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During this unique sailing cruise “Cocktail Créole” you will discover the most beautiful islands of the Seychelles over eight days. Next to the inhabited islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, you will also stop at islands not as easily accessible, such as Coco and Curieuse. Amazing snorkelling spots and unique beaches are waiting. The tour leaves on Saturdays from Mahe.
Activities and specials:
- Discover the most beautiful spots in the Seychelles.
- Enjoy full-board, allowing you to sit back and relax while the crew prepares delicious meals for you each day.
- Snorkeling and kayaking equipment are available on board free of charge (subject to availability).
Day 1: Mahé – Sainte Anne Marine Park
Check in is at 3 pm. Welcome on board! After your welcome briefing and you've moved into your cabin, the catamaran will set off on the short journey to the Sainte Anne Marine Park. Over 150 different types of fish inhabit the waters of this environmentally-protected region, and, thankfully, no loud watersports disturb the peace and quiet that surrounds. In the afternoon you'll have the chance to snorkel with some flippers through the beautiful 'natural aquarium' underneath the pristine turquoise surface. The boat will anchor for the night in this small corner of paradise.
Day 2: St. Anne - Praslin
In the morning, it's 'anchors away' towards Praslin, the second-largest of the Seychelles islands. Here, you have the (optional) chance to discover the Vallée de Mai, a palm-tree forest full of endemic Seychelles plant species, an opportunity that doesn't come along very often! One of the trees, the Coco de Mer, produces fruit that can weigh up to 48 kg (about 105 lbs), can grow to heights of up to thirty metres (100 ft), and around 400 years old. The sound that the wind makes as it whistles through the leaves of the palm trees here is unforgettable. Also on Praslin is Anse Lazio, which has been described by some magazines and commentators as one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole world.
Day 3: Praslin – La Digue
Early in the morning, the boat sets off once more. This time, it's just a short hop over to La Digue, a storybook island of unparalleled beauty, incredible beaches, fine white sand, and imposing granite formations. Discover the island by bike or in one of the traditional ox-carts, as the island is practically car-free. Discover Emanuelle's house, where the eponymous film was shot, the coconut factory, the giant tortoises, and enjoy the picturesque Anse Source d'Argent. The boat will anchor in La Passe, the small harbour town. Make sure you don't miss out on the Yellow House, great for photographs thanks to its attractive construction style, one of the best in the archipelago. Equally breathtaking is the scenery at Anse Source d'Argent about an hour before sunset, when the light bounces all around, giving this beautiful scenery a magical finishing touch.
Day 4: Coco Island - Curieuse
On day 4, the catamaran will take you to Coco Island, well-known as one of the 'must-see' spots for snorkeling fans. Coco Island is a perfect little desert island, with incredible granite formations, a small beach, palm trees, and crystal-clear water surrounding the shore, containing thousands of colourful schools of fish. Next, the trip will head to Curieuse, named after a schooner of the French East Indies Company, which was sent to Mauritius in 1768. This small island is about 2 km north-east of Praslin. Here, we should mention something about the 'ground rules' on Curieuse. Namely, that you're not allowed to ride on the back of one of the giant tortoises, and in general you must be sure to respect the natural environment that surrounds you. In the south-west of the island is the Doctor's House, which was originally useful, as the island used to be a leper-colony. These days, it houses a small mueseum. On the island, you can admire the freely-roaming giant tortoises, some of which are up to 200 years old. The beach in the south-east of the island and the bizarre, sharply-edged granite boulders are also well worth a trip to see.
Day 5: Curieuse – Saint Pierre
St. Pierre is a small rocky island just offshore from Praslin that is ideal for bathing in the water and for snorkeling. Around the granite blocks here, many tame, colourful fish swim. Overnight, the catamaran anchors in front of Praslin.
