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If you are seeking an upscale, high-end and full-service Bahamian destination, then the Delphi Club on Abaco is an excellent option for both anglers and non-anglers alike. Built in 2009 by Peter Mantle, who previously restored, owned and managed the famous salmon fishing lodge at Delphi in Ireland,” the new Delphi Club on Abaco is truly a one-of-a-kind fishing operation for the Bahamas. From the moment you arrive at the Club, you will feel a sense of the full history of fly angling in every aspect of the lodge’s design, decor and artwork. The main great room, reading library, fly shop, dining area and deluxe guest rooms are all impeccable and richly appointed. The well-managed and diverse fishing program will position you in some of the most productive bonefish habitat found anywhere in the Bahamas. This is a destination where you may bring non-anglers to enjoy the tropical setting, or take a day off from fishing to relax, but rest assured the fishing program is paramount to the Delphi philosophies.
Trips and itineraries of any length can be arranged. All trips are completely customized. Call Yellow Dog for details.
The Club sits atop a denslely-vegetated hilltop, a location that takes full advantage of the ocean breezes with stunning views of Abaco’s Rolling Harbour. Designed to resemble an 18th century Caribbean plantation house, the Delphi Club is the perfect combination of luxury hotel and fishing lodge situated in an idyllic wilderness beach location. As you enter the great room the is no mistaking the fact that the Delphi Club was built by people who deeply care about the rich tradition of angling as well as the art of true relaxation in a tropical setting. You will find each room at the Club inviting and interesting. From the couches in the library to the comfortable beds in each guest room overlooking the sea, the Club has spared no expense to ensure comfort at all times. The main lodge features two main social areas furnished with plush couches, reading lamps, Wi-Fi access, coffee tables and plenty of interesting books. A loft-style tackle shop overlooks the great room, where the dining area and the well-stocked "serve-yourself" bar are located. Adjacent to the great room is a mahogany-accented library, where you can catch the "football" game (both a soccer match and American football!), catch up on your reading, or to use the lodge computer. There is also an impressive collection of angling literature in the library. The main floor of the lodge is wrapped by an exterior deck that provides elevated views of the beach, ocean, infinity pool and the surrounding pine forests. Dinners and breakfasts are usually served in the great room, and lunches are typically served on the deck if you are not out on the water for a full day of fishing.
Delphi offers two styles of room accommodations. There are two guest rooms on the third floor and six more on the ground floor of the main lodge. These double occupancy rooms each feature either a very large king bed or two full-sized beds, a desk, spacious private bathrooms with spa showers, a phone, and a private deck overlooking the beach and ocean. The upstairs rooms also have a tub, a wet bar and a refrigerator. The infinity pool sits just to the south of the lodge, with a huge patio and plenty of shade. To access the beach, guests follow a cascading staircase lined by Cape Cod-style beach chairs and manicured landscaping. There are lounge chairs, sea kayaks, and a freshwater beach shower, and a pure white sand beach that is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and beachcombing.
Each morning at the Delphi Club will begin with fresh fruit and cereals served buffet-style on the self-service breakfast bar. Individual coffee presses and teapots are brought to each guest as you sit down for the morning meal. Cooked-to-order eggs, a choice of breakfast meats, and daily breakfast specials are also available. You will customize the next day’s fishing lunch each evening, ordering from menu that includes a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, beverages, and snacks. If you are not fishing, lunch is served daily on the wrap-around deck overlooking the harbor and ocean. After your day of fishing or exploring, you can return to the lodge to freshen up before the cocktail and appetizer hour begins around 6:00 PM. The Club’s well-stocked bar is self-service, with just about every type of beverage you can imagine, including some rare liquors from the top shelf. The Club’s extensive wine cellar might be the most comprehensive private cellar found anywhere in the Bahamas: certainly on Abaco! A variety of freshly prepared local seafood and imported meats are offered each evening for dinner. Typical seafood entrées include grouper, mahi-mahi, snapper, triggerfish, crab, tuna, wahoo, and lobster. You will find that the dinners at the Club have a subtle “traditional Irish” presentation – without the potatoes and hash. Only the freshest vegetables, seafood, and meats are offered on the evening menu, and each dish is creative and beautifully presented. While this is an informal fishing lodge setting, most guests do dress up each evening a bit more than at most Bahamian bonefish lodge. (It is still island casual attire, but leave your stinky fishing outfits in your room!)
The main fishery that Delphi focuses on is the vast outer area known as the Marls, located to the west of Abaco's mainland. Each morning at the Club, you will meet your guide just outside your room, load up in the truck with a Dolphin Super Skiff in tow, and drive through the pine forest to Nettie's Cut, where you will access the flats. The drive to the boat ramp from the lodge is around 15 to 20 minutes, and few other guides or lodges use this ramp. From there the flats are only minutes away. Your morning run in the boat will depend on the tides, the weather and other conditions. The guides can typically target optimal tides throughout each day due to the vast flat network that is available to them.
