Whipray Caye Fishing Lodge

Whipray Caye is a very small private island located eight miles off the coast of Placencia, Belize, Central America. Owned and operated by Julian Cabral and his American wife Beverly, Whipray Caye Lodge is custom made for serious salt-water fishermen and the independent traveler wanting to step away from everyday stress into a pure and natural world – where the fast pace comes to a splashing halt. This is a very remote and unspoiled area – one of the few remaining in the Western Hemisphere. With warm smiles and ice cold Belikins at the ready, Julian and Bev make it very easy to unwind and adjust to the slow rhythms of island life.

A charming little island getaway, Whipray (Whippari on some charts) Caye is surrounded by some of the finest permit waters found anywhere as well as an abundance of snorkeling-worthy coral and sea life.

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  • World Heritage Alliance
  • Distinguished Order or Permit Angling Purists
  • WadersOn.com Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides

Guest Comments
“Over the past 13 years it has been my pleasure to fish with Julian.  During this time he has shown great patience and skill in instructing two of my sons (me too!) in the art of fly-fishing.” Read More

 

Fishing

Here Fishy Fishy Fishy…

Julian is one of Belize’s top permit guides, and as such is a great source of information about the area. Having Julian around makes fishing out of Whipray an experience you will never forget. The permit fishing is excellent and there are few places that offer better shots at this challenging fish. Several of the permit flats are only a five minute boat ride away from the island.

This is your classic permit setting for those who love to wade to their fish. Your guide will pole you along the pristine flats until fish are spotted. You’ll then be asked to quietly slip out of the boat and slowly wade toward the fish to get the best possible shot at them.

Julian will take you to spots known only to him, some of the best fishing you will find anywhere. If you want Permit, Tarpon, Bonefish, Yellowtail, Snapper, King Mackerel, Barracuda, or Grouper, they are all here. Check here for a complete, as complete a list as grown-ups toys could be, list of gear to start your adventure.

Whipray Caye can accommodate up to eight rods at a time, which makes it ideal for small groups looking for a unique and intimate setting. The cabanas, while basic, are comfortable. Don’t expect posh because it isn’t here. Fishing is. Hammocks on the veranda invite weary anglers to stop and rest while offering the perfect place to watch the sun set on another day in Permit Paradise.

If that doesn’t suit you, the thatched roof bar will. It’s a wonderful place to have a cold beer and dissect the day’s events while tying up a few of Julian’s special Merkins or shooting a game of darts. Julian is certain to add to the comedy.

 

Gear

Gear List

Snook, Permit, Tarpon:

  • Rod: 9/10 weight
  • Line: 9 foot, 20# leader; 80# shock leader (for tarpon), clear slow-sinking line (also clear intermediate line for tarpon), extra spool weight-forward floating line, 20-30# backing (min. 150 yards for snook, 250 yards for tarpon and permit)

Bonefish:

  • Rod: 7-9 weight
  • Line: 7-9 weight floating line (depending on size of rod), 9-12′ bonefish leaders, 10-12# tippet

Flies

Tarpon and Snook:

  • Clouser Half and Half: Size 3/0 and 4/0, bring two each of olive with lots of flash tied on a 3/0 and 4/0 hook
  • and, brown with lots of flash tied on a 3/0 and 4/0 hook
  • Berke’s Juvineel: Size 1/0, bring 2
  • Cockroach: Size 3/0, bring two grisly colored
  • Black Death (black and red cockroach): Size 3/0, bring 2
  • Bluewater Mullet: Size 4/0, bring 2
  • Crystal Poppers: 1 each
  • Pencil Popper (2/0)
  • Maxi Popper (2/0)
  • Mini Popper (1/0)
  • Surf Candy: Popovic’s Deep Candy Bendback, Size 2/0, bring 2
  • Gummy Minnows: all colors
  • (Note: Bring the same flies for juvenile tarpon, but tie them on 1/0 and 2/0 hooks.)

