St Brandon's Islands
Flight time from the UK:
13 hrs approx
Everyone travelling to Mauritius must have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of travel. All visitors must hold valid tickets for onward journey and documents required for next destination, adequate funds for the intended length of stay (minimum of US$100 per day), and confirmed booking for accommodation in Mauritius.
Visa requirements for UK citizens:
Visas are not required. A visitor’s permit, valid for 4 weeks, is issued upon arrival at the airport. Travellers must have a return (or onward) air ticket, pre-booked accommodation and sufficient money for their stay.
Medical & Health Requirements:
No vaccination certificates are required for entry into Mauritius, unless travelling from a country infected by Yellow Fever or where Yellow Fever is classified as endemic, in which case you will require Yellow Fever inoculations.
All the guides are trained in First Aid and there is a basic first aid kit onboard the Gryphon. Due to the remoteness of the venue, we do however suggest bringing along your own supply of prescription medicines etc. Lastly we do insist all clients attain medical insurance before departing.
The currency of Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR) and is the preferred currency in Mauritius. US$ or Euro are however widely accepted. US Dollar or Euro is the preferred currency for gratuities and expenditure on MY Gryphon. We suggest that you carry sufficient US$ or Euro for settling your bar tab and gratuities. The recommended gratuity for the guides are US$50pp per day, and for the boat staff US$150pp per week. (Please note that this is only a guideline for guests interested in tipping the guides and the boat staff. All gratuities are up to the discretion of the individual guest.)
Local currency is not required unless you are planning an extended stay. Most restaurants, hotels and shops accept Forex.
English is the official language of Mauritius, but the most widely used is French and the local dialect, Creole. Hindi, Urdu and Chinese are also spoken. All guides and crew of the MY Gryphon speak English.
Satellite Phone & Communications:
The MY Gryphon is equipped with a satellite phone, which can be used by guests at an additional cost.
Whilst on the main island the international access code for Mauritius is +230. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the United States). City/area codes are not required. The whole island is covered by the mobile network; the local mobile phone operators use GSM networks, which are compatible with most international operators. Handsets and SIM cards can be hired at the airport. Internet cafes are widely available.
Tackle & Gear:
9ft single-handed #8/9/10wt saltwater series rods are ideal when fishing for bonefish, permit and golden trevally. Top quality saltwater 9ft single-handed 12wt rods are required when targeting trophy sized GTs. It is advisable to take at least 2 rods in each weight of this calibre with you for the trip. A good selection of bonefish and crab patterns (preferably tied on chemically sharpened hooks such as Gamakatsu in sizes #6 -#2) should be carried for the bonefish, permit and golden trevally, with large baitfish patterns being the order of the day when targeting the giant trevally. These need to be tied on seriously strong hooks with 6/0 Gamakatsu SL 12S (Trey Combs) being a huge favourite. We will advise you further regarding patterns prior to your trip. As far as fly lines are concerned you are generally only going to require matching tropical saltwater weight forward floating lines. Your guide can supply you with all the necessary flies and tackle. The guides also carry a stock of suitable flies and other terminal tackle, should you run out.
The Gryphon will be rigged with 8 x 12 weight G-Loomis Crosscurrent Fly Rods and Shilton SL7 Reels and 8 x 9 weight G-Loomis Crosscurrent Fly Rods and Shilton SL6 Reels which can be rented on a weekly basis. There will also be 4 x Shimano Tiagra 50LRS Reels and Shimano Tiagra Stand-up Rods and 4 x Shimano Tiagra 30LRS Reels and Shimano Tiagra Stand-up Rods for conventional blue water angling which can be used free of charge.