Trip Overview 

Farquhar, located 450 nautical miles southwest of Mahe, is easily one of the top saltwater fly fishing destinations on the planet. Home to giant trevally, milkfish and numerous other exotic fish species, this is the perfect destination for anglers who want the finest, most diverse fishing action available. It takes some time to get there, but once you set foot on these pristine and incredibly productive flats, you will quickly agree that the effort is worth it. Farquhar Atoll is the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles chain of islands, lying just over 450 miles to the southwest of the Seychellois’ main island of Mahe. The main group of islands on the Atoll form a long curve. The largest of these are Ile du Nord and Ile du Sud, with smaller islands tucked in between them. Further south is Goelette, and to the open western side of the atoll lies the small group of islands known as Les Trois Freres. The large, ear-shaped lagoon on Farquhar provides easy access to the huge area flats, channels and surf zones which make this such a diverse fishery. Farquhar has a small population of local Seychellois, whose main roles include running a small line-fish operation as well as acting as a skeleton crew to manage the island and service the airstrip.

Destination Quick Facts 

Farquhar - Seychelles - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION:  Farquhar Atoll, Seychelles (Outer Islands)

SEASON:  October through mid-December; late-February through early-May

CAPACITY:  Maximum of 10 anglers per week

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Mahe, Seychelles (SEZ)

TARGET SPECIES:  Giant trevally, milk fish, bonefish, Indo-Pacific permit, bluefin trevally, golden trevally, emperor fish, sharks, triggerfish, bumphead parrotfish, barracuda, sailfish, Yellowfin tuna, Wahoo and more

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
Accommodations on Farquhar are in a basic-but-comfortable guesthouse, which usually caters to eight anglers at one time based on two guests per bedroom. Everyone is accommodated in the main lodge, which is fully air-conditioned and has four double-occupancy bedrooms and a central lounge. The lodge is equipped with 24-hour, 220-volt electricity, air-conditioning and a constant supply of hot water. There are daily housekeeping services as well as a daily laundry service that is included. Groups as large as ten can be accommodated in certain cases. Please call Yellow Dog for more details.

Food and Beverages
A covered dining area on the waters edge provides an idyllic setting for both breakfast and dinner each day on the Atoll. All meals are served in this outside dining area, with the chef preparing a mix of Creole and international food. All mineral water and soft drinks are included in the package, and the lodge has plenty of local beer for sale. Spirits and wine may be pre-ordered or you may bring your own bottle(s) of preferred liquor and wine.

Typical Length of Stay
All packages are seven (7) nights / six (6) fishig days.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
The reason to make this trip to Farquhar is to fish. There is very little infrastructure on the island, and – aside from wading the flats, walking the beach or snorkeling – very little for the non-angler to do.

Internet / Communications
There is no Wi-Fi or cell reception on Farquhar. The guesthouse is however equipped with a satellite phone which can be used by guests at a cost of $4 US per minute.

FISHING

General Information
The fishing at Farquhar has over the past few years become synonymous with the term “fly fishing paradise.” Since first opening, this destination has given a select group of anglers the opportunity to fish some of the finest and most productive flats the Indian Ocean has to offer. These flats are characterized by hard white sand, turtle grass and broken coral, which all combine to create a situation for very easy wading. Overall, Farquhar is best-known for an impressive diversity of species. Anglers can wade and sight fish to an impressive variety of species on Farquhar, including bonefish, various trevally species (including trophy-sized giant trevally), the finicky Indo-Pacific permit, triggerfish, barracuda, Bumphead Parrotfish, milkfish and more. 

If stalking bonefish in skinny water, throwing crab flies at colorful tailing triggerfish, or trying to maintain your composure as a large GT charges in at your fly sound interesting, then Farquhar is certainly a venue that should make the top of your list. Aside from fantastic flats fishing, there are also some legitimate bluewater opportunities, as deep water begins very close to shore. Here the most common bluewater species encountered are giant trevally, barracuda, wahoo, yellowfin, dogtooth tuna, grouper, bohar snapper and sailfish. Whether its on the flats or offshore, the guides of Farquhar will help you identify your desired target species, access the areas they frequent, and explain the correct techniques with which to catch each species. They will without question go the extra mile to put you on to the fish of a lifetime. The first part of the fishing season on Farquhar traditionally runs from early October to late December. The second part runs from late February to early May, with a break over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. These are the peak periods, as January is one of the rainiest months in the Seychelles. (From middle May to October, the strong southeastern monsoon winds blow incessantly. These winds bring cold water onto the flats and make fly fishing a fairly unpleasant and unproductive experience.)

