Mangrove Cay is located on the Middle Bight of Andros Island, on the central part of the island, a ten minutes drive from the Mangrove Cay Airport. The site for Mangrove Cay Club was selected first and foremost with close proximity to numerous flats in mind, and secondly, to give fishermen access to the west side. This legendary area is home to some of the largest bonefish that swim in the Atlantic, and is less than an hour’s boat ride from the Mangrove Cay dock on a calm day. Situated away from the busiest lodges to the north, Mangrove Cay offers convenient access to the north & middle bights as well as a reliable off-shore program for dorado and wahoo. While Andros is first and foremost a bonefish fishery, guests will also frequently encounter barracuda, snook, jack crevalle, and the occasional tarpon or permit.
The Mangrove Cay Club has earned a reputation as an extremely elegant and efficient operation, run by amazing hosts Liz and Alton Bain, and in the heart of perhaps the best part of the island to consistently find eager bonefish. Mangrove Cay is somewhat of an anomaly in the Bahamas – five star accommodations, true efficiency, amazing food, modern boats and equipment, a professional staff of quality guides, and not a single disappointed guest.
Guests stay in double occupancy freestanding ocean view duplexes adjacent to the lodge’s main bar and restaurant. Rooms are air-conditioned, each with a sitting area, as well as private bath and porch. Andros Island’s most famous chef, Iyke Moore, prepares unique meals with a Bahamian twist. Construction was completed in 2000, so the entire facility still has a very new and fresh feeling. The grounds are perfectly manicured, and all the villas are situated next to a small beach and flats inhabited by the occasional cruising bonefish, barracuda, or shark.
Mangrove Cay Club is perfect for folks who are interested in a traditional Andros fishing lodge experience, but would prefer something a little more upscale. It is not the best fishery to consider if you prefer to wade fish, as most of the areas fished are done from the boat. It is a fantastic spot to consider for couples who are both fishing – and a very comfortable place for low maintenance non-anglers to relax.
Like everything at Mangrove Cay, the fishing program is very impressive. From the front porch, guests have easy access to the Middle Bight, South Bight, and the West side if conditions are right for a longer boat run. The North and Middle Bights offer opportunities for smaller (3-4 pound) bones in large schools that quicken the learning process for beginners; however, anglers also have the ability to go looking for the larger (10 +) sized fish that Andros is famous for. The guides at Mangrove are accommodating, well kept, experienced, and very professional.
The soft-natured mud flats surrounding Mangrove Cay dictate fishing from the skiff the majority of the time. However, there are times in which wading is feasible depending upon the conditions and location. Mangrove Cay uses updated Dolphin Super Skiffs equipped with 85 horsepower outboards, poling platforms, and comfortable cushioned chairs for anglers. The lodge employs a full time boat mechanic who maintains all nine of the lodge’s skiffs daily to ensure that they are all in working order.
While Andros is first and foremost a bonefish fishery, guests will also frequently encounter barracuda, snook, jack crevalle, and the occasional tarpon or permit. Guests also have the option to go outside and fish for dolphin, wahoo, and other reef species as well if requested.
The comfortable lodging at the Mangrove Cay Club features eight spacious air-conditioned ocean-view rooms for a maximum of 16 guests. Each villa is a separate duplex-style facility with sitting room, private bath, and porch, all of which provides an extra sense of privacy. The lodge facility was completed in 2000, and the entire facility still has a very new and fresh feeling. The grounds are perfectly manicured, and all the villas are situated next to a small beach and flats inhabited by the occasional cruising bonefish. Andros Island’s most famous chef, Iyke Moore, prepares unique meals with a Bahamian twist.
The main lodge house has a fun bar, traditional restaurant, and an idyllic outdoor seating area overlooking the docks and the Middle Bight. It is the perfect setting for a few cocktails and relaxing after a long day in the sun. Mangrove Cay also has a small fly shop with a modest amount of equipment to supplement whatever you forget, including sunglasses, hats, shirts, sungloves, and sunscreen. The shop has a selection of tackle and supplies, but we do advise anglers to arrive with a good selection of flies, terminal tackle, and items recommended on the equipment list provided in the pre-trip packages received upon booking. There is also a fly-tying table with material for guests to use.
