Quick Facts

  • Price:$9200 per person // 6 Days Fishing
  • Fish Species: Giant Trevally, Bonefish, Triggerfish, Milkfish, much more
  • Seasonality: May – September
  • Location: Alphonse Island

1000 Miles of East Coast of Kenya – Indian Ocean

Travel to Seychelles is surprisingly easy for North American travelers. Nearly all guests now travel to Victoria, Seychelles (SEZ) via Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with Emirates Airlines. Fares are incredibly affordable and connections are civilized. There are also numerous flight options available via Western Europe including London, Paris and Frankfurt.

Bonefish, Giant Trevally, Milkfish, Triggerfish, Permit, Bluefin Trevally, Much More.

The bonefish literally pour off the white sandy flats, and twenty, thirty, and forty fish sessions are not uncommon. Bonefish fishing is only the beginning… The mainstay-targeted species (other than bonefish) are five species of trevally, triggerfish, permit, barracuda, parrotfish, and the powerful milkfish. The diversity of other non-typical gamefish species is staggering as well. Some clients have reported landing over fifty species a week including yellowfin tuna, surgeonfish, lemon shark, sailfish, grouper, dogtooth tuna, and every kind of reef fish imaginable. 16-17’ Dolphin and Maverick skiffs are used to access the flats – where nearly 100% of all fishing in the lagoon is done wading. Anglers are led by an all star guide team of Seychellois, South African, and Americans, and partake in one of the most capitalized and sophisticated fishing programs anywhere.

The Alphonse Island Resort is open October through early May and closed for the months of late May through September to rest the fishery and avoid the local monsoon season.

Fishing during all months the resort is open is optimal. 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.

If you like saltwater fly-fishing, the most beautiful flats environment on earth, and have a pulse, the Seychelles is right for you! Alphonse is a bonefish angler’s dream come true, and the diversity of other species is truly unmatched. The travel involved from North America is actually very civilized – so that should not exclude folks normally turned off by long distance destination fishing. Slow paced non-anglers are more than happy with the resort’s amenity – and divers will be blown away by some of the top dive sites worldwide. It is right for dedicated anglers, couples, and families looking for something exotic.
$9200 per person inclusive of six days guided fishing, meals, and single occupancy accommodations. Additional expenses include but are not limited to airfare to Seychelles, bar tab, non-angling activities (diving), and gratuities. (See Rates for Details)
You the client don’t pay a penny for our travel services! Our destination recommendations, organization, and pre-trip planning services are completely free of charge – and oftentimes less expensive than booking direct with a lodge or outfitter. We can assist with every question, concern, or special request related to your adventure at zero cost!

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Over the last ten seasons, the Tailwaters Travel staff has collectively spent dozens of weeks on Alphonse Island and facilitated hundreds trips there. We are real 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 over 10,000 acres of pristine flats and channels completely surrounded and protected by 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 a top giant trevally fishery. 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 the Alphonse Island Resort 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 – and more than suitable for slow paced non angling companions.

Destination Details

Destination Description

While the fly fishing community has considered Seychelles the Shangri-La of all saltwater fishing destinations for over a decade, this tiny island nation in the middle of the Indian Ocean is still one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Over eighty-five of its one hundred fifteen islands are still uninhabited, and approximately fifty percent of the country is designated as national parks or reserves, preserving its natural beauty for those who visit. Ninety percent of the country’s population (80,000) lives on the capital island of Mahe, where the international airport is located.

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The Seychelles are located one 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.

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The Fishing

We have visited Alphonse several times over the last ten seasons and can honestly say that the quality of the fishing actually continues to improve each year. Strict enforcement of the rules governing the fishing program (fly fishing only & barbless hooks as well as no hookless teasers or chum lines for trevally) has dramatically enhanced the long term sustainability of this remarkable fishery. It is without question the world’s greatest all around flats fishing destination – and it is totally worth the long journey to get there.

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Anglers at the Alphonse Island Resort 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 by and protected by barrier reef. All of the fishing is ‘fly-fishing only’, barbless, as well as catch and release. As a result, the fishery has held up remarkably well and remains as reliable as it did back in the late nineties. In fact, the bonefish fishing seems to be inexplicably improving with 20-30 fish morning bonefish sessions the norm for most anglers!

