The stunning Los Roques archipelago, located 92 miles from the mainland of Venezuela, enjoys National Park status, which means that tourism and development are carefully controlled and the fishery is totally pristine, making it one of the best kept secrets in saltwater flats fishing. One of the most unique aspects of this fishery is the aggressive nature and general abundance of its bonefish. They can be seen routinely attacking the resident pelicans who land on the water to feed on the same minnows that the bonefish feed on! There is no other place on earth where you can find such bold bones, and anglers can expect to catch dozens of them each day. This, in addition to the many opportunities for other saltwater species, makes Los Roques one of the most unique angling destinations in the world and a great spot for both experts and beginners alike. Los Roques exemplifies the laid-back style of other Caribbean islands and its informal and quaint character is one of the things we find most endearing about this destination in addition to the fishing.
LOCATION: Los Roques, Venezuela
SEASON: Year Round, though peak season is February – October
CAPACITY: 10 anglers and up to 8-10 non-angling guests
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Caracas’ Simon Bolivar International Airport (CCS)
TARGET SPECIES: Primarily bonefish with opportunities for permit, tarpon, barracuda, jacks, snapper, mackerel and more
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Valid passport. Americans are required to obtain a Venezuelan visa prior to entry
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Posada Acuarela is arguably the nicest place on the whole island and will serve as the base of operations for the duration of your stay on Los Roques. Brilliant magenta plumes of bougainvillea greedily climb the terraces around the pastel-hued property in a tropical scene that could be on any Caribbean postcard. The Lodge itself features 11 private rooms, all with air conditioning, comfortable beds, private baths, hot water (a rare luxury on Los Roques), and spacious Mediterranean-style living areas. Guests can enjoy room service as well as a common library, bar, and roof terrace with a telescope. Posada Acuarela is a five minute walk from the airport and is located right on the beach, which also happens to be truly exquisite. There’s no doubt that this is a great place to sit back in a beach chair at the end of a long day.
Food and Beverages
Shoes are strictly optional at dinner, but despite the very laid-back environment of the restaurant, the meals themselves are absolutely delicious and comparable to something you might find in a high-end, upscale restaurant. Lunches are enjoyed out on the water and breakfast is served each morning in the restaurant before anglers set out for a day on the water. The Lodge can cater to all diets and special requests, so please be sure to let us know about your unique requirements ahead of time.
Typical Length of Stay
Custom trips of any length can be arranged, but week-long trips are most popular.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
This destination offers a plethora of activities for non-angling guests. Such activities include combing solitary beaches, visiting the sea turtle research center, snorkeling, and birding (you can get incredibly close to the island’s nesting birds.) There are also a couple of small dive shops on the island offering scuba excursions, as well as rentals for kitesurfing, windsurfing, snorkeling and sea kayaking. The distinctive rock-like peaks that form the backdrop of El Gran Roque (for which the archipelago is named) are also an easy hike. Each day, the lodge will be happy to transport non-anglers (at no additional charge) to private, solitary beaches with an umbrella, beach chairs and a loaded cooler.
Wifi is available throughout the Lodge.
If you are looking for large bonefish, large numbers of bonefish and fishing scenarios that revolve almost entirely around wade fishing, then Los Roques is a destination you must consider. With miles of wadeable flats, a long season and a robust bonefish population, this is one of the top destinations in the world for anglers of all abilities. The flats are healthy and loaded with baitfish, and the tides normally fluctuate less than a foot per day. The number of tailing bonefish found on the pancake flats and “classic” bonefish flats of Los Roques can be astounding. Other times, anglers can expect to walk and wade the beaches, looking for large, cruising bonefish that travel in pairs or small schools feeding on minnows and baitfish. The vast fishing area also offers a number of shallow lagoons that at times can provide exceptional action for cruising, deeper-water bonefish. These lagoons are primarily fished during high tide stages when other flats are too deep for the best fishing. It is not unusual for anglers fishing Los Roques to catch between 10 and 20 bonefish per day. Most bonefish on Los Roques will average 4 pounds, and larger fish are quite common. Although Los Roques is primarily a bonefish destination, you may encounter other species as well. Be prepared with a second rod, fully rigged for cruising barracuda, tarpon, jacks, permit, or mackerel.
