Providence has remained largely untouched, with fewer than a thousand people having visited this tropical wilderness in the last century.

Providence is a true flats fishing wilderness.  There is no population living at Providence, which is just short of being the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles.  Getting there requires a charter flight first from Mahe to Farquhar, then a 50 mile open water ocean crossing to reach the atoll.  This remarkable atoll has remained largely untouched, with fewer than a thousand people having visited this tropical wilderness in the past century.  This has resulted in perhaps the highest concentration of size and numbers of a broad variety of different species found anywhere in the world; for the adventurous angler, the opportunities abound!

Providence offers incredible diversity.  Anglers can expect to target record size Giant Trevally, Bonefish, Triggerfish, Indo Pacific Permit, Milkfish as well as Bumphead Parrotfish.   Deep water begins very close to shore and offshore fishing for Dogtooth Tuna, Giant Trevally, Barracuda, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish and even the occasional Marlin can be just a few meters away.  Anglers fishing at Providence can scratch many different powerful, aggressive, and often trophy-sized fish off their bucket list.

Providence features amazing opportunities to wade pristine saltwater flats.  Anglers here have access to 46 kilometers of pristine white sand and turtle grass flats, an enormous lagoon system, as well as numerous channels which link these structures with the Indian Ocean.  Most of it can be fished on foot, using the tender boats for offshore fishing and chasing really big fish once hooked.

FlyCastaway’s team of professional guides is renowned as world-class.  Each boat is skippered by a qualified English-speaking guide. Whether it’s on the flats or offshore, the FlyCastaway guides will help you identify your desired target species, the areas which they frequent, and explain the correct techniques with which to catch them.  They will without question go the extra mile for your fish of a lifetime.

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Reservations & Rates

The cost of the 7 night, 6 day package is $12,300 USD per person (2 per room, 3 per boat).

Your angling package at Providence Atoll includes transfer flight from Mahe to Farquhar and return flight Farquhar to Mahe; 7 nights full board shared accommodation onboard Maya’s Dugong;; all meals; soft drinks and bottled water; landing fees; 6 days guided fishing (3 anglers to a boat and guide).

Not included in your Providence Atoll package are International Flights; overnight accommodation in Mahe; ground transfers on Mahe; tackle and flies; gratuities; alcohol; mandatory emergency medical evacuation policy (we recommend Global Rescue); travel insurance; personal expenses.

The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.

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Seasons at Providence Atoll

The first part of the season at Providence traditionally runs from October to mid December, and the second part from late February through April. These are the peak periods for fishing, as January is one of the rainiest months in the Seychelles and from May to early October the strong south-eastern monsoon winds blow incessantly. Over the years, the FlyCastaway team has found the best, most consistent weeks to operate in these parts of the Indian Ocean, and focus their short season during these premier times on the flats, ensuring that all guests have an unforgettable fishing experience.

The spring season (late February through early April) accounts for the nicest weather of the year, with less winds and more of those "picture perfect" tropical days, which also makes this the most popular time of year in the islands.

The monsoon winds start blowing sometime towards the end of April and can continue into November, with the peak windy period from late May to August. The wind can still blow into October (and also early May), however it is still very much fishable, and in fact these winds can create some of the best conditions of the year for targeting Giant Trevally – the conditions which typically result in the most GT action and the biggest fish. The windy periods are by no means "bad weather" with rains, dark skies, etc, but rather just a consistent south easterly wind, which pushes fresh water onto the flats and create some of the higher tide situations that the big marauders of the flats relish.

Fishing for bonefish, triggerfish, bumphead parrotfish, Indo-Pacific permit, and countless other exotic species of fish in the Seychelles is consistently good throughout this October-April window. Neap to spring tides do seem to be slightly better, but for the most part moon cycles and tides don't dramatically impact the fishing here. The fact is that these fish are so un-impacted – and see so few anglers each season - that they are often willing to eat a well-presented fly regardless of the weather conditions.

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Getting to Providence Atoll

You will want to plan your International Air Travel to arrive to Mahe, Seychelles, no later than a day BEFORE your scheduled arrival day. Guests are requested to arrive in Mahe the day before the charter flight to Farquhar as the charter flights out to the atoll are usually in the morning and to act as a buffer against flight delays/lost luggage etc. The group will meet an hour before the scheduled departure time at the IDC Hangar (not at the main international airport) to weigh and check in their luggage.

The flight from Mahe to Farquhar is one hour forty five minutes on-board a private chartered Beechcraft 1900. Guests are then transferred in true island style via tractor and trailer on a short fifteen minute ride to the slipway from where they are transferred to the mothership Maya’s Dugong, which will carry them across to Providence (6-8 hours) as well act as your home and base for the week’s fishing. On arrival at Providence Atoll, the group will spend the next six days fishing and exploring the islands, flats and channels of Providence Atoll.

Day of Departure: After fishing on the sixth day the mother ship will start heading back to Farquhar. The following day the group will fly out of Farquhar and head back to Mahe. We recommend scheduling a departing flight out of Mahe no earlier than 8:00 pm on your day of departure. The charter flight from Farquhar is typically back on Mahe between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, although we do still suggest allowing for ample time in case of unforeseen delays if you’re planning to catch a flight from Mahe.