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THE FISHING DAY

Here is the daily routine: Wake up at 5:30AM… eat breakfast at 6:00AM, board the mothership, St. Francois, at 7:00AM, and sail 30-40 minutes to the skiff moorings inside the St. Francois Lagoon. The boat ride out to St. Francois is one of the most memorable parts of the trip. Everyone is strapping on gear, rigging equipment, and game planning while caffeine and beautiful ocean wake you up. Often you will encounter yellowfin tuna or milkfish feeding, whales, manta rays, dolphins, or other sea creatures on the way out past Bijoutier (“Gilligan’s Island”) and into the lagoon. St. Francois Lagoon is a labyrinth of flats, reef, coral heads, channels, etc…. tailor made habitat for bonefish, permit, trevally, milkfish, triggerfish, sharks, rays, turtles, etc.

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Boat runs are never more than 10-15 minutes, and your fly line will be in the water by 8:00AM at the latest. Guides always give a brief orientation and chat up the day’s game plan relative to what species you want to target, the expected tide, and fishing conditions. The game plan may consist of a morning bonefishing session followed by a walk to the reef, cruising for trevally, walking the edges harassing triggers, or hitting the channels in search of feeding milkfish. It seems every day is a different ballgame – but with so many different species around there is absolutely never a dull moment. After a full day of fishing you return to the mothership at 4:00PM, arrive at Alphonse at 5:00PM, cocktails at 6:30, dinner at 7:00, and off to bed at 9-10. This regimented routine makes the week fly by.

BONEFISH

The bonefish fishing here is the best on earth. Period. Nothing comes close. The majority of the areas fished for bonefish are on hard, white sand with minimal coral or grass growth. It is an idyllic setting for bonefishing with easy visibility and a nearly endless amount of targets in skinny water. Tidal fluctuations in the Seychelles are quite significant, and the day’s itinerary is built around accommodating the ebb and push of water on and off the flat. During a falling or rising tide, anglers typically wade looking for bones feeding their way on or off the flat. One unique aspect to the behavior of the bones in the St. Francois Lagoon is there does not seem to be any huge schools of fish like as often found in the Caribbean. The fish usually feed in individual pods of 2-8 fish and present themselves at predictable and incredibly frequent intervals. The population of bonefish is outstanding, easily rivaling any and all other bonefish destinations in the world. The average fish is a solid four pounds, with seven and eight-pound specimens encountered frequently. Double-digit fish are present; however should definitely be considered a real bonus trophy.

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GIANT TREVALLY

The Giant Trevally (Caranx Ignobilis) is the true bad ass of all game fish. His round head, broad shoulders, and elaborate fins are built for speed and power, and he has no predators other than large sharks and humans. He literally eats everything, and his incredible eyesight combines with his quickness to make him a lethal hunter. While adults spend much of their life in deeper water, fish well over 100 pounds often feed on the flats in skinny water or cruise in riding the waves on the reef to ambush unsuspecting prey. There is nothing more impressive than watching through the face of a wave as a big GT surfs his way inside the reef. The combination of hurried panic to cast and huge dosage of adrenalin is very addictive. There is also no eat more impressive than the mighty G.T. The deliberate and crushing speed of the monster when he zeroes in on your fly is scary to the point where you almost don’t want him to eat it! Once you witness the spectacle that is the “GEET”, it gets in your blood, and you become obsessed with trying to find one a bit bigger than the last one.

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Many anglers are allured half way around the word to the Seychelles in search of the dozens of other species found at St. Francois. Five species of trevally are found in St. Francois with the golden, bluefin and giant trevally most prevalent. The giant trevally is about as crazed and hard fighting as any gamefish on the planet…you had better come prepared! Words cannot describe the power of a large Giant Trevally. The only way to appreciate it is to get your hands on an Abel Super 12 reel and crank down the drag to 100% and try manually to pull of some line. You are lucky to pull off one foot of line without breaking a finger. Now, consider that big GTs have completely spooled anglers with this same reel cranked down to 100% drag! You fish for GTs with super heavy gear… 100 pound straight fluorocarbon for your leader, 5/0 – 8/0 hooks, and 80 pound gel spun backing is the norm. GTs over 50 pounds often require you to be chasing them in a skiff as landing one of foot is nearly impossible without a 14 weight and lots of luck. They are truly an incredible fish.

