Ascension Bay Expedition

Fly Fishing the Riviera Maya of the Yucatan

The sleepy Mexican fishing village of Punta Allen, known as the permit capital of the world, is the setting for this amazing fishing Adventure!  Located close enough to Cancun to be convenient, but far enough away to avoid the crowds, Punta Allen boasts miles of deserted white sand beaches, and the surrounding Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve provides excellent habitat for Permit, Bonefish, and juvenile Tarpon.  We will arrive in Cancun and immediately head  South through the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a  UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Punta Allen.  We will spend 4 full days on the flats fishing from boats with local guides while staying  6 nights at an intimate lodge in Punta Allen, with one day of community service, wade fishing, and beach games.  Sound interesting? Send us an email at for more details.  Flies, tackle, tips, food and beverage, lodging, and transport to and from Cancun to Punta Allen are included in the trip price.  Roundtrip airfare to Cancun is not included.


DATES: 6/10-6/16 DURATION: 7 Days TUITION: $2,575 ARRIVE/DEPART: Cancun, Mexico GRADES: High School and College Students

Ascension Bay Highlights

•Visit Mayan ruins
•Go for the Caribbean Grand Slam
•Experience Mexican culture and cuisine

Day 1: Arrive in Cancun, catch our transport to Punta Allen and the Ascension Bay Lodge.

Days 2 & 3:  Saltwater Fly Fishing with local guides in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

Day 4:  Community service project in Punta Allen, wade fishing near town, with beach games to round out the evening.

Days 5 & 6:  Saltwater Fly Fishing with local guides in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

Day 7:  Drive from Punta Allen to Cancun, depart back home from Cancun.

Species: Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook

Water: Grass Flats, Mangrove Swamps, River Estuaries

Are you ready to enroll? Click on the Enroll Now tab at the top right of the page or give us a call to get started.

Do you have more questions? Give us a call at (828) 577- 8204, or send us an email at and we will be happy to answer all your questions. If you are looking for more information click on the Request Information tab at the top right of our homepage and we will give you a call and  email you some more info.

We have put together a list of all that you will need for a successful and comfortable expedition. We offer a rental program for most of the big ticket items like fly rods, reels, sleeping bags, etc…

Here is a link to download the complete Ascension Bay Packing List. If you are interested in renting some or all of the big ticket items on the packing list click here to download the Equipment Rental Form.

Do I need to have fly fishing experience? 

No experience necessary. No matter your skill level, your guides will work with you to make you a skilled fly fisherman or woman.

Do I need my own fishing equipment?

Students are responsible for their own fly rod, reel, line, and a few other personal fishing items. Please contact us for a full packing list. Don’t have your own? Not a problem. We have top quality Orvis rods and reels available to rent.

What other equipment will I need?

We will send you a full packing list if you are interested in signing up for one of our Adventure Academies. Group gear like tents, stoves, etc are all provided by LFFE. Personal gear like sleeping bags and backpacks are all available to rent.

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What is Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions?

Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions specializes in teen fly fishing summer camps. Our teen fly fishing summer camps are not an ordinary lodge based kids fly fishing camps. At Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions we combine a teen adventure camp, youth fly fishing school, service learning, and community service to create our unique Teen Fly Fishing Adventure Academies. Our kids and teen fly fishing camps travel to the premier wilderness fly fishing and backcountry fly fishing locations throughout North America. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime. Become an experienced fly fisherman or woman while hiking, camping and fishing at our North Carolina Teen Fly Fishing Academy in the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. Or explore Rocky Mountain fly fishing opportunities on one of our Colorado or Wyoming fly fishing expeditions. If you are looking for an ordinary teen summer tour, teen summer camp, or teen adventure you have come to the wrong place. If you are looking to learn new skills while on the adventure of a lifetime, try one of our youth/teen fly fishing summer camps or allow us to design a  custom adventure for your family, group, or school.