St. Brandon Atoll
The Remote Indian Ocean
World-Class Bonefishing, Permit, and Giant Trevally
St. Brandon comprises over 50 small islands, coral ridges, and vast sand flats in the remote Indian Ocean.
Situated 268 nautical miles northeast of Mauritius’s main island, this area is rich in fish, flora, and fauna. This magical Atoll has quickly become iconic for its world-class saltwater fly-fishing. About 40 people live on the island.
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St. Brandon Golden Trevally
St. Brandon isn’t a destination where anglers will get shots at golden trevally every day, but it is the place to catch more GTs measuring over three feet in length than under. Anglers have seen and hooked GTs well over 60 inches.
Large bluefin trevally are around in good numbers, and 15 to 20 pounds are frequently landed. Other notable flats species include golden, yellow dot, and green spot trevally.
The Outfitter: FlyCastaway Fishing Company has specialized in elite fly-fishing trips since 2004 and also operates:
• Providence Atoll and • Farquhar Atoll.
St. Brandon Permit Fishing
St. Brandon is also the most productive Indo-Pacific permit fishery in the Indian Ocean.
St. Brandon Bonefishing
St. Brandon offers spectacular bonefishing. Over the past few seasons, anglers have landed bonefish up to 34 inches, weighing 15 pounds. The hard-white sand, turtle grass, and coral flats of St. Brandon make for easy wading, separating it from other destinations. You'll mostly be wade-fishing.
Two Seasons: April through June and then September through December for peak fishing.
Group Size: Eight anglers per week, two anglers per guide.
Guides: Professional, English-speaking guides.
Boats: 17-foot custom-built mono-hull boats with two 15-HP two-stroke Yamaha engines are used to transport anglers to flats where they will wade fish. You’ll only cast from the boats when you’re targeting GTs in deeper waters.
Fishing Equipment: No equipment is included. Fly outfits are available for a weekly rental of $100.00 per trip, with a breakage fee of $250.00. Fly lines are excluded.
A Fishing License is included in the package and issued onsite.
Physical Condition: They recommend that you be in reasonably good shape. When fishing the flats, you'll often be far from shore and need sufficient stamina to wade in the water throughout each day. You’ll be far from any medical assistance if needed.
About St. Brandon Lodging
Lodging: You'll stay in a low-key but charming four-bedroom, two-bathroom, air-conditioned guesthouse on Raphael Island, north of the atoll. Each room has two large twin beds, daily housekeeping, and laundry service twice a week. A covered outdoor dining/lounge area is perfect for enjoying a cold Phoenix (local beer) at the end of a great day of fishing. A separate mudroom/tackle room ensures all your gear has been cleaned and is neatly stored away and ready for another great day of wading.
Meals: Meals are a mix of international and Mauritian cuisine. Dinners feature grilled fish and chicken, also possibly a chicken or seafood curry, or an evening or two will feature steak. Soft drinks, water, and local beers are included in the package.
Communications: Raphael Island has a fixed unit satellite phone for $2.00 USD per minute, which guests can use at their own expense.
Non-Angler: There are very few activities on the island for the non-angler.
Getting to the Lodge:
On Sunday, the day before the start of the trip, you'll need to fly to the main island of Mauritius and stay overnight. (Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean.) The outfitter recommends Le Suffren Hotel as it is located in Port Louis, the same harbor as the transport boats. (In Mauritius, the ground transfers, hotel nights, and meals are not included in the package.) On Monday at about 1:00 p.m., your group will depart Port Louis on a 65-foot supply vessel. The crossing takes 24 to 28 hours each way and is included in the package. At this time, there are no aerial options for St. Brandon Atoll.
Friday: Arrive in Mauritius and stay overnight at a hotel in Port Louis.
Saturday: In the morning, you'll board the 65-ft. transfer vessel and depart from Port Louis, Mauritius. The crossing takes +/-26 hours.
Sunday: You'll arrive on Raphael Island. If time allows, after lunch, you'll fish unguided throughout the afternoon.
Monday - Saturday: Full days of guided fishing.
Sunday: After breakfast, you'll pack up and settle your tab. Mid-morning, the boats depart Raphael Island.
Monday: You'll arrive in Port Louis, Mauritius, around midday. Although every effort is made to stick to this schedule, weather and other factors associated with remote locations of this nature can affect timing.
Fly Fishing St. Brandon Atoll
Two Seasons: April - June and September - December.
Global Rescue coverage has been added to the packages, a $100.00 value.
10-nights Lodging and 7-days guided fishing
(2-nights on a 65-foot supply vessel during transit to the Island and 8-nights at the Guesthouse.)
Maximum of 8-anglers per week.
$10,500.00 per person
To upgrade to one angler per guide,
add $2,500.00 per week
(Two skiffs are available.)
To upgrade to one angler per room,
add $2,500.00 per week
(Two rooms are available.)
Extended Trip Discount:
Make a Back-to-Back Trip, 17-nights and 14-guided fishing days
(2-nights on a 64-foot supply vessel during transit to the Island and 15-nights at the Guesthouses.)
$18,200.00 per person
The Package Include:
• Water transfers between Mauritius and St. Brandon
• 8-nights Lodging
• Meals at the guesthouse
• Local beers, soft drinks, and bottled water
• Laundry service
• 7-days guided fishing
• Fishing license
• Mandatory Global Rescue, $100.00 value.
The Package Does Not Include:• Airfare
• Ground transfers on Mauritius
• Hotel nights, meals, and ground transfers in Port Louis or any other en-route city
• Spirits and wine
• Use of satellite phone, $2.00 per minute
• Tackle and flies
• Gratuities for guides and staff
• Travel insurance
• Items of a personal nature
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Fly Castaway Policies:
Required Indemnity Form: All guests will be required to sign and return the Reservation and Indemnity Form before the trip.
•A $1,000.00 deposit per person is due within seven (7) days of invoicing in order to confirm your reservation.
• 12 months prior to your trip, they will need a second payment so that the total deposit you have paid (including the original $1,000) totals 50%.
• Three (3) months prior to departure, the remaining (50 percent) total amount is due.
• If a booking is made less than 90 days prior to departure, full payment is due immediately.
Detailed terms and conditions are on the invoice.
Cancellation Policy: • If a cancellation is made 12 months or more prior to departure, then 50% of the deposit will be forfeited. • Cancellations made 12 to 6 months prior to departure, 50% of charter rate shall be forfeited.
• Cancellations made 6 months or less prior to departure, full individual charter rate shall be forfeited.
• Reservation for which payment are not received as on time as per the terms are subject to cancellation by FCA 7 days after notification.
• In case of cancellation by FlyCastaway money received will be paid back in full excluding bank charges.
• Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
• All cancellations must be made in writing. Deposit will only be refunded if a replacement can be found.
Fishing with Larry recommends Trip Cancellation Insurance.
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Medical evacuation insurance is mandatory but is included in the package rate. All guests are advised to have sufficient travel and trip insurance in place.