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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 larger 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.

Seychelles Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Anse Lazio beach

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    Giant Turtle

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    Mahe

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    Anse Madge

    Sailing holidays in the Seychelles

    • Emirates have flights to Mahe via Dubai
    • Travel back in time on La Digue-ox carts are the main mode of transport!
    • Anse Source D'Argent-one of the world's most photographed beaches
    • Snorkel at Baie Laraie with an abundance of hump head parrotfish
    • Long distances between the main islands but inner island well protected
    • Level 3 sailing
    • Average temperatures of around 26-28 degrees
    • Average winds force 3-5
    • Dining is mostly onboard or at one of the private resorts
    • Mostly anchorages in this area
    • Flexible start and finish dates possible
  • 1 Wk Nov-Apr

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary in the Seychelles for Nov-Apr (Northwest winds)

    DAY 1 : Praslin

    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.

    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 : Praslin (10nm)

    Explore the coast of Praslin. Stunning beaches make this a great place to relax and the smaller surrounding islands are very close. Return to Baie Sainte Anne.

    Seychelles November-April 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • 1 Wk May-Oct

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary in the Seychelles for May-Oct (Southeast winds)

    DAY 1 : Curieuse (7nm)

    Embark at Baie Sainte Anne on Praslin. Short sail to Curieuse 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)

    This marine park 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 : La Digue

    Spend the day exploring La Digue. Relax on the picture-postcard beaches or visit Union Estate, where they grow vanilla.

    DAY 7 : Praslin (10nm)

    Anchor south of Cocos Islands for some unforgettable snorkelling. The a short sail back to Baie Sainte Anne for a visit to the Vallée de Mai, home to the Coco de Mer palm.

    Seychelles May-October 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in the Seychelles

    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.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2-3' (levels info)

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Mahe, Seychelles

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016Emirates have flights to Mahe via Dubai. If chartering from Praslin you can get an onward flight from Mahe with Air Seychelles (15 minute flight) or take the ferry which leaves Mahe 2 or 3 times each day and takes one hour to Praslin.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then 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.

    Transfers

    We can arrange transfers for you with the base in the Seychelles. Transfers take approximately 15 minutes from Mahe airport to base and 20 minutes from Praslin airport to base. Please ask a member of staff for pricing.

"A very enjoyable and relaxing fortnight’s charter in the Abacos. A beautiful and tranquil archipelago of sand-fringed islands. Sailing was in the Sea of Abaco, a large lagoon, often with only 2m below our keels, so we were very glad that we had chosen a catamaran! We were very lucky in chartering Odin, a new Lagoon 42 Luxe. She was spacious and really well equipped, with several very useful mod cons such as air-con and a water-maker. A lovely catamaran! There were several picturesque and well sheltered harbours with a couple of restaurants, though we spent most nights in anchorages, often on our own. We only ate out 3 times, but those meals were good. The conch is the local speciality! On several of the Cays, golf buggies replaced cars and we had lots of offers of lifts from friendly residents. There were some good snorkelling spots and we had several close encounters with delightful turtles! All in all, a really good holiday! Thank you, Nautilus!"

Bahamas 2018 - V.M.

Seychelles Yacht Charter prices

Yachts from Praslin and Mahe Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 26 May - 07 Jul
29 Sep - 20 Oct
10 Nov - 01 Dec
07 Jul - 25 Aug
06 Jan - 03 Feb
12 May - 25 May
31 Mar - 12 May 03 Feb - 31 Mar 23 Dec - 06 Jan
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Yachts from Praslin and Mahe Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 26 May - 07 Jul
29 Sep - 20 Oct
10 Nov - 01 Dec
07 Jul - 25 Aug
06 Jan - 03 Feb
12 May - 25 May
31 Mar - 12 May 03 Feb - 31 Mar 23 Dec - 06 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Yachts from Praslin and Mahe Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 26 May - 07 Jul
29 Sep - 20 Oct
10 Nov - 01 Dec
07 Jul - 25 Aug
06 Jan - 03 Feb
12 May - 25 May
31 Mar - 12 May 03 Feb - 31 Mar 23 Dec - 06 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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FREE outboard for tender, bedlinen & towels, snorkel gear.

Extras payable:

Yachts from Prasline

Includes Outboard

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit GBP2700- GBP8100 OR Non Refundable insurance GBP189-378/week which reduces refundable to €500-750

(COMPULSORY)

End Cleaning, Starter Pack and fees: GBP220-333 (Depending on size of vessel)

Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e SUP's, Kayaks etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: GBP945/week + food and drink + own cabin
ONE-WAYS:
Praslin-Mahe or vice versa £270

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.