Cosmoledo Atoll - Seychelles
Ultimate Saltwater Flats
Cosmoledo Atoll - GT Capital of the World and a new land-based resort based on Wizard Island. 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:
7:00 a.m. Buffet-style breakfast in the dining tent.
8:00 a.m. You'll head out with your guide.
Midday: You can take a packed lunch with you or return to the Lodge for lunch.
5:00 to 5:30 Teams are usually back at the Lodge. You can fish unguided in the evening.
7:30 to 9:30 dinner is served.
Cosmoledo Fishing Facts:
Two Seasons: The Camp has two seasons. The first season runs from early November until late December. The second season runs from late February to late April.
Boats: The resort has six mini-Mahe skiffs. Two anglers per skiff and guide.
Guides: World-class English-speaking guides. Each guide is a qualified skipper, has first aid experience, and is extremely experienced.
Capacity: The Lodge hosts 12 anglers per week.
Fishing Equipment: Tackle and gear are not included. Upon request, fly fishing outfits loaded with 300 yards of Cortland braided backing are available at no charge. Rod breakage fees are $150.00 per rod or reel. It’s important that anglers pre-book the rod rentals as well as tackle to insure that the Lodge has sufficient stock. A detailed list of what to bring is provided in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: A Seychelles 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-friendly camp on Wizard Island.
The camp can be completely packed up and removed from the island without leaving a footprint.
Eight air-conditioned beach cottages known as Eco-Pods sit on heavy precast slabs and blend into the nature setting. (The pods are repurposed shipping containers.) Each pod has an outdoor shower, a front porch with a sitting area, around-the-clock 240-volt electricity, and British plug points.
The Large Central Dining Tent
Dining Tent: The dining tent with its lounge area and bare sand floors is the communal gathering place for the Camp.
Meals: The chef prepares a mix of Creole and international dishes, fresh fish, fruit, and vegetables from their garden. Buffet-style breakfast each morning.
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.
Central Dining Area
The central dining and entertainment tent has an exceptional dining area, a fully stocked bar, and bare sand floors.
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.
Getting to the Lodge:
1.) You'll fly to Dubai, a connecting hub for international flights from the U.S.
2.) From Dubai, you'll take a four-hour and 45-minute flight to Mahe Island, Seychelles. You should arrive in Mahe one day before the trip start as there is only one charter flight per week to Astove, and any delay on the day of departure may cause you miss your trip entirely.
3.) You'll spend the night in a hotel in Mahe. (Hotel nights and meals in Mahe are not included in the package.)
4.) The next morning, an Alphonse representative will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the IDC hangar terminal. At 8:00 a.m., you'll take a three-hour flight on a Beechcraft 1900 to Astove Atoll. You'll be met by the Alphonse Team, who will transfer you to the MV Wizard, a 36-ft. Silvercraft sportfisher, for a 75 to 120-minute ferry ride to Wizard Island on Cosmoledo Atoll.
Baggage Limit: For the inter island flights, check-in baggage is limited to 33 pounds and your carry-on to 12 pounds.
Giant Trevally Double
Rates valid January 1 - December 31, 2024
Rates include charter flights between Mahe and Astove Island, a $5,985.00 value.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Two anglers per room and boat: $19,145.00 per person
Upgrade to one angler per room: $24,185.00 per person
Upgrade to one angler per skiff: Add $3,900.00 per week
(Two skiffs available per week.)
Double-Occupancy Eco-Pod: $13,685.00 per person
Single-Occupancy Eco-Pod: $18,725.00 per person
All rates are subject to change.
The Packages Include:
• Ground transfer from the hotel in Mahe to the IDC Hangar
• Roundtrip charter flight between Mahe and Astove Atoll ($5,985.00 value)
• Boat transfers between Astove and Cosmoledo Atoll
• 7-nights lodging at the Eco-Camp
• All meals at the Camp
• Wine with dinner
• Non-alcoholic beverages including water, coffee, and tea
• Soft drinks during activities
• Laundry service
• 6-days guided fishing
• Use of fly-outfits with braided backing
• Fishing license
• Use of watersport and snorkeling equipment
• VAT and Seychelles Tourism Sustainability Levy
The Packages Do Not Include:
• International airfare to Dubai, and return
• Airfare between Dubai and Mahe Island, Seychelles
• Alcoholic beverages (except wine with dinner)
• Hotel nights in Mahe
• Meals and beverages in Mahe
• Ground transfers between Mahe Airport and the hotel
• Fishing tackle, lines, and flies
• Phone calls, $4.00 per minute
• Park Conservation Fee* ($210.00 per week)
• Gratuities to guides and staff
• Mandatory medical evacuation coverage
we recommend Global Rescue
• Mandatory travel insurance
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Alphonse Fishing Company POLICIES:
Payment Policy: A 50% deposit is required within 14 days of booking to confirm your reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to your arrival.
Cancellation Policy: All cancellations and provisional bookings must be confirmed in writing via email. A 10% fee shall be levied if a 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 a cancellation is between 180 and 90 days before arrival. A fee of 100% shall be levied if a cancellation is 90 days or less before arrival.
Required Waiver of Liability Form: Once on location, Alphonse Fishing Company requires you to sign an indemnity form for all activities.
Mandatory Travel Insurance: to cover full cancellation of a trip due to flight delays, health, weather, or force majeure.
Mandatory Medical Evacuation Insurance.
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Indemnity Form: Once on location, Alphonse Fishing Company requires you to sign an indemnity form for all activities.
Sample 7-night and 6-day Guided Fishing Itinerary:
Day 0: You’ll arrive in Mahe and stay in a hotel of your choice (not included in the package).
Day 1: A lodge representative will drive you to the IDC terminal in Pointe Larue. You’ll take a three-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 and attend a pre-dinner fishing orientation and tackle setup.
Days 2-7: A buffet-style breakfast is served between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. At 8:00, you’ll head out to fish with your guide. You’ll take a packed lunch on the skiff or enjoy lunch at the Camp between noon and 1:00 p.m. Teams are usually back at the Camp by 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. You can fish unguided in the evening on Wizard Island. Dinner is served between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. One of the evenings includes an exquisite sundowner, served with complimentary drinks and a sushi and snack platter.
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 Mahe. Depending on your itinerary, you can either fly home or stay an extra night in Mahe. If you book your flight on the same day of departure from Cosmoledo, be sure to book your flight after 9:00 p.m.