SWAIN'S CAY LODGE - ANDROS, BAHAMAS

 

SWAIN'S CAY LODGE - ANDROS, BAHAMAS

Swain’s Cay Lodge is a full-service bonefishing operation and beach resort that caters to anglers, non-anglers, families and couples. Located on one of the nicest white sand beaches on Andros, the lodge offers a number of different choices for accommodations, including ocean view suites, garden view twin rooms, and a three-bedroom apartment for larger groups and families. There is an easily-accessed home flat where anglers can fish on their own after a full day of guided fishing with the lodge’s experienced, professional guides. The Reefside Restaurant & Bar is located right on the beach and serves up delicious three-course dinners of fresh lobster, fish, ribs, chicken and steaks. The lodge is located on Mangrove Cay, Andros, only a short 15-minute flight from Nassau. Swain’s is the ideal option for great fishing combined with all of the amenities and accommodations that non-anglers look for in a beach vacation.

Typical Length of Stay

There are no specific transfer days so you can arrive and depart on any day of the week and stay for any number of days. Contact Yellow Dog for more details on custom packages.

Accommodations and Lodging

Swain's Cay Lodge AccommodationSwain's Cay offers three levels of accommodations - Beach front cottages, standard cottages, and the Mangrove Villa, a stand-alone three bedroom house complete with a private deck, living room and small kitchen. The entire lodge was constructed in 2010, and all of the fixtures, furniture, A/C units, and amenities are in top working order and very nice. The beds all feature high quality sheets, blankets, and pillows. All rooms feature spacious sitting areas, and there is plenty of space for your gear. The private bathrooms are clean and functional.

The main lodge has five separate tables for dining that can be set up for large groups of friends or family, or arranged to allow for private dining. There is a well stocked bar, a large wall-mounted flat screen TV with DIRECTV, and a wrap-around deck with cocktail tables that overlooks the beach, flats, and the ocean. The four acre lodge property runs from the main road to the beach with the Mangrove Villa and office and gift shop closest to the road. The cottages are spread out closer to the beach, and the main lodge directly overlooks the beach. You will find the property very quiet and private. There is even a wedding pagoda and chapel for ceremonies and small weddings!

Food and Beverages

The meals at the lodge are always are freshly prepared using local vegetables, meats, and seafood. Andros Island is one of the main producers for vegetables in the Bahamas, and all of the seafood served at the lodge is caught daily by local fisherman. Three course dinners usually include a fresh salad or homemade soup, a main dish consisting of grouper, snapper, mahi mahi, wahoo, chicken, or pork (ribs), and of course homemade deserts. Pasta dishes are common and vegetarian meals are available upon request. Side dishes include rice and beans, steamed veggies, and pasta casseroles. Appetizers are served each evening at the bar and include conch fritters, grouper fingers, chicken wings, or conch salad. The lodges stocks plenty of cold Bahamian Kalik beer and Heineken, a variety of wines, and a fully stocked well bar with a variety of mixers and sodas. American-style breakfasts are served in the dining room each morning, with cooked-to-order eggs, toast, french toast, and breakfast meats. Fresh fruit and cereals are also available. When out on the water with your guide, a packed cooler lunch includes sandwiches, chips, fruit, cookies, sodas, cold beer, and bottled water. At the end of a fun filled day a visit to "Shine's Conch Stand" - only minutes from the lodge - is a great side trip. It is the place to try some of the freshest conch salad we have found anywhere, and the Kalik beer is always ice cold.

Fishing Information

Swain's Cay BonefishAndros Island is known as the "Bonefish Capital of the World" and the "Bights" of the island collectively offer one of the most expansive flats systems in the world. These massive bights are natural waterways that bi-sect the island, and each bight is made up of hundreds of square miles of shallow lagoons and white sand flats. The sheer overall size of the Andros fishery (96 by 38 miles) is the main reason why many anglers feel that this island offers the most productive bonefishing anywhere in the Atlantic or the Caribbean. Andros is one of the only islands in the Bahamas that is literally surrounded by flats, and it goes without saying that more flats = more bonefish!

Swain's Cay Lodge offers easy access to the least-fished of all of Andros' three Bights: the South Bight. Since the lodge is located equidistant between the South and Middle Bights, the guides can fish you where the tides and winds are most favorable on any given day. The true value of the bights is the fact that the guides can fish you on optimal tides throughout the day as the tides move and work their way through the bights. The main stream of water comes from the Tongue of the Ocean, a 5,000 foot trench that begins one mile off the east coast of Andros. This close proximity to deep water ensures you will always have clear water during in any weather conditions. Collectively, all of these factors mean that you will never be fishing an off-tide, chasing fish deep in the mangroves that are uncatchable, or fishing in off-colored water during your guided days. This adds enormous value to your fly fishing vacation and days on the water.

