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Alphonse Island | Saltwater Fly Fishing | Seychelles

Overview

Tour code: SEY004

The Seychelles has become the mecca for saltwater fly anglers but one location stands out above the rest, the Alphonse group. The Alphonse group is considered one of the most desirable saltwater destinations in the world. It is a paradise for fly fishing anglers due to its pristine waters and exceptional variety of saltwater species.

Location
Situated approximately 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa and 310 nautical miles southwest of Mahe, Alphonse is a tiny, triangular coral island that it is one of three formations in a small and isolated group: Alphonse in the north, Bijoutier in the middle, and St. François in the south.

Fishing
Each day you will depart from Alphonse in Tam Tam, a comfortable and fast mothership, which will take you on a 40 minute journey to the uninhabited atoll of St Francois. The majority of the fishing will involve wading the firm white sandy flats which are interlaced with channels leading to the perimeter reef which it is considered by many to be the world’s most exquisite and diverse saltwater fishery.  This diverse fishery enables you to catch several of the now 60 species targeted on fly. Including three species of Triggerfish, seven species of Trevally, Milkfish, Barracuda, Sailfish, Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna and a plethora of other flats and offshore species.

One other advantage of our operation on Alphonse is that we also have available offshore fishing for either conventional tackle or fly fishing. These options allow you to upgrade any of your fishing days to an offshore day that provides anglers with the additional opportunity to catch exciting species such as Sailfish, Wahoo, Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado.

Guiding
On our Alphonse Island fishing trip, you will enjoy 8 hours of fishing each day, based on 2 anglers per one guide. Guiding takes place on a rotational basis, allowing anglers to experience all facets of the fishery and to fish with a different guide each day.

Other activities
This Alphonse Island fishing, with its stunning island and resort, is perfect for non-anglers too. There are a variety of activities to participate in including cycle tours, Bijoutier Island visit, dolphin viewing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling, spa and many more.

If you have any questions on the Alphonse Island fishing trips we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

You can also view our other Seychelles destinations.

 

 

Accommodation
Alphonse Island Beach Bungalows

Alphonse Island features a single resort comprising of Beach Bungalows and Beach Suites built alongside the water’s edge, each with scenic ocean views. Freedom of movement around the island on foot or bicycle permits self-discovery of the wonders of this special place.

The main hotel complex consists of a reception area, a beach bar, dining area, swimming pool, tennis court and main office. Guests stay in one of 22 privately spaced air-conditioned Beach Bungalows or five one-bedroom Beach Suites, offering every kind of comfort. The bar area, pool and lounge area provides the ideal venue to relax in the evening breeze, after a day out in the sun and houses the restaurant which serves freshly caught fish of the highest quality.

The main resort also has the following features to enhance your stay: beach bar and dining area, restaurant dining area, smoothie café in the veggie garden, entertainment area with snooker table and table tennis, lounge area, beach bar with Wi-Fi, swimming pool, sunset bar, azure spa, tennis court, giant chess board, boutique, extensive watersports centre, scuba diving centre with PADI bubble maker, discover scuba, open water, advanced and specialty scuba courses, tackle and gear shop and island conservation.

The 22 Beach Bungalows that are set amongst lush tropical plantations just metres from the beach are located on the eastern shoreline of the island.  The Beach Bungalows are decorated in a unique style that emphasises the raw and natural beauty of the island. With a layout that keeps your’ relaxation foremost in mind, the Beach Bungalows are ideally situated to make the most of the beautiful surroundings.

Each Beach Bungalow has its own veranda, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Perfect for watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee or watching the sunset with a cocktail in hand. They also each come with all the essential amenities such as: air-conditioned, safes with keys, mini-bar,  landline telephone, beach towels, ceiling fan, laundry service,  beverage station with Nespresso machine, shaver outlet, hairdryer, outdoor shower, bathtub, mosquito net (on request), private bicycles and sun loungers.

