Affordable Awesomeness on Andros
Andros South is the first and still only flyfishing lodge in the Bahamas to offer a totally new concept in bonefishing - affordability. White linen tablecloths and bow tie wearing wait staff we don't have, but if you're looking for clean, comfortable accommodations, good local food and drinks in a laid back casual atmosphere, and a combination of some of the best guides and bonefish flats on Earth, then by all means come on down.
Our fishery is enormous, and incredibly diverse. Located in the small settlement of Kemp's Bay on the remote southern tip of Andros, the largest and least inhabited island in the Bahamas. With tidal creeks on the East side, literally hundreds of small cays off the South tip, the famous West side flats where the big bonefish fish hang out, and our immense network of inland ponds and channels that stretch throughout the middle of the island, there is no shortage of water or choices on any given day. Guests who have been coming for years still haven't seen it all.
Some of these areas hold incredible numbers of schooling bonefish, while others are known for small groups and singles in the double digits of poundage. With so much water to choose from, our team of knowledgeable guides can formulate a plan each and every day that couples client preferences and skill levels with current conditions that dictate which location will work best. Wind direction, tides, and temperature all have their affect, but with the diversity of waters we have available to us within just a short run of Andros South Lodge, there are always more options to be fished than we've got enough boats or clients to fill, and we like it that way!
Anglers choose daily between wading and fishing from the flats skiffs, or combining those two techniques. Bonefish are our main target species, but in addition to these there are opportunities to target sharks, barracuda, and even the occasional tarpon or permit, and clients specifically interested in spending days on any of these species will be accommodated in those desires.
Andros South is a casual, very laid back lodge environment where the focus is on the fishing itself. Rooms are clean, comfortable, and air conditioned, each with its own bathroom, and all are single occupancy meaning each guest gets a room all to themselves.
There is also a communal dining room, and the always a favorite "Slack Tide" gazebo out on the beach for relaxing with a cold beer or cocktail after a day of chasing bones out on the water. The lodge is situated on a beautiful white sand beach, always a nice place to practice casting or stalk the plentiful barracuda and sometimes out-sized bonefish that ply its shore.
Just to the south is a small village of local residents and some Spanish commercial fishermen.
The lodge breakfast staff arrives at 5:30 am and prepares coffee immediately. Prior to daybreak, you'll notice lights in the dining room and guests are welcome to pour a cup of coffee and enjoy it on the outdoor patio or in the gazebo while the sun rises. This is a perfect time to discuss the day's strategy and recount highlights of the previous day with friends or other guests. Breakfasts are in the traditional American style and start at 6:30 am.
Guests are invited to prepare their own lunch each morning as well from the many choices available to them from our lunch preparation table. Cold cuts, fresh breads, tuna fish, meats, snacks, fruit, cookies, sodas and juices may be placed in your own container and included in a nearby cooler that will accompany you on your boat.
At the end of the fishing day, while waiting for all boats to return, guests may enjoy a cold beverage at the Little Creek Bar, a wonderfully colorful meeting place right at the dock. Discussing the day's successes and enjoying an ice-cold Kalik (a Bahamian favorite beer) at this popular gathering spot is a great way to complete a day on the flats of South Andros Island.
Returning to the lodge, guests are welcome to enjoy a snack on the patio and an additional beverage as well. Beer, wine, soft drinks, mixers, and a selection of liquors are complimentary throughout your stay at Andros South. The late afternoon is also a great time for guests to enjoy a dip in the ocean or a run on the beach.
Served at 6:30 p.m., dinners at Andros South are served family-style and feature the finest and freshest products our island can provide. Each dinner is individually prepared by our kitchen staff and accents the tastes and flavors of the Bahamas. Fresh local fish, lobster, chicken and conch are featured with fresh desserts including Key Lime and Coconut pie. Again, complementary wine is available during dinner. Guests with dietary requirements are requested to notify us prior to arriving so we can adjust to your personal needs.
Flights for this package need to arrive at Congo Town/South Andros Airport (TZN/ COX).
The most popular route to this location is flying to the Nassau International Airport and then taking a short twenty minute flight into Congo Town with Western Air. Historically Western operates two flights each day, typically departing Nassau at 8:00am and 3:00pm. The turnaround times back to Nassau are typically 30-40 minutes later. Scheduling your flights in an out of Nassau for around mid-day works very well and allows for time to clear customs on both side of your trip. Thus, it is best to schedule the afternoon flight for your arrival to Congo Town, and the morning flight for your departure.
The round-trip fare from Nassau to Congo Town should be approximately $155 per person and can be paid either on line or at the Western Air ticket counter in Nassau. They accept most major credit cards and cash (USD). You can make your reservation online at, https://westernair.flythebahamas.com/ or give them a call at (242) 377-2222.
The other flight option to Congo Town is with Watermakers Air out of Fort Lauderdale. They offer direct nonstop flights multiple times per week and operate from the centrally located Fort Lauderdale Executive airport, allowing for easy connections with flights within the United States. Outbound guests clear US Customs in Fort Lauderdale, which is typically a smooth process. The best way to make a reservation is to call for available seating and fares. Their phone number is (945) 771-0330 and their website, http://www.watermakersair.com. Groups of more than 6 persons may also consider a private charter flight out of Ft. Lauderdale.
Once you arrive in Congo Town, a representative from Andros South will meet you at the airport and pick you up for the short drive to the lodge.
Always remember, our services are provided absolutely free; booking a trip through Hemispheres Unlimited WILL NEVER COST YOU A SINGLE PENNY MORE than booking it directly with the lodge or outfitter, but does reap the benefits of our extensive experience with that destination, as well as our ongoing support services available to you at any time prior to, during, or even after your trip.
The Andros South season runs from October through the beginning of June. We offer trips of any length, starting on any day, subject to availability.
Standard week long packages with 7 nights / 6 days on the water run $4,635 per person.
Custom length itineraries can be calculated at $825 per fishing day/night and $500 per full fishing day without lodging, $250 for half fishing day without lodging.
Pricing for this package includes pretty much everything: transfers to and from the airport, single-occupancy lodging (you get your own room), guided fishing with two anglers per boat, food, all drinks including beer wine and liquor, loaner gear, tippet, and flies. Your only additional costs during the trip are travel to the island and gratuities for the staff.
Contact us today for available dates and details, and get started on your way to see how Andros South can put the bonefish trip of a lifetime within easy economic reach for you now!