STELLA MARIS RESORT - LONG ISLAND, BAHAMAS

 

STELLA MARIS RESORT - LONG ISLAND, BAHAMAS

Located on the northern end of Long Island, Stella Maris is an "elegantly casual" resort that caters to both the serious flats angler as well as families, large groups, and non-anglers. Stella Maris is located on a very private 3,000 acres, with a variety of accommodations and activities to suit everyone. If you are looking for a romantic vacation, family retreat, corporate function, or a focused, hard-core fishing trip, then Stella Maris has all the bases covered. From comfortable lodge accommodations to four-bedroom oceanfront houses, you can customize lodging to match the specific needs of your group or fishing party. As for the angling opportunities, the bonefishing on Long Island’s uncrowded flats can honestly be described as incredible. Schools of bonefish in the Stella Maris area can number anywhere from 40 to over 400, with fish ranging in size from two to over ten pounds.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips of any length are available. With all of the amenities and non-angling activities, Stella Maris is the perfect place for family retreats, couple's getaways, group trips, and large corporate trips.

Accommodations and Lodging

Stella Maris ResortThere are many accommodations and amenities options to choose from at Stella Maris Resort, from standard rooms to deluxe, full-service accommodations perfect for families and groups. All guests have access to all of the resort’s amenities including three swimming pools, seven secluded beach coves, daily boat cruises, snorkeling tours, guided land and beach tours, tennis courts, a recreation room, exercise room, private beach access, and nighttime activities.

Lodge Rooms
These rooms are located near the main lodge dining room and bar. Built on top of the hill, the Lodge Rooms offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the east coast of Long Island. Each room is equipped with individual A/C, ceiling fans, small refrigerator, hair dryer, coffee maker, and a balcony with ocean view. Units contain either two double beds or a king size bed.

Cottages
The cottages are all one-bedroom units that are great for couples or a single angler looking for extra space. The cottages surround a pool and are located halfway up the hill between the ocean and the main lodge. Each has a full bathroom and a small living room equipped with A/C.

Ocean Villas
The Ocean Villas are perfect for two couples or small groups. The units are located on the Atlantic Coast with an upper living room and open kitchen. There are two spacious balconies that face the ocean and the resort grounds. All ocean villas contain two bedrooms on the lower level with A/C, two bathrooms, and patio. There is also beach access and a nature pool. Full time use of a rental car can be included with the ocean villa package.

Bungalows
The larger Bungalows are mainly used for groups of 4 to 8 people and offer a private house setting directly on the beach. All units are very attractive with a rustic interior. Some of the 3 and 4 bedroom units have separated outside entrances to the bedrooms for added privacy along with a private pool option. As you go downstairs from the bedrooms, the rear of the house opens out to a private saltwater pool which directly overlooks the Atlantic above the beach. All of the bungalows feature large terraces, a gazebo, pool, and bar and grill. Please call Yellow Dog for more details on the bungalows.

Food and Beverages

All of the meals at Stella Maris Resort are served in the Clubhouse restaurant or bar and lounge area. The resort serves breakfast each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM, lunch from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, and dinner from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. All of the meals at the Resort are a la carte and separate from the lodging package. For all fishing days, a packed cooler lunch and beverages will be provided.

Fishing Information

Stella Maris Resort BonefishThe majority of the bonefishing takes place within a short distance from Stella Maris Marina in Adderley’s, Glenton’s, and Joe Sound’s Bay. The boat ride to these areas will range from 5 to 10 minutes, with the majority of the fishing done from the boat. There are wading opportunities in the Stella Maris area, but the guides take advantage of the extensive flats system by covering more water by poling. If you enjoy wading, there are two large lagoon areas located further north called Cape Santa Maria and Columbus Harbour. Not only do these areas provide great wading situations, but they are also drop-dead gorgeous, with beautiful white sand bottoms and sapphire water surrounded by rocky cliffs.

Schools of bonefish in the Stella Maris area can number anywhere from 40 to over 400, with the sizes of fish ranging anywhere from two to over ten pounds. These schools can be found on the flats year-round due to the southerly location of Long Island and the warm, consistent North Equatorial current. Permit can also be found during certain times of the year.

