Private Island Experience With Flats Fishing Fishing Opportunities
A private island experience offering a relaxed atmosphere and attentive staff combined with an elite team of guides. Thatch Caye is located in southern Belize off the coast of Dangriga in the heart of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Catering to anglers and non-anglers alike, Thatch Caye and the Blue Horizon guide team provide a world-class flats fishing right from your door in addition to a wide variety of non-angling activities offered daily. For anglers, Thatch Caye offers a great opportunity to target permit throughout the endless flats of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. The island’s ideal location offers direct access to a large number of our black sickle tailed friends in addition to some opportunities for bonefish and tarpon however, the primary focus of the guides and fishery is permit. Thatch Caye offers comfortable island accommodations, great service, a laid back attitude, and the opportunity to fish with a senior guide staff created by Lincoln Westby.
Thatch Caye offers three different types of accommodations with over the water bungalows, an over the water villa, and island cabanas. All accommodations are comfortable, well-appointed, and provide great views while welcoming in the ocean breeze. Here at Yellow Dog, our personal favorite is the over the water bungalows. There is something about falling asleep and waking up to the sound of water and enjoying the 180-degree views provided by these accommodations. It is not uncommon to look out and see a school of bonefish or even a tailing permit on the Indy Beach flat. All accommodations are fully air-conditioned with a private patio or roof deck, as well as hammocks for relaxing with a cold Belikin or catching up after a long day on the water.
Food and Beverages
All meals are included in your package and prepared by great local chefs during your stay at Thatch Caye. Thatch Caye uses the freshest possible ingredients and strives to provide an authentic Belizean culinary experience. From fresh cooked fish to wonderfully done pork you will enjoy every meal prepared by the wonderful kitchen staff. If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, do not worry, Thatch Caye is 100% committed to providing alternatives for those with allergies or other food preferences.
Breakfast is served in the Coco Lounge from 7:00 – 8:30 AM each morning. If you are heading out on the water they are happy to pack a breakfast to go. This allows you to take full advantage of fishing light and tides.
Lunch is served in the Grove from 12:30 – 1:30 PM each day. If you are on the water you have the option of coming in for lunch or having a lunch packed so that you may stay out on the water throughout the entire day.
Dinner is served in the Grove family style (weather permitting) each evening starting at 7:00 PM. The Grove is a wonderful venue to enjoy the ocean breeze, and family style meals under the sun and stars.
Thatch Caye has two bars on the island, the Coco Lounge which is located in the main lodge and open until 10:00 PM daily and the main Starfish bar which is located over the water and is open from 1:00 PM until close (generally 10 PM). Cocktail hour takes place each evening at the Starfish Bar starting at 6:00 PM.
Typical Length of Stay
Since there are daily flights between Belize City and Dangriga, packages of any length can be arranged. Trips can start and end on any day of the week. We recommend a minimum stay of three nights and two full days when traveling to Thatch Caye.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
There are a variety of non-angling opportunities offered at Thatch Caye. The non-angling activities include but aren’t limited to scuba diving, snorkeling, Mayan ruin tours, zip line and rappelling at Bocawina falls and more. Thatch Caye caters just as well to the non-angler as it does to anglers. It is a great choice for families or groups with a variety of interests.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for Lodge guests. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, some cell phones will also work on the island.
How To Get There
International flights to Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto, Newark, Chicago, and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize is American Airlines, Continental/United, US Air, Delta, Aero Mexico, Southwest, Avianca, and Taca.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Thatch Caye runs daily transfers from the island back to the Dangriga airport at 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM. For arrivals Thatch Caye runs transfers to the island at 2 PM and 5:30 PM. With that in mind, it is necessary to arrive in Belize no later than 3:30 PM. For departures, we recommend booking flights that depart Belize City at or after 11 AM so that you have time to take the first transfer off the island and make it back to Belize City. Your round-trip flights from Belize International Airport to Dangriga are NOT included in your trip package, but Yellow Dog will be happy to arrange these for you.
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 back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas.
Minors Traveling To Belize Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 18 years of age or younger entering Belize 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 Embassy of the United States web site for Belize to obtain more information. https://belize.usembassy.gov/information_for_travelers.html
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.
For those who want to focus specifically on permit on the fly, the waters of Southern Belize are arguably some of the finest. While other species are found throughout the area, it should be understood that the fishing around Thatch Caye and the South Water Caye Marine Reserve is known for permit. Most anglers who want to travel to this fishery should be focused on the great opportunities to target tailing permit. Thatch Caye has partnered with the guides from Blue Horizon which was started years ago and is still headed up by the famous Lincoln Westby. Mention this name in any circle of saltwater anglers and most will know him for his worldwide reputation as one of the all-time best permit guides. He has trained and built a guide staff with intense focus and determination when it comes to guiding. However, the team of guides at Blue Horizon are also great for new saltwater anglers with a willingness to teach and educate throughout each day on the water. There are opportunities to target bonefish, tarpon, and a wide variety of alternate species as well. If you are interested in permit fishing but want the possibility to fill time throughout the day with other species, let the guides from Blue Horizon know your expectations and they will make sure to do their best each and every day to provide as much diversity as possible. This destination is great for both permit focused anglers as well as anglers looking for a unique island experience based in the heart of a large and very healthy fishery with diversity.
Boats and Equipment
Thatch Caye utilizes the guide staff from the famed Blue Horizon who operate out of 23-foot traditional pangas. These boats are ideal for poling the numerous flats within the fishery as well as running over open water. They offer plenty of space as well as a great vantage point for spotting fish while poling the flats of southern Belize. There is rental equipment available at Thatch Caye, however, we recommend all anglers bring their own equipment, flies, and terminal tackle. Thatch Caye does have a small fly/rental shop but it is always best to come completely prepared.
Remember, 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.
Due to the detailed nature of Thatch Caye and numerous accommodation options as well as the many activities and add-ons available, all package rates will be customized per guest. Please call Yellow Dog for details and full pricing.
Depending on your reservation, most packages booked through Yellow Dog for Thatch Caye include all lodging, all guided fishing with a professional Blue Horizon guide, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, transfer to and from Thatch Caye and the Dangriga airstrip, use of all on-site amenities, bar tab, and all taxes and service charge.
What’s Not Included:
- International flights to Belize City
- Round-trip air transfers between Belize City and Dangriga
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Spa service
- Additional non-angling tours