Cosmoledo Atoll - Seychelles
Ultimate Saltwater Flats
Cosmoledo Atoll - GT Capital of the World and a new land-based resort. Cosmoledo Atoll is comprised of a large white sand lagoon surrounded by seven major islands, numerous pancake flats, and two main channels. The perimeter of the atoll is covered with vast, wadeable sand flats dotted with islands of various shapes and sizes, all of which is the perfect habitat for its fish population.
Fly Fishing Cosmoledo Atoll
Cosmoledo’s large white sand flats, lagoon edges, and channels are ruled by the notorious giant trevally, so much so that it is often referred to as “the GT capital of the world.”
Cosmoledo’s pristine ecosystem is also home to impressive numbers of bonefish, bluefin trevally, bohar snapper, barracuda, the fabled milkfish, permit, wahoo, and triggerfish. The fishing is very tide-dependent, so the prevailing conditions will dictate which species you’ll focus on.
Fish the vast expanse of flats, lagoons, channels, and reefs for your desired species.
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Typical Fishing Day:
Breakfast at 7:30 in the dining tent. At 8:00, guides and anglers head out for fishing. You can take a packed lunch with you or return to the Lodge for lunch. Teams are usually back at the Lodge by 5:00-5:30 p.m. each evening. You can fish unguided in the evening on Wizard Island.
Cosmoledo Fishing Facts:
Lodge Season: The season runs from late October to mid-December and late February through late April. Due to Cosmoledo being 2˚ further south of Alphonse Island,
the south-easterly monsoon winds blow persistently from May to October.
Boats: The resort has five mini-Mahé skiffs. Two anglers per skiff and guide.
Guides: World-class, professional guides speak fluent English, and some also speak French and Creole.
Capacity: The Lodge hosts 12 anglers per week.
Fishing Equipment: Tackle and gear are not included. Upon request, fly fishing outfits are available at no charge–Thomas and Thomas fly rods and Shilton reels loaded with 300 yards of Cortland braided backing. Rod breakage fees are $150.00 per rod. A detailed list of what to bring is provided in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: is included in the package.
Expert guides offer a wide range of adventures:
• Guided Bird Watching
• Enjoy a unique Flats Lunch
• Blue Safari Snorkeling
• Guided kayaking and Wizard Island tour
• Discovered dive sites with their 5-Star PADI Dive Center
Cosmoledo has a new Eco-Camp on Wizard Island.
The eco-friendly camp can be completely packed up and removed from the island without leaving a footprint.
There are eight en-suite, air-conditioned beach cottages known as Eco-Pods which sit on heavy precast slabs. (The pods are repurposed shipping containers.) Each pod has an outdoor shower and a front porch with a sitting area, around-the-clock 240-volt electricity, and British plug points.
The large dining tent lounge area
Meals: The chef prepares a mix of Creole and international dishes, fresh fish, fruit and vegetables from their garden.
Alcohol: The Camp serves one bottle of white and one bottle of red house wine per dinner (not per person). SeyBrew beer and a selection of spirits and wine are available for purchase. You’ll settle your bar tab at the end of the trip. Astove is a dry island. It’s important that you do not give any alcohol to the local staff.
Communications: The Lodge has a satellite phone and basic complimentary satellite Wi-Fi. Outgoing phone calls are $4.00 per minute, and incoming calls are $3.00 per minute.
Central Dining Area
The central dining and entertainment tent has an exceptional dining area, a fully stocked bar, and bare sand floors.
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Getting to the Lodge:
Guests are expected to arrive in Mahé the day before their trip. (The first and last night hotel stay in Mahé is not included in the package. We provide a list of recommended hotels in our confirmation packet.) The group meets at 8:00 a.m. at the IDC Aviation hangar for the three-hour charter flight to Astove Atoll. At Astove, guests are met by the Alphonse team and transferred to the MV Wizard --a 36-foot Sport Fisher with twin 250 HP four-stroke motors -- for a 1.5 to 2-hour boat transfer to Cosmoledo Atoll. (The roundtrip charter flight from Mahé to Astove and the roundtrip boat transfer from Astove to Cosmoledo Atoll are included in the package.)
