SALTWATER   >   INDIAN OCEAN
MAURITIUS - ST BRANDON'S ARCHIPELAGO

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The Mauritian archipelago of St Brandon’s is a saltwater fly fishing paradise. This live-aboard trip accesses one of the premier flats fisheries of the world. Plentiful and large Bonefish can be found in very shallow water tailing happily, Giant Bluefin and Golden Trevally terrorise the baitfish on flats and reef edges. A consistent Indo-Pacific permit fishery allows anglers to pursue this challenging species on foot, and then there is the plethora of reef species and bluewater options available as well. A trip to St brandon’s Atoll will ensure you are one of a very few anglers to have ever waded and fished this extremely remote location.

  • Season: October–November and March–early May
  • Excellent trophy bonefish and Indo-pacific permit fishery
  • Various trevally species including Giant, Bluefin and Golden
  • Large variety of species
  • Ideal for experienced saltwater anglers
  • Remote live-aboard and land-based destination
  • Twelve anglers per week

For many years St Brandon’s Atoll has been accessed unsing a live-aboard mothership, however, from 2016 onwards a land-based operation will begin at St Brandon's. Guests will be accommodated in a simple but comfortable guesthouse on Raphael Island situated in the fish-rich northern part of the atoll. Although the guesthouse is by no means luxurious, it is clean and comfortable in spite of its remote location.

There are four bedrooms in the house, each with two comfortable single beds and some basic amenities. The guesthouse currently has two fully renovated bathrooms for the guests, each with a shower, basin and toilet.

Two 50ft sport fishers will transfer guests to and from the atoll (four guests, one guide and three crew per sport fisher). The crossing time from Mauritius to the atoll is approximately twenty six hours. The two boats will do the crossing along side each other. Both boats are registered and licensed in Mauritius for offshore sailing and are fully equipped with the latest marine navigation equipment. Each boat will be skippered by a 200T master.

Each boat has three cabins, two of which are for the four guests (two guests per cabin) and the other is for the guide and crew.

Each boat has a bathroom, a kitchen, a lounge area and a comfortable back deck.

The guests and their luggage will then be transported by tender boat onto the island.There will have lunch upon arrival and the guests will then settle into their rooms and receive a briefing from the head guide and set up tackle. Should there be enough light left, guests are welcome to fish unguided on foot around Raphael Island. Guests will then spend the following seven full days out on the flats fully guided.

There is no internet connection.

The large Bonefish of St Brandon’s is one of its main attractions to saltwater fly-anglers. Typically a day's fishing includes exploring the multitude of pure white sand flats and broken coral islands, all of which produce large Bonefish.The fishing is all wade fishing and in the shallow water, you will find tailing singles and doubles as well as large shoals as they move on and off the flats with the tide. Over the past few seasons, Bonefish of up to eighty-seven centimetres fork length and weighing fifteen pounds in weight have been caught.

St Brandon's is also the most productive Indo-Pacific permit fishery any of us have witnessed. When specifically targeting these gloriously finicky fish, guests are afforded multiple shots per day.

The GT fishing can be quite varied although this is a location where large Giant Trevally will be encountered at some point during your stay. St Brandon's isn't a place where you are going to get shots at GTs everyday but it is certainly the place to break the one hundred centimetres mark. The fish are all large and you catch more over a metre than under. Large Bluefin Trevally are also around and we have caught some truly world-class specimens. Other notable fish species one can encounter on the flats include Golden, Yellow Dot and Green Spot Trevally.

The St Brandon's team of guides is world-class and they will ensure you maximise your time at this unique location.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.

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Passport with minimum six months validity.

Luggage allowance on internal flights is a max of 15 kilos.

  • Currency: Mauritian Rupee and US Dollar are accepted
  • Capital: Port Luis
  • Airport: Mauritius (MRU)
  • Population: 1.26 million
  • Language: English, Creole and French
  • Religion: Hindu and Christian
  • Electricity: 220v and 240v two-pin
  • Time: 4 hours ahead of GMT and 7 hours behind Sydney Australia
  • Average temperature: mid to high 20s-30s, fairly consistent due to its equator location

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