Cosmoledo Atoll Fishing
Ultimate Saltwater Flats
Fly Fishing the Seychelles
Cosmoledo Atoll in the Seychelles region of the Indian Ocean comprises a large white sand lagoon surrounded by 18 islands. Cosmoledo Atoll lies 1,000 km (639 miles) from Mahe, Seychelles main island. The Atoll is considered the GT Capital of the World and features a land-based resort on Wizard Island. The Atoll is not reachable by aircraft, so a two-hour sail on a 36-foot boat is required from Astove Atoll.
Cosmoledo Atoll is a large white sand lagoon surrounded by seven major islands, numerous pancake flats, and two main channels. The perimeter of the atoll is covered with vast, wadeable sand flats dotted with islands of various shapes and sizes, all of which are the perfect habitat for its wide and varied fish population.
Fly Fishing Cosmoledo Atoll
The Atoll's sizeable white sand flats, lagoon edges, and channels are ruled by the notorious giant trevally, so much so that it is often regarded as “the GT capital of the world.”
Species: Fish the vast expanse of flats, lagoons, channels, and reefs for your desired species. Cosmoledo’s pristine ecosystem is also home to impressive numbers of bonefish, bluefin trevally, bohar snapper, milkfish, permit, triggerfish, and more. Sailfish, yellowfin tuna, barracuda, and wahoo can be teased to the surface with poppers. The fishing is very tide-dependent, so the prevailing conditions will dictate which species to focus on.
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Typical Fishing Day:
7:00 am - Buffet-style breakfast in the dining tent.
8:00 am - You'll head out with your guide.
Midday: You can take a packed lunch with you or return to the Lodge for lunch.
5:00 to 5:30 pm - Teams are usually back at the Lodge. You can fish unguided in the evening.
7:30 to 9:30 pm - Dinner is served.
Expert guides offer a wide range of adventures:
• Guided Bird Watching
• Enjoy a unique Flats Lunch
• Blue Safari Snorkeling
• Guided kayaking and Wizard Island tour
• Discovered dive sites with their 5-Star PADI Dive Center
Cosmoledo Fishing Facts:
Two Seasons: The Camp has two seasons. The first season runs from early November until late December, with a break for the holiday season. The second season runs from late February to late April.
Boats: The resort has six Mini-Mahe skiffs. Two anglers per skiff and guide.
Guides: World-class English-speaking guides. Each guide is a qualified skipper with first-aid experience. The guides have pioneered many of the techniques for milkfish, triggerfish, and other species.
Capacity: The Lodge hosts 10 anglers per week and up to six non-anglers.
Fishing Equipment: Loaner rods and reels are available upon request. Thomas and Thomas fly rods and Shilton reels, loaded with 300 yards of Cortland braided backing are available at no charge. Rod breakage fees are $150.00 per rod or reel. Anglers must pre-book the rod rentals to ensure the Lodge has sufficient stock. A detailed gear and equipment list is provided in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: A Seychelles fishing license is included in the package.
Cosmoledo has a new eco-friendly camp on Wizard Island.
The camp can be completely packed up and removed from the island without leaving a footprint.
Eight air-conditioned beach cottages known as Eco-Pods sit on heavy precast slabs and blend into the natural setting. (The pods are repurposed shipping containers.) Each pod has an outdoor shower, a front porch with a sitting area, around-the-clock 240-volt electricity, and British plug points.
Central Dining Area
The central dining and entertainment tent has an exceptional dining area, a fully stocked bar, and bare sand floors.
Communications: The Lodge has a satellite phone and basic complimentary satellite Wi-Fi. Outgoing phone calls cost $4.00 per minute, and incoming calls cost $3.00 per minute.
The Large Central Dining Tent
Dining Tent: The communal dining tent, with its lounge area and bare sand floors, is the gathering place for the Camp.
Meals: The chef prepares a buffet-style breakfast each morning. Lunch is served at the Lodge between noon and 1:00 pm. Enjoy Creole and international dishes, fresh fishon a daily basis, fruit, and vegetables from their garden.
Alcohol: The Camp serves one bottle of white and one bottle of red house wine per dinner (not per person). SeyBrew beer and a selection of spirits and wine are available for purchase. You’ll settle your bar tab at the end of the trip. Astove is a dry island. It’s important that you do not give any alcohol to the local staff.
From Astove Atoll, you'll take a Ferry Ride to Wizard Island
Getting to Cosmoledo Atoll:
For travel to the Seychelles, you need an eTA (Eletronic Travel Authorization) if you have a United States passport. Seychelles also requires Mandatory travel health insurance.
1.) You'll fly to Dubai, a connecting hub for international flights from the U.S.
2.) From Dubai, you'll take a four-hour and 45-minute flight to Mahe Island, Seychelles. You should arrive in Mahe one day before the trip start as there is only one charter flight per week to Astove, and any delay on the day of departure may cause you miss your trip entirely.
