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Astove Atoll Seychelles A Top Saltwater GT Destination

Customer Rating 97%
Tour Code SEY006

GT Fly Fishing paradise

Astove Atoll is situated 1,055 kilometres southwest of Mahe and is just one of the remote jewels scattered throughout the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. It’s a tiny and unique atoll that spans just six kilometres from north to south and just under four kilometres from east to west at the widest point. A raised coral island of most peculiar form, it almost entirely encloses a shallow lagoon of which there is only one exit, a winding passage to the south of the island known as the Gueule Bras Channel. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and a world filled with colour, where the daily drama’s of a pristine ecosystem can play out in front of your eyes. It also offers a rare privileged opportunity to gaze into a world that has changed very little through time.

Astove has a rich but desolate history and has been responsible for numerous shipwrecks dating back to 1500AC. It was also the atoll where Jacques Cousteau filmed some of the acclaimed underwater documentary ‘The Silent World’ along the edge of the “Wall”. The ‘Astove Wall’, which runs the entire length of the Western side of the atoll, is an impressive sheer drop-off and is often described as gazing down into an underwater Grand Canyon. It consists of the large flats and reef dropping a vertical 90 degrees, from ankle-deep water to water well over a kilometre deep. This unique feature makes it one of the most famous dive sites in the world.

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A Premier GT Fishery

Amongst hardcore saltwater fly anglers, Astove Atoll has become the go-to destination for Giant Trevally, not just in the Indian Ocean but worldwide. It features some of the most impressive populations globally, both in terms of numbers and the sheer size of fish.

Its shallow lagoon – with one small entrance, surrounded by sheer drop-offs – is truly unique. It’s also home to an unusual phenomenon that occurs on every tide cycle. The ebbing tide falls for ten hours of the twelve-hour process, emptying the lagoon, and then the flooding tides fill it back up again in just two. The strong currents created by this create the ideal feeding conditions for all the flats species, especially the GT’s, who prey on the juvenile fish that fill the lagoon. In recent years Astove Island Lodge has produced some stunning results in terms of GT captures. In one week, a group of saltwater fly fishing anglers landed an incredible 92 Giant Trevally, with a staggering 12 of them measuring over the magical 100cm mark. It’s not been usual for competent saltwater flats anglers to land between six and 10 Giant Trevally in a week.

Aside from big GT’s, Astove offers innumerable flats opportunities for Bonefish, Permit, Bluefin Trevally, triggerfish, Barracuda and Milkfish. Offshore fishing isn’t to be ignored either, starting just a few metres from the edge of the flats, it allows anglers to test their skills against Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo and Sailfish.

World Class Professional Fly Fishing Guides

All Astove Island Lodge trips are led by a team of world-class professional fly fishing guides, who have amassed a very considerable amount of hard-earned experience fishing the waters of the Indian Ocean. Each guide is a qualified skipper, has first aid experience and speaks English. Their passion and dedication is infectious, and rest assured, they will go the extra mile in search of your fish of a lifetime.

Utilizing Mitzi skiffs, specifically designed for fly fishing Astove and moving anglers throughout the fishery, the fishing team usually comprises of two guests fishing with a different guide each day. The fishing itself is a mixture of either wading or fishing from the skiff over larger areas.

For fly fishing, as a general rule, an 8-weight or 9-weight outfit is sufficient for the Bonefish & Permit, whereas a 10-weight or 12-weight outfit is more suitable for the Giant Trevally and Triggerfish.

The bluewater fishing is conducted further offshore on slightly larger 19-foot Mini-Mahe tender boats and uses conventional tackle. However, it is also possible to fly fish using the switch and tease method. Here you can target species like Sailfish and Tuna.

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Astove Island Lodge Peak Season

Lying south of the Equator, in the western Indian Ocean, Seychelles has a tropical climate: warm and humid with strong maritime influences. The temperature is consistently around 24-32°C, and there is no distinct dry season.

The fishing lodge is open to anglers from early November to late April, coinciding with the hot and humid northwest trade winds and ignoring the cooler southeast trade winds, that define April through to October. This avoids the irregular weather patterns that the island can sometimes experience during this period. You can, however, enjoy some excellent fishing at any stage during the season.

Weeks with full or new moons tend to be at a premium as the increase in tidal range and flow of water, in and out of the flats, benefit the GT’s that lie in ambush. Sometimes when fishing for the other flats species, the opposites may apply, as many of them form part of the Giant Trevallys diet.

Over a typical six days of fishing, you should always experience a taste of both sets of conditions. This variety is one of the significant attractions of fishing in the Indian ocean.

Accommodation

Uninhabited since 1969, this atoll has seen very little human pressure, something that always makes for a wild experience. Ensuring that the atoll stays pristine, the small coral lodge caters exclusively to only six guests per week. `

The newly renovated building is very comfortable and accommodating and offer its guests six single occupancies, air-conditioned rooms surrounded by a central courtyard. Each private room has its own bathroom, and while the accommodations is basic, the rooms are comfortable and private. In addition to the six rooms, the main lodge area serves as the lodge’s dining room and social space.

Food and Drink

The lodge is famed for its attentive service as well as exquisite dining. All meals are served in the lodge’s main dining area, with the chef preparing a mix of Creole and international food. The menu usually comprises of an English breakfast in the morning, a packed lunch choice to take to the flats and a Creole buffet dinner served in the evening in the dining room.

