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The Seychelles From May to October

The Seychelles From May to October

From EUR €1,630

Description

Isolated in the Indian Ocean and the only mid-ocean islands of granite formation to be found on earth, the Seychelles archipelago is often mentioned in the same breath as the lost ‘Garden of Eden.’

The highest peaks of a submerged mountain range that broke apart from the supercontinent of Gondwana millions of years ago, the Seychelles’ inner islands are the most ancient islands on earth – no other mid-ocean isles of granite formation can be found anywhere else. This curious geological feature was one of several curiosities about the islands that led the famed British General, Charles Gordon, to declare Seychelles the site of the biblical Garden of Eden.

Situated some 1,500 kilometers east of mainland Africa, and northeast of the island of Madagascar, this tiny island group boasts a population of just 90,000 inhabitants, with a warm, tropical climate all year-round and some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in the world.

Mahé, the largest island, is home to the majority of the population and represents the archipelago’s commercial and transportation hub, with the country’s only international airport linking the islands to the rest of the globe. The island is characterised by its towering granite peaks, lush mist forests and dozens of striking coves and beaches.

The second largest island, Praslin, is home to the legendary Vallée de Mai, the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Coco de Mer grows in abundance. This double coconut, which curiously resembles the shape of a woman’s pelvis, was another facet of General Gordon’s theory about Seychelles as the Garden of Eden – he believed it to be the real forbidden fruit.

La Digue, the third-most populous island, moves at an even slower pace: bicycles remain the most common mode of transportation, for both its residents and visiting tourists. The huge granite boulders that adorn the coastline at Anse Source D’Argent have led some to believe that it could very well be the most photographed beach in the world.

While Mahé, Praslin and La Digue may be the principal islands, dozens of smaller ‘satellite’ isles nearby offer further opportunity to explore and admire. Every island has a character and charm all of its own, with colorful individual histories and unique natural features, some with steep granite cliffs and others comprising pristine coral atolls. Together, they make up a surprisingly diverse destination of great natural beauty, rare flora and fauna that have been cocooned in isolation for millions of years, and a friendly multi-cultural people eager to welcome you to their shores.

Your safety and comfort are our highest priority. In the event of adverse conditions, all itineraries are subject to change at the captain’s discretion. – Be sure to bring plenty of coral reef safe sun-screen, a cap or hat and sunglasses – Seychelles is generally warm and sunny throughout the year and the sun’s rays can be especially impactful onboard the vessel, due to the reflection from the sea. – Bring suitable footwear for walking on deck and on the beach, as well as in shallow water (some island visits require embarking & disembarking from dinghies in shallow water). – There are numerous opportunities to dive on most days of the itinerary, and we can also conduct introductory dives for novices and PADI Open Water certification courses. Contact us for dive rates and equipment rental fees. – This cruise is full board – we serve a combination of International and authentic Creole cuisine. Please contact us for special dietary needs. – Bottled water, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits are all available on board. Price list available on request.

The cruise includes:
• Accommodation on board
• Friendly service from a 8/9x crew complement including captain, engineer, deckhands, dive instructor and stewardesses
• Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner) prepared by a dedicated chef. (Please note that table water and tea/coffee are included with all meals.)
• Snorkeling, kayaking and bottom-line fishing equipment

