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Turneffe Flats Lodge

Turneffe Flats Lodge

Turneffe Flats Lodge is recognized around the world as one of the world's premier saltwater flats fishing and SCUBA diving destinations. You awaken each day in an air-conditioned, beach-front cabin. There is a mere 30 feet of white sand between you and a productive bonefish flat, the sound of a sea breeze through the coconut palms, and a view of the surf crashing on the unspoiled coral reef for miles in either direction. The lodge offers all inclusive fly fishing vacations emphasizing world-class bonefishing, great permit fishing, and tarpon fishing and superior personalized service for a limited number of guests at a private island paradise. For nearly three decades Turneffe Flats has been known as one of the Caribbean's finest saltwater fly fishing destinations. The diversity of the area's saltwater flats fishing sets Turneffe Flats apart from other destinations and the opportunity to catch bonefish, permit and tarpon on a given day makes this one of the rare spots to pursue a "Flats Grand Slam". Turneffe Flats has long been recognized as one of Belize's premier saltwater fly fishing, SCUBA diving and marine ecotourism destinations. Located on the Turneffe Atoll, the largest and most diverse coral atoll in the Caribbean, they specialize in superior service for a limited number of guests.

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Seasons & Species


Bonefishing has been the mainstay of Turneffe Flats Lodge's fishing for decades with Turneffe Atoll's miles of crystal clear, wadeable flats. While wading Turneffe's extensive turtle grass flats, you will sight-fish to large schools of bonefish as well as smaller groups and singles. Bonefishing remains consistently good throughout the year.

Permit Fishing

Increasing numbers of saltwater anglers have developed a serious interest in permit fishing. Turneffe Flats is one of a select group of saltwater destinations where you can regularly experience the excitement of flats fishing for tailing permit. Good permit fishing is available throughout the year.

Tarpon Fishing

Because tarpon are migratory, they are, by nature, seasonal. Although some tarpon are around throughout the year, the prime season generally begins in mid-to-late April and continues to mid-October with June, July and August generally being the prime best months. Most of the migratory tarpon are in the 70-90 pound range, but some 150-200 pound monsters are seen each year.


Travel to Belize from the United States is easy with the following direct flights from:

  • Atlanta, GA on Delta
  • Charlotte, NC on US Air
  • Dallas, TX on American
  • Houston, TX on Continental
  • Miami, FL on American
  • Newark, NJ on Continental

 Upon arrival at Belize International Airport, you will pick up your luggage, clear Customs and exit the airport. A Turneffe Flats representative will meet you and transport you to the Radisson Hotel Marina. Your actual travel to Turneffe Flats will be via a boat trip. The trip to Turneffe Flats takes approximately 90 minutes. You will travel through several off-shore cayes, the Barrier Reef, across open ocean, and then through the Turneffe Islands to Turneffe Flats.

Departure from Turneffe Flats: You will leave the island on Saturday morning at approximately 8 a.m., after a light breakfast. From the Belize City marina you will be transferred to the airport for your departing flight, or the continuation of your Belizean vacation.  


The social center of Turneffe Flats is the main lodge building. Incredible views from the upper and lower decks make the Lodge a favorite spot to relax.

The Lodge includes the dining room, bar, and sitting area as well as a small gift shop.

Meals are served family style. Meals are a tasty combination of Belizean and International dishes. Fresh seafood, local produce and home-baked pastries are standard fare. Depending upon your plans and your preference, you have the option to take a packed lunch or return for lunch each day.

Following hors d'oeuvres and refreshments in the evening, dinner is comprised of soup or salad, entree and a delicious dessert. Entrees vary among seafood, chicken, pork and beef. Most any special dietary needs are able to be accommodated. The bar is located in the Lodge just adjacent to the dining area with plenty of open space to gather after a day of fishing, diving and adventure.

Eight spacious, air-conditioned cabanas are located on the beach with a panoramic view of Turneffe's coral reef. Each cabana has two queen sized beds, built in dresser and desk and an incredible view of the reef. Each room has a large private bath with two sinks and a large walk-in shower.

Other Activities

The atolls of Belize are consistently rated amongst the world's best dive destinations.  With pristine coral reefs, abundant marine life and warm Caribbean seas, it's easy to see why.

Turneffe Flats is ideally located to take advantage of Belize's best diving, and three dives per day including a weekly night dive are standard for us.  The lodge is ideally located with access to Lighthouse Reef Atoll and the famous Blue Hole. Weather permitting; TFL's weekly dive package includes a trip to Lighthouse to dive the Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall and Long Caye.

Small dive groups are the norm (6 to 12 divers) with the excellent Instructors and Dive Masters emphasizing personalized service and maximum flexibility.  PADI Dive Instruction is available on-site and a wide range of courses are offered, including Discover SCUBA Diving, Open Water Referral, Advanced SCUBA Diver Certification and various Specialty Courses.

Atoll Adventure / Marine Eco tours

.... Belize Snorkeling Tours and much more

Because there are so many wonderful things to see and do at Turneffe, a diversified marine ecotourism vacation was developed combining the nearby world-class snorkeling with several other daily activities.  This package is called the "Atoll Adventure".

Incredible snorkeling is a mainstay of this package with a wide variety of snorkeling choices.  Observe manatees and dolphins in their natural habitats or look for more than 60 bird species identified at Turneffe.  This unique program is exciting, educational and fun. Learn the fascinating history of the Turneffe Atoll beginning with the Maya, who fished and traded on the Turneffe Atoll as far back as 400 A.D., to the Pirates of the Caribbean who used Turneffe as a favored hideout.  Join a Belizean cooking class or just relax in a hammock under the coconut palms.


Fishing Rates 2011 & 2012

Date Range                   Price       Taxes

Aug. 27 - Dec.24, 2011 $2,656.00 $203.72  "Summer-Fall Special"

Dec 24 – 31, 2011        $3,600.00 $283.95

Jan 1 - May 26, 2012    $3,600.00 $283.95

May 26 - Aug 25, 2012  $3,460.00 $272.05

Aug. 25 - Dec.22, 2012 $3,140.00 $244.85

Dec 22 – 29, 2012        $3,600.00 $283.95


Fishing Packages

Partial Week Packages are available with some restrictions.

Single Supplement Packages (private fishing boat, guide and room) are available on request.

Included in Fishing Package:

  •  Fully guided fishing - two anglers per boat and guide
  •  All land and sea transfers on scheduled transfer days
  •  Three substantial meals per day and pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres
  •  Air conditioned, double occupancy lodging

Not included in this package:

  •  Bar tab
  •  Fly shop and gift shop purchases
  •  Gratuities
  •  Fishing equipment rentals
  •  Belize Fishing License

Deposit and Cancellation Policy

• A deposit of 25% of your package is required to confirm a reservation.

• Full payment is due 45 days prior to arrival.

• Deposits are refundable (minus a $100 handling fee per package & any applicable credit card fees) up to 60 days prior to the start of your trip.

• Within 60 days of your trip, your deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to resell your spot.

• No refunds are available for unused portions of packages.

• Trip cancellation insurance is available and is highly recommended.


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