Nestled between Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean sea, is the small country of Belize, once know as British Honduras. It is an English-speaking country, a natural paradise, safe, stable, peaceful, and virtually undiscovered.
Turneffe Flats Lodge is a romantic Caribbean paradise located just off the coast of Belize on the Turneffe atoll which is part of the 200-mile long Belizean coral reef, a portion of the largest barrier reef system in the western hemisphere.
The Turneffe Atoll is the largest of four coral atolls in the western hemisphere. Turneffe Flats Lodge offers some of the best fishing and diving conditions in the world. Fish and sea life are graciously abundant.
Upon your arrival in Belize City you will be transferred to one of the three 32′ Ocean Master Sport fisherman owned by the lodge. The run out to the lodge takes about one hour and is a pleasant way to get you in the right frame of mind for the week you will spend at Turneffe Flats. In the craft, you run a short distance through sparkling open waters. In the distance, lining the horizon, a string of palm trees border Turneffe Islands, dazzling and inviting. As you near your destination at the Turneffe atoll, the water colors changes from the deepest blue, to azure, to aquamarine, to palest green where crystalline waters lap the white coral sand beaches. At you dock, it will be hard to pull your eyes from the teeming waters and the adjacent coral flats with the promise of bonefish and permit. The lodge’s cabins are nestled between coconut palms and have a wonderful view of the coral reef and Caribbean sea. You will unload, have a quick lunch, and then off to fish for the remainder of the day and the rest of the week.
The new air-conditioned cottages are built on a quiet lagoon within a few hundred feet of the reef. You will be please to know that all the cabana’s have new bathrooms, two double beds, windows, verandahs and closets. Imagine awakening in your beach-front cabin to morning coffee or tea served on your verandah. The surrounding waters are crystal clear and provide a varied habitat that range from sheltered mangrove islands in the inner portion of the atoll to the vast white coral sand flats on the windward side of the reef.
There are many species of fish to look for on the flats, coral reef, and offshore. The area offers perfect targets for both the fly fisherman and the light spinning enthusiast. Ten pound plus bonefish are common. Ocean side flats are 5 to 20 minutes from the lodge and are some of the most wade able and picturesque flats found anywhere. The mangroves provide a rich environment for tarpon, snapper, barracuda, jacks, snook, and many other varieties. There are plenty of permit. Turneffe Flats is one of the rare spots in the world offering a legitimate shot at a Grand Slam. The boats (16′ Dolphins) and equipment at the Turneffe Flats lodge are all first class.
The lodge can accommodate 12 anglers. In 2016 the fishing packages range from $4,280 to $3,780 per person for a week based upon double occupancy. This will include Saturday airport pick-up and boat transfers, all lodging at Turneffe Flats, Three meals daily including evening hors d’oeuvres, guided fishing. The price is inclusive of the Belizean Value Added Tax. Not included are airfare to Belize, alcoholic beverages, gratuities for guide, and items of personal nature. Belize is easily accessible by direct scheduled airline service.
The diving package ranges from $2,750 to $2,550 per person for a week based upon double occupancy. The package provides three dives per day, a Blue Hole dive if desired, at least one night dive, tanks, weights, and air, all meals (including those in Belize City). The price is inclusive of the Belizean Value Added Tax. Not included are airfare to Belize, alcoholic beverages, gratuities for guide, and items of personal nature.
There is a combination fishing and diving package which ranges from $4,440 to $3,960 per person for a week based upon double occupancy. The combination package allows you to fish or dive more or less as you desire throughout the week. This includes fully guided fishing (two anglers per guide and boat), up to three dives per day, tanks, weights, and air, double occupancy lodging, all meals, and all transportation while in Belize. Not included are airfare to Belize, alcoholic beverages, gratuities for guide, and items of personal nature.
There is an Atoll package available for $2,550 to $2,340 per person for a week based upon double occupancy. The Atoll package will include accommodations, meals, a daily activity, snorkeling from the lodge. Not included are airfare to Belize, alcoholic beverages, gratuities for guide, and items of personal nature.
There is a non-activity package available for $2,340 to $2,280 per person for a week based upon double occupancy. The non-activity package provides snorkeling from the lodge, lodging, and meals. Not included are airfare to Belize, alcoholic beverages, gratuities for guide, and items of personal nature.
All packages begin in Belize City on Saturday. Fishing, diving and other activities begin on Sunday through the following Friday. Guests leave early enough Saturday morning to catch all flights leaving Belize. When the lodge is not fully booked we will make arrangements for stays of less than a full week.
In conjunction with your stay in Belize Leisure Time Travel offers side trips to Mayan ruins including Tikal, to Mountain Pine Ridge, The Panti Medicine trail, Guanacaste Park, The wildlife Zoo, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Inland Blue Hole and St. Hermans Cave.
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