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This unique sailing trip aboard the Cocktail Praslin catamaran is a five-day tour of some of the Seychelles most beautiful sites. The tour departs each Saturday from Mahé, and will take you to some of the best beaches in the world, as well as some truly incredible snorkelling sites.
Activities and specials:
- Get to know some of the best snorkelling spots in the Seychelles throughout this tour, many of which are inaccessible on-land.
- Sit back, relax, and enjoy the full board service, ensuring you don’t have to take care of anything.
- Snorkeling and kayaking equipment are available on board free of charge (subject to availability).
Price explanation: The indicated double cabin prices refer to two people per night, including full board.
Day 1 (Saturday): Mahé - Sainte Anne Marine Park
Check-in is at 3 pm on Mahé. Welcome on board! After a short orientation session and allocation of cabins, the catamaran will set off on the short trip to the nearby Sainte Anne Marine Park. Over 150 different species of fish and an incredible underwater world await you in this environmentally-protected region. Thankfully, the peace and serenity of the area is not disrupted by noisy watersports and the like. In the afternoon, guests have the option of jumping into the turquoise water with snorkelling equipment and flippers and discovering the incredible ‘aquarium’ of the Indian Ocean, before you spend the night in this small corner of paradise.
Day 2 (Sunday): Sainte Anne - Praslin
In the morning, the catamaran sets off towards Praslin, the second-largest of the Seychelles islands. Here, you have the chance to discover the incredible Vallée de Mai palm-tree forest, full of various plant species that are unique to the Seychelles archipelago (excursion not included in the price). One of the trees, the famous Coco de Mer palm tree, produces enormous fruit that can weigh up to 48 kg (105 lbs), while the tree itself can grow to around thirty metres in height (100 ft), and lives for over 400 years. The sound of the wind through the palm leaves here is also unforgettable. Finally, Anse Lazio, in the north of the island, is a world-class beach which rivals anything else in the country, and which a number of different magazines and publications have declared the most beautiful beach in the whole world.
Day 3 (Monday): Praslin - La Digue
In the early morning, the catamaran will set sail for La Digue, a storybook island of incredible beauty, perfect beaches, and looming granite formations. The best way to get around this small island is by bike, or by using one of the traditional ox-carts. On the island lies ‘Emanuelle’s House’, where the film of the same name was filmed. Besides that, there is a coconut factory, a sizeable population of giant tortoises, and picturesque beaches, including the stunning Anse Source d’Argent, as well as the harbour town of La Passe, where the boat will anchor for the day. Make sure you also don’t miss out on the ‘Yellow House’, a fantastic spot for photographs thanks to its unique architecture. Equally breathtaking is the sunset at Anse Source d’Argent. About an hour before the sun disappears below the horizon, it reflects off the water and the rocks, creating a truly magical scene for anyone lucky enough to see it.
Day 4 (Tuesday): Coco Island, Curieuse
On day four of this tour, the boat will sail to Coco Island, well-known amongst snorkelling fans thanks to its perfect scenery, incredible granite formations, small beaches, and, of course, its beautiful underwater scenery, full of thousands of colourful schools of fish. Next, the boat will set sail for Curieuse, named after a schooner boat of the French East Indies Company, which was sent to Mauritius in 1768. This small island can be found about 2 km north-east of Praslin. There are a number of ‘rules’ that we should mention regarding Curieuse. Despite their size, it is forbidden to ride on the back of the giant tortoises here, and the natural environment in general should be respected. In the south-east of the island is the Doctor’s House, which was once in-use due to the island’s status as a leper colony. These days, it’s just a small museum. The island is also home to some of the Seychelles’ giant tortoises, who wander freely on the island, and who can be up to 200 years old. The beach in the south-east of the island is also worth a loook thanks to its sharply-edged granite boulders.
Day 5 (Wednesday): Curieuse - Praslin
After breakfast you pass by the small island of St. Pierre on your way to Praslin, where you will leave the catamaran at around 9.30am (depending on the weather, the captain will choose a protected bay where you can disembark by dinghy). If required, the crew will be happy to organise a transfer.
Please note, the route is subject to changes due to weather, wind, or administrative reasons.
You will sail on board a beautiful catamaran, measuring between 57 and 78 feet in length (18 - 24m), offering plenty of comfort and stability. The cruise will either take place on the Catlante 600 or the Mojito 78, depending on availability and occupancy. Your confirmation simply confirms the sailing trip, not the catamaran you will use. The photos and videos here are examples.
Each guest can take part in the ‘normal’ nautical lifestyle (not obligatory!), for example, helping the Skipper with boat manoeuvres or helping the cook prepare meals, learning something about Creole cuisine at the same time.
Double cabin for 4 nights and 5 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 fruit juices for breakfast; 1 aperitif, 250ml wine or 500ml beer per person, soft drinks and fruit juices for dinner and lunch):* €95 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.
*Subject to availability of beverage brands available on board
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.: €160/person, 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 over 12 years of age are welcome.
Minimum number of participants required: 4 people
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. 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 staff was great and made every effort to make it as comfortable as possible for us despite various problems with the catamaran. The food was super delicious and the chef made an effort to take into account the wishes (vegan, lactose-free). Unfortunately there were various problems with the catamaran. The start was postponed by 4 hours at the beginning due to technical problems and during the 3-hour crossing to the next island there was a loud continuous beeping, so that the catamaran had to be changed on the second day. The second also had flaws. The generator for the ice machine kicked in at night, making it impossible to sleep despite wearing earplugs. There were also problems with the anchor, which caused the crew to struggle to retrieve the anchor after each stop and the casting off was always delayed and perhaps the time could have been used better. At the excursion destination Praslin, the skipper offered us a driver (his cousin) to the park, where everyone pays 200SCR. According to them, the buses do not run regularly and we would only lose time and taxis would also be super expensive. So that we as a group paid about €150 for a 6-minute ride, despite trying to negotiate a price. Translation (DE): GoogleTranslate
A great experience. The numerous meals on board were very tasty Translation (DE): GoogleTranslate
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