There aren't many places on Earth where hawks-bill turtles feel so unthreatened that they come ashore in broad daylight to lay their eggs. These exotic Gallic outposts were made for exploring by sea, with BBQ breaks on deserted islands, every-day swimming stops, and walking tours through the lush interiors.
Scattered across the Indian Ocean, some 1,000 miles east of Kenya, these 115 islands offer everything from unsurpassed white sandy beaches to UNESCO Heritage Sites and incredible wildlife. Massive granite rocks and coral fringed beaches create an air of drama and beauty while seamlessly fusing land and sea. Explore Paradise by Yacht..
Day 1 – Saturday, Mahe Inter Island Quay - St Anne Island
Embarkation 15:00 to 16:00 pm. After the Welcome cocktail and safety drill, we leave Port Victoria and sail to nearby St Anne for a refreshing swim stop off the ship. Overnight at anchor near St Anne. Welcome dinner
Day 2 – Sunday, St Anne Island - Curieuse
We leave St Anne Island early in the morning to reach Curieuse. This morning we visit this uninhabited island, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises. Our walking excursion with a park guide will bring us to the farm, along mangrove forests. Later we return to the beach for a BBQ under the trees. In the afternoon you can enjoy the beach and sea activities. Overnight at anchor.
Day 3 – Monday, Curieuse - Cousin Island - Anse Lazio
In the morning we sail for Cousin Island. Excursion to the Bird Sanctuary which is in the care Bird Life International. A quarter million birds breed on Cousin which also has several nesting beaches for turtles. Later in the afternoon we reach Anse Lazio. In the afternoon we sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Time for water sports, snorkelling or optional diving. Evening at anchor.
Day 4 - Tuesday, Anse Lazio – Aride - St Pierre - Baie St Anne, Praslin
In the morning we leave for Aride. Our excursion will take you all the way to the top of the island for an amazing view of the island. The island is home to the Wright's gardenia found nowhere else on earth and to bird species like the Audubon's shearwater, the Seychelles warbler. At noon we sail for St Pierre Island. We reach St Pierre after lunch for a 3 hour snorkeling and swimming stop. At sunset, we leave St Pierre to sail into Baie St Anne, Praslin. Overnight at dock. Creole Night.
Day 5 – Wednesday, Baie St Anne, Praslin – Felicite or Grand Soeur – La Digue Praslin Baie St Anne, optional tour to Vallee de Mai .
Afternoon sailing to Felicite or Grand Soeur for snorkelling or optional diving excursion. Arrival in Felicite or Grand Soeur for afternoon snorkeling and swimming.. Evening sailing to La Digue. Evening arrival at La Digue. Anchor in front of the port. Overnight in La Digue.
Day 6 – Thursday, La Digue - Moyenne Island
Half day optional excursion in La Digue, the most photographed and quaint community in the Seychelles. Our optional excursion will take us to by bus to the Veuve Nature Reserve and through Union Plantation to l’ Anse Source d’ Argent beach. Arrive at L’ Union Estate and tour of the copra kiln, traditional coconut oil mill and the colonial plantation house. Time at Anse Source D’ Argent one of the most magnificent beaches in the world. Marvel at some of Seychelles most impressive rock formations – truly unique, whilst enjoying a refreshment. Time for hunting souvenirs at La Passe, the islands main village, before return to the ship. Late afternoon sailing to Moyenne island, opposite Mahe. Evening arrival at Moyenne. Overnight at anchor.
Day 7 – Friday, Moyenne Island – Mahe, Inter Island Quay
Short guided around the island and time for swim. Beach BBQ on the island. This is the last opportunity for snorkelling and swimming, We leave Moyenne island for Mahe’s Victoria port in the afternoon. Late afternoon we reach the Inter Island Quay – Mahe. Captain’s farewell dinner with live music and dancing. Overnight in Mahe
Day 8 - Saturday, Mahe (Victoria)
Disembarkation 9:00 to 10.00 am
Please note there are also 3 & 4 nights cruises which can be combined with hotel stay.
Included in this cruise:
- Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning.
- Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening , fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment.
- English-Speaking Cruise Escort.
- Walking tours of the islands Cousin, Curieuse, Moyenne & Aride, guided by the island’s rangers.
Food & Drink
Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening , fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
Beverages (except those mentioned) subject to pay on board.
Giant tortoises, rare bird life and pristine beaches
A small granitic island providing a safe haven for a number of endangered bird species, notably the Seychelles fody, Seychelles warbler, Seychelles magpie robin and Seychelles blue-pigeon. Dense concentrations of nesting seabirds show no fear of humans, allowing for fabulous photo opportunities.
Praslin Island and the largest seed in the planet
Discover Praslin, home to the UNESCO-protected Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve and it's coco de mer trees, the largest seed in the planet kingdom. The island is also home to the rare black parrot.
Yachting in the Seychelles
Back on deck, enjoy deck-side BBQ; take out the kayaks, snorkel or swim from the ship's swimming platform and marvel at hundreds of species of rainbow-hued fish, as well as manta rays, spinner dolphins and green and hawks-bill turtles. or dip into the mini-spa on the lower deck for some seaside pampering. Step in tune with nature or swim with the turtles while enjoying an intimate floating home that offers every comfort.
Departure Dates 2023
Jan 7, 14, 28 Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 Aug 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar 4, 11, 25 Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
May 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov 4, 11, 18, 25
Jun 3, 10, 17, 24 Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Departure Dates 2024
Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 Jul 6, 13, 20, 27
Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Sep 7, 14, 21, 28
Apr 6, 13, 20, 27 Oct 5, 12, 19, 26
May 4, 11, 18, 25
Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29