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THE SEYCHELLES - PROVIDENCE ATOLL

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If you dream of wading and fly-fishing remote coral atolls in search of a myriad of saltwater speedsters, then there is an atoll in the Seychelles that should be on everyone’s radar, the world-famous Providence Atoll. As remote fly-fishing destinations go, Providence is one the finest.

Located seven hundred kilometres south-west of Mahe, Providence is a long way from civilisation. Naturally, this results in in pristine flats fisheries which is exactly what you will find on Providence. Huge Giant Trevally, the ever present Bonefish, large shoals of Indo-Pacific Permit, Triggerfish, Bumphead Parrotfish - the list goes on. Providence Atoll provides a unique-fly fishing trip and should be on all saltwater fanatics' bucketlist.

  • Season: October–November and March–early May
  • Excellent Giant Trevally fishery
  • Large variety of species
  • Ideal for experienced saltwater anglers
  • Remote live-aboard destination
  • Twelve anglers per week

Accommodation is aboard The Mayas Dugong which is an ex-research vessel and has been upgraded and modified into a mothership catering for long-range fly-fishing expeditions. The ship can accommodate up to twelves anglers, four guides and a crew of eight.

Accommodation is in seven spacious guest cabins located on the middle main or lower deck. Each room has twin-beds and a private en-suite bathroom with shower room facilities.

The ship also has a comfortable lounge and dining area. All cabins and the main accommodation aboard the vessel are air-conditioned and offer a comfortable environment to be in, ensuring a good night's sleep. The mid-deck on the ship offers a spacious area to relax and enjoy the view from an elevated location. To the aft-deck there is a large swimming platform which also doubles up as a fishing platform.

Food and dining on board the vessel is a mix of local fresh fish and international food.

There is no WIFI.

Providence Atoll is unique for one key reason: the complete lack of any fishing pressure. The island has been closed for almost six years and has only recently been reopened at the end of 2015. The 2016 season will be limited to only a few weeks.

Most anglers visiting Providence are there to target the large Bonefish and the huge Giant Trevally that patrol this atoll and range from twenty to over one hundred pounds in weight and will test you and your gear to breaking point. Their attacks on the fly are violent and ruthless and as much of this fishing is from the beach or wading you will appreciate the excitement of fishing this location.

Of course, there are many other species to target including the Bump Head Parrotfish that grows to substantial sizes and Providence offers probably the best location anywhere in the world to target this unusual looking fish. The Bonefish, which are some of the largest in the Seychelles, have an average size of five to six pounds in weight, with bigger fish out there and occasionally into double figures.

In addition to this, there is a host of other species to target such as Milkfish, Bluefin Trevally, Indo-Pacific Permit, Barracuda and offshore Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo etc. In and around the shallow water of the coral, of course, there are several species of Triggerfish that you can target.

Providence is not for everyone, this is remote adventure fishing and lacks some of the comforts of other Seychelles destinations, however, for the keen angler, this is a 'must-location'. Most of the fishing is walking and wading and the boats are used to access the shallow flats and occasionally chase down large fish or fish the bluewater and reef edge.

The Mayas Dugong has four tender boats that ferry one guide and three anglers to the atoll island. There are four guides including one head guide. All the guides are professional and experienced skippers and fishing guides with First-Aid experience. They all understand and know the waters around Providence very well and will go the extra mile to ensure you make the most of your trip to this unique destination.

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.

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Passport with minimum six months validity.

There are numerous international flights to Mahe from Europe and Asia. It is a one hour and forty-five minutes private charter flight from Mahe to Providence.

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

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  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
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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