Whether you are a first-time saltwater fisherman or an experienced angler, the guides at Stella Maris will provide you with a day on the water that you will not forget. All of the guides are Long Island natives who are endorsed by the Bahamian government as Bahamas Flyfishing Guides. By being committed to ensuring total client satisfaction, the guides are very patient, instructive, knowledgeable, and can adapt to the experience level of any angler.

Boats and Equipment

Guides utilize Hewes 16 foot skiffs complete with poling platforms, 90 HP Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks. As with all of our Bahamian fishing operations, it is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Stella Maris Blue HoleStella Maris offers a complete line-up of non-angling activities, including local island hopping by plane (pre-arranged trips only), scuba diving, snorkeling, shark diving, guided land tours, guided water and boat tours, bicycling, sea-kayaking, tennis, swimming pools, catered parties, rental cars, sailing, eco-tours, cave parties, weekly live music, and dancing. Exploring the island by car is another great activity and one that is highly recommended.

This unique location on Long Island also offers access to some breathtaking scenery and remote blue holes. These inland blue holes are huge, subterranean caves passages, which are the most extensive in the world. These are favorite spots for snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming.

How To Get There

Daily service from Nassau, Bahamas is also available on Bahamas Air and Southern Air. There are charter options available from Nassau to Stella Maris through Southern Air and Pineapple Air. Stella Maris Resort Air Service can also provide direct round trip service from Nassau, Bahamas on their privately owned and operated aircraft. Please call Yellow Dog for more information on getting to Stella Maris.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Stella Maris Resort Air Service can provide direct round trip service from Nassau, Bahamas on their privately owned and operated aircraft. If you are using this service you should arrive in Nassau, Bahamas no later than 3:00 PM for the short, one-hour flight to Long Island. You can arrive and depart on any day of the week. Once you arrive on Long Island, a taxi will transport you from the airport directly to the resort.

2012 Rates / Package Costs

The rates listed below are only for total price of accommodations! Please contact Yellow Dog for fishing packages and non-angling packages.

Accommodation Single
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Quad
Occupancy
Six People
Hotel Room $150 $180    
1 Bedroom Cottage $185 $215    
2 Bedroom Bungalow   $330 $410  
3 Bedroom Bungalow       $555
3 Bedroom Bungalow w/ Private Pool       $655
4 Bedroom Bungalow       $555
4 Bedroom Bungalow w/ Private Pool       $655

Bonefishing Rate ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $450
Per day for 1-2 anglers
Rental Car --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $85
Per day plus gas
Reef Fishing ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $1,100
Per day for the boat, equipment included, maximum of 6 anglers per boat

* 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

  • All accommodations at the resort
  • Stella Maris packages also include the following activities: daily land, beach, snorkeling excursions, two full day boat cruises per week, use of sailboats, use of sea-kayaks, eco-tours, cave party, rum punch party, pool party, live music, and dances

What's Not Included

  • Meals at the Resort (a la carte)
  • Government room tax
  • Airfare from home town to Stella Maris Resort
  • Round-trip ground transfer to and from from Stella Maris airport
  • Departure taxes
  • Gratuities for fishing guides and resort staff
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and bar tab
  • Gift shop purchases and other items of a personal nature

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

Situated in the southern Bahamas, Long Island is one of many islands that make up the spectacular Bahamas Out Islands. Long Island was among the first land discovered by Columbus in 1492, and in his ship’s log, he described it as “the most delightful island in the world.” The Eastern coast of the island features 150-foot cliffs with crashing surf, while Cape Santa Maria on the West coast boasts mile upon mile of calm blue water and white sandy beaches. As it's name suggests, Long Island is over 70 miles long and only five miles wide. A central road runs from north to south along Long Island, lined with the small villages and beautiful colonial churches that give the island it's untouched feeling. With names like Burnt Ground, Deadman’s Cay, Bunch's, Doctor’s Creek, and Mangrove Bush, these villages offer a glimpse into the relaxed Bahamas lifestyle.

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