Seychelles is located a thousand miles off the east coast of Kenya, a few degrees south of the equator and north of Madagascar in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Formerly a French settlement and a British colony since 1814, the Seychellois achieved independence in 1976 and remain a republic within the British Commonwealth. The island chain has an enormous diversity in geography and culture. The Seychellois people are a mix of French, English, African, and Asian and speak several different languages with French, English, and Creole as the predominant dialects. Geographically, it seems the islands themselves are a combination of the Caribbean and the Pacific. Some islands in the Archipelago are reminiscent of the white, powdery sand of the Bahamas or Yucatan, while others are made of solid granite cliffs and rocky bluffs similar to Hawaii. The flora and fauna are equally as bizarre with an abundance of bird life, exotic land creatures such as the giant land tortoise, and of course a collage of all types of marine life.
Farquhar Atoll is the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles chain of islands lying just over 700 km (380 miles) to the southwest of the main island Mahé. This remote atoll has a total area, including the large lagoon, of 170.5 km2 which is 18 km north to south and 9 km east to west. The large ear-shaped lagoon surrounded by 10 islands, coral fingers, and outcrops, provides easy access to the countless flats, channels, and surf zones which make Farquhar such a diverse fishery. The main group of islands form a long curve which describes the eastern side of the atoll. Largest of these are North Island and South Island, with the smaller Manaha islands between them. Further south is the fabled Goëlette Island, which is where the BBC filmed a portion of the Blue Planet II where giant trevally hunt and eat the nesting sooty terns.
Farquhar consistently produces some of the finest saltwater fly fishing on the planet. The huge variety of species, together with its diverse structure varying between large white sand flats, coral and grass fingers, storm ridges, and broken coral surf flats, make this atoll a complete saltwater experience for the traveling angler. This atoll is one of the few Seychelles destinations where you will have the chance to target the elusive bumphead parrotfish on the flats. One of the most powerful tailing fish you are ever likely to encounter that swim in shoals of between five to 30 fish, on calmer days they can be seen from a mile away when waving their big blue tails in the air like giant triggerfish.
If it’s variety that you are after, Farquhar can definitely provide opportunities at an impressive range of fish species that you would battle to find at one destination anywhere else in the world. Giant trevally, bonefish, Indo-Pacific permit, bluefin trevally, yellowspot trevally, bohar snapper, green jobfish, grouper, barracuda, and three triggerfish species all frequent the flats. Farquhar also provides some truly exceptional offshore fly fishing with sailfish, barracuda, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, and a host of others that prowl just off the flats, providing even further species to tick off your bucket list.
The guest house consists of three double/twin duplex-style chalets each containing two separate bedrooms which face the magnificent Farquhar lagoon. Each bedroom is fully air-conditioned, has two single beds and an en-suite bedroom as well as an outdoor shower. Rooms are equipped with 220 volt electricity and have a consistent supply of hot water. There is full housekeeping which includes laundry. The communal area is equipped with all the necessary features to make your stay one of comfort-in-style, including an exceptional dining area and a fully stocked bar.
A full house buffet breakfast is served between 7:00-8:00am, lunch is in the form of a packed lunch on the water, and dinner is served around 7:00pm. The chef prepares a mix of Creole and international dishes and incorporates fresh fish on a daily basis, with fruit and vegetables, which are farmed in the Alphonse garden. The guest house is fully equipped with snorkeling gear that is available for all guests to use. Sunset events, daily bell ringers, mesmerizing encounters with captivating marine life, and experiencing the true essence of an untouched paradise ... all in picture perfect surroundings that will enhance every sensation.
THE BEST WAY to travel from the United States to the Seychelles is via Dubai, UAE on Emirates Airlines, but can be accomplished via London, Paris, or Frankfurt with Air Seychelles.
After spending an evening in Dubai (guests are encouraged to arrive in Mahe a full day before the charter flight to outer islands), enjoy a fun dinner in town or relaxing at the huge mall-like Dubai airport lounge. Anglers then depart the following morning on Emirates Airlines on a four-hour direct flight to Mahe, Seychelles. Once in Mahe, guests will check in to a nearby hotel for overnight. The following morning, anglers transfer by taxi to the IDC hanger for a short layover before catching the 1 hour 45 minute charter flight to Farquhar Atoll on board a beautiful twin engine Beechcraft turboprop with the occasional refuel / provisions stop on Alphonse Island en route.
WHEN TO GO / SEASONALITY
Farquhar is closed late May through September to rest the fishery and avoid the monsoon season. Fishing is optimal during all months the operation is open. 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.
Farquhar Atoll is closed for the windy and rainy season during the summer months. The windy and rainy season is well defined, starting abruptly in May and concluding abruptly in September. Because Seychelles Outer Islands are only seven degree south of the equator, the quality of the weather and fishing remains consistent throughout the season. There really is no “perfect time” to visit Farquhar while the season is open; however, we always discuss tide charts for prospective weeks our clients are considering.
Fishing is the primary activity at Farquhar and is not recommended for non-fishing companions.
|Shared Occupancy / Shared Guide
|Single Occupancy / Shared Guide
|$14,200 / Person
|$18,190 / 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. Farquhar Lodge 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 Farquhar
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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