Perhaps The Finest Giant Trevally Destination on the Planet
In past years, Cosmoledo has become known as perhaps the finest giant trevally destination in the world: a legendary fishery that is perfect for anglers searching for the ultimate saltwater flats destination. This is one of the most remote, off-the-grid trips that we offer – an out-island, expeditionary adventure best-suited for anglers looking for an experience that is far from ordinary. The atoll is fished while basing off of Wizard Island at the new Cosmoledo Eco Lodge – a land-based operation that opened in November of 2018. This exciting new lodge program will accommodate 10 anglers per week during the 2019 season, evolving to 12 anglers per week beginning with the 2020 season. Since this is an incredibly remote location that involves a fair amount of travel to reach, it is worth stating that this is not a trip for everyone. That said, if you are looking to access one of the most incredibly pristine, untouched eco-systems in the world that is also home to some of the greatest GT fishing found anywhere – all in a comfortable, safe and reliable setting – there is no better option.
Eco-Lodge and Accommodations Details
We are very excited to announce the opening of the new Cosmoledo Eco-Lodge – a one-of-a-kind Seychelles lodge operation set up in the middle of the greatest giant trevally fishing found anywhere. Committed to the conservation, preservation, and protection of the natural resources of uninhabited Cosmoledo Atoll, this single eco-camp situated on Cosmo’s Wizard Island is where nature meets sustainable hospitality: the ideal base of operations for anglers looking to experience all that this fishery has to offer.
For a long time, Cosmoledo Atoll was the ultimate domain of fly fishermen – a remote and distant fishery that was only accessible with the support of a live-aboard “mothership”. This new lodge has replaced the catamaran and changed the way that the atoll can now be experienced. The operators of the new lodge built the facility with the goal being “the conservation, preservation, and protection of the natural resources … where nature meets creative hospitality and understated luxury.” The distinctive eco-camp has been designed with a sense of serenity and adventure, meshing perfectly with its surroundings and conveying a feeling of unity with its location.
The new lodge offers eight individual guest rooms, all of which are new, recrafted and air-conditioned “Eco Pods” that perfectly blend in with the natural wilderness of Wizard Island. Equipped with modern amenities, the eco-pods are comfortable, clean, air-conditioned and spacious – a marked improvement from the tight staterooms of the previous mothership option.
It is important to state that the new lodge has REPLACED the mothership, and the new additions and changes collectively offer nothing but positives for anglers interested in fishing this incredible ecosystem.
Food and Beverages
The dining on Cosmoledo is a fantastic mixture of Creole and international food, featuring fresh fish at any time. The Cosmoledo Eco Camp has a fantastic new dining and entertainment area consisting of a large tent with bare beach floors, great island character, and a fully stocked bar. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in all Cosmo packages. Breakfast consists of a full house buffet, while lunch can either be enjoyed in the dining area or packed as a cooler picnic option for your day on the flats. Dinner is a time for all of the guests at the lodge to come together and share stories about the day’s adventures. There is a strong emphasis on the Seychellois Creole heritage of the island, and menus often feature fresh fish complemented by produce from the vegetable garden on nearby Alphonse Island.
Typical Length of Stay
All Cosmoledo trips are seven nights and include six and a half days of guided fishing. Because this is a fishery that can only be accessed by a charter flight and water transfer from Astove that runs once a week, all packages are fixed at one week in length.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
The primary reason to make the trip to Cosmoledo is to fish. That said, there are a number of non-angling options and activities that are available on the atoll. Complimentary and non-angling activities on Cosmoledo include guided kayaking around the atoll, guided stand-up paddleboarding, a guided walking tour across Wizard Island for guests to familiarize themselves with the coastal trails and secret spots on the island, and a reef flats expedition where one travels the inside reef flats of Cosmoledo with a knowledgeable guide. Each week all island guests are offered a few additional experiences, such as sundowners on the beach, a flats lunch and on Wednesdays, a group de-tackling and drinks session! Cosmoledo is an important bird area, and the atoll holds Seychelles’ largest colonies of all three species of booby that breed in the region, including the last viable population of brown booby. Enjoy a bird watching excursions with an expert guide at any time. There are snorkel and dive opportunities as well, and to date, very little SCUBA diving has been done around Cosmoledo. This makes for a thrilling and unique diving experience, with new dive sites constantly being discovered.
Internet / Communications
There is now Wi-Fi service on Cosmoledo! The lodge is equipped with basic satellite wi-fi and email access. There is also a lodge satellite phone, which can be used in the case of emergencies.
The Seychelles waters are considered to be very safe these days, and precautions and relevant safety protocols are in place at all times. We are happy to discuss the security situation in the Seychelles at any time!
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 U.S. you will typically fly to Paris, London or Dubai, and from there fly directly to Mahe (SEZ). Each flight is approximately eight to 10 hours long. Guests should plan to arrive on Mahe the day before and overnight in order to catch the morning shuttle to Astove. Yellow Dog is happy to assist with hotel reservations or recommendations on Mahe.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Guests should plan to arrive on Mahe the day before the start of the trip and overnight. The transfer flight departs Mahe for Assumption early the following morning. Charter flight times can vary, so it is best to play it safe and come in the day before. The flight from Mahe to Astove is just under three hours on board a private chartered Beechcraft 1900. Guests are met by the AFC staff at the Astove landing strip and then taken to the main lodge area to meet the transfer boat to Cosmoledo. The run time in the transfer boat from Astove to Cosmoledo is usually 1-2 hours depending on conditions. 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 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 [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Luggage Weight Restrictions for Inter-Island Flights
IDC (the operators 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 aircraft to Alphonse Island, Farquhar, Cosmoledo and Astove Atolls. 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 aircraft can only carry so much cargo.
