A Great Couples & Family Sport Fishing Operation
Turneffe Island Resort is the second-oldest sport fishing operation in all of Belize. Started by Vic Barothy in 1964, this operation is part of saltwater flats fishing history. As storied a place the lodge has been in saltwater fishing history, the grounds, accommodations and overall operation would be totally unrecognizable to Barothy today. This immaculate private island located on the southern tip of Turneffe Atoll is simply stunning – as pristine, private and secluded as anything in the entire Caribbean. Turneffe Island Resort’s location allows you to be on the flats fishing within minutes of leaving the dock each morning. With its location on the southern end of Turneffe, anglers are minutes from some of the best flats fishing for bonefish and permit, with opportunities to target tarpon in the various channels and cuts of the atoll.
The social centers for Turneffe Island Resort include spacious, air-conditioned main lodge and the beachside bar. A pre-dinner gathering at the bar for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments is customary after a day fishing, diving, or snorkeling on the atoll. A large deck area and a swimming pool sit next to the bar and the main lodge, perfect for non-anglers as well as fishermen looking to relax after a day on the water. Guests at Turneffe Island Resort have three different choices for accommodations during their stay.
Located on the southeastern side of the island the private villas offer you more privacy from the main Resort. These 8 unique free-standing accommodations offer a variety of amenities such as wrap-around porches, canopy style beds, large sitting area and a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea. Rooms are equipped with either one king bed, one queen, or one full size bed, as well as a set of stuffed wicker chairs and a coffee table with a reading lamp. Each room has a 2 cubic foot mini bar/refrigerator, magnifying mirror, hairdryer, and local art trims out of the room for your comfort. Anglers can take their pick from an indoor spacious shower or larger outdoor private shower.
Superior second level guestrooms
Tucked between local vegetation and native trees, the 2nd level of the island building offers a bird’s eye view of the Caribbean Sea. Rooms are equipped with one king bed or two twin beds, a set of stuffed wicker chairs and a coffee table with a reading lamp. Each room has a magnifying mirror, hair dryer and local art trims. A minibar/refrigerator is available upon request. Anglers can take their pick from an indoor spacious shower or larger outdoor private shower.
Deluxe ground floor guestroom
Located on the main level of the island building. Rooms are equipped with either one king bed or two twin beds, a set of stuffed wicker chairs and a coffee table with a reading lamp. Each room has a magnifying mirror, hair dryer and local art trims. A minibar/refrigerator is available upon request. Anglers can pick from an indoor spacious shower or larger outdoor private shower.
Food and Beverages
Meals at the lodge are a combination of Belizean and American dishes served plated and family-style in the large dining area. Fresh seafood, local produce, and home-baked pastries are standard fare. Three delicious meals per day are provided, and each morning you will awaken to fresh coffee or tea served on your private verandah. The chefs at Turneffe Island Lodge are fantastic and will leave you full and ready for the day’s fishing ahead. The main bar is well-stocked with premium liquor and offers a variety of wines, as well as local beers.
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 Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
For non-anglers, the offshore atolls of Belize are consistently rated among the “world’s best dive destinations,” and Turneffe Island Resort is ideally located to take advantage of this premier diving. Dive vacations can also include a day trip to Lighthouse Reef to explore the famous Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall, and Long Caye. PADI instruction is available on-site, and the Lodge offers a wide range of courses, including Discover programs and Advanced Diver Certification. For non-divers, Turneffe Island Resort also offers snorkeling packages and rest/relaxation packages. The snorkeling on the Turneffe Atoll can entertain and wow the first timer and those that have traveled the world peering into what lies under the surface of the water.
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 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, 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
Turneffe Island Resort is accessed only twice a week via 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 to arrive NO LATER than 3:00 PM. If you arrive later, you will have to overnight in Belize City at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, then take a private transfer boat across to the atoll. On your departure day from Turneffe, schedule a flight out of Belize City after 11:30 AM, as there is no guarantee that you will be back at the airport before 10:00 AM that morning (The transfer boat typically leaves the lodge at 7:30 AM and arrives at the dock in Belize City at approximately 9:00 to 9:30 AM).
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.
Bonefish are the mainstay of fishing Turneffe Island Resort as the atoll is home to the finest wadeable flats in all of Belize. The area’s large ocean-side flats are only five to ten minutes from the lodge by boat where anglers can sight-fish to large schools of tailing bonefish at all hours of the day. There are also smaller schools of medium-sized bones and occasional large “cruisers” in the five-plus range. The bonefishing is consistently good throughout the year and for anglers of all experience levels. Novice saltwater anglers can expect to see hundreds of bonefish over the course of a week, a scenario that provides a great opportunity to learn the intricacies and nuances of flats fishing. Experienced saltwater anglers will find plenty of challenging fishing and opportunities to cast to large bonefish.
As far as permit fishing goes, the atoll is home to an exceptional population of these elusive and difficult fish. Turneffe is among 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. Anglers serious about chasing these fish can expect numerous shots at 10 to 20-pound permit and occasional shots at fish in the 20 to 35-pound class. As for tarpon, anglers can catch small, resident tarpon that inhabits the creeks, channels, and lagoons of the atoll throughout the year. Fishing for the larger, migratory tarpon begins in April and continues through mid-September. 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 with lean bars. The lodge offers top-of-the-line rental gear and equipment, and sells a full range of flies, leaders, and tippet in the well-stocked fly shop.
2020 Rates (7 Night / 6 Day Package, custom and partial week packages available)
- Seven (7) nights of lodging (Saturday to Saturday) at Turneffe Island Resort – Standard Deluxe Room (Upgraded Accommodations Available)
- Six (6) days of fully guided fishing
- Round-trip land and sea transfers between Belize City and Turneffe
- 9% hotel tax and 12.5% sales tax
- All meals plus an afternoon snack and three (3) meals per day
- Coffee and tea will be available in the room
- International flights to Belize City (BZE)
- Bar tab and alcohol
- Belizean fishing license (can be purchased at lodge)
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Flies, leaders and terminal tackle (can be purchased at tackle shop)
- Additional diving and non-fishing adventure packages
- Rental Equipment (Fishing, diving, and snorkeling, available for an additional charge)