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Seychelles is the ultimate destination for those looking to get lost in paradise!

Navigare Yachting is here to make this exotic location just a little bit closer. Take a look at our fleet and find the perfect fit for you and your crew, as you enjoy the pleasures of island hopping between Seychelles’ majestic coastlines. Our Sailing vacation payment plan, which allows you to pay for your sailing vacation in up to six monthly installments, brings you one step closer to the powdery sands of your dream vacation.

Brimming with culture, untouched nature and some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches, Seychelles is the ultimate destination for those looking to get lost in paradise. The archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean is surrounded by warm, cerulean waters, is home to unique flora and fauna, as well as hospitable locals. With countless points of interest found nowhere else in the world, a private charter is the best way to make the most of Seychelles’ serene beauty.

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Yacht Charter Seychelles

Navigare Yachting Seychelles Sailing destination

  • Experience sailing the sky blue waters of Seychelles
  • Escape the troubles of daily life and find bliss in this A lister destination, tailored to your preferences.
  • Discover the wonders of Seychelles’ nature and immerse in the rich culture of its vibrant locals in Mahé’s city scape.

Enjoy Navigare’s approach to Seychelles’ one of a kind sublimity!

The awe-inspiring vistas and laid back island style of Seychelles invites you to turn your back on your troubles and take in the perks of a private charter. Navigare provides the perfect means to indulge in the pleasures of every destination.

 

 

Discover Your Yacht Charter Seychelles Holiday

Sailing in Seychelles : Vacation destinations

Navigare Yachting offers one-week and two-week sail Seychelles vacations, as well as three-day sailboat catamaran charters starting any day of the week from June to October. Our bareboat charter catamaran available for this destination, is the perfect way to explore on your own time and will. It is also the ideal sailing vacation for families and groups of friends.

 

Our fleet in Seychelles includes Lagoon catamarans which are well equipped and expertly maintained.

 

Yacht Charter Seychelles

Sailing in Seychelles

A bareboat yacht charter is the ideal vacation choice for you if:

  • You want to have a yacht just to yourself and your family or invited guests
  • You want the freedom to explore your destination on your own.
  • You currently have the required certificates or documentation to sail a yacht yourself and enjoy the challenge and thrill of skippering your own boat.
  • All that you're missing is the boat itself and you don't want to pay for anything else.

There's no better feeling than having a boat of your own and the seas all to yourself and your closest companions. Bareboat yacht charter is the ideal sailing vacation for families, groups of friends and more. You can go where you want, do what you wish, and enjoy the incomparable peace and relaxation that comes from doing things your way.

 

Weather Conditions for Seychelles

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Seychelles Climate

The Seychelles' climate is very mild, rarely dropping below 24°C or rising above 32°C. With average winds of 15-22 kilometers per hour and the sea generally being calm, Seychelles’ conditions make for great cruising. Warm waters and sunny skies allow you to discover the natural wonders of Seychelles. Expect more rainfall in the months of December to February.

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Required Documents

All of the below listed documents are required for sailing in Seychelles and must be presented prior to boarding:

  • Valid passport
  • Copy of the charter contract
  • Crew list, to include names, birth dates, nationalities, and passport numbers

 

Navigare Yacht Rental Seychelles Contact Information

Navigare Yachting, Seychelles

Eden Island Marina
P.O. Box 14, Victoria, Mahe
Seychelles, Indian Ocean.

Phone: +248 4346300
Fax: +248 4346346

 

 

 

BUSINESS HOURS
8:30am to 5pm Monday-Saturday
EMBARKATION / DISEMBARKATION HOURS
Embarkation time: Monday to Saturday 10:00am
Disembarkation time: Monday to Saturday 10:00am
Sunday & Public Holidays: 8:30am - 12:00pm in case of embarkation
SECURITY DEPOSIT
Payable at embarkation, by cash or credit

 

Additional Information Needed to Charter a Yacht in Seychelles

LOCAL LANGUAGE: English

LOCAL CURRENCY: The currency of the Seychelles is the rupee (SCR) but tourists can also pay in US Dollars or Euros.

LOCAL CUISINE: Seychelles’ cuisine is highly influenced by its maritime culture. Seafood is an essential part of many dishes, as Creole and Indian influences are also relevant. The cost of food in Seychelles ranges from pricey to affordable depending on your prefered dining experience.

 

Getting to Seychelles

Seychelles International airport on Mahé Island has flights coming in from across the globe with Air Seychelles. Many connecting flights originate in Nairobi and Doha.

Eden Island Marina, conjuncted with the Eden Island luxury residential project, is a super yacht facility located on the east side of Mahé. Connected to mainland by a 300m bridge, the Marina is only a 12 minute drive from the Victoria- Seychelles Airport. The marina includes amenities such as Internet, a Marine supplies store, dining options, 24 hour security and tug services.

Yacht Charter Seychelles

Morne Seychellois National Park located on Mahé Island, opens the door to Seychelles’ captivating nature. Hike the trails along the Islands’ only remaining indigenous forest, which is home to a unique array of Flora and Fauna. Morne Seychellois peak, standing at 905m, offers a magnificent panoramic view of the island and claims the title as Seychelles’ highest point.

Baie Lazare, Mahé, is the lovely village at which 18th-century French explorer Lazare Picault first landed on the island. Framed by stunning beaches Anse Soleil and Petite Anse, the town’s neo-Gothic Baie Lazare Church offers a panoramic view overlooking the Indian ocean’s sensational azure waters.

