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Fly Fishing Astove Atoll | Seychelles

Overview

Tour code: SEY006

For years the Seychelles has been known as one of the top destinations to target GT’s on the fly. It’s a fishery and ecosystem that is completely frozen in time, where the daily dramas of predator and prey play out in front of your very eyes every single day of the season. Astove has taken the GT fishing to the next level due to its incredible results. In one week a group landed 92 GTs with a staggering 12 of them measuring over the magical 100 cm mark. It’s not just huge GT’s Astove is good for, there’s also Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda, Milkfish, Bluefin Trevally, Triggerfish, plus offshore species like Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish and Marlin.

Location
Astove Atoll is situated 1,055km south-west of Mahé and forms part of the remote Aldabra group of atolls. It’s a small and unique atoll that spans six km from north to south and just under four km from east to west at the widest point.

Fishing
The fishing is first class as fresh fish come and go with the daily tides and with only 6 anglers fishing at one time the area has not had a lot of pressure. You will be fishing hard packed flats that offer excellent wading opportunities with plenty of chances at a wide variety of species from which to target. The tides at Astove play a very significant role on when certain species of fish will be targeted and the excellent team of guides will work with you to ensure that you are in the right place at the right time throughout the week. Fishing is varied from the miles of hard saltwater flats to the famous “Wall” of Astove, where the flats sheer off and immediately drops from two feet to well over 3000 feet deep. The “Wall” of Astove is breathtakingly beautiful and is often-times compared to an underwater Grand Canyon.

Guiding
All Astove 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. Based on just 2 anglers to one guide. Everyone will receive 6 fully guided fishing days. The fishing is either from a skiff or on foot wading the flats. There are four 20ft mini-Mahé tender boats that have been specifically designed for fly fishing the outer atolls as well as the blue-water. In addition, there are two Mitzi skiffs situated inside the lagoon.

Astove is open to anglers from early November to late April with a break over the festive period. This avoids the unstable weather patterns that can be experienced outside of this period. You can have 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, benefits the GT’s that lie in ambush!

Other activities
Although the main activity on Astove is fishing there is equally good diving especially around the wall which was even made famous by Jacques Cousteau made the Wall famous in 1956 when he filmed part of “The Silent World” along its edge.

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
Astove Island Lodge

Astove Island Lodge is a newly renovated lodge which is very comfortable and only accommodates our 6 customer each week all in single air-conditioned rooms. All the rooms are en-suite and surround the central courtyard.

The lodge has a comfortable lounge as well as an indoor and outdoor dining area for guests’ relaxation in the evenings. You will enjoy attentive service as well as exquisite dining. 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 dining room.

All meals are served in the lodge’s main dining area, with the chef preparing a mix of Creole and international food. All mineral water and soft drinks are included in the package, and the lodge has plenty of local beer for sale. If you want liquor or any other beverages, we recommend that you buy what you need at the Duty-Free store in the airport en route.

Board: Full Board
Rooms: Single
Telephone: Satellite Room
Air Conditioning: In room
Meals: Dining Room
Alcohol: Wine with meal
Equipment Hire: Free of charge
Shop: Basic tackle shop
Cash Accepted: US Dollars, Euros, Pounds
Species Information
Bonefish
Season: October to November & February to April
Peak: October to November & February to April
Weight: 2lb to 9lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Yellowmargin Triggerfish
Season: October to November & February to April
Peak: October to November & February to April
Weight: 1lb to 17lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Moustache Triggerfish
Season: October to November & February to April
Peak: October to November & February to April
Weight: 1lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 6lb
Milkfish
Season: October to November & February to April
Peak: October to November & February to April
Weight: 5lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 9lb
Indo-Pacific Permit
Season: October to November & February to April
Peak: October to November & February to April
Weight: 1lb to 25lb
Average Weight: 7lb
Giant Trevally
Season: October to November & February to April
Peak: October to November & February to April
Weight: 5lb to 120lb
Average Weight: 36lb
Bluefin Trevally
Season: October to November & February to April
Peak: October to November & February to April
Weight: 1lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 14lb
Wahoo
Season: October to November & February to April
Peak: October to November & February to April
Weight: 10lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 25lb
Dogtooth Tuna
Season: October to November & February to April
Peak: October to November & February to April
Weight: 10lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Yellowfin Tuna
Season: October to November & February to April
Peak: October to November & February to April
Weight: 10lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Saifish
Season: October to November & February to April
Peak: October to November & February to April
Weight: 50lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 80lb

Itinerary

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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: (Saturday or Tuesday Departure)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Day 2:

Arrive in Dubai.

Depart Dubai
Arrive to 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 in 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 & 5: Fishing Days

Breakfast is at 07h30, fishing begins at 08h30 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 6 & 7: 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 will enjoy another 8 hours fishing with your guide. You will arrive back at the lodge by 17h30 but are free to continue fishing unguided until sunset.

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

Days 8 & 9: Fishing Days

Each day you may either fish the flats or the channel lagoon targeting some monster GT’s

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

Day 10:

Breakfast is at 07h30, 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:

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

Depart Victoria Mahe
Arrive Dubai.

