The Finest Permit Fishing Destination in the Seychelles
For those anglers that are 100% addicted to permit fishing and are willing to spend a week prioritizing and focusing on Indo-Pacific permit, then a trip to the small and remote fisheries of Poivre Atoll and St. Joseph’s Atoll should be high on the list. These two fisheries (located approximately 13 miles from each other) boast the highest concentrations of permit found anywhere in the Seychelles, creating the ideal backdrop and two-location fishery scenario through the use of a small but comfortable catamaran live-aboard platform. While these trips typically consist of three days of fishing at St. Joe’s followed by three days of fishing on Poivre (7 nights / 6 days total) itineraries can be customized and adjusted based on tides, conditions, time of the season, and specific goals for each group.
Located in the Amirantes Islands group of out-islands of the Seychelles, Poivre Atoll is located approximately 165 miles south of the main capital island of Mahe. Poivre is made up of two smaller islands – Poivre and Île du Sud – which are separated by a shallow lagoon that extends all the way back to Ile du Sud during high tide. The islands are surrounded by stunning flats as well as the Amirantes Trench. The sheer drop-off of the Trench (which quickly steps from 60 to over 12,000 meters) lends itself to rich currents and an abundance of various bluewater fish species. St. Joseph’s Atoll (which includes 13 small islands and sand spits) lies 8.5 miles north of Poivre.
Live-Aboard and Accommodations Details
Because both Poivre and St. Joseph’s are remote and distant out-islands fisheries, they can only be fished with the support of the live-aboard mothership, “A’mani”. A’mani is a newly-refitted, 54-foot motor catamaran that offers the ideal platform for four anglers, two guides, and a crew of three to access and explore these area waters in comfort. And because this is a small and customized platform, the price is also the most affordable per-person of anything that we offer throughout the Seychelles.
A’mani is stable, spacious and more importantly has a two-meter draft that allows her to anchor in the calm lee waters of the area islands. A’mani offers two guest cabins that are outfitted with both double and single beds and an additional two cabins that feature double beds. With a group of four anglers, each guest is guaranteed a private room. There are two below-decks, communal showers, and toilets adjacent to the staterooms as well as an additional on-deck, outdoor shower. All cabins and indoor areas are fully air-conditioned, allowing guests a chance to relax and sleep in total comfort after a long day on the water.
Food and Beverages
Despite having a relatively compact galley area, the chef on board A’mani turns out amazing food, and the dining is usually a mix of both Creole and international food. Savory meat dishes and fresh fish are a staple with most meals, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included with all A’mani packages. Breakfast usually consists of eggs, a variety of breakfast meats, bread, fresh fruit, and strong coffee, while lunch is served family style during a mid-day break back on the catamaran. Dinner menus often feature fresh fish and meat dishes complemented by produce from the vegetable garden on nearby Alphonse Island. Soft drinks, water, coffee, and non-alcoholic beverages are included with all packages. Beer and wine are available on board for a charge, and guests are welcome to bring their own liquor from duty-free en route to the Seychelles.
Typical Length of Stay
The usual Poivre and St. Joseph’s two-location trip packages are seven nights and include six days of guided fishing. Because this is a package that is very dependent on tides and weather, however, a set number of days at each location may vary.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
The primary reason to make this trip is to fish (and to fish specifically for permit!) Unless you are looking for an out-island family charter, then groups that include non-anglers would likely be better accommodated at nearby Alphonse Island. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details and a full list of options.
How To Get There
The primary airport and access hub for the Seychelles is the Mahe International Airport (SEZ). The Seychelles is served by several internationally scheduled flights, including direct services from London (Heathrow) with Air Seychelles, Paris with Air France, Dubai with Emirates, and Johannesburg with Air Seychelles. From the US you will typically fly to Paris, London or Dubai, and from there fly directly to Mahe (SEZ). (Depending on where in the US you are traveling from, we usually recommend Emirates via Dubai as the shortest, most direct way to access the Seychelles.) Guests should plan to arrive on Mahe the day before and overnight in order to catch the morning flight to either Alphonse or Desroches. Yellow Dog is happy to assist with hotel reservations or recommendations on Mahe. Please note that standard packages include the transfer flight from Mahe to Alphonse, which is then followed by a 12-14 hour motor over to St. Joe’s or Poivre. Another option is to pay a modest re-route fee to have the IDC charter flight drop you on Desroches, which then shortens the motor to the atolls to only 3 hours. Highly recommended!
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Guests should plan to arrive on Mahe the day before the start of the trip (usually on a Friday) and overnight. The transfer flight departs Mahe for either Desroches or Alphonse early the following morning (usually Saturday). Charter flight times can vary, so it is best to play it safe and come in the day before. The flight from Mahe to Desroches is approximately 35 minutes on board a private chartered Beechcraft 1900. Guests are met by their guides staff at the Desroches landing strip and then taken to the A’mani catamaran. The run time from Desroches to both St. Joe’s and Poivre is approximately three hours (depending on conditions). At the end of your week, on your departure day from Mahe, you should plan your international flight to depart Mahe (SEZ) no earlier than 7:30 PM, which is not really a problem since most international flights depart between 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM.
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.
Yellow Dog offers a full airline ticketing, travel, and reservations system through our affiliation with Kanna Travel. The Bozeman-based Kanna team can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, add-on tours, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact Kanna at 855-739-3139 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Luggage Weight Restrictions for Inter-Island Flights
IDC (the opertors of the inner-island flight in the Seychelles) enforces a 15 kilograms (33 pounds) main luggage and 5 kilograms (11 pounds) hand luggage rule for all passengers boarding the IDC aircrafts to Alphonse Island or Desroches. 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. Please be aware that there is not an option to pay ‘overweight’ baggage fees, as the aircrafts can only carry so much cargo.
