The Delphi Club//Abaco Island – Bahamas

Quick Facts

  • Price:$5650 // 6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing
  • Fish Species: Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, & More
  • Seasonality: October – July
  • Location: Abaco Island, Bahamas

Abaco Island, Bahamas

Guests travel to Marsh Harbour (MHH) commercially from numerous major airports including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, W. Palm Beach, Orlando and New Smyrna. There is even a direct flight from Atlanta. Abaco could not be easier to get to from the U.S. with daily and affordable flights on board major U.S. carriers such as American and United. There is also daily non-stop service from Nassau to Marsh Harbour with multiple carriers. It’s a 30 minute drive to the lodge from the airport.

Bonefish are the primary target species, however Southern Abaco has a very unique and consistent fishery with large permit and tarpon as well as mutton snapper, barracudas, sharks and more. With the lodge located in the southern region of the island, it allows for easy access to the best spots surrounding the island.

On a typical day, guides will trailer the boat to various spots in the 15 – 30 minute drive range. For anglers who are trying to target large numbers of bonefish the guides will take you to various locations in the Marls where you’ll find large schools of fish through mangroves and marly flats. The southern tip of the island, Sandy Point, offers a variety of fishing with ideal permit flats, walk and wade opportunities for bonefish, and some of the best tarpon fishing on the island. However, it can be tide dependent depending on the species you are targeting. Cherokee is another area the guides frequent and offers opportunity at some of the largest fish on the island.

The Delphi Club
With the peak season at The Delphi Club falling between the months of March and June, anglers can still find outstanding fishing from October to March – especially for those interested in permit or tarpon (See WHEN TO GO for more details.) Delphi Club does briefly close down in August and September during the inconsistent summer weather.

The Delphi Club is an ideal lodge for any angler looking to test out their first saltwater experience, and is also perfect for any veteran looking for a great multi species experience, including tarpon and permit. Those looking for luxury accommodations and dining, look no further. Delphi has a fleet of Hells Bay skiffs that provide excellent comfort while also having the ability to pole across skinny water. The lodge has a laid back vibe and goes above and beyond when it comes to catering to guests’ needs.

6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing is $5650

Shorter and longer fishing packages are available. The above price is based on shared room and shared boat/guide. Private rooms and/or single boat/guide are available. Additional expenses include but are not limited to airfare to Marsh Harbour Bahamas; flies, terminal tackle, & other fishing equipment; alcoholic beverages and gratuities. See RATES for details.

You the client don’t pay a penny for our travel services! Our destination recommendations, organization, and pre-trip planning services are completely free of charge – and oftentimes less expensive than booking direct with a lodge or outfitter. We can assist with every question, concern, or special request related to your adventure at zero cost!

Located just 30 minutes south of Marsh Harbour, The Delphi Club is the perfect destination both for someone getting their feet wet in saltwater fly fishing as well as the veteran angler looking to experience the best of the Bahamas. Delphi Club’s secluded beachfront property offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean with a relaxed atmosphere and unmatched service and accommodations.

The Delphi Club spares no expense when it comes to making guests as comfortable as possible. Guests start the day with a made to order breakfast at 7:00am and then head out for a full day of fishing where lunch is provided on the skiff. A variety of options for lunch are available for order including cold sandwiches and salads. Once guests arrive back at the lodge, there’s time for a quick dip in the pool, a shower and hordevours are usually served around 6:00pm. The lodge has eight rooms in total, and offers rooms with either a king sized bed or double queens.

While staying at The Delphi Club anglers can expect to fish multiple areas of the island but this can largely depend on what the angler wants to focus on. The marls which engulfs the majority of the west side of the island is great for anglers getting their feet wet in saltwater fishing or those who are wanting to catch large numbers of bonefish. This huge flats area is peppered with unpopulated pine forest islands, mangrove cays, and a prodigious bonefish population — one of the largest and least pressured in the Bahamas. Sandy Point is another great option while staying at The Delphi Club. It has some of the best permit flats on the island and if the weather cooperates it has easy access to Moore’s Island where there is opportunity for both trophy size bonefish and permit. While most fishing is from the bow of the boat, there are some wading opportunities if the tide is right to stalk bonefish on foot.

Destination Details

Destination Description

The Delphi Club’s southern location on the island allows for easy access to some of our favorite fishing in the Abacos. Within a 30 minute drive you can be on your skiff fishing in the west side of the Island better known as the Marls , the very southern tip at Sandy Point, or Cherokee Sound which is just a quick ride from the lodge. All offer incredible bonefishing opportunities, both wading and from the skiff. The lodge sits up on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic ocean and its own private beach at Rolling Harbour. Abaco is one of the most accessible islands in the Bahamas with direct flights from the U.S. Don’t confuse the convenience in travel as a compromise to the quality of the fishing! The Delphi Club has an incredible multi-species fishery, and a staff of veteran and energetic guides that prove to put their guests on permit, tarpon, barracuda, and of course, bonefish!

