Trip Overview 

Located on the north end of Long Island, Stella Maris is an "elegantly casual" full-service resort that caters to both the serious flats angler as well as families, large groups, and non-anglers. The Resort is situated on 3,000 secluded acres, with a variety of accommodations and activities to suit everyone. If you are looking for a romantic vacation, family retreat, corporate function, or a focused, hard-core fishing trip, Stella Maris covers all the bases. From comfortable lodge accommodations to private oceanfront houses, you can customize your stay to match the specific needs of your group or fishing party. As for angling opportunities, the bonefishing on Long Island’s uncrowded flats can truly be described as incredible. Schools of bonefish in the Stella Maris area can number anywhere from 40 to over 400, with fish ranging in size from two to over ten pounds. 

Destination Quick Facts 

LOCATION:  Long Island, Bahamas

SEASON:  Year-round

CAPACITY:  Maximum of 8 anglers and up to 50 non-anglers per week

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Nassau International Airport (NAS)

TARGET SPECIES:  Bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, jacks, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, dorado and more

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
There are many accommodations and amenities from which to choose at Stella Maris, from standard rooms to deluxe, full-service houses perfect for families and groups. All guests have access to all of the resort’s amenities including three swimming pools, seven secluded beach coves, daily boat cruises, snorkeling tours, guided land and beach tours, tennis courts, a recreation room, exercise room, private beach access, and nighttime activities.

Lodge Rooms
These rooms are located near the main lodge, dining room and bar. Built atop a hill, the Lodge Rooms offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the east coast of Long Island. Each room is equipped with individual A/C, ceiling fans, a small refrigerator, coffee maker, and a balcony with ocean view. Units contain either two double beds or a king-sized bed.

Cottages
Cottages are one-bedroom units that are great for couples or a single angler looking for extra space. The cottages surround a pool and are located halfway up the hill between the ocean and the main lodge. Each features a full bathroom and a small living room equipped with A/C.

Ocean Villas
The Ocean Villas are perfect for two couples or small groups. The units are located on the Atlantic Coast with an upper living room and open kitchen. Two spacious balconies overlook the ocean and the Resort grounds. All Ocean Villas house two bedrooms on the lower level with A/C, two bathrooms, and a patio. There is also beach access and a nature pool.

Bungalows
The larger Bungalows are mainly used for groups of four to eight people and offer a private house setting situated directly on the beach. Some of the three and four-bedroom units have separate outside entrances to the bedrooms for added privacy.  The rear of each Bungalow opens out to a private saltwater pool which directly overlooks the beach and the Atlantic beyond.

Food and Beverages
All meals at Stella Maris Resort are served in the Clubhouse restaurant and the bar and lounge area. Breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM, lunch from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, and dinner from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. All meals are offered a la carte and are separate from the Yellow Dog Lodging Package. For all fishing days, a packed cooler lunch and beverages will be provided and included with the day.

Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length are available. With an amazing array of amenities and non-angling activities, Stella Maris is the perfect place for family retreats, couples getaways, group trips, and large corporate trips.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Stella Maris offers a complete line-up of non-angling activities including island hopping, scuba diving, snorkeling, guided land tours, guided water and boat tours, bicycling, sea-kayaking, tennis, catered parties, sailing, ecotours, cave parties, weekly live music, and dancing. Exploring the island by car is another great activity and one that is highly recommended.

Internet / Communications.
The Resort does have Wi-Fi internet access available. Many U.S. cell phones will work on Long Island and throughout the Bahamas, depending on your service plan. 

FISHING

General Information
The majority of bonefishing takes place within a short distance from Stella Maris Marina in Adderley, Glenton, and Joe Sound Bays. The boat ride to these areas will range from five to 10 minutes, with the majority of fishing done from the boat. There are wading opportunities in the Stella Maris area, but the guides take advantage of the extensive flats system by poling over prime water. If you enjoy wading, there are two large lagoon areas located further north, called Cape Santa Maria and Columbus Harbour. Not only do these areas provide great wading situations, but they’re also drop-dead gorgeous, with beautiful white sand bottoms and sapphire water surrounded by rocky cliffs.

Whether you are a first-time saltwater fisherman or an experienced angler, the guides at Stella Maris will provide you with a day on the water that you will not forget. All of the guides are Long Island natives who are endorsed by the Bahamian government as Bahamas Flyfishing Guides. Demonstrating a commitment to total client satisfaction, the guides excel at being very patient, instructive and knowledgeable, and can adapt to the experience level of any angler.

