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Cosmoledo Atoll | Saltwater Fly Fishing | Seychelles

Overview

Tour code: SEY005

If you are a fly angler searching for a phenomenal saltwater fly fishing adventure, Cosmoledo Atoll is the ideal location for you. As the only operation on or around Cosmoledo, this pristine destination has quickly become known as one of the finest Giant Trevally destinations in the world. On top of the outstanding GT fishing. The fly fishing in Cosmoledo offers a huge variety of species that grow to incredible sizes.

Location
Cosmoledo Atoll is located 1,030km south-west of Mahé. The atoll is situated a stone’s throw away from the world heritage site of Aldabra, which is often referred to as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. This atoll is truly a diverse nature lover’s paradise of incomprehensible proportions. The ecosystem is pristine and untouched, with humans having had very little impact on its environment over the years. The encounters you will see on a daily basis are proof of how remote and preserved this magnificent atoll is.

Fishing
Our fly fishing in Cosmoledo is off Wizard Island at the new Cosmoledo Eco Lodge. This exciting program will accommodate only 12 anglers per week all supported by world-class professional fly fishing guides who have amassed a very considerable amount of hard-earned experience fishing the waters of the Indian Ocean. The fishing is by no means limited to the atoll. The surrounding waters are equally prolific with everything including Sailfish, Wahoo, Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda and Bluefin Trevally. These can be teased to the surface on fly-rods and tackled with poppers and lures.

Guiding
Fly fishing in Cosmoledo each day is based on a daily program of two customers to one guide. The guide is a qualified skipper with first aid experience and is extremely experienced with regards all facets of fly fishing in Cosmoledo. You will find that their passion and dedication is infectious and rest assured they will definitely go the extra mile in search of that fish of a lifetime.

Other activities
Since this is an incredibly remote location that involves a fair amount of travel to reach, it is worth stating that this is not a trip for everyone. That said, if you are looking to access one of the most incredibly pristine, untouched ecosystems in the world that is also home to some of the greatest GT fishing found anywhere all in a comfortable, safe and reliable setting there is no better option.

If you have any questions on the fly fishing in Cosmoledo, 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
Cosmoledo Eco Lodge

Cosmoledo will have a single Eco-lodge situated on Wizzard Island where nature meets creative, eco-friendly hospitality. The lodge consists of eight double/twin en-suite rooms with a central communal dining and entertainment area. The rooms are made up of custom designed, upcycled beach cottages and the communal dining and entertainment area is a large tent with bare sand floors; both of which are committed to the conservation, preservation and protection of the natural resources of Cosmoledo.

Each cottage can be catered for as a double or twin set up and has all the amenities and modern luxuries one can expect. From being en-suite to fully air-conditioned, each room boasts a front veranda with a seating area and a well-appointed outdoor shower. The rooms are tailored in fresh neutral colours accentuating the island and her ocean, drawing in serenity, outdoor adventure and a sense of becoming one with your surroundings.

The dining and entertainment area is equipped with all the necessary features to make your stay one of comfort-in-style, including an exceptional dining area and a fully stocked bar. Nature enthusiasts, divers, anglers, single travellers and couples alike dine together for breakfast lunch and dinner.

A full house buffet breakfast is served between 07h00 and 08h00, lunch is served in the form of packed lunch at the lodge between 12h00 – 13h00 and dinner will be served between 19h30 – 21h30. The chef prepares a mix of Creole and international dishes and incorporates fresh fish on a daily basis, with fruit and vegetables which are farmed in the Alphonse garden.

Board: Full
Rooms: Twin or Single
Telephone: Satellite
Power: 220 Volt Generated
Meals: In the dining room
Equipment Hire: Rod & Reel Hire
Cash Accepted: USD
Species Information
Bonefish
Season: November to April
Peak: January & February
Weight: 2lb to 9lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Yellowmargin Triggerfish
Season: November to April
Peak: January & February
Weight: 1lb to 17lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Moustache Triggerfish
Season: November to April
Peak: January & February
Weight: 1lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 6lb
Milkfish
Season: November to April
Peak: January & February
Weight: 5lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 9lb
Indo-Pacific Permit
Season: November to April
Peak: January & February
Weight: 1lb to 25lb
Average Weight: 7lb
Giant Trevally
Season: November to April
Peak: January & February
Weight: 5lb to 120lb
Average Weight: 36lb
Bluefin Trevally
Season: November to April
Peak: January & February
Weight: 1lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 14lb
Wahoo
Season: November to April
Peak: January & February
Weight: 10lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 25lb
Dogtooth Tuna
Season: November to April
Peak: January & February
Weight: 10lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Yellowfin Tuna
Season: November to April
Peak: January & February
Weight: 10lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Saifish
Season: November to April
Peak: January & February
Weight: 50lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 80lb

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 ask one of our travel consultants.

Day 1: (Tuesday Departure)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Day 2:

Arrive 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 Astove.

You will depart Mahe and arrive in Astove.

On arrival you will be transferred to the transfer vessel to Cosmoledo, during this transfer guides will give you all an orientation of the week ahead. The transfer takes approx 60 mins.

Once on Cosmoledo, you will be shown you accommodation for the week.

Overnight Accommodation: Cosmoledo Atoll Eco Lodge (Single or Twin Room) F/B

Days 4 & 5: Fishing Days

Breakfast is at 07:00h, fishing begins at 08:00h for lunch you have the choice of a packed lunch or returning to the lodge.

Spend the whole day fishing with your guide targeting the species of your choice.

Overnight Accommodation: Cosmoledo Atoll Eco Lodge (Single or Twin 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.

