Get­ting There and Stay­ing There

Marlin - - BEFORE THE STRIKE -

We flew Eti­had Air­ways from New York to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emi­rates, then Air Sey­chelles ( airs­ey­chelles.com) from Abu Dhabi to the main is­land of Mahé. There are sev­eral other op­tions, but be ready for a full day of travel on each end of the trip.

There are more than 115 is­lands in the Sey­chelles, and to see more than a few, you’ll need a good trans­fer ser­vice to help. With more than 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the Sey­chelles, Ma­son’s Travel ( ma­son­stravel.com) han­dled all of our ground trans­fers and other de­tails flaw­lessly.

There are only a few choices for top-qual­ity char­ter op­er­a­tions — one of the best is A1 Char­ters ( a1­fish­ings­ey­chelles.com), based in Eden Is­land Ma­rina on the eastern coast of Mahé. We fished on Spe­cial K, a 32-foot Cabo, and Alati, a 45-foot Cabo. Both were tour­na­men­trigged with top-qual­ity tackle and gear, in­clud­ing dredges. Con­tact Henry Riggs-Miller through FINS (Fish­ing in the Sey­chelles) at fins.sc for in­for­ma­tion on fish­ing in the re­gion.

For lodg­ing, it’s tough to beat the Carana Beach Ho­tel ( caran­abeach.com). Each of the vil­las of­fers stun­ning views. From Mahé, we trav­eled to De­nis Is­land ( deni­sis­land.com), a pri­vate is­land com­mu­nity that is up­scale and ex­clu­sive, with out­stand­ing an­gling op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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