The outer Marls area is a massive flats system consisting of hundreds of small mangrove islands, sand spits, creeks, inland lagoons, and oceanside flats. As you move deeper into the Marls, the bottom begins to soften, making wade fishing more difficult. In these areas, large schools of bonefish inhabit the expansive inland lakes and lagoons where the wind can push the water around as much as the tides. These areas are excellent for beginner anglers seeking lots of shots at fish that see very little pressure. These areas are also important if you have strong winds, as the mangrove islands and pine trees offer protected “lee” fishing in areas that are out of the wind. The outer flats of the Marls are hard sand flats that are ideal for stalking fish while wading. You will find larger bonefish on these outer flats, as well as the occasional permit. These are not your average, schooling, dinky permit, but rather larger, ocean-going fish. We do suggest speaking with our Yellow Dog staff if you really want to focus on permit, as there are specific seasons and moon phases that are optimal for stalking permit in the Bahamas.
Anglers seeking truly large bonefish and beautiful wade fishing can also head to Cherokee Sound on the eastern aside of the island or Cross Harbour to the south. One of Delphi’s guides – Dana Lowe – is one of the few Bahamian certified female guides, and she specializes in wade fishing the Cherokee Sound area. All of the Delphi guides are long time Abaco guides, very professional and fun to fish with. (Most of the guides worked out of Nettie Symonette's “Different of Abaco” lodge for many years before that operation closed).
Guests at Delphi fish from immaculate Dolphin Super skiffs that are well-cared for by the guides, full time mechanics and lodge management. Each boat is outfitted with poling platforms, fiberglass push poles, lean bars and internal rod holders, and each is powered by a 40 HP Yamaha outboard engine. Toyota pick-up trucks transfer you to and from the boat ramps and flats each day. The Club offers guests free use of Hardy rods and reels ($20 per day), and sells flies, leaders, tippet, and a variety of other items in the small fly and gift shop.
As the good as the fishing is for guests staying at the Delphi Club, life around the Club is even more amazing for non-anglers. Guests can enjoy the infinity pool, a pristine white sand beach, the Club’s comfortable great room, expansive deck areas, and an eclectic library that is perfectly suited for relaxing. Take a long stroll down the beach, or paddle a sea kayak into the calm and crystal-clear waters of Rolling Harbor. You can snorkel right off the main beach, or explore the forests that surround the Club. Massage and beauty treatments can be arranged at the Delphi Club as well.
For off-site activities, Marsh Harbour is located only 30 minutes from the Club, offering numerous shopping opportunities for local crafts, as well as many boating and diving options. You can also take a short boat ferry ride to the outlying islands of the Abaco Cays to explore the small colorful colonial settlements such as Hope Town and Man o’War Cay. Treasure Cay offers one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and a championship golf course that is only an hour’s drive from Delphi. Guests can sometimes play by arrangement at the beautiful Ritz Carlton links course at Winding Bay (a 30 minute drive). Abaco has always been a well-known bird watching destination. The numerous avian habitats include extensive coastlines that attract many migratory birds, miles of mangrove wetlands, hardwood coppice and ancient pine forest that are home to as many as 250 different species of birds. The Club uses an excellent local nature guide.
Direct daily flights to Marsh Harbour, Abaco are available from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and West Palm Beach. A number of commercial airlines also fly direct to Marsh Harbour from Nassau, including Bahamas Air, Abaco Air and Sky Bahamas. There are also private charter flights available from Nassau or Florida. Please call Ian Davis at Yellow Dog for more information.
At the airport you will be met by taxi driver and driven directly to the lodge, a trip of about 30 minutes. When you arrive at the Club, the staff will greet you and show you to your room, where you will find your luggage waiting for you. There is no organized fishing on your arrival day, but you may walk the beach, explore the area, or relax in the pool with a cold drink. At the end of your stay, if you plan on departing the Club later in the day, we can arrange for a half-day of fishing that morning.
All prices are per person and based on double occupancy in the room. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.
|Length of Stay||
2 Per Room
2 Per Boat
Sharing w/ Angler
|7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days||$4,995||$2,997|
|6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days||$4,395||$2,730|
|5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days||$3,695||$2,363|
|4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days||$2,995||$1,996|
|3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days||$2,295||$1,629|
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Along with Nassau, and Grand Bahama; Abaco is one of the top destinations in the Bahamas for quick and easy travel. There are several flights a day on several major airlines that arrive into the Marsh Harbour Airport, making Abaco an easily accessed destination from the States. Perfect for a full week of fishing or a quick two or three day fishing get-away!