Seychelles is an amazing place of 115 islands in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. This magical archipelago is located just south of the equator and attracts with its beautiful weather all year round. The fabulous beaches of the «Bounty country», amazing nature, unique flora, and fauna — all these are Seychelles. It is a real paradise. Yachtsmen and tourists from all over the world come here.
For a long time in the Middle Ages, Seychelles was the haven for sailors and pirates from many countries, who were fixing their ships and taking care of their health here, so navigation in these places has a long tradition. However, traces of sailors of the past and legends of treasures, hidden here, are kept only by the silver sands of Seychelles beaches. And modern adventure lovers will discover their own treasures here. Seychelles is the most popular yachting spot in the Indian Ocean and there is no off-season here. Safe bays and marinas, small distances between the islands, pleasant climate, no storms, incredible landscapes — nature has done everything to attract here the true lovers of sea voyages.
And the local places rich in ocean fish are a real treasure for fishing lovers and snorkeling fans. Here the legendary Jacques Cousteau made a film about the underwater world of the Indian Ocean, and Emanuel suffered on the colorful beaches of La Digue.
from €1,100 / 8(8) days / 1pers.
Day 1. Buying food and getting settled on the catamaran. Briefing and preparation for the start. Departure from Mahe Bay in the afternoon. Mooring at night in the marine reserve near the island of St. Anne. The waters of the marine reserve are ideal for snorkeling and swimming in the ocean. Then we’ll have dinner on a yacht. The first half of our voyage will take place in rather unknown places, and this is especially attractive.
Day 2. The first crossing to the west of the Mahe island along the famous Bu Vallon beach. There is a great opportunity for fishermen to fish in the ocean! The yacht will pass along the islands of Conception and Teresa where the «Survivor» show was filmed. We will moor in the unusual bay of Baie Ternay Marine National Park, where behind the turtle beach there is a fresh lake with islands.
The diversity of underwater life will surprise even the tourists who think they have seen everything. There are sunken ships with corals and colorful coral tropical fish swimming between giant anemones. And all this is no deeper than 5 meters. During snorkeling, you can meet huge ramps, and lobsters, climbing the crevices in search of food!
Day 3. We will sail to the neighboring island and stay there for two days. Silhouette Island is located 30 km northwest of Mahe. 800 meters high hills, covered with tropical trees, an oasis of coconut palms on the beach, beautiful granite rocks — it seems that every corner of this island has absorbed all the unique nature of Seychelles at once. And if you go inland along a mountain path, you will find yourself in a real high-altitude tropical forest with lush and vibrant vegetation. Huge mangroves, pineapples, bananas, breadfruit, and huge coco de mer nuts. The ruins of the pirate village of Anse Mondo, overgrown with jungle, will amaze you.
Day 4. Arid Island is 40 km from the Silhouette and we will sail there early in the morning. On the small granite island of Arid, which is part of the Seychelles archipelago and is 10 kilometers away from the island of Praslin, there is a nature reserve. Formally, this island is uninhabited, but the employees of the reserve live here — no more than 10 volunteers. The remaining 68 hectares of the island are used by birds, which are more numerous here than on all the other islands of the archipelago together. Researchers were able to roughly estimate that 1,500,000 seabirds of ten species nest here. Moreover, some species are endemic, which live only in Seychelles. The island was bought by the chocolate magnate Cadbury (senior) and ornithologists from around the world come here for research. His cottage of rosewood can be seen in the depths of the island.
Day 5. A visit to the island of Cousin. In 1968, the island received the status of a nature reserve, rare species of birds and giant turtles live here. Then we will sail to the island of Praslin and visit Vallee de Mai valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will love the walk through the valley. The path runs through a dense grove of famous Seychelles palm trees, Coco de Mer. The height of the trees reaches 30 meters. Swinging gently in the wind, they fill the surrounding space with a mystical rustle. And many-tiered fan leaves with a diameter of up to six meters create a twilight. Mooring in the bay of St. Anne.
Day 6. A visit to the islands of the Big and Little Sisters, one of them is uninhabited and surrounded by a coral reef, where we will have great snorkeling. After lunch, we will sail to Cocos Island. Its huge rocks will not leave you indifferent. Harmonious architecture and an amazing combination of forms and colors of this island create a truly delightful landscape. The underwater world is also beautiful — the marine fauna will amaze your imagination. The waters of the marine reserve are ideal for snorkeling. Mooring in the picturesque harbor of La Digue island.
Day 7. We will have the opportunity to explore La Digue on our own if we rent bicycles. You will definitely enjoy this beautiful and quiet island. Nice country roads under tall palm trees, houses with roofs made of palm branches, small factories where coconut is dried, stunning white beaches with huge smooth rocks — La Digue can be considered the most beautiful island of Seychelles. There are no cars, only bicycles, and carts drawn by oxen. You can also leave bicycles in a specially equipped parking lot and walk around the most popular beach areas — Grande Anse, Petit Anse, and Anse Cocos.
We will sail from the eastern islands of the archipelago to the main island of Mahe to our home marina. We will sunbathe and swim, and if we are lucky enough flying fish will fly right to our catamaran!
Day 8. Delivering the catamaran. Exchange of addresses and saying goodbye.
The end of our main voyage.
You can stay here to further explore Seychelles, or you can go home and we hope to see you again.
Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, east of Africa, consisting of 115 islands. There are many beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves where rare species of animals live, including giant turtles. The capital of the state is the city of Victoria. It is located on the largest of the islands — Mahe.