse fisheries holding great numbers of bonefish. Everything from easy-to-catch, schoolie-sized fish all the way up to some of the largest bonefish that swim in the Bahamas. The west side of Andros is only a 40-minute run, which is a great spot for large bonefish along with seasonal opportunities for tarpon and permit.
The Tongue of the Ocean, a 6,000-foot trench beginning one mile off the east coast of Andros, provides consistently clear water during all weather conditions. You will never be fishing an off-tide, chasing fish deep in the mangroves, or fishing in off-colored water during your guided days. Typical guided fishing days run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., although some guests fish until dark on the home flat in front of the lodge. Along with the area’s remarkable bonefish population, anglers can also target barracuda, sharks, jacks, snapper, and even offshore species.
Boats and Equipment
Swain’s Cay guides are excellent captains with many years of experience. They run 16 and 17-foot Action Craft and Dolphin Skiffs with 75HP Yamaha. All skiffs are outfitted with poling platforms, poles, plenty of rod storage, coolers with plenty of ice, and cushioned seats. For offshore days, you will fish aboard The Reel Time, a 24-foot, twin-engine center console catamaran. Offshore spin gear, lures, bait, and plugs are provided for bluewater days, but please bring all your fly gear.
Rates and Terms
2023 Package Rates (Effective July 1, 2022)All rates below are per person and quoted in US Dollars. 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.
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY/SHARED GUIDE
3 Nights / 2 Days Guided Fishing – $2,255
4 Nights / 3 Days Guided Fishing – $3,155
5 Nights / 4 Days Guided Fishing – $3,995
6 Nights / 5 Days Guided Fishing – $4,695
7 Nights / 6 Days Guided Fishing – $5,495
SINGLE OCCUPANCY/SOLO ROOM/SHARED GUIDE
3 Nights / 2 Days Guided Fishing – $2,810
4 Nights / 3 Days Guided Fishing – $3,745
5 Nights / 4 Days Guided Fishing – $4,685
6 Nights / 5 Days Guided Fishing – $5,625
7 Nights / 6 Days Guided Fishing – $6,285
SINGLE OCCUPANCY/SOLO ROOM/SOLO GUIDE
3 Nights / 2 Days Guided Fishing – $3,587
4 Nights / 3 Days Guided Fishing – $4,895
5 Nights / 4 Days Guided Fishing – $6,400
6 Nights / 5 Days Guided Fishing – $7,500
7 Nights / 6 Days Guided Fishing – $8,900
- All accommodations at Swain’s Cay Lodge as specified
- Ground transfers to and from airport and lodge on Mangrove Cay
- Daily guided fishing as specified
- All meals at the lodge
- Transfers to and from boat ramps for fishing
- Bottled water and coffee at the lodge
- Full use of kayaks and bikes
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
What’s Not Included:
- Bahamas VAT Tax on package purchased
- Airfare to and from Andros Island, Bahamas
- Alcoholic beverages and sodas at the lodge
- Gratuities for fishing guides and lodge staff
- Fly fishing equipment and flies
- Bahamas fishing license
- Bahamas VAT Tax on services/sales outside of packages (i.e. bar, other activities, fly shop, etc.)
Swain’s Cay Lodge (Andros Island, Bahamas)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking to hold both space and guides for all Swain’s Cay Lodge packages. For all cancellations, written notice must be sent to and received by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations outside of 90 days from beginning of the trip, full amount minus a lodge cancellation fee of $250.00 per person plus a Yellow Dog handling fee of $100.00 per person, deposits and payments may be refunded or a full credit applied to a future trip booked within one year. This decision will be made by the lodge. No refund or trip credit will be given for trips cancelled inside of 90 days from start of trip, regardless of reason. 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 processing fee per guest charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing.) Swain’s Cay Lodge and Yellow Dog strongly recommend that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. Swain’s Cay will not refund payments in the event of a hurricane or poor weather. No refund can be made for unused arrangements or fishing time lost due to inclement 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.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
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Yellow Dog Client Reviews
“Outstanding. Ian was an incredible host. He has the read on everyone in the group and did an amazing job of engaging everyone and integrating many of the guides and locals for evening activities that were enjoyable with lasting memories.” – Dean D.
“Tough wind conditions but very good numbers and sizes of bonefish. Because of excellent guide work, I was successful and caught around 20 bones from 3-7 lbs.” – Jim C.
“Excellent, everything was perfect and I would highly recommend this lodge and area for Bonefish.”- Matthew E.
“Beat our expectations. A great experience.” – Donald L.
“Excellent on all counts!!!” – Russell J.
“The amenities were very good. Guiding was excellent.” – Richard L.