Alphonse Island Beach Bungalows Alphonse Island Beach Bungalows
Board: Full Board
Rooms: Twin or double
Telephone: In room
Internet: In bar area
Laundry: Free
Power: 220 volt generated
Air Conditioning: In room
Meals: In restaurant or bar
Alcohol: Not included
Equipment Hire: Free
Shop: Full tackle shop
Cards Accepted: All cards
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Bonefish
Season: Oct to Dec & Feb to May
Peak: Oct, Dec & April
Weight: 2 lb to 9 lb
Average Weight: 4 lb
Yellowmargin Triggerfish
Season: Oct to Dec & Feb to May
Peak: Oct, Dec & April
Weight: 1 lb to 17 lb
Average Weight: 4 lb
Moustache Triggerfish
Season: Oct to Dec & Feb to May
Peak: Oct, Dec & April
Weight: 1 lb to 20 lb
Average Weight: 6 lb
Milkfish
Season: Oct to Dec & Feb to May
Peak: Oct, Dec & April
Weight: 5 lb to 50 lb
Average Weight: 9 lb
Indo-Pacific Permit
Season: Oct to Dec & Feb to May
Peak: Oct, Dec & April
Weight: 1 lb to 25 lb
Average Weight: 7 lb
Giant Trevally
Season: Oct to Dec & Feb to May
Peak: Oct, Dec & April
Weight: 5 lb to 120 lb
Average Weight: 36 lb
Bluefin Trevally
Season: Oct to Dec & Feb to May
Peak: Oct, Dec & April
Weight: 1 lb to 40 lb
Average Weight: 14 lb
Wahoo
Season: Oct to Dec & Feb to May
Peak: Oct, Dec & April
Weight: 10 lb to 50 lb
Average Weight: 25 lb
Dogtooth Tuna
Season: Oct to Dec & Feb to May
Peak: Oct, Dec & April
Weight: 10 lb to 100 lb
Average Weight: 30 lb
Yellowfin Tuna
Season: Oct to Dec & Feb to May
Peak: Oct, Dec & April
Weight: 10 lb to 80 lb
Average Weight: 30 lb

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only as a guide, as there are flights that depart daily from the UK we can tailor the below itinerary to suit your personal requirements with either more additional time in the Seychelles both at the beginning and end of the itinerary below. Feel free to just ask one of our travel consultants.

Day 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Day 2:

Arrive in Dubai, Depart Dubai
Arrive Victoria Mahe.

On arrival, you will take a taxi to your hotel. Overnight Accommodation: Le Relax Hotel (Twin Room) B/B

Day 3:

You will take a taxi back to the IDC Hanger for your flight to Farquhar.

Depart Mahe, Arrive Alphonse Island.

Once unpacked, your fishing tackle will be collected from the veranda of your accommodation and taken down to the fishing centre. There is a fly shop that stocks flies, leader, clothing, sunglasses, accessories and offers a complimentary rod and reel loan service. Our guide team will assess your tackle and flies as well as give advice and answer any questions that you might have about your week. Once everything is rigged and ready for the week, you can either fish unguided on the Alphonse flats, relax around the pool or at the “Le Lys” bar while sipping an Indian Ocean cocktail, until dinner is served at 19h30.

Overnight Accommodation: Alphonse Resort (Twin Room) F/B

Days 4 to 6: Fishing Days

Breakfast is served from 06:00 onwards and morning wake-up calls can be booked from 05:45 Make your way to the fishing centre at 06:45 and once all anglers have assembled, everyone is ferried to the mother ship and a 40 minute trip to St Francois island. Teams consisting of two anglers and one guide will then be transferred to their relevant skiff for the eight-hour fishing session.

Overnight Accommodation: Alphonse Resort (Twin Room) F/B

Days 7 to 9: Fishing Days

All the skiffs will have Yeti cooler boxes with ice, drinks and desalinated water in our Yeti Rambler bottles. Lunch packs will be taken onto the skiffs unless otherwise requested. You can enjoy all your time fly fishing on the flats until at 16:00 the Guides will start returning to the mother ship, and for safety reasons, everyone needs to be on board the vessel by 17h00 to start the journey home.