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Lodging at Providence Atoll

Maya’s Dugong is an extremely well equipped expedition vessel which boasts the most experienced crew in the region. The 150 foot vessel can sleep 14 guests in 7 double cabins making her the ideal vessel for long range fly fishing expeditions in this area. The spacious vessel’s large public areas allow for maximum enjoyment of guests’ time onboard Maya’s Dugong. A huge dining salon and lounge hosts guests in air-conditioned comfort for meals and entertainment and the outdoor leisure deck provides opportunities for al fresco dining and also serves as a

comfortable lounge area. There is also plenty of open deck space on-board for sun bathing and relaxing and a spacious bridge and observation deck allow guests to take in the adventure with a captain’s eye view of all the surroundings.

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Fishing at Providence Atoll

Providence offers fly fishermen the opportunity to wade and sight fish a possible 46 kilometers of pristine sand and Turtle grass flats, an enormous lagoon system as well the numerous channels which link these structures with the Indian Ocean. Anglers can expect to target record size Giant Trevally, Bonefish, Triggerfish, Indo Pacific Permit, Milkfish as well as Bumphead Parrotfish. The team of 4 professional FlyCastaway guides will lead you onto these flats using 4 x locally built mini Mahe panga style boats.

Typically anglers will be up early and after a quick breakfast head out to the flats to fish the first tide. We generally stay out on the flats with a packed lunch, especially if the prime tidal movement coincides with the lunch break. There is the option to come back to mothership for lunch if the tide allows, however it is best arranged with the head guide the evening prior. The following day’s activities and schedule will be planned the night before between the guides and the captain. If you have any preferences please feel free to mention it to the guides. Current tidal movement and the species anglers wish to target will be taken into consideration.

Providence has two major land masses namely Cerf Island in the extreme south and North Island at the most northern part of the atoll. The seemingly endless flats not only surround both these islands but also run uninterrupted the entire 40 odd kilometers in between. They are primarily made up of Turtlegrass, with the larger white sand flats being found around the islands. Most of the flats are hard, making them ideal for wading. Fishing on these flats for species such as Giant Trevally, Triggerfish, Bumphead Parrotfish, Bonefish, Milkfish, Bohar Snapper, Bluefin Trevally, Indo Pacific Permit, Great Barracuda etc must rank as the best in the world at present. The guides will lead you onto the flats and help you identify the desired target species, the areas which they frequent and then explain the correct techniques with which to catch them.

Deep water begins very close to shore at most of the anchorages and it is possible to fish these waters from the tenders. Here the most common species encountered are Dogtooth Tuna, Giant Trevally, Barracuda, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish and the occasional Marlin. Standard tackle is a 14 – 15 weight, usually rigged with a 700-grain or heavier line and/or an intermediate billfish taper. Surface fishing in blue water with the aid of teasers is also possible with large baitfish imitations from sizes 6/0 and upward being recommended. All FlyCastaway guides are experts in rigging, teasing and the handling of blue water fish.

The hard white sand, turtlegrass or coral flats of Providence make for easy wading, thus separating it from other destinations in the world. As most of the fishing will be done whilst wading, good protective footwear is essential. Standard diver’s neoprene booties with a reinforced rubber sole are not appropriate. More protective flats wading boots must be worn. There are a number of purpose made boots on the market which are excellent. See suggested brands in tackle and gear list. Guests will not be taken onto the flats without proper footwear!

What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?

• Providence is a true flats fishing wilderness. There is no population living at Providence, which is just short of being the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles. Getting there requires a charter flight first from Mahe to Farquhar, then a 50 mile open water ocean crossing to reach the atoll. This remarkable atoll has remained largely untouched, with fewer than a thousand people having visited this tropical wilderness in the past century. This has resulted in perhaps the highest concentration of size and numbers of a broad variety of different species found anywhere in the world; for the adventurous angler, the opportunities abound!

• Providence offers incredible diversity. Anglers can expect to target record size Giant Trevally, Bonefish, Triggerfish, Indo Pacific Permit, Milkfish as well as Bumphead Parrotfish. Deep water begins very close to shore and offshore fishing for Dogtooth Tuna, Giant Trevally, Barracuda, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish and even the occasional Marlin can be just a few meters away. Anglers fishing at Providence can scratch many different powerful, aggressive, and often trophy-sized fish off their bucket list.

• Providence features amazing opportunities to wade pristine saltwater flats. Anglers here have access to 46 kilometers of pristine white sand and turtle grass flats, an enormous lagoon system, as well as numerous channels which link these structures with the Indian Ocean. Most of it can be fished on foot, using the tender boats for offshore fishing and chasing really big fish once hooked.

• FlyCastaway’s team of professional guides is renowned as world-class. Each boat is skippered by a qualified English-speaking guide. Whether it’s on the flats or offshore, the FlyCastaway guides will help you identify your desired target species, the areas which they frequent, and explain the correct techniques with which to catch them. They will without question go the extra mile for your fish of a lifetime.

• Maya’s Dugong is an extremely well equipped expedition vessel which boasts the most experienced crew in the region. The 150 foot vessel can sleep 14 guests in 7 double cabins making her the ideal vessel for long range fly fishing expeditions in this area. The spacious vessel’s large public areas allow for maximum enjoyment of guests’ time onboard Maya’s Dugong. A huge dining salon and lounge hosts guests in air-conditioned comfort for meals and entertainment and the outdoor leisure deck provides opportunities for al fresco dining and also serves as a comfortable lounge area. There is also plenty of open deck space on-board for sun bathing and relaxing and a spacious bridge and observation deck allow guests to take in the adventure with a captain’s eye view of all the surroundings.

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Making Reservations to Providence Atoll

To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week, or email us at travel@theflyshop.com anytime. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.