GT’s – Bonefish – Permit – Milkfish
SEASON: September – April
DURATION: 7 Nights
GROUP SIZE: 6 Guests
Astove Atoll Seychelles is breathtakingly beautiful. It is a world filled with color, where the daily dramas of a pristine ecosystem play out in front of your very eyes. Astove offers a rare privilege and opportunity to gaze into a world and environment that remains unchanged.
The Astove Atoll Wall is described by those who have seen it as similar to gazing down into the Grand Canyon. The atoll consists of large flats and reefs dropping a vertical 90 degrees, from ankle-deep water to water over a kilometer deep. This unique feature makes it a perfect dive site.
The atoll also has a rich and desolate history and is the cause of countless shipwrecks dating back to 1500 AD. It is also famous for the acclaimed underwater documentary “The Silent World,” filmed by Jacques Cousteau.
Fishing at Astove Atoll Seychelles
Astove Atoll Seychelles is the place for catching the largest flats-caught Giant Trevallies in the Indian Ocean and many other species. Its shallow lagoon, surrounded by sheer drop-offs, makes the experience unique.
This lagoon is a sanctuary for juvenile and trophy-size fish that feed on the shallow white sand flats. Apart from monster GTs, Astove offers innumerable opportunities for Bonefish, Permit, Bluefin Trevally, Triggerfish, Barracuda, and Milkfish.
The offshore fishing starts mere meters from the edge of the flat, where anglers can test their skills against Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, and Sailfish.
Accommodation on Astove Atoll Seychelles
Uninhabited since 1969, Astove makes for a wild experience. To ensure that the atoll stays pristine, Astove Island Lodge only caters to 6 guests per week.
The newly renovated lodge is very comfortable. The accommodation consists of single air-conditioned, en-suite rooms surrounding a central courtyard. The comfortable lounge and indoor & outdoor dining areas complete the experience for guests’ evening relaxation.
You’ll enjoy attentive service as well as exquisite dining. The menu usually comprises of a full English breakfast in the morning, a packed lunch choice to take to the flats, and a Creole buffet dinner served in an indoor or outdoor dining area.
Getting to Astove Atoll Seychelles
Guests must fly into Mahe Island, Seychelles, at least 4-hours before the weekly scheduled charter flight. A standard package includes the 3-hour return charter flights between Mahe and Astove.
All flights are operated by the Island Development Company (IDC). This is a government organization that manages the outer islands of Seychelles. The IDC runs a tight schedule, so this weekly flight mustn’t be missed due to flight allocations. There are NO alternative flights to Astove in the week unless by private charter.
Charter flights depart Mahe from the IDC hanger and divert to Alphonse Island before landing at Astove Atoll. The group is then transferred to the lodge, where orientation and tackle setup begins. Guests have lunch and can then go out for an un-guided fishing session on foot before sunset.
Day 2 – 7
Breakfast is served at 07h30. Guests and guides meet at the skiffs at 08h30. Lunch is taken in the form of a packed lunch choice enjoyed while out on the flats. The teams are to be back at the lodge by 17h30 but are free to continue fishing unguided until sunset.
After breakfast at 07h30, guests pack, settle bills and gratuities, and prepare for the 3-hour flight to Mahe.
7 Night Fishing Package USD $15755
- Conservation donation of $ 175
- 7 Night package with all meals included
- Private charter flight
- Six days of fully guided fishing
- Max Pax: 12 guests but six anglers (2 anglers to 1 guide)
- Tender boat and fuel
- Fishing License
- Landing Fees
- Water, soft drinks, coffee, and tea
- International Flights
- Ground transfers on Mahe
- Park Fee: USD 175
- All alcoholic drinks
- Laundry, items of a personal nature, telephone and email charges
- Travel and medical insurance
- Tackle and flies
Time Difference: GMT +4
Passports: Everyone traveling to Seychelles must have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of travel.
Visa Requirements: Passport holders for the UK, US, EU, USSR, and RSA do not require a visa to enter the Seychelles for vacation purposes.
Inoculations are not legally required to enter Seychelles. However, you may want to check with your local immunization clinic for their recommendations on health precautions for travel to Seychelles.
There is a compulsory fly fishing Conservation Donation of USD 175 per week (USD25 per day), payable in cash. All packages exclude the Conservation Donation, and for reference, funds are given to the Island Conservation Society for the preservation of nature in Seychelles.
All guests must obtain “From Scene of Accident Medivac Insurance,” and the guest’s details will be requested before arrival on the Island. As such, agents cannot assume any financial responsibility for consequences incurred if this has not been obtained.
Security: Although Seychelles waters are considered safe, security personnel will be on board as a precaution.