Turneffe Atoll, Belize: Fly Fishing & Diving

Get away. Really away. And once you are there, have more creature comforts than you can imagine a place away in the sun and sand can offer – great fly fishing and diving, snorkeling and sunning, yoga and massage, tropical cocktails and upscale meals, and a private villa to escape to when away isn’t private enough. Belize is one of the top tropical destinations for many reasons, but especially because the ease of getting there. The saltwater fly fishing gives consistency of shots at Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon, plus Snappers and Barracuda. And this area abounds with exceptional diving and snorkeling destinations like the infamous Great Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye and Long Caye. And this trip features a lodge where getting away does not mean giving up relaxing comfort.

Doesn’t away sound wonderful? That is where you are headed on this trip to the dynamic and beautiful environs of the Turneffe Atoll in Belize. Interested in this trip? Call us at (888) 849-6637 or email adventures@backwoods.com to reserve your spot!

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Adventure Itinerary

Your daily itinerary is essentially whatever you want it to be. Fishing, diving and snorkel charters are best arranged by the evening before, but there almost always is staff ready and available to take care of you whenever you choose to go out.

Your morning beverage service is delivered to your porch as the sun comes up. Start your day with a morning yoga session by the water. Breakfast features fresh fruit and homemade baked goods, yogurt and cereals, and eggs cooked to order with your favorite morning protein. Once you are fueled up your day’s adventure awaits: fishing, diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, a massage or spa treatment, and the all-important -- relaxing. If your adventure takes you away from the island for the day, a boat lunch will be prepared for your excursion. Lunches in the dining room can be a nice break from the sun and the breeze so make a plan to enjoy at least one lunch on the island … maybe followed by a nap in the hammock! Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are available in the dining room throughout the day.

For this specific trip, one full day will be dedicated to a diving and snorkeling trip to Blue Hole.

On the day of your departure, you will leave your packed luggage on your porch before you go down for breakfast. A steward will deliver you bags to the boat. After breakfast, you will make your way to the dock in time for the boat departure back to the main land. Once back you are back at the dock in Belize City, you will be shuttled by van to the international airport in time for you to make your return flight.

 
 
 

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Trip Details

 
Start

Belize City, Belize (BZE)

Finish

Belize City, Belize (BZE)

Duration

5 Days

Fitness Level

Activities
Fly Fishing
Off-shore Fishing
Swimming
Snorkeling

This 4-night, 3-full day excursion to the southern most island in the Turneffe Atoll is intended to satisfy. Upon your arrival at the Goldson International Airport in Belize City you will be in the care of the hospitable staff of Turneffe Island Resort (TIR). You will be greeted by TIR staff just outside of customs for your 45-minute shuttle by van to the dock where you will be transported by boat to TIR (1.5 hour boat ride). Once you arrive at TIR the friendly and helpful staff will work to ensure that your visit is better than you expected. As you step off the dock onto the groomed sand pathway underneath the large palms and walk around the tropical landscaping and clean lodge buildings, exhale … because you have achieved getting away. As you stroll by the pool-side palapa bar, grab a cold beverage while stewards deliver your luggage to your room. Your villa features a screened-in porch with seating and windows to let as much of the tropical sun in as you like. For your comfort, the villa has a stocked mini fridge, cozy sofa and chairs, ceiling fan, and air-conditioning. The most inviting feature of the villa may be the beautifully made four-poster bed. The modern bath offers two sinks, dresser and large closet, shower and toilet in a separate room, and an amazing private outdoor shower. Although you may not want to leave the room, the island beckons to be explored. The Dive Shop, the Fly Shop, the Spa, the TIR Gift Shop, and the Dining Room are a short walk. Explore the walkways and piers and don’t worry if you need a rest along the way – there is always a lounge chair, bench or hammock in the shade a few steps away. Your arrival day is for relaxing and getting on Island Time – actually TIR Time because they have their own time zone. Let the sea breeze carry your cares away while you listen for the dinner bell. Happy Hour with hors d’oeuvres is at 6:30p daily, Dinner at 7:30p.

Your daily itinerary is essentially whatever you want it to be. Fishing, diving and snorkel charters are best arranged in advance, but is typically ready and available to take care of you whenever you choose to go out.

Your morning beverage service is delivered to your porch as the sun comes up. Start your day with a morning yoga session by the water. Breakfast features fresh fruit and homemade baked goods, yogurt and cereals, and eggs cooked to order with your favorite morning protein. Once you are fueled up your day’s adventure awaits: fishing, diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, a massage or spa treatment, and the all-important -- relaxing. If your adventure takes you away from the island for the day, a boat lunch will be prepared for your excursion. Lunches in the dining room can be a nice break from the sun and the breeze so make a plan to enjoy at least one lunch on the island … maybe followed by a nap in the hammock! Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are available in the Dining Room throughout the day.

For this specific trip, one full day will be dedicated to a diving and snorkeling trip to Blue Hole.

On the day of your departure, you will leave your packed luggage on your porch before you go down for breakfast. A steward will deliver you bags to the boat. After breakfast and your final stop in the TIR Gift Shop and by the Office desk to settle up, you will make your way to the dock in time for the boat departure back to the main land. Once back you are back at the dock in Belize City, TIR staff will shuttle you by van to the International Airport in time for you to make your return flight.

 
What's Included
  • Return transportation from Belize City to Turneffe Island Resort
  • Deluxe Guestroom
  • All meals (not including alcoholic beverages)
  • Access to paddle boards, kayaks and Hobie Cat
  • 8 hours of fishing per day with personal, seasoned local fishing guide on a 50HP, 4-stroke Dolphin Super Skiff with all fuel to/from resort(fishing package only)
What's Not Included
  • Round-Trip transportation from your home to Belize City Airport (BZE)
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Gear and Clothing (we will send you a gear list once you sign up)
  • Guide Gratuities
 

Additional Information

FISHING SPECIFICS:

Belize is a favored locale for targeting the challenging and coveted Saltwater Grand Slam: catching a Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon on the same day. You are offered (8 hours) and half-day guiding on the flats and the area lagoons by experienced local guides in Dolphin Super Skiffs (limit 2 anglers per skiff.) Your guides are patient and passionate, able to accommodate skill levels from novice to advanced. Depending on the fishing location and the target species, anglers will either fish one at a time from the front deck of the skiff while the guide pushes the boat with a long pole (aka poling), or both anglers and the guide will get out of the boat to wade on firm sand and grass flats.

DIVING SPECIFICS:

From the Sayonara Wreck to the Elbow, this trip offers unrivaled accessibility to Belize’s most lucrative dives. Some dive sites are relatively shallow and great for novice divers, while the more adventurous can cave dive to 130 feet deep inside the infamous Great Blue Hole where stalactites and sharks await. Each day includes up to 3 scheduled dives guided by PADI-certified Dive Masters, including a night dive one day a week.

SNORKELING SPECIFICS:

Swim with schools of fish, gargantuan turtles and rays on 2 scheduled guided snorkeling excursions every day – all within minutes of your guestroom by boat. Spend your days where shades of sapphire and turquoise collide in the Caribbean Sea’s shallows.

MEALS:

The day’s meals are served in the dining room upstairs of the gift shop and office. Happy Hour with hors d’oeuvres is at 6:30p daily, dinner at 7:30p. The meal menu is posted on a board and often offers a choice of main course. Additional servings are served by the staff in case guests desire more of the delicious entrees and sides. The menu varies from Continental cuisine to local Belizean favorites and can feature steak, lobster, fish, pork and chicken with fresh vegetable sides and in-house made breads. Special requests and diets can be accommodated (please include this on your registration form with Backwoods Adventures). A large and varied wine selection is available by the bottle or glass. Desserts are made in-house and are incredible!

HEALTH NOTES:

This trip can offer as much or as little exertion as you seek. The island itself is easy to navigate on foot as most access is ground level with the exception to short stairs to the Villas, the pool and cabana bar area, and a few of the docks. Larger staircases lead to the dining room and some of the other room accommodations. It should be noted, this resort is not considered to be handicap-accessible.

Activity’s exertion can range from easy swimming, snorkeling, wading and use of paddlecraft, to more intensive exertions for long skiff rides across choppy waters, and more involved paddling, swimming and diving. Your guide will be extremely mindful of weather conditions and will cancel or postpone activities to ensure the safety and enjoyment of our guests.

Single Supplement

All prices are calculated for double-occupancy. To ensure your comfort, we will always match you with a roommate of the same sex – and if we're unable to match you with a roommate, you may end up with your own room free of charge. If sharing is not your idea of fun, you can request a single supplement for a small upcharge when you pay your final amount. You will be able to make this election on your trip registration.

 
 
 

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Meet Your Guides

 
 
Kevin McConnell
 
Kevin McConnell

Kevin McConnell is the CEO of Backwoods, a graduate of Tulane, a native of Fort Worth who calls Austin his current home, and has always maintained a love of the outdoors. As an avid fisherman, hunter and explorer, Kevin's passion for adventure takes him all over the country: fly fishing for Louisiana redfish in the Winter, hiking Big Bend in the Spring, stalking the flats of Belize in the summer, and West Texas waterfowl hunting in the Fall.

 
 
 

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Travel Insurance

Backwoods recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, contact Travelex Insurance Services.

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Travel Insurance is underwritten by

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company
NAIC #22276. 55Y
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