KEEN anglers and enthusiastic amateurs are heading to COMO Maalifushi to fish the unspoiled virgin flats on the fringes of this private island resort in the Maldives’ Thaa Atoll.
In partnership with Fishing Holiday Maldives – with 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 at the resort. These experienced guides use their local knowledge to help guests find the atoll’s best fishing spots, taking them by flats boat (Hewes 18 Redfisher).
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. Other parts of the atoll can also be reached on full-day trips where anglers will discover a further 150sq km of unexplored and unfished sand flats.
COMO Maalifushi general manager Pietro Addis 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 January to April (weather and tide dependent). As part of COMO Hotels and Resorts’ sustainability ethos, strict catch and release rules are practised for all fish caught on the flats.
Virgin flats fly fishing experiences at COMO Maalifushi start from $US200 for a three-hour fishing expedition by kayak, and $US500 for a three-hour fishing expedition by boat.