ISLA HOLBOX TARPON LODGE - YUCATAN, MEXICO

 

ISLA HOLBOX TARPON LODGE - YUCATAN, MEXICO

Holbox Fly Fishing Lodge is the only property on Holbox Island dedicated to fly fishing enthusiasts and their non-fishing partners. Anglers and guides pursue both large and small tarpon, cobia, sea trout, snook, barracuda and the occasional permit in clear gulf waters, on endless flats, and in backcountry mangrove lagoons. Non-fishing partners mix wandering throughout the town, swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, birding and island exploration with hours of relaxation on the empty, white-sand beaches of this undiscovered island. You can also mix in a trip to nearby Mayan Ruins or snorkel with the whale sharks.

Typical Length of Stay

Standard package is a six fishing day / seven night package (Saturday to Saturday) although shorter packages can be arranged.

Accommodations and Lodging

Isla Holbox AccommodationHolbox Flyfishing Lodge is located on the main Isla Holbox beach, only a short walk from the town square. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, and each is finished in a comfortable and tasteful manner. Comfortable lounge furniture is available for relaxing on the front deck or the beach, and hammocks allow you to siesta at any time of the day. There are rod racks outside of each room, and there is a freshwater cleaning rack on the side of the building.

Upon arrival on the island, Holbox Lodge manager Luciano will mix your favorite drink while he settles you into the lodge. He will explain in detail your trip schedule and talk to you about the weather, fishing, wake-ups, guides, meals, happy hour, and all the other things that will allow you to settle in as quickly as possible. Luciano will be your concierge, personal guide to the island, bartender, computer guru and world-traveled story teller. He will also be your "go to" guy to solve any last-minute fishing issues that occasionally seem to pop up.

Food and Beverages

Food is always an important part of any vacation and Holbox will not disappoint you. You will be able to watch the daily catch brought in to the beach. The Gulf of Mexico provides superb seafoods that are on the menu at the several of Holbox's restaurants, including lobster, shrimp, calamari and the freshest of fish. An Italian presence has been on the island for many years as well, resulting in excellent European cuisine that provides the island's continental flare along with classic Mexican food. A continental breakfast at the lodge will begin each day, and lunch is served on the boats during fishing days. Happy hour in the afternoons includes signature hors d' oeuvres and cold beers. DInner each night is on your own at one of several local restaurants, all of which are a 5-minute walk from the lodge.

Fishing Information

Isla Holbox TarponIsla Holbox is blessed with one of the world's outstanding tarpon habitats. Holbox is a small and virgin island with beautiful white sand beaches, surrounded by a magnificent turquoise colored sea. Here in the shallow mangrove lagoons, creeks and flats you will find baby tarpon (5 to 15 pounds) and snook throughout the year. However it is the migratory fish that make Holbox a unique flyfishing destination. In April, migrating fish begin to arrive to feed in the clear water of the shallows. During June, July and August, the fishing for large tarpon in the 75 to 190-pound range is fantastic. In addition to the tarpon and snook, bonefish, barracuda, snapper, permit, and jack crevalle area also occasionally found in area waters during the spring and summer months.

Each morning, experienced guides will pick you up in front of the lodge. Breakfast will be served early at the lodge so you get a jump on the fishing. The guides are fully trained professionals that have years of guiding and fishing experience in this area. Each morning you will run between 20 and 50 minutes to fish the shallow waters surrounding the island. Typical fishing days will include eight hours on the water, although extra time can be arranged. Guides are native to Holbox Island and all have been tarpon fishing the area for many years. Language is not an issue while fishing, as all guides speak some degree of "fishing" English. Some guides are completely fluent in English.

The bottom line is that Holbox offers what is arguably the best tarpon fishing - and the best chance for a truly large "trophy" tarpon - anywhere in the Yucatan. It is important to remember, however, that fishing for big tarpon is never easy, and it can be hit-and-miss depending on the weather and overall conditions.That said, if you are serious about focusing on tarpon - both large and small - then Holbox is a great option.