Day 6: Saint Pierre – Cousin – Mahé
The (almost) circular island, Cousin, is around 29 hectares in size, and a sanctuary for endangered bird species. In 1968, the island was purchased from the authorities to be turned into a nature reserve, thanks to help from the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). Here, you can discover numerous bird species in the trees. Visit this bird paradise (optional), in which five different types of birds that are unique to this island live. Finally, the catamaran will sail back over to the main island, Mahé, where it will stop for the night in Beau Vallon. Here, you can spend some time trying out one of the many watersports opportunities available.
Day 7: Mahé
In the morning you will reach one of the most beautiful bays of Mahé, from there, you could decide to visit Victoria, the small capital of the island. After the evening spent on St. Anne or on Eden Island, the final meal will be served on board before the last night on St. Anne or on the VPM base on Eden Island.
Day 8: Return journey/onward travel
Check out at 8am before taking your transfer to the airport or your next hotel.
Please note: the route may change due to wind, weather, administrative reasons etc.
Double cabin for 7 nights and 8 days
Full board on ship
Water, coffee and tea all day
Captain, host/cook, technician (if required)
2 sets bed linen and hand towels (no beach towels)
Kayaking and snorkelling equipment for use during cruise
Transfers between the airport/marina etc.
Catering on land
Optional beverage package (includes juice for breakfast; 1 aperitif, 250ml wine or 500ml beer per person, soft drinks and fruit juice for dinner and lunch): €145 per person if booked in advance at the time of booking. Please note that the package cannot be booked after the initial booking or bought on-site.
Bar: soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Harbour fees and customs charges
Cash required on-board incl. entrance fee for the marine parks/islands, harbour fees and customs charges etc.: €200/person until 06.01.2023, €210/person from 07.01.2023, to be paid on-site. (These fees are calculated based on current entry fees etc., and may be subject to change).
Additional Price Information
Full board: incl.
Children aged over 12 years are welcome.
Minimum number of participants required: 4 persons
If fewer than the required number of people participate, the cruise will be operated without a host/cook.
Please note that the cabins and washrooms will not be cleaned by the crew during the sailing trip.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to change, depending on wind and weather conditions. Furthermore, in case of adverse weather conditions, it might not be possible to hoist the sail. Instead, the engine will be used in order to reach the anchoring location. All decisions are made at the captain’s discretion.
It is recommended that guests travel with travel bags. If the ship is fully-booked, hard-shell cases cannot be stored in communal storage areas, but only in the guest's own cabin.
The shipowner reserves the right to allocate another type of catamaran offering the same conditions of comfort and service.
- This travel offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility (please contact the SeyVillas team for more information or if you have any questions on this topic).
- Travel services will be carried out in English. In certain cases, German, French or Italian may be spoken.
- Information about passport, visa and healthcare requirements can be found here.
- The images of the accommodation serve as a reference and may differ slightly.
- The following specific cancellation policy applies to this accommodation:
90 days or more before arrival = cancellation fee of 30% of the total cost
61 - 89 days before arrival = cancellation fee of 50% of the total cost
31 - 60 days before arrival = cancellation fee of 65% of the total cost
15 - 30 days before arrival = cancellation fee of 75% of the total cost
4 - 14 days before arrival = cancellation fee of 90% of the total cost
0 - 3 days before arrival (as well as in case of no-show and early departure) = cancellation fee of 95% of the total cost
- Terms and Conditions of SeyVillas (SeyVillas GmbH)
The week-long private tour was great. Our skipper Claude was perfect, knew the most remote corners and had something to tell about everything. Chef Trevor conjured up amazing things in his little galley. The catamaran UBAH from the company VPM was okay. Big minus a long time ! Known failure of a toilet pump resulting in a massive stench in the port aft cabin. The new German-speaking technician will perhaps fix it. VPM had prepared the trip well, we already left at noon instead of the planned departure time of 3:00 p.m. Translation (DE): GoogleTranslate
We boarded the Gauguin catamaran. Fantastic crew ideal itinerary to discover the heart of these islands. It will be impossible to forget such a varied, balanced and tasty journey with a family atmosphere but professional at the same time The Creole spirit made us fully enjoy the holiday Translation (IT): GoogleTranslate
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