Astove, The Seychelles
Astove Atoll is situated 570 nautical miles south west of Mahe. In recent years, Cosmoledo has been known as the best giant trevally fishery in the world but a stone’s throw away lies the small but ultimate saltwater flats destination called Astove. Few have known about Astove, which has been a well-kept secret until now.
Astove has a shallow lagoon with one small entrance that is surrounded by sheer drop-offs. Teeming with fish, it is the best and wildest fly fishing destination.
The fishing for GTs has been so good in recent times that fishermen have caught over 40 in a session. The size of the GTs is also really impressive. Not only does Astove have lots of big GTs but also bonefish, permit, barracuda, milkfish, bluefin trevally, triggerfish, yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, wahoo, sailfish and marlin.
It is a world filled with colour, where the daily dramas of a pristine ecosystem play out in front of your very eyes. This is a rare and exclusive opportunity to gaze into a world, which has changed very little over the years.
The difficult anchorage, with a sheer wall that drops off to over a 1000 metres within a few hundred meters from shore, has meant that visits have been limited in the past.
Two guests will fish with one guide shared between them and will fish either from a skiff or on foot depending on the chosen fishing area and tide.
Now that the Astove runway is complete, new accomodation has been built on the island. The "old coral house" was completed last year, providing six beautiful bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Four lucky fishermen each week will have this atoll all to themselves while staying on the island.