- The Fishing
- Sample Itinerary
- When to Go
KAMALAME CAY OVERVIEW
Imagine a premiere bonefishing lodge with a modern spa, tiki bar, a swimming pool, and tennis courts. Imagine a private oceanfront bungalow with bonefish flats only a hundred feet from the back door. Imagine gourmet Bahamian cuisine and ice cold Kalik served under the stars to the sounds of local musicians. Welcome to Kamalame Cay, located on a 96- acre private island on the northern part of Andros Island.
As “High-End” as it Gets in the Bahamas…
Kamalame Cay is as much of a high-end resort or honeymooner destination as it is a traditional bonefishing lodge. There is no question that Kamalame Cay offers the finest accommodations in the Bahamas. Couples interested in a romantic getaway will not find a better place to indulge in five-star luxury, massages and full spa services and fine dining. Enjoy sipping rum drinks in the pool or on the beach, enjoying a SCUBA adventure, or relaxing in the exercise / spa facility.
Enjoy the Amenity without Compromising the Fishing…
The luxurious resort style nature of the Kamalame operation does not mean guests sacrifice quality fishing opportunities. The fishing program at Kamalame Cay is convenient to some of Andros’ most productive fisheries. Each day anglers are taken by vehicle approximately forty minutes to a proven fishing location (Joulter Cays, North Bright, or the untouched northwest side of Andros) where they will meet a guide with boat. The majority of the fishing is often concentrated in the Joulters, a series of flats of the far north end of the island. If you favor a more relaxed pace or if you planned a shortened fishing day, ask your guide to take you to the productive flats near Staniard Creek. If you just can’t stop fishing at the end of the day, just a stone’s throw from your cottage you will find a series of beautiful flats where you can wade-fish until dark without a guide.
Andros Island is considered by most anglers to be the premier bonefishing destination in the Bahamas. For those anglers who believe that experiencing Andros Island means a rustic “bonefish lodge”, Kamalame Cay’s comparative luxury is a welcome relief. Welcome to Kamalame Cay, located on a 96- acre private island on the northern part of Andros Island. Kamalame Cay is as much of a high-end resort / honeymooner destination as it is a fabulous bonefishing venue. We encourage clients looking to bring their spouse or significant other on their next saltwater adventure to strongly consider Kamalame Cay.
Experienced Bonefish anglers will tell you that Andros Island is better known as the "Land of the Giants". Andros Island is also the largest and least populated of the Bahamian Islands. The island is divided into four sections, north middle, west and south. The northern part of the island is the most developed and agricultural part of the island. The middle part of the island is defined by a series of inlets, or "bights", which are composed of miles and miles of fishable flats and mangrove swamps. The southern end of Andros is well populated yet does boast of several good fishing areas. The western side of the island is very remote, sparsely populated, and has some of the most productive, pristine flats on Andros.
The northern part of the island, where Kamalame Cay is located, is the most developed and safest part of the island. The majority of the eight thousand inhabitants on Andros reside on the eastern and southern portions of the island - thus the vast interior and west side of the island has remained relatively undeveloped.
The luxurious resort style nature of the Kamalame operation does not mean guests sacrifice quality fishing opportunities. The fishing program at Kamalame Cay is first class, and perfectly located for access to North Andros’ most productive fisheries. Bonefish average a solid 3-4 pounds and many in the 9-pound-plus class are encountered - even larger bones can be seen working the flats' edges. There have been some permit caught in the Joulter Cays north of Kamalame; however, just seeing these wary fish should be considered a bonus. You will find the flats of Northern Andros Island a very impressive fishery.
Each day, anglers will be taken by vehicle approximately forty minutes to a proven fishing location (Joulter Cays, North Bright, or the relatively untouched northwest side of Andros) where they will meet a guide with boat. The majority of the fishing is often concentrated in the Joulter Cayes, a series of flats of the far north end of the island. The hard, sandy-bottomed nature of the majority of the flats in the Joulters makes for good wading opportunities. If you favor a more relaxed pace or if you plan a shortened fishing day, ask your guide to take you to the productive flats near Staniard Creek. If you just can't stop fishing at the end of the day, just a stone’s throw from your cottage you will find a series of productive flats where you can wade-fish until dark without a guide.
