If you are new to Great Abaco Island, the marls occupy 400 square miles of the central mid-section of the island’s unihabited west coast. For twenty miles, the average depth is four feet. It is an area of twisted mangroves, countless unnamed islands and endless acres of unspoiled flats filled with unintiated and very cooperative bonefish...certainly, to our minds, an area that no serious flats fisherman should ignore. But what is perhaps most amazing about the marls is not their immensity, but that despite considerable attention from the angling community, much of the marls remains unexplored and unfished. The marls have been nibbled at from the north, and gently prodded from the south and the middle. But the great interior has remained virtually untouched. This is due primarily to the remote and very shallow topography of the area.
Abaco Lodge is centrally located directly on the Marl side of the island offering great access to this area. It would take a lifetime to fish the entire Marls alone, but Abaco also offers some incredible fishing on the eastern ocean side of the island as well. Abaco Lodge sits on the rocky shoreline of the Marls on the west side of Abaco, just north of Marsh Harbour on the way to Treasure Cay.
The Abacos are a string of Bahamian islands located approximately 175 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida. The "mainland" is Great Abaco, third largest island in the Bahamas.
Historically different from other areas in the Bahamas, the population of the Abacos descended from Loyalists during the War of Independence from the United States. These blonde-haired, blue-eyed Abaconians still work at traditional occupations -- farming, fishing, and boat building. Tourists can embrace the relaxed culture and feel like locals.
Marsh Harbour is the principal city, the third largest in the Bahamas. It has the largest protected deep water harbour in Abaco, and an international airport serviced by major US and Bahamian carriers. Naturally, it has many shops, restaurants and marinas.
The lodge consists of eight air conditioned private rooms with private bath, a fully stocked bar, pool, sitting room, an outside fire pit, and patio space. You can fish all day and not miss a beat of what is going on at home; a computer with high speed internet is available for the clients as well as a wireless connection, phone service is available and the lodge has a new flat screen television for all the games. 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.
Abaco Lodge imports a trained executive chef to oversee all of the meals. The nightly cuisine incorporates Bahamian specialties with an emphasis on locally caught seafood. The lodge prides itself with serving delicious food of fresh local produce, specializing on fresh fish (ahi tuna, grouper, and hog snapper), conch and lobster. Dinner starts with 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 beef, fish and chicken. Desserts will vary from chocolate decadence to Key lime parfaits and rum cake with coconut ice cream. House wines such as Chilean Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon will be served with dinner. The chef bakes bread, pastries and cookies daily. The coffee is made from freshly ground beans and will be waiting for the guests at every buffet
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 or hash brown potatoes. Hot cereals are also available. Breakfast is made to order. For lunch, the guides will bring a picnic of your choosing in the boats daily
The lodge has an open bar policy. 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 so you can sample local specialties such as cracked conch, grouper fingers, conch salad, and fresh tuna sashimi.
The “Marls of Abaco” are a vast expanse of prime, wilderness bonefish habitat, situated along the western shore of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The Marls have long been known by well-traveled bonefishermen as one of the most unique and productive fisheries in the Bahamas. Abaco Lodge will accommodate a maximum of 8 anglers, each in a single room with private bath. The waterfront guest rooms and main lodge look out over a channel and the top of the Marls just minutes away by boat.
Now with Abaco Lodge in place, you can fish this area and have comfortable and well appointed accommodations, world class cuisine, top of the line boats operated by seasoned, expert guides, and a management staff committed to providing the utmost in service and attention to detail.