Unforgettable fly-fishing in the virgin flats of Thaa Atoll
Keen anglers and enthusiastic amateurs are heading to COMO Maalifushi to fish the unspoilt sand flats on the fringes of this private island resort in the Maldives’ Thaa Atoll. 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 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 150 square kilometers 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 January to April (weather and tide dependent). As part of COMO Hotels and Resorts’ sustainability ethos, strict catch and release rules are practiced for all fish caught on the flats.
Fly Fishing experiences at COMO Maalifushi start from US$200 for a three-hour fishing expedition by kayak, and US$500 for a three-hour fishing expedition by boat.
For further info: www.comohotels.com/maalifushi