Boats and Equipment

The fishing boats are seaworthy 18-foot pangas, fully equipped for your comfort and safety. Since there is a limited amount of gear and fishing tackle on the island, it is recommended that anglers bring all rods, reels, flies and terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Isla Holbox SunsetAs good as the fishing is at Isla Holbox, most tourists come here to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere on an island that features one small village, streets of sand, and the friendliest people in the Yucatan. Non-fishing travel partners can enjoy viewing the large amount of flamingos and other birds that call the area home. The island’s “Laguna Yalahau” is a mangrove-filled lagoon full of dolphins, flamingoes, and many different species of fish. Isla de Pájaros (Bird Island) is located in the Laguna Yalahau and is home to over 140 different species of birds. This Island is a protected natural area which can be reached only by boat.

Although snorkeling and diving are not great, the beaches on Holbox are splendid and swimming is easy. Non-anglers can also enjoy horseback riding, kite surfing, golf carts for exploring the island, bicycle rentals, and much more.

How To Get There

All guests should book flights to Cancun, Mexico - an easy airport to get to with direct daily flights from most cities in the U.S. and abroad.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Guests making their own flight reservations must plan to arrive in Cancun no later than 1:00 p.m. Arriving around 12:00 PM is ideal. Be sure to schedule the return flight no earlier than 12:00 PM as well, in order to make connections with the boat shuttle from the island. Transportation is included from Cancun to the lodge at Isla Holbox. This service includes pick up by a private van at Cancun’s airport or at any of Cancun's hotels with ground transport to the small coastal town of Chiquila (about 2 1/2 hours from Cancun.) From Chiquila to and from the island, there is a ferry service that runs every hour on the hour during the high season. The larger boat can accommodate later arrivals and bad weather, and is a safe, dry option. This water transfer takes about 30 minutes.

2012 Package Rates

All rates are per person. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Length of Stay Double Occupancy Price
High Season (May - August)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,295
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $2,895
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $2,395
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,195
Low Season (September - April)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $2,495
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $2,150
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $1,795
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,495

The "Fisherman’s Select" Package
The “Fisherman’s Select” trip is offered during the winter months when weather and wind can affect optimal fishing conditions. It is a great winter vacation that allows you to select some of the fishing days of your trip and to lounge on the beach on the other days. The flexibility of the “Fisherman’s Select” gives you the most fishing mileage for your dollar in the popular winter holiday season. (Offered during the winter low season only: October-March.) Please contact Yellow Dog for more details and rates.

Holbox "Couples" Package
This trip is for two couples that like doing different things - together. The gentlemen can fish all day, and the ladies will combine exploring the island by golf cart, swimming in the Mayan Cenote spring, horseback riding on the beach, and ample amounts of time relaxing on the sand. This is a wonderful and memory-making vacation for best friends. Late afternoon and evenings will be spent on the sand and then on the lodge's beautiful terrazzo, sharing a cocktail while watching the spectacular sunsets. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details and 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.

What's Included

  • The number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package
  • Round trip land and boat transfer between Cancun and Lodge at Isla Holbox
  • A continental breakfast each morning and lunch on the boat each day
  • All beverages, local beer (the lodge has a daily "Cerveza and Agua Bar"), and afternoon hors d' oeuvres
  • All taxes and service fees

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Cancun
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Dinner each night (there are numerous nearby restaurants)
  • Phone calls and laundry
  • Fishing License - can be purchased with cash at the lodge ($23USD per week)

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has 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 info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

For years, gigantic whale sharks have been coming to the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula to feed and mate during the months of May through October. The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, growing to sizes up to 50 feet (15m) in length. The whale shark prefers waters of warm surface temperature, in areas where there are upwellings of nutrient-rich colder water (these conditions favor blooms of plankton on which the sharks feed.) The whale shark has nothing in common with whales except for its size and the fact that it only eats minute plankton by scooping it up with an open mouth. It normally feeds on or just below the surface. Whale sharks are very docile and gentle and, when approached by snorkelers or divers, are uninhabited by the visit. Faro Viejo Hotel offers a unique excursion to view these magnificent creatures up close.

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