Permit:

  • Bauer’s Fur Crab: Size 4 hook, one each of tan and olive
  • Enrico Puglisi Crab: Size 4 hook, bring one
  • Palometa Crab: Size 4 hook if possible (size 2 otherwise), one tan
  • Mangrove Critter: Size 3 or 4 hook, if possible (the 1/0 is very big and splashes), bring 2
  • Del’s Merkin: Try to find the legs tied in green and orange (same leg colors as the olive Turneffe Crab), bring 2
  • McCrab: Size 4 hook, bring 2
  • Turneffe Crab: Size 6, bring 3 olives
  • Del’s Merkin: Size 4 hook, bring 2

Bonefish:

  • Boggle Head: Size 6 hook, 2 each of olive and tan
  • Bonefish Bitters: Size 6 and 8 hooks, bring two each (one of each size) of olive and orange
  • Bone Shrimp: Size 4 hook, bring 2
  • Flash Shrimp: Size 6 hook, bring 2
  • Squimp: Size 6 hook, bring 2
  • Bonefish Clouser: Size 4 hook, bring 2 each of chartreuse and olive (if you can find or tie in olive)

Other Gear

  • Lightweight long-sleeved shirt and pants (at least 1 pair each – quick-drying nylon is best)
  • Special dietary needs (will be difficult to locate in Placencia)
  • Light-weight rain gear (disposable poncho ok)
  • Dark, light-weight t-shirts
  • Polarized sunglasses. Sunglasses should fit tightly to block UVR from the sides and have lenses large enough to cover the entire eye area, including eye lids. Copper or amber are the best colors if you’re only bringing one pair – color is irrelevant in terms of UV ratings.
  • Neoprene flats wading boots (for the flats)
  • “Broad spectrum” sunscreen containing zinc oxide, minimum SPF 15 rating (total sunblock isn’t a bad idea for the first few days on the water)
  • Insect Repellent (Deep Woods Off)
  • Hat with a minimum 3″ brim (check the hats offered by Watership Trading Company)
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medication (Placencia now has a pharmacy, but still best to bring your own)
  • Camera and film (film is expensive in Belize, bring plenty from home or bring your digital and rechargeable batteries and charger) (an underwater camera can also be fun – the disposables aren’t bad, either)

 

Snorkeling

Fish, Fins and Fun, Fun, Fun

The lovely island of Whipray is totally surrounded by a living coral reef and coral heads that begin at the shore of the island and develop into the fringing reefs along the outer perimeter.

All are accessible for snorkeling with mask and fins. And within 16 miles of Whipray Caye is some of Belize’s premier Whale Shark watching – a truly tropical paradise!

All of the tropical fish, corals, sea fans and sea stars native to the Western Caribbean are alive and well here. Water visibility is easily up to 75’ with over 200’ visibility at the Barrier Reef. SCUBA is possible right from the caye, normally arranged through the local dive shops in “Barefoot Perfect” Placencia.

If you are very lucky while snorkeling, you may just get the opportunity to drop into a school of dolphins for the ultimate experience of listening to and observing these beautiful animals in their natural environment.

 

Lodge

Accomodations Basic & Clean

Guest Cabanas

Lodging on Whipray Caye is built for sustainable tourism.  Very basic – two double beds in each room, ceiling fans and cross-through ventilation from windows on every outside wall, clear and natural rainwater fit for drinking or a nice warm shower on those rare chilly days, with 12v and generator-supplied current in every room- that’s the fun of island life. Clear clean waters sparkle with sunlight right outside your door, as you lie in bed watching the incredible Belizean sunrise.

The accommodations: 2 unique 2-room cabanas (private entry and bathroon for each bedroom), 8 full-size beds total, are basic and CLEAN. At the end of the day relax before dinner, in a comfortable hammock on your veranda, and enjoy the view of the glorious Caribbean Sea, contemplating your day with a nice cold Belikin Beer at hand.