General Fishing Information
Cosmoledo’s large white sand flats, lagoon edges, and channels are without question ruled by the notorious giant trevally, so much so that it is often referred to as planet earth’s GT headquarters! Geets are, however, not the only species which can be found throughout the Cosmoledo fishery in numbers. Bonefish, milkfish, the finicky Indo-Pacific permit and a host of triggerfish species all call Cosmoledo home and can easily be found throughout the fishing season.
This is primarily a wade-fishing destination, where each day three clients and one guide head out for a long day on the water. Clients carry their own waterproof backpack while wading the flats, along with both a bonefish and trigger rod (usually a 9 weight) and a heavier GT rod (usually an 11 or 12 weight). Each fishing day usually begins at 8:00 AM and runs late into the afternoon – usually 5:30 PM or slightly later. Tides play a huge role in which types of species are found throughout the day, and it is common to set up several different “sessions” in different locations for different species throughout the day (triggers and bonefish at low water, GT’s on the incoming tide, etc.) The guides know the area and the fishery well and will plan and execute each day according to tides and overall conditions.
One of the things that we love about the Eco-Lodge location on Wizard Island is that guests can now fish on their own early in the mornings or late into the evening, wadding the bonefish flats on the lagoon side of the island, or walking the beaches on the surf-side of Wizard in search of GTs.
Boats and Equipment
Anglers fishing Cosmoledo will access the different areas of the atoll utilizing Mahe tender boats (skiffs). There will always be two clients per skiff/ guide (unless single occupancy fishing is pre-arranged). Each tender will be skippered by an experienced guide, and the guide team on Cosmo is always comprised of the most seasoned and experienced guides from Alphonse Fishing Company. As most of the fishing is done while wading on the flats, there will always be a ratio of two guests fishing with one guide. During your stay on the vessel, there will be four 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 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 that 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.
Rates and Terms
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 prior to December 31, 2020)
Fishing Package Double Occupancy: $15,400 per person
Fishing Package Single Occupancy: $18,550 per person
Single Skiff Supplement: $3,000 per week
Leisure Package (Non-Angling) Double Occupancy: $10,605 per person
Leisure Package (Non-Angling) Single Occupancy: $12,005 per person
(*Applicable for all trips that take place between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021)
Fishing Package Double Occupancy: $15,595 per person
Fishing Package Single Occupancy: $18,745 per person
Single Skiff Supplement: $3,600 per week / $600 per day
- Seven (7) nights of accommodations and amenities at Cosmo Eco Lodge
- Six (6) full days of guided fishing (two anglers per guide)
- Use of tender boat and all fuel for daily transportation
- All meals while at the lodge
- Round-trip inter-island IDC charter flights between Mahe and Astove
- Water transfers from Astove to Cosmoledo
- Seychelles fishing license
- Daily laundry services at lodge
- All applicable taxes and landing fees
- Water, soft drinks, coffee, and tea
What’s Not Included:
- International airfare to and from Mahe, Seychelles (SEZ)
- Hotel nights, meals and ground transfers on Mahe (if needed)
- Bar tab and alcohol at lodge
- Gratuities for lodge staff and guides
- Mandatory travel and medical evacuation insurance
- Terminal tackle, flies and fishing gear
- Seychelles conservation license of $175.00 per person (will be added to invoice)
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.
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.
Should Cosmix LTD UAE be unable to provide S.Y Lone Star for the cruise, Cosmix LTD UAE will attempt to provide a similar vessel instead. Should Cosmix LTD UAE be unable to provide a similar vessel or the Charterer does not accept the replacement vessel, a 100% refund of the cruise charter fee only, will be made to the client and no further claims from the client will be made on Alphonse Island Lodge Limited. In the event of S.Y Lone Star being hijacked by pirates, Alphonse Island Lodge Limited will in no way be liable for the safety and/or return of their guests. Likewise in any scenario in which certain costs for extracting or moving their guests are incurred, including but not limited to charter flights or other means of transportation of the Vessel or from an area, the guests agree to meet any and all such costs and no claims will be made against Alphonse Island Lodge Limited for such expenses.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
For all Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, L.L.C. (YDFA) Alphonse, Cosmoledo, Astove, Poivre and Farquhar fishing packages, both deposits and final payments are non-refundable. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge/operator or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog. In the case of cancellation by the client, both deposit and final payment may be transferred to another guest or angler for those same (original) dates if facilitated and arranged by the client. In case of cancellation due to weather, a full or partial credit may be rolled over and credited to a future date, but this is wholly at the discretion of the operator. Yellow Dog reserves the right to charge a minimum handling fee of $100.00 per person for date changes (approved by the lodge) after the initial reservation has been made. At time of quote, all flight charges, island fees and government taxes are correct but nonetheless are subject to change without prior notice. All guests are REQUIRED to purchase a comprehensive medical emergency evacuation insurance policy, and Yellow Dog strongly recommend that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. It is the right of the lodge and operators to cancel any booking without refund if the client is not adequately insured. Please be aware that all guests will be required to sign and return the Alphonse Fishing Company Reservation and Indemnity Form prior to the trip, and there will be no exceptions to this. No refunds can be made for unused arrangements or fishing time lost due to inclement weather. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these Seychelles packages.
African Safari Trip Add-On
SafariScapes works hand-in-hand with Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures to extend your fly fishing trips to include world-class African safari experiences. Whether fishing the flats in the Seychelles or fighting tigerfish in Tanzania there is no better way to top off a trip than with a visit to one of many beautiful safari lodges. At SafariScapes they work with you to plan a safari for family or friends that fits your interests and can support you in customizing itineraries as needed. From hot air ballooning to private aviation there is no limit to your dream safari.