Anse Volbert on the northeast of Praslin Island, is one of Seychelles’ most renowned beaches. Calm, shallow waters hosting incredible coral reefs makes this a prime attraction for all. Because Anse Volbert is the most popular location to stay on Praslin Island, resorts and fine dining can be found throughout the area.

Anse Source D'Argent, located on the island of La Digue, is known to be one of the world’s most photographed beaches. Its warm, shallow waters and dazzling hues are lined by powdery white shores. Incredible rock formations give the site an otherworldly touch. Because no planes arrive to La Digue, in order to reach this paradise you will need to take a ferry from Mahé.

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The Weather in Seychelles

Jan 81 ºF
Feb 82 ºF
Mar 82 ºF
Apr 82 ºF
May 82 ºF
Jun 81 ºF
Jul 79 ºF
Aug 79 ºF
Sep 79 ºF
Oct 79 ºF
Nov 81 ºF
Dec 81 ºF

Sailing in Seychelles - Itineraries

Sail away to beautiful Seychelles in one of our amazing iteneraries.

Seychelles Base - Navigare

Navigare Yachting, Seychelles

Eden Island Marina
P.O. Box 14, Victoria, Mahe
Seychelles, Indian Ocean.

Phone: +248 4346300
Fax: +248 4346346

8 DAYS - Itinerary 1

North-west winds (November to April)

7 DAYS Sailing route

A seven-day northern sailing route is filled with amazing sights and adventures, here's a peek at some of the things you can do:

Discover Victoria the capital of the Seychelles in the morning. A visit to Mahé’s busy and colourful market is the way to get a feel for the Seychellois and their way of life. Built in 1840 and renovated in 1999, it remains the bustling heart of the capital and definitely the best place to buy fresh fruits, fish, vegetables and spices. An attractive array of boutiques and shops selling a variety of souvenirs, clothing and local works of art further complement the lively atmosphere that is especially vibrant on Saturday mornings. Embarkation at 12 noon and departure to the Saint Anne Marine Park.
This Marine National Park has one of the largest areas of sea grass of the granitic islands where green and hawksbill turtles are often found. Bottlenose Dolphins also frequent the park. St Anne Island was the location of Seychelles’ first settlement in 1770, away from the once crocodile-infested swamps on Mahé. Once a whaling station, during the Second World War St Anne was also a base for the Royal Marines defending Victoria Harbour. It is alleged that there is a rich treasure buried on nearby Moyenne Island while Round Island was once a leper colony. The St Anne Marine National Park is an important part of the natural and cultural heritage of the Seychellois people. We ask that you leave behind nothing but your footsteps and take away no more than photographs and memories.

Night mooring at the marine park.

DAY 1: Mahe - St Anne Marine Park (15min)

Morning sailing from Mahé to La Digue and fishing during the crossing. Fishing in the fish-rich waters of Seychelles promises the possibility of landing your dream catch and a lot of excitement.
Close neighbour to Praslin and to its satellite islands of Félicité, Marianne and the Sisters Islands, La Digue is the fourth largest island in Seychelles. La Digue takes its name from one of the vessels in explorer Marion Dufresne's fleet, sent by the French to explore Seychelles' granitic islands in 1768. Apart from hosting the Seychelles' black paradise flycatcher, one of the rarest birds on earth, La Digue's biodiversity features such stars as the chinese bittern, cave swiftlet, waxbill as well as two rare species of terrapin. La Digue's forests also contain a wealth of flora in the form of delicate orchids, tumbling vines of vanilla, as well as trees such as Indian almond and takamaka. Gardens blaze with hibiscus and nepenthes against a backdrop of swaying coconut palms. La Digue is an island where time stands still and time-honoured traditions such as travelling by bicycle are still king. Traditional methods of boat building and refining of coconut products (copra) are still practised on La Digue. The friendly atmosphere of this intimate island with its languid pace of life, traditional architecture and breathtaking beaches, such as legendary Anse Source d’Argent, is an absolute must for visitors. La Digue has numerous and diverse accommodation for visitors, and its picturesque satellite islands are ideal for snorkelling and diving excursions. If you want to enjoy horse riding in the sun in paradise, then the place to be is at L’Union Estate on the enchanting island of La Digue. You can either ride inside the large fenced area of the estate or along Anse Source d'Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Bikes are also available for rental to discover the island.
The granite boulder is a natural wonder that forms part of L’Union Estate and is classified as a National Monument. Covering an acre of land at Anse L’Union on the west coast of the island of La Digue, it is by any standards an impressive monolith. The granite boulder was formed during the Precambrian, around 750 million years ago, by the slow cooling of molten rocks (magma) deep within the earth’s crust which gave it its especially large crystals. The granite boulder of Anse L’Union is a spectacular piece of natural sculpture brought forth from the womb of mother nature, its magnificent shape due to its long exposure to the sculpting forces of nature. Anse Source d'Argent is reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world. With its soft white sand, clear turquoise water and huge granite boulders sculptured by the elements and time itself, it is not difficult to see why photographers and film makers still love to come here. The sea is sheltered by the reef, and is very calm and shallow, with only sand underfoot which makes it safe for children. Access to the beach is via L'Union Estate. Overnight anchorage at La Passe harbour.

