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In the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, lie a collection of 115 islands and atolls, over half uninhabited, known as the Seychelles. The spectacular Seychelles’ sister atolls of Alphonse and St. Francois could be your home for a week of quality salt water flats fishing.
Using a very comfortable five star tropical resort as your home, this rich and protected marine environment provided outstanding opportunities for bonefish, giant trevally, trigger fish, milkfish (a 20 to 40 pound fly rod trophy fish which belies it’s somewhat tame name) and a host of colorful coral reef fish.
The two sister atolls of Alphonse and St. Francois are separated by a deep channel less than a mile wide. The unique currents and structure of these two atolls with the channel between them helps create this ultra-rich marine ecosystem. The small island of Alphonse has been home for several years to the five-star Alphonse Island Resort. Currently, the resort is not operating except to cater to and service fly fishers and spouses – maximum of 12 per week. This is a salt water environment which pulsates with life providing sustenance for sea turtles and masses of crustaceans, reef and coral fish and, of course, a great number of sport fish. In the photo, the expansive flats of St. Francois atoll are in the foreground – barely visible on the left above St. Francois is the Alphonse Atoll with the narrow and deep channel separating them.
Before the government recognized how unique these atolls were and put protection in place, they were subject to the usual array of human abuse that can diminish special natural paradises such as this. At one time, plug fishermen were filling freezers and natives were netting the flats. About fifteen years ago, restrictions were put in place and since then, only “catch and release” fly fishing is allowed inside the lagoon systems and only the guests staying at Alphonse have access.
Since then, the fishing has improved dramatically every year and continues to develop as the most reliable and consistent of all the Seycheles destinations. While fishing the flats, there are days you’ll see 40 to 50 or more sea turtles, large sharks, massive rays, and hundreds of bonefish – all signs of a vibrant marine ecosystem.
The deep water, just outside the reef system, was home to a small pod of Humpback Whales. As a salt water environment, this is an amazingly rich aqua-paradise – truly one of the few places we would label among “the fishiest places in the world.”
Most of the bonefishing is done while wading on hard bottomed, grass-free, sand flats. The larger species (GT’s and milkfish) can be stalked on foot near dropoffs, but are most often pursued from a flats skiff that allows for covering more and deeper water, with better vision than wading – also, the skiff is handy for pursuit when a GT or milkfish is hooked.
You are transported between the two atolls on a comfortable catamaran (below center) – a 30 minute run. The catamaran anchors for the day in the lagoon at St. Francois, serving as your base. You have the option of returning to the cat for lunch or eating on your skiff. The Dolphin flats skiffs are kept in the St. Francois lagoon where you anchor.
9.560 USD per person for a shared room and guide. This includes the charter flights between Mahe and Alphonse.
There will be this additional fee which can be paid at the island in cash. It will be either USD 25 or USD 35 a day per person.
Please note that there is NO mobile reception Alsphonse Island, however we do offer landline telephones (at a fee) as well as complimentary Wi-Fi in the public areas.
Mahe, the capital of the Seychelles, is just a four hour flight from either Johannesburg, South Africa, or the fascinating city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The connection with Johannesburg makes tying in a game viewing stop in Africa a workable combination. Also, there are direct flights between Paris and London to Mahe.
Like most of the world’s very special places, this one is not a secret which means planning far ahead is usually necessary to get “prime time” space. Also, the “right” tides play a key role. Please contact us to arrange your personal trip during the best possible tide phases, depending on your preferred species.
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