Sailing Holidays in Seychelles
Stunning scenery in this unspoilt paradise, ideal for more experienced sailors looking for a change from the Caribbean.
Huge granite rocks polished by the waves, giant palm trees, turquoise inlets fringed by lush green takamakas shading white sandy beaches. This is the paradise of the Seychelles in the middle of the Indian Ocean "1,000 miles from anywhere". The easy going lifestyle of the local population makes this an idyllic holiday destination.
The 43 Inner Islands which are mostly granitic, cluster mainly around the main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. These protected inner islands offer reliable winds and plenty of idyllic anchorages, with superb diving and snorkelling on coral reefs and fascinating nature reserves ashore.
The cosmopolitan Seychellois are a colourful blend of different races, cultures and religions. At different times in its history, people of African, European and Asian origin have come to Seychelles, contributing to the way of life and to the vibrant Seychellois culture.
Sailing in Seychelles
Yachts and catamarans are available from Praslin and Mahe, or one-way between the two islands. Within a 30-mile radius you have trouble-free sailing conditions between the inner islands. With longer passages between the main islands, this area is more suited to experienced sailors but the inner islands form a protected cruising area. Care must be taken of shallow coral reefs.
On a 1 week sailing itinerary you can explore the islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue to the north-west of Mahe. In 2 weeks explore islands to the north-east of Mahe, including Silhouette. Your sailing itinerary will vary slightly depending on the season
DAY 1 : Embark at Baie Sainte Anne on Praslin. Don't leave the island without a visit to Vallee de Mai, home of the unique Coco de Mer palm. This itinerary is suitable during Northwest winds (Nov-Apr).
DAY 2 : La Digue (6nm). Anchor at Petite or Grande Anse and rent a bike to visit this beautiful island with its white tracks winding under tall palm trees, fine white sand beaches and large polished rocks.
DAY 3 : Curieuse (7nm). Sail around Marianne and Félicité. Anchorage on the west coast of Grande Soeur for lunch.Unforgettable snorkelling at Cocos Islands. Go to Curieuse and anchor for the night in Baie Laraie on the east coast. Curieuse, part of the Marine National Park is the home of hundred or so giant turtles, you cannot miss them
DAY 4 : St Pierre (6nm). Sail to St Pierre islet, a mass of rounded rocks crowned with a clump of tall palms swaying gently in the wind, typical and superb scenery of the Seychelles. Excellent spot for snorkelling with magnificent underwater scenery. Go back to Baie Laraie for the night .
DAY 5 : Aride (12nm). Aride Island is a conservation area and a haven for a wide variety of seabirds, unique vegetation and rare land birds. The ten species of breeding seabird include the rare roseate tern and the red tailed tropicbird. The world's largest colony of lesser noddy, more than 200,000 couples nest there. Open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays. Back to Baie Laraie for the night
DAY 6 : Cousin (15nm). Cousin Island is a nature reserve and bird sanctuary with rare species and some giant turtles. Less than 800 meters in diameter, the island can be visited from Tuesday to Friday. Go to Baie Sainte Anne on Praslin for the night.
DAY 7 : Explore the coast of Praslin (10nm). Stunning beaches make this a great place to relax and the smaller surrounding islands are very close. Return to Baie Sainte Anne.
DAY 1 : Embark at Baie Sainte Anne on Praslin. This itinerary is suitable during Southeast winds (May-Oct). Short sail to Curieuse (7nm) in the afternoon. Anchor for the night in Baie Laraie on the east coast. Curieuse, part of the Marine National Park is the home of hundred or so giant turtles, you cannot miss them.
DAY 2 :St Pierre (6nm). Sail to St Pierre islet, a mass of rounded rocks crowned with a clump of tall palms swaying gently in the wind, typical and superb scenery of the Seychelles. Excellent spot for snorkelling with magnificent underwater scenery. Go back to Baie Laraie for the night .
DAY 3 : St Anne National Marine Park (28nm) which covers 6 islands off the coast of Mahe and is one of the most important nesting sites from Hawksbill turtles. Great Snorkelling. Anchor at Anse Cimetiere.
DAY 4 : Port Launay (13nm). Visit the picturesque market place at Victoria, the capital on Mahe in the morning. Good opportunity for fresh provisioning. Sail to quiet Port Launay for the night.
DAY 5 : La Digue (35nm). The south east coast of La Digue provides excellent moorings in deep coves, behind a coral reef near the shore. Petite Anse or Grande Anse are perfect for anchorage, lovely white sand beaches separated from each other by rocky spurs, backed by steep rocks.
DAY 6 :Spend the day exploring La Digue. Relax on the picture-postcard beaches or visit Union Estate, where they grow vanilla.
DAY 7 : Return to Praslin (10nm). Anchor south of Cocos Islands, for unforgettable snorkelling. Short sail to Baie Sainte Anne. Visit of the Vallée de Mai, home to the Coco de Mer palm.
The Seychelles offer ideal sailing conditions throughout the year but there are 2 distinct seasons. From November to April north-westerly trade winds blow around 10 knots with calm seas but it generally feels more hot and humid. The wet season is December to February. From May to October the dry southeast tradewinds give cooler temperatures and a constant 20 knot winds.
Yacht charter in Seychelles - Praslin & Mahe
Yachts are based on Praslin and Mahe. Charters start and finish any day (minimum 5 nights), giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates.
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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.
If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.
FLIGHTS TO MAHE:
Air Seychelles have direct flights to Mahe with onward connections to Praslin. Transfer time to marina 15 minutes.