For those looking for a unique fishery that provides world-class opportunities at large migratory tarpon and one of the best baby tarpon fisheries anywhere, your search is over.
Isla Holbox is a small fishing island located on the north-eastern point of the Yucatan Peninsula, just two and a half hours from Cancun. The town itself is a refreshing contrast to the over-development and commercialism of Cancun and Cozumel. There are no cars on the island and the streets are made of soft beach sand, allowing you to forego footwear if you wish. The local cuisine combines the variety of fresh seafood with a strong Italian influence and offers some truly memorable and relaxing dining experiences. The lodge is a five-bedroom villa located on a beautiful beachfront within a five-minute walk from town. The villa has a contemporary Mexican flair and accommodates upto ten guests. The beach is perfect for an afternoon swim and the sunsets are spectacular. Lodge manager Luciano Govi is one of the most gracious and hospitable of hosts.
Although there are other species to be found in the waters of Holbox, it is the tarpon that is the true star of this destination. Every year large schools of adult fish congregate in the open waters just off the island. Each morning at sunrise your guide will be waiting to take you on the short panga ride to the most productive waters where you will search the calm surface for rolling schools of tarpon. Once you have spotted a school, your guide will manoeuvre the boat to intercept the fish and allow you to present your fly. If the fish manage to resist, your guide will allow them to pass and then repeat the process, giving you multiple shots at the school. It is possible to see several schools and hundreds of fish each day. The large adult fish can be found from May to September.
Holbox also offers extremely productive baby tarpon fishing for those who wish to take advantage of the faster pace and acrobatic battle of these fun-sized fish. Ranging from 5 to 25 lbs, the baby tarpon are very happy to take a well-presented fly. Your guide will pole you along beautiful turtle grass flats or inside the mangrove lagoon as you sight fish for the young giants that cruise and roll just like the big boys.
There are no fixed entry or exit days to the lodge.
$3,295 per person sharing accommodation, guide and boat.
Rates subject to change.
• Half board and accommodation for seven nights at Isla Holbox Lodge.
• Six days guided fishing.
• Fishing Licenses.
• Transfers to and from Cancun.
• Open Bar
Prices do not include:
• International flights.
• Dinners each night to be taken in the town.
• Sightseeing for non-fishing guests.
• Extra transfers
• Gratuities to the house staff and fishing guides.
• Items of a personal nature.
Shorter stays are available please request quote.
GMT -6 hours
Flight Time from the UK
London - Miami: 9 hrs 20 mins
Miami - Cancun: 1 hr 36 mins
Visa Requirements for UK Citizens
No visa required, but a tourist card should be obtained by completing an immigration form onboard flight to Mexico.
If entering or exiting via USA, an ESTA application for 90-day US visa waiver is required prior to travel.
A passport that is valid for six months after the last day of your trip is required.
Tarpon (large from May to September), and baby tarpon (year-round) are the main quarry. Also barracuda, snook, jack crevalle, permit, bonefish (few).
Season to Travel
Tackle and Kit
We would recommend a 9ft single-handed 8 weight rod for bonefish, a 9ft single-handed 9 weight rod for permit and snook and a 9ft 10- 12 weight rod for tarpon and barracuda. All rods should be rigged with good saltwater reels with reliable disc drags. Mainly floating weight forward lines but an intermediate clear tipped weightforward line for tarpon is also useful, a selection of bonefish and tarpon leaders, flies, long-nosed pliers and polarised sunglasses.
Lightweight long sleeved shirts and trousers, wading shoes, sunscreen and peaked hat. We would also recommend a light waterproof spray jacket and a good waterproof tackle bag that can be stowed aboard your skiff.
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