Fly fishing in the Indian Ocean
We all know how beautiful the Maldives is for snorkelling, diving, surfing, relaxing, discovering the traditions of nearby islands and simply soaking up the idyllic nature of the place, but now it offers something a little different.
COMO Maalifushi is offering keen anglers and enthusiastic amateurs the chance to fish the unspoilt sand flats on the fringes of this private island resort located in the Maldives’ Thaa Atoll. The fly fishing tours are run in partnership with Fishing Holiday Maldives, who have 30 years’ experience in the country’s marine sports and recreational fishing industry. Guests of COMO Maalifushi have access to professional guides and world-class fly-fishing equipment with the experienced guides using their local knowledge to help guests find the atoll’s best fishing spots, on a Hewes 18 Redfisher boat.
The shallow Indian Ocean waters of Thaa Atoll are teeming with marine life including bluefin, reef, and giant trevally, bonefish, and triggerfish — all alluring catches for anglers. The main fishing destinations are within a 30-minute boat ride away from the resort with other parts of the atoll able to be reached on full-day trips, where anglers will discover a further 150 sq. kms of unexplored and unfished sand flats.
Hamish Taggart, Founder of Fishing Holiday Maldives, said: “We are thrilled to be launching these fly-fishing experiences in the almost totally virgin Thaa Atoll, in partnership with COMO Maalifushi. With over 20 years’ experience fishing in this part of the Indian Ocean, I can honestly say that the surrounding flats and diverse ecosystem near this resort make it the ideal location for anglers seeking the ultimate fishing adventure.”
Pietro Addis, General Manager at COMO Maalifushi, said: “Fly-fishing has yet to take off in the Maldives, so we are really excited to be among the first to offer this experience in the area. We hope to attract professional and amateur anglers alike, to showcase the best of what this isolated patch of the Indian Ocean has to offer.”
COMO Maalifushi’s Fly Fishing experiences are available from now (January) until April (weather and tide dependent), with strict catch and release rules practicsed for all fish caught on the flats in accordance with COMO Hotels and Resorts’ sustainability ethos.
About COMO Maalifushi
COMO Maalifushi is located in Thaa Atoll — a 60-minute seaplane journey from the international airport in Malé and is the ultimate away-from-it-all destination. And while activities are numerous, this is a luxurious resort designed with relaxation front of mind. Each room’s décor is designed to bring the colours of sea, sand and sky into the heart of the residence, be it an overwater villa or a beach house set among garden palms. COMO Maalifushi has three restaurants: ‘Thila’, for easy-going food, such as wood-fired pizzas and salads; ‘Madi’, which serves a mix of local, regional and Mediterranean cuisine; and ‘Tai’, which ranks among the finest Japanese restaurants in the Maldives, featuring a sushi bar serving freshly caught seafood, and an enviable, overwater location. Guests can fully embrace the range of holistic Asian therapies available at the award-winning COMO Shambhala Retreat at COMO Maalifushi, which also offers yoga, a fully equipped gym and a range of holistic wellness therapies. The guest experience at COMO Maalifushi is defined from beginning to end by COMO’s exacting, passionate service.
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