Experience a Yellow Dog Favorite
Turneffe Flats has long been recognized as Belize’s premier saltwater fly fishing, scuba diving, and marine eco-tourism destination; and we are proud to have worked with them for two decades. Located on the beautiful Turneffe Atoll in the Caribbean, the resort specializes in superior flats fishing, diving, guided snorkeling, and other eco-tours for a limited number of guests. Their fishing and reef adventure programs create the ideal destination for anglers and their non-angling companions.
The social center for Turneffe Flats is the spacious, air-conditioned Main Lodge. Enjoy pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres and refreshments with new and old friends each night on the screened verandah. Amenities include a large deck area and a swimming pool, three choices for accommodations, all included in the package rate.
Eight spacious, air-conditioned guest rooms located directly on the beach, furnished with two queen-sized beds and a large private bath.
The Reef Villa
This villa houses a large sitting and common area, satellite television, and a small kitchenette, and three bedrooms, each with a private bath.
The Garden Villa
Set back from the beach with views of the garden and the Caribbean Sea, this three-bedroom villa also contains a large common area and private baths for each bedroom.
The Pelican Villa
The newest addition to the lodge features the most privacy, a large beach area in front, and sweeping views of the reef and “home flat.” The Pelican Villa has two bedrooms; one bedroom with a king bed, and one bedroom with a queen and a twin bed. The two bedrooms can be configured together for groups and families or separately, each with its own private entrance. Each bedroom has air conditioning and a private bathroom. Like the other villas, the common area is set up as a living room with a flat-screen television, a small refrigerator, and a kitchenette/bar.
Meals at the lodge feature Belizean and American dishes served family-style in the large dining area, with fresh seafood, local produce, and home-baked pastries on the menu. Awaken each morning to fresh coffee or tea served on your private verandah. Three delicious meals are part of the package, along with a well-stocked bar.
Typical Length of Stay
The standard package includes seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days (Saturday to Saturday). Partial week packages are available with some restrictions. Please call us for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Turneffe Flats is ideally located for premier diving along with the offshore atolls of Belize, an area rated among the world’s best dive destinations. Day trip to Lighthouse Reef to explore the famous Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall, and Long Caye. PADI and SDI Instruction are available on-site, and the Lodge offers a wide range of courses, including Discover programs and Advanced Diver Certification.
Turneffe Flats also offers a full adventure package to explore the atoll aboard a 25-foot twin-engine boat and led by the lodge’s informative and fun Atoll Adventure Guides. This flexible package is completely adaptable to the desires of guests on a day-to-day basis.
Wi-Fi is available for guests via your personal devices. Depending on your service plan, some cell phones will also work in Belize City, but not out on the Atoll.
How To Get There
International flights to Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Denver, Newark, Chicago, and Charlotte. The major airlines that are currently servicing and will be flying to Belize in the immediate future are American Airlines, United, and Delta.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Turneffe Flats is accessed only twice a week via a private transfer boat, so it is very important that you arrive into Belize City (BZE) in time to catch the boat out to the Atoll on your arrival day. Plan on arriving NO LATER than 3 p.m. If you arrive later than that, you will have to overnight in Belize City at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, and then take the guide and staff boat out to the island early Sunday morning.
On your departure day from Turneffe, you will not want to schedule a flight out of Belize City before 11:30 a.m., as there is no guarantee that you will be back at the airport before 10 a.m. that morning (the transfer boat typically leaves the lodge at 7:30 a.m. and arrives at the dock in Belize City at approximately 9 to 9:30 a.m.).
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within 6 months of trip dates. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas.
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. Please visit the Embassy of the United States website for Belize to obtain more information.
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Bonefishing is the mainstay of fishing Turneffe and the Atoll is home to the finest wadeable flats in Belize, only a short boat ride from the Lodge. Anglers can sight-fish large schools of tailing bonefish all day. There are also smaller schools of medium-sized bones and occasional large “cruisers” in the 5-pound-plus range. The bonefishing is consistently good throughout the year and offers something for anglers of all experience levels.
The Atoll is also home to an exceptional population of elusive and difficult permit, making it one of a select group of saltwater destinations where you can experience the excitement of flats fishing for permit throughout the year, either from a skiff or while wading the ocean-side flats.
Finally, anglers can catch small, resident tarpon among creeks, channels, and lagoons of the Atoll throughout the year. June through August are generally the best months for tarpon fishing, as this is the season when most of the migratory fish in the 70 to 150-pound range pass through.
Boats and Equipment
Guides fish from 16-foot Dolphin super skiffs. The lodge offers top-of-the-line rental gear and equipment from Sage, Hatch Reels, Simms, and Patagonia, and sells a full range of flies, leaders, tippet, and fly lines in the well-stocked fly shop.