Boats and Equipment
Guides utilize Hewes 16-foot skiffs complete with poling platforms, 90HP Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks. As with all of our Bahamian fishing operations, it is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
Daily service from Nassau International Airport (NAS) to Long Island's Deadman's Cay Airport (LGI) is available on Bahamas Air and Southern Air. There are charter options available from Nassau to Stella Maris through Southern Air and Pineapple Air. Stella Maris Resort Air Service can also provide direct round-trip service from Nassau, Bahamas on their privately owned and operated aircraft. Please call Yellow Dog for more information on getting to Stella Maris.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
If you are using Stella Maris Resort Air Service to access Long Island, then you should arrive in Nassau, Bahamas no later than 3:00 PM for the short, one-hour flight to Long Island. You can arrive and depart on any day of the week. Once you arrive on Long Island, a taxi will transport you from the airport directly to the Resort.

Documents Required
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips 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.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system and 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.

RATES

Package Rates
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 a nightly rate and quoted in US dollars.

Single Occupancy
Hotel Room = $165.00
1 Bedroom Cottage = $210.00

Double Occupancy
Hotel Room = $195.00
1 Bedroom Cottage = $240.00
2 Bedroom Bungalow = $360.00

Quadruple Occupancy
2 Bedroom Bungalow = $440.00

Six People
3 Bedroom Bungalow = $590.00
3 Bedroom Bungalow w/ Private Pool = $690.00
4 Bedroom Bungalow = $590.00
4 Bedroom Bungalow w/ Private Pool = $690.00

Guided Bonefishing Rates
$450.00 (per day for 1 or 2 anglers) 

Guided Reef Fishing (Equipment included, maximum of 6 anglers per boat)
 $1,100.00 (per day for the boat)

What's Included

  • All accommodations at Stella Maris Resort
  • All Resort activities including snorkeling excursions, two full day boat cruises per week, use of sailboats, use of sea-kayaks, eco-tours, cave party, rum punch party, pool party, live music and dances

What's Not Included

  • Meals at the Resort (a la carte)
  • Government room tax
  • Airfare from hometown to Stella Maris Resort
  • Round-trip ground transfer to and from Stella Maris airport
  • Departure taxes
  • Gratuities for fishing guides and resort staff
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and bar tab
  • Bahamas fishing license: $5 per day, $10 per week, $20 per month, and $50 for the year (Yellow Dog will ensure the lodge has your license until the on-line system is in place)
  • Bahamian VAT Tax (7.5%)
OTHER INFO

Situated in the southern Bahamas, Long Island is one of many islands that make up the spectacular Bahamas Out Islands. Long Island was among the first land visited by Columbus in 1492.  In his ship’s log, he described it as “the most delightful island in the world.” The eastern coast of the island features 150-foot cliffs with crashing surf, while Cape Santa Maria on the West coast boasts mile upon mile of calm blue water and white sandy beaches. As its name suggests, Long Island is over 70 miles long and only five miles wide. A central road runs from north to south along Long Island, lined with the small villages and beautiful colonial churches that give the island an untouched feeling. With names like Burnt Ground, Deadman’s Cay, Bunch's, Doctor’s Creek, and Mangrove Bush, these villages offer a glimpse into the relaxed Bahamas lifestyle.


Client Testimonials

"Just a quick email to thank you from us to Stella Maris and Docky Smith. It was a good choice for us - we had a great trip! The bonefish were very cooperative, and I even had a shot at a nice big permit. I managed to make a perfect cast, only to have him glance down at the fly, look back up at me, smile in the teasing way only a permit can, and slowly swim away! We will gladly use Yellow Dog again, and will pass your website on to our fishing friends."
- Dave C. (Manchester, NH)

"Your suggestion of Stella Maris for us was perfect, and Docky was great. Like all good guides, he quickly assessed our abilities, and unlike some guides, he went out of his way to adjust his boat handling to compensate for our weaknesses. To me, that is above and beyond the call of duty. His communication and instruction were great. Aside from that, the service and the staff at Stella Maris were first rate, and the food is something that we really looked forward to each night. In conclusion, if anyone asks me if I would book through Yellow Dog, the answer is - 'In a heartbeat!' Thanks again."
- Dave C. (Woodstock, VT)