| The Seychelles are located about 600 miles from the east coast of Africa. These islands and islets are scattered across the Indian Ocean. The yacht charter cruising area in the Seychelles is restricted to the inner islands (the Amirantes possible upon request only). It includes the four main islands of Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette, La Digue and two dozen of smaller islands.|
As always, there are many reasons why charter yacht enthusiasts are drawn here year round. The idyllic white sandy beaches, sparkling lagoons and brilliant coral reefs, are some of the reasons why this is one of the most unique yacht charter destinations in the world.
Seychelles is one of the rare spots on earth protected from pollution. Man first landed on the Seychelles islands only 250 years ago and has never harmed nature. Thanks to the Seychelles Government policy regarding environment, you will discover during your yacht charter in the Seychelles this untouched heritage just like the XVIIIth century seamen did before you.
General Information :
Time lag: +3h in winter / +2h in summer.
Formalities: Valid Passport.
In each island of Seychelles, the visitors will have to pay a tourist local tax to regulate on the spot.
Seychelles yacht charter sailing area :
Your yacht charter starts in the biggest island of the Seychelles shelters the capital Victoria and 90% of the population. Visiting Mahe means discovering its heavenly beaches and its wild south.
This Garden of Eden of 44 square kilometres is also an old nest of pirates. Its famous nature reserve of turtles and the May Valley, the only place in the world where the sea coconut grows, make it a stopping place that should not be missed.
Famous all over the world due to its famous rounded granite lodes, the Digue is also attractive because of its peaceful insular atmosphere, rocked by ox carts. Do not hesitate to be charmed by a walk in one of the most beautiful beaches of the world: Anse Source d'Argent... a magical moment!
Lying 15NM off the northwest coast of Mahe, Silhouette is the third largest island in the archipelago. Small settlements connected by tracks link residents who work to produce copra, cinnamon, sugar cane and other crops. While its beaches are perfect for swimming and snorkelling it is easy to get lost walking through these wild and primitive forests.
Named after the ship whose captain discovered the island in 1768 Curieuse is less than one km north of Praslin. Today covered in lush vegetation and huge takamaka trees, it once was covered with coco-de-mer palms. In an attempt to harvest them the island was set afire in 1771 and virtually all were destroyed. As a National Park it is home to common land birds and some seabirds. There is a program in place to breed giant tortoises here for reintroduction to the granitic islands.
The Amirantes Islands, of which Desroches and d'Arros are the most prominent, are southwest of the main Seychelles group -- between 200 and 340 km from Mahe. Spread over a distance of 150 km they are part of the submarine ridge extending from Mahe south to Mauritius and Reunion. Named after Admiral Vasco da Gama, the "Ilhas do Almirante" (Admiral Islands) were discovered in 1502 on a voyage to find alternative routes to the Spice Islands.
Starting points and boat rental zones :
The boat rental base is located in Port Victoria : 25 minutes from the Mahé airport.
Many facilities including restrooms, bars, panoramic views, luggage facilities, gift shop, phone and fax services...
starting point to : Sainte-Anne, la Digue, Praslin, Grande Soeur et Petite Soeur
The boat rental base is in Baie Ste Anne in Praslin is the perfect departure spot, for a yacht charter in the Seychelles, it is in the middle of the cruising area with connections every 15 minutes from the international airport of Mahé (12 minute flights.) A magnificent bay and a traditional village are awaiting, with private pontoons (with water and electricity) and facilities including restrooms, bars, panoramic views, luggage facilities, gift shop, phone and fax services...
starting point to : Curieuse, Anse Lazio, Mahé, Anse Royale, La Digue, Ile des Cocos, Grande Soeur.