For as long as the Bahamas have been known for their great saltwater flats fly fishing, South Andros has been a name synonymous with unparalleled bone-fishing. Names like Grassy Creek, Deep Creek, Little Creek, the Water Cays, and Curley Cut Cays are intrinsically linked to sight fishing for some of the world's largest bonefish. Over the last 25 years, Bair's has developed a reputation as one of the premier lodges in the Bahamas. Their guides have over 125 years of combined experience fishing the Andros flats and have an uncanny ability to put anglers on the fish. Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas and one of the least developed. The vast network of smaller cays and sheltered bays allows the guides to seek out fishable water regardless of wind direction.
Ideally situated midway between the South Bite and Curly Cut Cays, Bair's Lodge has access to a wide variety of fishing on both sides of the island. Regardless of wind direction, sheltered fishing can almost always be found. As with other Nervous Waters' lodges, Bair's has come to represent the benchmark in terms of delicious food, comfortable accommodations, and flawless service. As a result, demand for top weeks is high and often booked far in advance.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy and shared guide
High Season: Oct - Mar 15 and July
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing $ 5,950 per person, VAT $225
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $ 5,560 per person, VAT $210
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $ 4,990 per person, VAT $190
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $ 4,100 per person, VAT $155
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $ 3,150 per person, VAT $120
Peak Season: Mar 15- Jun 31
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing $ 6,150 per person, VAT $230
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $ 5,775 per person, VAT $215
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $ 5,200 per person, VAT $195
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $ 4,305 per person, VAT $165
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $ 3,450 per person, VAT $130
*VAT is a government tax
Non-angler rates $450 per person per night plus $17 VAT, depending on availability
Full day fishing on arrival/departure day: $750 per boat plus $28 VAT
Half day fishing on arrival/departure day: $550 per boat plus $20 VAT
Single angler in a boat 60% surcharge
Lodging, meals, alcohol, guided fishing, and transportation between Bair's Lodge and Congo Town Airport.
Transportation to South Andros, (VAT tax), flies and other fishing equipment, personal items, and gratuities.
Andros has long been synonymous with the biggest bonefish in the Caribbean. The South and more particularly, West of the Island have built the reputation as the place to try for a 'Giant'. The flats in Andros are some of the largest and most varied in the world, offering both opportunities to wade or fish from the boat, in the ocean flats or creeks and bights. This incredible choice of classic bone-fishing environments, as well as the numbers and size of the bonefish is what makes South Andros the bone-fishing capital of the world. Bair's Lodge, famed for its access to the vast and largely under-fished flats of the South and West, is strategically situated between the South Bight and Water Cays, near Little Creek. This location gives our guests easy access to the flats of the South, whilst providing many sheltered locations irrespective of wind direction, within the interior of the Island. In addition, from Bair's Lodge, guests have the opportunity to try for occasional Permit and Tarpon, as well as offshore and reef species such as Wahoo, Tuna, Dorado,(Seasonal Billfish), Snapper, Barracuda and Grouper.
Every morning, you step out of the lodge into a boat, and can be fishing within a few minutes, or you can choose to ride further a-field to explore the more remote, pristine white sand flats Andros is famous for. Deep Creek and Little Creek a few minutes run from the lodge, open into large bay areas dotted with many small cays, where there are always flats that offer protection from the wind. Both creeks allow access to the fabled West Side and other remote Cays to the South and South- West that may provide lucky anglers with the possibility of trying for Permit and Tarpon to complete the famous "Grand Slam". The Southern flats are home to some of the largest schools of bonefish. Grassy Creek is a 40 min boat ride from the lodge. Weather permitting you can ride on to Hawksbill Creek and onto Cistern Point. This area sees little fishing pressure and is regarded as the place to come for numbers of fish. The flats stretch as far as the eye can see and wading next to these huge schools is the experience of a lifetime.
Bair's Lodge is ideally situated just next to the sea and our moorings. The house itself is an attractive Plantation style building surrounded by tropical flowers and palm trees. There is beach right in front of the lodge, and a wonderful sand bank, sparkling white, lies just a few minutes away in the lodge's clear Lucite canoe-designed for observing all the sea life below.
