Farquhar Atoll - Seychelles

Indian Ocean Flats - Fly Fishing

Farquhar Atoll lies 450 nautical miles southwest of Mahé. Farquhar Atoll is part of the Farquhar Group of Islands that are part of the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. The total area of the Atoll is 105 square miles, which includes the large ear-shaped lagoon. Here, you'll find some of the best saltwater fishing in the world. Farquhar island is home to sand dunes up to 75-feet high and is an important nesting site for turtles. The Island is also home to the world-renowned bumphead parrotfish.

Farquhar Atoll

Giant Trevally fishing

Farquhar Atoll is the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles chain of islands, lying just over 700 km to the southwest of the main island of Mahé. The large ear-shaped lagoon provides easy access to the countless flats, channels and surf zones which all contribute to making Farquhar such a diverse fishery.

Farquhar Bumphead Parrotfish

Cosmoledo Eco-Pod

Farquhar Atoll is one of the few Seychelles destinations where you will have the chance to target bumphead parrotfish on the flats. They are most certainly one of the most powerful tailing fish you are likley to encounter. They shoal in numbers between 5 and 30 fish and can be seen from a mile away when waving their big blue tails in the air.


Farquhar Fly Fishing - FlyCastaway

Farquhar

Farquhar has some of the finest most productive flats the Indian Ocean has to offer with incredible diversity. Endless flats fishing opportunities and fantastic offshore fishing. Farquhar is the ideal destination for anglers who want to explore the Seychelles and stay at a land-based lodge.
Flats Species:  Wade and sight fish to a variety of species including bonefish, trophy giant trevally, plus other trevally species, permit, triggerfish, bumphead parrotfish, barracuda, bohar snapper, milkfish and more.
Blue Water Species: Giant trevally, barracuda, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, grouper, snapper, sailfish and more.
Endless Flats:  The hard white sand, turtle grass or coral flats of Farquhar make for easy wading. Proper footwear is mandatory.
The Outfitter:  FlyCastaway Fishing Company has specialized in elite fly-fishing trips since 2004 and also operates
• Providence Atoll

• and St. Brandon's Atoll.

Farquhar GT Fishing 1:27 minute YouTube video.

The Agua Hulk 3:47 YouTube video - about Humphead Parrotfish on Farquhar.

Fishing Facts:

Farquhar

Two Seasons:  The season runs from late September until mid-December and then again from late February to early May. (January is the rainiest month in the Seychelles.)
Group Size:  The Lodge caters to ten anglers per week. Two anglers per guide and boat.
Guides:  Five English-speaking guides are world-class, personable, and passionate about fishing. Each guide has a skipper's license, has completed a marine safety course, and basic first aid training.
Boats:  Five 17-foot Angler boats with 90 HP 2-stroke Yamaha motors, and two custom-built 18-foot panga skiffs with 25 HP, 2-stroke Yamaha motors.
Fishing Equipment: is not included in the package. G-Loomis rods and high-end reels are available for rent and subject to a $150.00 breakage fee. A comprehensive tackle and gear list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License is included in the package.
FarquharThe fabled and tricky milkfish.
FarquharTriggerfishing, too at Farquhar Atoll.

Farquhar Lodge

Farquhar

The newly-built lodge is beside the large inner lagoon. The Lodge was rebuilt (due to a hurricane in 2016) and up and running in 2017. The Lodge has three air-conditioned duplex-style chalets with a total of six bedrooms. Each bedroom has two twin beds, a mini-fridge, and an ensuite bathroom with plenty of hot water (via solar panels). Daily housekeeping is provided with free laundry service every third day.
Farquhar Meals:  Chef-prepared meals are a combination of Creole and international dishes. You'll dine in the air-conditioned dining area that also has a lounge and bar. When the weather allows, there is a covered dining area near the water’s edge.
Beverages:  Packages include soft drinks and mineral water. Local beer and a basic selection of spirits and wine are available for purchase at the Lodge.
Power:  The chalets have around-the-clock electricity with 220-volt power (British square three-prong). You’ll need to bring an adapter.
Communications:   No cell phone reception or Wi-Fi is available. A phone card is needed for outgoing and incoming calls ($15.00 for 40-minutes talk time).
Weather:  The Seychelles is typically hot and somewhat humid with the midday temperature hovering at 35 degrees celsius. Evenings are also invariably warm with the exception of the first and last few weeks of the season, when there may be a strong, cooling breeze.

Farquhar

Getting to the Lodge:

Getting to the Seychelles requires that you fly to Dubai first. Dubai is the connecting hub for all international flight from the United States. From Dubai, you'll take a 4.5-hour connecting flight to Mahé. You'll need to arrive in Mahé the day before the start of the trip. (The hotel night, meals, and ground transfers in Mahé are not included in the package.) The next morning, you'll need to take a taxi to the IDC Aviation hanger which is about five minute-drive from the Seychelles International Airport. From here, you'll take a one-hour and 45-minute charter flight on a Beechcraft 1900 to Farquhar Atoll. (This roundtrip charter flight between Mahé and Farquhar is included in the package.) From the Atoll's small landing strip, you'll take a 15-minute tractor and trailer ride (true-island-style) to the Lodge.


