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Alphonse Island Seychelles Stunning Saltwater Fly Fishing

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Tour Code SEY004

One Of The Most Desirable Saltwater Destinations

The Seychelles has become the mecca for saltwater fly fishing anglers, with one location standing out above the Alphonse group. The Alphonse group is considered one of the most desirable saltwater fishing destinations globally and is a wonderland for anglers due to its pristine waters and exceptional variety of species.

A nature lover’s paradise, Alphonse is one of the world’s most pristine, untouched Edens. The islands in the atoll enjoy an exquisite climate and miles of unblemished shorelines, lagoons and sea flats. A tiny, triangular coral island situated approximately 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa and 310 nautical miles southwest of Mahe. It consists of three formations in a small and isolated group, including Alphonse in the north, Bijoutier in the middle, and St. François in the south.

This famed saltwater fly fishing destination in the Indian Ocean offers more than ten thousand acres of white sand flats, all providing easy wading and explosive fishing. The Alphonse Island fishing atolls are home to vast populations of all manner of traditional flats species; there’s also a thriving off-shore and bluewater fishery. Besides the scenery and angling opportunities, one thing which truly sets it apart is the combination of stylish hotel accommodation alongside the chance to fish three different islands right on your doorstep.

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Variety Is The Spice Of Life

Alphonse Island fishing offers vast Bonefish populations, three different types of Triggerfish, Milkfish, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Indo-Pacific Permit, Parrotfish, and eight Trevally species all call the waters in and around the island home.

With a wide variety of environments to fish, each day can provide a different challenge, although the majority of the fishing is done by wading. The white sand flats are teeming with bonefish, and vast schools ghost across the flats, with big singles and doubles feeding along the drop-offs. For those in pursuit of Giant Trevally and Bluefin Trevally, the coral edges and finger flats are ideal hunting grounds. Not for the faint-hearted, the reef walks to the wrecks are demanding but ultimately rewarding. One of the most challenging of all the flats species is the Milkfish; on Alphonse Island, these turbo-charged algae eaters are abundant and grow to over 40lb.

In addition to this, there is excellent mixed fishing to be had with three species of Triggerfish, Grouper and Indo Pacific Permit and a host of other fly-taking fish to be caught. Plus, there’s also an exciting offshore and blue water fishery; within a short boat journey from the shore, you can connect with species like Sailfish and Tuna.

Why Is The Fishing So Good On Alphonse Island?

The atolls of Alphonse consist of a central lagoon, hard white-sand flats and a coral perimeter reef and are considered by many to be the worlds most exquisite and diverse saltwater fishery. But they aren’t just a haven for anglers but outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The atolls inhabitants are committed to protecting every element of it, from the fishing to the unique fauna and flora of the area. Ongoing research, rehabilitation and monitoring programs, focusing primarily on nesting sea turtles, giant tortoises, sensitive marine habitats and forest rehabilitation, are also on the agenda.

With these things in place, it’s no surprise that fishing is done on a strictly catch-and-release basis, with environmentally friendly fishing consistently practised. The result of this is the exciting, varied fishing on offer. Another reason for this is the management of the fishery itself, with a limited number of rods and in-turn angling pressure. The St. François fishery caters for just 12 fly anglers at a time to maintain exclusivity and sustainability.

To find out more about Seychelles, Alphonse Island fishing and its surrounding Atolls, visit our YouTube channel.

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The Extra Mile In Search Of Your Fish Of A Lifetime

The eight professional full-time guides on Alphonse Island fishing are some of the most experienced on the outer islands, with a very comprehensive knowledge of the areas they operate in and around. They are all fluent in English, and some speak French and Creole. The guiding takes place on a rotational basis, allowing anglers to experience all the different aspects of the fishery and all the different personalities and characteristics of each guide. All the guides carry waterproof VHF radios and are in constant communication with each other and the base on Alphonse. They are all qualified skippers, and their boat handling skills are impeccable. Their passion and dedication is infectious, and rest assured, they will go the extra mile in search of your fish of a lifetime.

For Alphonse Island fishing, fly tackle is available for hire. There is a fully kitted shop at the fishing centre that can provide you with most of the tackle you will need for your trip, including a full range of flies that are custom tied for Alphonse, utilising the right hooks and with the suitable materials. If you wanted to take your own, we recommend an 8-weight or 9-weight outfit for the smaller species like Bonefish & Permit, and 10-weight or 12-weight outfit for the larger species like Giant Trevally and Triggerfish.

Accommodation

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 remarkable 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 chessboard, boutique, extensive watersports centre, scuba diving centre with PADI bubble maker, discover scuba, open water, advanced and speciality scuba courses, tackle shop and island conservation.

The 22 beach bungalows are set amongst lush tropical plantations just metres from the beach and are located on the island’s eastern shoreline and 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, they’re 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.

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Itinerary

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

Day 1: (THURSDAY)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Day 2: (FRIDAY)

Arrive 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: (SATURDAY)

Take a taxi back to the IDC Hanger for your flight to Alphonse Island.

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, leaders, 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: Beach Bungalow (Single Room) F/B

Days 4 to 6: Fishing Days (SUNDAY TO TUESDAY)

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: Beach Bungalow (Single Room) F/B

Days 7 to 9: Fishing Days (WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY)

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: Beach Bungalow (Single Room) F/B

Day 10: (SATURDAY)

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 Mahe

On arrival, you will take a taxi to your hotel.

Overnight Accommodation: Le Relax Hotel (Twin Room) B/B

Day 11: (SUNDAY)

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

Depart Victoria Mahe

Arrive Dubai Depart Dubai

Arrive UK

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from October to May.

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

Package Details

Prices from
£6,059
per person

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 USD210 per week

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

Optional extras

  • Accommodation upgrade to Beach Suite
  • Flight upgrades
  • Additional nights in Mahe
  • Non-fishing packages / excursions

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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 surcharges.

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Reviews

Peter

Alphonse Island was a true piece of tropical paradise. The lodge was stunning and a beautiful place to retire back to after a busy day of fishing. The guides were incredible and super knowledgeable, they seemed to know about every inch of the areas we fished.

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Simon

Just returned home from a sensational trip to Alphonse Island and what a trip it was. I cannot speak highly enough about the operation, and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who's thinking of visiting. The fishing was out of this world!

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Darryn

The thing I wanted from this holiday was a Giant Trevally, which I didn't have to wait long for! On my first afternoon fishing, with the help of my guide, I landed an incredible specimen of over 40lb. I couldn't believe the power of the fish, it was something I'd never experienced before, but by the end of the week, it was something I became quite used to!

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Latest Reports

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Our first week of the explorer season saw just one angler, one of our long time fishing buddies and return guests, Nick Evans. The island was faced with some testing weather, which in turn made for...

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Another successful week here at Alphonse with five skiffs out on the water, this week being the last full week of the season! We experienced some very strong winds this week as we approach the...

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