Alphonse is a mile-long coral island located 310 miles south-west of Mahé in the Amirantes archipelago. It is a 60 to 80-minute flight from the capital. The island is world famous for its handline and fly fishing. The island did have a hotel, the Alphonse Island Resort, for a long time but it is now closed. Despite this, should you travel to Alphonse Island, you won't leave disappointed.
For nature enthusiasts, an eco-guide offers free in-depth information on the local fauna and flora. A big game fishing and deep-sea diving centre is located right on the island. There is also the possibility of handline and/or fly fishing for those who are interested.
The beautiful fine sandy beach is protected by a coral reef. The water is particularly clear and enables a clear view of the seabed with just a simple mask. Alphonse Island is home to a large variety of birds: herons, white-tailed tropicbirds, frigates, terns, etc. There are many fabulous and easily accessible sites for divers and fishermen.
At low tide, the water recedes quite far out from the shore. Besides, from June to September, the beach is covered in seaweed which has to be cleared every morning.
Alphonse Island is too far from Mahé and is mainly reserved for fans of handline and fly fishing. Don't visit between June and September, as there is too much seaweed during this period.
Fans of Creole cuisine, get ready! We hope you like freshly caught fish, as it's the staple local food!
A fishing rod.
This hotel located on a virgin Island, would appeal to enthusiasts ...