Trip Name
The Seychelles From May to October
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type:  Motorised Schooner Length: 40m Sea Star / 42m Sea Bird Passenger Capacity: 22 Built: 2002 / 2000 The SY Sea Star is a 40-metre custom-built yacht with three masts and five Bermuda sails, with classic wood finishings across its 9 spacious guest cabins and common areas. The SY Sea Bird was redesigned in 2007 to begin cruising in Seychelles, is a two-masted 42-metre yacht with four Bermuda sails, sleek contours and modern interiors across its 9 en-suite guest cabins and common areas.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 - Mahe - Embarkation
Embarkation at the Inter-Island Quay at 1030hrs for officialwelcome and briefing by the captain. Depart from Port Victoriaat 1200hrs, sailing up and around the scenic coastline ofMahé's northern peninsula, past the beautiful bay of BeauVallon, and along the dramatic backdrop of the northwesterncoast of the island, with its opposing granite boulders, lushvegetation and striking blue water. In the evening, introduceyourself to Creole cuisine with a welcome barbecue onboardthe vessel.
Day 2 - Day 2 - Baie Ternay Marine Park and Nature Reserve
Sail to the beautiful Baie Ternay Marine Park and NatureReserve on the western coast of Mahé, where calm, crystalclearwaters provide for excellent snorkelling and diving duringthe day. An afternoon sail back to Beau Vallon Bay positionsthe vessel in one of the island's best places to watch thecountless shades of pink and orange of a Seychelles sunset.
Day 3 - Day 3 - Cousin
Early morning sail towards Cousin island off the coast ofPraslin, for morning visit of this strictly protected naturereserve, famed for its sea bird colonies and also as a sanctuaryfor Seychelles' rare endemic land birds and other nativespecies.After lunch we sail to Praslin, for an afternoon of diving andwater-sports.
Day 4 - Day 4 - Praslin
Disembarkation on Praslin, Seychelles' second-largestinhabited island, for the visit of the famous World HeritageSite, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve.This ancient forest is home to the curiously shaped doublecoconut, the coco de mer, as well as the Black Parrot, unique toPraslin. Explore the valley's eerie pathways beneath its canopyof massive palms, before returning onboard for afternoonopportunities to dive, snorkel or enjoy other water sports.
Day 5 - Day 5 - La Digue
A morning sail brings the vessel to La Digue, a sleepy islandcommunity where ox-carts and bicycles still remain the mostcommon mode of transportation throughout the island.La Digue is home to the endemic Seychelles ParadiseFlycatcher, and is perhaps most famous for its massive graniteboulder formations at Anse Source d'Argent, which is thoughtto be the most photographed beach on earth. Explore theentire island by bicycle, perhaps stopping by Union Estate, asprawling network of traditional island activities, including acopra mill, vanilla plantation, and shipyard.
Day 6 - Day 6 - Curieuse, St. Pierre & Praslin
In the morning disembark at Curieuse for a visit of this virtuallyuninhabited island. Experience the island's vast mangroveforests and its giant tortoise farm, along with the historic ruinsof this former leper colony. After a barbecue lunch on theisland, enjoy an array of water sports or simply relax and enjoythe island's beautiful beach and turquoise waters.In the afternoon, sail towards the tiny, picturesque graniteoutcrop of St. Pierre. It is an excellent site for snorkelling anddiving, with the nooks and crannies of its granite bouldersteeming with marine life. Sail to Anse Lazio, one of the mostbeautiful beaches of Praslin, and arguably, all of Seychelles - aperfect place for water-sports.
Day 7 - Day 7 - Ile Seche
After breakfast the vessel begins its sail towards Mahé,anchoring in the Ste Anne Marine National Park with its clusterof lush granite islands for an afternoon of water-sports anddiving. Overnight at Ile Seche.
Day 8 - Day 8 - Mahe - Disembarkation
Disembarkation at the Inter-Island Quay at 08.30hrs.
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
15-08-202022-08-2020EUR €2,364Triple Cabin
15-08-202022-08-2020EUR €2,563Double Cabin
15-08-202022-08-2020EUR €3,846Single Occupancy Double Bed
22-08-202029-08-2020EUR €2,364Triple Cabin
22-08-202029-08-2020EUR €2,563Double Cabin
22-08-202029-08-2020EUR €3,846Single Occupancy Double Bed
29-08-202005-09-2020EUR €2,364Triple Cabin
29-08-202005-09-2020EUR €2,563Double Cabin
29-08-202005-09-2020EUR €3,846Single Occupancy Double Bed
05-09-202012-09-2020EUR €2,563Double Cabin
05-09-202012-09-2020EUR €3,846Single Occupancy Double Bed
05-09-202012-09-2020EUR €2,364Triple Cabin
12-09-202019-09-2020EUR €2,364Triple Cabin
12-09-202019-09-2020EUR €2,563Double Cabin
12-09-202019-09-2020EUR €3,846Single Occupancy Double Bed
19-09-202026-09-2020EUR €2,364Triple Cabin
19-09-202026-09-2020EUR €2,563Double Cabin
19-09-202026-09-2020EUR €3,846Single Occupancy Double Bed
26-09-202003-10-2020EUR €2,364Triple Cabin
26-09-202003-10-2020EUR €2,563Double Cabin
26-09-202003-10-2020EUR €3,846Single Occupancy Double Bed
03-10-202010-10-2020EUR €2,364Triple Cabin
03-10-202010-10-2020EUR €2,563Double Cabin
03-10-202010-10-2020EUR €3,846Single Occupancy Double Bed
10-10-202017-10-2020EUR €2,364Triple Cabin
10-10-202017-10-2020EUR €2,563Double Cabin
10-10-202017-10-2020EUR €3,846Single Occupancy Double Bed
17-10-202024-10-2020EUR €2,364Triple Cabin
17-10-202024-10-2020EUR €2,563Double Cabin
17-10-202024-10-2020EUR €3,846Single Occupancy Double Bed
24-10-202031-10-2020EUR €2,364Triple Cabin
24-10-202031-10-2020EUR €2,563Double Cabin
24-10-202031-10-2020EUR €3,846Single Occupancy Double Bed
31-10-202007-11-2020EUR €2,364Triple Cabin
31-10-202007-11-2020EUR €2,563Double Cabin
31-10-202007-11-2020EUR €3,846Single Occupancy Double Bed
01-05-202108-05-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
01-05-202108-05-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
01-05-202108-05-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
08-05-202115-05-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
08-05-202115-05-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
08-05-202115-05-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
