My husband and I just returned from an amazing stay at Swain's Cay Lodge, and are already planning how we can go back! We spent 10 nights at this gorgeous resort. My husband was very excited for a first experience bonefishing, where I was excited to relax on the beach. Swain's Cay is a perfect place to unwind. As other guests have mentioned, there are not many scheduled activities other than bonefishing but there are options if you want. We had an amazing time kayaking daily right from the beach, we explored the island by bikes, snorkelled, discovered blue holes, and had amazing conch salad at a local restaurant. We also did 4 days of fly fishing with the guide Randy which were awesome.
Sadly I have read below that another guest had a poor experience with Randy, perhaps due to some miscommunication. We were fortunate to spend 4 days fly fishing with Randy and thought he was great! He was patient with teaching us how to cast in the wind, and helped Craig get very good at 'double hauling'. Best of all, we caught a ton of bonefish with the best day catching 15 in total!
As for the resort, the staff at Swain's Cay are amazing. They readily got to know us by name and made sure we had everything we needed. By the end of the trip they felt like family and we found it hard to say goodbye. With such a small resort, we also had the pleasure of getting to know some of the other guests quite well as everyone meets in the main lodge for meals. We really enjoyed the meals which included plenty of locally caught fish and great Bahemian spices.
Andros Island is a quiet island with very friendly people. If you want to be entertained this is not the place for you, but if you want to relax and create your own adventures outdoors it is perfect. It would have been nice to have a couple other options on site like yoga on the beach or even some Bahemian cooking classes! Owner, Cheryl, seemed very receptive to these ideas when I suggested and is trying to expand to offer other options to guests when not fishing.
TIPS: the sandflies at night can be bad so bring bug spray and long pants! Also there are only a couple corner stores to purchase very marked up snacks, so I would recommend packing a few granola bars in your bag :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swain's Cay Lodge is the perfect island retreat on Mangrove Cay, Andros Island, only a a 20 minute flight from Nassau. Newly built in 2009, Swain's Cay is located on the beach. Kayaks and bikes are available for guest use to explore the island, our bonefish flat, reefs and blue-holes. The ideal location for the world's best bonefishing or to escape from it all! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swain`s Cay Hotel Andros
- Swain's Cay Lodge Andros, Bahamas