Alphonse Island and neighbouring St Francois atoll offer some of the finest saltwater flats fishing in the world. It is one of the few true wading destinations with hard, white sand flats, coral finger flats and the reef edge.
292 miles southwest of Mahe lie Alphonse Island and St François Lagoon, part of the Amirantes group of Islands. Alphonse is the best known saltwater destination in the Indian Ocean and perhaps home to the most prolific bone fishery in the world. In addition to the abundant bonefish (ranging in size from 3 – 8 lbs) there are three species of trigger fish, five species of trevally and a plethora of other flats and offshore species. Perhaps the most challenging fish to catch is the fabled milkfish; a turbo charged algae eater growing to 40lbs. The guides on Alphonse Island have pioneered techniques which have allowed these vegetarian and notoriously difficult fish to be caught.
The sheer diversity of species gives the angler the opportunity to target a myriad of different species during the course of one trip.
The fishery caters for just 12 anglers, two per skiff and guests are guided by some of the most experienced saltwater guides in the world. Anglers are transferred for the short run from Alphonse to St François lagoon by the mothership to where the skiffs are kept anchored. The fishing is very much tide dependent so the prevailing conditions will dictate which species you will focus on. You are then able to access the vast expanse of flats, lagoons, channels and reefs which spoil anglers in the choice of environment and species for which they would like to hunt.
Part paid cancellations on Alphonse have become available in the following weeks; as this is such a popular destination cancellations happen rarely so please don't delay if you are keen to take up this offer.
Save US$3,000 on cancelled rods
13-20 December 2014 x 3 rods at $5,500
3-10 January 2015 x 3 rods at $5,500
The cost includes the Mahe charter.
The full price is US$8,500 - a saving of US$3,000 per person.
For more details or to hold space please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 847389.
Bluewater fishing is back on the menu on Alphonse allowing anglers to target pelagic species such as sailfish, yellowfin tuna and dogtooth tuna both on the fly and using conventional tackle.
Diving will once again be operating on Alphonse from November 2014 with thirteen dive sites around Alphonse and St Francois for divers to explore.
Combined with the fabulous fishing, the accommodation at Alphonse is amongst some of the most comfortable of any primarily fishing lodge in the world. Guests stay in the iconic A-frame chalets (Beach Bungalows), all with air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and private outdoor shower. The bar provides the ideal venue to relax in the evening breeze after a hard day on the flats.
The 2014/2015 seasons runs from early October to the end of May and we will be taking advantage of the best tides in our hosted weeks of 29 November-6 December 2014 and 14-21 March 2015 in order to maximise fishing opportunities. With huge experience in the Seychelles we can also organise some further time in the Seychelles if you wish to unwind or spend time with the family.
6-13 December 2014 x 1 rod
13-20 December 2014 x 6 rods
20-27 December 2014 x 1 rod
27 December - 3 January 2015 x 2 rods
3-10 January 2015 x 8 rods
10-17 January 2015 x 5 rods
31 January - 7 February 2015 x 3 rods
14-21 February 2015 x 2 rods
28 February - 7 March 2015 x 4 rods
7-4 March 2015 x 2 rods
21-28 March 2015 x 1 rod
4-11 April 2015 x 2 rods
11-18 April 2015 x 5 rods
Costs below are land package only, in US$.
Beach Bungalow accommodation is US$7,200 per rod. For non fishers sharing the cost is US$3,675.
Beach Villa accommodation is US$9,125 per rod. For non-fishers sharing, the cost is US$4,725.
For non-fishers is US$4,725 (Beach Bungalow) and US$6,125 (Beach Villa).
Return flights Mahe/Alphonse/Mahe are US$1,300 per person.
Children 12-17 years are US$2,450 plus US$1,000 for the return flight
Children 2-11 years are US$1,750 plus US$1,000 for the return flight
Children 1-23 months are free of charge
There is no park fee payable for children under 17.
The park fee, payable on the island, is US$175 per angler and US$70 per non-fisher.
"Time and time again, I have returned to Alphonse; it is undoubtedly one of my favourite destinations." M.T. - UK
"Alphonse has remained at the top of my list for saltwater fishing for a decade, and everytime I go I fall in love with another species. It took me a couple of years to get trigger fish out of my system, and I am now a Milkfish fiend. The accommodation is second to none." V.R. - UK
The Seychelles is 3 hours ahead of GMT and flying time from London is approximately 10 hours plus transfer time.
Visa's are not required for British passport holders.
Please contact Aardvark McLeod with any questions or for booking information.