We became interested in Mango Creek Lodge on Roatan, one of the Bay Islands of Honduras, for its promise of unpressured fishing in a unique Central American location. Then we discovered all the things that Mango Creek has to offer the angler – world class flats fishing, naturally beautiful surroundings, an operation that is focused on the best angling experience, and many other activities to enjoy with family or friends. Imagine each day casting at bonefish, permit and tarpon with the backdrop of the mountainous jungle on the island of Roatan.
The lodge itself is only accessible by boat. The remote location helps anglers maximize the amount of time spent on the water, especially since the flats are as close as 90 seconds by boat. The fishery sees very little pressure and one of our greatest priorities is making sure it stays that way. The owners of Mango Creek have waged a campaign of local environmental education and are making substantial progress in the battle against illegal netting. By cooperating with the local community, fish populations have increased dramatically, giving fisherman even more opportunities at large schools of fish.
Fly fisherman spend most of their time wading the shallow turtle grass and coral flats. The most exciting way to catch fish on the fly is definitely by spotting and carefully stalking them on foot. The bonefish here are generally bigger than those of others areas of the Caribbean, and are considered by some to be harder to catch. Satisfaction for a fly fisherman here comes not in enormous numbers of fish caught, but in the enormous size of the fish themselves. Catching fish on the flats requires the furtiveness of a hunter. But when you do hook up, there is no greater thrill than the shriek of your line burning off your reel!
Bonefish can be found in good numbers and in good sizes on the flats near Mango Creek. Bonefish can be seen tailing, cruising in schools, as larger singles, and mudding in deeper water. An average bonefish weighs 3-4 lbs here, with larger fish approaching 8-10 lbs.
Permit are the ultimate challenge for the flats fly fisherman. Alert, nervous and with discerning taste, they demand a lot of precision and patience from a fisherman. Yet despite their notorious skittishness, we’ve had enormous success in hooking and landing permit time and time again.
Tarpon fishing takes place off the flats, up in the island’s mangrove canals. On average, they range between 15-30 lbs., but are not uncommonly seen in the 50+ lbs. class. They put up perhaps the most spectacular fight of any sport fish and can be found around Mango Creek year round.
Spin fisherman are most welcome at Mango Creek as well. Countless species inhabit the nearby waters, and our guides are very capable of getting you onto some great fish.
Mango Creek is a catch and release lodge.
The Main Lodge
The Main Lodge is set in the midst of huge trees covered by a jungle canopy. From the water it is invisible; lost and private, in the tropical forest. After climbing the steps to the Main Lodge you are greeted by a truly impressive structure. Inside there are high vaulted ceilings, marble floors, hand carved mahogany doors and furniture. Everything was made on the property.
The Main Lodge can handle larger groups for meals & entertainment. There is an expansive dining room and also a lounging area complete with Satellite TV. Outside is a large deck area where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the harbour.
Two rooms in the main lodge are available for overnight accomodations, each with one Queen sized bed and one Single bed. These rooms are good sized and very beautiful – hand carved woods, nice bathrooms, hot water, fully screened with ceiling fans and their own decks in the trees, looking West.
Set on pilings over the water, the cabanas are beautiful and very comfortable. Made with shingled wooden roofs, covered in thatch for decoration, they all have their own private deck with swing chair and hammock. You can literally step from your deck to your boat!
Inside, they are finished with beautiful Honduran hardwood floors, mahogany or cedar shutters and hand carved doors – all are fully screened. Each cabana has a queen bed and a single bed, ceiling fans and reading lights.
They have private bathroom with shower, basin and toilet. They are wired with 110v electricity. They do not contain fridges but the dining room/bar is open all day and you may obtain drinks, ice, etc as and when you like.
The cabanas are not air conditioned because on the island they are not needed. Fans above the bed provide cooling for hot nights, but usually the ocean breeze makes you want a light blanket over you on most nights.
Most meals are served in the over-the-water Restaurant/Bar. With its lovely island atmosphere, this is a popular informal place for guests to enjoy the comings and goings at Mango Creek. For larger crowds, there is the more formal Dining Room in the Main Lodge where dinner can be served.
Lunch and supper consist of set menus each day, and offer plenty of fresh seafood, American style meals and local dishes. You will love the fresh desserts; key lime pie, chocolate cake and coconut cream pie being the favorites!
Meal times are flexible, depending on guests’ activities and preferences but generally breakfast is served any time between 7 and 10 am, lunch at around 12:30 to 1:00pm, and dinner around 6 or 7pm.
Three very good cooks provide great meals from the kitchen at Mango Creek Lodge. Breakfast is your choice – bacon, eggs, pancakes, fruit, cereal, toast etc. Lunches are provided on the boats if you are fishing, or in the restaurant if you are not. Dinners are set meals and we serve a lot of fresh seafood, including shrimp, lobster, snapper, grouper, wahoo, etc, depending on the catch.
Getting to Roatan
Direct flights between the USA and Roatan are currently available on Saturdays and Sundays from the following 3 airlines:
- Continental Airlines has direct flights between Houston, TX and Roatan on Saturdays.
- Delta Air Lines has direct flights between Atlanta,GA and Roatan on Saturdays.
- TACA has direct flights between Houston and Roatan on Saturdays, and between Miami and Roatan on Sundays.
Mid-week flights: TACA, American Airlines and Continental Airlines have daily flights to San Pedro Sula in mainland Honduras. You would then need to take a local airline flight from San Pedro Sula to Roatan.
Example Rates – subject to change by operator
All Rates Per Person in US$
|7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing – Double Occupancy||$2,845|
|7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing – Single Occupancy||$3,955|
Included in above Rates: transportation to and from Roatan Airport, all meals & snacks, beverages (soft drinks, local beer, wine and spirits), guided fishing, use of watersports equipment like hobies and canoes, guided snorkeling and hiking within Port Royal.
Not Included: international air fare to Roatan, gratuities, items of a personal nature.