Serene Sailing in the Seychelles

Located in the North-east of Madagascar and dotted with World Heritage sites, the granitic archipelago of the Seychelles includes about 115 inner and outer islands. While the most remote islands can be reached with a local guide or a specially trained captain on board, the most visited islands are the inner islands, including the famous Praslin, La digue and Mahé. A popular yacht rental place, most of which are within 30 nautical miles and offer a short sailing time for an easy trip through the islands. Boating here offers ribbons of white sandy beaches lined with palm trees and bathed in crystal clear waters, with the possibility of exploring secluded lagoons, colorful reefs and coral atolls. This tropical paradise is full of culture, home to unique flora and fauna and countless attractions, and is also an exciting place to enjoy peace and relaxation.

As an ideal base for yacht charter, Mahé is home to 90% of the population of the Seychelles and is home to the capital of the Republic and the only port in Victoria. Built in 1840 and renovated in 1999, the Mahé Market gives you an overview of the authentic Seychelles lifestyle with fresh products and fantastic spices. A short sailing trip will take you to the six magnificent islands of the Sainte-Anne Marine Park, one of the largest marine grassy areas where, in addition to bottlenose dolphins, nesting green turtles are frequent. Ideal for scuba diving among the coral reefs that are full of marine fauna and flora, as well as for glass-bottomed boat trips.

It is said that there is a treasure on the Middle Island, which is a private property, where, among the tropical gardens, there are the remains of the houses of the initial settlers and the tombs of pirates, while the giant turtles roam freely. Take a walk on the half-hour hiking trail around the island to admire panoramic views and discover one of the most visited beaches in the world, where pink granite cliffs and white sand create an image of unique beauty. The neighboring island of Round Island is home to a popular Creole restaurant, long Island is a favorite vacation destination, while the deserted and hidden island is home to a nature reserve with an ideal place for diving enthusiasts.

La digue, the fourth largest island in the Seychelles, takes its name from one of the research ships built in 1768 by the French navy Discovery Marion Dufresne and is an oasis for nature lovers. The dam is rich in biodiversity and is home to many other species and two rare species of turtles, as well as the Seychelles Black Flycatcher, one of the rarest birds on the planet. This richness of nature can be found in the flora of the lush forests, where delicate orchids, vanilla vines and Indian almond trees grow, and in the beautiful gardens Hibiscus and Nepenthes grow alongside palm trees. Thanks to the tranquility, it is pleasant to spend time on this island and travel by bike. Local guides can organize bike, walking and climbing tours, or you can sign up for surf lessons, as it is an idyllic place to learn. The famous Anse-aux-Sources d’argent beach is one of the three best beaches in the world and it’s easy to see why: its magnificent granite cliffs, its velvety sand and its shallow and clear waters are accessible via the magnificent Union-domaine.

Many nearby satellite islands are also ideal for yacht trips and offer private berths, as well as numerous opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. To the north is Cocos Island, a marine park founded in 1996, located around three small islands with shallow turquoise waters. Surrounded by large coral reefs, the waters offer exciting opportunities for snorkeling. The nearby picturesque Sisters Islands, namely Big Sister and Little Sister, are popular for hiking and picnics due to their spectacular ocean views and offer the opportunity to experience the rich underwater life. The specialties of Selection, Marianne and Anse Cocos are also worth a visit.

Take a short detour to the Curiez Island Nature Reserve, a small granite island known for its unique coconut palms, one of the cultural icons of the Seychelles, which can only be found on two neighboring islands. It is a habitat for giant, wild and very funny land turtles that welcome you and like to be fed by hand. On the rocky island that once housed a colony of lepers, you can follow the path from Bayeux Larai to Anse José, bypassing the dense mangroves, full of fauna and colonial architecture, to discover the beach where sea turtles still lay their eggs. The Raffles Hotel is located nearby and offers an incredible opportunity to relax with spa treatments or cocktails! At the end of the day, head to Saint-pierre, a small island very popular among swimmers and boaters and which is the ideal place to watch a spectacular sunset in the Seychelles, near Pointe-Zangil on the beautiful Côte d’Or beach in Praslin.

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