The magic of the idyllic Seychelles ... you won't find a better way to enjoy them than sailing! Huge granite cliffs polished by waves, giant palm trees and turquoise bays adorned with lush tropical vegetation shade white sandy beaches ... a paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean!
Seychelles yacht cruise
Imagine waking up from the gentle rocking of a yacht on the water as you leisurely don your swimwear as you step out onto the deck and plunge into the crystal blue waters of a quiet bay somewhere between the many islands of paradise. Then, after a refreshing swim in the sparkling warm water, you enjoy a fresh breakfast, and the next day you do it all again, but this time in a completely different bay!
Located 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa, between 240 and 600 miles north of the equator in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is one of the most isolated in the world.
Seychelles yacht cruise
The islands offer ideal sailing conditions all year round, but there are 2 different seasons:
- November to April northwest trade winds blow at around 10 knots, the sea is calm, but generally hotter and wetter weather. Warm season - December to February.
- May to October dry southeast trade winds provide cooler temperatures and consistent winds of around 20 knots.
Seychelles is a vibrant mix of races, cultures and religions.
At various times in their history, people of African, European and Asian descent have populated these islands, contributing to the way of life that we can see today. The influence of France is still noticeable, Creole is widespread, as is English, and the leisurely and easy way of life of the locals makes these islands ideal for a relaxing, intimate getaway.
Seychelles yacht cruise
The Seychelles is made up of two different groups, including the Inner Islands group and the Outer Islands group:
Inner Islands includes 41 islands that are grouped around three main islands Praslin, La Digue and Mahe... Geological wonders made of granite, lush mountain forests home to species of birds that are not found anywhere else on Earth, giant turtles that nest on beautiful white beaches, extraordinarily beautiful coral reefs and azure waters - all this makes yacht cruise in the Seychelles unique and enriching.
Soft white sand beaches and crystal clear warm waters are usually enough to keep kids of all ages happy, but there is still plenty of fun for kids in Seychelles. Finding seashells and building gorgeous sandcastles can burn energy and fill hours, but there are also adventures that will provide a thrill and learning experience.
Connoisseurs of nature can go to the northernmost island in the archipelago - 170-acre coral Bird Island... The abundance of fish on the northern tip of the island attracts a large number of seabirds. They are not afraid of people, and this closeness to nature is simply exciting for children, and is not found anywhere else in the world.
Curieuse Island Is home to hundreds of protected giant turtles that simply walk around the small island, as well as giant sea parrots. Visitors can feed the turtles with leafy greens and watermelon. There is also a nursery where baby turtles live for the first five years before heading out into the wild. The entire island is a national marine park, there are trails where you can safely walk through mangrove forests and granite rocks.
In the Inner Islands there is UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallee de Mee Natural Park on Praslin Islandwhich is called authentic Garden of Eden. Vallee de Mae nature reserve boasts a forest of unique Seychelles palms that you will not see anywhere else, like the Seychelles black parrots and other tropical animals in their natural habitat. This is one of the unique places where people can truly walk through the pristine rainforest that has not changed since prehistoric times. Vallee de Mae - a living example of biological and geological processes that took place millions of years ago and were not disturbed or changed by foreign plants and animals.
Yacht cruise in the Seychelles. In the photo: Fountaine Pajot Victoria 67
Seychelles yacht cruise
Sailing around the inner Seychelles offers miles of scenic coastline with safe marinas and over 65 beaches on the island Maheas well as many unexplored coves and grottoes. For thrill seekersDiving is considered one of the most popular activities on the islands. The underwater world truly amazes with hundreds of vibrant reef fish, coral gardens and ancient shipwrecks.
If you are not taking a local yacht for charter, then you need to know that Victoria Port on Mahe Island is the only official port of entry and exit for private yachts. It is here that all foreign ships must go through customs control. Crew members and passengers are usually issued with a one-month residence permit, but it can be renewed at least one week before the expiration date. Other large islands also have ports, but customs officers will need to fly to another island from Mahe, at the expense of the requesting vessel. Therefore, you need to think in advance about the details, routes and duration of the trip, although if you are booking a charter, the charter company will take care of the organizational issues.
Seychelles charters often focus on the Inner Islands, all of which are close to each other, making it easy to navigate between them.
- Northwest monsoon starts in November, bringing north-westerly winds, and more rain than usual from May to October, when the winds move more southeast, starting in April. Regardless of the season, wind speed varies from 10 to 20 knots, and air temperature from 27 ° C to 30 ° C.
- Wind currents change directions with seasonal winds, and usually just over one knot. However, in some places, for example, in the narrow channels between the islands, the currents can be much stronger.
- Tide range ranges from 1.3 m to 1.5 m. Like wind currents, tidal currents can be rapid in narrow channels.
