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GaySail Exclusive: Seychelles

Description

The Seychelles: huge granite rocks polished over eons by the relentless waves of the Indian Ocean, giant palm trees with their famous “coco de mer,” and turquoise inlets fringed with lush green takamakas shading the fine white sand beaches. There’s hardly a place more deserving of the label, “paradise.” GaySail Exclusive organizes a special one week Gay Sailing cruise along these beautiful Islands on a luxury spacious air conditioned catamaran!

 A Seychelles cruising itinerary takes you into a vacation paradise. The marine preserves on islands populated with diverse and rare species of birds, lizards, and turtles in the Seychelles are exotic and intriguing. The plant life is varied too, from the coco-de-mer palms with huge double coconuts to the pitcher plants, gardenias, and orchids that grow on the mountain slopes. Passages combine a mix of open-water cruising in fair winds and short hops between adjacent islands for snorkeling and scuba diving on the coral reefs or simply relaxing on one of the many white-sand beaches. Although the Inner Islands of the Seychelles are mostly undeveloped (see Seychelles maps), some are home to seaside resorts and small settlements, providing plenty to do ashore as well as aboard our luxury 52 feet GaySail Exclusive catamaran.

Schedule

Day 1: Boarding in Mahe, starting at 5.30 pm. Time for a welcome drink, briefing, unpack your stuff and dinner.

Day 2: St. Anne Island is the centerpiece of this beautiful marine park, and nearby Moyenne, Round, and Cerf are just as scenic. During World War II St. Anne served as a base for a contingent of Royal Marines stationed there to defend the port of Victoria in the event of an enemy attack. In the early 19th century, the area was a busy whaling port. Today, cruising in St. Anne Marine National Park is a delightful foray into the wonders of Nature, with superb snorkeling and swimming, and a number of restaurants where we will dine out and savor the local cuisine.

Day 3: Dotted with coco-de-mer palms and thick stands of mangroves, Curieuse Island is a typical example of the unparaleled beauty you’ll find in the Seychelles. In the distant past, the island was the site of a leper colony. Today, it’s a cruising paradise.

Day 4: Grande Soeur Island is privately owned, but boaters are welcome to enjoy the swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing on its beautiful beaches on weekdays between 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. It’s well worth the effort to go cruising in Grande Soeur Island waters.

Day 5: The four tiny islands of the Ile Coco Marine National Park are among some of the most beautiful in the Indian Ocean. They are often shown on brochures depicting the stunning beauty of the Seychelles. Coco Islands brings you to waters that offer the best snorkeling in the area.

Day 6: The third largest island in the Seychelles, La Digue is a place with quiet charm. Hiking and horseback riding trails lace the lush, hilly land, and the views from Belle Vue and the top of Nid Aigle are truly spectacular. The island has several restaurants and an eclectic mix of shops. Colonial-era homes line the streets, a reminder of the storied past of the island that becomes obvious when you go cruising in La Digue Island waters.

Day 7: Bird sanctuaries are an important part of the park system in the Seychelles. Rare birds such as the bulbul, black parrot, and the fruit pigeon are all protected species endemic to the islands. Cousin Island is a highlight of any Seychelles yacht charter.

Day 8: Our last sailing day back to Mahe the perfect final stop on an unforgettable adventure  and time to say goodbye to your new friends.

 

This itinerary is subject to change. Local circumstances such as weather may influence the itinerary.

Travel Information

Getting there:

International flights from main cities in Europe are available daily with a stopover. The flights are managed by: Emirates, Ethiad/Air Seychelles, Ethiopian Airlines, Condor etc. Between the airport and the base it is a 10 to 15 minute ride by taxi.

There are no Visa requirements to enter the Seychelles.
To obtain The Visitor’s Permit:
1) A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles
2) Return or onward ticket
3) Proof of accommodation including contact details
4) Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay

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