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Columbus Harbor Tour: Half Day: Bonafide Bonefishing

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What a wonderful half-day enjoyment it is to be slowly meandering through the mangrove thickets of this completely protected  water-through-way, starting at where Christopher Columbus stepped onto Long Island’s shore in 1492, calling this water way a ‘river’, which separates our main land from its offspring “Newton Cay”, an island of some 2 mile length, a stone’s throw across.

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Your guide-captain operates the ever-so comfortable 20’ pontoon boat, of shallow draft, outboard powered, at a leisurely pace, enabling you to watch for bonefish, for sting rays, mullets and needle fish, and more than anything for turtles! They are everywhere in this bay! Half-way in, the channel becomes an ocean lake. Call for a stop anywhere, drop over, dip in! It’s so easy, kids of any age will have a ball!
Avid bird watchers will love the Egrets and Herons that reside in this bay! When nearing the north point, if you wish, stop at a small beach for a walk-up to gorgeous Columbus Monument! From there, some 100 feet/plus above the ocean, you have a wonderful all-round view across the north of the island, across Newton Cay, and across miles and miles of ocean where Columbus sailed, from visible Rum Cay and Conception Island all the way to the Exuma Islands.

Then, when coming to the “Cut”, where Newton Cay and Long Island meet at a 150’ opening, if the outside ocean is calm continue to the north shore and see “The Caves”, which could well have been a burying point for pirate’s treasure. To be honest, none has been found, while many of us have already looked, but just traveling by – and better yet – snorkeling into some of them – is well worth your time! Plus – the rock-coral-mixed reef edge of this shore is very pretty, residential and traveling fish-live being quite active.

Of course, you may take lunch along and enjoy it while dropping anchor just anywhere … or unpacking it at the shore.

This trip, including its return to the same point of earlier entry, takes about 3.5 hours. These will be ever-so relaxing and rewarding hours, which – we are certain, you will treasure in your vacation memories!

Please note all reservations are on a request basis until confirmed with the operator. Final confirmation will be given within 48 hours of booking.


  • DURATION: Approximately 3.5 Hours 
  • DEPARTURE TIME: approx. 10 am - please note that this is tide contingent and final departure time will be notified at least 48 hours prior.
  • LEVEL OF ACTIVITY REQUIRED: Must be comfortable to be on a boat.
  • MINIMUM AGE: No minimum age. Life Jackets are available upon request.
  • MAXIMUM GUESTS:  Up to 10 people can be accommodated contingent on weight - this is a great activity for kids!
  • WHERE TO MEET: Meeting at the dock just north of Cape Santa Maria on the Queen's highway, your guide/Captain will have the pontoon in the water at the appointed time. 
  • PICK UP: If you require a taxi pickup, please specify at checkout. A separate arrangement can be made and special rates are available for Stella Maris and Cape Santa Maris Resort Guests.
  • WHAT TO BRING: Suntan lotion, swimming costume, waterproof bag, waterproof camera, insect repellent, hat, towel & lunch (if you wish). A packed lunch is available for Stella Maris guests at an additional cost.Water is provided on the boat.
  • GUIDED TOUR: This is a guided tour and your Captain will highlight many fabulous points along the way.


Bonafide Bonefishing is one of Long Island's most sought after boat and bonefishing operations. Owned by Docky Smith, Long Island's most famous bonefish expert angler and renowned author of Through a Guide's Eye, Bonafide Bonefishing and its team of professional guides and Captains bring to you the best of Long Island in a fun, safe and family friendly environment.





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