DAY 2: St Anne Marine Park – La Digue (4h)
DAY 3: La Digue - Cocos (40min) - Felicite (10min) – La Digue (40min)

The islands of Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur are commonly referred to as 'The Sisters Islands.' Situated 6km northeast of neighbouring La Digue and in close proximity to Félicité and to Ile Cocos, these two islands are a popular venue for excursions on account of their spectacular ocean panoramas and the excellent opportunities they offer for trekking and picnicking. These islands are also famous for snorkelling and diving in waters where the marine life is prolific. The hotel Château de Feuilles on Praslin manages the islands.
Sail towards Curieuse late afternoon and moor overnight.

DAY 4: La Digue – Grand Sœur (1h) – Petite Sœur (5min) – Curieuse (1h)

Curieuse lies just off the north-western coast of its close neighbour Praslin and is now a reserve managed by the Seychelles Centre for Marine Technology - Marine Parks Authority. Once known as Ile Rouge on account of its red earth, Curieuse was eventually named after one of explorer Marion Dufresne's vessels which explored the islands of the Praslin group in 1768. This rugged island was once home to a leper colony situated at Anse St. Joseph, and whose resident doctor's house dating back to the 1870's has recently been converted into an eco-museum and visitors centre. Aside from Praslin, Curieuse is the only other island where the Coco-der-mer grows naturally, and also boasts an endemic vine and eight different species of mangrove. Today Curieuse is home to an exciting giant land tortoise rearing project. The island is also an important nesting site for hawksbill turtles. Hues of red and green colour Curieuse Island, the result of the bare red earth of the hillsides intermingling with the unique green flora of an island peppered with coco-de-mer trees, one of the iconic symbols of Seychelles. Most visitors disembark at Baie Laraie to the sight of multitudes of giant hump head parrotfish and giant tortoises lazing near the rangers’ headquarters. The trail from Baie Laraie to Anse José passes through thick mangrove forest and is one of the most breathtaking sites on the island. On the way can be found the ruins of the leper colony, now well blended into the landscape. The Doctor’s House at Anse José, a wonder of Creole colonial architecture, has since been turned into a fascinating museum on whose beach sea turtles still arrive to lay their eggs.
A dive at Coral Garden or Pointe Rouge is a MUST as is a snorkelling trip to St. Pierre. One of several islands in the bay of Côte d'Or on Praslin, this tiny islet with its granite profile interspersed with coconut palms has come, over the years, to represent the quintessential Seychelles island, appearing in numerous advertisement campaigns, posters and evocative photographs. Once home to a number of Coco-de-mer that grew naturally on the island, St. Pierre lies approximately 1.5km from Pointe Zanguilles on Praslin's fabulous Côte d'Or beach. St. Pierre is a firm favourite with swimmers, snorkellers and yachtsmen for whom the island provides the ideal backdrop to a spectacular Seychelles sunset.
Sail towards Anse Volbert also called Cote d'Or that is Praslin’s main beach, with its many hotels and guesthouses lining the golden coastline is rarely crowded. Anse Volbert / Côte d'Or is a dazzlingly white stretch of beach and the crystal clear sea here is excellent for swimming and water sports. Further out in the bay, around Chauve Souris island and St Pierre islet, the snorkelling is superb.

Sail towards Baie St Anne Praslin and moor overnight.

DAY 5: Curieuse - St Pierre (15min) – Praslin Anse Volbert (45min.) – Praslin Baie St Anne (1h)

Seychelles’ second UNESCO World Heritage Site is the legendary Vallée de Mai, administered by the Seychelles Islands Foundation. So remarkable that it was once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden, this hauntingly beautiful primeval forest is home to some 6000 Coco-de-mer trees, considered to be among the botanical wonders of the world. The Vallée boasts six endemic palm species as well as many other indigenous trees and is also the last habitat of the endangered Black Parrot.
The most famous beach on Praslin, and rightly so, Anse Lazio can claim to be the perfect tropical paradise beach and is often listed among the world’s top ten beaches. Beautifully framed by granite rocks, this dream beach has soft white sands leading gently down to calm clear waters with a gentle gradient absolutely perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The Bon Bon Plume and Le Chevalier restaurants are nearby and can provide lunch and refreshments.

Moor overnight at Praslin Anse La Farine

DAY 6: Praslin Baie St Anne – Praslin Anse Lazio (1h15) – Praslin Anse La Farine (1h20)

Cousin lies just off the southwest coast of its close neighbour Praslin, just next to its island neighbour Cousine. Cousin is a special nature reserve home to some of Seychelles’ rarest birds, such as the Seychelles bush warbler and the Seychelles magpie robin. Cousin has been a nature reserve since 1968 when it was purchased by the Royal Society for Nature Conservation. In 1975 it was declared a special reserve by the Seychelles government, first managed by Birdlife International and now by local environment group Nature Seychelles. Cousin is one of nature's treasure troves where every year 250,000 birds nest, among them the Seychelles sunbird, red turtle dove and moor hen. The island is also home to many fairy terns, noddies, frigate birds and shearwaters as well as being a place where certain species such as the Seychelles bush warbler have recovered from the edge of extinction. There is a population of geckos on the island, giant tortoises introduced from Aldabra and Cousin is also a favourite nesting site for hawksbill turtles. Cousin is a popular venue with visitors for day trips that offer guided tours of this magnificent island sanctuary. Visits are organised from 0930hrs to 1200hrs, from Mondays to Fridays (closed on weekends and public holidays).