Overnight Accommodation: Alphonse Resort (Twin Room) F/B

Day 10:

In the morning once you have packed and settled any incidentals you will be transferred back to the airport for your flight back to Mahe.

Depart Alphonse, Arrive in Mahe.

On arrival, you will take a taxi to your hotel. Overnight Accommodation: Le Relax Hotel (Twin Room) B/B

Day 11:

You will take a taxi back to the International Airport for your return flights.

Depart Victoria Mahe, Arrive Dubai.

Depart Dubai, Arrive UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
19/11/2020 29/11/2020 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Sold Out N/A
26/11/2020 06/12/2020 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
03/12/2020 13/12/2020 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
10/12/2020 20/12/2020 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
17/12/2020 27/12/2020 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
24/12/2020 03/01/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
31/12/2020 10/01/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
07/01/2021 17/01/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
14/01/2021 24/01/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
21/01/2021 31/01/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Sold Out N/A
28/01/2021 07/02/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
04/02/2021 14/02/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Sold Out N/A
11/02/2021 21/02/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
18/02/2021 28/02/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
25/02/2021 07/03/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
04/03/2021 14/03/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Sold Out N/A
11/03/2021 21/03/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Sold Out N/A
18/03/2021 28/03/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
25/03/2021 04/04/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/04/2021 11/04/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
08/04/2021 18/04/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
15/04/2021 25/04/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
22/04/2021 02/05/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Enquire Now N/A
29/04/2021 09/05/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Sold Out N/A
06/05/2021 16/05/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Sold Out N/A
13/05/2021 23/05/2021 11 10 6 £8,803 N/A Sold Out N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Transfers on Alphonse
  • All accommodation
  • Room amenities, non motorised and land based activities
  • 6 days fishing (2 anglers per 1 guide & skiff)
  • Three meals daily
  • Soft drinks during activities
  • Water, tea and coffee
  • Snorkelling equipment (Loss of gear will be charged per item)
  • Watersport equipment (Stand up paddle boards, kayaks)
  • Fly fishing rod and reel rental
  • Public Wi-Fi
  • Conservation donations USD175 per week

What's Excluded

  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Mandatory emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional excursions
  • Motorised activities
  • Beverages
  • Laundry and items of a personal nature
  • Telephone charges
  • Spa Treatments

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights in Mahe

  • Non fishing packages / excursions

Price Supplements

  • n/a

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry is required. No visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

Mandatory emergency medical evacuation insurance. A Yellow Fever certificate is required if travelling from a Yellow Fever infected area

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

You do not have to pay departure tax, as it will be included in flight ticket cost.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Dubai (approx 6hrs). Dubai – Victoria Mahe (approx 4.5hrs). Victoria Mahe – Alphones (approx 1 hr).

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

Please note: On the flight from Mahe to Alphonse Island check in luggage is strictly limited to 15kg [33 pounds] per person, and 5kg [12 pounds] carry-on luggage. This is a strict policy allowing delivery of fresh food produce to the island. If it is not possible to load extra luggage, it will have to be repacked and left in Mahé until your return.

Please adhere to the limits. It is suggested that lighter soft-shell luggage is used. Pack a separate bag with excess equipment to avoid having to repack at the airport. Excess luggage can be left with an Alphonse representative at the hangar and picked up on your return..

Transfer Time

Alphonse – Alphonse Resort (approx 5 mins)

Questions & Answers

Where is the lodge?

Alphonse Resort sits on Alphonse Island which is located 400km (250miles) south-west of Mahe. It is only 7º south of the equator and only 1-hour flight from the capital Mahe.

Where will I fish?

