The Stunning Seychelles: Denis Island

Offshore action in a tropical paradise

Denis Island in the Seychelles is one of the top ultra-luxurious resorts in the world. At the invitation of Henry Riggs-Miller, the owner of Fishing in the Seychelles, the Marlin team headed to Denis from the main island of Mahe' via a small twin-engined aircraft in search of bluewater action. What they found there was simply incredible.

In just a ten-minute run from the anchorage, the team put the lines in the water and were immediately rewarded with action from packs of ravenous wahoo. These prized striped speedsters averaged 30 pounds, with an occasional 40-pounder in the mix.

And while the fishing for sailfish was slower than usual, the team tagged and released several big sailfish throughout the day. Yellowfin tuna and dorado also kept the rods bent, and a finicky black marlin even made an appearance but wasn’t hooked.

Back ashore, it was a treat to spend time on Denis Island, a location that is incredibly beautiful. The developers designed the island with an eye toward sustainability: a sizeable farm and ranch produces most of the meat and produce offered to the guests and staff. It’s also home to a rookery of rare and endangered bird species and is also a nesting ground for several species of sea turtles. Denis Island is a naturalist’s haven, with amazing natural flora and fauna at every turn. The snorkeling and scuba diving around the island’s many reefs is also some of the best in the world.

For those looking for a destination that’s remote, beautiful and exclusive, with excellent blue-water fishing action within sight of shore, search no farther than Denis Island.