3.) You'll spend the night in a hotel in Mahe. (Hotel nights and meals in Mahe are not included in the package.)
4.) The next morning, an Alphonse representative will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the IDC hangar terminal. At 8:00 a.m., you'll take a three-hour flight on a Beechcraft 1900 to Astove Atoll. The Alphonse team will greet you and transfer you to the MV Wizard, a 36-ft. Silvercraft sportfisher, for a 75 to 120-minute ferry ride to Wizard Island on Cosmoledo Atoll.
Baggage Limit: For inter-island flights, check-in baggage is limited to 33 pounds, and your carry-on is 12 pounds.
Departure Day: You'll take the return sail to Astove. The Astove Team will drive you to the airport for the return flight to Mahe.
Parrotfish, known for their distinctively beautiful, kaleidoscopic scales and beak-like jaws, are a challenging yet exhilarating catch.
2024 RATES and PACKAGES
Rates valid January 1 - December 31, 2024
Rates include domestic charter flights between Mahe and Astove Island, a $5,400.00 value.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Two anglers per room and boat: $19,145.00 per person
Upgrade to one angler per skiff: $23,045.00 per person
Upgrade to one angler per room: $24,185.00 per person
Double-Occupancy Eco-Pod: $13,685.00 per person
Single-Occupancy Eco-Pod: $18,725.00 per person
All rates are subject to change.
The Packages Include:
• Ground transfer from the hotel in Mahe to the IDC Hangar
• Roundtrip domestic flights between Mahe and Astove
• Boat transfers between Astove and Cosmoledo Atoll
• 7-nights lodging at the Eco-Camp
• All meals and snacks at the Camp
• Wine with dinner
• Water, tea, and coffee
• Soft drinks while fishing
• Wi-Fi in communal areas
• Laundry service
• 6-days guided fishing
• Use of fly-outfits with braided backing
• Fishing license
• Use of paddleboards and kayaks
• VAT and Seychelles Tourism Sustainability Levy
The Packages Do Not Include:
• International airfare to Dubai, and return
• Airfare between Dubai and Mahe Island, Seychelles
• Alcoholic beverages (except wine with dinner)
• Hotel nights in Mahe
• Meals and beverages in Mahe
• Ground transfers between Mahe Airport and the hotel
• Fishing tackle, lines, and flies
• Phone calls, $4.00 per minute
• Park Conservation Fee* ($210.00 per week)
• Gratuities to guides and staff
• Mandatory Medical Evacuation Coverage
(We recommend Global Rescue.)
• Mandatory Travel Health Insurance is required for the Seychelles.
(You must have valid travel health insurance that covers potential COVID-19-related costs.)
• Mandatory Travel Insurance
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Alphonse Fishing Company POLICIES:
Payment Policy: A 50% deposit is required within 14 days of booking to confirm your reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to your arrival.
Cancellation Policy: All cancellations and provisional bookings must be confirmed in writing via email. A 10% fee shall be levied if a cancellation is made more than 180 days prior to arrival. A 10% fee shall be levied if the reservation is moved to an alternative date within the same season. A fee of 50% shall be levied if a cancellation is between 180 and 90 days before arrival. A fee of 100% shall be levied if a cancellation is 90 days or less before arrival.
Required Waiver of Liability Form: Once on location, Alphonse Fishing Company requires you to sign an indemnity form for all activities.
Mandatory Travel Insurance: All guests are required to obtain travel insurance that will cover any costs incurred due to flight delays for any reason.
Mandatory Medical Evacuation Insurance.
We recommend Global Rescue
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Indemnity Form: Once on location, Alphonse Fishing Company requires you to sign an indemnity form for all activities.
Sample 7-night and 6-day Guided Fishing Itinerary:
Day 0: You’ll arrive in Mahe and stay in a hotel of your choice (not included in the package).
Day 1: A lodge representative will drive you to the IDC terminal in Pointe Larue. You’ll take a three-hour charter flight to Astove. The Astove team will transfer your group to the MV Wizard for a 90-minute boat ride to Cosmoledo Island. You’ll unpack in your rooms and attend a pre-dinner fishing orientation and tackle setup.
Days 2-7: A buffet-style breakfast is served between 7:00 and 8:00 am. At 8:00, you’ll head out to fish with your guide. You’ll take a packed lunch on the skiff or enjoy lunch at the Camp between noon and 1:00 pm. Teams are usually back at the Camp by 5:00 to 5:30 pm. You can fish unguided in the evening on Wizard Island. Dinner is served between 7:30 and 9:30 pm. One of the evenings includes an exquisite sundowner, served with complimentary drinks and a sushi and snack platter.
Day 8: In the morning, you’ll take the 90-minute boat ride back to Astove. The Astove team will drive you to the airport for the three-hour charter flight to Mahe. Depending on your itinerary, you can fly home or stay an extra night in Mahe. If you book your flight on the same day of departure from Cosmoledo, be sure to book your flight after 9:00 pm.