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Seychelles Sailing Cruise

Isolated in the Indian Ocean and the only mid-ocean islands of granite formation to be found on earth, the Seychelles archipelago is often mentioned in the same breath as the lost 'Garden of Eden.'

The highest peaks of a submerged mountain range that broke apart from the supercontinent of Gondwana millions of years ago, the Seychelles' inner islands are the most ancient islands on earth. This curious geological feature was one of several curiosities about the islands that led the famed British General, Charles Gordon, to declare Seychelles the site of the biblical Garden of Eden.

This tiny island group boasts a population of just 90,000 inhabitants, with a warm, tropical climate all year-round and some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in the world.

Mahé, the largest island, is home to the majority of the population and represents the archipelago's commercial and transportation hub, with the country's only international airport linking the islands to the rest of the globe. The island is characterised by its towering granite peaks, lush mist forests and dozens of striking coves and beaches.

The second largest island, Praslin, is home to the legendary Vallée de Mai, the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Coco de Mer grows in abundance. This double coconut, which curiously resembles the shape of a woman's pelvis, was another facet of General Gordon's theory about Seychelles as the Garden of Eden - he believed it to be the real forbidden fruit.

La Digue, the third-most populous island, moves at an even slower pace: bicycles remain the most common mode of transportation, for both its residents and visiting tourists. The huge granite boulders that adorn the coastline at Anse Source D'Argent have led some to believe that it could very well be the most photographed beach in the world.

While Mahé, Praslin and La Digue may be the principal islands, dozens of smaller 'satellite' isles nearby offer further opportunity to explore and admire. Every island has a character and charm all of its own, with colorful individual histories and unique natural features, some with steep granite cliffs and others comprising pristine coral atolls. Together, they make up a surprisingly diverse destination of great natural beauty, rare flora and fauna that have been cocooned in isolation for millions of years, and a friendly multi-cultural people eager to welcome you to their shores.

Most of the islands visited on this cruise are run by not-for-profit NGOs, foundations or government conservation/monitoring organizations, and each visit provides desperately needed funding toward the continued conservation and research of their unique ecosystems. The charges for visiting these locations make up a 'conservation fee,' so that everyone knows that this separate amount is going directly toward the islands' preservation and long-term sustainability.

The price includes:-
• Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner) prepared by a dedicated chef
• Snorkeling, kayaking and bottom-line fishing equipment
• Island Visits and excursions according to the itinerary
• Chilled tapwater, tea and coffee.
• Bathroom and beach towels are provided

Conservation fees include all visit and excursions, except for bicycle rental and entrance fee to L’Union estate on La Digue.

Seychelles Sailing Cruise itinerary:

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Day 1: Depart Mahe to Praslin
Embark from the Inter-Island Quay at 1030hrs in time for the Captain's welcome briefing. Depart Port Victoria to sail from Mahé to Round Island, just off the isle of Praslin. In the evening, enjoy a Creole meal with a welcome barbecue dinner onboard.
Day 2: Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve and Cote D’Or beach
Go ashore on Praslin to the famous World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. This ancient forest is home to the curiously shaped double coconut, the coco de mer, as well as the Black Parrot, unique to Praslin. Explore the valley's eerie pathways beneath its canopy of massive palms, before returning onboard for afternoon opportunities to dive, snorkel or enjoy other water sports.
Day 3: Anse Source d'Argent
A morning sail brings the vessel to La Digue, a sleepy island community where ox-carts and bicycles are still the most common mode of transportation. La Digue is home to the endemic Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, and is perhaps most famous for its massive granite boulder formations at Anse Source d'Argent, which is thought to be the most photographed beach on earth. Explore the entire island by bicycle, perhaps stopping by Union Estate, a sprawling network of traditional island activities, including a copra mill, vanilla plantation, and shipyard.
Day 4: Grande Souer and Coco Island
Sail to Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur (the Sisters) for excellent snorkelling and diving, and for a relaxing visit to these unique and completely uninhabited tropical islands. In the afternoon, visit Coco Island, one of Seychelles’ tiny granite jewels, a fantastic spot for snorkelling within a kaleidoscope of tropical fish.
Day 5: Aride Island and Booby Island
Sail to Booby Island for the morning. After lunch, sail to Aride Island, a globally important nature reserve with more native bird species than any other island, including five endemics and the world's largest population of 3 species (Lesser Noddy, Audubon's Shearwater and Seychelles Warbler). The nature trail leads to a spectacular cliff-top view with the largest frigatebird roost outside of Aldabra. Aride is the only natural location in the world for Wright's Gardenia and 400 species of fish have been recorded around the island.
Day 6: Curieuse Island and St Pierre Island
Disembark at the almost uninhabited Curieuse Island. Visit the island's vast mangrove forests and its giant tortoise farm, along with the historic ruins of this former leper colony. After a barbecue lunch on the island, enjoy an array of water sports or simply relax and the island's beautiful beach and turquoise waters.
7: St Anne Island and Ile Seche
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely sail back towards Mahé, with a last stop at St. Anne for more snorkelling or diving, followed by a farewell barbecue. Overnight at Ile Seche.
Day 8: Disembark
Disembark by 08.30