Sailing towards Mahé and fishing during the crossing. Refuel and night at the marina.

DAY 7: Praslin Anse La Farine – Cousin (30 min) – Mahé (4h)

Disembark at Mahe before 9am

DAY 8: Disembark at Mahe before 9am

8 DAYS - Itinerary 2

South-east winds (May to October)- Mahe

8 days / 7 nights Sailing route

A seven-day northern sailing route is filled with amazing sights and adventures, here's a peek at some of the things you can do:

Embarkation at Mahe around midday. Sailing along the north coast of Mahe to Beauvallon Mahe’s most popular resort beach with both visitors and locals alike. This sweeping bay of white sand and clear waters on the north-western coast of Mahe offers a very safe swimming area. With hotels stretched out along its sand, together with water sport and diving centres, this is the beach for those wishing to do something a little more energetic than soaking up the sun. Beau Vallon is also very safe for children, as there are no strong currents, no rocks or corals underfoot and a lifeguard service is supplied. During the south-eastern trade winds, the sea is extremely calm and the beach is at its absolute best. Moor overnight at Beauvallon.

DAY 1: Mahe - Mahe Beauvallon (1h30min)

The most famous beach on Praslin, and rightly so. Anse Lazio can claim to be the perfect tropical paradise beach and is often listed among the world’s top ten beaches. Beautifully framed by granite rocks, this dream beach has soft white sands leading gently down to calm clear waters with a gentle gradient absolutely perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The Bon Bon Plume and Le Chevalier restaurants are nearby and can provide lunch and refreshments. Moor overnight at Anse Lazio.

DAY 2: Mahe Beauvallon – Praslin Anse Lazio (4h)

Cousin is a special nature reserve home to some of Seychelles’ rarest birds, such as the Seychelles bush warbler and the Seychelles magpie robin. Cousin has been a nature reserve since 1968 when it was purchased by the Royal Society for Nature Conservation. In 1975 it was declared a special reserve by the Seychelles government, first managed by Birdlife International and now by local environment group Nature Seychelles. Cousin is one of nature's treasure troves where every year 250,000 birds nest, among them the Seychelles sunbird, red turtle dove and moor hen. The island is also home to many fairy terns, noddies, frigate birds and shearwaters as well as being a place where certain species such as the Seychelles bush warbler have recovered from the edge of extinction. There is a population of geckos on the island, giant tortoises introduced from Aldabra and Cousin is also a favourite nesting site for hawksbill turtles. Cousin is a popular venue with visitors for day trips that offer guided tours of this magnificent island sanctuary. Visits are organised from 0930hrs to 1200hrs, from Mondays to Fridays (closed on weekends and public holidays).

Moor overnight at Curieuse.

DAY 3: Praslin Anse Lazio – Cousin (1h) – Curieuse (1h15min)

Curieuse lies just off the north-western coast of its close neighbour Praslin and is now a reserve managed by the Seychelles Centre for Marine Technology - Marine Parks Authority. Once known as Ile Rouge on account of its red earth, Curieuse was eventually named after one of explorer Marion Dufresne's vessels which explored the islands of the Praslin group in 1768. This rugged island was once home to a leper colony situated at Anse St. Joseph, and whose resident doctor's house dating back to the 1870's has recently been converted into an eco-museum and visitors centre. Aside from Praslin, Curieuse is the only other island where the Coco-der-mer grows naturally, and also boasts an endemic vine and eight different species of mangrove. Today Curieuse is home to an exciting giant land tortoise rearing project. The island is also an important nesting site for hawksbill turtles. Hues of red and green colour Curieuse Island, the result of the bare red earth of the hillsides intermingling with the unique green flora of an island peppered with coco-de-mer trees, one of the iconic symbols of Seychelles. Most visitors disembark at Baie Laraie to the sight of multitudes of giant hump head parrotfish and giant tortoises lazing near the rangers’ headquarters. The trail from Baie Laraie to Anse José passes through thick mangrove forest and is one of the most breathtaking sites on the island. On the way can be found the ruins of the leper colony, now well blended into the landscape. The Doctor’s House at Anse José, a wonder of Creole colonial architecture, has since been turned into a fascinating museum on whose beach sea turtles still arrive to lay their eggs.
A dive at Coral Garden or Pointe Rouge is a MUST as is a snorkelling trip to St. Pierre. One of several islands in the bay of Côte d'Or on Praslin, this tiny islet with its granite profile interspersed with coconut palms has come, over the years, to represent the quintessential Seychelles island, appearing in numerous advertisement campaigns, posters and evocative photographs. Once home to a number of Coco-de-mer that grew naturally on the island, St. Pierre lies approximately 1.5km from Pointe Zanguilles on Praslin's fabulous Côte d'Or beach. St. Pierre is a firm favourite with swimmers, snorkellers and yachtsmen for whom the island provides the ideal backdrop to a spectacular Seychelles sunset.
Sail towards Anse Volbert also called Cote d'Or that is Praslin’s main beach, with its many hotels and guesthouses lining the golden coastline is rarely crowded. Anse Volbert / Côte d'Or is a dazzlingly white stretch of beach and the crystal clear sea here is excellent for swimming and water sports. Further out in the bay, around Chauve Souris island and St Pierre islet, the snorkelling is superb.

Sail towards Baie St Anne Praslin and moor overnight.

