Sonya & Konrad from Toronto

Recent guests from Toronto had a great week at Mango Creek Lodge and they sent some photos for you all to see.

 

Four over the water cabanas taken from the new Cabana.

 

 

 

Sonya and Konrad on the boathouse roof deck.

 

 

 

 

 

Sonya meets, More and Less the two Amazon Parrots.

 

 

 

 

 

Konrad takes a sunset snorkel.

 

 

 

 

 

A water spout, a fairly common sight in the Bay Islands.

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Update on Mango Creek Lodge

Hello everyone, the new cabana is available. We are still adding finishing touches but it is up and beautiful. It will be for families and also handicapped.

New Cabana

 

In this picture we had not installed all the white trim yet. The hand rails are also in the mail, would I lie to you? This cabana has flush toilet and larger bathrooms. New King Coil deluxe beds and on demand hot water from propane. They have the same vaulted ceiling as the other cabanas.

Waiting for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bed skirts are also in the mail.

Other news: The solar panels are here, 24 new 245 watt solar panels. This will be a huge help in our continued march toward no Diesel generator. We also finally have our 2 KW wind generator working! I cannot say enough about our Eco and sustainability for our energy needs. If anyone is planning on a solar electric addition you might want to come see what we are doing here. The ultimate plan for Mango Creek Lodge is for a further 5 Tree houses some ready by this fall. All running on solar and wind with minimal diesel generator backup. People, yes it is a little easier to do this down in the tropics, but some alternate energy need to come into everyone’s life and now is the time. We started in 1996 when panels cost $500.00 each, and gave 47 Watts.  The new panels are slightly larger but give 245 Watts and cost about $210.00 each. The technology has been incredible, they also have new MPPT charge controllers that give up to 30% more usable power.

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Oh what a week we had!

The new cabanas are officially Christened and for the most part worked out well. They of course will need some tweeking, not to mention more work on mouldings etc. etc.. We had twelve guests visit for the week and we had a lot of fun. The guests jelled into a group almost magically. We had fishermen, Divers, and a whole lot of people just having fun. They tell me our food is too good and too much of it, they just could not resist. Dalia started a new dish one morning and it went over extremely well, Lobster Benedict, and boy you need to try that! I believe a great time was had by all and here is a photo shoot to prove it. Hope you guys come back soon. Terry

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What about Bob?

Bob or Robert Singelyn  is a dentist from Michigan and a bit of a legend up there for his success rate with Steelhead. Over the years Bob has been visiting Mango Creek with his wife and family. We just love these guests, they are easy keepers enthusiastic about things and we and the staff love to see them arrive. Last week they visited the Island but did not stay with us, now I’m not saying that this why his wife got hurt but there are no empty swimming pools here!

Bob came day fishing and here are some of his pictures. He was well on his way to catching the biggest Grand Slam ever at Mango Creek. When you start with a 10 pound Bonefish, follow by getting a 25 pound Permit, you would almost say its in the bag. Well the Tarpon had a bit to say about that and the 30 pound plus Tarpon that Bob hooked got off fifteen minutes into the fight and the Grand Slam was gone. Bob left and went home early to be with his injured wife at 2:00 pm in the afternoon. Hey guys and Gals there are not many Fisher people who would head home early that close to the Grand Slam. Our hats are off to you Bob and we hope Diane is feeling better soon, you really have a great guy.

Permit at Mango Creek Lodge

It's about the fish isn't it Bob!

Huge Bonefish at Mango Creek with Michael

Big Bonefish at Mango Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tree Houses at Mango Creek Lodge

Building the new cabanas

Many people when visiting Mango Creek have seen my start of building a tree house, a five sided tree house, or a Pent Tree House! Pardon the humor but what I was looking at creating is more rooms with a view. When standing in the tree houses the front pointed part will be looking over the coastal bush and bamboo and having a panorama of the ocean. All the while being set back in the trees. I picture being able to watch the humming birds on the front porch while laying in bed.

New Tree House design

 

 

I am hoping that the new tree houses will be fun and exactly what people are looking for when not wanting to be over the water. We hope to have a dumb waiter for bags and stuff and maybe even a fireman’s pole to slide down. They will be equipped with shower, bathroom etc. and will have a four foot deck out front. There will be four built eventually but two right away. Plan to have them available before June.

The other thing happening at Mango Creek is we are going SUPER ECO. While we are one of very few places in the world that have our amount of sustainability we are going even greener. Plans are for a water wheel electric generator, a incinerator generator and we are expecting 24 new solar panels in the next little while. All this is to get us off the diesel generator.