“GTs” or “Jeets” (as the South Africans and Seychellois call them) are most often found at low tide cruising the cuts and channels around coral heads and surrounding the flats in search of baitfish and other prey. Half of the time anglers will cruise in the skiff looking for giant trevally, however, a walk out to a reef can also be a fruitful way to get a shot at a trevally. At low tide anglers can stand just inside the reef and scan the incoming breakers for these hunting monsters and sight cast to cruising fish in the surf. On an incoming tide, you can also find trevally on the flat in very skinny water crashing bait at warp speed. Although visually the most impressive form of feeding (huge bow wakes and rooster tails) trevally in shallow water can spook easily. No matter where you encounter the giant trevally, their pure closing speed and aggressive feeding habits will intrigue all anglers… There is simply nothing more jaw-dropping than the eat of a big G.T. – and if you are lucky you won’t get spooled!

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TRIGGERFISH

Triggers, often considered an angler’s favorite in the Seychelles, providing anglers with daily opportunity and hours of entertainment. There are three species of triggerfish found tailing on the tidal push: Yellow Margin, The Giant aka Mustache, and the brilliant little Picasso. These tricky colorful speedsters lazily cruise on the pancake flats and flats close to the surf, stopping often to feed on crabs and other crustaceans. The presentation to triggerfish is quite technical and can be reminiscent of trout fishing. A good drift and proper current are required to “feed” triggerfish. Once they eat your fly, hold on! Guides will often take off running after your fish once it is hooked and catapult themselves over the trigger’s den. Triggers are aptly named for the trigger like mechanism on their dorsal which literally locks them into holes and crevices in the surrounding coral heads. If you are lucky enough to land one, make sure to have a camera.

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MILKFISH

One of the most sought after species on the flats is called the Milkfish (Chanos chanos). Although we have learned a lot about how to effectively hook and land these brutes, Milks still have lore about them. There is a common misnomer that they are herbivores or vegetarians exclusively. They feed on tiny invertebrates such as plankton as well as algae. They are not filter feeders, but they do skim along with mouths wide open inhaling their food (kind of like a whale shark). The hardest part about catching a milkfish is simply being in the right place at the right time for a predictable, surface feeding event with a large enough school of targets to increase the odds (which oftentimes won’t happen for weeks on end). Most often during large spring tides, milkfish will set up almost like trout feeding into the strong tidal currents flushing food off of the flats. Lucky anglers encounter them feeding on or near the surface with mouths wide almost mindlessly vacuuming everything in their path. Although they will certainly move to avoid your fly, they will definitely not move to eat your fly. Anglers fish with algae-like deer hair or craft fur patterns tied on a #2 Gamu hook and long slow strips through a school of milkfish. If the planets align, your fly will incidentally get sucked in and off to the races you go.

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Although found throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the milkfish that inhabit St. Francois are some of the largest in the world, and more importantly the guides On Alphonse pioneered how to catch them with regularity. The milkfish is similar in shape as a bonefish, only reach up to thirty pounds and possess a large sickle tale and huge eyes. When the milkfish are feeding on the surface, anglers present a grass or algae imitation and hope that one mistakes the green fly for a meal. When the fishing for milkfish is “on” success rates hooking milks are actually quite high despite the rumors of them being extremely difficult to hook. Finding them feeding in the proper fashion on the surface is the hard part, but once discovered on feeding cooperatively and consistently, they can be hooked with regularity. Over one thousand Milkfish have been caught and landed by Alphonse guests to date, with more than twice as many hooked. Some experienced guides say that at thirty pound milkfish will give a one hundred pound tarpon a run for his money, so landing them is another story!

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PERMIT & OTHER SPECIES

Another species worth mentioning found on Alphonse is the Indo-pacific permit, or African Pompano (equally as spooky relative to its Atlantic cousins). Over the last 2 years the guides of the Alphonse Group (Cosmoledo, Astove and Alphonse) have over tripled the number caught from the previous season by the development of some new fly crab patterns. Finding “Gold”, as the guides endearingly refer to them, usually happens on white sand flats either free swimming or on rays. The inner lagoon has been home to many of these “Golden” catches. It has been said that the ones traveling on the backs of ray are more likely to eat, but beware these permit are as tricky and sometime just down right frustrating as ones found in our part of the world. Again, although Seychelles has not historically been recognized as a rich permit fishery, we are encountering and catching more and more permit each year. What was once a super bonus a handful of times each season, targeting permit is now considered part of the usual program.

