Cosmoledo Eco Camp

Cosmoledo Atoll , Seychelles Fly Fishing Trips
ACCOMMODATIONS
Air-Conditioned Eco Pods
SEASON
November-December February-April
IDEAL FOR
Friends & Solo Anglers

The GT' Capital of the world

The Cosmoledo Eco camp gives anglers access to arguably the best flats fly fishing in the world. We know, we’ve been there. When the crew from Knee Deep Fly Fishing last visited, there were 190 Gt’s caught! Even more amazing was that our fishing was cut short by one day, due to a cyclone the day we were supposed to arrive. So if you want access to the best flats fly fishing in the world for bonefish, permit and Goliath sized Giant trevally, Cosmoledo is the place to go.

Cosmoledo is just a stone’s throw away from the World Heritage Site of Aldabra, often described as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. The atoll’s pristine and untouched ecosystem boasts vast, wadeable sand flats, beautiful islands of different shapes and sizes as well as a wonderful lagoon. With humans having placed very little pressure on its environment over the years, the encounters you’ll experience are proof of how remote and preserved this magnificent atoll is.

Cosmoledo enjoys the reputation of being an explosive saltwater flats fishing experience. It’s here you’ll find enormous white sand flats, lagoon edges and channels, all ruled by the incomparable Giant Trevally.

What has become known as the “GT capital of the world” also boasts impressive numbers of other fish, including big Bonefish, Bluefin Trevally, Bohar Snapper, Barracuda, Milkfish, the finicky Indo-Pacific Permit and a host of triggerfish species.

The sheer numbers and variety of fish species has amazed the fly fishing world, with anglers from across the globe sampling the ultimate fishing playground!

The hard white sand, turtle grass or coral flats of Cosmoledo make for easy wading, thus separating it from many other destinations in the world.

Go ahead, cast that line and CLICK HERE to book your 2021 spot.

ACCOMODATION DETAILS

Lodging Details

The Cosmoledo Eco Camp consists of eight double/twin en-suite rooms with a central communal dining and entertainment area. The rooms are made up of custom designed, upcycled beach cottages and the communal dining and entertainment area is a large tent with bare sand floors that are committed to the conservation, preservation and protection of the natural resources of Cosmoledo. Each cottage can be catered for as a double or twin set up and has all the amenities and modern luxuries one can expect. From being en-suite to fully air conditioned, each room boasts a front veranda with a seating area and a well appointed outdoor shower. The rooms are tailored in fresh neutral colors accentuating the island and her ocean, drawing in serenity, outdoor adventure and a sense of becoming-one with your surroundings.

Food and Beverages
The dining and entertainment area are equipped with all the necessary features to make your stay one of comfort-in-style, including an exceptional dining area and a fully stocked bar. Nature enthusiasts, divers, anglers, single travelers and couples alike dine together for breakfast lunch and dinner. A full house buffet breakfast is served between 07h00 and 08h00, lunch between 12h00 and 13h00 and dinner will be served between 19h30 – 21h30. The chef prepares a mix of Creole and international dishes and incorporates fresh fish on a daily basis, with fruit and vegetables which are farmed in the Alphonse garden.

Typical Length of Stay
All trips to Cosmoledo Eco Camp are 7 nights and 6 and a half days of fishing. Due to the fact that the only way to access Cosmoledo Eco Camp is via pre-arranged charter flights and water transfers through Astove, all trips are set at a one week length of time.

Non-Angling Activities
The Cosmoledo Eco Camp was designed to accommodate guests whose main goal is to access some of the best flats fly fishing in the world. That being said, the Cosmoledo Eco Camp is fully equipped with snorkeling and dive gear as well as stand up paddle boards and kayaks that are available for all guests to use. Quiet picnics on secluded beaches, sunset cruises, mesmerising encounters with captivating marine life and experiencing the true essence of an untouched paradise, all in picture-perfect surroundings that will enhance every sensation.

Internet / Communications
Believe it or not, for as remote as it is, there is now wifi at the Cosmoledo Eco Camp. The wi-fi is accessed through very basic satellite connection, so don’t expect to be able to catch up on your latest shows. The wi-fi strength is good enough to check a few urgent emails. But isn’t that the whole point, to get away from all the noise? There is a satellite phone for emergency situations.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
The Seychelles is a four and a half hour flight from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha which all serve as a connecting hub for regular international flights from Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia.