We will also be eliminating the composting toilets and will be putting in two new sewage systems. These toilets have been great but sitting on that high thrown will be a thing of the past soon.

Please check in every once and a while to see how these projects are going, or better yet come have a gander for yourself.

 

 

 

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Meanwhile we just keep getting great fishing!

Nice Bonefish Adam

 

Michael and Adam had a great but windy day yesterday with four large bonefish. Recent times have seen a bonefish over 9 pounds, they seem to be getting bigger or we are getting better. Way to go Adam and Michael.

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Big things happening at mango Creek Lodge

Hello everyone, we at Mango Creek, as you say in the last blog have a new investor. We are extremely happy to be part of Janie and Autie’s world. We have so many projects now I don’t know where to start.

Cabana 5 and 6: We are in fact building them now, will have them completed by Feb 9th. They will be, when completed, fully ADA approved to the best of our ability. That means we will be able to welcome our wounded warriors as well as others. They will be set out about the same way as our other cabanas with about the same space. They will have marine flushing toilets instead of composting toilets.

 

Tree Houses: We will be going right on to constructing two tree houses when the cabanas are done. They will be five sided, making them ” Penthouse Tree Houses”. they will be slightly smaller than the cabanas over the water but still have the same facilities.  in addition they will have bridges like Swiss Family Robinson. I have this image in my head of being up in the trees, lying in bed in the morning watching the humming birds visit the feeder, then standing up and the panoramic view of the sea and Lime Cay comes to view. We hope to have some fun things in them too, like a fireman’s pole to get down quick and a dumb waiter for getting luggage up.

 

Solar Power: We will be adding new panels to our system to have more power. This will make us more efficient and more Eco friendly than our 5 star system that we already have.

 

Wind Generators: We think we have a solution to getting a lot more efficiency from our wind generators.

 

Toilets: One of the companies we are now part of is Marine Sanitation Inc. They are dealers for Marine toilets and sanitation systems. In the near future we will be designing a “Red Fox” sanitation system. This will eliminate our composting toilets, for you that do not know these new fantastic systems process waste and supply fresh clean water for the garden areas.

 

Other Projects: We are committed to trying to get away from Diesel Generators. We hope to install a ” Over Shot Water Wheel” to generate Hydro Electric Power from our creek. We are not sure if this is possible or not but we are looking into it. Better solar heaters for water. Incinerator to cleanly dispose of garden and paper waste. This might also generate some power or heat water.

I will be posting progress pictures a bit later. Maybe some new cabana pics right away. please watch the blogs for more news, and start planning your trip down to see now.   Terry

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Hey we are hopping at Mango Creek with new stuff and People!

You may know by now that Autie and Janie McVicker are participating in Mango Creek Lodge. They are long time sailors like ourselves and have business in the US and Honduras. We met up over the usual chit chat and sips at the restaurant here at MCL. They had been building their home on the island and had visited Port Royal many times since the 1980’s.  Well, you guessed it. They wanted in and we allowed it so we can continue to serve our clients while improving the grounds and equipment. Autie has said some things you may be interested to hear.  Their commitment here is based on the joy they feel when here and a belief that many more years of smiles are in the offing.

 

Things will remain the same here at MCL as we want you comfortable, full of good food and grinning ear to ear from a fishing trip or day snorkeling or diving. You may even be interested in two significant developments in the works now. First, we are adding another, larger over the water cabana which will be handicapped friendly and can also fit a whole family for their vacation. Second, the tree houses are coming along. Two of these elevated cabins will be situated near the waterfall and have connecting walkways near the tree tops!  Can’t wait for you to try ‘em out.

 

 

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Honeymoon

Patrick and Lauren were married just about a week ago and traveled from Tallahassee to Mango Creek Lodge for their Honeymoon.

Romantic Dinner under the stars!

Well it turned into a Very exciting week. First there was the close approach of Hurricane Ernesto. Ernesto passed about two hundred miles North of Roatan and all was well. Some rain fell but all in all a good thing. Then there was the Earthquake a 4.3 power quake that shook the restaurants and cabana, but it was again a minor thing thank goodness. The weather somewhat cleared and we all went snorkeling. In our snorkel area we found some locals with a gil net which is against the law so we had to yell at them, so they withdrew and we saved a lot of fish from certain death. A gill net kills all species of fish and the waist is incredible, in some cases 10 fish killed for every usable fish. Thank goodness they are illegal. Patrick and Lauren had a great day down Island, walking the beach in West Bay, with no cruise ships it is wonderful. The next day Michael took them for a day at the Pigeon Cays for Picnic and snorkeling. On the way there they encountered a pod of Wild Bottlenose Dolphin and Michael got them close enough to actually snorkel with them, what a great experience. On their last full day we heard of a turtle net strung across a long distance in Port Royal. So with the help of Patrick and Lauren we went and destroyed the net. This net is also illegal here but with little infrastructure I believe it falls to us the concerned people to do our part to protect wildlife and especially turtles.