Anglers also encounter enormous barracudas, all types of jacks, groupers, snappers, surgeonfish, and the colorful parrotfish. The record for fly-caught species in one week at St. Francois is a ridiculous 52 species!
Bring all your fly rods because you will never know what species will present itself.

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DREDGING

During certain slack tides and if anglers desire to “do something different”, great success can be had by dredging the edges of the atoll. Dredging is a method in which than angler uses a 12wt (or 14wt) rod equipped with a 450-600grain sinking line. The fly line is completely stripped off the reel and thrown over the edge of the reef with a 6/0-8/0 large fly. Once the line has completely straightened and sunk, the angler rips (strips) back in the line as quickly as possible, often using the dispy doodle (double hand) method. Dredging has been known to raise up all kind of species such as grouper, huge GT’s, job fish, dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, shark, etc. Hold on, as these fish will definitely give you a run for your money and often if played too long will be munched on by a shark or two.

GUIDE STAFF

The guide staff consists of a mixture of Seychellois, South African, and Americans all with extensive experience in the world of saltwater fly-fishing and in the St. Francois Lagoon. Their appearance, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the fishing and the area is very impressive and professional. There are few saltwater fishing destinations in the world with such a salty crew of world-class guides and anglers. Anglers rotate guides throughout the week and fish out of comfortable and modern 16-18 foot Mavericks and Dolphin skiffs with dry storage, cushioned seating, and reliable fifty horse Yamaha outboard motors. Safety is obviously very important in such a remote location. The guides are very capable, always wear their kill switches and ensure anglers a safe experience.

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BLUEWATER FLY FISHING

There are two offshore vessels, which can be chartered for either a half or full day excursion. The Alphonse skippers and deck hands are experienced at rigging, teasing and switching to all the different bluewater pelagic species, such as Sailfish, Wahoo, Dogtooth and Yellowfin Tuna.

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CONVENTIONAL GEAR GAMEFISHING

There are two fully rigged offshore vessels, which can be chartered for either a half or full day conventional fishing excursion. The Alphonse teams practice a strict “NO CONVENTIONAL/SPIN FISHING” on or close to the islands, flats and reef. This is to preserve the resident species that use the shallow reef as an access point onto the flats and surrounding areas. Alphonse however relies on fresh fish for its guests so they do offer gamefishing trips to fill this quota.

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Accommodations

The Island of Alphonse was formerly a working coconut plantation. Active production was 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 at the Alphonse Island Resort truly are 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.

 

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The resort consists of a central complex containing a restaurant, bar, kitchen, lounge area, conference room, hard tennis courts, beach, and reception desk. There is also a small gift shop located near the reception that has a few local arts and forgotten necessities such as sunscreen and batteries. Located alongside the main complex are twenty-five, double occupancy standard chalets and five executive chalets – all facing the sea. Standard chalets have two twin beds. All chalets are extremely comfortable and luxurious with air conditioners, satellite TV, ceiling fans, mini-bar, direct dial international telephone, Jacuzzi bathtub, and outdoor shower. Each chalet is beautifully decorated and also has an outdoor seating area and porch facing the Indian Ocean. Bathrooms are extremely nice with granite countertops and twin sinks. The five executive chalets are similar to the standard chalets; only offer a king sized bed and a little more square footage in both the bedroom and bathroom. Couples looking for a little more luxurious privacy usually occupy the executive chalets.

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Opposite the resort from the main complex is the watersports center where anglers meet guides each morning at the fishing company office and have a cocktail at the bar located at the marina following the fishing day. A legitimate selection of flies, tippet, leader material, hats, t-shirts, and other fishing accessories is available at the watersports center office. A bicycle is provided for each guest at the resort for traversing the island or getting a little exercise.

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The food and atmosphere at the resort combine a unique mixture of European, Seychellois, and African tastes, and meals are one of the highlights. Guests enjoy choices from two starters, two salads, two entrees, and two desserts with most dinners – and there is usually more than one buffet night as well. The menu is very expansive with seafood being the dominant cuisine. Breakfast has both a made to order menu as well as a buffet, and lunches are made to order from several different choices of salads, sandwiches, fresh fruit, and breads. Lunch is taken on the water or in the shade on board the mothership. The wine and cocktail selection at dinner and at the Bijoutier Bar is quite expansive and impressive.

