Perla Negra lodge


Join MOTIV FISHING on an incredible adventure into the remote bays and backcountry of Mexico to experience some of the greatest shallow water sight fishing in all of Latin America.  If you’re after a remote wilderness lagoon and flat fishing experience for permit, tarpon, bonefish, snook, cubara snapper, barracuda, and more… then it simply doesn’t get any better than this!

The combination of remoteness, lack of human population, and limited access is what makes this location so special and one the most pristine resources left in the region to target fish untouched by human influences.  That being said, if you’re after the traditional luxury fly fishing lodge experience, then you should stop reading further into this opportunity.  This trip is definitely not for everyone.  In order to be a candidate for this trip, you need to be physically and mentally prepared for the host of uncertainties that come with stepping into the unknown.    


When you fish with MOTIV you won’t be staying in a 5-star resort, there’s plenty of those places outside of Cancun.  This operation is as remote as you can get on the Yucatan Peninsula-Literally!  Quality of fishing takes the front seat to luxury.  Our operation is rustic but it ain’t to shabby.  We have three cabanas, a glorious bar called the Black Pearl and a sand flat in front of us loaded with hundreds of hungry bonefish.  What else do you need?!  It’s possible to catch a bonefish within 2minutes of waking up.

Each one of the cabanas are powered off solar energy with lights and AC plugins for phone and small electronic charging.  Each cabana has its own bathroom with a gravity fed toilet and solar shower available.  There are two comfortable foam padded cots in each cabana surrounded by mosquito mesh.  Purified water is also available inside the cabanas.    

The Black Pearl

The coolest bar in Mexico that no one has ever heard of.  It’s definitely the most remote bar in Mexico. At the end of a hard days fishing the front porch of the Black Pearl Bar is the perfect spot to kick the legs up and sip on an icy pineapple jalapeno MexiJill Margarita.  Unfortunately, we can’t go into too much detail of what happens at The Black Pearl Bar unless you visit it.   What we can say, is that the bar tender is nice and can make it rain cold beer. 


Food is a blend of traditional Mexican food, with a Mayan flair, taking advantage of fresh fish, lobster (in season) fresh produce and regional meat dishes. Dinners are simple and delicious, often fresh off the grill and accompanied by locally grown vegetables, salads and plenty of fresh fruit.  Chef Todoroo and Keel will make sure you don’t leave the table without a full belly.  Mornings usually consists of delicious breakfast tacos and burritos with juice and coffee. If you have any dietary concerns please let us know in advance so your needs can be accommodated.

  • Passport: Minimum 6 months validity with blank pages.

  • Insurance: Anglers are responsible for their own travel insurance which is highly recommended. For Medical and Evac we recommend Global Rescue

  • Plane Tickets: We will be happy to give you tips on finding affordable air fares for Cancun. Feel free to reach us anytime.

  • Visa: Not required for US citizens. A tourist card will be issues upon arrival at CUN airport (make sure to keep this with your passport for departure).

  • Vaccinations: Covid vaccinations or proof or a negative Covid test (2 days prior to arrival into camp) are required to be allowed entry to the camp. It is advised to check the current testing requirements for your country prior to departure.


  • Total Occupancy: 6 anglers/per week
  • 8 days / 5 days fishing packages run Sunday to Sunday

    We have great incentives for fly shops and individuals interested bringing out a group of 6 anglers for one of our open weeks.   Please email for more information. 

    Inclusions:  Your package includes round trip auto transfer from Cancun to our operation (Sundays only).   All accommodations including lodging, all meals, 5 days of fully guided fishing, beverages (soft drinks, juices, mixers and bottled water).  We will have a limited amount of alcohol on hand each week.  Guests will have an opportunity to pick up extra bottles of alcohol and beer during the auto transfer to our operation.      

    Non-Inclusions:  Not included in your package are personal tackle, international air charter, gratuities, alcoholic beverages other than what is outlined in the inclusions, items of personal nature and any lodging or meals not provided by MOTIV (Sunday arrival dinner in town and Saturday departure dinner in town are not included).  

    Travel Insurance:  We recommend Global Rescue as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected.  It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur.  However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.

    Safety:  Safety is a critical element of our operation and something that we promote when we travel into the backcountry and remote locations. While we are selling an adventurous trip with some risks involved we will do everything in our control to make sure that the program goes smoothly and efficiently. Satellite phone, messenger, and First Aid kits will all be available on site for emergency purposes.

    Getting there:  Cancun is serviced daily by nearly every airline with multiple flights daily to and from the U.S.A. Major airlines to consider include United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Aero Mexico, Virgin America, and Alaska Airlines.