The inland islands offer safe and easy sailing with less than 32 miles between mooring. Mooring buoys located around the northwest Mahe, northeastern Praslinas well as some of the nearby islands. If there is no room for mooring, you can anchor. At depths from 5 to 8 meters in most popular night yachting anchorages there is a good sandy bottom, of course, be careful, anchoring to corals is not allowed.
The ports have navigation aids and the layout of the buoys is the same as in Europe. Harbor buoys are red, cylindrical, even numbered buoys, while the right side buoys are green and odd numbered. The largest rocks that are on the shore are visible from afar and have no lights or buoys, and all yachts must be moored at night.
The Indian Ocean around the Seychelles has currents between 0.5 and 1.5 knots due to the trade winds. In the Inner Islands, tidal influences are felt more than ocean currents. They are usually less than one node, and can grow up to 2 nodes in channels that are between islands or close to underwater ridges.
Between high tide and low tide, about six hours. Around the Inner Islands, the tidal range can be up to 2 meters during the spring and up to 1 meter in the northeast direction. Some high tides create lagoons in the channels that are completely drained at low tide.
Seychelles yacht cruise
Outer Islands Is 72 coral islands that form an arc towards Africa. The outer islands are divided into six separate island groups - these are Amirant Islands, Alphonse group of islands, South Coral group, Farquhar and Aldabra islands. They are all located between 260 and 865 miles off the east coast of Africa.
The waters of the Outer Islands are seldom visited and map surveys of the islands are infrequent, so depths may be incorrect on maps. The skipper must carefully navigate the mooring areas around the outlying islands, and must not simply trust the map while it is necessary to constantly check the echo sounder, because the coral bottom is often altered.
Due to the low level of coral reefs, there are some hazards when navigating the Outer Islands. The islands are 130 and 630 miles from Mahé, and the mooring of these islands is less protected.
There is another one in the Outer Islands. UNESCO World Heritage Site - the largest relief coral reef in the world. Aldabra group of islands uninhabited and isolated in the Indian Ocean. Today, the island is home to about 100,000 giant tortoises, but at one time, hundreds of people were transported from the islands for their population. It is also home to rare endangered animals. The island is not easy to get to, tourism is limited to 12 people at one time on land, but if you are interested in pristine ecosystems it will be an unforgettable experience.
Seychelles yacht cruise
There are two opposite wind structures in the Seychelles - it is northwestern from December to March, and southeastern from May to September. Often northwest winds get stronger at dawn, but they are still quite weak, 5 to 10 knots with maximum strength in January. These winds bring periodic rainfall and gain strength between December and March. They are associated with cyclones over the southwestern Indian Ocean, but the Seychelles extend beyond the cyclonic belt, with the exception of the southernmost islands.
South-east trade winds dry, and blow during the day and part of the night. They peak in July and August. From June to September, the average speed is between 10 and 15 knots with occasional gusts that can be over 30 knots. In April and November, the trade winds change direction, ensuring calm and calm periods. At this time, the seas are calm and the water is clear.
The outer islands are more prone to strong winds during the southeast trade wind season, due to their southern location and low-lying atolls. The Inner Islands have stronger winds during the NW trade wind season because the intertropical convergence zone, with weaker winds, will run south of the Inner Islands.
Fishing in the Seychelles
The plateau on which the Seychelles is located is richly structured, and often, its depth changes very sharply, but not deeper than 75 meters.
Reefs and hills are found in many places. Some are just a few meters from the surface, others rise right up to the sea surface.
These countless structures are not only hotspots for bottom fish but also magnets for young fish and attract pelagic predators such as sailfish or black marlin.
It is not for nothing that the Seychelles attracts fishermen from all over the world. This is a fishing paradise for both beginner anglers and seasoned sportsmen hunting for trophy specimens.
Only Interparus organizes fishing safaris on sailing catamarans, where fishing can be combined with regular rest, which means both you and your half will be satisfied. Also, if your goal is huge 200 kg tuna and other similar trophiesand you are ready for big expenses, we can arrange offshore trips for you in speedboats.
The Seychelles offer calm waters all year round, but yachts planning to visit the Outer Islands must be of higher performance and must have an experienced skipper and crew. Interparus knows which yachts are suitable for the different areas of the Seychelles.
Fishing in the Seychelles with Interparus
Seychelles yacht cruise
There are no theme parks for amusement and artificial attractions in the Seychelles. This is one of the most environmentally friendly regions where nature lovers can still see a small part of the world that has not been spoiled by humans in any way.
Most of the islands are protected as a nature reserve, guaranteeing the protection of the unique nature and rare species of animals. There are plenty of natural wonders here to make a yacht trip an unforgettable experience, although coastal resorts, boutiques and gourmet restaurants on some of the Inner Islands add variety to travelers.
A yacht cruise in the Seychelles will open you up to an exotic part of the world and more secluded to travel, and this makes your vacation here even more attractive and comfortable!
To book a charter in the Seychelles, call +33644142168 (WhatsApp) Sasha Goron
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