Bahamas

Swains Cay Lodge

THE FISHING

One of the unique aspects to fishing from Swains Cay Lodge is that it allows guests the opportunity to fish both the South and Middle Bite. I like this program a lot because it gives anglers an excellent overview of the fishing environment during the course of their stay. Anglers going south will go to Lisbon Creek to meet their guides and guests going north will go to Moxie Town to meet their guides/skiffs.

The flats around Mangrove Cay are almost limitless and it would take you 20 trips or more to exhaust all the new water available.  The marl in this part of the Bahamas, particularly in the north section of Mangrove Cay, is fairly white in colour, which allows for very good visibility.  In general, it’s a soft bottom, so keep this in mind if you are interested in wading.  There are some good hard packed sand bottom areas so let your guide know if you are interested in wading when you get in the skiff so that he can then plan his day accordingly. Guests fishing the south part of the Mangrove Cay Bite will generally be fishing from the boat as the wading in this part of Andros is extremely limited.

What you find, both north and south of Mangrove Cay, is an enormous network of flats, creeks, rivers, bays, and mangrove estuaries that combine to create what I feel is the best big bonefish destination in the Bahamas.  The environment is ideally suited to producing very big bonefish.  Guests can anticipate bonefishing in one to three feet of water in most situations, and the majority of the fishing for bones will take place from the skiff.

If the weather cooperates, guests also have the option of making the hour-long skiff run over to the west side of Andros to fish for the day.  This west side area holds an almost mythical place in all bonefish enthusiast’s consciousness, and this area can produce some absolutely huge fish.

BOATS AND EQUIPMENT

Swains Cay Lodge books and uses the top free lance guides on Mangrove Cay so the skiffs you fish from will vary depending on who your guide is that day. All the skiffs have rod holders, clean casting platforms and storage space on board.

GETTING THERE

There are really two ways to get to Swains Cay Lodge. Guests can fly into the Nassau Bahamas International Airport and then catch a commuter flight over to Mangrove Cay. Many major US, Canadian and European air carriers fly into Nassau daily, so there are plenty of international flight options. If you do fly through Nassau, please be aware that Nassau’s International Airport is divided into two sections: the Domestic Terminal and the International Terminal. They are located in different buildings and you have to go outside the international terminal (where you’ll arrive) to make your connecting Domestic flight. Just remember, you must clear Bahamas Customs with your luggage in Nassau before you make your connection to Mangrove Cay.

Charter flight services can be arranged from south Florida or Nassau, Bahamas. Private planes are also welcome at the Mangrove Cay Airstrip and the asphalt runway can accommodate most private aircraft. Mangrove Cay does not have a Bahamian customs office so charter and private flights will need to land in Congo Town first, before flying up to Mangrove Cay. Upon arrival at Mangrove Cay, you will be met at the airport and driven down to Swains Cay Lodge, which is about a 10-minute drive from the airstrip.

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RATES FOR 2022 Until June 30th

All fishing packages and services are subject to VAT taxes at 12 % as of July 1, 2018

  • 7 nights 6 days $4,783 USD DBL
  • 6 nights 5 days $4,036 USD DBL
  • 5 nights 4 days $3386, USD DBL
  • 4 nights 3 days $2,755 USD DBL
  • 3 nights 2 days $1,899 USD DBL

Single Occupancy/Single Guide

  • 7 nights/ 6 days – $7,942 USD SGL
  • 6 nights/ 5 days – $6,694 USD SGL
  • 5 nights/ 4 days – $5,686 USD SGL
  • 4 nights/ 3 days – $4,378 USD SGL
  • 3 nights/ 2 days – $3,197 USD SGL
  • MYAB Mangrove Cay Bahamas
  • Oct 15 to July 30
  • Bonefish, Barracuda, some permit and tarpon
  • 12 anglers per week guests
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Language: English
  • Physicality: Low
  • CC Payment at Facility : Yes
Bahamas

Swains Cay Lodge

Tour Location

LOCATION

Swains Cay Lodge is located on the eastern edge of Mangrove Cay. Roughly a 10 minute drive from the Mangrove Cay Airstrip.

PRIMARY SPECIES

Bonefish. Barracuda, Snappers, Jacks, Permit and Tarpon (West Side).

SEASON OF OPERATION

Mid October through June.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS

Full week packages generally arrive and depart on Saturdays. Shorter stays are common and easily accommodated with advance notice.

ACCOMMODATIONS

There are four separate buildings at Swains Cay Lodge that house guests and where you stay will depend on the size of the group you are with. Each room has A/C, private bath with hot/cold water and either one or two beds. The accommodations are not fancy by any stretch but they are clean and comfortable and come with daily maid service. The walk from any of the rooms to the bar/dining area and beach is no more than 2 minutes and, in some cases, only 15 seconds. Everything on the property is close by. The dining and bar area are right on the beach and just a short walk from the rooms. Outside, there are tables and chairs for après fishing cocktails, along with a ping pong table and an assortment of other games. Inside, to the immediate left, there is a long dining room table that seats up to 20 guests. On the right-hand side is the bar, which has a few comfortable stools where guests can socialize right at the bar.

DESTINATION CAPACITY

26 anglers per week.
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INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • Round-trip airport shuttle service to the lodge
  • Number of specified nights purchased
  • All meals
  • Bottled water in the room
  • Number of specified guide days purchased
  • Round trip transfers from the Mangrove cay Airstrip to the lodge

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • Round trip international airfare to Mangrove Cay, Bahamas
  • Alcohol
  • Gratuities for hotel staff and guides
  • Personal expenses at the lodge
  • Fishing equipment

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

For American, Canadian and EU members, a valid passport good for 6 months AFTER the trip has been completed is required. Please note that the Bahamian Government is very strict about the 6-month stipulation and they’ve been known to turn anglers away who don’t have sufficient time left on their passport.