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Fishing Trips:

Alphonse Island

Alphonse Alphonse Island is situated 292 miles southwest of Mahe and is part of the Amirantes group of Islands. Alphonse is the famed saltwater destinations of the Indian Ocean and home to the most prolific Bone fishery in the world. In addition to the abundant bonefish (ranging in size from 3 - 8 lbs) there are three species of Trigger fish, five species of Trevally and a plethora of other flats and offshore species. Perhaps the most challenging fish to catch is the fabled Milkfish; a turbo charged algae eater growing to 40lbs. The guides on Alphonse Island have pioneered techniques which have allowed these vegetarian and notoriously difficult fish to be caught. This diversity gives the angler the opportunity to target a myriad of different species during the course of one trip.

Alphonse The fishery caters for just 12 anglers, two per skiff and guests are guided by some of the most experienced saltwater guides. These guys are good, in fact better than good - they not only have the uncanny ability to spot fish at great distance and under any weather conditions, but identify them as well! They are also super enthusiastic and excited to share their vast knowledge of the fishery. Anglers are transferred for the short run from Alphonse to St François lagoon by the 40' mothership to where the skiffs are kept anchored. The fishing is very much tide dependent so the prevailing conditions will dictate which species you will focus on. You are then able to access the vast expanse of flats, lagoons, channels and reefs which spoil anglers in the choice of environment and species for which they would like to hunt.

Alphonse Combined with the fabulous fishing, the accommodation at Alphonse is amongst some of the most comfortable of any fishing camp in the world. Guests stay in one of 15 privately spaced air conditioned bungalows or 4 one bedroom villas, offering every kind of comfort. Not only is it attractive for fishermen but also their partners who would like a week of relaxation. The bar area provides the ideal venue to relax in the evening breeze after a hard day on the flats and also houses the superb new restaurant serving fresh sea food of the highest quality. A standard package would include return flights from Mahe to Alphonse by charter plane; a short 45 minute journey.

Season

The season runs from early October until the end of May. There is however the option to book at other times with a minimum group of 6 pax. The trips will be based on a Sat/Sat week long trips, with the possibility to increase the package to a 10 day trip (Wed/Sat or Sat/Wed) should there be a minimum of 6 clients wanting to do so. There is also the option for private charters which will allow guests to come and go as they please.

Fly Fishing

Alphonse As per this season there will be a max of 12 fly anglers on St François at any time. Alphonse and St François will continue with its strict no conventional fishing on the flats and reefs.

Bluewater Fishing

There will be 2 bluewater boats available for chartering. One will primarily be used for fly fishing and the other for conventional angling. There will be NO conventional angling next to the reef as the aim of the conventional boat will be purely for targeting pelagic species. We do require a considerable amount of fresh fish for the hotel guests and targeting pelagic species will have very little effect on our resident species. This fishing has been in place since the beginning of the season and is working extremely well.

Snorkelling

There will be a rental option for snorkelling gear as well as the option for snorkelling trips into the lagoon at Alphonse.

Internet Connections

There is wireless connection in the bar area and a network cable connection in the internet room.

Alphonse is a very special place and the fishing is better than world class - it is extraordinary - you need to fish Alphonse!

This is what the fishermen have to say about Alphonse:

Rowan Gordon:
"Best run fishery I have visited. Amazing diversity and excellent guides all contributed to a very successful week."

Rob Stokes:
"Best fishing experience of my life, there is no other place like it on earth."

Bruce Stewart:
"Alphonse is the ultimate salt water fly fishing destination. The sheer variety of species and the number of fish sightings, hook ups and landings were extraordinary. I put this down to the conservation efforts of the guiding staff and sound management of Alphonse, St Francois and immediate surrounds.""

Neil Rowe:
"I have been to Alphonse twice. The only thing I dislike about the place is that I am not there permanently. It's hard to imagine a better flyfishing venue anywhere in the world. The fishing is unbelievable, both in terms of quality and quantity. The lodge, accommodation, guides and boats are top notch too. It's definitely a "must do" for any saltwater flyfisher."
Alphonse

Upstream Fly Fishing / Upstream Adventures are authorised booking agents for Alphonse - we will take care of all aspects of your booking.

Alphonse Island Package Rates (October 2013 - May 2014):


Beach Bungalow Fly Fishing Rate:
Hotel & Fishing Package: USD 6,500 pp single accommodation / sharing skiff and guide
IDC Flight: USD 1,150 pp Return
TOTAL: USD 7,650
Park Fee Excluded: USD 175 (paid in cash on the island)

Beach Bungalow Non Fishing Rate:
Hotel & Fishing Package: USD 3,220 pp sharing accommodation (USD 460 per night)
IDC Flight: USD 1,150 pp Return
TOTAL: USD 4,370
Park Fee Excluded: USD 175 (paid in cash on the island)

Beach Villa Fly Fishing Package Rate:
Hotel & Fishing Package: USD 8,500 pp single accommodation / sharing skiff and guide
IDC Flight: USD 1,150 pp Return
TOTAL: USD 9,650
Park Fee Excluded: USD 175 (paid in cash on the island)

Beach Villa Non Fishing Rate:
Hotel & Fishing Package: USD 3,920 pp sharing accommodation (USD 560 per night)
IDC Flight: USD 1,150 pp Return
TOTAL: USD 5,070
Park Fee Excluded: USD 175 (paid in cash on the island)

Bluewater Fly Fishing Rates:
For guests on a fly fishing package.
Half day USD 750 (07h30 - 12h00 or 13h00 - 17h30)
Full day USD 1400 (08h30 - 17h30)
Includes teasing tackle but not fly rod and flies

Extra Skiff Supplement:
USD 1,500 (250 per day)
For guests on a fly fishing package.

Alphonse Guided Snorkelling Trip:
USD 35 pp, children under 11 free (min 2 paying guests)
1 hour 30 min, excludes snorkelling equipment (Children under 11 years must be accompanied by 1 adult per child)

St Francois Guided Snorkelling Trip:
USD 75 pp, children under 11 free (min 4 paying guests)
1 hour 30 min, excludes snorkelling equipment (Children under 11 years must be accompanied by 1 adult per child)

Snorkelling Equipment Rental:
USD 10 per day
USD 50 per week
No children gear available, Loss of gear will be charged per item

Private Charter Rates (Current & subject to change for next season):
Aircraft: Beechcraft S7-IDC: Route: Mahe - Alphonse - Mahe
Flight Cost: TBC
Aircraft: Caravan S7-AAI: Route: Mahe - Alphonse - Mahe
Flight Cost: TBC
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