Fly Fishing Adventure of a Lifetime
Providence Atoll lies 400 nautical miles south of Mahe and has remained largely untouched, with fewer than a thousand visitors in the past century. After a recent six-year suspension on fishing, the Atoll reopened in 2015. Book early. 2019 is almost sold-out, and almost half of 2020. Call us for availability. FlyCastaway Fishing Company also operates St. Brandon's Atoll.
Providence Atoll - Seychelles
Providence Atoll is the most exciting and diverse saltwater fly fishing destination on the planet.
Wade or sight fish up to 28.5 miles of pristine flats. Plus, the Atoll has an enormous lagoon system, as well as countless channels, and drainages.
The hardpacked white sand and turtle grass or coral flats make for easy wading. You'll target giant trevally, bonefish, triggerfish, bumphead parrotfish, milkfish, bohar snapper, bluefin trevally, Indo-Pacific permit, wahoo, and more.
Milkfish have an incredible power-to-size ratio and execute spectacular aerial leaps, making it a demanding species to target.
Bonefishing: The Providence Atoll fishery caters to novice or highly experienced anglers alike. Novices can target the large numbers of fairly naive bonefish while the experienced rods hunt single trophy tailing Bonefish, Permit and or monster GTs.
YouTube Providence Atoll video.
Atoll Fishing Facts:
Season: March through May and again from October through December.
Group size: 12 anglers per week. Three anglers per boat and guide.
Guides: World-class fly fishing guides. English-speaking and personable, these four young men are passionate about the Atoll. They each have a skipper's license and have taken a marine safety course, and basic first aid training.
Fishing Equipment: is not included in the package. A detailed list of what to bring is in our confirmation packet.
Fishing Licenses are not included in the package.
Boats: Locally built mini Mahe panga-style tender boats are employed and transported on the liveaboard vessel to the Atoll.
Bluewater: At most anchorages, blue water begins very close to shore, so it is possible to fish these waters from tender boats. Surface fish for dogtooth tuna, barracuda, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, and an occasional marlin.
Guide and our client Bruce Tyson with sailfish - 2018.
Wading: Most of the fishing is wading. Anglers cover up to two miles a day over challenging terrain, so footwear is very important. Protective flats wading boots must be worn (hard rubber soles with ankle support). Guests will not be taken on the flats without proper footwear.
Providence Atoll Liveaboard
The Liveaboard: Maya’s Dugong is a 135-foot expedition vessel with seven, air-conditioned double-occupancy cabins. Each cabin has an ensuite bathroom. Laundry service is provided every third day.
The ship also has a large dining area and lounge, several outdoor decks, a spacious bridge, and observation deck. The Maya’s Dugong boasts the most experienced crew in the region.
The vessel’s large back deck provides ample room for gear storage and tackle set up. The vessel is ideal for these remote adventures as she is able to store the tender boats.
Security: Providence Atoll fishing was suspended for six-years due to piracy in the Indian Ocean. Though the risk of attack is considered low, there are three armed security personnel on board.
Meals: Hot breakfasts, packed lunches, and buffet-style dinners.
Alcohol: All beer, spirits, and wine are available for purchase on board and do not include a 15% GST. You’re encouraged to bring your own alcohol from home or the duty-free store at the airport.
Communications: There is no Wi-Fi or cell reception on Providence. The Maya’s Dugong has a satellite phone which can be used for an additional cost—$5.25 per minute for outgoing calls and $4.25 per minute for incoming calls.
You'll arrive in Mahe the day before the start of the trip. In the morning, you'll take a one-hour and 45-minute charter flight on a Beechcraft 1900 to Farquhar Atoll. From the airport, you'll take a 15-minute ride on a tractor and trailer (true island style) to the mothership. You'll board the Maya Dugong. Once anglers have settled into their cabins, the mothership will leave for Providence Atoll, a 6 to 8-hour sail.
2019 USD Rates
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$12,600.00 per person
2019 Weeks are almost all sold-out. Please call for availability. 1-800-204-3474. In our October report from the outfitter, there was one week in mid-April with seven rods available and two weeks in November with 4- and 7-rods available.
Limited single room options are available for an additional
$2,000.00 per person
2020 USD Rates
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$13,600.00 per person
Almost half of 2020 weeks are already sold-out. So book early.
Call us for availability.
Roundtrip charter flight between Mahe and Farquhar Atoll, double-occupancy accommodations onboard Maya’s Dugong, all meals on the liveaboard, desalinated water, soft drinks, coffee and tea, onboard laundry service twice a week, guided fishing, Seychelles fishing license, Seychelles conversation license ($175.00 value p.p.), Global Rescue Evacuation Services ($100.00 value p.p.), all applicable taxes and visitation permit fees.
Packages do not include:
International flights, hotel nights in Mahe, ground transfers in Mahe, fishing tackle and flies, gratuities, alcohol, a GST of 15% will be charged on all goods purchased on the mothership, personal expenses, travel insurance, mandatory emergency medical evacuation policy, FlyCastaway and FWL recommend Global Rescue, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Typical Fishing Day:
7:00 a.m. You'll have breakfast.
7:30 a.m. Head out to the flats to fish the first tide.
Midday: You'll return to the boat for lunch. During this break, take in some snorkeling or simply rest in the air-conditioned vessel.
In the afternoon, you'll head out for your second fishing session.
5:00 p.m. You'll return to the vessel.
7:30 p.m. A buffet-style dinner is served.
Each evening, the guides and captain figure out the fishing tides for the next day.
Providence Atoll photos
Farquhar Atoll Tractor Ride
From the airport on Farquhar Atoll, you're take a 15-minute ride on a tractor and trailer (true island style) to the mothership.
Bruce Tyson with Giant Trevally
"Great trip! The GT is the most exciting fish I have ever caught. Sailfish was pretty cool too." - Bruce Tyson - 2018.
As these trips are primarily based on sight fishing the flats, having top-quality polarized sunglasses is a must. We suggest bringing two pairs with you.
Endless Wading Flats and Trophy Bonefish
The hard white sand, turtlegrass or coral flats of the Atoll make for easy wading.
Exotic Species - Providence Atoll has it all!
Bring a Digital Camera with 5 million or more pixels, and preferably waterproof. Bring your downloading cable so they can back up your photos every few days. Each guest is given a selection of low-res images from the week at the end of the trip.
For Bonefish, Triggerfish and Bumphead Parrotfish, FlyCastaway, the outfitter, recommends a top-quality 9ft. 9wt. saltwater fly rod such as G.Loomis NRX or G.Loomis GLX CrossCurrent. A detailed tackle list is provided in our confirmation packet.
Providence Atoll Adventure
English-speaking guides have an abundance of knowledge and experience in successfully targeting all of Providence’s flats and offshore species.
Arguably the finest GT flats fishery on the planet
Powerful and predatory, the GT is known as the bully on the block and is known to hunt individually or in schools.