RATES & PACKAGES

FARQUHAR ATOLL

Two anglers per room and boat
Includes roundtrip charter flight between Mahé and Farquhar.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
• March - May 2020:
$10,275.00 per person
• October 2020 - April 2021:
$11,250.00 per person
Includes roundtrip charter flight between Mahé and Farquhar.
Upgrade to one-angler per room* for an additonal $2,000.00 p.p.
Upgrade to one-angler per skiff for an additional $3,000.00 p.p.
• October - December 2021:
$11,975.00 per person
Includes roundtrip charter flight between Mahé and Farquhar.
Upgrade to one-angler per room* for an additonal $2,500.00 p.p.
Upgrade to one-angler per skiff for an additional $3,000.00 p.p.
*Limited single room options available.

Packages Include:

Roundtrip charter flight between Mahé and Farquhar, Land-based lodging on Farquhar Atoll, meals, soft drinks and mineral water at the Lodge, guided fishing, fishing license, and $175.00 Conservation Levy.

Packages Do Not Include:

International flights, hotel nights meals and ground transfers in Mahé, fishing gear, tackle and flies, beer, alcoholic drinks, phone calls/phone cards, gratuities for guides and staff, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

FARQUHAR ATOLL
Deposit:  A 50% deposit confirms your reservation within two weeks of booking. 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 cancellation is made more than 180-days before 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 cancellation is between 180 and 90-days before arrival. A fee of 100% shall be levied if cancellation is 90-days or less before arrival. We recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance.
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Indemnity Form:  Once on location, Alphonse Fishing Company requires you to sign an indemnity form for all activities.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 0:  You'll arrive in Mahé and stay overnight at a hotel of your choice (not included in the package.)
Day 1:  You'll take the flight from Mahé to Farquhar Atoll. After lunch and a brief orientation, you'll have the afternoon free to take in some fishing.
Day 2-7:  Six full days of guided fishing.
Day 8:   You'll take the charter flight back to Mahé and in the evening, your international flight home or if desired, stay another night in Mahé (not included in the package).

Day 0:  You'll arrive in Mahé and stay overnight at a hotel of your choice (not included in the package.)
Day 1:  You'll take the flight from Mahé to Farquhar Atoll. After lunch and a brief orientation, you'll have the afternoon free to take in some fishing.
Day 2-7:  Six full days of guided fishing.
Day 8:   You'll take the charter flight back to Mahé and in the evening, your international flight home or if desired, stay another night in Mahé (not included in the package).

Farquhar Atoll


Farquhar Guide Team

Farquhar

Farquhar's world-class guides are typically from the Seychelles or South Africa and speak fluent English. Whether it be stalking finicky Triggerfish, hunting down Giant Trevally or accurately presenting to Bumphead Parrotfish while on the flats or lining up Milkfish, teasing in Sailfish or dredging up monster Doggies whilst offshore, this guide team has the knowledge and communication skills to help you land the fish of a lifetime!

Farquhar Boats

Farquhar

The Lodge employs five 17-foot Angler skiffs with 90 HP 2-stroke outboard motors. These boats are designed for both the flats and blue water and have fish finders, rod storage, bimini tops, and padded seats. The guides are qualified skippers. There are also two custom-built 18-foot panga skiffs with 25 HP, 2-stroke Yamaha motors.

Farquhar Giant Trevally

Farquhar

Farquhar is regarded as one of the best Giant Trevally fisheries in the world.

Endless Flats

Farquhar

Most of the fishing is done by wading some of the best flats the Indian Ocean has to offer. Standard diver’s neoprene booties with a reinforced rubber sole are not appropriate. Protective flats wading boots are mandatory, or they will not take you out on the flats.

Farquhar Blue Water Fishing

Farquhar

Farquhar blue water is close to shore. Common species include giant trevally, sailfish barracuda, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, grouper, bohar snapper and more.

Farquhar Exotic Species and Recommended Gear

Farquhar

Bumphead parrotfish are one of the many exotic species available at Farquhar Atoll. The outfitter recommends single-handed 9ft #9wt and 12wt saltwater outfits with matching tropical floating lines. G-Loomis rods teamed with Wade Caranx fly reels are available for rent, and subject to a $150.00 breakage fee. A comprehensive tackle and gear list is included in our confirmation packet.

Meals at Farquhar Atoll

Farquhar

Chef-prepared meals are a combination of Creole and international dishes. The Lodge has an open-air dining room and bar.

New Chalets on Farquhar Atoll

Farquhar

Newly-built (2017) duplex-style chalets have two bedrooms each with air-conditioning, 24-hour electricity with British plug points and private ensuite bathrooms with plenty of hot water.

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For more Information:


Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709

Email:  guy@fishingwithlarry.com

Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558

Email:  brad@fishingwithlarry.com