Alphonse Island Fishing Co.
In the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Alphonse group of islands are regarded as some of the most pristine, untouched islands in the world. Alphonse Atoll is only a one-hour flight from Mahé. Alphonse is one of three in the group and sits aside St François and Bijoutier. This outstanding destination combines comfortable accommodations with the opportunity to fish three different islands. Alphonse Island has less than 300 residents.
St. Francois Island Fishing
Although the accommodations are on Alphonse Island, the fishing is done around St. Francois Island. The Alphonse Atoll
in Seychelles is renowned for its expansive sea flats. Its 10,000 acres of white sand flats provide easy wading and world-class
fishing. Alphonse is one of the famed saltwater destinations of 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-to 8-pounds, there are three
species of triggerfish, 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 that can grow to over 40-pounds. It
is common to see 20- to 30-pound milkfish cruising and tailing just like a bonefish. Medium to large milkfish usually travel
alone or in groups of two to six fish. The guides on Alphonse Island have pioneered techniques to catch these
vegetarian and notoriously tricky fish. The diversity of species gives the angler the opportunity to target a myriad
of different species over the course of one trip.
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About Alphonse Fishery
In October of 2013, Greg de Villiers caught-and-released the largest Milkfish ever recorded on a fly. Estimated
at over 45-pounds.
After finding a school on daisy-chaining milkfish, Greg made two casts, hooked this giant and then had to endure a one-hour 35-minute fight before the fish was finally netted.
The fishery caters to just 12-anglers. Two anglers per skiff and English-speaking guide. Guiding takes place on a rotational basis, allowing anglers to experience all the different characters within the guide team. Anglers are transferred for the short run from Alphonse to St François lagoon by the 40-foot “mother ship” catamaran to where the skiffs are anchored. The fishing is very tide-dependent, so the prevailing conditions will dictate which species you’ll focus on. You are then able to fish the vast expanse of flats, lagoons, channels, and reefs for your desired species.
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More about Milkfishing:
You might not know this, but the Alphonse guides were the first to develop the flies and techniques to catch this sought-after trophy,
making Alphonse Fishing Co. the true experts on the subject! The first Milkfish ever caught on a fly was at Alphonse Island.
Although Milkfish are omnivorous, they are not predatory. This means that, unlike most other flats species, your fly is not imitating something trying to
escape and thereby triggering hunting instincts, but rather a stationary particle – not an easy feat!
Landing a Milkfish is quite the challenge, and for years fly anglers deemed it impossible. Milkfish have an incredible power-to-size ratio and executes spectacular aerial leaps, making it a demanding species to target. When you finally land one in the end though, this only serves to make your victory that much sweeter! Alphonse Island is still considered the best destination in the world to target this species, with more caught around these atolls than all the world’s other Milkfish destinations put together.
Guests are required to fly to Mahé Island, Seychelles, at least four hours before the weekly charter flight is scheduled to depart. A standard package includes the roundtrip one-hour-long charter flights between Mahé and Alphonse. The Island Development Company, which is a government organization and operates all the flights to the outer islands of the Seychelles, operates this charter. The IDC runs a tight schedule due to flight allocation; therefore, it is paramount that this weekly flight is not missed as there are no other flights that week unless by private charter.
Alphonse Island Lodge
Beach Bungalow pictured above.
The main hotel complex consists of a reception area, a beach bar, dining area, swimming pool, tennis court, and main office. Guests stay in one of 21 privately spaced air-conditioned Beach Bungalows or five one-bedroom Beach Suites, offering every kind of comfort. The bar area, pool, and lounge area provides the ideal venue after a day out in the sun and houses the restaurant which serves freshly caught seafood of the highest quality.
Beach Suite #2 pictured above.
Other Activities: include dolphin spotting, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, and paddle boating. There is also tennis, massage therapy, and explore the wonders of the island on foot or bicycle.
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2019 USD Rates
Valid thru May 29, 2019
7-nights and 6-days guided fly fishing:
Stay in Beach Bungalow:
starting at $9,495.00 per person
$6,385.00 per person
Stay in Beach Suite:
starting at $12,995.00 per person
$9,185.00 per person
Rates are per person, double occupancy unless otherwise listed.
Roundtrip charter flight between Mahé and Alphonse (a $785.00 value), accommodations at the Lodge, three meals daily at the Lodge, all soft drinks during activities, Wi-Fi, guided fishing and a fishing license (with fishing packages), fly fishing rod and reel rental, use of snorkeling equipment and watersport equipment, and VAT. Prices quoted are double-occupancy, sharing a suite and skiff.
Packages do not include:
International airfare to Mahé, roundtrip ground transfer to the IDC Hanger, accommodations and meals in Mahé, if required; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, tackle and flies, laundry service, telephone and email charges,
park fee of $175.00 per week for anglers and $70.00 per week for non-anglers*, evacuation insurance and travel insurance are both required by the Lodge;
gratuities, excursions, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
*The Alphonse Island Park fee is to be paid in cash on the Island.
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