Located roughly 1255 miles of the east coast of Africa lay an oasis like no other – The Seychelles. Steeped in white sand beaches, Caribbean like water this destination should be on everyone’s sailing bucket list!
The Seychelles Islands are an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, consisting of approximately 115 islands, most of which are not permanently inhabited. Seychelles offer timeless beauty, tranquillity and harmony that is famous for a great natural diversity both above and below the waterline.
From Mahe, you’ll want to visit the twin islands of Cousin and Cousine, and then continue on to the island of Praslin, home to the Vallée de Mai and numerous world-famous beaches. The island offers numerous safe anchorages along its 18-mile coastline.
The Seychelles’ climate is just about perfect – always warm, sunny nearly every day, with no major extremes. The temperature seldom drops below 24°C/75°F or rises above 32°C/90°F. All but the remotest southern islands lie comfortably outside the cyclone belt so there are very rarely storms or prolonged rainy periods. The north-west trade winds arrive during the months of October and March. At this time the sea is generally calm and the weather warm and humid, with average winds of 8-12 knots.
January and February are the rainy season when the islands receive 30-40 cm of rain on average, bringing life-giving water to the islands and rejuvenating the foliage, rivers and streams. The months between May and September bring drier, cooler weather, and livelier seas – particularly on south-eastern coasts – and winds of 10-20 knots.
The table below is a summary of the statistical averages for the Seychelles International Airport from 1972 to 2005. (Courtesy of the Seychelles Meteorological Services).
For over 40 years, the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) has been taking care of some of the most pristine waters in Asia….the marine national parks of the Seychelles! The Seychelles are easily accessible nowadays, with regular international flights from South Africa, Asia and the Middle East flying into the main island of Mahe. The other main island, Praslin, is about 4-5 hours sailing to the north, or you can take the fast catamaran service to start your Seychelles yacht hire in Praslin.
If you are a beach fan, a Seychelles bareboat charter is the perfect holiday for you! Many Seychelles beaches are always among those you read about in travel magazines, and they are always at the top of surveys of the world’s top beaches.
TheSeychelles is a world leader in sustainable tourism, its granitic islands are home to about 75 endemic plant species and more than 1,000 species of fish have been recorded. It is this kind of relationship with the environment that makes it one of the beautiful destinations to charter a yacht. In Part 1 of Chartering in the Seychelles we explored some of the 43 Inner Islands, however there are plenty more to be explored.
If you decide to charter out of Praslin, why not head North to Aride, a small island with plenty of gorgeous beaches to be explored. If you need any suggestions with regard to sample itineraries, please ask a broker when enquiring!
Why not choose a Ferretti 761 for your adventure to the outer islands! Accommodating 8 guests in 4 cabins, all of which are spacious, with private en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and entertainment systems, she combines a sleek and powerful boat in which to relax, with the perfect platform from which to both appreciate the incredible nature around you and enjoy the range of great toys on board. She boasts a state of the art game fish rigging and equipment, a donut, wake boards, and snorkeling and scuba gear to entertain the guests as well as many places to relax and eat while appreciating the exquisite views and sunsets.
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