Capacity

12 Anglers Per Week (based on shared guide / single room accommodations)

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Travel

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Alphonse Island Resort operates on a weekly Saturday – Saturday schedule

Travel from the United States can be accomplished via London, Paris, Frankfurt, or through Dubai, UAE with Emirates Airlines.

Dubai with Emirates Airlines – The Best Way to Go.

Having made the trip to Seychelles several times, by far the best way to make the trip is with Emirates Airlines through Dubai. Emirates Airlines is perhaps the world’s greatest airline with new and comfortable aircraft, hospitable flight attendants, excellent food, spacious seating, incredible in-flight entertainment and very economical fares. The last several seasons we have booked fares with Emirates for less than $2000US, roundtrip from Texas with a FREE hotel stay in Dubai compliments of Emirates Airlines with a business class ticket or a layover in Dubai of 12-hours or more.

After spending the afternoon and evening in Dubai on Friday in the airport lounge or nearby Millennium Airport Hotel, anglers depart with Emirates Airlines on board a direct 4 hour flight to Mahe, Seychelles early morning on Saturday. Once in Victoria, guests have a short layover before catching the 50 minute charter flight to Alphonse Island around 11:00AM. The island operates a beautiful twin engine Beechcraft turboprop for the flight to/from Alphonse.

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ROUTING

Thursday

Depart U.S. on overnight flight to Dubai with Emirates Airlines. There are daily direct flights from Dallas, Houston, san Francisco, and New York. Flight time is approximately 15 hours.

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Arrival in Dubai mid afternoon or evening. Spend the evening exploring the city and/or resting in the airport lounge or a hotel room provided by Emirates Airlines at the Millennium Hotel five minutes from the airport.

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Saturday Morning (Early)

Return to the airport at approximately midnight to catch flight to Seychelles departing at 2:30AM and arriving around 7:00AM. Depart on mid morning, 4 hour flight to Mahe, Seychelles with Emirates Airlines. Upon arrival in the Seychelles, travelers transfer to the nearby IDC hanger to check in for charter flight to Alphonse Island at approximately 11:00AM. After checking into the resort and settling into chalets, anglers are given a brief orientation discussing the next six full days of angling. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Sunday – Friday

Six full days of fishing Alphonse Island and the St. Francois Lagoon.

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A mid-day charter flight returns anglers to Mahe with ample time for connection with Emirates Airlines Flight departing around midnight bound for Dubai.

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Early morning arrival back in Dubai in time for easy connection with Emirates Airlines back to Dallas, Houston, San Francisco or New York.

EUROPEAN ROUTING

For anglers traveling through Europe, you must depart on an evening “red-eye” flight (10 hours) with Air Seychelles on Friday night and arrive in Victoria, Mahe Island the following morning (Saturday).

Thursday

Depart U.S. on overnight flight to London or Paris.

Friday

Arrival in London or Paris mid-morning. Spend the day exploring the city and/or resting in a hotel room. Depart on evening “red-eye” flight to Mahe, Seychelles with Air Seychelles on ten-hour direct flight.

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Saturday

Upon morning arrival in the Seychelles, travelers transfer to the nearby IDC hanger to check in for charter flight to Alphonse Island. After checking into the resort and settling into chalets, anglers are given a brief orientation discussing the next six full days of angling. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Sunday – Friday

Six full days of fishing Alphonse Island and the St. Francois Lagoon.

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Saturday

A mid-day charter flight returns anglers to Mahe with ample time for connection with Air Seychelles flight back to London or Paris usually departing around 10:00PM.

Sunday

Early morning arrival back in London or Paris. Travelers can connect on to U.S. and arrive home Sunday afternoon or elect to overnight prior to returning home the following day.

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When to Go

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The Alphonse Island Resort is open the months of October – May

Alphonse Island Resort is closed for the rainy season during the summer months. The rainy season is well defined, starting abruptly in May and concluding abruptly in September. Anglers should not be fearful of poor conditions in early October and late April.

