Alphonse Group of Atolls
A Nature Lover’s Paradise
Located 400 km or 250 miles south-west of Mahé and just a 60 minute flight away, the Alphonse group of atolls (consisting of Alphonse Island, St. François Island and Bijoutier Island) are regarded as some of the most pristine, untouched islands in the world. The islands in the atoll enjoys an exquisite climate and miles of unblemished shorelines, lagoons and sea flats.
The atolls are home to huge populations of Bonefish, three different types of Triggerfish, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Permit, Parrotfish and eight species of Trevally, including the Giant Trevally. The most challenging fish to catch, though, is the fabled Milkfish, a turbo-charged algae-eater growing to 40lbs.
What truly distinguishes Alphonse Island as one of the most outstanding fishing destinations in the world is the combination of comfortable hotel accommodation, perfect for anglers travelling with partners or their families, alongside the opportunity to fish 3 different islands right on your doorstep. It only allows for 12 anglers at any time in order to protect our fishery.
Where it is Always Summer
Located 1030 km or 640 miles south-west of Mahé, Cosmoledo Atoll is situated a stone’s throw away from the world heritage site of Aldabra, which is often referred to as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Its ecosystem is pristine and untouched with humans having placed very little pressure on its environment. Assumption Island, the closest airport to Cosmoledo, is a 2 hour and 45 minute flight away from Mahé.
Cosmoledo enjoys the reputation of being an explosive saltwater flats fishing experience. It’s here you’ll find enormous white sand flats, lagoon edges and channels, all ruled by the incomparable Giant Trevally. Fondly known as the GT capital of the world, the atoll also boasts impressive numbers of other fish, including big Bonefish, Bluefin Trevally, Bohar Snapper, Barracuda, Milkfish, the finicky Indo-Pacific Permit and a host of Triggerfish species. The sheer numbers and variety of fish species has amazed the fly fishing world, with anglers from across the globe sampling the ultimate fishing playground.
As Cosmoledo Atoll is completely uninhabited, accommodation is provided upon our comfortable liveaboard, an ideal base from which to explore and fish these islands.
The Astove Atoll is situated 1055 km or 656 miles south-west of Mahé (about a 3 hour flight away) and forms part of the remote Aldabra group of atolls. Uninhabited since 1969, this atoll has seen very little human presence which makes for a wild and unique experience. Its defining feature is the Astove Wall which is described as gazing down into the Grand Canyon. It consists of the large flats and reef dropping a vertical 90 degrees, from ankle deep water to water over a kilometer deep.
Astove Atoll is the place for catching the largest flats-caught Giant Trevallies in the Indian Ocean. Its shallow lagoon, surrounded by sheer drop-offs, makes the experience unique and offers a sanctuary for both juvenile and trophy size fish that feed on the shallow white sand flats. Aside from big GT’s, Astove offers innumerable opportunities for Bonefish, Permit, Bluefin Trevally, Triggerfish, Barracuda and Milkfish. The offshore fishing starts metres from the edge of the flat where anglers can test their skills against Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo and Sailfish.
To ensure that the atoll stays pristine, Astove Atoll only caters to 6 anglers per week.