Delphi Club sets a new standard when it comes to accommodations and guest comfort. The lodge has 8 private rooms in total, all with air conditioning and wifi. While this is an angling destination – Delphi Club is a fantastic operation to consider for those bringing spouses or non-angling companions. The infinity swimming pool, comfortable lounging area, and full wraparound porch are a perfect place to enjoy a nice relaxing day. After fishing guests are pampered with rounds of appetizers, cold Kalik, and cocktails, just before an unforgettable dining experience featuring Bahamian cuisine. Their top notch guide staff are some of the best in the Bahamas, and Delphi Club’s Hell’s Bay Professional skiffs ensure access to shallow flats while also providing maximum comfort!

The Fishing

The Delphi Club’s Southern location allows easy access to the Marls, Sandy point and Cherokee Sound, which are the best fisheries on the island. On the west side of the Island, the guides will launch at various locations in the Marls, from Marsh Harbor all the way down to Sandy Point, with boat runs anywhere from 10 – 30 minutes. The Marls offers a vast variety of flats, mangroves, and large numbers of bonefish. It’s suited for all skill levels and angling experience. The sheltered Marls are home to tremendous numbers of healthy and unpressured bonefish in the 2-4lb range with the occasional 5-8lb fish. There are LOTS of tailing fish in the seemingly endless shallow water. Permit and juvenile tarpon are a fairly regular sighting, so an extra rod or two rigged for these species isn’t a bad idea to have on board! As you pole through the Marls barracuda and sharks are seen very frequently and will put a good bend in your rod if you are interested.

The fishing around Sandy Point offers perhaps the best opportunity for cruising permit and larger bonefish. With the ocean edge right there, and deeper flats it is an ideal feeding ground for permit. Like any permit fishery it is tide dependent but when it is on you will have shots at good size permit. Weather dependent, Delphi guides will make the 1hr run from Sandy Point to Moore’s Island which can provide consistent shots for enormous bones, freaky sized permit, and surprisingly consistent tarpon action.

The closest fishery to the club but not one to be overlooked is Cherokee Sound. With only a 15 minute drive to the boat launch, Cherokee’s large flats offer the best fishing on the east side of the island. With average size bonefish being in the 4-6lb range and the occasional shot at an 8-10lb, it is one of the best areas for targeting trophy size bonefish. It is also great for any half day trips.

Abaco has many similarities to the fishing areas around Key West with some areas of open water crossings, some deeper flats for permit and tarpon, and some super skinny areas with technical poling and maneuverability required. Delphi Club has new Hells Bay Professionals that handle all of these situations.

Accommodations

The Delphi Club overlooks the beautiful beach of Rolling Harbour on the east coast of Great Abaco, about half an hour south of Marsh Harbour. Secluded, tranquil and surrounded by the Abaco wilderness, the Lodge stands some fifty feet above sea level and offers panoramic views over the Atlantic. Located on the second floor of the lodge you will find the great room with an enormous dining table, the bar, abundant comfortable seating and stunning views from its many glass doors. The adjacent library is well-stocked with a wide choice of books and features and is home to the Lodge’s only TV in case of sporting emergencies or global financial melt-down. There’s also a full wrap around porch and with ampfull outside seating.

Six of the Club’s eight bedrooms are on the ground floor with their own private porches. There are two more on the third floor. All have lovely ocean views and there is a choice of super-king size beds or queen size twins.

Outside, the landscaped gardens feature bougainvillea, frangipani, oleander, hibiscus, ficus and a wide variety of palms and other shrubs. There’s an attractive infinity pool and patio with comfortable sun loungers.

The Club offers some of the best food in the Bahamas. The head chef has worked in Michelin star restaurants and his food is simple, fresh and delicious, making optimal use of local ingredients. And the Lodge has an exceptional wine list that is very fairly priced.

At every small fly fishing lodge the management can make or break the experience. The general manager of the Delphi Club is Max Woolnough, who has spent more than a decade in the hospitality industry. He runs a great operation but knows when to cut loose and brings conversations to life during cocktail hour and at the dining table.

Weekly Capacity : 16 anglers

Travel

With a quick transfer of only 30 minutes from the airport to the lodge, The Delphi Club is one of the easier lodges in the Bahamas to get to. Abaco Island is serviced by several airlines with direct flights into Marsh Harbour from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, W. Palm Beach, Orlando and New Smyrna.