Because Alphonse Island is only seven degree south of the equator, the quality of the weather and fishing remains consistent throughout the season. The really is no “perfect time” to visit Alphonse Island while the resort is open however we always discuss tide charts for perspective weeks our clients are considering. While fishing on Alphonse and St. Francois is always spectacular, certain tides are more conducive for targeting certain species.

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 anytime, however consistent bad conditions are usually most prevalent during the summer months when the fishing operation is closed.

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Non-Angling Activities

Non-Angling Activities

Although fishing is the predominant activity at the Alphonse Island Resort, the diving program is back up and running, and there are a myriad of slow paced alternate activities for non-angling guests to choose from. Gorgeous beaches perimeter the island and a huge and beautiful freshwater swimming pool sits in the heart of the resort complex.
The resort has a lighted tennis court as well as several saltwater kayaks & paddleboats for those interested in a little exercise. There is an English style billiards table and a very spacious and equipped conference room/facility for business meetings. 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.

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Diving

The diving will is back up and running at Alphonse Island. The fully equipped dive center at Alphonse and professional team of international diving instructors will make your experience at Alphonse resort a personal, safe and unforgettable one. The sheer drop offs, rich currents and abundant sea life that surrounds the Alphonse group of Atolls makes it one of the most exciting and diverse dive destinations in Seychelles. The pristine sites around both Alphonse and St Francois are famous for warm crystal clear waters, unbleached corals, great visibility and a diverse range of fish species comprising of reef, pelagic and shark species. Daily encounters with Stingrays, Turtles, Moray Eels, Barracuda, Wahoo, Sharks, Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Trevally and many more make the dives extremely memorable. The thirteen Alphonse dive sites are suitable for all categories of divers, which makes the area an exciting experience for both beginners and advanced who will enjoy the various drift dives on offer. The various sites are easily accessible and vary between ten and thirty minutes from the dive boat mooring site. The dive center also offers scuba kids, discover, NDL diver, advanced and universal diver courses.

Snorkeling

The snorkeling around the pirouetting coral heads within the safety of the lagoon is simply out of this world. There are snorkeling outfits for hire at the fishing center. The resort offers guided snorkeling trips on Alphonse as well as St. Francois and rental gear is available.

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Sea Kayaks

The kayaking along the edge of the island on a high tide gives guests the opportunity to see the magnificent bounty of turtles, rays, fish, and various other sea creatures, which call Alphonse their home.

Rates

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Standard Chalet/ Single Occupancy/Shared Guide – $9,200 / person

Beach Villa/ Single Occupancy/Shared Guide – $10,950 / person

What’s Included

Seven Nights single occupancy accommodations at the Alphonse Island Resort; Six Days of guided fishing w/ shared guide; All meals; Reception Service and Customs Assistance in Mahe; Round-trip air charter to/from Mahe/Alphonse Island;  Rod and Reel Loaners as Needed (Must Buy Fly Lines with Loaner Gear)

What’s Not Included

International Airfare to Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles; All alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; Baggage Overweight Charges; Meals, Transportation & Accommodations in Mahe (when applicable); Guide or staff gratuity; Items purchased at the bar (beer and cocktails) or gift area; Flies and terminal tackle and fly lines with loaner rod/reel outfits; guided non-angling activities & gear rentals; Bluewater Fishing in offshore boats for guests not booked on fly fishing packages; Guided SCUBA diving; $175 Conservation Levy payable at Check-out from Resort (Cash Only); Other expenses might include tips to baggage handlers in airports; Departure Tax; Hotel Room and general travel expenses in London or Dubai (when applicable); Items of a personal nature; Telephone Charges

Non-Angling Rates

Standard Chalet (Shared Occupancy): $5600 / person

Standard Chalet (Single Occupancy): $5950 / person

Beach Villa (Shared Occupancy): $5950 / person

Beach Villa (Single Occupancy): $7350 / person

Children (12-17 Years): $3500

Children (2-11 Years): $2800

Children (1-23 Months): FREE

Bluewater Fly Fishing Rates (For guests on a fly fishing package)

Half Day – $900

Full day – $1800

Includes teasing tackle but not fly rod and flies

Diving Rates

5 Dive Package (per person) – $550.00
10 Dive Package (per person) – $1000.00

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters and lodges which it represents. Alphonse Island Resort’s policy follows: A 50% deposit of is required within fourteen days to confirm reservations. Full pre-payment is due 90 days prior to departure for Alphonse Island. 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.

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