DAY 4: Curieuse - St Pierre (15min) – Praslin Anse Volbert (45min.) – Praslin Baie St Anne (1h)

Seychelles’ second UNESCO World Heritage Site is the legendary Vallee de Mai, administered by the Seychelles Islands Foundation. So remarkable that it was once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden, this hauntingly beautiful primeval forest is home to some 6000 Coco-de-mer trees, considered to be among the botanical wonders of the world. The Vale boasts six endemic palm species as well as many other indigenous trees and is also the last habitat of the endangered Black Parrot.
Close neighbour to Praslin and to its satellite islands of Félicité, Marianne and the Sisters Islands, La Digue is the fourth largest island in Seychelles. La Digue takes its name from one of the vessels in explorer Marion Dufresne's fleet, sent by the French to explore Seychelles' granitic islands in 1768. Apart from hosting the Seychelles' black paradise flycatcher, one of the rarest birds on earth, La Digue's biodiversity features such stars as the chinese bittern, cave swiftlet, waxbill as well as two rare species of terrapin. La Digue's forests also contain a wealth of flora in the form of delicate orchids, tumbling vines of vanilla, as well as trees such as Indian almond and takamaka. Gardens blaze with hibiscus and nepenthes against a backdrop of swaying coconut palms. La Digue is an island where time stands still and time-honoured traditions such as travelling by bicycle are still king. Traditional methods of boat building and refining of coconut products (copra) are still practised on La Digue. The friendly atmosphere of this intimate island with its languid pace of life, traditional architecture and breathtaking beaches, such as legendary Anse Source d’Argent, is an absolute must for visitors. La Digue has numerous and diverse accommodation for visitors, and its picturesque satellite islands are ideal for snorkelling and diving excursions. If you want to enjoy horse riding in the sun in paradise, then the place to be is at L’Union Estate on the enchanting island of La Digue. You can either ride inside the large fenced area of the estate or along Anse Source d'Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Bikes are also available for rental to discover the island.
The granite boulder is a natural wonder that forms part of L’Union Estate and is classified as a National Monument. Covering an acre of land at Anse L’Union on the west coast of the island of La Digue, it is by any standards an impressive monolith. The granite boulder was formed during the Precambrian, around 750 million years ago, by the slow cooling of molten rocks (magma) deep within the earth’s crust which gave it its especially large crystals. The granite boulder of Anse L’Union is a spectacular piece of natural sculpture brought forth from the womb of mother nature, its magnificent shape due to its long exposure to the sculpting forces of nature. Anse Source d'Argent is reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world. With its soft white sand, clear turquoise water and huge granite boulders sculptured by the elements and time itself, it is not difficult to see why photographers and film makers still love to come here. The sea is sheltered by the reef, and is very calm and shallow, with only sand underfoot which makes it safe for children. Access to the beach is via L'Union Estate. Overnight anchorage at La Passe harbour.

DAY 5: Praslin Baie St Anne – La Digue (30 min)

Cocos Island can be found 7km north of La Digue and lies in close proximity to La Digue's other neighbours, Félicité and the Sisters Islands. It has been a marine park since 1996 and is a spectacular spot for snorkelling and diving and a popular venue for day excursions from both Praslin and La Digue. No accommodation is offered on this island. Cocos Island is the Marine National Park that catches peoples’ attention and makes them long for a holiday in Seychelles. It features on many of the promotional brochures. Ile Cocos Marine National Park is set around 3 small islets in shallow turquoise sea fringed by large expanses of coral reefs that provide the most breathtaking snorkelling experience. Félicité is located 4km from its neighbour La Digue and in close proximity to other La Digue satellites such as the Sisters Islands, Mariannne and Ile Cocos. This picturesque and steep granitic island was a coconut plantation up to the 1970s and supported a population of some 50 people. In the late 19th century, Félicité was home to the Sultan of Perak, one of Seychelles’ most colourful exiles, who spent five years on the island before moving to Mahé. Until recently, the island was home to an up-market lodge offering an exclusive island experience to the likes of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Today, the Six Senses Zil Pasyon resort, with 30 villas and a spa, covers a third of the island.
The islands of Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur are commonly referred to as 'The Sisters Islands.' Situated 6km northeast of neighbouring La Digue and in close proximity to Félicité and to Ile Cocos, these two islands are a popular venue for excursions on account of their spectacular ocean panoramas and the excellent opportunities they offer for trekking and picnicking. These islands are also famous for snorkelling and diving in waters where the marine life is prolific. The hotel Château de Feuilles on Praslin manages the islands.

Overnight mooring at the La Passe harbour.

DAY 6: La Digue - Cocos (40min) - Felicite (10min) – Grand Sœur (1h) – Petite Sœur (5min) – La Digue (1h)

Sail towards Mahe in the afternoon while trying your fishing skills. Before arriving at Mahe, snorkelling anchorage at the St Anne Marine Park. This Marine National Park has one of the largest areas of sea grass of the granitic islands where green and hawksbill turtles are often found. Bottlenose Dolphins also frequent the park. St Anne Island was the location of Seychelles’ first settlement in 1770, away from the once crocodile-infested swamps on Mahe. Once a whaling station, during the Second World War St Anne was also a base for the Royal Marines defending Victoria Harbour. It is alleged that there is a rich treasure buried on nearby Moyenne Island while Round Island was once a leper colony. The St Anne Marine National Park is an important part of the natural and cultural heritage of the Seychellois people. Please leave behind nothing but your footsteps and take away no more than photographs and memories.