Rates and Terms
All prices listed 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 (per person)
December 31, 2022 to June 24, 2023 = $5,290
June 24, 2023 to December 30, 2023 = $4,590
Single Occupancy (per person)
December 29, 2022 to June 25, 20223= $7,290
June 25, 2023 to December 24, 2023 = $6,590
ATOLL ADVENTURE NON-ANGLING PACKAGE
Double Occupancy (per person)
December 31, 2022 to June 24, 2023 = $3,290
June 25, 2023 to December 24, 2023 = $3,090
- Seven nights of lodging (Saturday to Saturday) at Turneffe Flats
- All guided fishing (8-hour fishing days)
- Round-trip land and sea transfers between Belize City and Turneffe
- Three meals per day and an afternoon snack
- Coffee and tea will be available in the room
What’s Not Included:
- International flights to and from Belize City
- All area taxes
- Alcoholic beverages and sodas
- Belizean fishing license (can be purchased at the lodge)
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Items purchased at gift/tackle shop
- Flies, leaders, and terminal tackle (can be purchased at tackle shop)
- Additional diving and non-fishing adventure packages
Turneffe Flats Lodge (Turneffe Atoll, Belize)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A deposit of 50% per person is due at the time of booking to hold both space and guides on all packages. No space or guides will be held without receipt of deposit. Full pre-payment is due 90 days prior to date of trip. All cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations, deposits and/or final payments will be refunded outside of 60 days prior to trip (minus a $100.00 processing fee per guest charged by Turneffe Flats in addition to a $100 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing) upon receipt of written notification. Inside of 60 days from start of trip, deposits and/or final payments are non-refundable and no credits will be issued. Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. Turneffe Flats will not refund payments in the event of a hurricane or poor weather, or for unused portions of any package. 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
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment at the time of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.
Yellow Dog Client Reviews
“Great experience. First time for me on the flats and my son was brand new also. I would go back in a heartbeat and plan on it next year. Turneffe Flats is a perfect set up for families who want to fish but want to do other activities as well. The Atoll adventure with daily fishing made everyone happy in my family.” – Jim A.
“It was my first trip to Belize, and my first experience fishing for bonefish. Wading the flats was a magical experience, and i caught fish as well!” – Patricia
“Awesome destination for novice and experienced. Easy of travel from the SE-US makes this a no-brainer. Lodge is well appointed and has a very friendly and accommodating staff. Would recommend this location to anyone that is looking to catch Bonefish in numbers and have shots on Permit. Can not comment on the Tarpon, as both trips to Turneffe Flats have been outside of Tarpon Migration Season.” – Jason V.
“I went as my “70” Birthday present to myself. I was not disappointed a bit in any aspect. “Ya Mon” I’d go back.” – John V.
Far exceeded our expectations. The lodge was beautiful, the service was amazing and the food was fresh and delicious. The diversity of fishing at Turneffe is top notch, and despite very windy and difficult fishing conditions, I was on fish all week and hooked or caught every type of species on I had hoped. 100% plan on returning to Turneffe Flats. We even went through a family emergency at home on our last day and the lodge staff acted like family to us and was so supportive and accommodating.” – Scott W.
“Overall, Turneffe Flats Lodge exceeded my expectations. The outfit is very well organized, grounds are prettier than they had to be, it was painless getting from the airport to the atoll. This was my first real immersion in saltwater flats/mangrove fishing, and though I was easily pleased, it also exceeded my expectations. I didn’t expect catching bonefish to become routine so quickly. I hooked resident tarpon that quickly got off — I’ll have to get better at setting the hook on these guys — and had enough shots at permit. Never did see any decent sized snook, which would have made for greater variety. The location and overall environment, with only two lodges on a 10×30 mile atoll, made for a great getaway.” – Nick F.
“First time bonefishing and had a great experience. Learned a lot and looking forward to heading back to catch a permit. I had a couple shots but didn’t devote enough time to make it happen. Bonefish kept getting in the way! Great time at a great lodge. We were originally scheduled to fish 3 days and do the Atoll adventure 3 days but Craig was able to get us a 4th fishing day at a reasonable upgrade. Snorkeling was absolutely amazing. Cant wait to go back next year!” – David Z.
“The fishing was as advertised. During the day we chased permit from the boat and our favorite walk and wading and had an excellent time. Permit were around and willing to eat so when never got a chance to fish for the Tarpon which will have to wait until the next trip. The atoll has large number of areas to fish and most days we hardly saw another boat. In the evening we chased bonefish from in front of the lodge until sundown. The rest of the evening we were well looked after by the lodge staff who were extremely friendly. The drinks were good and the meals excellent. Overall an excellent trip.” – Troy B.
“The fishing was as good as I expected, but the non-fishing aspects were beyond my hopes. My wife is not a regular angler (first time on salt) and she had a great time (yes, she caught 11 bonefish). She wants to go back as much as I do, and we are already booked.” – Brian B.
“Always a good time at Turneffe Flats. Interesting people and a beautiful environment.” – Michael M.
“AWESOME and relaxing. Caught Tarpon, Bones, Permit, guild was great. The lodge was great.” – Matthew B.
“We had a great time. My wife caught her first Bonefish (several) on the fly, and I caught my first Permit on the fly, my wife was in the boat with me, which made it even more special. The staff was attentive and gracious, and I especially enjoyed meeting Craig and briefly learning more about the Turneffe Atoll Trust.” – Jim C.
“Great operation, great lodge, excellent service, lots of shots at permit, tarpon, and bones. Best wading I have ever done. Love the remote location.” – Peter M.