Seychelles Sailing Itinerary
Proclaimed “the most beautiful islands on Earth”, Seychelles take you to an entirely different world. Immerse yourself in nature and take in the special landscape of this archipelago.
Home to 275 species of birds, 2,200 giant Aldabra tortoises, and many endemic species, Seychelles claims a unique ecosystem. As a result of active preservation efforts, you can enjoy all that the islands have to offer. Our Seychelles Sailing Itinerary allows you to truly experience these marvelous islands.
Our Guide to the Seychelles Sailing Itinerary
With a riveting history featuring pirates and explorers, Seychelles has long drawn fascination from the outside world. Arab traders sought the valuable coco de mer nuts found on the islands to use them for bowls, medicinal purposes, and food seasoning. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Pirates used the islands as a hideaway. Anse Forbans is sometimes called Pirate’s Cove. To this day it is believed that Olivier Levasseur hid a treasure worth more than $160,000 in Seychelles. It remains to be discovered.
Aside from the hidden riches of the Pirate Levasseur, Seychelles is home to a much grander treasure – it’s wildlife and plant life. Seychelles is 88% percent covered by forest and many beaches are also turtle breeding sites. The NGO Nature Seychelles is doing hugely important work to improve the conservation efforts on the islands. Through scientific, management, education and training programs, they have set out to protect Seychelles’ rare biodiversity for locals and tourists alike.
The best way to get to Seychelles is by flying into their international airport, on Mahé. Their international terminal has service for quite a few large airlines, such as Emirates and Etihad. If you’d like more information, or you need help planning your flights, check out the Seychelles International Airport website.
However, for the Seychelles Sailing Itinerary that leaves from Praslin, you may need a connecting flight from Mahé to Praslin. Only a 15-minute flight, there are frequent flight services that operate at the Praslin Terminal. If you’d prefer a cheaper option you could take a 50-60 minute ferry that runs between Mahé and Praslin. Of if you’d like a more luxury option you can charter a helicopter, and that will cost about 820 €.
Marina mooring on the Seychelles Sailing Itinerary is a bit limited. The ports in many of the islands are very small and may have room for just a few boats. You will only find large marinas in Mahé and Praslin. In both Mahé and Praslin, you can find moorings at the Eden Island Marina or the Praslin Marina, respectively. They are both operated by the same company. As this marina caters to luxury yachts their fees might be steeps. While in Praslin we also recommend Cote D’Or beach, where you can anchor in this secluded cove, free of charge.
For La Digue and Félicité, you should look for a safe anchorage to moor overnight, and as you will be “free-swinging,” there will be no fee! In La Digue we reccommend Petite or Grande Anse.
In Curieuse you can stay in the marine park for a fee of SCR 250 per night in Baie Laraie. If you head to Saint Pierre, it is still part of the Curieuse Marine National Park and will be subject to the same fees.
For Grande Soeur, there is no permission needed for mooring. Mooring fees are around SCR 400 per person, and visitors should contact the island manager pre-mooring.
For more information about mooring at the various locations in our Seychelles Itinerary, click here.
The best sailing weather for the Seychelles Sailing Itinerary is year-round! With temperatures ranging from 24°C to 32°C, Seychelles is always warm.
Instead of varying temperatures, seasons in Seychelles are marked by winds. From October to April, northwest winds bring warm, wet weather. From May to September, cooler, dry, windier weather blows in from the southeast. For the in-between months, March – April and October – November, weather is calm with low wind.