Salina Point, Acklins Island, Bahamas
Salina Point Angling Adventures
Salina Point Angling Adventures is located in the settlement of Salina Point on Acklins Island in the Bahamas. Far from the hustle and bustle of the touristy mainstream Bahamas, Acklins is located 239 miles southeast of Nassau and only 70 miles east of Cuba. This remote, beautiful, and relatively untouched island is considered one of the “Out Islands” of the Bahamas and is known to only the most adventurous and well traveled anglers.
The primary attraction here are bonefish, which are plentiful and more than willing to take a fly. Combined with the lack of angling pressure and hundreds of miles of flats and creeks make it a true bonefish paradise!
“With more than 1,000 miles of shallow water, Acklins is famous for its bonefish flats and some of the best bonefish expeditions throughout The Bahamas. If bonefishing is your bag, a trip to Acklins is the dream fishing vacation package for you.”The Out Islands of the Bahamas – Myoutislands.com
Bonefishing on Acklins is done by walking and wading the flats without the need for a guide or flats boat, which makes it a perfect fishery for Do-It-Yourself anglers. Additional inshore species include the occasional encounter with permit or tarpon as well as numerous opportunities for barracuda, triggerfish, and mangrove snapper.
Bluewater fishing is another major attraction on Acklins. This includes trolling for wahoo, blackfin and yellowfin tuna, jack crevalle, barracuda, mahi mahi, mackerel and shark as well as deep-dropping for various snapper species, triggerfish and other assorted bottomfish.
This is the true Bahamian Outback, the tropical equivalent of the Alaskan Bush. The tourism infrastructure on Acklins Island is essentially non existent. The 120 square mile island is home to only 400 permanent residents. Make no mistake, this is not a fancy five star luxury lodge but rather a very comfortable base camp for exploring one of the most remote parts of the Bahamas.
You’ll have everything you need for a world class adventure: comfortable accommodations, access to a vehicle for transportation around the island, use of our 26′ Panga with a 250hp Yamaha motor, fuel, a competent boat driver / bluewater guide, excellent local Island Style cuisine, housekeeping, airport transfer and access to our array of bluewater tackle.
Bonefish and Bluewater Package
Semi-DIY Bonefish and Bluewater Angling
Location: Salina Point, Acklins Island, Bahamas
Fishing: Bonefish, Inshore and Bluewater Species
Fishing Time: 5 1/2 Days of Fishing
Fishing Season: December – June
Peak Season: January – April
Occupancy: Four Anglers per Week
(Price Based on Double Occupancy)
Includes Accommodation and Meals
Price per Week: $3,400 per Angler
Bonefish and Inshore Fishing
Bonefishing on Acklins Island
Acklins Island is part of a group of islands surrounding a vast lagoon known as the Acklins Bight encompassing over 500 square miles of shallow water. Needless to say the Bight contains endless flats and creek systems which are home to bonefish, the occasional permit and tarpon as well as other inshore species such as barracuda, triggerfish, snapper and sharks.
Bonefish on Acklins Island average 2 – 4 pounds, with opportunities at fish in the 6 – 10 pound range. They are often found in schools of a half dozen to a dozen fish or larger with the bigger fish tending to be in singles or doubles. The bonefishing here is done entirely by walk and wading which makes it the ideal location for Do-It-Yourself bonefish anglers.
“Acklins is one of the least known and most preserved islands in The Bahamas.”The Islands of the Bahamas – Bahamas.com
Located on the southern end of Acklins Island, Salina Point Angling Adventures focuses on the middle and southern flats of Acklins, which are some of the more remote flats on the island. There are numerous flats and creek systems within a fifteen minute boat ride, with the longest run to the furthest fishing areas being about forty five minutes.
The flats here are endless and some of them many miles long. Additionally, there are numerous creek systems to explore. If the wind isn’t in favor of boating, there are numerous bonefish flats we can access via the road system. The majority of the flats and creeks are easily large enough to accommodate four anglers. You could spend an entire week here and not fish the same spot twice, or see any other anglers outside of your group!