Refuel and last night on board at the marina.

DAY 7: La Digue – St Anne Marine Park (4h) - Mahe (15min)

Disembark in Mahe before 9am.

DAY 8: Disembark in Mahe before 9am.

14 DAYS - Itinerary 3

South-east winds (May to October)

15 days / 14 nights Sailing route

Mahe - Mahe

Discover Victoria the capital of the Seychelles in the morning. A visit to Mahe’s busy and colourful market is the way to get a feel for the Seychellois and their way of life. Built in 1840 and renovated in 1999, it remains the bustling heart of the capital and definitely the best place to buy fresh fruits, fish, vegetables and spices. An attractive array of boutiques and shops selling a variety of souvenirs, clothing and local works of art further complement the lively atmosphere that is especially vibrant on Saturday mornings. Embark late morning and departure to the Saint Anne Marine Park.
This Marine National Park has one of the largest areas of sea grass of the granitic islands where green and hawksbill turtles are often found. Bottlenose Dolphins also frequent the park. St Anne Island was the location of Seychelles’ first settlement in 1770, away from the once crocodile-infested swamps on Mahe. Once a whaling station, during the Second World War St Anne was also a base for the Royal Marines defending Victoria Harbour. It is alleged that there is a rich treasure buried on nearby Moyenne Island while Round Island was once a leper colony. The St Anne Marine National Park is an important part of the natural and cultural heritage of the Seychellois people. We ask that you leave behind nothing but your footsteps and take away no more than photographs and memories.

Moor overnight at the St Anne Marine Park

DAY 01: Mahe - St Anne Marine Park (15min)

Morning sailing along the north coast of Mahe to Beauvallon Mahe’s most popular resort beach with both visitors and locals alike. This sweeping bay of white sand and clear waters on the north-western coast of Mahe offers a very safe swimming area. With hotels stretched out along its sand, together with water sport and diving centres, this is the beach for those wishing to do something a little more energetic than soaking up the sun. Beau Vallon is also very safe for children, as there are no strong currents, no rocks or corals underfoot and a lifeguard service is supplied. During the south-eastern trade winds, the sea is extremely calm and the beach is at its absolute best. Moor overnight at Beauvallon.

DAY 02: St Anne Marine Park – Mahe Beauvallon (1h)

The secluded beach of Anse Major can only be reached by boat or by hiking a nature trail from Danzil on the most north-westerly point of Mahe. Anse Major has a large sandy beach and, to the rear, a small lagoon. Swimming here is safe and it is a good spot for snorkelling.
The breathtaking beach of Port Launay, which is also a Marine National Park, is on the north-western coast of Mahe. Swimming and especially snorkelling here is excellent, with a wide variety of colourful fish that can be seen in and around the edges of the impressive bay. The beach itself is large and wide with white sand and plenty of shady trees. It is popular with picnickers at weekends but during the week tends to be much quieter. There are often beautiful shells and corals to be found along the shoreline, but please remember this is National Park property and it is strictly prohibited to take coral and shells away. Port Launay Marine National Park is also famous for its whale shark sightings. In their season, these huge gentle giants of the sea can be seen swimming lazily around feeding on the rich plankton that accumulates in the park. The reefs on both sides of the bay provide a wonderful opportunity to use your mask and snorkel, while the beautiful sandy beach is quiet and inviting to both sun worshippers wanting to work on their tan or those who simply want to relax and read a book under the large shady Takamaka trees. This park can be reached by land or sea providing great comfort after a morning of trawling in blue waters or hiking off the nearby Greater Morne Seychellois National Park.

Moor overnight at Port Launay.

DAY 03: Mahe Beauvallon – Mahe Anse Major (30min) – Mahe Port Launay (15min)

Silhouette is Seychelles' third largest island, lying 30km off Mahe’s western coast and in close proximity to North Island. Silhouette’s verdant, mountainous profile dominates the view from Mahe’s Beau Vallon beach.</br > The Arabs used Silhouette as a base for their dhows, probably as early as the 9th century, a fact attested to by the ruins of Arab tombs at Anse Lascars. Silhouette, together with North Island, was the very first Seychelles' island to be seen by the ships of the Sharpeigh expedition of 1609. It would have to wait until the early 19th century for a permanent settlement. Protected by the Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles, Silhouette remains an untouched, living museum of natural history featuring many unique species of plants and trees. Among these can be counted rare hardwoods, the amazing incense tree as well as the carnivorous pitcher plant. Silhouette is the only other island apart from Mahe to have a mist forest on its lofty 731m peak, Mont Dauban. Silhouette’s primitive beauty is the ideal backdrop for hikers and walkers wishing to penetrate the mysteries of an island once reputed to be the home of the notorious pirate, Hodoul, whose hidden treasure may well lie there still. A 116-room 5-star hotel – Labriz Silhouette – replaced the island’s original 12-room lodge. The sea here blends itself well for swimming and sunbathing and the beach itself is fringed with trees offering shade.

Moor overnight at Silhouette.

DAY 04: Mahe Port Launay – Silhouette (1h30min)

The most famous beach on Praslin, and rightly so. Anse Lazio can claim to be the perfect tropical paradise beach and is often listed among the world’s top ten beaches. Beautifully framed by granite rocks, this dream beach has soft white sands leading gently down to calm clear waters with a gentle gradient absolutely perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The Bon Bon Plume and Le Chevalier restaurants are nearby and can provide lunch and refreshments.

