Heavenly scenery, long stretches of pristine beaches, and one of a kind flora and fauna make the Seychelles one of the best yachting destinations in the world. Besides, it’s refreshing to take a break from the Mediterranean for some time and discover a different part of the world. SmartYacht is proud to announce that now the owners of our yacht fractions can enjoy yachting not only in the Mediterranean, but also in the Seychelles.
This idyllic archipelago is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean and boasts numerous islands, most of which are undeveloped, thus making this destination ideal for discovering the pristine beaches, hidden coves and unspoilt natural sights. With their coco-de-mer palms, turquoise inlets fringed by lush green takamakas, orchids that grow on the mountain slopes and huge granite rocks polished by the waves, the islands make a perfect backdrop for the exotic yachting holidays.
The granitic Inner Islands cluster mainly around the main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. These protected islands offer plenty of idyllic anchorages, with superb diving and snorkeling on coral reefs and fascinating nature reserves ashore.
We propose the Seychelles yachting itinerary that will help you discover some of the archipelago’s most beautiful islands:
Day 1: Mahé
We suggest that you start your yachting holidays in Seychelles on the island Mahé. Find a safe anchorage and come ashore to enjoy soft sands surrounded by granite rocks and warm turquoise waters – ideal spot for snorkeling, swimming and soaking up in the sun.
Do not miss out on the opportunity to have a gourmet dinner ashore at the Maria’s Rock Cafe. Carved out of the rock, the restaurant boasts excellent views overlooking the bay and serves gourmet Creole food accompanied by freshly caught fish.
Day 2: La Digue Island
La Digues is the third largest island in the archipelago, a place full of charm and tranquility. Get onshore to enjoy the verdant palm-fringed island. You can start exploring the island with the tour of the large plantation of Union Estate, which covers almost the third of the island, and copra mills. Then head for lunch to one of the local restaurants, where you can recharge your batteries and indulge your taste bud with the copious local dishes. In the afternoon enjoy horseback riding along the island and to the top of Nid Aigle, from where you can marvel at the breathtaking views and watch the sunset. Among other popular activities on the island are bike riding and helicopter tours.
In the evening, head over to the nearby Praslin Island (you can anchor at Anse Volbert), where you will find cozy restaurants ashore and live music at the Paradise Sun hotel.
Day 3: Cocos Island
Next day cruise to Cocos Island to revel in the sheer beauty of the Coco islands, breathtaking even by Seychelles standards. Find a safe anchorage and enjoy snorkeling in the pristine waters, abundant with game fish and boasting rich marine life (you can spot turtles, rays, and massive shoals of fish). The best time for diving is from November to April when its turquoise waters achieve a fantastic visibility. However, don’t expect colorful corals as the bleaching of the Indian Ocean in 2002 has damaged the majority of reefs in the area. Also, avoid snorkeling if there are big waves and strong currents. Return to Mahe in the afternoon.