Boat and Captain
Utilizing a 26′ Panga Tarpon with a 250hp Yamaha motor mounted on a jack plate allows us to comfortably and safely access the flats, make long runs if necessary, and yet still handle reasonable seas in open water. The package price includes the services of a talented local Bahamian boat driver who is an excellent bluewater captain with unbelievable eye-sight. He will accompany anglers on the flats to help them spot bonefish as well as carry extra water and rods rigged for Barracuda (or Permit!), which are numerous and fun to catch!
Two days of bluewater fishing and unlimited transport to local flats are included in the program price. Extra bluewater days will incur an additional fuel cost. For those who need a little more help on the flats, more experienced bonefish guides are available on a daily basis for an additional fee of $350 per day for two – four anglers.
Acklins also offers a variety of other inshore fish species including permit, tarpon, barracuda, snapper, and triggerfish. The permit fishery here is largely undeveloped and for the most part is limited to random encounters on the flats while bonefishing. However, for anglers willing to put in the considerable time and effort needed to find these elusive creatures, there are a few places where they are found more often than others.
The same goes for tarpon on Acklins, which are rare in the Bahamas but can be found in certain places on Crooked and Acklins Islands. If you plan on targeting either species we recommend hiring a local Bahamian guide to increase your chance of success. Late season offers the best opportunities for permit and tarpon. Snapper can be found in the mangroves of the creek systems, and barracuda can be found just about anywhere. Encounters with triggerfish are also common while wading the flats for bonefish.
Bluewater and Offshore Fishing
Untouched Bluewater Fishery
The Bluewater and Offshore fishing around Acklins Island is world class and for the most part largely undeveloped. Local commercial fishermen focus almost entirely on inshore fish species and shellfish, leaving the pelagic fishery essentially untouched. You won’t find packed marinas or fleets of fancy sport fishing boats here, and it’s highly likely you won’t see another boat while fishing the deep.
Our bluewater program utilizes conventional tackle and is done primarily by trolling the deep water edge of the Bight as well as offshore reefs on the Atlantic Ocean side, weather permitting. Our target species include wahoo, yellowfin and blackfin tuna, mahi mahi, jack crevalle, mackerel and other pelagic species. We also deep drop for various species of snapper and other bottomfish.
Excellent bluewater fishing can be found within fifteen minutes of the boat ramp; with the longest run being about an hour. Numerous options are available for shelter from most wind directions. We are in the process of developing a bluewater fly program, so if you have bluewater fly gear, bring it! We are also working on exploring the billfish fishery, which is completely untouched.
Not interested in bluewater fishing? No problem! There are certainly plenty of bonefish to keep you occupied! Our packages are custom tailored to our guests wishes; it’s your vacation after all!
Acklins is home to world class snorkeling, so bring a snorkel gear if you’re into that sort of thing! Otherwise, there’s not much else going on here except excellent fishing!
Salina Point Angling Adventures is based out of a simple yet comfortable three bedroom lodge built specifically to house adventurous anglers. The lodge is designed to accommodate groups of up to 4 anglers per week comfortably. Each room has its own air conditioning unit and feature two twin beds (one room has a queen and a twin), dressers, fans and a bathroom with full shower.
The living and dining room area features comfortable chairs and a large dining table for meals and gathering in the evening. For those who wish to bring fish home with them, the spacious kitchen features a large stand up freezer and vacuum sealer. If you absolutely must keep in touch with the outside world, cellular service and internet are available via BTC Bahamas.
Local Bahamian Cuisine
Our menu focuses on traditional recipes and feature local fish and seafood purchased fresh daily from local fishermen including lobster, conch, grouper, and snapper. We utilize excellent local cooks who are adept at cooking in the authentic Bahamian “Island Style”. In other words the meals aren’t fancy, but are tasty, cooked traditionally and feature locally harvested ingredients.
