Frequently Asked Questions:
When do I need to arrive in Roatan?
In order to make the flight to Guanaja you need to be at the airport in Roatan by midday Saturday. The flight to Guanaja can leave anywhere between 3:00pm to 4:00pm. It is worth noting here that schedules in the Roatan airport are somewhat fluid and can change from hour to hour and week to week. There are a number of variables including weather, incoming flight arrival times and other unforeseeable changes. For this reason it is important to be flexible and informed when in the Roatan airport.
What happens after I arrive in Roatan?
When your incoming flight arrives you will exit the plane on the tarmac as opposed to a jet way leading to an internal gate. As soon as you come through the doors to the airport you will be at the line for customs. There will be a line consisting of the other passengers on your plane, but the line moves pretty quickly. After you have had your passport stamped and made any declarations you need to at customs you will proceed to the baggage retrieval area. As you are waiting for your bags our man on the ground at the Roatan airport will meet you. His name is Oliver and he will help you with everything from wrangling your bags, getting you set up at the airport bar to await your Guanaja flight to helping you get your domestic flight tax paid. This is a $3 – $4 tax that must be paid upon your arrival at the Roatan airport in order to take the flight to Guanaja. If you have any questions or concerns, Oliver can help.
When it is time to proceed to the domestic terminal for your 20 minute flight to Guanaja, Oliver will retrieve you and your group from the bar and lead you to the security line. You will wait for a short time, line up at one of the two gates and proceed to your plane. This is a very small plane so all carry-ons are stored at the back of the plane. Sit back, relax and enjoy the short flight over the beautiful Carribbean Sea.
On your way back through the Roatan airport there is a $40 per person exit tax that must be paid after you check in to your flight.
What to do in Roatan airport?
Roatan airport is very small. There is one bar – Lewie’s, and a coffeshop/café. These two establishments are a good place to have some refreshments, get your bearings, and people watch. The bar has pretty good margaritas and a couple of good local beers as well as some sandwiches. The café has some delicious home-style empanadas!
We recommend that you stay in the Roatan airport during your layover. Schedules can change and the departure of your flight to Guanaja can move up or back by half hour to an hour.
What happens after we arrive in Guanaja?
When you arrive at the airport in Guanaja you will be stepping out onto the tarmac and proceed into the airport to retrieve any baggage. We recommend that you collect any carry-on baggage you may have left at the back of the plane and carry it with you. You will want to carry a couple one dollar bills to give to the baggage handler that handles your bag only. You do not need to tip each handler, there can be quite a few of them helping. Our staff will meet you in the Guanaja airport wearing a Fly Fish Guanaja shirt or hat. You will proceed out the back door of the airport directly to a dock and awaiting boats. If it is particularly windy or rainy some water may get in the boat. It is a good idea to put all laptops or other electronics in a waterproof or resistant bag. Also, if the water is particularly rough we arrange for a larger taxi to pick you up. The boat ride to our private island, Jones Cay, it about 20 minutes long.
On your way out of Guanaja your bags will be manually searched as the Guanaja airport has no x-ray machines. After having your bags checked you will need to pay a $2 exit fee.
How much can I fish?
You can fish as much as you would like! Our boats and guides go out and come in with the tides. However, you can wade into the flats right from our island, fish from our sandy beach or toss a line out over the deck if you would like. There are always opportunities to fish at all times, but we suggest that you take some time to enjoy island life as well.
Are there bugs? What kind of bug spray?
We are fortunate that our island is situated such that we have a pleasant, constant ocean breeze. This helps with heat and bugs. We spray the island each year with an environmentally friendly pesticide as well. However, on the bigger islands things can get pretty buggy. The two main pests are sand flies and mosquitos. We have found that the most effective bug repellent has the ingredient picaridin. Skin So Soft bug repellent items by Avon work well.
What is the daily Schedule?
Our daily schedule is similar each day. We begin the day with breakfast around 7:30am. We usually serve a full hot breakfast consisting of classics like eggs and bacon as well as island delights such as refried black beans, fresh avocado, local papaya and handmade tortillas. We load up the boat and head out to fish for the day. Lunch is packed in coolers and you may stop on a beach or in a small village for lunch and then back out to fish! If you are a non-angler, not to worry! The ladies in the kitchen will be happy to prepare you lunch in our dining room or out on our lodge’s wrap-around deck. We usually serve snacks and drinks around 5:30 or 6:00pm and dinner follows. All food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage is included in the price of your stay. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, we aim to please. You are always welcome to bring a bottle of your favorite wine, tequila etc.
What other activities besides fishing are available?
We have a couple of traditional stand-up-paddleboards and two new inflatable paddleboards that are perfect for navigating the flats that surround our island. We have a custom made, hand painted ping -pong table with lights so you can play a game in the day or night. We can partner with Kayak outfitters or scuba outfitters if these activities are desired. But, most of all, we invite you to relax and enjoy the serenity and solitude offered by our small island.
Do you have internet? Cell service? Cable or TV?
Yes we do have internet access. We have WiFi, but it can be spotty. We also have mobile internet sticks that can be utilized in any USB port, such as those found on laptop computers. If you prefer not to bring your computer, there is one available for use in case you want to write an email home.
We do have cell service, but your phone needs to be configured to work in Honduras. Regular US cell phone will not work. The host will always have a Honduran cell phone in case of emergencies and if you must make a quick call home.
We do not have a TV on the island, and that is quite intentional. You will not have time for watching TV with such beautiful scenery all around and so many activities to partake in. In case you are visiting during a big football game (Super Bowl) or futebol game, there is a TV at Grahams Place, our next island neighbors, in the bar.
Do you have laundry?
Yes. We have laundry service and can clean your clothes as much as needed.
What are some tipping guidelines?
We suggest that you tip your guide $50 per day per boat ($25 per angler), or for a particularly great day you may want to tip more. Our guides are the best and most skilled in the area. We are sure you will enjoy your time with them.
We suggest that you tip about $50 per kitchen/hospitality staff for the week, given at the culmination of your stay. Our staff is comprised mainly of one family and we know you will grow to love them as much as we do. They are always ready to help, answer questions or see to a special request.