A fantastic remote location, that's easy to get to Amazing staff, great fishing and breath taking views! Highly recommend this destination for husband and wife or boys trip. Remote, Peaceful & Relaxing.
I gotta hand it to Cheryl (owner of Swain’s Cay Lodge), with her help, my husband put together the trip to Swain’s Cay in 4 hours while we were in Nassau looking for salt water fishing excursion. As busy as Cheryl is; running shuttles, check outs, and the rest of lodge responsibilities, she answered the phone when we called and asked “when are you coming in and how many days do you want to stay and fish?” Not only did she have accommodations, she booked us our flight out of Nassau and made arrangements to have a guide for us the next morning! Stress free we packed up from Nassau, headed to the airport and jumped on a Flamingo air flight to Mangrove Cay, Andros.
Mangrove Cay is a 40 min tarmac to tarmac flight in a 6 person plane, Nassau to Mangrove Cay.
Cheryl had a taxi waiting to take us to the lodge. It was low key and stress free. The driver already knew we were on our way to Swain's Cay... The rods and fishing gear bag must have gave it away : ).
I won't give you the particulars of why we needed to get out of Nassau but my husband and I were in need of a relaxing environment with plenty of wide open space, to reboot our vacation. Arriving to Swain's Cay was just what we needed. Only 5 miles from the airport we were out of the taxi and enjoying a cold Kalik beer within 20 minutes of landing. Swain’s Cay offers peace and tranquility, with a white sand beach, gin clear water and coconut palms. After finishing our beer, my husband and I grabbed our rods and walked out on to the flats in front of the lodge, practiced casting and got into a few small fish. At low tide you can walk out and around the island that’s 150 yards off the beach in front of the lodge.
Rooms are great, not all have air conditioning but you can request. Our room configuration had 2 queen beds and shower/bath. No TV, but there is slow wifi. If you are in need of a movie or book fix, I’d recommend downloading before you get to Andros. Beds are a bit firm but it’s no problem getting a good night sleep after a full day of fishing.
We did have to move rooms for one night into a non A/C room with 2 twin beds at the rear of the property. It may have been a bit warm and muggy with the afternoon rain, but the views and the ocean breeze from the second story were spectacular. Just to note, watch out for the No-See-Ums around dusk, cover up or bring bug spray… little buggers bite.
Food and Beverage:
There is a small kitchen and full limited bar at the lodge’s air conditioned restaurant. The essentials are there with Jim, Jack, gin, vodka wine and Kalik beer, but if you’re looking for something specific, you may want to bring it in from duty free. Meal menus are posted daily on the chalk board in the restaurant along with your guide for the day.
Breakfast is at your discretion and order with the staff.
Lunch for the boat: You’ll have to give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning to make your lunch. Fixings are put out by the staff during the breakfast hour for you to make your own sandwiches, grab a bag of chips, fruit and refreshments (water, Coke Sprite, Canada Dry or Kalik).
Dinner is family style and served at 7:00 pm.
A few notes about F&B:
• This is non inclusive. You are billed per meal and per drink.
• Each portion of the meal is billed separately: Salad, Main, and Dessert.
• There are no snacks in the middle hours of the day. I brought in snacks to curb my hunger between 4 and 7, when we were off the boat and before dinner.
• There are no other dining around the lodge.
• Coffee is free and brewing at 6:00 am. It’s not bad…. Give it a try.
• Please remember to tip out the service staff at the lodge: Bartender cooks and housekeepers, they pool there tips.
Ok, now you’ve read how great and relaxing the lodge is…. You’re asking, HOWS THE FISHING???... Well, it’s amazing! Scenery aside and fishing gin clear waters, we brought fish to the boat daily. Bones, barracuda, jacks and we tossed flies at a resident tarpon and even a few permit. For a salt water novice like myself, I appreciated the patience of the bone fish and the guide to help me improve my casting and catching techniques multiple times into the same school of fish.
A few notes to pack to Bahamas:
• Make sure you bring plenty of big Gotcha flies; resources are limited in the Bahamas for supplies and flies. If you can, bring a few extra and donate them to the guides for their next guest. Cheryl does have a handful of flies that a guest graciously donated to the lodge. All proceeds got to fund the high school library on the island
• Bring breathable fishing gear, it gets hot. Bring a slip proof shoe to stand in/on the boat. Your feet do get tired from multiple days of standing to fish.
• If you tie your own flies and want to bring and donate product to the guides, they welcome it. It is very hard to get fly tying materials.
• Guides also are in need of polarized sunglasses, and fishing apparel. Both of these are extremely difficult to get to the island and are essential for their guiding.
• If you have the space and ready for the adventure, bring gear to catch barracuda, there are plenty of opportunities.
This was a fantastic experience. If you're looking to bone fish, or a place where the spouse can relax and read under the coconut palms, I highly recommend booking Swain's Cay. With Hurricane Dorian there are only a few fishing lodges currently running in the Bahamas. Swains Cay was not hit and running and full capacity. The guides tell me fishing is good all year round. Check out Swains Cay, you're sure to make memories and ready to make it an annual fishing trip.
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