Due to its equatorial climate, Los Roques is protected from the cold fronts that hit most other destinations further north in the Caribbean during the winter months. It is also out of reach of the traditional hurricane path during the summer and autumn months, which makes it one of the safest bets for stable weather anywhere in the Caribbean. The world-class bonefishing is complemented by comfortable accommodations, excellent food, and an unforgettable small island atmosphere and this combination makes Los Roques a truly unbeatable angling destination.
Boats and Equipment
Sightcast Outfitters operates 28 foot. center-console boats with 75 HP Yamaha engines. These seaworthy boats provide a safe and comfortable ride to and from the flats. No run is longer than 45 minutes each morning, which means that you get more time on the water. Remember that each boat is staffed by both a fishing guide and a captain/boat driver, and that 98% of the bonefishing on Los Roques is done while wading. You will get dropped off with your guide and picked up again once you have waded an entire flat together. The fishing area is vast; there are hundreds of flats amongst over 300 small islands, which makes for ideal wading conditions no matter where you go.
How To Get There
Los Roques is accessed by a daily, direct commercial service from the mainland, which makes it much easier to reach than most people realize. Caracas, Venezuela's capital, is home to over 7 million people and is served by nonstop flights from Miami (three hours flying time,) New York (four-and-a-half hours,) London (nine-and-a-half hours) and many other European and U.S. cities. If you arrive in Caracas before noon on a weekend, you can still get to the island that day. If not, you will need to overnight in La Guaria on the mainland and fly to El Gran Roque early the next morning, arriving in time for breakfast at the lodge and a full day of fishing. You can also enjoy a full day of fishing on your day of departure if you choose to stay on the mainland on your final night. Keep in mind that when you overnight on the mainland, you are not staying in Caracas; you are staying in the coastal city of La Guaria.
Arrival and Departure Details/Times
When you arrive in Caracas, you will clear customs and immigration and collect your luggage. You will then be met by a representative (usually John Salazar) from the transfer company that works with Sightcast Outfitters, JonJac. They will be waiting for you right after you exit the luggage/customs area. After your luggage has passed through the x-ray machines and customs, you will exit through a hall of that area to the reception area. You should walk out only a few meters and you should see John or one of his brothers (Andres or Isabelino) no farther than 30 feet behind a waiting area stand. They will be holding a sign with your name on it and will either transfer you to your hotel for the evening or to the airport for your domestic flight to Los Roques. Estimated flight departure times from Caracas to Los Roques are roughly 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM daily. Service from Los Roques back to the mainland is at 11:00 AM and 5:30 PM. A representative from JonJac will also be there to facilitate your transfer back to the Caracas airport on departure day as well.
A valid passport is required for all visitors to Venezuela and must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your stay. As of March 2014, all Americans traveling to Venezuela are required to obtain a visa. Please call Yellow Dog for assistance with this process.
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and we can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
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 based on two anglers and double occupancy and are quoted in US dollars. Please contact us for single angler and non-angling rates.
2017 Package Rates
First and Last night on Los Roques
3 days / 4 nights - $3,275
4 days / 5 nights - $3,670
5 days / 6 nights - $4,120
6 days / 7 nights - $4,630
First and Last night on the Mainland
3 days / 4 nights - $2,895
4 days / 5 nights - $3,290
5 days / 6 nights - $3,790
6 days / 7 nights - $4,250
Daily Rate: $560
- First and last night on the Mainland (depending on which package you choose)
- Round trip flight from Caracas to Los Roques and back to Caracas
- () nights of accommodation at Acuarela Lodge
- () days of fully guided fishing (2 anglers per skiff)
- All meals at the Lodge and on the skiffs on fishing days
- All ground transfer services in Venezuela
- Sport fishing licenses and permits
- Beer on the boat
What’s Not Included*
- International airfare to Caracas (CCS)
- Meals and beverages on the mainland
- Los Roques National Park Entry Fee (approx. $ 10)
- Alcoholic beverages (except beers on the boat)
- Items of a personal nature such as phone calls and laundry
- Domestic departure tax (included in the tickets)
- Overweight baggage ($ 1 per pound in excess of 25 pounds)
- Gratuities to the lodge staff and fishing guides.
* Please note that some items change between January and March of each year due to governmental adjustments