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Whipray Caye Lodge

Located just 8 miles off the coast of the Village of Placencia, Belize, and surrounded by some of the finest permit waters found anywhere, lies the tiny island known as Whipray (Whippari) Caye. This charming little island is owned and operated by Julian and Beverly Cabral. With warm smiles and ice cold Belikins at the ready, Julian and Beverly make it very easy to unwind and adjust to the slow rhythms of island life.

The permit fis ...

Located just 8 miles off the coast of the Village of Placencia, Belize, and surrounded by some of the finest permit waters found anywhere, lies the tiny island known as Whipray (Whippari) Caye. This charming little island is owned and operated by Julian and Beverly Cabral. With warm smiles and ice cold Belikins at the ready, Julian and Beverly make it very easy to unwind and adjust to the slow rhythms of island life.

The permit fishing is excellent and there are few places that offer better shots at this challenging fish. Some of the permit flats are only a 5 minute boat ride away and there are several year round schools of tarpon and bonefish within 15 minutes of the island.

Accommodations

Guest Cabanas

Lodging on Whipray Caye is 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 - that's the fun of island life. The accommodations, 2 unique 2-room cabanas, 8 beds total, are basic and CLEAN.

Your hosts, Julian and Beverly, serve up delicious family-style meals in their Sea Urchin Bar and Restaurant during your stay at Whipray Caye Lodge. The meals are a generous blend of local and international cuisine, often whatever was pulled from the clear tropical waters that day...

Your Host at Whipray

With his personable smile and salty language, Julian engages his customers and guests in lively conversation while stalking those elusive permit, tarpon and bones on the hunt for the Grand Slam.

But, Julian is a purist, so don't expect to have a quick fix with bait on your line. He still feels that with game fishing the thrill is in the stalking, the catch, maybe a quick photo, and the release. No one works harder than a good fly fishing guide, and Julian is no exception - thinking nothing of getting up to catch a 4AM tide, and stalking the flats until dusk, then having a lively discussion for the next few hours over a hearty Belizean meal and a nice cold Belikan in his restaurant (and he's also a great cook).

Julian ties his own flies and has created some that are reliable workhorses - but he uses whatever he feels will work that day to catch fish - the real reason he's out there with his clients, anyway. What does Julian like about being a fishing guide? Fishing is his life, and as long as he's fishing, he's happy.

Julian, a member of Federation of Fly Fishers Guide Association, and the Distinguished Order of Permit Angling Purists is one of Belize's top permit guides and as such, is a great source of information about the area. And it is precisely this area that makes fishing out of Whipray such a great experience. Perhaps the most telling comment about Julian's guiding ability are the clients who have fished with him for years.

 

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