Direct flights to Nassau are also available with connections on to Marsh Harbour. Airlines servicing that route are:

  • Bahamas Air
  • Sky Bahama
  • Lynxair
  • Cherokee Aviation (private charters)

Delphi Club will provide transportation from Marsh Harbor to the Lodge and return.

Sample Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

DAY 1

Travel to Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, W. Palm Beach, Orlando or New Smyrna and make a commercial connection to Marsh Harbour. No need for expensive charter flights!

Upon arrival at the Marsh Harbour Airport, guests are driven 40 minutes by shuttle to the lodge. At the lodge you are greeted with a cold beverage and will meet lodge managers Max Woolnough and Nicole Dubras. You will then be shown around the lodge and situated in your room, and prepare yourself for cocktails, dinner, and the next few days of fishing.

FISHING DAYS

Coffee is available at 6:30AM followed by breakfast at 7AM, which is served in the main dining room. Following breakfast the fishing day starts as early as 8:00AM, depending on where you are fishing and what time you wish to take off for the day. Lunch is taken on the water, and anglers return to the lodge by 4:00PM for a dip in the pool, cocktails, and a shower. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails start at 6:00PM followed by a wonderfully prepared dinner at 7:15PM. Depending on the weather and desired type of fishing, guides will trailer to various locations. Delphi Club is located in the perfect location to fish the Marls, Cherokee, Sandy Point and even the famous Moores Island when the weather is calm.

DEPARTURE DAY

Transfer to the Marsh Harbour airport for your commercial flight back to Florida and your connection home.

When to Go

When to Go

Delphi Club is open October – July

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, as well as being susceptible to tropical storms during hurricane season. Delphi Club is CLOSED August – September. There are a few loose weather guidelines you must consider.

MARCH – JULY

The prime spring months to fish the Bahamas. Consistently warm (not too hot) weather dominates the forecast. There is typically less wind as well.

AUGUST – SEPTEMBER

Peak Hurricane Season! Lodge is closed.

OCTOBER – NOVEMBER

The best time to fish in the fall. Conditions are very similar to March – April type conditions.

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.

Non-Angling Activities

Non-angling companions are welcome and encouraged to join fishermen at The Delphi Club. Out of the eight bedrooms, there is a mix of king and double queen size beds to accommodate for shared anglers or shared occupancy for couples. Fishing is the primary activity as a guest at Delphi, but there are plenty of non-angling activities to enjoy around the lodge. Between the infinity pool, multiple lounging areas, and private beach, everyone can find a place to have a nice relaxing day at the lodge. There is also an onsite masseuse to make the day even more relaxing. The lodge overlooks its own private beach in Rolling Harbour and can be a non-angers playground with access to kayaks, paddles boards, and snorkeling gear.

Abaco Island has loads of adventurous activities for non-fishing guests to tackle. A naturalist can be hired to give tours for birding and site seeing. Spend a day swimming and feeding the wild pigs at Noname Caye or visit Nunjack Caye to checkout a sanctuary of stingrays and sharks. Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay are not too far north and both offer nightlife, restaurants, and shopping. The Delphi Club can assist in organizing snorkeling and diving excursions around other parts of the island as well.

Rates

Rates

2021/2022 Rates
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing: $6505
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing: $5650
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing: $4745
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing: $3790

Whats Included

Lodging, meals, guided fishing, access to paddle boards and kayaks, transportation between Delphi Club and Marsh Harbour Airport and loaner wading boots

Not included

Transportation to Abaco Island, alcoholic beverages, rod outfit rental program, flies, leader tippet, gratuities and government taxes

Payment Terms

50% of the cost is payable within 10 days of booking to secure the reservation and the balance is payable at least 60 days prior to arrival at Delphi. Room and boats cannot be held or reserved without a deposit. Please note that 10% of the total package cost for each trip/angler is non-refundable.

Terms and Conditions:

Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters and lodges which it represents. Delphi Club policy follows:

After the initial reservation has been made, please note that 10% of the total package cost for each trip/angler is non-refundable.Date changes can be made 61+ days prior to arrival at Delphi (subject to availability). Date changes cannot be made to reservations 60 days or less prior to arrival at Delphi.

The Delphi Club reserves the right to charge a handling fee of $100 per person for any changes to the reservation.

Cancellations 90 days prior to the start of the trip: A 10% penalty would be incurred plus a $100 per person handling fee. The remaining 90% can be refunded or applied to a future trip booked within one year.

Cancellations 31-90 days prior to the start of the trip: A 50% penalty would be incurred plus a $100 per person handling fee. The remaining 50% can be refunded or applied to a future trip booked within one year.

Cancellations 30 days or less prior to the start of the trip: No refund or credit will be given.

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