Reef and light-tackle offshore fishing is offered in one of the lodge’s two 24-foot Pathfinder center console V-hull boats powered by 200-horsepower Yamaha motors. Seasonally anglers can expect to target dorado, wahoo, king mackerel, tuna, grouper and marlin within sight of the lodge. Captains at Kamalame are well versed in both fly and conventional tackle (additional cost associated with off-shore fishing).
There is no question that Kamalame Cay offers the finest accommodations in the Bahamas. Couples interested in a romantic getaway will not find a better place to indulge in five-star luxury, spa services, fine dining, and unsurpassed service. Numerous clients actually book a trip to Kamalame with no intention of fishing. If you are an angler, you will not have to worry for a moment about your non-angling spouse or friend having an activity, or wonder if they are taken care of. They will be sipping rum drinks in the pool or on the beach, enjoying a SCUBA adventure, or relaxing in the exercise / spa facility.
Kamalame Cay offers a variety of uniquely exquisite accommodations including complete villa suites and intimate cottage suites built from native stone and appointed with Indonesian furniture. Rooms feature inviting verandas, 20-foot wood beam ceilings, large bathrooms that include brass fixtures and oversized soaking tubs or showers with ocean views, air conditioning, rows of French doors draped with muslin curtains all with the ocean at your doorstep. Every villa or cottage suite is private and secluded yet with miles of exclusive beach that beckons the beachcomber. All rooms include hairdryers, shampoo and amenities, plush bathrobes, insulated ice buckets, and a stereo CD system. Additionally, an in-room complimentary food and beverage bar with a selection of cheese, crackers, fruit, coffee, tea, fresh milk, sodas, beer, juice and bottled water is provided.
Four Marina Rooms are also available, offering simpler accommodations without any sacrifice in renowned Kamalame quality. The Marina rooms are great for guests interested in saving a little money and concentrating on the fishing. We recommend the Cottage Suites and the Beachfront Villas for couples or those who would like larger accommodations.
The "Great House" on the Cay serves as a perfect gathering place for meals, cocktails and fish tales. It is decorated with art and antiques from the owner’s collection, filled with comfortable oversized furniture, and wrapped with an inviting verandah that offers a tranquilizing panoramic view of the sea. Outstanding dinners featuring delicious soups, fresh fruits and vegetables, succulent lobster, and other delightful main dishes are accompanied by fine wines and topped off with amazing desserts. These magnificent meals are elegantly presented by Kamalame's top-notch chef and his attentive staff. Wonderful breakfasts are served buffet-style with fresh orange juice and made-to-order omelets. Generous boat lunches of roasted chicken and beef tenderloin help complete a perfect day on the water.
Kamalame also has a small fly shop with a modest amount of equipment to supplement whatever you forget including sunglasses, sunscreen, or toiletries. The shop has selection of tackle and supplies, but we do advise anglers to arrive with a good selection of flies, terminal tackle and items recommended on the equipment list provided in the pre-trip packages received upon booking.
Daily commercial flights are available to Andros Island from Nassau with Le Air. There is also a charter flight option available from Ft. Lauderdale directly to the Fresh Creek / Andros Town Airport; only five minutes drive from the lodge. Kamalame Cay handles all transfers to and from the Andros Town Airport.
CHARTER FLIGHT OPTION SPECIFICS
The charter flight option is a direct one-hour flight to the island from Ft. Lauderdale International. Using the charter flight is an economical and practical option for larger group sizes.
The alternative for smaller groups is to fly commercially with local carrier, Western Air, which dictates taking an additional connection through Nassau. In accordance with international flight schedules from the U.S., many Kamalame Cay guests often elect to overnight in Nassau the night before pushing on to the lodge the following morning.
The cost of the Round-trip charter flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Andros is based upon the number of people in your party and the amount of baggage and passenger weight in your party. Our charter service, Air Flight Charters, operates comfortable, eight passenger Cessna 402B and 402C aircraft. To determine the cost of the round-trip airfare to/from Ft. Lauderdale and the Mangrove Cay Airport per person, please contact us for a quote as these rates are always fluctuating due to the price of fuel. Generally speaking, a 1-9 person Cessna 402 aircraft is approximately $2500 -$3000 roundtrip depending upon the equipment required in accordance with weight limits.
