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Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge is located on South Andros Island in the Bahamas. Andros is the largest of the Bahamian islands located 150 miles Southeast of Miami, and about 40 miles Southwest of Nassau, New Providence. Mars Bay Lodge is a relatively new and small lodge near the southeastern tip of Andros that affords anglers a short and easy skiff ride to pristine flats teeming with unpressured bonefish. The lodge is American owned and managed and has several experienced guides in its stable. Mars Bay is reasonably priced and has received excellent reviews from many well-traveled and experienced bonefishers There are fewer and less sophisticated people on this southern part of Andros. The farther south you travel on this island, the more “rough around the edges” it becomes – until you reach Mars Bay Lodge. If you are looking for a spot that is far away from the crowds but with all the amenities, consider the simple, inviting, and well-positioned Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.
There is absolutely nothing pretentious about the lodge. They don’t crack your pepper for you, and you’ll not find a mint on your pillow. The atmosphere is comfortable, laid back, and casual. The rooms are clean and bright, but not posh.The lodge has all of the modern comforts you will need. It sleeps up to 8 people and is air conditioned and has two bathrooms. There is a living area in which to watch your favorite game on the Satellite TV, as you sit back and enjoy a cold Kalik or a rum drink. The food is fantastic at the lodge and your personal cook takes the extra time to make sure your meal is delicious.Breakfast is typically bacon, eggs, French toast, or pancakes. Cold cereal and oatmeal are also available. Your lunch while fishing is generally a sandwich with chips and other goodies. After your day of fishing is done, there will be an appetizer waiting for you followed by dinner, which is a three course meal and is usually Bahamian or American food. All alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks are included in your rate. Even though you are escaping from your busy life, you can still access email through the wireless internet service and make free long-distance calls to the United States.
South Andros is a unique Bahamian locale as it offers the entire range of bonefishin possibilities. Bonefish average three to six pounds with some exceeding ten pounds. Andros has bragging rights as the Bonefishing Capital of the World. Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge provides the nearest access for those wanting to fish the southern tip of South Andros. A mile off the coast lies the third largest barrier reef in the world, the Tongue of the Ocean where the water depth plummets from 30 feet to 6000 feet. The reef runs for about 170 miles. Cool waters from the deep flow upward against the walls feeding an unbelievable fishery. Just off the reef in deep water are Dorado, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Jacks. On the reef are Barracuda, Snappers, and Grouper. All this is surrounded by hundreds of square miles of fishable flats known worldwide for trophy bone fishing. Permit sightings and creek Tarpon are not out of the question either. The guides are experienced and excellent. They know the areas well from Grassy Cay to Deep Creek and from Hawksbill Creek to Curly Cut Cay.
Take a flight to Nassau or Fort Lauderdale. Then connect with a flight to Andros Isl., Congo Town Airport. Incoming parties are asked to arrive on the afternoon flight into Congo Town. Once you arrive at Congotown, a cab will be waiting at the airport for you and your party. From there it’s a 22 mile drive to Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge, the end of the road.
Since Mars Bay Lodge is literally at the end of the road on the Island, there is little to do but fish, relax in the sun or in the lodge living room, or do a little exploring on foot, or maybe take photos of the beautiful plants and ocean or some of the 45 species of birds.