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Fly-Fishing the Outer Islands of the Seychelles

What is this safari about?

The Outer Islands of Seychelles are known as being the best saltwater fly-fishing and blue-water fishing destinations in the world!

We can create bespoke fly-fishing and blue-water fly fishing experiences to destinations like Alphonse Island, Astove Atoll, Poivre Atoll and Cosmoledo Atoll. The dedicated team of expert fishing guides and skippers at these islands along with their specialist gear and equipment helps you land the perfect catch.

All of the destinations are home to a diverse range of landscapes and rich populations of sought-after species. Targeted species include feisty specimens like Milkfish, Bonefish, Barracuda, Indo-Pacific Permit, Indo-Pacific Sailfish, various species of triggerfish and the infamous Giant Trevally.

Alphonse Island is home to a magnificent lodge, featuring various accommodation options and a spa. This makes it an ideal destination to travel to with non-fishing partners and families.

  • One of the most prolific Bonefisheries in the world.
  • Home of the fabled Milkfish, a turbo-charged algae-eater growing to 40 lbs.
  • The incredible diversity allows anglers to target a myriad of species.
  • Offers great offshore fly fishing as well as traditional saltwater fly fishing.
  • Season from September to May.

Astove offers a rare privilege and unique opportunity to gaze into a world which has changed very little in the years that have passed and offers great accommodation at the Coral House.

  • The biggest flats-caught GT’s in the Indian Ocean!
  • The lagoon is a sanctuary for both juvenile and trophy-sized fish.
  • Surrounded by flats with deep drop-offs allowing predators easy access.
  • Offshore fishing starts metres from the edge of the flats.
  • Season from November to April.

Cosmoledo Island is located close to Aldabra Atoll, a World Heritage Site, and boasts a newly built luxurious eco-camp.

  • Giant Trevally capital of the world!
  • The benchmark for an explosive saltwater flats fishing experience.
  • Vast numbers of Bonefish, Milkfish, Indo-Pacific Permit and triggerfish.
  • Season from November to April.

Poivre lies 268 km south of Mahé on the eastern edge of the Amirante Bank and is made up of two smaller islands, Poivre and Île du Sud.

  • Home to record-breaking Dogtooth Tuna.
  • Famous for exceptional blue-water fishing.
  • Known as the best Indo-Pacific Permit fishing spot in the Seychelles.
  • Nearby Amirante Trench and Dogtooth Tuna “Kennels” offer superb fishing experiences.
  • Season from November to April.

The knowledgeable and specialised team is complemented by a fleet of custom-built skiffs and boats to ensure comfortable and easy access to a range of fishing destinations. The fishing and tackle shops are fully stocked with a comprehensive range of equipment which is specifically designed to help you target the species found at the destinations. They offer complimentary use of rods and reels, whilst a range of custom-tied and generic flies, hooks, lines and more can be purchased for your fishing experience and beyond.

The Fishing Centre arranges both fly-fishing and blue-water excursions around Alphonse, Bijoutier, and St. François Islands. Full day guided fly-fishing packages are available to St. François, whilst half or full day guided fly-fishing packages can be booked around Alphonse Island itself.

Offshore blue-water fishing is also available on a guided full or half day basis. The Alphonse Fishing Centre boasts a team of some of the most experienced guides, captains, and deckhands in all of Seychelles, with team members drawn from across the world. As a matter of fact, the pattern for the fly to first land a Milkfish was designed by one of the guides on Alphonse Island! Bluewater anglers can look forward to targeting Indo-Pacific Sailfish, Dogtooth and Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda, Wahoo, and Dorado. The fishing centre features a fully stocked fly and tackle shop to cover all your fishing needs.

The species targeted at these destinations are guaranteed to challenge everyone from the novice to salted fishermen. Stand a chance to battle it out with explosive Wahoo, powerful Yellowfin Tuna, speedy Indo-Pacific Sailfish and treacherous Giant Trevally. Guided by an expert teams and equipped with top-of-the-line gear, you’ll be sure to land one of these spectacular species!

Who can go?

Over and above offering world-class fly fishing, Alphonse Island has plenty to offer your partner, spouse or family if they wish to join. Nonetheless, YOU are here for the fishing, and the fisheries around the outer islands are sure to not disappoint!