Moor overnight at Anse Lazio.

DAY 05: Silhouette - Praslin Anse Lazio (4h)

Curieuse lies just off the north-western coast of its close neighbour Praslin and is now a reserve managed by the Seychelles Centre for Marine Technology - Marine Parks Authority. Once known as Ile Rouge on account of its red earth, Curieuse was eventually named after one of explorer Marion Dufresne's vessels which explored the islands of the Praslin group in 1768. This rugged island was once home to a leper colony situated at Anse St. Joseph, and whose resident doctor's house dating back to the 1870's has recently been converted into an eco-museum and visitors centre. Aside from Praslin, Curieuse is the only other island where the Coco-der-mer grows naturally, and also boasts an endemic vine and eight different species of mangrove. Today Curieuse is home to an exciting giant land tortoise rearing project. The island is also an important nesting site for hawksbill turtles. Hues of red and green colour Curieuse Island, the result of the bare red earth of the hillsides intermingling with the unique green flora of an island peppered with coco-de-mer trees, one of the iconic symbols of Seychelles. Most visitors disembark at Baie Laraie to the sight of multitudes of giant hump head parrotfish and giant tortoises lazing near the rangers’ headquarters. The trail from Baie Laraie to Anse José passes through thick mangrove forest and is one of the most breathtaking sites on the island. On the way can be found the ruins of the leper colony, now well blended into the landscape. The Doctor’s House at Anse José, a wonder of Creole colonial architecture, has since been turned into a fascinating museum on whose beach sea turtles still arrive to lay their eggs.
A dive at Coral Garden or Pointe Rouge is a MUST as is a snorkelling trip to St. Pierre. One of several islands in the bay of Côte d'Or on Praslin, this tiny islet with its granite profile interspersed with coconut palms has come, over the years, to represent the quintessential Seychelles island, appearing in numerous advertisement campaigns, posters and evocative photographs. Once home to a number of Coco-de-mer that grew naturally on the island, St. Pierre lies approximately 1.5km from Pointe Zanguilles on Praslin's fabulous Côte d'Or beach. St. Pierre is a firm favourite with swimmers, snorkelers and yachtsmen for whom the island provides the ideal backdrop to a spectacular Seychelles sunset.
Sail towards Anse Volbert also called Cote d'Or that is Praslin’s main beach, with its many hotels and guesthouses lining the golden coastline is rarely crowded. Anse Volbert / Côte d'Or is a dazzlingly white stretch of beach and the crystal clear sea here is excellent for swimming and water sports. Further out in the bay, around Chauve Souris island and St Pierre islet, the snorkelling is superb.

Moor overnight at Anse Volbert.

DAY 06: Praslin Anse Lazio – Curieuse (30min) – St Pierre (30min) – Praslin Anse Volbert / Cote d’Or (15min)

Praslin, with a population of 6,500 people, is Seychelles’ second largest island. It lies 45km to the northeast of Mahe and measures 10km by 3.7km. A leisurely tour around the island by car will take approximately 2 hours. Praslin is the site of the fabulous Vallée de Mai, one of Seychelles’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The island features truly exquisite beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette, both appearing on the top-10 list of world’s best beaches in recent years. Prior to settlement of the islands by the French in the mid-18th century, Praslin's Côte d'Or was a favourite haunt of pirates. The island was named Praslin after the Duc de Praslin, the French minister of marine in 1768 when the original 'Stone of Possession' was erected on the island in what is still known as Anse Possession. Almost a century and a half later the visiting General Gordon (of Khartoum fame) became convinced that the Vallée de Mai was the original site of the Garden of Eden. This is where the legendary Coco-de-Mer, the world's heaviest nut, grows high on ancient palms in a primeval forest. The Vallée is host to six species of palm to be found only in Seychelles. Praslin stands at the forefront of Seychelles’ tourism industry with a strong tradition of hospitality and wide range of accommodation facilities. It also provides a base for excursions to neighbouring islands, some of which are important sanctuaries nurturing rare species of endemic flora and fauna. Seychelles’ second UNESCO World Heritage Site is the legendary Vallée de Mai, administered by the Seychelles Islands Foundation. So remarkable that it was once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden, this hauntingly beautiful primeval forest is home to some 6000 Coco-de-mer trees, considered to be among the botanical wonders of the world. The Vallée boasts six endemic palm species as well as many other indigenous trees and is also the last habitat of the endangered Black Parrot.

Moor overnight at Baie St Anne.

DAY 07: Praslin Anse Volbert - Praslin Baie St Anne (1h)

Cocos Island can be found 7km north of La Digue and lies in close proximity to La Digue's other neighbours, Félicité and the Sisters Islands. It has been a marine park since 1996 and is a spectacular spot for snorkelling and diving and a popular venue for day excursions from both Praslin and La Digue. No accommodation is offered on this island. Cocos Island is the Marine National Park that catches peoples’ attention and makes them long for a holiday in Seychelles. It features on many of the promotional brochures. Ile Cocos Marine National Park is set around 3 small islets in shallow turquoise sea fringed by large expanses of coral reefs that provide the most breathtaking snorkelling experience. Félicité is located 4km from its neighbour La Digue and in close proximity to other La Digue satellites such as the Sisters Islands, Mariannne and Ile Cocos. This picturesque and steep granitic island was a coconut plantation up to the 1970s and supported a population of some 50 people. In the late 19th century, Félicité was home to the Sultan of Perak, one of Seychelles’ most colourful exiles, who spent five years on the island before moving to Mahé. Until recently, the island was home to an up-market lodge offering an exclusive island experience to the likes of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Today, the Six Senses Zil Pasyon resort, with 30 villas and a spa, covers a third of the island.

