The Seychelles represents without a doubt one of SmartYacht’s most sought-after destinations for fractional ownership yachts, and it’s easy to see why.
After all, what’s not to love about this paradisiacal archipelago of 115 islands, nestled like gems in the midst of the Indian Ocean? Each island possesses picture-perfect, pearly-white beaches lapped by clear blue water, making this area ideal yachting territory for experienced sailors and charter guests alike.
The islands of the Seychelles stretch over an area of 1.4 million square kilometres (540,543.02 square miles). The isles are traditionally split into two groups: the Inner Islands and the low-lying coral atolls and reef islets of the Outer Islands.
Across the archipelago you will find world-class dive sites and other natural wonders, such as the Vallee de Mai, on the island of Praslin, where Coco-de-Mer nuts grow on ancient palms, and the world’s largest raised coral atoll, the Aldabra. There is virtually an endless amount of fabulous diversions and experiences to have in the Seychelles.
Yet, if you only have a week to devote to your fractional ownership yacht adventure in these islands, you won’t be able to cover the length and breadth of the Seychelles. So, here are some of our picks for how you can make the most of seven unforgettable days in the Seychelles onboard your fractional ownership yacht.
Day 1: Victoria, Mahé
Our superb fractional yachts in the Seychelles depart for a cruise around the islands from Victoria. This bustling town on Mahe, the largest island in the Seychelles, is conveniently the location of the International airport.
Although Mahe is the largest island in the Seychelles, measuring 28 kilometres (17.4 miles) long by 8 kilometres (4.97 miles) wide, and home to 90 per cent of the archipelago’s population, it still feels like a secluded tropical hideaway. Enjoy Mahe’s gorgeous natural scenery, characterised by clear waters and powder-white beaches.
Day 2: Mahé to Praslin
Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles archipelago. It sits 45 kilometres (almost 28 miles) from Mahe, making it an easy cruise for your Seychelles fractional yacht. The sea journey is idyllic, passing by the twin islands of Cousin and Cousine. We recommend you stop off at the former island and check out the private nature reserve, where you will come across giant tortoises, as well as other incredible indigenous animals.
Day 3: Praslin
Spend the day exploring this beautiful island, which is also one of the archipelago’s most popular. Praslin boasts a number of exclusive luxury resorts and restaurants where you can dine after disembarking from your yacht fraction in the Seychelles.
Day 4: La Digue
Our next recommended stop on your fractional yacht holiday in the Seychelles is the charming island of La Digue, which is the archipelago’s fourth largest isle, despite ranging only 10 square kilometres (3.86 square miles). The most popular modes of transport on this island – where time appears to have stood still – are bikes and passenger ox-carts. Use one to take you across the island to magnificent dive sites, or to stop at private coves for some spectacular snorkelling.
Day 5: Ste Anne
Once you have left La Digue, we suggest you carry on to Ste Anne, the largest island in the Ste Anne Marine National Park, where you can observe countless coconut palms, as well as cinnamon plants that grow wild on the hillsides. The island is lush and green, and provides a wonderful terrain in which to hike. It is also home to Beachcomber’s 5-star Sainte Anne Resort, an 87-villa property that is well worth a visit to sample a cooling sundowner.
Day 6: Cerf
Next, we suggest that you sail on to the island of Cerf, which is also situated within the Ste Anne Marine National Park. Here you can spend hours on wonderful beaches, snorkelling in the translucent aquamarine waters, as you savour your penultimate day of your fractional ownership voyage in the Seychelles.
Day 7: Return to Mahé
Cerf is situated just 4 kilometres (less than 2.5 miles) from Mahe. So, it won’t take long to return to the main island, where you can get in some last-minute sunbathing, sightseeing and shopping before heading home.