All mineral water and soft drinks are included in the package, and the lodge has plenty of local beer for sale. If you want spirits or any other beverages, we recommend purchasing these at the Duty-Free store in the airport en route.

Typical Length Of Your Fishing Trip

All Astove trips are seven nights and include six and a half days of guided fishing. Because the island can only be accessed by a charter flight that runs once a week, all packages are fixed at one week in length.

Non-Angling Activities

The reason to make the trip to Astove is to fish. There is minimal infrastructure on the island, aside from wading the flats, walking the beach or snorkelling, there’s very little for the non-angler to do.

Internet/WiFi

There is no Wi-Fi or cell reception on Astove. However, the guesthouse is equipped with a satellite phone that can be used by guests if needed.

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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: (TUESDAY)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Day 2: (WEDNESDAY)

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: (THURSDAY)

Take a taxi back to the IDC Hanger for your flight to Astove via Farquhar.

Depart Mahe

Arrive Astove

On arrival, you will be transferred to the lodge where the orientation and tackle set-up begins. After lunch, you can start your fishing with an unguided session wading the local flats.

Overnight Accommodation: Astove Island Lodge (Single Room) F/B

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

Breakfast is at 07:30, fishing begins at 08:30 and lunch is taken in the form of a packed lunch which is enjoyed while out on the flats. You can spend the whole day fishing with your guide targeting the species of your choice.

Overnight Accommodation: Astove Island Lodge (Single Room) F/B

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

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 will enjoy another 8 hours fishing with your guide. You will arrive back at the lodge by 17:30 but are free to continue fishing unguided until sunset.

Overnight Accommodation: Astove Island Lodge (Single Room) F/B

Day 10: (THURSDAY)

Breakfast is at 07:30, you can then pack, settle your tab and gratuities, and prepare for the three-hour flight back to Mahé.

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

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

Day 11: (FRIDAY)

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 November to April.

Bonefish

Season: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Peak: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Weight: 2lb to 9lb
Average Weight: 4lb

Yellowmargin Triggerfish

Season: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Peak: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Weight: 1lb to 17lb
Average Weight: 4lb

Moustache Triggerfish

Season: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Peak: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Weight: 1lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 6lb

Milkfish

Season: Oct to Nov& Feb to April
Peak: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Weight: 5lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 9lb

Indo-Pacific Permit

Season: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Peak: Oct to Nov& Feb to April
Weight: 1lb to 25lb
Average Weight: 7lb

Giant Trevally

Season: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Peak: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Weight: 5lb to 120lb
Average Weight: 36lb

Bluefin Trevally

Season: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Peak: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Weight: 1lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 14lb

Wahoo

Season: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Peak: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Weight: 10lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 25lb

Dogtooth Tuna

Season: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Peak: Oct to Nov& Feb to April
Weight: 10lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 30lb

Yellowfin Tuna

Season: Oct to Nov & Febto April
Peak: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Weight: 10lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 30lb

Saifish

Season: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Peak: Oct to Nov & Feb to April
Weight: 50lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 80lb

Package Details

Prices from
£11,542
per person

Included

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Transfers on Astove
  • All accommodation
  • 6 days fishing (2 anglers per 1 guide & skiff)
  • Three meals daily
  • Soft drinks during activities
  • Water, tea and coffee
  • Wine with dinner
  • Public Wi-Fi
  • Conservation donations USD175 per week

Excluded

  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Mandatory emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Beverages
  • Laundry and items of a personal nature
  • Telephone charges

Optional extras

  • Flight upgrades
  • Additional nights in Mahe
  • Non fishing packages / excursions

Price Supplements

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Departing Returning Days Price Availability
12/11/2022 22/11/2022 11 £11,542 Sold Out
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26/11/2022 06/12/2022 11 £11,542 Enquire Now
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24/12/2022 03/01/2023 11 £11,542 Sold Out

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation in Mahe and single accommodation on Astove (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

Lance

It may take a while to travel there, but for me, it was worth every second in the air and on land, as it was simply incredible. The accommodation in Astove was a beautiful as the surroundings and was the perfect base to fish from. A huge shout out to my guide too, he was fantastic.

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Thomas

The fishing on Astove was simply mind-blowing. We landed numerous Bonefish, GT's, Milkfish and even Triggerfish. It seemed whatever we wanted to catch the guides could take us to a flat where it was possible. I loved every second of my trip from start to finish, a massive thank you to everyone involved in making it possible.

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Tony

The most beautiful destination I've ever visited by some considerable margin. I've been lucky enough to visit a few flats fishing destinations and I'd even probably go as far as to say that this was the best fishing I've ever experienced.

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Latest Reports

Astove Atoll Fishing Report 18th May 2022

The last week of fishing on Astove for this season! The weather held up enough to let us fish but not always giving the best shots at fish. However, many casts were made, and fish...

Astove Atoll Fishing Report 12th May 2022

This week on Astove we experienced a challenging week, with neap tides and some southeasterly winds. Nothing would hold back an angler though, determined to capture. After tackle set up and a brief explanation of...

Astove Atoll Fishing Report 10th May 2022

A week of south easterly winds, fortunately enough having some protected areas to fish. Not having the easiest conditions at Astove, effort was put in to ensure some memorable catches were made along with good...
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