For many years St Brandon’s Atoll has been accessed unsing a live-aboard mothership, however, from 2016 onwards a land-based operation will begin at St Brandon's. Guests will be accommodated in a simple but comfortable guesthouse on Raphael Island situated in the fish-rich northern part of the atoll. Although the guesthouse is by no means luxurious, it is clean and comfortable in spite of its remote location.
There are four bedrooms in the house, each with two comfortable single beds and some basic amenities. The guesthouse currently has two fully renovated bathrooms for the guests, each with a shower, basin and toilet.
Two 50ft sport fishers will transfer guests to and from the atoll (four guests, one guide and three crew per sport fisher).
The crossing time from Mauritius to the atoll is approximately twenty six hours. The two boats will do the crossing along side each other. Both boats are registered and licensed in Mauritius for offshore sailing and are fully equipped with the latest marine navigation equipment. Each boat will be skippered by a 200T master.
Each boat has three cabins, two of which are for the four guests (two guests per cabin) and the other is for the guide and crew.
Each boat has a bathroom, a kitchen, a lounge area and a comfortable back deck.
The guests and their luggage will then be transported by tender boat onto the island.There will have lunch upon arrival and the guests will then settle into their rooms and receive a briefing from the head guide and set up tackle. Should there be enough light left, guests are welcome to fish unguided on foot around Raphael Island. Guests will then spend the following seven full days out on the flats fully guided.
There is no internet connection.