Alpha Royale @Dhebanveli Guesthouse
One of our top picks in Malé. Alpha Royale is a newly-built fishing and leisure boat, offering daily deep sea and bottom fishing trips from the productive Male atoll. Mohamed Latheef, the boat’s Captain, also operates the Dhebanveli Guesthouse, a well-equipped fishing lodge located on the Nilandhoo Island in the Faaf Atoll, surrounded by a variety of rich fishing grounds. Half day, full day as well as night fishing trips are made available daily aboard Alpha Royale, as are the all-inclusive fishing + lodging packages, particularly aimed at those looking for a unique fishing-centric vacation in the sunny Maldives.
The Alpha Royale is 50ft. long and has been designed with fishing techniques such as jigging, popping and trolling in mind. Made out of fiberglass and sporting a large livewell, the vessel can venture out far offshore in search of game fish such as the notorious Yellowfin Tuna. The boat features a spacious saloon, outfitted with benches and a dining table, a bathroom as well as a simple kitchen where the crew will go about preparing the lunch for your party. It can comfortably accommodate up to 8 passengers per trip. There is also a cozy sun deck located on the upper area.
Fishing-wise, Alpha Royale is rigged with a fighting chair on board, outriggers as well as a spacious livewell, and features the standard fish finding and navigational technology such as GPS and fish finder. The experienced crew utilizes 4 Penn International Tuna rods with Penn International GT 345 reels, working hard to put you on fish with all the equipment, lures and live bait provided. Among others, these waters are abundant with big game pelagics such as Sailfish, Wahoo, GT, Tuna, Snapper, Grouper and more. For overnight fishing trips, Alpha Royale also features sleeping facilities which can accommodate up to 4 anglers.
Alpha Royale is a newly-built fishing and leisure boat, offering daily deep sea and bottom fishing trips from the productive Male atoll. Mohamed Latheef, the boat’s Captain, also operates the Dhebanveli Guesthouse, a well-equipped fishing lodge
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About this listing
Alifushi Boatyard (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 115HP Yanmar inboard offshore engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 12 knots.
20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash.
About the Captain
Member since October 2013
Malé Fishing Calendar
Went fishing on December 16, 2017
Captain Latheef is a experience and nice person. All the crews are very helpful. Though the weather condition was not that good, my friend and I still had a good time. Will come back to Maldives for an other trip next year. Hope to meet and fishing with Captain and his crews soon.
Fished December 2017Fished December 16, 2017Lei Xie recommends Alpha Royale @Dhebanveli Guesthouse
Went fishing on November 16, 2017
Let me start by saying that our trip to the Maldives was very last minute, we found a place to stay and then my next agenda was to try my luck fishing to catch a GT, Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish) or Wahoo. After contacting the resort where we were staying and finding out how much it costed, I looked online where I could find an alternative fishing charter. Which lead me to Fishing Booker and came across Latheef’s Alpha Royale crew. Our flight arrived shortly before 8 am and the earliest time we could go fishing would be the Night Fishing which would start at 4 pm. Giving us some time to relax, go for a swim and grab lunch before going out. Before Latheef confirmed the trip, he asked if we would consider heading out at 1 pm instead since it would be difficult to navigate back to our resort at night with the present of the reef into the jetty. No issues there with us, meant that we could still grab a quick lunch and be back later in the evening to have dinner.
Two days before our trip Latheef contacted us, giving us details where he would pick us up and what time. By the way, Latheef and the crew arranged to pick and drop us back to our resort at no extra charge (Fantastic!!!). He also told us the forecast and sea conditions what we could be expecting as it’s been raining and roughs seas.
On the day when we arrived it was overcast, soon after we checked in and went to grab breakfast the skies open up and it started to bucket down with rain - the wind was was quite strong too. Fearing the weather was going to get worse or continue, I was anticipating that Latheef would contact us to cancel the trip soon. About 1 hour until the crew would come to pick us up, the wind dropped and the rain stopped. Patches of blue skies started to appear - thank God our trip would not be cancelled or ruined.
After Alpha Royale came to pick us up, Latheef asked what type of fishing I would like to try fish. I really wanted to catch a GT so told him I like to give popping a go, if that doesn’t work we can go jigging or trolling if the fishes aren’t biting. We travelled 10 mins until we reached our fish spot, gave that area a good workout for 15-20 minutes no bites so we moved onto the next spot. No luck at 2nd spot so moved to the 3rd, again nothing so the 4th. One of the deck hands managed to excite a GT to bust the surface but it never managed to hook on. We gave that area another 10-15 minutes. Then we spotted a school of fish breaking the surface chasing bait fish, we quickly went to that area and trolled around the edges. Nothing to our lures and not far in the distance we spotted a pod of dolphins so we decided to take a little break and head over there to take some photos. There was literally couple of hundreds of them, it was amazing to see them up so close and more so when you see them breaching the water.
We then decide to give popping a break and head to a totally different area to jig for coral trout, wahoo and bottom feeders. No luck at the first spot so we moved to a different area again. On the way to the 2nd spot we can across a school of bonito feeding, so we decide to troll and within a few minutes we were on. Only managed to hook one bonito but that was a good sign of things to come. At least we’re on the board with a fish, even though it’s not the best table fish - a fish is a fish after all and we were happy to come out and catch something than go home empty handed.
We got to our 2nd spot, started jigging again and Latheef managed to hook onto a small rock cod of some type. He was ever so nice, passed his rod over to me and told me to bring in the fish. So I handed him my rod with my jig still in the water. After I landed the rock cod, fish on my own rod and this one felt heavy and had a bit of a kick to it.
Be hold when I could see colour, it was bright orange and straight away I knew I had caught some sort of coral trout. Wow, was it beautiful or what, so it turns out it wasn’t a coral trout but a coronation trout. What a prize and keeper! Took some snaps as a trophy. The deckhand and the crew cleaned the fish and later cooked it up for everyone to enjoy before we were dropped back to our resort.
I have to say the crew and Latheef were friendly, professional in all his dealings. We even shared photos and stories of our many catches we had on our phones. At the beginning of the trip with the weather we encountered on the day, and after trying the many different spots including coming across the school of bonito who weren’t interested in our setup. My hopes was fading away as the hours went by, but the crew and Latheef never gave up. If one spot or type of fishing didn’t work we would constantly more or change tactics to increase our chances of success.
Fishing is a game of patience as well a bit of luck is involved on the day, with a great crew our luck of catching a fish increased significantly with their drive and knowledge of the area.
Would recommend anyone coming to Maldives to look up Latheef and his
Fished November 2017Fished November 16, 2017Replied to this review on November 25, 2017
Thanks BillMinh Doan recommends Alpha Royale @Dhebanveli Guesthouse
Replied to this review on November 25, 2017
Went fishing on November 14, 2017
Trip was amazing. Captain and crew are excellent , boat is very comfortable, hospitality also excellent.
Fished November 2017Fished November 14, 2017Haldun Onculoglu recommends Alpha Royale @Dhebanveli Guesthouse
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