So to sum up the week, we had Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Gil Net removal, Beach walks, Pigeon Cay tours, Mangrove Dorey ride, Dolphin snorkel, Turtle net removal and to top it all off a romantic Lobster dinner under the stars on our boathouse roof. I think we got them started in their life as a married couple quite well thank you.

Best of luck in all your endeavors Patrick and Lauren Gines.

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Season

Hello out there, just thought I’d say hello from Paradise. All is well here, we have had a steady but small trickle of guests and fishermen. The fishing has been great we have been getting steady catches of Bonefish and quite a few Permit. There have not been too many Tarpon but mostly because we haven’t been after them in a while. Michael Mascha from Southern Texas was back for a week here are some of his photos:

Michael’s pictures are on our FaceBook page for MangoCreekLodge so please have a look.

It is now fix up time with all the varnishing going on as well as boat fix up. We are set and ready for any storms we might have so please book with us soon for the coming season. Terry

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OK, time for a Lodge report.

All is well at Mango Creek Lodge, we are seeing an increase in visitors, does this mean the economy is improving or did people just decide to have a holiday anyway, That is the question. We are optimistic that things are slowly getting better. Let us all hope we are right.

 

We have lots of projects underway. The fishing boats are being repaired and painted, new super looking stripes. Walter has been busy doing his creative painting.

Walter doing his thing!

We are slowly progressing on our two new Cabanas. We are planning on them being wheel chair accessible, this will require the water flush toilets instead of our composting ones in the other cabanas so we have built all the septic tanks ready for the two toilets. We plan on building the cabana and hope to have them available to guests by November. As well as being great for wheelchairs will be super for families and even just two couples. The front deck will be shared allowing a separate place for families or friends to relax. In addition to the boats we also have redone the lift rack for the fishing boats.

Paint job and new Rack

The fishing has been great, we are seeing bigger bonefish. I am not sure why this is but hope it continues. now is the time of higher water levels so the Permit are on the flats, they are just as picky but you see more and we catch more this time of year and again in September when waters rise again. The truly amazing fishing bews is that we are seeing more and larger Snook. Usually by this time of year they are gone, but we got a fish over 12 pounds. That is a great fish for here on a fly rod, sorry no pictures.

OK it is coming onto summer up north but this is still a great place for a holiday so come see what we have to offer.

 

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Nigel, Vee, John and daughter Katie

All the way from the UK, they came they fished, they had a great time. Nigel and Vee had been here before but they brought along John and Katie. I am hoping John will send along some photos of their stay. The first picture shows guide Perry holding a beautiful Bar Jack and don’t be fooled these things fight hard!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This next shot shows Katie enjoying her hammock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigel got a nice Permit while here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dalia’s special fish tea served in a fresh unripe coconut, it is becoming world famous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Nigel for the photos, hope you come back again soon.

John and Kate have sent their photos.

One of Kate's Baracudas

John with a nice Bonefish

Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giant Baracuda, glad they got that one away from the flat, they eat a lot of bonefish!

Good size!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Believe it or not but this one is probably the biggest bone ever caught here, but they saw bigger ones!

Big Bonefish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wow!!!!

Hello out there, we have just had a first! Last night a couple staying with us were given a romantic dinner up on the boathouse roof. Now for those who have never had this it is a once in a lifetime thing. The wind was blowing and clouds were scuttling across the full moon when Forest dropped to his knee and asked Leslie to be his, presenting her with a family heirloom with beautiful diamond. Let me tell you Dalia was witness to him proposing and there was very few dry eyes at Mango Creek Lodge last night. This little extra that was dreamed up to be a special night for guests has hit an all time high. Patrice and I hope that Forest and Leslie have every happiness in the world, and thank them for the honor of our first wedding announcement. I will try and get some photos of the happy couple soon.

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Katie and Mike

Oh sorry for those of you trying to get us our internet has been down for over a week.

Katie and Mike were here for their vacation and had a great time. We just loved this young couple. They snorkeled, Scuba Dove, Fished and just had a great time, here are some of their photos, hope you come back soon you two.

Katie and Mike with Lobster Dinner under the stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African Pompano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Great Holiday

Dom from England was here and stole the hearts of my young kitchen staff. he was on a bit of a walk about and we were lucky enough to have him visit Mango Creek Lodge for a brief stay. Although not a serious fisherman he did go fishing one day and here are some shots of the day he had. We all hope you will come back again Dom we miss you already!