Boats and Equipment
Guests will have access to 17-foot skiffs, each of which is outfitted with a 90HP, 2-stroke Yamaha engine. These boats have been specifically designed and fitted to fish both the flats and offshore waters of the Seychelles in comfort and safety. The boats have a draft of approximately nine inches, allowing anglers to access extremely shallow areas of the atoll. That said, the main attraction of Farquhar still lies in wading the flats. Each boat is skippered by one of the professional guides on the island, all of whom are qualified skippers who speak fluent English. Anglers should plan on bringing all equipment such as rods, reels, extra fly lines and quality, heavy-duty wading boots. The guides do have some flies available for purchase at the lodge and fly selections can be pre-ordered for your trip through Yellow Dog. A comprehensive tackle and gear list will be provided by Yellow Dog after your booking has been confirmed.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
The primary airport and access hub for the Seychelles is Mahe International Airport (SEZ). It is recommended that guests arrive on to Mahe and overnight the night before the weekly transfer flight to Farquhar. If you do plan on arriving the same day as the transfer to Farquhar, it is recommended that you try to arrive as early as possible in the morning. The return flight from Farquhar to Mahe will leave at mid-day, which means that on arrival, guests can connect to their international flights for the evening trip home, or overnight in Mahe.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Guests are expected to arrive in Mahe (SEZ) on the Friday before their flight to Farquhar, or early on the Saturday morning of the day of the 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 one hour and forty-five minutes onboard a private chartered Beechcraft 1900. Guests are then transferred in true island style via tractor and trailer on a short 15-minute ride to the guesthouse.

Documents Required
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. UK, US, EU and RSA passport holders do not require a visa for entering the country of the Seychelles for vacation purposes.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING LUGGAGE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS
Beginning in late 2014, Mason’s Travel (the third party on-ground "guest handlers” in Mahe) has been instructed to enforce the 15 kilograms (33 pounds) main luggage / 5 kilograms (11 pounds) hand luggage rule for all passengers boarding the IDC aircrafts to Alphonse Island, Farquhar, Cosmoledo and Astove Atolls. Although these weight restrictions have been in place for the past few years, most guests simply ignored the allowances. Beginning this season, passengers that fail to comply with the restrictions will be instructed to unpack their overweight luggage and will have to leave the unpacked goods in Mahe at their expense. We are being told that IDC will not make any exceptions to this rule, as all flights to the outer islands and atolls will be full. Please be aware that there is not an option to pay ‘overweight’ baggage fees, as the aircrafts can only carry so much cargo.

RATES

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in U.S. dollars. 

7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $8,500.00

What's Included

  • All accommodation on Farquhar for seven nights (based on two people sharing a room)
  • Six (6) days of guided fishing (2 anglers per boat/guide)
  • Three meals per day on the island
  • All bottled water, coffee, tea and juice
  • Round-trip flights from Mahe (SEZ) to Farquhar
  • Landing fees on Farquhar
  • All applicable taxes and GSTs
  • Daily laundry and housekeeping services

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Mahe (SEZ)
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • Liquor and wine (BYO!) and beer (available for purchase at the lodge)
  • Meals and accommodation in Mahe or any other en route cities
  • Travel insurance and Global Rescue coverage (mandatory)
  • All fishing equipment, tackle and flies
OTHER INFO

The hard white sand, turtlegrass and coral flats of Farquhar make for easy wading, thus separating it from other destinations in the world. As most of the fishing will be done while wading, good, heavy-duty protective footwear is essential. Standard neoprene booties with a reinforced rubber sole are NOT appropriate for this fishery. More protective, heavy-duty wading boots must be worn. Guests will not be taken onto the flats without proper footwear! We suggest heavy flats boots from Simms. Stonefish are occasionally found in the shallows on the coral edges of reef flats. This fish is not only lethally toxic, but is also very well camouflaged and will not move unless touched. A stonefish has 13 strong hollow spines through which it injects its poison and these will pass through a thin rubber sole with ease. For this reason all wading must be done wearing thick-soled wading boots.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

"Everything about the trip exceeded our expectations. The fishing was terrific but the guides were what really made the overall experience fantastic. We had fun, learned a lot and caught at least 14 different types of fish. The other anglers on the trip were fantastic as well."
     - Julia D. (Boulder, CO)

LUGGAGE INFO

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING LUGGAGE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS
Beginning in late 2014, Mason’s Travel (the third party on-ground "guest handlers” in Mahe) has been instructed to enforce the 15 kilograms (33 pounds) main luggage / 5 kilograms (11 pounds) hand luggage rule for all passengers boarding the IDC aircrafts to Alphonse Island, Farquhar, Cosmoledo and Astove Atolls. Although these weight restrictions have been in place for the past few years, most guests simply ignored the allowances. Beginning this season, passengers that fail to comply with the restrictions will be instructed to unpack their overweight luggage and will have to leave the unpacked goods in Mahe at their expense. We are being told that IDC will not make any exceptions to this rule, as all flights to the outer islands and atolls will be full. Please be aware that there is not an option to pay ‘overweight’ baggage fees, as the aircrafts can only carry so much cargo.