Depart Dubai
Arrive UK

Prices

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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. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
05/11/2019 15/11/2019 11 10 6 £12,300 N/A Sold Out N/A
12/11/2019 22/11/2019 11 10 6 £9,942 N/A Sold Out N/A
23/11/2019 03/12/2019 11 10 6 £12,300 N/A Sold Out N/A
30/11/2019 10/12/2019 11 10 6 £9,942 N/A Sold Out N/A
07/12/2019 17/12/2019 11 10 6 £12,300 N/A Sold Out N/A
14/12/2019 24/12/2019 11 10 6 £9,942 N/A Sold Out N/A
21/12/2019 03/01/2020 11 10 6 £9,942 N/A Sold Out N/A
31/12/2019 10/01/2020 11 10 6 £9,942 N/A Sold Out N/A
07/01/2020 17/01/2020 11 10 6 £12,300 N/A Sold Out N/A
14/01/2020 24/01/2020 11 10 6 £9,942 N/A Sold Out N/A
21/01/2020 31/01/2020 11 10 6 £12,300 N/A Sold Out N/A
28/01/2020 07/02/2020 11 10 6 £9,942 N/A Sold Out N/A
08/02/2020 18/02/2020 11 10 6 £12,300 N/A Book Now N/A
15/02/2020 25/02/2020 11 10 6 £12,300 N/A Sold Out N/A
22/02/2020 03/03/2020 11 10 6 £9,942 N/A Sold Out N/A
29/02/2020 10/03/2020 11 10 6 £12,300 N/A Sold Out N/A
07/03/2020 17/03/2020 11 10 6 £12,300 N/A Sold Out N/A
14/03/2020 24/03/2020 11 10 6 £12,300 N/A Sold Out N/A
21/03/2020 31/03/2020 11 10 6 £12,300 N/A Sold Out N/A
28/03/2020 07/04/2020 11 10 6 £9,942 N/A Book Now N/A
04/04/2020 14/04/2020 11 10 6 £9,942 N/A Book Now N/A
11/04/2020 21/04/2020 11 10 6 £9,942 N/A Book Now N/A

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 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 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

What's Excluded

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

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 – Astove (approx 3 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 Astove 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

Astove – Astove Island Lodge (approx 5 mins)

Questions & Answers

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Where is the lodge?

Astove Island Lodge is situated 655 miles south-west of Mahé and forms part of the remote Aldabra group of atolls. Astove is a small and unique atoll that spans 3 miles from north to south and just under 3 miles from east to west at the widest points.

Where will I fish?

The fishing is mainly concentrated around the large internal flats or the shallow lagoon which has one small entrance, and due to its elevation, a phenomenon occurs whereby the tide falls like a river for ten hours of the 12-hour tidal cycle and then turns to flood the entire lagoon in only two hours.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

You will either fish the outer Atolls offshore or inside the lagoon depending on what species you wish to target. The travel time to the fishing will then be anything from 5 to 15 mins.

What fish will I catch?

There are now over 60 different species that you can target on Astove, anglers can decide to either target a certain fish species or just opportunity fish by casting at what you and your guide find as you go out and explore. There are plenty of species to target that you can catch from Bonefish, 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 Bonefish per day. However, if you wish to just target species like GT’S or Permit the number of fish you catch will be reduced.

How will I fish?

Each day two anglers will fish with one guide and the fishing is a mixture of either wading the flats or fishing from the skiff over larger areas. There is also the offshore fishing with either conventional tackle or fly fishing. When fly fishing you will practice switch and tease methods, where the guides tease target species to the surface such as Sailfish and Tuna. You will then cast your fly into the action as the teasers are removed. With conventional tackle, you 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?

Astove suits anglers who tend to prefer targeting predator species such as GT’s.

What skill level is required?

This destination is suitable for more experienced anglers if you are trying to fish for the more challenging species such as GT’S and Milkfish. It is advantageous if you are a more experienced caster. 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, and if you wish to spend all day fly fishing, you need to be of a suitable fitness standard and be able to walk certain distances each day (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 to go?

Astove is open to anglers from early November to late April with a break over the festive period. This avoids the unstable weather patterns that can be experienced outside of this period. You can have 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, benefits the GT’s that lie in ambush. When fishing for the flats species the opposite may apply. As conditions will change over the 6 days fishing you should always experience a taste of both. The variety experienced over any week is one of the major attractions when fishing in the Indian Ocean.

How to get there?

From the UK you will fly to either Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha. From there it is only a 4.5 hour flight to Mahe. You will then have an overnight stay in Mahe and the next day you will have 3 hour flight to Astove.

What is the accommodation like?

You will be accommodated in one of six single en-suite air-conditioned rooms that surround the central courtyard area. The lodge has a lounge and an indoor and outdoor dining area. The bathrooms have a shower, toilet, basin, towels and facecloths.

What is the food like?

The menu comprises of an English breakfast, a packed lunch of your choice and a Creole-style buffet dinner served in the inside dining area.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Fly fishing outfits consisting of Thomas and 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 preorder 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 the Astove 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 Astove. All rod breakages are for your account and will be billed at $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 no free wi-fi.

Are there other activities available?

Astove is mainly aimed at anglers as there is very little to do as a non-angler.

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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