The fishing is mainly concentrated around St Francois which is one of the islands that makes up Alphonse. This island is only a 40 to 45-minute boat ride each morning to some of the most amazing hard bottom sand flats on this earth. The uniqueness that sets St Francois apart from many other saltwater destinations is the ability to wade over 10,000 acres of hard white sand flats in search of the various species on offer.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

Each morning the anglers board the transfer boat for the short 40 to 45-minute crossing over to St Francois which is inhabited island. On arrival anglers and their guides will depart to various flats, coral fingers and channels by professional skiffs. The travel time to the fishing from arrival will then be anything from 5 to 15 minutes.

What fish will I catch?

With now over 60 different species targeted on the fly, you will not go short of fish or species to target. The large expanse of saltwater flats are home to numerous Bonefish but in addition to this, the lagoon envelopes coral finger flats and coral heads allowing customers to catch three species of Triggerfish, seven species of Trevally, Milkfish, Barracuda, Sailfish, Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna and a plethora of other flats and offshore species.

How many fish will I catch?

The number of fish you can catch will depend on several factors. One is how high you set the stakes. For example, if you are looking to fish for all species on a given day you can expect some good days with 10 to 20 Bones per day. However, if you wish to target species like GT’S or Permit the number of fish you catch will be reduced.

How will I fish?

The fly fishing is mainly done wading the hard bottom flats, walking away from the skiffs with our guide in search of feeding fish. When targeting other species you will either wade or fish from the skiff closer to the coral fingers around the lagoon.
There is also the offshore fishing with either conventional tackle or fly fishing. You will practice switch and tease method where the guides tease target species to the surface and then you cast your fly in to the action as the teasers are removed. With conventional tackle customer will troll lures behind the boat or cast surface lures around the boat.

Do the guides speak English?

All our guides speak very good English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

It is perfect for everyone. Whether you are looking for a diehard saltwater fly fishing trip with some of the best fishing in the world or you want a more relaxed approach, Alphonse Island and resort will have you all covered.

What skill level is required?

This destination is perfect for all levels of fly fishing. There is excellent Bonefish fishing for complete beginners to more experienced anglers looking to target the larger specimens. There is more challenging fly fishing for species such as GT’S and Milkfish if the anglers are more experienced casters. Having said this, all of our guides are great instructors and love nothing more than teaching customers to catch the first of a new species.

How physically demanding is this trip?

To get the best out of this destination you need to be of a suitable fitness standard and be able to walk certain distances each day (on easy hard bottom sand walks). If you wish to fish offshore with both conventual tackle or fly fishing there is limited walking involved as the fishing is mainly conducted from the boat.

When is the best time to go?

The main fishing season on Alphonse Island runs from early October to the end of May.

How will I get there?

From the UK, you will fly to either Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha. From there it is only a short 4.5-hour flight to Mahe. After an overnight stay in Mahe, the next day there is a 1-hour flight to Alphonse.

What is the accommodation like?

Alphonse resort is a single resort that offers two different types of accommodation. There are 22 privately spaced air-conditioned Beach Bungalows or five one-bedroom Beach Suites, offering every kind of comfort you could ever need. All accommodation has great ocean views providing the idyllic setting for that perfect getaway.

What is the food like?

The bar area, pool and lounge area provides the ideal venue to relax in the evening breeze, after a day out in the sun and houses the main restaurant. The food is all first class and suits all tastes. Each day there is also freshly caught fish of the highest quality.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

There are fly fishing outfits consisting of Thomas fly rods and Shilton reels, loaded with 300 yards of Cortland braided backing can be loaned at no charge. Fly lines will need to be purchased from the shop and it is recommended that you pre-order a fly pack for your expedition, which would include all the flies you would need for the various different species on offer. There is a full range of flies that are custom tied for Alphonse destinations on the right hooks and with the correct material. It’s important that angler’s pre-book the rod hire as well as tackle to ensure that we have sufficient stock. All tackle sales may be settled at the end of your trip upon check out at Alphonse Island. All rod breakages are for your account and will be billed at US$150 per rod.

Is internet and phone signal available?

There is no mobile signal/connectivity on the island. Each Bungalow and Suite has a phone service, operated via satellite. There is free wi-fi in the bar and lounge area.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

 

 

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