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They’re Back and 5 Permit later!!!

Firstly sorry for not having more reports, my guests have let me down either by not sending pictures to me or forgetting to bring a camera!

Peter and Zoe were back last week and had two wonderful days fishing with Perry. The results were stunning with five Permit in just two days. The best part was that in the photos you can see the lodge in the background. Not all were caught here at the lodge but the photos I have are of the Permit caught and landed right beside Mango Creek Lodge.

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Honduras News Reports

Hello everyone, I am getting a lot of inquiries about safety in Honduras. So I thought it is best I do an update. First of all Honduras in the mainland and particularly the big cities are not safe. Can you travel through them? Yes, you can if you use common sense, follow a couple rules: number one, Do not travel at night! number two, know the area where you are going or use a recommended guide or Taxi. number three, watch your stuff, do not carry a lot of cash, don’t flash cash, put cameras away when not in use, like I say use common sense.

There is very little of the violence aimed at tourists, doing illegal activities will put you among the very people you should avoid. Using illegal drugs will put you at risk. Honduras is a wonderful place and the nature here is second to none, there are more cloud forests and rain forests than anywhere else in the world I think but they are undeveloped and take more research and preparation than say Costa Rica.

Roatan is another thing all together. First it is 35 miles from the mainland, it is not as poor as the mainland. We still have a lot of poor people, but the tourism is starting to produce a middle class. There is very little violent crime on Roatan and the areas where it might happen is not typically where tourists go.

Mango Creek Lodge is far from the madding crowd, there are no roads to Mango Creek and we are situated in an area of mostly rural life. We have never had a violence problem ever, we have had some minor theft over the years but surprisingly little. If you come to mango creek I think you will find that there is never a question of safety, all our guests so far have found us comfortable and safe.

Terry

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Invasive Species Removal

Hello, hope everyone had a great holiday season. We had a great one here, two families one very much into fishing the other into Eco activities. I hope to have some photos soon to show you.

We are at work removing the Australian Pines that have reached an incredible height and are now ruining our view. We have a crew here who will take the trees down and will then prepare them for use as lumber, I have been assured that it is very strong and hard and hope to use it on the building we will be doing. Invasive means they are not native to the Island, a previous caretaker planted them about eight years ago and they are taking over. I apologize to my neighbors if the are spreading their seeds over to them. They are messy too with long pine like needles. please look at this link:  http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/caeq1.htm

Invasive species 2 is the Lion Fish. Last week we joined five sailboat crews who were anchored here to go and spear Lion Fish. We got quite a few and then we ate them. If you are careful to remove the spines with shears they may be handled and cleaned and are very good eating. I hope to get a license myself so that I can do my part in slowing down this destructive fish. please read this web page

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111695369

 

The spiny, venomous lionfish. Michael Dwyer/AP

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A Giant From the Sea

a very large King Helmet

 

Patrice, found what may in fact be a world record King Helmet while snorkeling. The book identifies that they have a maximum size of 12 ” well this one goes at least 16″. These beautiful shells are wanted for ornaments but we are pleased to say that for the time being he or she has been placed where we hope we can keep an eye on to keep it safe. These critters are predators and eat things like urchins and Sea Biscuits. They can bury themselves completely in the sand.

beautiful King Helmet

Some people carve these white shells with intricate cameo designs. They are for sale to cruise ship passengers down Island.

 

 

Patrice, snorkel mask marks and all, with King Helmet

I have to confess that we have a Cameo carved shell on the bar, but this one is still walking about in the Sea.

 

 

 

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Huntingdon College visit!

Well we made it and I believe a great time was had by all. The Saturday that Huntingdon College of Montgomery Alabama arrived was a rainy day, a very rainy day. The adventure realy started as we watched the Delta flight from Atlanta try to land but could not get it done. So our 14 guests we wisked off to Belize City where the plane took on extra fuel. The flight then touched down at about 4:30pm about three hours late. This put us in the situation of ferrying our guests to Mango Creek in the rain and early dark. This group took it well and there was a sense of adventure and not fear which was great. We fed this tired hungry crew and settled in for the night. It rained all night and most of the next day. Instead of being depressed this group made the best of things and were jumping from the boathouse roof and kayaking in the rain. I will be posting more soon and expect to receive a full set of Blogs from the students themselves, right after Christmas.

In the mean time we have some guests arriving today and two more later, then next week the cabanas are full with the arrival of the same two families that were here for Christmas last year. So everyone out there please have a great Holiday Season and watch for more blogs coming soon.

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