Sea Urchin Bar/Restaurant

We also feature the famous Sea Urchin Bar and Restaurant, one of the most unique in the entire area! The kitchen serves up a variety of Belizean and American food, mostly served fresh from the sea, and the fully stocked bar serves the coldest beer for miles around, all enjoyed under the thatched roof and open to the cooling breezes so you can view spectacular sunsets as you eat. Meals are all served Family Style and are fixed price. Call ahead or email for reservations if you are not a guest on the caye. We love to see the sailing boats tied up to our 2 mooring buoys on the west side of the caye.

 

Rates

Our package rates are the same for everyone, guests as well as agents (contact us for our comission rates). The price includes everything for your trip from the time you hit the Placencia Airport (PLJ) to the time you return there for your flights home. That means your taxi from Placencia (PLJ) to the dock; round trip boat to the caye; your comfy cabana room; hearty family-style meals each day; drinks with your meals (local beer, rum, soda); guided fishing, one or two per boat, guide and boat; the government 12.5% GST and 9% hotel taxes; and lots of good fish stories from Julian.

2011 Fishing Rates (are per Person and in US Dollars)

4N/3D 5N/4D 6N/5D 7N/6D 8N/7D
           
2 PER ROOM /
1 or 2 FISHING
$2,055 $2,305 $2,605 $2,885 $3.090
           
1 PER ROOM /
1 FISHING
$2,915 $3,125 $3,435 $3,815 $4,280

 

Packages Include

  • Ground transfers from Placencia airstrip to transport boat and return
  • Boat transfer to Whipray Caye from Placencia and return
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Bottled drinking water in boat
  • Beverages with meals: local rum and beer
  • Accommodations
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Guided Fishing
  • Complimentary use of snorkel gear and see-through kayak
  • Taxes: 12.5% General Sales Tax and 9% Hotel Tax

Packages Don’t Include

  • Airfare to get to the country of Belize
  • Airfare between Belize International Airport and Placencia
  • Gratuities
  • Imported liquor and bar drinks
  • Cigarettes
  • Items of personal nature

Reservations & Deposits
A 50% deposit is required within 15 days of booking to confirm a reservation. The balance is due 45 days prior to scheduled arrival.

Cancellations & Refunds
A deposit of 50% per person is due within 15 days of booking to hold both space and guides on all packages. No space or guides will be held without receipt of deposit.

Full pre-payment is due 90 days prior to date of trip. All cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Whipray Caye Lodge via email to [email protected] or your travel agent. For cancellations up to 60 days prior to start of trip, all deposits will be rescheduled or transferred to another person up to one year from booking date (minus any cancellation fees charged by Whipray Caye Lodge and your travel agent).

Reservations cancelled after full payment has been made may be rescheduled or transferred to another person up to one year from booking date, based on availability. If satisfactory reschedule dates cannot be accommodated on a reservation that has been paid in full, and the cancellation is at least 60 days prior to the reservation dates, then 50% of the total payment will be refunded. Within 60 days from start of trip, deposits and/or final payments are NONREFUNDABLE unless Whipray is able to resell your spot.

No refunds are available for unused portions of any package. Partial refunds are also an option based on mutual agreement.

If your trip is cancelled due to high winds with small craft warnnings, a hurricane, tropical storms or some other catastrophic event, the lodge will make every effort to offer alternate dates, but there can be no guarantee that this will be possible. (This is why we STRONGLY recommend that you purchase trip insurance!) No refunds will apply for weather-related incidents.

Whipray Caye Lodge may change this policy at any time without notice.

 
 

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1 Review

  1. JULIAN & BEVERLY CABRAL, 5 years ago

    Whipray Caye is truly a Paradise: for fishing, for relaxing, for snorkeling. Located close to Placencia Peninsula as well as the Great Barrier Reef of Belize, the options are limitless!

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