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THE SEYCHELLES - ALPHONSE ISLAND

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Alphonse coral island is one of three isolated islands some three hundred miles south-west of Mahe. Alphonse is the northernmost island with Bijoutier in the middle, and St François in the south.

Remote and wild, this is a 'must do' flats fishing location with one of the most diverse fisheries in the world. With thousands of acres of sandy flats, it is the perfect location for both experienced and beginner fly fishermen.

  • Season: October to April
  • World famous milkfish fishery
  • Great species diversity with large Bonefish population, Giant Trevally, Triggerfish and Permit
  • Bluewater fly-fishing available
  • Ideal for both first time and experienced anglers, individuals, small and large groups
  • Suitable for both anglers and non-anglers
  • Great Diving programme

Accommodation is usually one guest per room unless you are travelling as a couple. The lodge has ten private chalets, all with private en-suite facilities bath and showers, air-conditioning and immediate access to the beach. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and clean and have either a large double or twin beds along with plenty of room to store your fishing gear and equipment. There is also a large reception/lounge and dining area.

The lodge also has the advantage of a freshwater swimming pool.

The chalets are set apart from the main lodge and all guests have bicycles to get to the lodge for breakfast and evening dinner, as well as for getting to the fishing club-house each morning before departure. It also enables individuals to access the islands fishing themselves in the late afternoon and evening.

The dining and cuisine on the island is beautifully prepared by the kitchen team and offers a mix of international and local Creole dishes. Naturally, they include fish and seafood along with chicken and pork. They will try and accommodate any special dietary requirements. There is a well-stocked bar with beers and spirits.

For the non-fisher, there are plenty of water and land-based activities to enjoy. There is a professional Diving School which caters for beginners and professionals alike. Activities include snorkelling, swimming in the pool, relaxing on the beach or exploring the island with one of the non-powered water crafts, from paddle boards to laser boats and windsurfers. You can also cycle around the island and explore the many tracks and hidden spots.

WIFI is available.

OCTOBER 2016 UPDATE

On 1st October 2016, Alphonse Island, Seychelles, sees the completed refurbishment of the twenty-one Beach Bungalows and five Beach Villas, which took place gradually and behind the scenes over the last few months.

The theme of the refurbishment reflects the ongoing commitment to embrace local creole style with that of the barefoot luxury sought on private islands. Featuring a range of sandalwood colours, whites and greys, incorporating local materials, the design concept has reflected a sophisticated fresh, island style of the 21st Century. In addition to the Beach Bungalows and Beach Villas, an overhaul of the Beach Bar & Restaurant took place, and also includes distinctive characteristics such as natural light, natural hued colour palettes with cool shades paired with greens and greys. Soft furnishings in white and neutral tones are complimented with a variety of wooden accessories as well as those inspired by the ocean. The intention was to create a relaxed and comfortable environment, inspired by the island, beach and ocean.

Alphonse Island is considered by many as the finest saltwater destination in the world and provides an ideal location for your first experience of The Seychelles.

Alphonse Island is the longest established destination in the Seychelles and has a reputation that grows year on year for producing superb bonefishing. It also has become one of the premier destinations to cast to and hook one of the real speedsters of the sea: the Milkfish.

The atolls of Alphonse and St Francois are home to incredibly large populations of Bonefish that provide enjoyment to novice and experienced fly-anglers alike. The sheer variety of species in the island waters is truly staggering and it provides fishing opportunities rarely found anywhere else in the world. It is possible to target three different types of trigger fish (Yellow Margin, Giant and Picasso), eight species of Trevally (Giant, Bluefin, Brassy, Bigeye, Yellow dot, Golden, Black and Fulvie), Snappers, Groupers, African Pompano (Indo Pacific Permit), Parrot Fish and, of course, the incomparable Milkfish (Chanos Chanos).

The choice is almost limitless and the island resort has caught over sixty different species of fish on the fly. So, come well equipped!

A typical day starts after breakfast when all anglers meet at the fishing club-house where you are taken by the daily mothership catamaran to St Francois. Once inside the island lagoon, you transfer onto skiffs and explore with your guide the islands fishing.

Most of the fishing is walking and wading and the boats are used to access the shallow flats and occasionally chase down large fish. The guides are rotated with the guests and all are very experienced skippers. There is two anglers per guide.

On return around 4:00pm, guests are welcome to fish the home flats of Alphonse and target Bones, Snapper and a variety of other species.

There are some back-up rods and flies at the fishing club-house but we would advise all anglers to take their own gear and fishing equipment - rods, reels, lines flies, good wading boots polarized glasses and lots of sunscreen.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.

CONTACT OUR INTERNATIONAL OFFICE

CONTACT OUR AUSTRALIAN OFFICE

Passport with minimum six months validity.

No Visa required.

Large number of international flights to Mahe, available from Europe and Asia.

Once-a-week charter flights between Mahe and Alphonse Island.

Please note that this is considered a very remote location and as such, you must bring with you proof of Medevac Insurance cover and all the information regarding Medevac and emergency details.

Luggage allowance on internal flights is a max of 15 kilos.

  • Currency: Seychelles Rupee—but both Euros and US Dollars are accepted
  • Capital: Victoria
  • Airport: Mahe Airport SEZ
  • Population: 87,000
  • Language: English, Creole and French
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Electricity: 220v and 240v two-pin
  • Time: 4 hours ahead of GMT and 7 hours behind Sydney Australia
  • Average temperature: mid to high 20s-30s, fairly consistent due to its equator location

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Fly Odyssey Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

  1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
  2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
  3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Fly Odyssey Ltd.

OVERSEAS BOOKINGS

Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305
Email: enquiries@flyodyssey.co.uk

CHALK STREAMS BOOKINGS

Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 01730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232
Email: g.bate@flyodyssey.co.uk

AUSTRALIA BOOKINGS

Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816
Email: j.laverty@flyodyssey.com.au