Andros Island is by far the largest island in the Bahamas and arguably contains the world's most famous bonefish flats. It would literally take a lifetime to fish the perimeter of this island, let alone explore its vast interior. Much of this interior is created by three shallow bights at the island’s waist. The legendary South, Middle and North Bights of Andros create what many anglers feel is THE most prolific bonefish habitat anywhere in the Caribbean.
Separating the South Bight from the Middle Bight is Mangrove Cay. Taken just by itself, these two bights offer one of the most expansive flats systems anywhere in the Bahamas. Each bight is made up of hundreds of square miles of shallow lagoons, tidal creeks, mangrove cays and white sand flats. The sheer overall size of this fishery is staggering. For anglers eager to explore this area, the perfect spot to be headquartered is from Swain’s Cay Lodge. This attractive lodge is located on a classic white sand beach putting anglers within easy striking distance of each bight. From Swains’ Cay you can easily fish the ocean-side flats, as well as, both the South and Middle Bights... on consecutive days if you choose!
Bahamian owned and operated, Swain’s Cay Lodge is perfect for anglers and adventuresome couples and families. Positioned on a beautiful white sand beach, Swain’s Cay Lodge offers a number of choices for accommodations, including ocean view suites, garden view twin rooms, and a three-bedroom apartment complete with a private deck, living room and small kitchen making it perfect for larger groups and families. The lodge is easily accessed via daily service on a short 15-minute flight from Nassau to Mangrove Cay, Andros. Swain’s Cay Lodge combines great fishing opportunities with all of the amenities non-anglers look for in a beach vacation such as top-notch A/C units, high quality linens, roomy closets, sitting areas and outside porches. The en suite bathrooms are very clean and roomy.
The Reefside Restaurant and Bar is located in the beachside main lodge and includes a screened dining area and a wrap-around deck with a great view of the ocean. Inside the dining room visitors enjoy a well-stocked bar and a large wall-mounted flat screen TV complete with DIRECTV. Delicious dinners are served in the restaurant and emphasize fresh local seafood including grouper, snapper, mahi mahi and wahoo, as well as, chicken and ribs as a change of pace. Appetizers are served each evening at the bar and include conch fritters, grouper fingers, chicken wings, or conch salad. A fully stocked bar offers plenty of cold Kalik beer and wine, as well as cocktails. American-style breakfasts are served each morning. Lunches include sandwiches, chips, fruit, cookies, sodas, cold beer, and bottled water.
Since Swain's Cay Lodge offers easy access to the South and Middle Bights, the lodge’s experienced guides take advantage of this to fish you where the tides and winds are best on any given day. In addition, the guides can fish you on optimal tides throughout the day as the tides rise and fall at different times through the bights. Another advantage of Swain’s Cay Lodge is the guides can either meet you on the beach to begin your day fishing the oceanside flats, or, if these flats are choppy due to winds, you can meet your guide at the South or Middle Bight. On these days, you’ll take a short trip with the lodge taxi to the appropriate boat ramp saving you from a bumpy boat ride to reach these bights from the lodge. The guides run 16 and 17 foot Action Craft and Dolphin Skiffs with 75 HP Yamahas. All of the skiffs are outfitted with poling platforms, casting decks, rod storage, coolers, and cushioned seats. In addition, the Tongue of the Ocean is only one mile east Swain’s Cay, giving anglers the option of targeting bluewater species such as dolphin, tuna, and billfish. Bluewater days are spent aboard a 24-foot, twin engine center console catamaran the Reel Time. Offshore spin gear, lures, bait, and plugs are provided for bluewater days, (fly anglers need to bring their own gear).
For the non-anglers and after hours, Swain's Cay offers a quiet, white sand beach complete with lounge chairs and palm trees. The bar is only steps away from the beach. There are virtually no waves on the beach so the shallow waters immediately offshore are ideal for swimming. Guests may use the sea kayaks to explore the area. There is a small island located a short paddle or walk from the beach. This small island is completely surrounded by shallow water and has a white sand spit that is perfect for beachcombing and relaxing. Out of sight, on the far side of the island, a blue hole provides great snorkeling. The water is shallow all around this blue hole during low tide, so it’s easy to explore. Swain’s Cay also offers bikes to explore Mangrove Cay. This area is very safe for running and biking.
Swain’s Cay Lodge offers a rare combination in the Bahamas. Not only does Swain’s Cay present angling opportunities that will satisfy even the most hardcore of fishermen, it also offers a comfortable beach resort with amenities to their non-angling companions and spouses very happy. We at Angling Destinations are constantly on the lookout for destinations that satisfy both agendas... we are delighted to have found a resort that satisfies both audiences so well... all at a very reasonable price.