Abaco Lodge sits on Abaco’s west side on the rocky shoreline of the Marls—just north of Marsh Harbour en route to Treasure Cay. The lodge has eight large air-conditioned private rooms with private bath that open onto a spacious back verandah overlooking the Marls. The main dining hall and living room faces the pool, outside fire pit, and patio seating areas. Inside you’ll find a fully stocked bar, sitting room with satellite TV, exquisite dining quarters, and an evolved menu of traditional Bahamian cuisine meets new world culinary achievements. Dinners are not to be missed.
What’s on the menu? Think fresh, creative, indigenous, and delicious. Abaco Lodge takes pride in serving spectacular food, deriving its acclaimed menu from top local produce and specializing in fresh-from-the-ocean plates brimming with mahi, tuna, grouper, snapper, conch, and lobster.
Tasty appetizers are served on the verandah, where you’ll sample local Bahamian specialties such as cracked conch, grouper fingers, and conch salad. Desserts vary from chocolate decadence to key lime parfaits and rum cake with coconut ice cream. Save room.
Breads, pastries, and treats are baked daily. And breakfast features a variety of cereals, fresh-ground coffee, and a selection of teas, as well as fruit. Eggs are prepared a la carte, with bacon, sausage, and grits or potatoes. Hot cereals are also available.
Place your menu order nightly for the next day’s lunch. We have an open bar policy at the lodge, where you’ll find cold beers, spirits, and a blender for cocktails, as well as soft drinks. House wines such as Chilean Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon will be served with dinner. After dinner coffee, tea, and liquors are served in the sitting room.
Abaco Lodge caters to special dietary needs. Fill in your questionnaire and note special requirements or food allergies, so we can inform the chef. Salads are offered in our cooler lunches for those on low-carb diets.
The lodge has an excellent supply of quality drinking water via our reverse osmosis system. You will find water in your bedroom and your boat, and you can drink the tap water. In our arid climate, water conservation is always appreciated.
Abaco Lodge’s fly-fishing operations are located on the western side of Great Abaco Island, Bahamas—part of a string of islands on the Atlantic about 175 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida. The lodge is the only fly-fishing operation on the Marls, an area with direct access to some of the best bonefish habitat in the Bahamas and the world. While it would take a lifetime to fish the entire Marls—and many of our expert guides have spent that much time exploring it—Abaco Lodge also offers incredible fishing on the eastern edge of the island. Here you’ll find big ocean-side bones, shots at permit and the occasional tarpon, as well as barracuda, shark, and mutton snapper.
If you’re looking for productive bonefish waters, you’ve come to the right place. Abaco has more than 400 square miles of flats—teeming with bonefish. And Abaco Lodge, on the western side of the island, just happens to abut some of the best in the Bahamas. The lodge is centrally located on the Marls side, with backdoor access to them all. For twenty miles toward the open ocean, the average depth is four feet. Heading north or south, it would take a lifetime to explore the entire region. And after investing some time fishing the area, devoting a life’s worth of casts to its prolific quarry isn’t such a bad proposition.
In addition to the Marls, Abaco Lodge offers incredible fishing on the eastern, ocean side, where chance encounters with superlative-size bonefish are a distinct possibility. Untapped areas such as Cherokee Sound, the Bight of Robinson, and Snake Cay are minutes from the lodge and house incredible but challenging bonefishing. Both east and west side options allow anglers and guides to work around potentially inclement weather, making missing a day of fishing rare.
Typical trips do not offer fishing on arrival or departure, but half-days can be arranged if flight schedules allow. Breakfast is severed at 7 a.m.; you leave the dock at 8 a.m. and return between four and five. This schedule can be tailored with advance notice. Lunches, snacks, and cold beverages are provided for a full day on the water. The Marls area is accessed from the lodge dock, steps away from the infinity pool and dining area. Fishing the ocean-side flats requires a short drive. Abaco Lodge is outfitted with a fleet of new Hells Bay Waterman skiffs, the best light tackle fishing boats in the business. Skiffs come fully equipped with padded seats, a backrest, lean bar in the front, and come to life with Yamaha 50HP engines.
In addition to phenomenal bonefish flats, Abaco has incredible blue water fishing. If marlin, sailfish, Dorado, wahoo, or tuna—depending on the season—sounds intriguing, we’re happy to set you up with the best captains available. These trips often book early. We recommend you do the same. All blue water trips come with an additional fee.