The guides at Swain's Cay Lodge typically meet you at 8:00 AM right on the beach to begin your guided day, and have you back around 5:00 PM, where you can then fish until dark on the home flat right in front of the lodge. If the oceanside flats are choppy due to high winds, you will meet your guide inside the South or Middle Bights. On these days, the lodge taxi will deliver you to a boat ramp that is predetermined by the guide, saving you the trouble and discomfort or a long, bumpy boat ride. You will also find a plethora of other species to target while at Swain's Cay, including barracuda, sharks, jacks, snapper, box fish and even offshore species. The Tongue of the Ocean is only one mile from the East coast of Mangrove Cay, meaning you can target bluewater species like dolphin, wahoo, tuna, and billfish. There is even a brackish inland pond system on the property that has baby tarpon! You can fish from shore or carry one of the kayaks to fish these small ponds. The tarpon range between 12 inches and 15 pounds.

Boats and Equipment

The guides run 16 and 17 foot Action Craft and Dolphin Skiffs with 75 HP Yamahas. All of the skiffs are outfitted with poling platforms, poles, plenty of rod storage, coolers with plenty of ice, and cushioned seats. For offshore days, you will fish aboard The Reel Time, a 24-foot, twin engine center console catamaran which will pick you up at the dock on the South side of the island. Offshore spin gear, lures, bait, and plugs are provided for bluewater days, but please bring all your own fly gear. We always recommend having all of your own fly equipment anytime you leave the U.S.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Swain's Cay offers a quiet, clean beach with soft, white sand, lounge chairs, and a lodge bar that is just steps away. There are no waves on this section of beach, and the water immediately off shore is shallow and ideal for younger children to wade and swim. Guests may use the four sea kayaks to access deeper water for swimming, bonefishing, and snorkeling. There is also a small island located a short paddle or walk from the beach that is a bird sanctuary. This small island is completely surrounded by flats. Just beyond this island is a perfectly white sand spit that is provides total privacy, beachcombing, and relaxing. A blue hole is located just offshore of the flats for safe and easy snorkeling. The water is shallow all around this blue hole during lower tides, so it easy to explore. You will find a wide variety of colorful reef fish in the area. You can also use one of the lodge's bikes to explore the rest of Mangrove Cay via the main road. This area is very safe for running and biking. Don't forget to visit to Shine's Conch Stand! You may want to take a taxi into Moxey Town where you will find a few small retail opportunities and some nightlife. Near the lodge you will see all types of birdlife, including egrets and herons feeding on the flats and in the brackish lakes.  Flamingos can often be seen on the West Side of the island.

How To Get There

Most guests first fly to the Nassau International Airport and then on to the Mangrove Cay Airport. There are flights from Nassau to Mangrove Cay twice daily. Upon arrival on Mangrove Cay, a representative from Swain's Cay Lodge will meet you and transport you the short three miles to the lodge.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Groups of more than six people may also consider a private charter from Ft. Lauderdale direct to Mangrove Cay. Yellow Dog works with several charter companies in Ft. Lauderdale and would be happy to arrange a charter flight. Private charter flights from the U.S. must clear customs in Nassau first, as Mangrove Cay does not have Immigration and Customs offices.

2012 - 2013 Fishing Package Rates

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Length of Stay Double
Occupancy
Single
Occupancy
8 Nights / 7 Fishing Days $3,910 $6,482
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,430 $5,600
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $2,900 $4,715
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $2,380 $3,825
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,860 $2,940
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $1,330 $2,058
  • Swain's Cay offers a 15% discount on all packages booked between June 1st and September 30th. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

* 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 Swain's Cay Lodge
  • Daily guided fishing
  • All meals at lodge
  • All island transfers and daily transfers for fishing
  • Bottled water
  • Full use of kayaks and bikes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Transfers to and from airport and lodge on Mangrove Cay
  • All taxes and room levies

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Nassau and Mangrove Cay, Bahamas
  • Alcoholic beverages and soda at lodge
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Fly fishing equipment and flies

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

Just outside the Andros Barrier Reef the water depth rapidly drops to 6,000 feet, perfect conditions for large, pelagic game fish such as wahoo, dolphin fish, tuna and billfish. Depending on the season, you can expect fast action on any number of these species. You’ll be fishing aboard "The Reel Time," a 24-foot, twin engine center console catamaran which will pick you up at the dock on the south of the island. Trolling, spinning the reef edge or chumming the AUTEC buoys all produce results. Tackle is provided or you can bring your own. If you want to fly fish for these bluewater species, you will need your own 10+ weight rod plus gear and flies. If you want to include deep sea fishing in your package please let us know at the time of booking so we can reserve the boat for you.

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