Providence Atoll is back. Run by the experienced guides from Fly Castaway, it is truly a fly fishing utopia with giant and bluefin trevally, triggerfish, bumphead parrotfish, bonefish and other species caught on the flats. With 46 km of pristine white and turtle grass flats, the enormous lagoon system has numerous channels linking the Indian Ocean.
A live-aboard operation, the 130-ft. MV Maya Dugong, an ex-research vessel that was modified into a mother-ship for long-range fly fishing expeditions will be your home for the week.
Providence has it all; GT’s, triggerfish, bonefish, milkfish, permit and bumphead parrotfish. With deep water nearby, fish for yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, wahoo and sailfish; all on a fly. Watching a pack of GT’s ravage a school of bonefish on the flats is a sight you’ll never forget.
Accommodations are on the live-aboard vessel MV Maya’s Dugong. A retired research vessel, the ship has been upgraded and modified for long-range fly fishing trips. The guestrooms have en-suite bathrooms. The sleeping quarters, dining room and lounge are air conditioned for your comfort.
As a general rule, an 8- or 9-wt. outfit for bonefish and permit, 10-wt. for triggerfish and milkfish and a 12-wt. for the GT’s and bluewater. A complete gear list will be sent upon confirmation of your trip.
The trip begins in Mahe with the 1 hour and 45 minute charter flight to Farquhar Atoll where you will board the Maya’s Dugong for the 6-8 hour cruise to Providence Atoll. Guests need to arrive the day before the trip and overnight in Mahe. All expenses in Mahe are not included in the package. Once on the vessel your only communication with the outside world is by satellite phone, extra charges will apply if used.
Most of the fishing will be done via wading, so good, protective footwear is required.
Medical Evacuation Insurance is mandatory for this trip.
The rate for the 7-night/6-day package is $11,500 per person with shared room and guide. The round-trip charter flight from Mahe to Farquhar Atoll is included in the package. The season is short, running 4 weeks in the October/November time period and 6 weeks during the March/April period.
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With fishing of that calibre and limited trips on offer each season, it's understandable why spots on Providence are so highly sought after. We do however have a few openings during 2017 & 2018 still up for grabs:
Tarquin Millington-Drake went to Providence Atoll 4th to 11th April 2017. His his full report about the big bones, the bumpies, the GTs, the milks and do not forget the barracuda (!) in his blog here and enjoy photos and short drone video clips. He will be leading a group for Farquahar next ...
Providence Blog: 4-11 April 2017
Welcome back to another weekly report back from Providence where we enjoyed 6 days of some the finest sight fishing the planet has to offer. After a hugely successful and fun first trip, our crew for the next round were chomping at the bit get onto the atoll and get stuck into some ...