Direct flights to the Seychelles from Paris, Bombay, Nairobi, Mauritius, Antananarivo, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Reunion, Colombo, Dar-Es-Salaam, Frankfurt and London.

Cosmoledo Atoll is a three-hour sail (18 nautical miles) from Astove Atoll; which is a three-hour flight from Mahé (the main island of the Seychelles).

The group meets an hour before the sched-uled departure time at the IDC hangar terminal. After the three-hour flight to Astove Atoll, guests will be met by the Alphonse Fishing Co. crew and transferred to the transfer vessel. The yacht will then depart on the three-hour sail to Cosmoledo Atoll, situated 18 nautical miles away. The group will spend the days fishing and exploring the islands, flats and channels of Cosmoledo Atoll.

Arrival and Departure Details/Times
Day 1: Your charter flight departs Mahé from the IDC hangar, diverts to Alphonse Island and lands on Astove three hours later. The group is then transferred to the transfer vessel where orientation begins. The transfer vessel departs for Cosmoledo Atoll. Day 2–6: Breakfast at 07h00, teams to be ready to leave the lodge at 08h00 for fishing. There is a choice between a packed lunch or lunch at the lodge. At 17h00 your team will head back to the lodge. Day 7: Breakfast at 07h00, teams to be ready to leave the lodge at 08h00 for fishing. There is a choice between a packed lunch or lunch at the lodge. 17h00, your team will head back to the lodge. There will be time in the evening to de-tackle your gear with snack and cold refreshments so you are able to pack your rods, reels and fishing gear away in preparation for departure the following morning. Day 8: The departure time of the transfer vessel and the plan for your departure morning will be confirmed with you at dinner the evening before departure day. You will be transferred to Astove by the transfer vessel where you will meet the Astove team who will transfer you to the airport. The Charter flight will then depart, and possibly divert to Alphonse, landing at the IDC Hangar in Mahé three hours later.

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
Knee Deep Fly Fishing always recommends using your trusted travel agent to book flights and hotels prior to your trip.

Luggage Weight Restrictions for Chartered Flights
Your check in luggage is strictly limited to 15kg [33 pounds] per person, and 5kg [12pounds] carry-on luggage. This is a strict policy that allows us to deliver fresh food produce to the boat. If it is not possible to load extra luggage, it will have to be repacked and left in Mahé until your return.

Please adhere to the limits. It is suggested that lighter soft-shell luggage is used. Pack a separate bag with excess equipment to avoid having to repack at the airport. Excess luggage can be left with an Alphonse representative at the hangar.

 

FISHING

General Information
In past years, Cosmoledo has become known as the best GT fishery in the world and has become the benchmark for anglers searching for
the ultimate saltwater flats destination full of hungry GT’s. However GT’s are not the only species which can be found in fantastic numbers.
Bonefish, milkfish, the finicky indo-pacific permit as well as a host of triggerfish species all call Cosmoledo home, making this a truly special
fishing destination. The sheer numbers and variety of fish species has amazed the fly fishing world, with anglers from across the globe queuing
up to sample the ultimate fishing playground. It is a rare opportunity and a privilege to gaze into a world, which has changed very little in the
years that have passed.

Boats and Equipment
There are five purpose built Mini-Mahé skiffs that are on anchorage at Cosmoledo Atoll. These skiffs will be skippered by our experienced,
world class and professional Alphonse Fishing Co. Guides. Each guide is a qualified skipper, has first aid training, STCW qualifications,
speaks English and are extremely experienced with all facets of fly fishing in these remote saltwater destinations. Their passion and
dedication is infectious and rest assured they will go the extra mile in search of your fish of a lifetime. Angling teams will be split up
into groups of two anglers per skiff and guide.

RATES
Our Service is Completely Free
Knee Deep Fly Fishing will never charge you more than what you will pay directly with a lodge or outfitter. In fact because of the number of trips we send to lodges we are able so give a discounted
Package Rates
2019/2020 Rates

Fishing Package Double Occupancy: $15,400 per person
Fishing Package Single Occupancy: $18,550 per person
     (Single Skiff Supplement for the Week: Add $3000)

Leisure Package (Non-Angling) Double Occupancy: $10,605 per person
Leisure Package (Non-Angling) Single Occupancy: $12,005 per person

Whats Included

  • 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

Whats 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)

Payment Terms
Reservations will be held for two weeks once booked and confirmed with Knee Deep Fly Fishing. 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

Cancellation policy
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 and 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.

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