The Outer Islands are recommended for nature lovers of all ages, and families with children of any age are also most welcome. The camps also offer an array of other land and marine activities so non-fishing guests will be also be kept busy at all times. Snorkelling and diving are also world class! Read more about the other activities at Alphonse Island Lodge here.

Why is this special?

  • Simply the best fly fishing on the planet!
  • Some of the richest fishing grounds in the world.
  • Both flats and blue water fly-fishing in one of the most pristine marine environments.
  • GT capital of the world.
  • An unrivalled, world-class team of guides.
  • Varying terrains of flats, deep water and lagoons.
  • Various sought-after species: Giant Trevally, Milkfish, Triggerfish, Bonefish and Indo-Pacific Permit.
  • Great accommodation options and an array activities for non-fishing guests including some of the BEST diving and snorkelling sites in the world.
  • Did we mention that it is truly remote and you will almost have the place to yourself?

Where is this?

The Outer Islands are those situated beyond the Seychelles plateau. They comprise 72 low-lying sand cays and atolls lying anywhere between 230 km and 1150 km from Mahé. Less visited than their granitic cousins due to their relative remoteness, these pristine miniature worlds, some little more than sand spits or lonely rocky outcrops, offer untouched habitats for many species of wildlife. The recommended Outer Islands for fishing are Alphonse, Astove, Cosmoledo and Poivre Atoll.

Alphonse, the principal island of the Alphonse Group, is a small triangular island barely 1.2 km wide, sheltered by a spectacular coral reef. Located 400 km southwest of Mahé, the island provides excellent opportunities for fly-fishing, deep-sea fishing, and diving in virgin waters. Alphonse is serviced by air from the main island of Mahé in a flight time of one hour and accommodation is at Alphonse Island Lodge.

Astove, some 1 045 km southwest of Mahé and 160 km west southwest of Aldabra, is one of the most southerly links in Seychelles’ chain of islands. The atoll is encircled by a coral reef and features a shallow lagoon. Astove is a turtle nesting site and offers the experienced diver extraordinary diving opportunities along the sheer walls of its spectacular coral rampart. Astove also has an airstrip and is serviced by aircraft from Mahé on a charter basis. The Astove Coral House provides wonderful accommodation on the Island.

Some 1 045 km southwest of Mahé and 120 km from Aldabra, the atoll of Cosmoledo comprises a ring of nine main islets surrounding an inner lagoon roughly 16 km long and 11 km wide at the widest point. The sea around Cosmoledo is particularly rich in fish while the atoll itself is home to large colonies of frigate birds, terns and boobies. On Cosmoledo Atoll, the single eco-camp situated on Wizard Island is where nature meets sustainable hospitality, the likes of which you won’t find elsewhere.

Some 270 km southwest of Mahé and 40 km to the south of D’Arros lies Poivre Atoll, famous for its attractive semi-lagoon and also for its deep-sea fishing. The two islands that comprise Poivre atoll, Poivre and Ile du Sud, are very different in nature and separated from one another by a semi-lagoon.

What should I expect to pay?

The outer islands are reached by scheduled charter flight from Mahe and given its remoteness it is a fairly expensive destination but oh so worth it!

The rate for a 7-night fishing package in a Beach Bungalow at Alphonse Island starts at around USD 10 015 per person based on one angler per bungalow. This includes accommodation, all meals, scheduled inter island charters and guided fly-fishing. Fishing takes place for 8 hours a day with two anglers and a guide per skiff. Other non-motorised activities on the island are also included in the package.

A similar itinerary to Astove and Cosmoledo start from USD 10 540 pp and USD 15 576 pp respectively.

What Extensions do you recommend?

Any of the safariFRANK safaris in East or Southern Africa can be added before or after the fishing itinerary. Popular and more active safaris are the Gorilla’s in Uganda, walking in the Serengeti, or trekking the Ngorongoro Highlands. One of safariFRANK’s absolute favourites is Tusk and Mane in Zambia for a wonderful combination of walking, boating, canoeing and tiger fishing along the Zambezi River, just magic!

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