Sample ItineraryDay 1
Travel to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Upon arrival at Ft. Lauderdale, you will take a charter flight directly to Andros Town. (Commercial Flights are available from Nassau, however for convenience we recommend the charter flight option if the group is large enough to allow this economically). If flying commercially into Andros Town, anglers must overnight the night before scheduled arrival at the lodge in Nassua on New Providence Island. We suggest and can facilitate all required flight and hotel arrangements for this portion of the trip.Day 2-?
Fishing Days. Guests typically awake around 6:00AM for breakfast, which is served in the main restaurant, otherwise known as the Great House. After breakfast guests gather their gear and meet at the ferry dock. Anglers fishing near the lodge meet their guides, board skiffs and head to the flats near the lodge and Staniard Creek. Anglers who have arranged to fish the Joulters take a short (5 minute) ferry ride to meet waiting air-conditioned vehicles for the 40-minute drive to Morgan’s Bluff where they meet their guide and boat, and start the fishing day. Anglers fish out of Maverick skiffs or wade the expansive flats of the Joulters. Lunch is taken on the water. The fishing day is complete around 5:00PM and guests are transferred back to Kamalame for cocktails and dinner. If you favor a more relaxed pace or just can't stop fishing at the end of the day, wander out your back door into miles of productive flats where you can fish 'til your heart's content without a guide.Departure Day
Transfer to the airport for your charter flight back to Ft. Lauderdale or on board a daily Le Air flight to Nassau for the connection back to Ft. Lauderdale. Upon arrival back in Ft. Lauderdale, return to the commercial terminal for your flight home.
When to GoKamalame Cay is Closed August 22 – October 15
One thing people often neglect when considering a trip to the Bahamas is the weather. The Bahamas are actually in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea. As a result the islands are more susceptible to northerly cold fronts than their Caribbean neighbors to the south. There are a few loose weather guidelines you must consider.December – February
Cool weather and windier conditions can be a factor. The fish are of course always there, but you run the risk of getting cooler weather from the States. However, it is equally as possible to have 80-degree days and little wind. Some of the best bonefishing occurs following the passing of a cold front when water on the flats warm inviting rested bones back on to feed. This is a great time for trophy bonefish.March - June 15
The prime spring months to fish the Bahamas. Consistently warm (not too hot) weather dominates the forecast. There is typically less wind as well.June 15- August 1
The fish are there, however hotter conditions and little breeze often exist. If you don’t mind the heat, the fishing can be excellent and is a good time for beginners to learn because of the lack of wind.August 1 - October 15
Peak Hurricane Season! There is a serious risk of lousy weather, however we have had wonderful trips during this time frame --- especially if you are flexible and able to book on short notice.October 15 – November
The best time to fish in the fall. Conditions are very similar to March - April type conditions.
Terms & Conditions
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters and lodges which it represents. Alphonse Island Resort’s policy follows: A non-refundable 50% deposit of is required within fourteen days to confirm reservations. Full non-refundable pre-payment is due 90 days prior to departure. If a replacement client is found, payment is refundable minus a $750 per person cancellation fee. No refund will be made for unused land arrangements included in cost. Any trip booked within ninety days will require full and non-refundable payment to confirm arrangements. Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses
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Kamalame Cay has a full service spa facility overlooking the ocean and is equipped with all the amenity, trained staff, and complete treatment offerings of the most sophisticated spas you find in the city. The island has a gorgeous beach and is an ideal spot for families with small children.
The third longest barrier reef in the world is just a mile from Kamalame’s beautiful beach, offering divers and snorkelers the perfect opportunity to savor exceptional experiences without the hassle of long boat rides or crowded dive sites. Kamalame’s on-site dive center and PADI certified instructors provide top-notch equipment and service on this remote island. If you have not tried diving, this is a great opportunity to take the Discover Scuba Diving course or get your full diving certification. Experienced divers will revel in the 100-foot visibility and amazingly diverse marine life.
Additional activities at Kamalame include beachcombing, windsurfing, tennis (two tennis courts), swimming in the freshwater pool and nature walks with a staff naturalist. You may want to consider paddling one of the Cay’s sea-kayaks through the gentle inland creeks that meet the sea at Kamalame’s doorstep. Guided sea-kayak trips that include lunch are easily arranged. The resort also has windsurfing gear for those interested.