Living room and dining room
The airy living room and dining room area has comfortable rattan sofas and faces the ocean. There are 2 ceiling fans and air-conditioning. Bar and fly-tying room The lodge has a main bar fully stocked with spirits, cold beers, (in a convenient mini fridge) soft drinks, plenty of ice, a blender and mixers for cocktails. Next to the indoor bar, we have a fully stocked fly tying table for guests to use. Satellite television has been installed for those who wish to catch-up on news or sports during cocktail hour.
Shop and guest office
The guest office is located between the bar and the sitting room. You will find telephone facilities and a computer station with satellite internet access and e-mail facilities. The lodge has loaner rods free of charge (there is however a flat charge of $250 for any breakages that need to be sent back to the US). We also have spinning rods and reels for bone fishing or for an outing to the reef for barracuda, jacks or grouper. Our shop is stocked with the following: Sage rods - Abel reels - Rio lines, backing and tippets - a good selection of flies - sunscreen and lip protectors – Mangrove sun gloves - dry bags - Action optics polarized sunglasses - Bair's Lodge Fishing shirts, caps and t-shirts.
Most of the rooms in the house open on to a long verandah facing the ocean, with comfortable benches and tables to sip coffee in the morning or cocktails in the evening. There are handy rod racks beside the outdoor showers, and we have a hose with fresh water to wash down your tackle in the evenings... From the verandah you just walk along the path to the dock where the flats boats are moored. Right by the verandah we have comfortable lounge chairs, a hammock and a beach bar deck right by the sea. The prevailing Southeast wind and verandah ceiling fans ensure there is always a breeze, so you can usually enjoy evenings outdoors without insects.
Bedrooms and bathrooms
All of our bedrooms are light and airy, with terracotta tiled floors, 100% white cotton sheets as well as tropical-weight duvets and plenty of down pillows. They are fully air-conditioned, with lots of storage space and electricity outlets to recharge appliances, and a comfortable chair. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, full baths, and powerful showers with hot water 24 hours a day, lots of white towels, robes, and amenities. Our house keeper takes pride is maintaining the rooms spotless and will happily do your laundry. Laundry bags are provided in all the bedrooms. There are two wonderful outdoor showers right on the beach, we highly recommend you enjoy showering al-fresco!
The lodge takess pride in serving delicious food of fresh local produce, specializing on fresh fish (ahi tuna, grouper, and hog snapper), conch and lobster. The chef bakes bread, pastries and cookies daily. A full breakfast will always feature a variety of cereals, coffee and a selection of teas, as well as fresh fruits. Eggs will be cooked to your preference, with bacon, sausages and grits. Hot cereals are also available. A lunch menu card allows you to choose next day's lunch and the content of the boat coolers. They have an open bar policy at the lodge. On your return from fishing you will find cold beers, spirits, and a blender for cocktails, as well as stacks of soft drinks. Delicious appetizers are served in the verandah, so you can sample local specialties such as cracked conch, grouper fingers and conch salad.
Dinner starts with appetizers such as homemade soups or conch ceviche, and all entrees are served with fresh salads. The emphasis is on mixing local dishes with light fresh recipes such as snapper with mango salsa, and some barbequed fish. Desserts will vary from chocolate decadence to key lime parfaits. House wines such as Argentine Malbecs, Chilean Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon will be served with dinner. After dinner coffee and tea and liquors will be served in the sitting room. The chef can cater to special dietary needs.
~ Located in Little Creek on South Andros Island, 10 minutes from Congo Town
~ Both Western Air and Bahamas Air operate daily flights from Nassau to Congo Town
~ Western Air has two daily flights to Congo Town. These can be reserved directly with Western Air at (001)-242-329-4000.
~ Alternatively, a shared or private charter from Florida directly to Congo Town can be a convenient option.
~ We recommend Watermakers Air, who operates a daily shared charter service from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (www.watermakersair.com - Phone: 954-771-0330)