Mangrove Cay Club
Mangrove Cay, Andros, The Bahamas
Welcome to Mangrove Cay Club, Andros, Bahamas premier saltwater fly fishing lodge, located smack in the middle of the Andros fishery, the largest area of bonefish habitat in the world. We have guides capable of coaching beginning saltwater anglers or hunting trophy bonefish with experienced fly fishers. Comfortable accommodations, fine quality meals, attentive service and professional hands on management. You can have it all.
Our eight suites are contained within 4 cottages spread out along the shore, screened from each other by a lush growth of trees. All are a short walk on a sand path to the main lodge.
Each of the four cottages is divided into two suites, separated by a thick soundproof wall. The suites have high cypress ceilings and ceiling fans, an air conditioned bedroom, a sitting room, an oversized bathroom and a private porch overlooking Middle Bight. We accommodate a maximum of 16 guests, a comfortable number to ensure high quality service and personal attention.
On the outside wall of each suite is a rod rack that will hold four rods, a bucket for soaking reels and a convenient freshwater hose for washing rods and all other equipment each day. Both outside and inside the entrance are hooks for wet clothes and gear.
The sitting room is furnished with a sofa and chair and some small tables providing the space for laying out tackle and equipment. Fresh ice and bottled drinking water are placed in your suite each day.
Each bathroom has its own 40 gallon water heater so there is never a shortage of hot water. The bathroom has lots of shelf, counter and hanging space and a very large walk-in shower with shelving for shampoos, razors, etc. We provide abundant towels, waffle weave bathrobes, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bath soaps, hair dryer and bug spray.
The air conditioned bedroom is off of the sitting room through double sliding doors and contains a bureau, a wardrobe, a night table and two queen size beds facing the sea. There are sliding doors from the bedroom out to the porch and padded lounge chairs. You can greet the day and check out the weather without seeing another guest or having to get dressed.
About Mangrove Cay
Mangrove Cay is an island within an island, separated from the rest of Andros by water to the north and south. The Cay is home to approximately 800 people, many of whom are related and almost everybody knows almost everybody.
Like most islands of The Bahamas people survived by fishing, farming and less often, boat building. Sail boats were the main mode of transportation of people and goods between the islands but began to disappear by the 1950's. Today, the art of boat building is preserved by the building of sloops for racing. The main competition or regatta is held on Mangrove Cay every year on Mothers Day weekend.
Mangrove Cay is one of the major commercial fishing centres of The Bahamas. Every lobster season, 12 to 14 boats go to sea with a crew to dive for spiney lobster, or as it is called locally, crawfish. Each boat can have a catch of 100,000# and lobster is by far the major contributor to the local economy.
Sponging is also an important local catch. Sponges are actually animals that grow from roots and are harvested, leaving the roots intact. The sponges are cleaned, trimmed and sold for use by artists and are newly popular in shops selling natural bath and beauty products.
Many individuals take their small boats out for a day of diving and fishing, either for their own consumption or for a catch to be sold. They frequently stop at our dock on their way back into shore and we select our fresh fish, conch and lobster for dinner. We also buy local produce whenever possible.
Living on an island tends to shape people's character and in addition to being polite and friendly, they are resourceful, independent and resilient, all of which are desirable attributes for guides. All of our guides are local men that have been fishing, diving and sponging most of their lives on the same waters that they now fish for bonefish. We never had to teach a guide how to see a bonefish or how to find his way through the Bights.
Mangrove Cay Club is located a short distance, about a 10 minute drive, from the Clarence A. Bain Airport on Mangrove Cay.
Liz, I have been fishing for a long time but has it never been this good. Wonderful food, superb guides and excellent fishing. Thanks to you and your wonderful staff for taking such good care of us. We'll be back!
G.R. Richmond, VA
The week has flown by but the memories will last a lifetime. We've enjoyed the hospitality, The Food!! And the guides' patience and expertise. You have a beautiful piece of paradise - treasure it! We will be back.
J. & G. T. Jacksonville, FL
What an amazing place! Loved the bones, but LOVED the opportunity to enjoy Mangrove Cay Club. Kiki put us on fish, Kenya kept the scotch flowing and Liz and Iyke and all never let us down with their fine food and warm hospitality.
M.H. Austin, TX