Farquhar – outstanding Fly Fishing at 170 qkm
Farquhar – outstanding Fly Fishing at 170 km2
Farquhar is the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles chain of islands lying just over 700 km to the southwest of the main island Mahe. This remote atoll has a total area, including the large lagoon, of 170 km² which is 18 km north to south and 9 km east to west. Largest of the islands are Isle du Nord and Ile du Sud, with the smaller Manaha gaps and islands between them. The large ear-shaped lagoon provides easy access to the countless Ffats, channels and surf zones which make Farquhar 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 which manage the island and service the airstrip.
The fishing at Farquhar has over the past few years become synonymous with the term fly fishing paradise and has provided all those fortunate enough to visit her shores the opportunity to fish some of the finest and most productive flats the Indian Ocean has to offer. These flats consist of hard white sand, turtle grass and broken coral which make for comfortable wading. Anglers can wade and sight fish to an impressive variety of species which include Bonefish, various Trevally species including the ferocious trophy sized Giant Trevally, the finicky Indo-Pacific Permit, Triggerfish, Barracuda, Bumphead Parrotfish and Milkfish. Farquhar is certainly best known for the sheer diversity of species it offers anglers fortunate enough to visit her shores, so if stalking Bonefish in skinny water, throwing crab flies at the colourful and charismatic tailing Triggerfish or holding your nerve as a large GT charges in at your fly interests you ….well then Farquhar is certainly the venue for you. Deep water too begins very close to shore and spending some time tussling with some of the monsters which prowl the deep blue is certainly a very exciting and rewarding bonus. Here the most common species encountered are Giant Trevally, Barracuda, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Grouper, Bohar Snapper and Sailfish….all of which are guaranteed to show your backing the light of day!
The flight from Mahe to Farquahr is 2 hours 30 min onboard a private chartered Beechcraft 1900. Guests are met by the the crew at the landing strip and are then led to the bay where the live aboard will be anchored.
Hosted-trip with Stefan & Alexander Haider
Rates 2023: US$ 13.505
Seven (7) nights of double occupancy accommodations. Six (6) full days of guided fishing (two anglers per guide/boat). All meals while on board the ship. All bottled water, coffee, tea and juice. Round-trip flights from Mahe (SEZ) to Farquhar. Seychelles fishing license.
Round-trip airfare from your home to Mahe Intl. Airport (SEZ). Meals and accommodation on Mahe or any other en route cities. Bar tab and alcohol aboard the mothership. Gratuities for guides and lodge staff. US$ 175 conservaton levy. All fishing equipment, tackle and flies.
Quick Facts Farquahr Live Aboard
|Location||Farquhar Atoll, Seychelles (Outer Islands) approx. 415 nautical miles south of Mahe|
|Season||October through mid December and late February through early May|
|Capacity||Maximum of 12 anglers per week|
|Closest major air hub||Mahe, Seychelles (SEZ)|
|Target species||Giant Trevally, Bluefin Trevally, Golden Trevally, Bonefish, Indo-Pacific Permit, Emperor, Sharks, Triggerfish, Bumphead Parrotfish, Wrasse, Barracuda, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and more|
|Documents required||Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries|