Cosmoledo Atoll - GT Capital of the World
As of 2018, a new land-based resort. Cosmoledo Atoll is comprised of 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 is the perfect habitat for its fish population.
Update on Fishing: March 7-14, 2019 - 102 GT's in a Week (Ten anglers)!
Fly Fishing Cosmoledo Atoll
Cosmoledo’s large white sand flats, lagoon edges, and channels are without question ruled by the notorious giant trevally, so much so that it is often referred to as “the GT capital of the world.”
GT’s are, however, not the only species found here. Cosmoledo’s pristine ecosystem is also home to impressive numbers of bonefish, bluefin trevally, bohar snapper, barracuda, the fabled milkfish, permit, wahoo, and triggerfish.
The fishery caters to just eight anglers. The fishing is very tide-dependent, so the prevailing conditions will dictate which species you’ll focus on. You are able to fish the vast expanse of flats, lagoons,
channels, and reefs for your desired species. The factors controlling the numbers of fish caught are weather, the timing of the tides, the decision to go for size or quantity, and perhaps most importantly, skill.
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Typical Fishing Day:
Breakfast at 7:30 in the dining tent. At 8:00, guides and anglers head out for fishing. You can take a packed lunch with you or return to the Lodge for lunch. Teams are usually back at the lodge by 5:00-5:30 p.m. each evening. You can fish unguided in the evening on Wizard Island.
Lodge Season: The season runs from late October to mid-December and late February through late April. Due to Cosmoledo being 2˚ further south of Alphonse Island,
the south-easterly monsoon winds blow persistently from May to October.
Boats: Five mini-Mahé skiffs are anchored at the Atoll. Anglers fish in pairs, sharing a skiff and guide each day.
Guides: World-class, professional guides speak fluent English, and some also speak French and Creole.
Capacity: The Lodge hosts 12 anglers per week.
Fishing Equipment: is not included in the package. A detailed list of what to bring is provided in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: is included in the package.
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 new Eco-Camp
Cosmoledo has a new Eco-Camp on Wizard Island. There are eight en-suite, air-conditioned beach cottages known as Eco-Pods which sit on heavy precast slabs. (The pods are repurposed shipping containers.)
Each pod has an outdoor shower and a front porch with a sitting area, around-the-clock 240-volt electricity, and British plug points.
The eco-friendly camp can be completely packed up and removed from the island without leaving a footprint. The central dining and entertainment tent has an exceptional dining area, a fully stocked bar, and bare sand floors.
Meals: The chef prepares a mix of Creole and international dishes, fresh fish, and vegetables and fruit from their garden. Ice-cold Seybrew beer and a selection of spirits and wine are available at the Camp, but not included in the package.
Communications: The Lodge has a satellite phone and basic complimentary satellite Wi-Fi. Outgoing phone calls are $4.00 per minute, and incoming calls are $3.00 per minute.
Guests are expected to arrive in Mahé the day before their trip. (The first and last night hotel stay in Mahé is not included in the package. We provide a list of recommended hotels in our confirmation packet.) The group meets at 8:00 a.m. at the IDC Aviation hangar for the three-hour charter flight to Astove Atoll. At Astove, guests are met by the Alphonse team and transferred to the MV Wizard --a 36-foot Sport Fisher with twin 250 HP four-stroke motors -- for a 1.5 to 2-hour boat transfer to Cosmoledo Atoll. (The roundtrip charter flight from Mahé to Astove and the roundtrip boat transfer from Astove to Cosmoledo Atoll are included in the package.)
October 30, 2019 - April 23, 2020
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Two anglers per room and boat:
$15,400.00 per person
Upgrade to one angler per room:
Add $3,150.00 per week
(limited to four anglers per week)
Upgrade to one angler per skiff:
Add $3,000.00 per week
(limited to two anglers per week)
$10,605.00 per person
$12,005.00 per person
Meet-and-greet at the Mahé Airport, roundtrip charter flight between Mahé and Astove Atoll, roundtrip boat transfer from Astove to Cosmoledo Atoll, accommodations at the Eco-Camp, all meals at the Lodge, wine with dinner, Wi-Fi, laundry service, guided fishing, and fishing license.
Packages do not include:
International airfare to Mahé, alcoholic beverages, first and last night hotel in Mahé, meals, beverages, and ground transfers in Mahé, if required; Conservation Donation ($175.00 per week), fishing tackle and flies, phone calls, gratuities,
Travel insurance* is required, we recommend Signature Travel Insurance, From Scene of Accident Medivac Insurance* is required, we recommend Global Rescue, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
*All guests are required to purchase travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance. Here is a link to our Travel Insurance page.
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. 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.
Day 0: You’ll arrive in Mahé and stay the night in a hotel of your choice (not provided in the package).
Day 1: You’ll take a taxi to the IDC Aviation terminal, which is five minutes from the international airport. From Mahé, at 8:00 a.m., you’ll take 3-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. In the evening, there will be a pre-dinner fishing orientation.
Days 2-7: Breakfast at 7:30 in the dining tent. At 8:00, guides and anglers head out for fishing. You can take a packed lunch with you or return to the Lodge for lunch. Teams are usually back at the lodge by 5:00-5:30 p.m. each evening. You can fish unguided in the evening on Wizard Island.
Day 8: In the morning, you’ll take the 90-minute boat ride back to Astove. At 11:30 a.m., you’ll take a three-hour charter flight from Astove to Mahé. Depending on your itinerary, you can either fly home or stay an extra night in Mahé.