PROVIDENCE ATOLL - INDIAN OCEAN
As the world becomes more congested with each passing year, it is little wonder anglers are constantly searching for wild, unexploited areas where they can experience a world still raw and basic. Thankfully there are still a few such places and for anglers who dream of landing a fly in front of fish who have not seen a man let alone fear one, Providence must rank as one of the wildest. It is a place which has been surrounded by myth, excitement and more than its fair share of ghost stories. This enormous atoll is just short of being the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles, lying 710km south west of Mahe. It is roughly three times the size of Cosmoledo and hosts two prominent land masses, Providence North and the spectacularly beautiful Cerf Island in the south.
Guests are expected to arrive in Mahe the day before the starting day of the trip which commences with a charter flight to Farquhar. The group will meet an hour before the scheduled departure time at the domestic terminal (next to the international terminal). The flight from Mahe to Farquhar is 1 hour 45 min onboard a private chartered Beechcraft 1900. Guests are met by their guides for the week at the landing strip and are then led on a 5 min walk to the bay where the MV Dugong which will be their home and base for the weeks fishing, is anchored.
During your stay on the vessel there will be four FlyCastaway guides including one head guide onboard. Each guide is a qualified skipper, has first aid experience and is extremely experienced with regards all facets of fly fishing these remote saltwater destinations. Their passion and dedication is infectious and rest assured they will definitely go the extra mile in search of your fish of a lifetime.
At a Glance
Target Fish: Giant Trevally, Bonefish, Milkfish, Triggerfish, Indo-Pacific Permit, Bluefin Trevally, Barracuda, Sailfish, Yellowfin & Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, Grouper
Location: Providence Atoll 380 nautical miles SSW of Mahe
Seasons: October to mid November and again from March through to the end of April
Lodge Capacity: 12 anglers
Nearest Airport: Guests need to fly into the main island of Mahe. Guests will then catch a charter flight aboard a Beechcraft 1900 to Farquhar (1hour 45min).The mothership will be on anchor waiting for its guests arrival and will depart for Providence shortly after guests have unpacked and settled in. The crossing generally takes approximately 8 hours most of which is done throughout the night.
Documents Needed: Passports everyone traveling must have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of travel. Visa requirements UK, US, EU, USSR and RSA passport holders do not require a visa for entering into Mauritius for vacation purposes.
Medical & Health Requirements:
Mandatory emergency medical evacuation insurance
A Yellow Fever certificate is required is travelling from a Yellow Fever infected area.
Electricity: Please contact us for details.
The major attractions angling wise lie in the 30 miles of fishable flats, channels, cuts and lagoons that lie between Providence North and Cerf Island. Fishing conditions include sand and Turtlegrass flats, the surf zone and an enormous lagoon system along with the hundreds of channels and drainage areas.
The variety of the fishing areas along with the multitude of targetable fish species is something quite difficult to put into words, with one of our major difficulties coming about when deciding which rod to carry, 9 wt or 12wt? The one moment you are on the hunt for the delightfully colourful Triggerfish, which literally shoal in a foot and a half of water, you turn around and a meter plus GT has confidently snuck up behind you to see whether you're a potential meal.
Basically Providence has it all, shoals of up to 50 GTs rampaging across a Turtlegrass edge, Bumphead Parrotfish waving their paddle sized-tails as they scour the bottom in search of a feed, fields of Yellow Margin and Moustache Triggerfish on the slower neap tides and the bonefishing during certain tides proving to be quite special, with very few fish falling below the 5lb mark.
Providence has plenty more to offer, specifically her offshore fishery. On the western side of the atoll the drop off is extremely pronounced allowing us easy access to deep water. We try to spend a fair amount of time on the deep blue, and for good reason. The fishing for Sailfish, Wahoo, Yellowfin, and the occasional Black Marlin is often mind-blowing. Needless to say tackle and knots are tested to the limits.
Best Fly Fishing seasons:
Peak Season: Oct-Dec | Mar – Apr
The MV Dugong is an ex-research vessel which has been upgraded and modified into a mother ship catering for long range sea voyages. The vessel can accommodate up to twelve fly fishermen, four FlyCastaway guides, as well as eight crew members who cater for our guests every need. A large, spacious and extremely stable vessel, the MV Dugong is the perfect base with which to explore the remote outer atolls of the Seychelles and other Indian Ocean waters. As a fly fisherman it would be difficult to find a better boat from which to operate out of, with its ability to store and transport four tender boats on its spacious aft deck.
Guests need to fly into the main island of Mahe. Guests will then catch a charter flight aboard a Beechcraft 1900 to Farquhar (1hour 45min).The mothership will be on anchor waiting for its guests arrival and will depart for Providence shortly after guests have unpacked and settled in. The crossing generally takes approximately 8 hours most of which is done throughout the night.
Rates March – May and again from October – December
• 23 - 30 April 2019, 8 rods available
• 19 - 26 Nov 2019, 2 rods available
• 26 Nov- 3 Dec 2019, 2 rods available
2020 Season: All 2020 weeks will be $13,600 pp
• 15 - 24 March 2020, 4 rods available (extended trip 9 nights/8 fishing days)
• 31 March – 7 April 2020, reserved
• 7 - 14 April 2020, 6 rods open
• 21 – 28 April 2020, reserved
• 25 Oct - 3 Nov, reserved
• 3 – 10 Nov 2020, reserved
• 10 – 17 Nov 2020, 7 rods available
• 17 – 24 Nov 2020, 9 rods available
• 24 Nov – 1 Dec 2020, 12 rods available
• 1 – 8 Dec 2020, 12 rods available
• Accommodation: Onboard the MY-Dugong our 135 feet live aboard expedition vessel, in 7 ensuite air conditioned rooms (2 guests per room)
• Transport to and from the atoll: 1h55min charter flight to Farquhar Atoll where you board the
MY Dugong for a 4-8 hour sail to Providence Atoll
Full board and accommodation on board mothership for 7 nights based on two people sharing
Six days fully guided fishing
Tender boats & fuel
Soft drinks & water
International flights from your home to Mahe
Ground transfers on Mahe
Meals and accommodation in Mahe or any other en route cities
Beers, spirits, wine, items of a personal nature
Gratuities for guides and boat staff
Travel & medical insurance
Tackle & flies
Availability subject to change without notice.
To book any of our trips give us a call to start the process