For truly exhilarating adventures with nature - both on land or sea - Alphonse Island Seychelles has it all. Whether a romantic honeymoon sojourn or an inspirational family holiday that will keep the children (and parents!) talking for years to come, you'll be captivated.
Immerse yourself in nature on this barefoot island paradise. Most excursions are lead and supported by experts in their field - from island nature treks and turtle conservation to guided snorkelling excursions and fishing or diving experiences that will blow your mind. Some activities must be pre-booked while some vary by season according to nature's cycles and migratory patterns, so please speak to one of our Mahlatini experts to clarify your exact requirements. Here are some of the island highlights.
A fascinating guided tour discovering forest trails and secret spots as well as stopping at major land and seascapes. Learn about the early settlers of Alphonse and the change from indigenous forest to coconut plantation as well as birdlife, fish and plants with the expert guides.
Established in 2007, the Island Conservation Society (ICS) are dedicated to ensuring key aspects of the ecosystem are maintained. The ICS team offer enthralling activities such as turtle patrols, giant tortoise viewing and feeding, bird watching as well as vital beach clean-ups. Without their sound knowledge, the atoll would not be how it is today.
Enjoy Alphonse from an intriguing new perspective on a guided kayak nature tour - a perfect, non-intrusive way to get up close to turtles and rays around the flats as well as spotting fishermen's delights like bonefish and triggerfish. Take a picnic basket and choose a captivating spot for a secluded meal.
You don't need to be a scuba diver to experience the enchanting marine life here. Choose from three different guided snorkelling excursions to Alphonse lagoon, Alphonse outer reefs or nearby St Francois Island and prepare to be mesmerised by the astonishing sea life. Once you've snorkelled here, very few other locations will come close. Equipment is complimentary.
After a busy day, relax with a well-deserved ice cold beer or cocktail while watching a blissful sunset over the ocean.
This has to be one of the highlights of a stay on Alphonse Island; a special treat with a dining atmosphere like no other! Revel in the sheer beauty of the vast sand flats as an array of marine life passes by while you feast on delicious food and an ice cold drink or two. Truly a moment to savour.
Another enthralling Alphonse experience! Join the guides every Friday at Barnacle Bar for a social de-tackling gathering. As they de-tackle, enjoy drinks with fellow fishing/diving partners and celebrate the week's achievements while learning intriguing first-hand facts about local nature that you can take back home and impress friends and colleagues.
Travel inside the reef flats of Alphonse with a knowledgeable marine biologist. A superb chance to see nature coming together as you appreciate white sand and crystal clear waters while spotting juvenile turtles, eagle rays and eels. There's also the special chance to partake in biodiversity surveys gathering baseline data on the species found in the sea grass meadows and under rocks in the reef platform.
Grab a map that details cycling & running paths around Alphonse and explore at your leisure. You're almost certain to find you own favourite secluded beach and you can even take a picnic. The main entertainment area includes a snooker table, table tennis and giant chess and there's a tennis court too. Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are available for personal use for discovery at your own pace.
Stroll deserted beaches and swim crystal clear waters on this wonderful deserted island, about 20minutes by speedboat from Alphonse and also a hotspot for turtle nesting. Guides will explain the enthralling life cycle of these endangered creatures, from egg-laying to hatchlings. In the forest, you may get lucky and see nests of the Wedge-tailed Shearwater, perhaps a mother or chick too!
The Alphonse Group is one of the most famous saltwater fly fishing locations in the Indian Ocean and one of the most prolific bonefish fisheries in the world. Try your hand on a full or half day of fly fishing at nearby St Francois Island with experienced Alphonse Fishing guides, wading over 10 000 acres of hard white sand flats in search of the many fish on offer. A breath taking experience for everyone who enjoys fishing.
Experience offshore fishing like never before... the unspoilt waters of Alphonse, Bijoutier and St Francois islands are home to a huge variety of blue water fish. The sheer drop-offs are perfect for species such as sailfish, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and dorado. On most days there are opportunities to 'fight the reel' and take up the challenge on thrilling full or half day excursions with highly skilled guides.
The Alphonse Fishing guides are experts in fishing the outer shores right on your doorstep. Experience unlimited site fishing like no other at a variety of island locations from the comfort of your island 'home'. There's a choice of either full or half day trips with a guide, both dependent on weather and tide.
Enjoy spellbinding face to face encounters with stingrays, turtles, moray eels, tuna, grouper, snapper, trevally and also sharks at the 30 dive sites around Alphonse and nearby. Suitable for any class of diver, from beginner to advanced, this has to be one of the best places to dive. Facilities include: registered PADI Dive Centre offering a variety of speciality Scuba courses such as full PADI (Open Water & Advanced) and Discover Scuba Diving (one-hour theory, pool session and a shallow dive to 12m); PADI Bubble Maker (suitable for children as young as eight years); PADI Divemaster
Be sure to leave time for this captivating half-day guided nature walk on the breathtakingly beautiful uninhabited island of St Francois; Children will love it. Explore the mangroves where birds roost in the tree tops while others wade across the vast sand flats. The wildlife here, such as mangrove crabs and nursing baby sicklefin lemon sharks, is truly amazing. You'll also view Manta rays, pelagic fish and cetaceans on the 40 minute crossing from Alphonse.
Relax at the Azure Spa after a day of exhilarating experiences... or perhaps have a day off from all the activity and just enjoy a day of pampering! Qualified staff work magic on tired bodies or guests who simply just wish to indulge. From head and shoulders to full body massages, treatments can be tailored to the individual. There are even special massage packages for fishermen too!
Sail into the Alphonse Lagoon on a luxury boat to salute the setting sun with a cocktail or beer! Share stories from your past few days and bid farewell to the departing day.
For the ultimate treat, perhaps to celebrate a special occasion, choose from a selection of exceptional and memorable private dining moments. An exclusive beach picnic on Alphonse, or go one better and enjoy a secluded beach picnic on nearby Bijoutier Island. There's also the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail experience and why not pair this with a private Chef's dinner experience for yet more unforgettable memories of your stay on Alphonse.
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