Farquhar Atoll – Seychelles

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A sportfisherman’s paradise lying 400 miles south-west of the main island Mahe, Farquhar Atoll is the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles chain. Measuring 11 miles north to south and six miles east to west, Farquhar comprises the islands Ile du Nord, Ile du Sud, along with the smaller Manaha and Goëlettes Islands, and the Trois Isles.

A remote and unforgiving environment, Farquhar is almost completely uninhabited – from a human perspective at least. Its waters, however, are filled with a mind-boggling array of fish. From wading hard-bottomed flats in search of monster GTs and double-digit bonefish to bluewater sport with wahoo, yellowfin tuna and dogtooth tuna (to name just a few), this place has the lot. It’s a long journey, one that should only be undertaken by proficient and dedicated fishermen, but it’s worth it.





The fishing

On the flats you’ll find bonefish (lots of them, and most of them big), various trevally species (including trophy-sized giant trevally), permit, triggerfish, barracuda, bumphead parrotfish and milkfish. Every new day will bring a new challenge. Make sure you take the requisite gear to cover every eventuality – from 8- or 9-weight fly rods for bones all the way up to 12-weights for the GTs. And make sure you’ve got plenty of spares on standby – you don’t fish for GTs without getting run into the coral at least once.

From a bluewater perspective, expect to find giant trevally, barracuda, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, grouper, snapper and sailfish. Anglers will be transported from the lodge to the fishing grounds in four 17′ skiffs, designed and fitted to fish both the flats and offshore waters in comfort and safety.

The guides

The Fly Castaway team are among the best guides anywhere in the world. All are qualified skippers with first aid experience and all are adept in every facet of fly-fishing the remote saltwater destinations of the Indian Ocean. The guides here are well known for going the extra mile to provide clients with the best fishing experience possible.

Lodging & facilities

Based on Ile Du Nord, the lodge can accommodate up to 10 anglers at a time. Basic but comfy, it features five twin en-suite bedrooms and a central lounge, air-conditioning, a constant supply of hot water, housekeeping, a daily laundry service and an undercover dining area on the water’s edge. The chef serves a mix of Creole and international food. All mineral water and soft drinks are included in the price, and there’s always plenty of local beer for sale.


7 nights/6 days: $7,500 per person (based on double occupancy)
Includes: Return flight between Mahe and Farquhar, shared accommodation, all meals and soft drinks, landing fees, 6 days’ guided fishing. Excludes: International flights, overnight accommodation on Mahe, transfers on Mahe, tackle & flies, gratuities, alcohol, mandatory emergency medical evacuation policy (FlyCastaway recommends Global Rescue), travel insurance, personal expenses.

Fishing season

Late-October until mid-December and mid-February until mid-April.

Contact info

Website: Fly Castaway specialise in trips to Farquhar Atoll. For more info, check out their website here
Email: info@flycastaway.com

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