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Seychelles

Farquhar Atoll

Farquhar Atoll
Accommodations
Comfortable Guesthouse // Capacity - 10 Anglers
Season
October-December and February-May
Species
Bonefish, Trevally, Milkfish, Indo-Pacific Permit, Triggerfish, Emperor Fish & More
Ideal For
Friends & Adventurous Anglers
Set Foot on Pristine and Incredibly Productive Saltwater Flats
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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 forms 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 west 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 that 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.
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Lodging Details
Accommodations on Farquhar are in a basic-but-comfortable guesthouse, which was totally rebuilt and redone in 2017. All double-occupancy bedrooms are fully air-conditioned and spacious, with two single beds, bedside tables, mini bar, and coffee station. Each room also has its own phone (guests can purchase calling cards at the lodge) and as of this year, there is also fairly dependable Wi-Fi. 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 12 can be accommodated. In short, the new guest house is very comfortable and nice, and the facilities have undergone a major upgrade from how things were prior to 2017. The old “house” where all the rooms were is now an indoor dining area, bar, and lounge. The bar also faces onto the veranda where there is an outdoor lounge. Meals are served on the veranda overlooking the moorings. In bad weather, meals can be served inside.

Whilst the new guesthouse facilities are a huge improvement from the previous one, the vegetation will still need years to recover as a result of the cyclone of April 2016. The big old Casuarina trees that used to be around the lodge are gone along with 90% of the coconut palms on the island. The low-level vegetation has grown back very quickly, and there is an ongoing rehabilitation program to help the trees and other vegetation recover in the shortest amount of time possible. Guests visiting the island will be able to see first-hand see how the island rehabilitation program works – an interesting and massive job. One positive from the storm is that the guides have managed to identify and create a few paths from the lagoon side of the island across the north and south parts of the island, meaning guests can access surf areas that were previously only accessible by walking the entire length of the island.

Food and Beverages
A covered dining area on the water’s edge provides an idyllic setting for both breakfast and dinner each day on the Atoll. Most meals are served in this outside dining area (weather permitting), and the lodge chef prepares a mix of Creole and international food on a daily basis. 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) fishing 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 Wi-Fi on the island and the guesthouse is equipped with satellite phones in the rooms, which can be used at a cost of $4 US per minute

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