15-05-202122-05-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
15-05-202122-05-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
15-05-202122-05-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
22-05-202129-05-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
22-05-202129-05-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
22-05-202129-05-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
29-05-202105-06-2021EUR €1,630Triple Cabin
29-05-202105-06-2021EUR €1,768Double Cabin
29-05-202105-06-2021EUR €2,652Single Occupancy Double Bed
05-06-202112-06-2021EUR €1,630Triple Cabin
05-06-202112-06-2021EUR €1,768Double Cabin
05-06-202112-06-2021EUR €2,652Single Occupancy Double Bed
12-06-202119-06-2021EUR €1,630Triple Cabin
12-06-202119-06-2021EUR €1,768Double Cabin
12-06-202119-06-2021EUR €2,652Single Occupancy Double Bed
19-06-202126-06-2021EUR €1,630Triple Cabin
19-06-202126-06-2021EUR €1,768Double Cabin
19-06-202126-06-2021EUR €2,652Single Occupancy Double Bed
26-06-202103-07-2021EUR €1,630Triple Cabin
26-06-202103-07-2021EUR €1,768Double Cabin
26-06-202103-07-2021EUR €2,652Single Occupancy Double Bed
03-07-202110-07-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
03-07-202110-07-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
03-07-202110-07-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
10-07-202117-07-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
10-07-202117-07-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
10-07-202117-07-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
17-07-202124-07-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
17-07-202124-07-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
17-07-202124-07-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
24-07-202131-07-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
24-07-202131-07-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
24-07-202131-07-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
31-07-202107-08-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
31-07-202107-08-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
31-07-202107-08-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
07-08-202114-08-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
07-08-202114-08-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
07-08-202114-08-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
14-08-202121-08-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
14-08-202121-08-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
14-08-202121-08-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
21-08-202128-08-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
21-08-202128-08-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
21-08-202128-08-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
28-08-202104-09-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
28-08-202104-09-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
28-08-202104-09-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
04-09-202111-09-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
04-09-202111-09-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
04-09-202111-09-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
11-09-202118-09-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
11-09-202118-09-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
11-09-202118-09-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
18-09-202125-09-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
18-09-202125-09-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
18-09-202125-09-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
25-09-202102-10-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
25-09-202102-10-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
25-09-202102-10-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
02-10-202109-10-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
02-10-202109-10-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
02-10-202109-10-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
09-10-202116-10-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
09-10-202116-10-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
09-10-202116-10-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
16-10-202123-10-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
16-10-202123-10-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
16-10-202123-10-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
23-10-202130-10-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
23-10-202130-10-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
23-10-202130-10-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed
30-10-202106-11-2021EUR €2,330Triple Cabin
30-10-202106-11-2021EUR €2,527Double Cabin
30-10-202106-11-2021EUR €3,791Single Occupancy Double Bed

Inclusions

    • Diving and snorkelling in the Seychelles reveal the best of the magical underwater world that the Indian Ocean has to offer. Unique granite boulder formations, coral reefs and wrecks are home to colourful tropical fish, turtles, sharks, rays and many other species. Some of the best dive sites in Seychelles’ inner islands are easily accessible on our cruises. Each vessel is certified as a PADI dive resort, and has a dedicated PADI dive instructor onboard to accommodate the needs of both seasoned and novice divers alike.
    • All cruises include complimentary equipment for kayaking and snorkelling (masks and fins). We also offer the opportunity to enjoy traditional bottom-line fishing in certain areas, with our chef ready to prepare fresh Seychelles-style sashimi or grilled fish in the event of a successful catch.
    • For Sailing enthusiasts Sea Star and Sea Bird feature a modern furling system.
    • Each day onboard presents a new opportunity to explore isolated bays and coves, colourful marine parks, and protected nature reserves or uninhabited islands. Spotting the incredibly rare Magpie Robin and other endemic birds, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai, or getting up close and personal with a giant tortoise, are just a few of the many special experiences that await on the islands we visit.

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