Astove is breathtakingly beautiful. It is a world filled with colour, where the daily dramas of a pristine ecosystem play out in front of your very eyes. Astove offers a rare privilege and exclusive opportunity to gaze into a world which has changed very little in the years that have passed.
The Astove Wall is described as gazing down into the Grand Canyon. It consists of the large flats and reef dropping a vertical 90 degrees, from ankle deep water to water over a kilometre deep. This unique feature makes it a perfect dive site.
The atoll also has a rich and desolate history and is the cause of countless shipwrecks dating back to 1500 AD. It is also famous for the acclaimed underwater documentary “The Silent World”, filmed by Jacques Cousteau.
Astove Atoll is the place for catching the largest flats-caught Giant Trevallies in the Indian Ocean as well as many other species. Its shallow lagoon, surrounded by sheer drop-offs, makes the experience unique.
This lagoon is a sanctuary for both juvenile and trophy size fish that feed on the shallow white sand flats. Aside from big GT’s, Astove offers innumerable opportunities for bonefish, permit, bluefin trevally, triggerfish, barracuda and milkfish.
The offshore fishing starts metres from the edge of the flat where anglers can test their skills against yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, wahoo and sailfish.
Uninhabited since 1969, Astove makes for a wild experience. To ensure that the atoll stays pristine, Astove Island Lodge only caters to 6 guests per week.
The newly renovated lodge is very comfortable, accommodating its guests in single air-conditioned and en-suite rooms that surround the central courtyard. The lodge has a comfortable lounge as well as an indoor and outdoor dining area for guests’ relaxation in the evenings.
You’ll enjoy attentive service as well as exquisite dining. The menu usually comprises of an English breakfast in the morning, a packed lunch choice to take to the flats and a Creole buffet dinner served either on the beach or in the outside dining area.
The Astove Island Lodge staff includes an Alphonse Fishing Company manageress and local IDC staff, and is operated in such a way as to maximize fishing time.