Over the last two decades, the Tailwaters Travel staff has collectively spent dozens of weeks on Alphonse Island and facilitated hundreds of trips there. We are experts on all aspects of this destination, and are here to tell you that there is simply no better shallow saltwater fly-fishing experience to be found. Conjure up an image of the most idyllic sight-fishing venue imaginable, and then set your expectation level a notch higher… Welcome to Alphonse Island!
Anglers fish a very well-defined fishery known as the St. Francois Lagoon; a 4 X 7 mile conglomerate of over 10,000 acres of pristine flats and channels completely surrounded and protected by a barrier reef. Alphonse and St. Francois can easily boast of the best bonefish fishing on the planet. In addition to the bonefish, Alphonse and St. Francois are also recognized as one of the top giant trevally fisheries. 90% of the world’s fly caught milkfish are landed here, and around every corner there are shots at dozens of other species including hard fighting triggerfish, permit, parrotfish and much, much more – including a legitimate bluewater program for sailfish, tuna, and other pelagics.
The accommodations and facilities at Alphonse are completely over the top. Fantastic cuisine, a gorgeous beachside restaurant and bar, freshwater pool and luxurious, single occupancy chalet buildings are as nice as you will find at any fishing lodge. Most notably, Alphonse has evolved into a proper resort-style atmosphere with a myriad of organized activities and services for the non-angling companion.
We have visited Alphonse dozens of times and can honestly say that the quality of the fishing actually continues to improve each year. We like to characterize the Alphonse fishery as offering the best all around Seychelles angling experience. Anglers should expect opportunities for over 50 species including the best bonefishing in the world, the best opportunity for large milkfish, and daily engagements with triggerfish, permit, bluefin trevally, giant trevally, and much, much more.
Anglers at Alphonse fish a very well-defined fishery known as the Alphonse Group. The Alphonse Group is made up of three islands and their respective lagoons: Alphonse, Bijoutier, and St. Francois. While the majority of anglers’ efforts are focused on St. Francois, the whole island group is rich with incredible angling opportunities. The entire system is a giant conglomerate of flats and channels completely surrounded and protected by a barrier reef… And anglers are guided by arguably the best team of saltwater fishing guides on the planet.
The Island of Alphonse was formerly a working coconut plantation. Active production ceased in the mid nineties, and the hotel was completed in December of 1999. Because the facility is designed primarily for its non-angling guests, fishermen enjoy the amenities of a five star resort. The accommodations and facilities here are truly on par with some of the finest resorts found anywhere; and certainly as nice or nicer as any flats fishing destination. The grounds are perfectly manicured, the staff is attentive and professional, and facilities are immaculately clean.
The resort consists of a central complex containing a restaurant, bar, kitchen, lounge area, conference room, hard tennis courts, beach, and reception desk. Located alongside the main complex are twenty-two, single occupancy standard “bungalows," five luxurious beach villas, and two new 4-bedroom villas – all facing the sea. All bungalows and villas are extremely comfortable and luxurious with air conditioners, satellite TV, ceiling fans, mini-bar, direct dial international telephone, Jacuzzi bathtub, and outdoor shower.
ALPHONSE ISLAND OPERATES ON A SATURDAY – SATURDAY SCHEDULE.
The most popular and efficient way to travel from the United States to the Seychelles is via Dubai, UAE on Emirates Airlines, but can also be accomplished via London, Paris, or Frankfurt with Air Seychelles. There are also options via Doha, Qatar with Qatar Airways.
After spending Thursday evening in Dubai, anglers then depart on Emirates Airlines for a four-hour direct flight to Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles arriving Friday before catching the charter flight to the island on Saturday.
WHEN TO GO / SEASONALITY
Alphonse Island Lodge’s high season is open September - May. During the off-season months of late May - early September, the island operates their “Southeast Season”. While odds are you will have some more wind during this period, this can be a great time for families and non-anglers to visit the atoll. The fishing is still excellent but the resort is much quieter with only a maximum of six anglers.
There is really no “best time” to go; however, understanding tides is critical when picking your week relative to what species you want to target and the style of fishing you prefer. We will walk you through tidal analysis and pick the best week for you and your group.
Because Seychelles Outer Islands are only seven degrees south of the equator, the quality of the weather and fishing remains consistent throughout the season. Temperatures remain warm year round in the eighties and nineties, even at night. The heat is never unbearable and a nice tropical breeze usually keeps things pleasant. Like all tropical destinations, rainstorms and breezy conditions can pop up at any time. However, persistent poor conditions are usually most prevalent during the summer months when the fishing operation is closed.
There are many exciting activities for you to experience in the Alphonse Group of Islands. In addition to a full service dive program, other recreational activities include dolphin safaris, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and blue safaris. In addition, tennis, the Azure Spa, a fully-equipped gym, multiple bars, and a smoothie café are some of the extra amenities offered at Alphonse and guests are always free to explore the island on foot, bicycle, kayak, or stand up paddleboard at their leisure.The island itself is completely uninhabited, excluding the resort, with several miles of well-manicured trails through the tropical jungle that are great for a jog or bike ride. On the opposite side of the island there are some remote beaches that are great for a private stroll or a little snorkeling.
|Single Occupancy Beach Bungalow / Shared Guide
|Shared Occupancy Villa / Shared Guide
|Single Occupancy Villa / Shared Guide
|7 Nights Lodging | 6 Days Fishing
$12,665 / Person
|7 Nights Lodging | 6 Days Fishing
$17,095 / Person
|7 Nights Lodging | $24,445 / Person
- Single Fishing Supplement: $3,900 Per Person (Subject to Availability)
Terms & Conditions
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters and lodges which it represents. Alphonse Fishing Company policy follows: A 50% deposit is required within fourteen days to confirm reservations. Full pre-payment is due 90 days prior to departure for Seychelles. A 10% fee shall be levied if cancellation is made more than 180 days prior to arrival. A 10% fee shall be levied if the reservation is moved to an alternative date within the same season. A fee of 50% shall be levied if cancellation is between 180 and 90 days prior to arrival. A fee of 100% shall be levied if cancellation is 90 days or less prior to arrival. No refund will be made for unused land arrangements included in cost. Any trip booked within ninety days will require full and non-refundable payment to confirm arrangements. Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses.
All activities require the client to sign an indemnification upon arrival. All clients require travel insurance to cover costs incurred due to flight delays for any reason. All clients require “From Scene of Accident Medivac Insurance.”
- Seven Nights accommodations
- Six Days of Guided Fishing; Rod & Reel Rentals
- All meals, water, soft drink, coffee and tea
- Round-trip Air Charter to/from Alphonse Island
What's Not Included
- International Airfare to Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles
- All Alcoholic Beverages
- Guide and Staff Gratuity
- Flies & Tackle
- Telephone Charges
- Flies and other Fishing Equipment
- Travel Insurance
- Conservation Donation: USD $210
- Baggage Overweight Charges
- Spa treatments
- Laundry Service & Items of Personal Nature
- Mahe – Meals, Transportation & Accommodations (when applicable)
- Departure Tax from Mahe (usually covered in your airline ticket price)
- Dubai, London or other – Hotel Room and general travel expenses in (when applicable)
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