Sail to La Digue and overnight anchorage at the small La Passe Harbour.

DAY 08: Praslin Baie St Anne – Cocos Island (1h) – Felicite (10min) – La Digue (30min)

Close neighbour to Praslin and to its satellite islands of Félicité, Marianne and the Sisters Islands, La Digue is the fourth largest island in Seychelles. La Digue takes its name from one of the vessels in explorer Marion Dufresne's fleet, sent by the French to explore Seychelles' granitic islands in 1768. Apart from hosting the Seychelles' black paradise flycatcher, one of the rarest birds on earth, La Digue's biodiversity features such stars as the chinese bittern, cave swiftlet, waxbill as well as two rare species of terrapin. La Digue's forests also contain a wealth of flora in the form of delicate orchids, tumbling vines of vanilla, as well as trees such as Indian almond and takamaka. Gardens blaze with hibiscus and nepenthes against a backdrop of swaying coconut palms. La Digue is an island where time stands still and time-honoured traditions such as travelling by bicycle are still king. Traditional methods of boat building and refining of coconut products (copra) are still practised on La Digue. The friendly atmosphere of this intimate island with its languid pace of life, traditional architecture and breathtaking beaches, such as legendary Anse Source d’Argent, is an absolute must for visitors. La Digue has numerous and diverse accommodation for visitors, and its picturesque satellite islands are ideal for snorkelling and diving excursions.
If you want to enjoy horse riding in the sun in paradise, then the place to be is at L’Union Estate on the enchanting island of La Digue. You can either ride inside the large fenced area of the estate or along Anse Source d'Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Bikes are also available for rental to discover the island.
The granite boulder is a natural wonder that forms part of L’Union Estate and is classified as a National Monument. Covering an acre of land at Anse L’Union on the west coast of the island of La Digue, it is by any standards an impressive monolith. The granite boulder was formed during the Precambrian, around 750 million years ago, by the slow cooling of molten rocks (magma) deep within the earth’s crust which gave it its especially large crystals. The granite boulder of Anse L’Union is a spectacular piece of natural sculpture brought forth from the womb of mother nature, its magnificent shape due to its long exposure to the sculpting forces of nature. Anse Source d'Argent is reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world. With its soft white sand, clear turquoise water and huge granite boulders sculptured by the elements and time itself, it is not difficult to see why photographers and film makers still love to come here. The sea is sheltered by the reef, and is very calm and shallow, with only sand underfoot which makes it safe for children. Access to the beach is via L'Union Estate.

Overnight anchorage at La Passe harbour.

DAY 09: La Digue

Day sailing around La Digue and night anchorage at La Passe Harbour.

DAY 10: Sailing Around La Digue (2h)

The islands of Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur are commonly referred to as 'The Sisters Islands.' Situated 6km northeast of neighbouring La Digue and in close proximity to Félicité and to Ile Cocos, these two islands are a popular venue for excursions on account of their spectacular ocean panoramas and the excellent opportunities they offer for trekking and picnicking. These islands are also famous for snorkelling and diving in waters where the marine life is prolific. The hotel Château de Feuilles on Praslin manages the islands. Sail to Curieuse and moor overnight.

DAY 11: La Digue – Grande Soeur (1h) – Petite Soeur (15min) – Curieuse (1h30min)

Day sailing around Praslin, night anchorage at Anse Lazio or Anse Volbert

DAY 12: Sailing around Praslin (3h)

Cousin lies just off the southwest coast of its close neighbour Praslin, just next to its island neighbour Cousine. Cousin is a special nature reserve home to some of Seychelles’ rarest birds, such as the Seychelles bush warbler and the Seychelles magpie robin. Cousin has been a nature reserve since 1968 when it was purchased by the Royal Society for Nature Conservation. In 1975 it was declared a special reserve by the Seychelles government, first managed by Birdlife International and now by local environment group Nature Seychelles. Cousin is one of nature's treasure troves where every year 250,000 birds nest, among them the Seychelles sunbird, red turtle dove and moor hen. The island is also home to many fairy terns, noddies, frigate birds and shearwaters as well as being a place where certain species such as the Seychelles bush warbler have recovered from the edge of extinction. There is a population of geckos on the island, giant tortoises introduced from Aldabra and Cousin is also a favourite nesting site for hawksbill turtles. Cousin is a popular venue with visitors for day trips that offer guided tours of this magnificent island sanctuary. Visits are organised from 0930hrs to 1200hrs, from Mondays to Fridays (closed on weekends and public holidays).

Sail towards Mahe in the afternoon. Moor overnight at the St Anne Marine Park.

DAY 13: Praslin – Cousin Island (1h) – Mahe St Anne Marine Park (4h)

Enjoy your last day onboard. Refuel the yacht. Last night onboard at the marina.

DAY 14: Mahe St Anne Marine Park – Marine Charter Refueling station (25 min) - Mahe

Disembark at Mahe before 9am.

DAY 15: Disembark at Mahe before 9am.

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