There are two main options for flying to Mangrove Cay:
VIA NASSAU WITH FLAMINGO AIR OR LE AIR
Daily commercial flights are available to Andros Island from Nassau with the Bahamian airlines, Flamingo Air and Le Air. Usually these flight schedules dictate an overnight in Nassau en route; however, depending on your originating city it may be possible to travel all the way to the lodge in one day via Nassau.
CHARTER FLIGHTS FROM FT. LAUDERDALE
There is also a charter flight option available from Ft. Lauderdale directly to the Mangrove Cay Airport. We have worked with Air Flight Charter service for many years. They provide excellent service, well-maintained Cessna 402 aircraft, and offer up the quickest way to travel to Mangrove Cay – a direct one-hour flight to Mangrove Cay Club from Ft. Lauderdale International. Please inquire for more details.
WHEN TO GO / SEASONALITY
MANGROVE CAY CLUB IS OPEN OCTOBER - JUNE AND CLOSED JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER, AS WELL AS DECEMBER 15 – JANUARY 2.
DECEMBER – FEBRUARY Cool weather and windier conditions can be a factor. The fish are of course always there, but you run the risk of getting cooler weather from the States. However, you are more likely to enjoy 80-degree days and little wind. Some of the best bonefish fishing occurs following the passing of a cold front when water on the flats warm, inviting rested bones back on to feed. This is a great time for trophy bonefish.
MARCH – JUNE The prime spring months to fish the Bahamas. Consistently warm (not too hot) weather dominates the forecast. There is typically less wind as well.
JULY – SEPTEMBER Peak Hurricane Season! Mangrove Cay Club is closed.
OCTOBER – NOVEMBER The best time to fish in the fall. Conditions are very similar to March – April type conditions.
Fishing is the predominant activity, but Mangrove Cay is an ideal place for non-anglers who do not require activities beyond relaxing around the lodge. Mangrove Cay has a small beach and is a wonderful place to soak in some sun, read a book, and get away from it all while one’s spouse or friend is out fishing.
Non-anglers are also welcome to tag along with the anglers under most circumstances. Andros Island has tons of photography opportunities for those interested. Please inquire about the non-angling rates.
|Lodging / Fishing
|Shared Room / Boat
|Private Room / Private Boat
|7 Nights / 6 Days
|$7,400 per angler
|$11,100 per angler
|6 Nights / 5 Days
|$6,600 per angler
|$9,900 per angler
|5 Nights / 4 Days
|$5,900 per angler
|$8,850 per angler
|4 Nights / 3 Days
|$4,900 per angler
|$7,350 per angler
|3 Nights / 2 Days
|$3,700 per angler
|$5,550 per angler
Add on Fishing Day: $850 (arrival or departure day)
Non-Fishing Rate: $650/night (shared with single angler only)
- All Meals
- Local Liquors, Beer, House Wines, Soft Drinks
- Guided fishing
- Room taxes
- Roundtrip airport - lodge transfers
- VAT Taxes
What's Not Included
- 10% VAT
- Airfare and associated travel expenses to/from Mangrove Cay, Andros Island
- Imported Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Fishing License ($20.00)
- Bahamian departure tax of $29 (when applicable)
- Telephone calls & fly shop purchases
- Laundry service
Terms & Conditions
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters and lodges which it represents. Mangrove Cay’s policy follows: A fifty percent deposit is required at the time of booking in order to confirm all reservations. Final balance is due ninety (90) days from departure. All deposits and/or final payments are non-refundable. Refunds or credits cannot be issued for fishing time lost due to inclement weather. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that the registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses. Travel insurance is highly recommended. 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 the registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses.
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