Seychelles Sailing Cruise reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Day 8: Disembark *
Disembark by 08.30
7: St Anne Island and Ile Seche *
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely sail back towards Mahé, with a last stop at St. Anne for more snorkelling or diving, followed by a farewell barbecue. Overnight at Ile Seche.
Day 6: Curieuse Island and St Pierre Island *
Disembark at the almost uninhabited Curieuse Island. Visit the island's vast mangrove forests and its giant tortoise farm, along with the historic ruins of this former leper colony. After a barbecue lunch on the island, enjoy an array of water sports or simply relax and the island's beautiful beach and turquoise waters.
Day 5: Aride Island and Booby Island *
Sail to Booby Island for the morning. After lunch, sail to Aride Island, a globally important nature reserve with more native bird species than any other island, including five endemics and the world's largest population of 3 species (Lesser Noddy, Audubon's Shearwater and Seychelles Warbler). The nature trail leads to a spectacular cliff-top view with the largest frigatebird roost outside of Aldabra. Aride is the only natural location in the world for Wright's Gardenia and 400 species of fish have been recorded around the island.
Day 4: Grande Souer and Coco Island *
Sail to Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur (the Sisters) for excellent snorkelling and diving, and for a relaxing visit to these unique and completely uninhabited tropical islands. In the afternoon, visit Coco Island, one of Seychelles’ tiny granite jewels, a fantastic spot for snorkelling within a kaleidoscope of tropical fish.
Day 3: Anse Source d'Argent *
A morning sail brings the vessel to La Digue, a sleepy island community where ox-carts and bicycles are still the most common mode of transportation. La Digue is home to the endemic Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, and is perhaps most famous for its massive granite boulder formations at Anse Source d'Argent, which is thought to be the most photographed beach on earth. Explore the entire island by bicycle, perhaps stopping by Union Estate, a sprawling network of traditional island activities, including a copra mill, vanilla plantation, and shipyard.
Day 2: Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve and Cote D’Or beach *
Go ashore on Praslin to the famous World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. This ancient forest is home to the curiously shaped double coconut, the coco de mer, as well as the Black Parrot, unique to Praslin. Explore the valley's eerie pathways beneath its canopy of massive palms, before returning onboard for afternoon opportunities to dive, snorkel or enjoy other water sports.
Day 1: Depart Mahe to Praslin *
Embark from the Inter-Island Quay at 1030hrs in time for the Captain's welcome briefing. Depart Port Victoria to sail from Mahé to Round Island, just off the isle of Praslin. In the evening, enjoy a Creole meal with a welcome barbecue dinner onboard.
* = Indicative
Map for Seychelles Sailing Cruise
Sea Pearl, the ship servicing Seychelles Sailing Cruise

Sea Pearl

The Sea Pearl was built in Vlaardingen, Netherlands as a sailing/fishing vessel named Dirk. Converted to carrying passengers in 1999, she has been plying the Seychelles ever since

Accommodation
Air-conditioned dining salon, TV, DVD, stereo, ice-machine, washing machine, dryer, upper sun deck and bow net for sun bathing, covered back deck and lounge.

Cabins
Sea Pearl has 8 air-conditioned cabins with wash basin: 6 category A double-bed cabins +1 bunk and 2 category B triple cabins with 3 bunk beds. There are 4 showers, 3 toilets & 1 deck shower.

Crew
1 captain, 1 chef, 1 mechanic, 2 stewardesses, 1 dive instructor & 2 deckhands.

Cabin layout for Sea Pearl
- Aride Island Nature Reserve

- Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

- Curieuse Special Nature Reserve

- Grande Soeur private Island

- Anse Source d'Argent

- Coco Island

- Booby Island

- Endless swimming, snorkeling and diving opportunities

- Creole cuisine

- Rare wildlife including several endemic species
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