Wahoo, tuna, and mahi mahi are also served fresh or recently frozen based upon availability, depending on the bluewater fishing! These fish cannot be purchased commercially on the island so the only way to eat them is to catch them! Chicken, produce and all other cooking supplies are ordered in advance and brought in from Nassau on the weekly mail boat.
It is extremely important to note that we must know about any food allergies, preferences or special needs WELL in advance. Supplies on the island are limited to very basic necessities and all food and supplies arrive from Nassau via the mail boat, which comes only once a week (usually!). We will do our best to accommodate your needs, but please understand that this is the Bahamian Bush and supplies are limited based upon availability! There are no ATM’s on the island so please bring an ample supply of cash for tipping.
Alcohol and beverages are not included in the cost of the package and are very expensive on the island; nearly double the price as Nassau due to the cost of transportation. Therefore we recommend bringing a bottle or two of your favorite liquor from Duty Free, which is conveniently located in the domestic terminal at Nassau Airport. Beer and soft drinks of choice can be arranged ahead of time via the mail boat, but must be ordered well in advance.
Salina Point Angling Adventures is located in the settlement of Salina Point on the southern end of the remote island of Acklins, one of the Out Islands of the Bahamas. Salina Point Settlement is the largest settlement on the island with a permanent population of around one hundred people. Zoom out on the Google Map below to get a better idea of location of the island.
“Acklins is one of the least known and most preserved islands in The Bahamas. Its rustic landscape is ideal for vacationers looking for private getaways with outstanding secluded beaches and premier bonefishing.”The Islands of the Bahamas – bahamas.com
Bonefish and Bluewater Package
Semi-DIY Bonefish and Bluewater Angling
- Location: Salina Point, Acklins Island, Bahamas
- Fishing: Bonefish, Inshore and Bluewater Species
- Fishing Time: 5 1/2 Days of Fishing
- Fishing Season: December – June
- Peak Season: January – April
- Occupancy: Four Anglers per Week
- Unlimited Vehicle Use
- Boat with Captain / Boat Driver
- Fuel Allowance
- Local Bahamian Style Food
- Unlimited Transfer to Flats
- 2 Days of Bluewater Fishing
- Bluewater Tackle
- Fish Processing and Freezing
- Airport Transfer on Acklins
Package Price is $3,400 per Angler including 2 days of Bluewater Fishing. Bonefishing Only Pricing is $3,000 per Angler. DIY Bonefish Price: $1,800 per Angler, per week.
Whats Not Included?
- Airfare to and from Acklins Island via Nassau
- Accommodation in Nassau
- Airport Transfer in Nassau
- Alcohol / Drinks / Beverages
- Bonefish Tackle and Flies
- Internet / Phone
Wading the flats all day is considerably more physically demanding than spending a day standing on the front of a flats boat. Due to physical demands and remote nature of this program, it is highly recommended that guests be in reasonable health and fitness. If you have notable pre-existing medical conditions, please let us know well ahead of time!
Medical facilities on Acklins are limited to a clinic that is only visited sporadically twice a week or so; ie there is no hospital and there are no emergency medical services on Acklins Island. Therefore it is strongly recommended that you procure international emergency medical evacuation insurance before visiting. We recommend Global Rescue at http://www.globalrescue.com/
Safety is a major concern for any adventurous angler traveling internationally. Acklins is extremely safe and laid back. With only 400 permanent residents, the island is essentially one small town. As in any small town, everyone knows everyone, and everyone knows everyone’s business. Therefore crime of any sort is very rare and limited to extremely uncommon acts.
We work closely with the local community to ensure the safety of our guests, in fact one of the local policemen is our neighbor! You’ll find the people of Acklins to be very friendly, always waving and always smiling. In short, we believe you’ll find Acklins to be a very safe and welcoming place to visit!
