Anaa Atoll located in French Polynesia is one of the most unique, remote and stunning saltwater fly fishing destinations in the world. Situated 350 kilometres east from Tahiti in the Tuamotu Archipelago, this signature destination provides a diversity of saltwater fly fishing options ideal for small groups, couples and families.
Well known for its large Bluefin Trevally and Bonefish populations, the 160km+ fringing reef system surrounding the Atoll also provides the ability to chase Napoleon, Triggerfish, Bohar Snapper and Giant Trevally on foot. You can also fish offshore in the bluewater, where you can target Dogtooth and Yellowfin Tuna, while a large Humpback whale population can be seen regularly throughout the year.
The extensive flats systems that line the perimeter of the lagoon are crystal clear, with palm trees framing the backdrop and small ocean passes throughout with beautiful beaches, and ideal bonefish habitat. The local Bonefish population on Anaa Atoll is also protected through the successful Island Initiative spawning program which commenced in 2015. This closed season protects the large spawning Bonefish from any fishing pressure as they move between the lagoon and ocean passes, and has already seen a large recruitment of juvenile Bonefish into the system since its introduction. A designated Marine Park is also providing the fishery with a fantastic future ahead, as fly fishermen from around the world travel to experience Anaa Atoll in all of its beauty.
Off the water, the local sport of spear throwing or “Patia Fa” has to be seen to be believed, and a developing art and crafts scene including the local fly tying cooperative is assisting the development of a local economy. With community involvement in the fly fishing and conservation program on Anaa, which is home to less than 500 people, it’s a destination with real warmth, character and a visit to the island will stay with you forever.
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