Tarpon Caye Belize, founded by Charlie Leslie in 1995, and well known world wide by many fly fishermen, as one of the premiere small island fishing lodge in Belize. With decades of fly fishing experience from Charlie Leslie, and his family, they have always done whatever they could, to upgrade the amenities, service and value at Tarpon Caye over the past 18 years.
Tarpon Caye Belize offers a unique experience, not only in quality service, but also from the island’s geographic location – The island is only a 30 minute boat cruise from Placencia Peninsula, sits in the middle of the Victoria Channel and everything fun – snorkel the rich and vibrant fringe reef the island sits on; the famous Gladden Spit Whale Shark zone is only 6 miles away; many dive sites are nearby; the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere sits only 6 miles east…or simply relax with a cold drink in your hand on a private island and enjoy the cool Caribbean sea breeze lapping on your skin.
Tarpon Caye Belize Founder and Co-Owner, Charlie Leslie has been guiding permit fishermen on the ocean flats off Placencia for over 30 years. We think both beginner and expert alike will benefit from this sage advice, straight from the Master himself!
Tarpon Caye flats fishing can be done in a wide variety of flats varying in composition from white sand, to coral patches to eel grass covered areas. All the flats around Tarpon Caye have firm bottoms which make for easy wading. You may choose to cast from the boat as your guide poles the flats and “hop out” of the boat to get a better casting position to catch a permit or bone. Fishing boats are equipped with casting decks and Brand New 2007 Yamaha 4-stroke motors which are quiet and clean running.
Flats fishing in the flats near our lodge go from 6 inches on top and drop 75-100 foot of water on the edges, which makes them a perfect habitat for permit. Permit can be found on these flats in good numbers. You can get to cast to up to 20 tailing fish on an average day; bonefish are also plentiful on the more sandy flats in this area.
Starts at: 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Day goes something like this:
Up at daybreak or before (depending on the tide) with coffee and a home-made snack before setting out for the first catch of the day. Mid-morning (because you are successfully fishing so close to camp) you can almost smell a hearty breakfast being prepared! Time to eat, rest, snorkel, kayak, or work on your gear before spending the rest of the day attempting to catch the fish of your choice. Upon returning to camp that evening and after a successful day of fishing, you take a relaxing shower before gathering with the other guests for cocktails and a delicious meal consisting of the day’s catch, perfectly prepared. After dinner you are ready for a good night’s sleep on your comfortable bed dreaming of the next day’s fishing adventure.
Tarpon Caye Lodge have three Private Cabins:
3 Cabins furnished with:
2 double bed with comfortable mattresses
Bed head lights if you wish to read a book without keeping on the main light
Writing table and chair
Private tiled showers designed with a seating bench
Fans in each cabin
Private verandah over the Caribbean Sea with deck chairs and hammock
The Pesky Permit Clubhouse Restaurant:
Built above the Caribbean Sea
Open deck with a fantastic view
Wall Of Fame
Dining area where delicious and memorable family style meals are served
The Iguana Rock Bar:
Open Air Thatched Bar
Built on our new 3 acre development
Serving local and imported drinks, tropical blended drinks to your hearts desire
Full running fresh water to entire facility
12 volt backup solar system
Plenty of seating area, to eat, drink, relax and near the designated swimming area.
FREE Wi-Fi internet
Kayaks and snorkeling gear – complimentary to overnight guests
Guides and Staff:
Our guides and employees are all licensed, certified and most of all warm, friendly and ready to assist and make your trip enjoyable
Dinners at the lodge usually consist of generous portions of fresh seafood including lobster, conch, shrimp or freshly caught fish (let us know if you have a special diet). Local Belizean fare such as chicken and pork with local vegetables are also on the menu.
The resident cook would be happy to prepare your favorite dish, just ask! Try the fried plantains!
You may choose to snorkel the reef just in front of your cabin and pick up some conch which the island Chef will turn into a tasty “Ceviche” dish or tantalizingly delious conch fritters; at dinner time. Snorkel past some of the large coral heads and you may be able to spot cruising tarpon in the deeper pockets of the reef or see lobsters hiding in the coral.
Ground transfers from Placencia airstrip to transport boat and return
Boat transfer to Tarpon Caye from Placencia and return
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (all boats take out a packed lunch when going out to fish – upon request)
Beverages (sodas, juices and bottled water)
Accommodations: private cabin (2 max per cabin)
Guided Fishing: guide, boat, fuel
Complimentary use of snorkel gear and kayaks
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
International flight to Belize City
Round trip air transfers between Belize City and Placencia.
Gratuities for guides and staff
Non-fishing tours and adventure packages.
A 50% deposit (per angler) of the total package cost for each trip is due within 10 days of booking to secure the reservation. Guides and dates cannot be held or reserved without a deposit. Tarpon Caye Lodge reserves the right to charge a handling fee of $100 per person for date changes after the initial reservation has been made. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure.