Providence Atoll is the angler’s chance to experience the largest lagoon and flats system in the Seychelles outer islands from the comforts of the luxury catamaran mothership, Qua Vadis. Limited to only six anglers per week, Providence has all the customary Seychelles flats species including the bumphead parrotfish as well as an offshore program for sailfish and tuna.
Providence Atoll is situated 700 km southwest of Mahe and 56 km to the north of Farquhar Atoll, the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles. This remote atoll has a total area, including the large lagoon, of 345 km², which is 55 km north to south and 14 km east to west. The atoll comprises of two Islands, Providence North and Cerf Island, and an enormous shallow lagoon system with vast flats and sand banks that link to the ocean through countless feeder channels. The large ear-shaped lagoon with safe leeward anchorages provides easy skiff access to the amazing fly fishing grounds. It is one of two destinations in the Seychelles (Farquhar is the other) where you have the opportunity to catch bumphead parrotfish … while experiencing the most over the top luxurious yachting experience imaginable.
Like many of the other atolls in the Seychelles, Providence Atoll is a true fly fishing wilderness. The vast flats, enormous lagoon system, and feeder channels offer fly fishermen the opportunity to wade 345 km² of pristine sand flats, turtle grass banks, surf areas, and lagoon edges while targeting a multitude of species. Anglers can expect to target and sight cast to giant trevally, bumphead parrotfish, triggerfish, bluefin trevally, milkfish, Indo-Pacific permit, napoleon wrasse, bonefish, grouper, snapper, barracuda, and much more.
Providence Atoll is known for its fantastic offshore fishing for sailfish and yellowfin tuna that can be done from the skiffs or the aft deck of Quo Vadis. The offshore species include yellowfin tuna, milkfish, sailfish, wahoo, and dogtooth tuna, to name a few. So whether you’re looking to cast your fly at tailing bumphead parrotfish, that trophy GT you have been dreaming about, or you’re looking for a complete saltwater experience, Providence Atoll is a great choice. All fly fishing trips to Providence are accompanied by three experienced fly fishing guides and three purpose built flats skiffs that are equipped with poling platforms and poles, and will be skippered by experienced, world class and professional Alphonse Fishing Co. guides. Angling teams will be split up into groups of two anglers per skiff and guide.
Quo Vadis is an exceptional 750 luxury expedition catamaran that is well equipped for exploring the most remote Outer Atolls of the Seychelles. Designed with a high bridge and deck, she ensures quiet and smooth voyages across the Indian Ocean. Her shallow draft allows passage to areas that most vessels of this size can’t access. This beautiful catamaran boasts an easy-flowing and spacious saloon with a well appointed bar and breakfast counter. The aft deck is equally as spacious with a large 10 seater dining table, two daybeds, bench seating, cocktail tables, and a barbeque.
The three fully air conditioned twin or king size guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms are luxurious by expedition yacht standards. Anchor in the shallows and enjoy Quo Vadis’ outstanding dining, all expertly prepared. All meals, snacks, drinks, and a selection of alcoholic beverages are included. To add to the experience, she is equipped with dive equipment, dive compressor, snorkeling gear, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and two tenders. Step onboard and be welcomed by our expert Captain, First Mate, Steward, and Chef who will make sure your cruise is one to remember.
PROVIDENCE ATOLL OPERATES ON A MONDAY-MONDAY 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 Saturday evening in Dubai, enjoy a fun dinner in town or relaxing at the lavish Dubai airport Emirates lounge. Anglers then depart on Emirates Airlines for a four-hour direct flight to Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles arriving on Sunday. Once on Mahe, guests check in to one of our recommended hotels for overnight. The following morning, guests transfer by taxi to the IDC hanger to catch the 1 hour 45 minute charter flight to Providence Atoll. The program utilizes a beautiful twin engine Beechcraft turboprop for the flight to/from Providence with an occasional refuel or provision delivery stop on Alphonse Island.
WHEN TO GO / SEASONALITY
The Quo Vadis catamaran operates a limited season during select weeks from January - May. 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.
Providence 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 predominant activity on Providence, but the catamaran is equipped with diving and snorkeling equipment as well as stand up paddleboards and kayaks for guest use.
|Shared Room / Shared Guide
(based on 6 passengers)
Terms & Conditions
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters and lodges which it represents. Providence Atoll 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 Mahe/Astove
- Round-trip Air Charter to/from Providence
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
- Laundry Service & Items of Personal Nature
- Mahe – Meals, Transportation & Accommodations
- 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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