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Overview of Astove Atoll

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 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 an underwater Grand Canyon. It consists of the large flats and reef dropping a vertical 90 degrees, from ankle-deep water to water well 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”,  partly filmed on the Astove Wall by Jacques Cousteau.

 

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Fly Fishing at Astove Atoll

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-sized 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 just metres from the edge of the flats and allows anglers to test their skills against yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, wahoo and sailfish.

 

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Photographs of fish caught at Astove Island

Facilities at Astove Atoll

Uninhabited since 1969, Astove makes for a wild experience. To ensure that the atoll stays pristine, Astove Atoll Coral House only caters to 10 guests per week.

The newly renovated Coral House is very comfortable, accommodating its guests in single or double air-conditioned and en-suite rooms that surround the central courtyard. The Coral House has a comfortable lounge as well as an indoor and outdoor dining area for guests’ relaxation in the evenings.