Swains Cay Lodge

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Established in 2010, Swain’s Cay Lodge is located between Andros’ South and Middle Bights, offering anglers an expansive array of productive flats in both directions. Large Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, and other species are all targeted here in the rich waters of Central Andros. Non-angling guests will feel right at home, with ample opportunities for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, bird watching, and more. The lodge’s friendly staff is prepared to cater to individual needs, and the exceptional Bahamian cuisine is some of the finest in the Caribbean. 

Who It’s For

  • Flats Anglers
  • Couples/Families


When To Go

Central Andros provides excellent Bonefishing opportunities year-round. Typically the most consistent Tarpon and Permit fishing falls in the spring and summer months, from March through September.

Weather in this subtropical climate is relatively stable throughout the year, with average highs around 85 degrees F. The warmer months, June through August, often bring more frequent rains. The cooler season falls from December through February and tends to have less rain, but cold fronts become a risk.


Andros has earned the nickname ‘Bonefish capital of the world’ due to its intricate system of flats, creeks, bays, and estuaries that combine to make the best big-Bonefish habitat in the Bahamas. The bottom here is generally a white, soft bottom which allows for excellent visibility of cruising fish at a distance. Whether fishing the middle or southern bight, anglers can expect to be primarily fishing from the skiff in one to three feet of water, with harder-bottomed wading flats scattered throughout the region. If the weather is conducive to a longer run, you may have the opportunity to fish the legendary Bonefish flats on the west side of Andros as well. 


Resident Tarpon of 20-60lbs can be found year-round in central Andros. During the warmer months of March through September, anglers can find a mix of resident fish and larger migratory beasts as well. Known for their strength and leaping acrobatics, many anglers schedule their pilgrimage to Swain’s Cay with Tarpon being a favorite target species.


Like anywhere else where Permit swim, these clever fish in Andros can be notoriously difficult to catch. However, anglers focused on Permit fishing often have numerous opportunities throughout the week. Do yourself a favor and practice casting heavy crab patterns in the wind before targeting Permit around Mangrove Cay.

Other Species

In addition to the famed big three flats species, anglers can find a multitude of other species in the waters surrounding Mangrove Cay. Barracuda, Sharks, Snapper, and Jack Crevalle are commonly found in Central Andros. For anglers wanting a completely different fishing experience, Swain’s Cay Lodge also offers bluewater fishing trips that target pelagic species such as Wahoo, Tuna, and Mahi.


Swain’s Cay employs the area’s most reputable independent professional guides, all with slightly different flats skiffs. All the boats are comfortable and are outfitted with rod holders, clean casting platforms, and storage space. 


A range of rod sizes with matched reels will be necessary for a week at Swain’s Cay Lodge. We recommend bringing 4 rods: a 6/7wt for Bonefish, an 8wt all-purpose, a 9wt for Permit and other reef species, and a 10-12wt for Tarpon. Your guides will help you rig appropriately for the day’s fishing. We recommend adhering to the packing and equipment lists provided by Trident.


Day 1: From Home to Nassau

A weeklong trip at Swain’s Cay Lodge is typically Saturday to Saturday, with an additional travel day on each end. Getting to the lodge begins with a Friday flight to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS), where you will typically spend one night in a hotel.

Day 2: From Nassau to Swain’s Cay Lodge

The next morning, you will board your flight from Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) to Mangrove Cay, Bahamas (MAY), where a Swain’s Cay representative will drive you about 15 minutes to the Lodge.

Days 3 - 8: The Fishing Days

Fishing days start with a full breakfast before heading out with your guide for the day. Lunch is typically served on the water, allowing you to rejuvenate and rehydrate. Following an afternoon fishing session, you’ll return to the lodge to unwind and enjoy a delicious meal typically consisting of fresh seafood and regional cuisine. After dinner, feel free to enjoy cocktails and stories on the deck, watch the sunset on the beach, or retire early.

Day 8: From Swain’s Cay Lodge to Nassau

After your week of fishing, you’ll enjoy breakfast on Saturday morning before a Swain’s Cay representative will drive you about 15 minutes to the airport, where you’ll board your flight from Mangrove Cay, Bahamas (MAY) back to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS). Once you’ve arrived in Nassau, you will spend one night in a hotel.

Day 9: From Nassau to Home

On Sunday morning, you’ll board your flight from Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) back to your home destination.



Swain’s Cay Lodge offers several well-appointed lodging options depending on your group size. Ranging from single-occupancy suites to a three-bedroom apartment, each unit includes air conditioning, spacious bathrooms, and complimentary WiFi. 


The fantastic kitchen staff at Swain’s Cay prepares hearty, delicious meals from fresh-caught seafood, and locally sourced meats and produce. Breakfasts are made to order, allowing anglers to eat at their leisure. Your guide packs cooler lunches daily, allowing you to eat on the water. Dinners are a three-course delight, featuring mouthwatering local seafood, meat, and pasta dishes with homemade desserts. The fresh conch salad is the best you can find anywhere in the world! The well-stocked bar is open daily for sharing libations and fish stories.


Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the lodge and in each room. Although it is generally a reliable service, it can be affected by adverse weather conditions. Depending on your service plan, cell service may be available at the lodge.


2024 Fishing Packages

Trident Travel’s expert planning service is free of charge. The rates below are the same as you would pay by booking directly with the lodge. 

Rates are subject to change at any time. Contact us for the most current pricing. 

Double Occupancy/Shared Boat (Per Person)

3 Nights / 2 Days = $2,465

4 Nights / 3 Days = $3,360

5 Nights / 4 Days = $4,225

6 Nights / 5 Days = $4,985

7 Nights / 6 Days = $5,800


Private Room/Shared Boat (Per Person)

3 Nights / 2 Days = $2,910

4 Nights / 3 Days = $3,845

5 Nights / 4 Days = $4,795

6 Nights / 5 Days = $5,800

7 Nights / 6 Days = $6,495


Private Room/Private Boat (Per Person)

3 Nights / 2 Days = $3,795

4 Nights / 3 Days = $5,150

5 Nights / 4 Days = $6,720

6 Nights / 5 Days = $7,875

7 Nights / 6 Days = $9,200



What's Included:

  • Lodging
  • All meals
  • Guided fishing
  • Round-trip airport transfers (MAY)
  • Transfers to/from boat ramps for guided fishing
  • Use of kayaks and bikes

What's Not Included:

  • Airfare to and from Mangrove Cay
  • Lodging, meals, and hotel transfers in Nassau
  • Fishing license
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for the guides
  • Gratuities for the lodge staff
  • All fishing equipment
  • Government taxes and fees


What skill level is required for this trip?

Swain’s Cay Lodge can cater to beginner, intermediate, and advanced anglers. No previous flats fishing experience is required for this trip, although we always recommend practicing your casting before a saltwater trip to get the most out of your experience.

What should I do to prepare for a week of fly fishing in The Bahamas?

Most importantly, you should practice casting in windy conditions. As with any saltwater trip, wind can be a major factor in The Bahamas. Also, purchasing the right gear, tackle, and clothing is important - use our recommended packing lists. You should think about your goals for the trip, so you can relay that to your guides. And lastly, figure out your travel logistics well in advance.

Is Swain’s Cay Lodge Family Friendly?

Yes! The staff at Swain’s Cay is very accommodating of families, and the lodge offers an array of additional activities such as eco-tours, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Kids and non-angling companions will have plenty to do other than fishing.

How many other anglers will be there?

Swain’s Cay Lodge has a maximum capacity of 26 guests, however some are usually non-angling partners. Their capacity makes this an ideal location for accommodating large groups. Fortunately, the expansive nature of the fishery offers seemingly endless flats, so you won’t feel crowded in the slightest on the water.

Is the water safe to drink?

Yes, purified drinking water is always available at the lodge.

How does money work in The Bahamas?

The Bahamian Dollar (BSD) is pegged to the US Dollar (USD), making them interchangeable. US Dollars are accepted everywhere, but change is given in Bahamian dollars. Please bring enough cash to cover gratuities, departure tax, & incidentals.

Do the guides speak English?

Yes, all the guides at Swain’s Cay Lodge are fluent in English, their official language. Many guides also speak Bahamian Creole as well.

Do I need travel insurance?

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment. We recommend Travel Guard, a well-established insurance company that offers excellent, affordable policies designed for angling travel.


What happens if I'm injured or have an emergency requiring evacuation?

Every situation is different when medical and security emergencies happen. To ensure you’re protected when things don’t go as planned, we highly recommend our clients enroll with Global Rescue.

Is traveling to The Bahamas safe?

The Bahamas is generally considered a safe destination for international tourists. As with any international travel, use common sense and keep your wits about you. Once at the lodge, crime is of little concern.


What kind of electrical outlets are there?

Electrical outlets are the same as in the U.S. - 110 Volt AC power.


What is the weather like?

The climate of The Bahamas is subtropical with temperatures averaging around 80 degrees F throughout the year.  Lows during winter rarely drop below 60 and highs during the warmest months are only occasionally above 100.

Is there WiFi available?

Yes, complimentary WiFi is available throughout the lodge and in each suite.

Are alcoholic beverages included?

Alcoholic beverages are not included in the package price, but the well-stocked bar is available daily for purchasing cocktails and beer. 

What other amenities does the lodge offer?

Swain’s Cay Lodge offers a small fly shop, a beautiful sandy beach, several common areas to relax, and the use of kayaks and bikes to explore the area.

Is tipping customary in The Bahamas?

Yes, tipping is customary although it is at your discretion. Tipping 10-15 % of your trip total per person is recommended. Please plan on tipping in cash.