Located 1,030km south-west of Mahé, Cosmoledo Atoll is unquestionably one of the best giant trevally fisheries in the world and has become the benchmark for anglers in search of the epic flats fishing experience. Cosmo is a large, untouched ecosystem whose white sand flats, lagoons and channels are ruled by pugnacious packs of giant trevally. However, these fish are not the only species that can be found here in impressive numbers. Big bonefish, bluefin trevally, bohar snapper, barracuda, milkfish, finicky Indo-Pacific permit and a host of triggerfish species all call Cosmoledo home. Hit this trip right and it is as good as saltwater fishing can be!
Catering to limited groups of ten anglers per week this substantial atoll measures 17KM from North to South. It has multiple entrances to the inner lagoon. South Island stands near the main entrance, while the second, smaller entrance is just south of Menai. The perimeter of the atoll is covered with vast sand flats dotted with islands of various shapes and sizes, and the lagoon has a number of hard white pancake flats all perfect for wading. Anglers fish two per boat from five purpose built mini-mahe skiffs, and are professionally guided by members of the seasoned team.
In addition to the flats, the deep water begins very close to shore at Cosmoledo making it possible to access the impressively productive fishery for Barracuda, Wahoo, Yellowfin & Dogtooth Tuna, Sailfish and the occasional Striped Marlin.
Accommodations and Meals:
Cosmoledo has a single eco-lodge situated on Wizzard Island; where nature meets creative, eco-friendly hospitality. The lodge consists of eight en-suite cottages complete with air conditioning, a front veranda with a seating area, and a well-appointed outdoor shower. The wonderfully situated dining, bar and entertainment area is a large safari tent with bare sand floors. The chef prepares a mix of Creole and international dishes and incorporates fresh fish daily, with fruit and vegetables which are farmed in the Alphonse garden.
The lodge is fully equipped with snorkeling and dive gear as well as stand up paddle boards and kayaks that are available for all guests to use.
Cosmoledo Atoll is truly a diverse nature lover’s paradise of incomprehensible proportions. The ecosystem is pristine and untouched and the encounters you will see on a daily basis are proof of how remote and preserved this magnificent atoll is.
Cosmoledo is an important bird area and holds Seychelles’ largest colonies of all three species of booby that breed in Seychelles. The atoll holds the last viable population of brown booby, breeding mainly on South Island, with a few on the west of North Island. It also has the Indian Ocean’s largest population of red-footed booby censused by the Island Conservation Society as about 15,000 pairs. Hundreds of non-breeding frigatebirds of both species are to be seen, these being probably from Aldabra. It also has Seychelles’ largest colony of sooty tern breeding on the northern end of Wizard Island. Second only to Aldabra are the numbers of breeding red-tailed tropicbird, black-naped tern and crested tern.
The lagoon is an important feeding ground for migratory waders, with crab plover and ruddy turnstone most common. There are three endemic races of land bird: the Madagascar white-eye (race menaiensis), the souimanga sunbird (race buchenorum) and a particular form of Madagascar turtle dove. The Madagascar cisticola is also common and there are a few pied crow present.
There are areas of tall mangrove, especially on the lagoon side of Menai Island. Coconuts are common only on Menai, where many were planted. Lizards include Bouton’s snake-eyed skink and Madagascar banded lizard, the latter found nowhere else in Seychelles. The sand-filled shores are also a breeding ground for the green and hawksbill turtle, and it is not uncommon to see the turtle hatchlings digging their way free from their sandy nests and heading for the sea. The reefs are spectacular and offer some of the best diving in Seychelles. The Island Conservation Society has carried out conservation and rehabilitation work on the atoll, including the eradication of introduced rats and cats on several islands.
Wednesday: Arrive Mahe, Overnight
Thursday: 3 hour Charter Flight to Astove, then sail(18 Miles)to Cosmoledo.
Friday - Wednesday: Six full days of fishing.
Thursday: Sail back to Astove, Charter Flight to Mahe, Depart for home.
2020 Rate: $15,400 plus $175 conservation fee per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: Accommodations, meals and beverages, round-trip airfare Mahe/Assumption/Mahe, guided fishing, tender boat and fuel, fishing license, park fees.
Not Included: International airfare, accommodations, meals, ground transfers on Mahe, laundry, travel and medical insurance, staff & guide gratuities, tackle and flies
Season: November and March to April
Fish Species: Trevally, bonefish, triggerfish, milkfish
Trip Capacity: 8 anglers