RATES & PACKAGES
January 1 - December 31, 2021
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Two anglers per room and boat: $15,595.00 per person
Upgrade to one angler per room: $18,745.00 per person
Upgrade to one angler per skiff: Add $3,000.00 per week
(Available for two anglers per week.)
Double-Occupancy Eco-Pod: $10,800.00 per person
Single-Occupancy Eco-Pod: $15,000.00 per person
January 1 - December 31, 2022
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Two anglers per room and boat: $16,225.00 per person
Upgrade to one angler per room: $20,810.00 per person
Upgrade to one angler per skiff: Add $3,900.00 per week
(Available for two anglers per week.)
Double-Occupancy Eco-Pod: $11,325.00 per person
Single-Occupancy Eco-Pod: $15,910.00 per person
Meet-and-greet at the international airport in Mahé, roundtrip charter flight between Mahé and Astove Atoll, the roundtrip boat transfer from Astove to Cosmoledo Atoll, accommodations at the Eco-Camp, all meals at the Camp, water, tea, coffee, and sodas with activities, Wi-Fi, laundry service, guided fishing, use of rods and reels with a breakage fee of $150.00, fishing license, use of watersport and snorkeling equipment (loss of gear charged per item), and VAT.
International airfare to Mahé, alcoholic beverages, hotel nights in Mahé, meals, beverages, and ground transfers in Mahé, if required; Conservation Donation ($175.00 per week), fishing tackle and flies, phone calls,
gratuities, mandatory medical evacuation coverage - we recommend Global Rescue; travel cancellation insurance is required; and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
*All guests are required to purchase travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance. Visit our Travel Insurance page.
Deposit Required: A 50% deposit confirms your reservation within two weeks of booking. Final payment is due 90 days prior to your arrival. As of December 10, 2020, Fishing with Larry now adds a 2.5% convenience fee to all credit card transactions.
Cancellation Policy: All cancellations and provisional bookings must be confirmed in writing. A 10% fee shall be levied if cancellation is made more than 180 days before 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 before arrival. A fee of 100% shall be levied if cancellation is 90 days or less before arrival.
Signed Indemnity Form Required: Once on location, Alphonse Fishing Company requires you to sign an indemnity form for all activities.
Conservation Donation: There is a mandatory park fee of $175.00 per week, not included in the package. This fee is automatically added to the invoice sent out with the confirmation of your trip. These funds go to the Island Conservation Fund for the preservation of nature in Seychelles.
Medical Evacuation Insurance is Required: All guests are required to obtain Medical Evacuation insurance. Details will be provided in our confirmation packet. Agents cannot assume any financial responsibility for consequences incurred if this has not been obtained.
Travel Cancellation Insurance: All guests are required to obtain travel insurance to cover part or full cancellation of a trip due to flight delays, health, weather, or force majeure.
We recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance. Click here for our Travel Insurance page.
Day 0: You’ll arrive in Mahé and stay the night in a hotel of your choice (not provided in the package).
Day 1: You’ll take a taxi to the IDC Aviation terminal, which is five minutes from the international airport. From Mahé, at 8:00 a.m., you’ll take 3-hour charter flight to Astove. The Astove team will transfer your group to the MV Wizard for a 90-minute boat ride to Cosmoledo Island. You’ll unpack in your rooms. In the evening, there will be a pre-dinner fishing orientation.
Days 2-7: Breakfast at 7:30 in the dining tent. At 8:00, guides and anglers head out for fishing. You can take a packed lunch with you or return to the Lodge for lunch. Teams are usually back at the lodge by 5:00-5:30 p.m. each evening. You can fish unguided in the evening on Wizard Island.
Day 8: In the morning, you’ll take the 90-minute boat ride back to Astove. At 11:30 a.m., you’ll take a three-hour charter flight from Astove to Mahé. Depending on your itinerary, you can either fly home or stay an extra night in Mahé.