The Faraway Cayes of Honduras is a permit fishery so remote it is not on Google Earth. It is full of fish, as one would expect in a pristine flats environment in the heart of the Caribbean. Fly Fish Guanaja has solved the logistical riddle of running a first class fly fishing operation so far out. But the season is short, and space limited, making this program very exclusive. Only a few very lucky anglers are able to experience it firsthand each year.
The Faraway Cayes camp is over 150 miles east of Guanaja. There is no permanent human presence, with only an informal fleet of Honduran commercial fishermen passing through the area seasonally, primarily harvesting lobster and snapper. No flats fishing had ever taken place there until Fly Fish Guanaja explored it in 2017. Now, a select few anglers get to experience it for themselves. What they will find is excellent permit, bonefish, and triggerfish fishing, and a wild adventure with no other fly fishermen for hundreds of miles in any direction.
Fly Fish Guanaja has designed an ideal program to fish the Faraway Cayes with plenty of style, and awesome accommodations, cuisine, and other amenities given the ultra-remote location. Best of all is the schedule, designed to keep the flats pristine and unpressured for the foreseeable future. The program only runs from March until the first week of June. The Faraway Cayes are only fished three weeks per month, with a maximum of five anglers per week. That means only about 50 anglers / 60 fishing days per year — a fraction of the traffic of any other permit destination.
If you are a permit junkie with a taste for adventure, Faraway Cayes are in your wheelhouse. It is not a trip for sissies, but totally worth it just to experience such a wild, pristine reef/flats environment.
The Faraway Cayes are part of a massive reef system stretching for hundreds of miles offshore of Honduras (and eventually into Nicaraguan waters). It is not continuous, but cut through with channels, and with blue water separating sections of reef. The depth is variable, with deeper flats comprising the majority of the terrain, but with plenty of cayes, sandbars, turtle grass flats, and other shallow structure on the back side of the solid coral. The shallow water is clustered in select areas along the reef, often separated by long distances in between.
The shallow turtle grass flats of the Faraway Cayes are loaded with permit, bonefish, and triggerfish. Human presence is minimal and it shows in the fish behavior. The permit are not dumb or easy to catch (they are permit, after all) but they own the flats and congregate in skinny water, which means lots of shots for anglers. The triggerfish willingly eat flies, unlike the spooky triggers at most other Central American and Caribbean fisheries. There are bonefish of all sizes, up to double-digits. Tarpon, big barracuda, jacks, and other reef and blue water species are also available.
The Faraway Cayes camp is semi-permanent but comfortable and tranquil, with its own unique style. Even though it is called a “camp,” it is a far cry from camping. There is a full bathroom with shower and free daily laundry service. The cuisine is delicious, starting with full breakfasts that include eggs several ways, fry jacks, bacon, beans, fresh fruit, pancakes, toast, juice, and more. Boat lunches are typically wraps, empanadas, or sandwiches. Appetizers such as conch fritters are served at cocktail hour. Dinners are of course the main event, and typically feature fresh seafood due to the access to a wide variety of uber-fresh fish (lobster, cobia, wahoo, tuna, etc.). The bars are stocked with red and white wine, local beers, rum, vodka, tequila, gin, and whiskey. No internet or cell phone service exists at Faraway Cayes.
The caye has raised decks as foundations for yurts, which serve as bedrooms. The yurts are decked out with comfortable mattresses, ceiling fans, lamps, chairs, drinking water, and the sound of wind whispering through palms and waves lapping right outside. Hammocks are positioned well to overlook the flats around the caye, which are filled with bonefish, permit, triggerfish, jacks, and more — right up to shore.
For such a remote operation, travel is remarkably easy. Roatan, the biggest of the Bay Islands, receives daily direct flights from DFW, Houston, Miami, and Atlanta. After anglers clear customs and immigration in Roatan, they are met by a representative of Fly Fish Guanaja who gathers luggage and takes the group to a Roatan hotel for the night. The next morning, the group is transferred back to the airport where they board a one hour charter flight before boarding shuttle boat for the two hour sail to the Faraway Cayes camp. After six days of fishing, guests return to Puerto Limpera by boat for the charter flight to Roatan and connecting flight home.
WHEN TO GO / SEASONALITY
MARCH – EARLY JUNE
The Faraway Cayes program operates from March through the first week in June, with one week off each month, for twelve weeks of fishing total. This period of the springtime is generally considered the best time to permit fish anywhere in Central America and the Caribbean, and this certainly holds true in Honduras.
- Six (6) days guided fishing (two anglers and two guides per boat)
- Eight (8) nights double occupancy accommodations (1 night in Roatan Hotel)
- Round trip transfers from Roatan to Faraway Cayes
- All meals and soft drinks at Faraway
- All applicable taxes and fees
- Loaner rods and reels
What's Not Included
- Commercial airfare to/from Roatan, Honduras (RTB)
- Transfers from airport to accommodations in Roatan (arranged by Fly Fish Guanaja)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Terminal tackle and flies
- Meals and beverages while in Roatan
- Gratuities for guides and staff
Terms & Conditions
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters and lodges which it represents. Fly Fish Guanaja’s policy follows: A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to secure all reservations. Final balance is due 90 days prior to departure. All deposits are non-refundable unless clients can be replaced. Full payment may be transferred to another guest for original dates. No credits or refunds are given for fishing time lost due to inclement weather. Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses.
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