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.
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. Using the new boat for 2013/2014 season, the half day price will be US$700.
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, 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.
A standard package would includde international flights to Mahe and from there fishers will be then transferred to Alphonse by charter plane; a short 45 minute journey.
The 2013/2014 seasons runs from early October to the end of May and we will be taking advantage of the best tides 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.
2013/2014 Space @ 11 February 2014
All weeks are currently full although space may become available as balances fall due. We will keep you updated of any changes.
8 - 15 Mar 2014 - 1 spot
15 - 22 Mar 2014 - 1 Spot
22 - 29 Mar 2014 - 1 Spot
5 - 12 Apr 2014 - 1 Spot
12 - 19 Apr 2014 - 1 spot
19 - 26 Apr 2014 - 2 Spots
Currently all May 2014 weeks are available.
Based on Beach Bungalow (the iconic A-frames) accommodation the weekly fishing rates are US$6,500 per rod (land package, single/shared occupancy chalet). For non fishers looking to join fishing family and friends, the non-fishing rates have been reduced to US$3,220 (land package, sharing with fisher).
Based on Beach Villa accommodation the weekly fishing rates are US$8,500 per rod (land package, single/shared occupancy chalet). For non fishers looking sharing the Villa, the rates is US$3,920(land package, sharing with fisher).
Rates for non-fishers not sharing with a fisher are US$4,620 (Beach Bungalow) and US$5,250 (Beach Villa)
Return flights Mahe/Alphonse/Mahe are US$1,150 per person and the park fee is US$175, payable on the island.
Based on Beach Bungalow (the iconic A-frames) accommodation the weekly fishing rates are US$7,200 per rod (land package, single/shared occupancy chalet). For non fishers looking to join fishing family and friends, the non-fishing rates areUS$3,675 (land package, sharing with fisher).
Based on Beach Villa accommodation the weekly fishing rates are US$9,125 per rod (land package, single/shared occupancy chalet). For non fishers looking sharing the Villa, the rate is US$4,725 land package, sharing with fisher).
Rates for non-fishers not sharing with a fisher are US$4,725 (Beach Bungalow) and US$6,125 (Beach Villa)
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.
Return flights Mahe/Alphonse/Mahe are US$1,300 per person
The park fee is US$175 per angler, payable on the island or 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.