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

Overnight Accommodation: Cosmoledo Atoll Eco Lodge (Single or Twin Room) F/B

Day 8: Fishing Day

Each day you may either fish the flats or the deeper channels targeting some monster GT’s

Overnight Accommodation: Cosmoledo Atoll Eco Lodge (Single or Twin Room) F/B

Day 9: Fishing Day

Spend you last day fishing before returning back to the lodge around 17:00h In the evening there will be time to de-tackle and pack for the journey home.

Overnight Accommodation: Cosmoledo Atoll Eco Lodge (Single or Twin Room) F/B

Day 10:

The departure time of the transfer vessel and the plan for your departure morning will be confirmed with you at dinner the evening before departure day. You will be transferred to Astove by the transfer vessel where you will meet the Astove team who will transfer you to the airport.

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
10/11/2020 20/11/2020 11 10 6 £13,106 N/A Sold Out N/A
17/11/2020 27/11/2020 11 10 6 £13,106 N/A Enquire Now N/A
24/11/2020 04/12/2020 11 10 6 £13,106 N/A Sold Out N/A
01/12/2020 11/12/2020 11 10 6 £13,106 N/A Sold Out N/A
08/12/2020 18/12/2020 11 10 6 £13,106 N/A Sold Out N/A
05/01/2021 15/01/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Sold Out N/A
12/01/2021 22/01/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Sold Out N/A
19/01/2021 29/01/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Enquire Now N/A
26/01/2021 05/02/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Enquire Now N/A
02/02/2021 12/02/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Sold Out N/A
09/02/2021 19/02/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Sold Out N/A
16/02/2021 26/02/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Sold Out N/A
23/02/2021 05/03/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Sold Out N/A
02/03/2021 12/03/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Sold Out N/A
09/03/2021 19/03/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Enquire Now N/A
16/03/2021 26/03/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Enquire Now N/A
23/03/2021 02/04/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Sold Out N/A
30/03/2021 09/04/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Enquire Now N/A
06/04/2021 16/04/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Enquire Now N/A
13/04/2021 23/04/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Enquire Now N/A
09/11/2021 19/11/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Enquire Now N/A
16/11/2021 26/11/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Enquire Now N/A
23/11/2021 03/12/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Enquire Now N/A
30/11/2021 10/12/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Enquire Now N/A
07/12/2021 17/12/2021 11 10 6 £13,507 N/A Enquire Now N/A
04/01/2022 14/01/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
11/01/2022 21/01/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
18/01/2022 28/01/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
25/01/2022 04/02/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2022 11/02/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
08/02/2022 18/02/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
15/02/2022 25/02/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
22/02/2022 04/03/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2022 11/03/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
08/03/2022 18/03/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
15/03/2022 25/03/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
22/03/2022 01/04/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
29/03/2022 08/04/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
05/04/2022 15/04/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A
12/04/2022 22/04/2022 11 10 6 £13,607 N/A Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation in Mahe and twin accommodation on Cosmoledo (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 to Cosmoledo
  • 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

  • Single room 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 – Cosmoledo (approx 60 mins)

Questions & Answers

Where is the lodge?

Cosmoledo Atoll is located 1,030km south-west of Mahé. The atoll is situated a stone’s throw away from the world heritage site of Aldabra, which is often referred to as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Menai and Wizard Islands occupy the eastern and western points of the atoll and were named after the two ships that explored the atoll on the Moresby Expedition in 1822.

South Island stands near the main entrance to the inner lagoon, while the second, smaller entrance is just south of Menai. It’s a huge atoll measuring 17km from north to south. The perimeter of the atoll is covered with vast, wadeable sand flats dotted with islands of various shapes and sizes, all of which is the perfect habitat for its fish population.

Where will I fish?

The fishing is mainly concentrated around the large white coral sandy flats, the main lagoon or the many surrounding islands.

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 many species to both fish for and target on Cosmoledo Atoll. Each day you decide what you would like to target or just go with the flow 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 will catch will always vary on the time of year, the moon phase, tides and prevailing weather. However, with the expertise of our guides, you will contact fish each day. The numbers also depend on what you are targeting for example if you are targeting Bonefish you can land between 10 to 20 per day. On the other hand, if you are targeting just GT’s you will aim for 1 per day. Anything else is a very welcome bonus. Keep your expectations real and Cosmoledo will always exceed them.

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 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?

Cosmoledo is suited to everyone as there is a variety of species to catch.

What skill level is required?

If you are looking for easier species such as Bonefish and Triggers, then only basic fly fishing skills are required. However, if you are trying to fish for the more challenging species such as GT’S and Milkfish, it is an advantage 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 is the best time to go?

Cosmoledo is open to anglers from beginning of November to the end of April each season. Fishing dates have traditionally been from October onwards to avoid less stable 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 and the variety experienced over any week is one of the major attractions when fishing in the Indian Ocean.

How will I 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. Once you arrive on Astove it is a 60 min transfer out to Cosmoledo Atoll.

What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation a brand new Eco Lodge where nature meets creative, eco-friendly hospitality. The rooms are made up of custom designed, upcycled beach cottages and communal dining. The entertainment area is a large tent with bare sand floors; both of which are committed to the conservation, preservation and protection of the natural resources of Cosmoledo. Each room can be set up as either double or single room configuration.

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?

The phone service is operated via satellite and there is no Wi-Fi. There is a communication cost.

Are there other activities available?

There are some non-angling activities available including kayaking, scuba diving and spa therapies

How much does it cost?

We offer complete packages including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab on our Cosmoledo Atoll page.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you have any more questions contact our experienced team who will be happy to help with any queries you have.

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