Anaa Atoll, located 350 Kilometres east of Tahiti is a dot in the Pacific, situated in the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. Stunningly beautiful and home to less than five hundred locals, the turquoise green Atoll is six and half kilometres wide by twenty-nine kilometres long with a fringing reef encompassing a huge lagoon, expansive sand flats and coral bommies.
With a multitude of shallow passes out to sea along its entire length, it offers a range of fly-fishing options including good sized Bonefish, Blue Trevally, Giant Trevally and Triggerfish inside the lagoon with Big Bohar Snapper, Black Giant Trevallies and Napoleon Wrasse available off the reef edges. Offshore, Dogtooth and Yellowfin Tuna can also be targeted along with the huge range of reef species.
- Season: fly-fishing is available all year round, however the prime, dry season runs from April to December, with the wet season typically from December until March
- Language: Pa’umotu, the local Polynesian dialect or French
- Bonefish (Kio Kio): initial reproductive studies on the Bonefish of Anaa have shown that they don’t reach sexual maturity until around 4-5 years of age
- Tuamotu Archipelago: Anaa included, forms the largest chain of atoll’s in the world, roughly the size of Western Europe
Anaa Atoll has very rarely been sport-fished since some early fly-fishing explorations in the early 2000s. During this period of time, Fly Odyssey has developed and worked with the Tetiaroa Society on two research projects studying the Bonefish and Giant Trevally populations on Tetiaroa, French Polynesia and assisting with the development of a model for conservation and tourism in the region. We have since deployed a skiff, trained the guides and have been sending clients for many years now to Tetiaroa to experience one of the best Trophy Bonefish destinations on the planet.
Through local relationships and an understanding of the youth retention and employment issues on Anaa, Fly Odyssey organised a number of ventures exploring Anaa in 2014 and 2015 before inviting the Indi Fly Foundation (Costa del Mar) into a partnership to assess Anaa in more detail. Two fisheries scientists have since spent a further ten weeks on Anaa in late 2015 which has provided a great platform into better understanding the dynamics of the fishery.
With strong local support and enthusiasm for the project, the work to date has highlighted the huge potential in sustainably developing a community-lead fly-fishing business to help support the people of Anaa, who predominantly reply on Copra as a source of income.
Our research will continue in 2016. It includes:
- Assessing the subsistence fishing methods and important species harvested by the community
- Evaluating the life history characteristics of the Bonefish
- Launching a passive dart tagging program
- Researching the recreational Bonefish fishery by studying the post-release survival of caught and released Bonefish.
All Fly Odyssey clients will have the opportunity to participate and contribute towards these field studies and data collection through a select number of exploratory trips to Anaa in 2016.
Joel operates and runs the Anaa Pension Lodge, which has four twin-share bungalows situated on a magnificent residence, fringing the lagoon. All rooms comprise a double and single bed, en-suite, fan and front balcony overlooking a private beach and swimming area.
The lodge has a large communal dining-room, bar and lounge area also overlooking the lagoon and provides a great range of Polynesian cuisine daily.
Breakfast starts at 6:00am with local eggs, honey, fresh fruits and coffee, while packed lunches, water and soft drink are provided on the boats daily. Dinner consists of local seafood delicacies such as raw fish marinated in lime and coconut juice, grilled meats, chicken, fish and local suckling pig.
LOCAL INFO TO ADD
- Currency: CPF Franc
- Capital: Tahiti
- Airport: Tahiti
- Population: 277,000
- Language: French, Tahitian
- Religion: Christian
- Electricity: 220V - The standard frequency is 50/60 Hz
- Time: 10 hours behind GMT
- Average temperature: mid to high 20s to 30s - wet season December to March
Fly Odyssey has teamed up with local guides Raphael, Ruben and their team of developing guides to provide a very unique and all-inclusive hosted 6½ days fly-fishing and cultural experience. We will also be joined by Alex Filous, fly-fisherman and scientist who will be based in Anaa for several months in 2016.
Catering for up-to six fly-fisherman (three anglers per boat), you will chase Bonefish, Triggerfish, Parrotfish, Bluefin and Striped Trevally on foot, while being guided by the best eyes on the island. With around ninety square kilometres of waters to explore, the small islands fringing the lagoon boast extensive sand and coral rubble flats providing an ideal habitat to Polaroid cruising fish. While some very large Giant Trevallies over a metre long have been seen in the lagoon, they have yet to be caught. You will also be fishing the reef edges on foot, targeting the huge Black Giant Trevallies, Bohar Snapper and Maori Wrasse that have been encountered which provides a thrilling and challenging alternative during the day.
In addition to lagoon fishing, you will be exploring the off-shore fishery further (weather permitting) thanks to the purchase of a new fishing skiff in 2016. This will open up a huge range of bluewater fly-fishing opportunities to a range of prolific pelagic species.
As with all Fly Odyssey bookings, we will provide a comprehensive and detailed pre-trip fly-fishing guide, prior to your departure.
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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Departing via Auckland, flights to Papeete run on a Thursday afternoon via Air New Zealand (4hrs 50 mins – 1 day). Alternatively flights are available from Los Angeles or Paris direct to Papeete, Tahiti from Europe.
Connecting flights to Anaa via Air Tahiti Nui depart Thursday mornings and return the following Thursday afternoon to Papeete for connecting flights.
For a comprehensive travel plan or itinerary, please contact us.