“I went to trace the contours of an island and instead discovered the boundaries of the ocean."
Catamaran Charter in Seychelles
The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 islands of granite and coral origin in the heart of the Indian Ocean. They are linked by one common thread: lush nature, with golden beaches framed by coconut palms.
There are only two seasons in Seychelles, characterized by the northwest monsoon from November to early April, and the southeast monsoon from mid-May to early October. The best time to charter a boat in the Seychelles is in between the two trade winds, between March and May or October and November, when the wind is light and the days are warm without being excessively humid.
Your catamaran vacation in the Seychelles begins in Victoria on the island of Mahé, the largest in the archipelago, conveniently connected via the international airport. Having completed embarkation procedures, we depart immediately for Prasilin, with a sail of about 25 miles.
As you approach the coast of Praslin at sunset, just as the first European explorer Lazarre Picault did in 1774, you will spot an elongated hilly island covered in emerald green vegetation. The island is never too busy and fortunately has managed to keep the spirit of the time intact.
Praslin is dotted with dreamy bays, and in particular two on the northwest coast are deservedly counted among the most beautiful beaches in the world. We speak of Anse Lazio, with its incredible mix of the finest sand, crystal clear water and palm fruit trees, and Anse Georgette, a real postcard beach with a wild soul.
The most interesting settlement on the island stands on the bay of Sainte Anne, protected by the large coral reef. The village is a great place to replenish the galley and replenish supplies, and to plan a trip to the Valleè de Mai, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1966. This garden of eden is home to more than 1,400 specimens of Coco de Mer, the world's largest nut palm, which can exceed 27 meters in height and be over 300 years old. Its fruit has a distinctive heart shape and weighs up to 25 kilograms; it is a species that is strongly safeguarded because of its rarity. This piece of paradise led Picault himself to rename Praslin "the Island of Palms."
Our catamaran cruise in the Seychelles goes as far as la Digue, which encapsulates all the typical characteristics of the archipelago: a rich coral reef, breathtaking beaches punctuated by the granite boulders that lie on the azure sea. The island measures just 10 square kilometers and is inhabited by about 3,000 people, and you can experience a quietness that is hard to imagine.
La Digue is divided into two distinct areas, to the northwest we find the town of La Passe with a picturesque little harbor to pull up to, while the most beautiful and remote beaches lie to the southeast. Among all of them we can mention Grande Anse and Petit Anse, two deserted beaches side by side, and Anse Cocos, the most difficult to reach, with a typically tropical landscape.
The Inner Islands
A catamaran vacation in the Seychelles cannot be said to be complete without visiting some of the Inner Islands, mostly uninhabited islets that surround the coast of Prasilin.
We begin with Curieuse, the home of 500 giant Aldabra tortoises that live mostly in total freedom. This species can reach 250kg and 130 years of age, and is found uniquely in the Seychelles.
The island of Saint Pierre is little more than a handful of granite rocks with its small crown of palm trees. It is an exceptional snorkeling spot, thanks to the colorful coral reef full of tropical fish and sea turtles.
Northeast of La Digue are a series of idyllic islets: La Felicité Is an aptly named nautral paradise. One can get a nice treat by dining at the luxury hotel right on the beach. The island of Grande Soeur narrows in the center to just 200 meters wide, creating two magnificent beaches looking out on opposite sides, one of the most beautiful corners of the Seychelles. Marianne is an atoll with some of the most beautiful dive spots in the world, where it is not uncommon to see whale sharks, reef sharks and stingrays.
We conclude our catamaran trip to the Seychelles by anchoring at the island of Cousine. It is a true paradise on earth with more than 300,000 tropical birds, giant turtles and dense vegetation surrounded by golden beaches in every direction.
Catamarans for Charter in Seychelles
The following catamarans are available for your catamaran cruise in the Seychelles:
Catamaran charter info in Seychelles
- When: March to May and October to November.
- Catamarans: Lagoon 40, Lagoon 400 S2, Lagoon 42, Lagoon 450 F.
- Prices: Pricelist.
- Where: Embarking and disembarking from Victoria, Mahé.
- Duration: Weekly charter with embarkation on Saturday at 6 pm, disembarkation the following Saturday at 9 am.
- Crew: Possibility of chartering a catamaran in the Seychelles with skipper and hostess or by bareboat.
- Reservations: email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the number +39 347 949 8966 (Luca)
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