General Fishing Information
Poivre Atoll offers the best of both worlds, with mind-blowing permit flats that are then surrounded by bluewater fishing areas that are home to strong numbers of sailfish, wahoo, tuna and more. While the primary flats-focus is on Indo-Pacific permit, the shallow waters and flats that surround these two atolls are also home to bonefish as well as the occasional giant trevally, bluefin trevally, gold-dot trevally, numerous sharks, barracuda and more.
Both Poivre Atoll and St. Joe’s Atoll offers a great combination of a wade fishing and fishing from a poled skiff, and each day two clients and one guide head out for a long day on the water. Clients should bring (and expect to carry while wading) their own waterproof backpack along with both a permit rod (usually an 8 or 9 weight) and a heavier GT rod (usually an 11 or 12 weight). Each fishing day usually begins at 7:30 AM and runs late into the afternoon – usually 5:30 PM or slightly later. Tides play a huge role in the permit fishing on both atolls, and for that reason, there is usually a 3 or 4 hour “prime window” for chasing permit. The rest of the day is spent searching for permit in slightly deeper waters and along the edges of flats, as well as hunting for bones, GTs and more. It is common to set up several different “sessions” in different locations for different species throughout the day (permit on the drop, GT’s on the incoming tide, etc.) The guides know these areas and the fisheries quite well and will plan and execute each day according to tides, visibility, wind, and overall conditions.
Boats and Equipment
Anglers fishing Poivre and St. Joe’s will access the different areas of the atolls utilizing 16-foot skiffs. There will always be two clients per skiff/guide (unless single occupancy fishing is pre-arranged). Each skiff will be skippered and poled by an experienced guide, and the guide team for these packages is always comprised of the most seasoned and experienced guides from Alphonse Fishing Company. Each guide is a licensed and qualified skipper, has first aid experience, and is extremely experienced with regards all facets of fly fishing these remote atoll destinations. It is recommended that clients bring all gear, equipment, terminal tackle and flies with them. That said, the guides do sell flies on board the mothership, and we always recommend that you purchase whatever guide-tied “local” patterns the guides recommend. Yellow Dog will be happy to help you pre-order these fly selections so that they are waiting for you when you arrive.
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.
(*Applicable for all trips that take place between August 3, 2019 and May 30, 2020 )
OPTION #1 (includes a direct flight to Alphonse)
$7,515 per person for single occupancy stateroom and shared skiff/guide (based on an intact group of four anglers)
OPTION #2 (includes diversion flight to Desroches)
$8,015 per person for single occupancy stateroom and shared skiff/guide (based on an intact group of four anglers)
Option #2 includes the preferred diversion flight to Desroches Island instead of Alphonse Island. The options result in a 3-hour water transfer instead of a 12-14 hour water transfer (a $2000 total additional upcharge divided by four people)
- Six (6) full days of guided fishing (typically two anglers per guide)
- Seven (7) nights of single occupancy accommodations aboard the A’mani catamaran mothership (based on a group size of four anglers)
- All meals while onboard A’mani
- Round-trip inter-island IDC charter flights between Mahe and Alphonse (standard)
- Water transfers from Alphonse or Desroches to Poivre and St. Joseph’s
- Use of skiffs and all fuel for daily transportation to and from flats
- Seychelles fishing license
- All applicable taxes and landing fees
- Use of rods and reels (if necessary)
- Water, soft drinks, coffee, and tea
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare to and from Mahe (SEZ)
- Hotel nights, meals and ground transfers on Mahe (if needed)
- Beer, wine and alcohol on board the A’mani
- Seychelles conservation license of $175.00 per person
- Gratuities for staff and guides
- Mandatory travel and medical evacuation insurance
- Terminal tackle and flies
- Re-route air charter landing fee to Desroches instead of to Alphonse (highly recommended!)
Reservations will be held for two weeks once booked and confirmed with Yellow Dog. We require a 50% deposit within 15 days to confirm the booking, and final payment is to be made 90 prior to arrival and the start of the trip.
Terms and Conditions
- A 10% fee shall be levied if cancellation is made more than 180 days prior to arrival.
A 10% fee shall be levied if the reservation is moved to an alternative date within the same season
A fee of 50% shall be levied if cancellation is between 180 and 90 days prior to arrival
A fee of 100% shall be levied if cancellation is 90 days or less prior to arrival
All cancellations and provisional bookings must be confirmed in writing
INDEMNITY & INSURANCE:
- All activities require the client to sign an indemnity once on location
All clients require travel insurance to cover costs incurred due to flight delays for any reason
All clients require “From Scene of Accident Medivac Insurance”
At the time of quote flight charges, island fees and government taxes are correct but are subject to change without prior notice. Increases in any of these facets are out of the control of Alphonse Island Lodge Limited and will be transferred to the client. Service providers used such as airlines and charter boat operators are independent business concerns and are in no way affiliated to Alphonse Island Limited. Although all reasonable efforts will be made to ensure the smooth running of the tour, Alphonse Island Lodge Limited cannot be held responsible in any way for bad or non-performance of service providers. While all possible efforts will be made to ensure the success of this tour, Alphonse Island Lodge Limited cannot be held responsible in any way for the cancellation in total or in part or non-performance in any way, due to bad weather, insufficient bookings or any other detrimental natural phenomenon/disaster, political unrest or war.