St. Brandon's Atoll
The Remote Indian Ocean
World-Class Bonefishing, Permit, and Giant Trevally
St Brandon’s 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 risen to iconic status for its world-class saltwater fly-fishing. About 40 people live on the island.
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Fly Fishing St. Brandon's Atoll
St. Brandon’s offers spectacular bonefishing. Over the past few seasons, anglers have landed bonefish up to 34-inches and weighing 15-pounds. The hard-white sand, turtle grass, and coral flats of St Brandon’s make for easy wading, separating it from other destinations in the world. You'll mostly be wade-fishing.
This isn’t a place 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 fish species one can encounter on the flats include golden, yellow dot, and green spot trevally.
St. Brandon’s is also the most productive Indo-Pacific permit fishery in the Indian Ocean.
The Outfitter: FlyCastaway Fishing Company has specialized in elite fly-fishing trips since 2004 and also operates:
• Providence Atoll
• and Farquhar Atoll.
Two Seasons: April through June and then September through December for peak fishing.
Group size: Six anglers per week and four guides on location.
Guides: Professional, English-speaking guides. Two anglers per guide. They recommend that you be in reasonably good shape. When you're fishing the flats, you'll often be far from shore, and you'll need sufficient stamina to wade in the water throughout each day. You’ll be far from any medical assistance if needed.
Boats: 18-foot Mauritian-built clinker boats with two 25-HP 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.
Fishing Licenses: are included in the package and issued onsite.
About St. Brandon's Lodging
St. Brandon's has two air-conditioned, simple yet comfortable guesthouses on the northern part of Raphael Island. The guesthouses are about 50 meters apart.
There is an easy wading flat (shown above) just yards from one of the guesthouses.
Guesthouse #1 has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a lounge and dining area overlooking the ocean. Each bedroom has two single beds and basic amenities. Guesthouse #2 has the same setup, plus a fully equipped kitchen. Each guesthouse accommodates up to eight guests. Generator-run electricity is available at the guesthouses between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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 night, 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 24-28 hours each way and is included in the package. At this time, there are no aerial options to the Atoll.
Friday: Arrive on Mauritius and stay overnight at a hotel in Port Louis.
Saturday: In the morning, you'll board the transfer boats and depart from Port Louis, Mauritius.
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.
RATES & PACKAGES
St. Brandon's Atoll
2021 USD Rates:
Two Seasons: April - June, and September - December.
Global Rescue coverage has been added to the packages for 2022.
10-nights 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 6-anglers per week.
$9,600.00 per person
To upgrade to one-angler per guide,
add $2,000.00 per week
(Two rooms are available.)
To upgrade to one-angler per room,
add $2,000.00 per week
(Two skiffs are available.)
Extended Trip Discount:
Make a Back-to-Back Trip, 17-nights and 14-guided fishing days
(2-nights on a 65-foot supply vessel during transit to the Island and 15-nights at the Guesthouses.)
$16,200.00 per person
Roundtrip transport between St. Brandon’s and Mauritius on a 65-foot supply-vessel, 8-nights lodging and meals at the guesthouse, soft drinks,
bottled water, coffee, tea, local beers, laundry service, 7-days fully guided fishing—two anglers per boat and guide, fishing license, use of boats and fuel, and Global Rescue Medivac Insurance (valued at $100.00).
Packages Do Not Include:Airfare, ground transfers on Mauritius, meals and accommodations in Port Louis or any other en route city, spirits, wine, use of satellite phone ($2.00 per minute), tackle, flies, gratuities for guides and boat staff, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, or anything not mentioned under inclusions.
St. Brandon's Atoll
Deposit Policy: A $1,000.00 deposit is required within 7 days to confirm your reservation. 12 months prior to your trip, we will need a second payment so that the total deposit you have paid (including the original $1,000.00) totals 50%. Three (3) months prior to departure, we need the final 50%. If a booking is made less than 90 days before departure, full payment is due immediately.
Cancellation Policy: If a cancellation is made 12 months or more before departure, 50% of the deposit will be forfeited. Cancellations made 12 to 6 months before departure, 50% of charter rate shall be forfeited. Cancellations made 6 months or less before departure, the full individual charter rate shall be forfeited. Reservations for which payment has not been received on time as per the terms are subject to cancellation seven days after notification. In case of cancellation by the service provider, money received will be returned in full, excluding bank charges.
All cancellations must be made in writing. A deposit will only be refunded if a replacement can be found. Once a deposit is received, all revisions are subject to a USD $100.00 handling fee. All prices are subject to availability of bookings, change by service providers, and are quoted at low season fares. Rates are subject to change without notice. The Lodge reserves the right to cancel a trip due to bad weather conditions. We recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance.
Required Indemnity Form: All guests will be required to sign and return the Reservation and Indemnity Form before the trip.
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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. Furthermore, all guests will be required to sign and return the Reservation and Indemnity Form before the trip.
Guests depart Mauritius for St Brandon every Monday in season onboard one of two 65-foot supply-vessel transport vessels, crossing time from Mauritius to the atoll taking +/-26-hours. Each vessel is licensed in Mauritius for offshore sailing and is fully equipped with the latest marine navigation and safety equipment. Each vessel has two air-conditioned guest cabins (three guests sharing a cabin), a bathroom, a small galley, an indoor seating area as well as a large covered back deck that can be used during daylight hours. The transport vessel departs Port Louis on Mondays at +/1:00 p.m. on the start day of the trip and will arrive at Ilse De Sud (South Island) at +/1:00 p.m. the following day. A further two hours of flatwater cruising in the lee of atoll before the boats arrive at Raphael Island at +/-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. Upon arriving at Raphael Island, guests and their luggage are transported by tender boat to the Island.