Getting to Acklins Island
Commercial flights to Acklins are limited to only two flights per week via Bahamas Air, which operates regularly scheduled flights from Nassau (NAS) to Spring Point, Acklins Island (AXP). These flights leave Nassau on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and are scheduled to leave Nassau at 8:30am and arrive in Spring Point at 9:45am. Planes to and from the Out Islands can be delayed due to a number of circumstances, so book connecting flights accordingly.
You must arrive in Nassau the day before your scheduled flight to catch the morning flight to Acklins, which means spending the night in Nassau. On the way home, return flights generally leave Spring Point at 10:05am and arrive in Nassau at 11:55am. Give yourself plenty of connection time before your flight home to allow for unexpected delays and to change to the international terminal. Return airfare can be purchased directly from the Bahamas Air website at http://www.bahamasair.com/
Charter Flights and Private Aircraft
Charter flights are also an option worth considering for guests traveling as a group, and are available directly from Miami allowing you to bypass Nassau. This alleviates the need to stay in Nassau overnight; so if you consider the cost of the commercial flight for each person plus hotel fees for the entire group, it may be only slightly more expensive to charter a flight. For guests arriving via private aircraft, the Spring Point airport runway is 5,000 feet in length and can accommodate nearly any aircraft. It is important to note that you must clear customs at an officially designated airport of entry first before landing at Spring Point. Contact us for more details if you plan on arriving via private aircraft.
Where to Stay in Nassau
Accommodation and airport transfers in Nassau are not included in the package price, and you must arrive in Nassau the day before your departure and stay overnight. Flights to Acklins Island from Nassau on Wednesdays and Saturdays mornings generally at 8:30am. Nassau airport is located about forty five minutes from downtown Nassau. Nassau features a wide variety of accommodation options depending on location and price range. Our pick is Orange Hill Beach Inn for its amenities and close proximity to the airport.
Orange Hill Beach Inn
We highly recommend staying at Orange Hill Beach Inn, located only five minutes from the airport. Orange Hill is a hidden gem with lush tropical gardens overlooking Orange Hill beach and the beautiful turquoise waters of the Atlantic. The hotel features an excellent restaurant, a self serve bar, a lovely pool, air conditioned rooms, WiFi, and laundry service. The biggest selling point of Orange Hill is the beautiful white sand beach right across the road!
Regular room rates at Orange Hill are $130 for a single room and $145 for a double room by the pool. As part of our package, we have arranged a special discount for guests who chose to stay at Orange Hill Beach Inn. Make sure when you book your room that you mention you are visiting Salina Point Angling Adventures on Acklins Island with Primal Angler to receive your discount! Visit the Orange Hill Beach Inn website at http://www.orangehill.com/ to book your stay!
- Friday – Arrive Nassau @ Any Time, Stay at Orange Hill Beach Inn, Explore Nassau
- Saturday – Fly to Acklins @ 8:30am, Transfer to Lodge, Lunch, Afternoon Bonefishing – Time and Tide Allowing
- Sunday – Friday – Bonefish and Bluewater Fishing
- Saturday – Transfer to Airport, Morning Flight to Nassau @ 10:30am, Return Home
Depending on bookings and availability, we also offer the option for a week and a half long package for those looking for an extended stay to explore this amazing fishery. These packages arrive in Acklins on either Wednesday or Saturday, and leave the following Saturday or Wednesday accordingly.
We also offer the option of custom itineraries for those arriving on Acklins Island via charter plane, private jet or yacht. These itineraries range anywhere from three days to one month. For all custom itineraries, details and prices contact Ryan Davey at Primal Angler.
2020 Dates and Availability
January & February 2020
- January 11th – January 18th
- January 18th – January 25th
- January 25th – February 1st
- April 26th – June 13th
Dates listed above examples and subject to availability.
We are also booking December – January 2020 and April – June 2021, contact us for details!
Book your Bonefish and Bluewater Adventure and Salina Point Angling Adventures today!