Seychelles Sailing Adventure

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Trip code: 
AJA
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
New Cultural Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
2–20

Island-hopping adventure in one of world's most beautiful archipelagos 

Isolated in the Indian Ocean and the only mid-ocean islands of granite formation to be found on earth, the Seychelles archipelago is often mentioned in the same breath as the lost Garden of Eden. Green-covered atolls lapped by warm crystal-clear waters, with pristine beaches, rare flora and fauna that have been cocooned in isolation for millions of years make up a surprisingly diverse destination of striking natural beauty. On this trip we sail aboard a traditional schooner exploring Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, the Seychelles' main islands, but also venture to the smaller satellite uninhabited islesEach day on board presents a new opportunity to explore isolated bays and coves, protected nature reserves and to snorkel or dive in colourful protected marine parks. Spotting incredibly rare endemic birds, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai, or getting up close and personal with a giant tortoise, are just a few of the many special experiences that await on this ultimate tropical islands escapade. 

 

Highlights

  • Pristine waters, uninhabited islands and breathtaking sunsets
  • Daily snorkelling and optional diving to admire colourful marine wildlife 
  • UNESCO reserves, birdwatching, giant tortoises and nature walks
  • 8 days sailing aboard a traditional schooner

Key information

  • 9 days land only / 11 days flight inclusive
  • 1 night 4-star hotel and 7 nights aboard Sea Shell or Sea Pearl traditional schooners (air-conditioned cabins with shared facilities)
  • Group normally 4 to 20, plus boat crew. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by taxi, minivan and boat

What's included

  • All food included whilst on board (drinks excluded)
  • All accommodation ( 1 night 4-star hotel and overnight accommodation on the boat for the entire cruise)
  • Friendly boat crew of 8
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Equipment for snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Optional diving and rent of diving equipment
  • Conservation fee of €182 payable only in cash on arrival (covers for landing and entrance fees to nature reserves as  national marine parks) 
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Beau Vallon
to
Victoria
  • Day 1

    Fly to Mahe.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Mahe and transfer to Beau Vallon, a lovely bay on the north western coast of the island.

    Those on the group flight will be met at the airport by a local representative and transferred (approx. 30 mins) to the start hotel in Beau Vallon, a lovely bay on the north western coast of the island. Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel this afternoon. The rest of the day is free for you to explore arguably the island’s most famous and popular beach, enjoy great sunset views and dine in one of the many local restaurants. As there is no tour leader on this trip, joining information for embarkation the following day will be explained in a letter (provided to you prior departure or upon check in at the start hotel). If you wish to extend your trip and add extra nights in Mahe (pre and post trip), Exodus can book accommodation - please contact us for further information and prices.

     

  • Day 3

    Embark in Victoria; sail towards the island of Praslin; evening welcome barbecue

    This morning we transfer (approx. 20 mins) from the hotel in Beau Vallon to the Inter-Island Quay in Victoria for embarkation, usually scheduled at 10:30am. After a welcome briefing by the captain and some free time to familiarise ourselves with the boat and its facilities, we sail from Mahé to Round Island, just off the island of Praslin, the second largest of the inner islands. There will be time for swimming and snoreklling in the afternoon and in the evening we enjoy an introduction to the flavoursome Creole cuisine with a welcome barbecue dinner on board.

     

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Disembark in Praslin to visit the UNESCO Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve; afternoon snorkeling or optional diving.

    This morning we sail towards Praslin, Seychelles' second-largest inhabited island, and disembark at Anse Possession for a visit to the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, one of Seychelles' two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here we enjoy a guided walking tour this forest's eerie pathways beneath its massive canopy, which is home to all six of Seychelles' endemic palms and all four of the endemic screwpines. This ancient forest is also home to the famous Coco de Mer palm with its large, curiously shaped nut (the world's largest seed), which served as the inspiration for General Gordon of Khartoum to declare he had found the biblical Garden of Eden when he visited Praslin in 1881. Although sightings are rare, these valleys are also inhabited by the endemic Black Parrot, unique to Praslin. After this visit we return on board for afternoon opportunities to dive, snorkel or enjoy other water sports around the island's breathatking coastline and reefs.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Cruise to La Digue; free time to explore the island by bike and relax at Anse Source d'Argent.

    A morning sail brings the vessel to La Digue, a sleepy community where ox-carts and bicycles still remain the most common mode of transportation throughout the island. Although guided excursions and walks in the island can be arranged on request, it is easy to explore the entire island by bicycle independently. Must-see places include Union Estate, a sprawling network of traditional island activities, including a copra mill, vanilla plantation, shipyard and Anse Source d'Argent, which is thought to be the most photographed beach on earth for its massive granite boulder formations. East of the island you will also find the Veuve Reserve with its takamaka and Indian almond trees, in which the black Seychelles paradise flycatcher, endemic to La Digue, feeds and nests. Those feeling energetic may also opt for a coastal ride towards the north-west side of La Digue. In the afternoon we return on board for some relaxation, snorkelling and our evening dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Snorkel around Grande Soeur and Petite Seour; afternoon snorkeling at Coco Island, a granite jewel of the Seychelles.

    In the morning the vessel sails north of La Digue towards Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur (the Sisters), two completely uninhabited tropical islands covered by lush vegetation and surrounded by well-preserved coral reefs. The beach situated on the west side of Grande Soeur is, for many people, the most beautiful beach in the Seychelles. Marine life is exceptionally abundant on the coral reef stretching in front of it: sea turtles resting serenely under the surface, hundreds of tropical fish and, and even small white-tip sharks swimming along the seabed. This is the perfect spot to enjoy some snorkelling or optional diving and enjoy some close encounters with several species of butterfly fish and surgeon fish (often seen in large schools grazing on the coral beds), puffer fish, parrot fish and angel fish. In the afternoon we head to Coco Island, one of Seychelles’ tiny granite jewels bathed by crystal-clear waters to enjoy more snorkelling amid turtles and hundreds of fish above a wealth of coral. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Morning visit and spot endemic birds in Aride Island, one of the world's most important nature reserves; afternoon snorkeling around Booby Island.

    This moring we sail to Aride Island, the northern most island of the granitic Seychelles hosting one of the most important seabird populations in the Indian Ocean with more breeding species than any other island in Seychelles. Eighteen species of native birds (including five only found in Seychelles) breed on Aride making it one of the world’s most important nature reserves. The only human inhabitants are the reserve's staff and no other island is so pristine or uncrowded and yet remains accessible to visitors. On the island we enjoy a nature walk guided by the resident ranger to explore the unique flora and fauna of this place. The trail also leads to a spectacular cliff-top view with the largest frigate bird roost outside of Aldabra. In the afternoon we will sail to Booby Island for some snorkelling and optional diving.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Disembark at Curieuse for a visit to this uninhabited island, famous for its giant tortoises; afternoon relax or optional snorkelling/diving.

    In the morning disembark at Curieuse for a visit of this virtually uninhabited island. From 1833 until the mid 20th century, Curieuse was home to a quarantine station for lepers. Today, only a few old ruins and the doctor house, a French colonial building that dates back to 1870, are left. From Baie Lazare, a 2km elevated boardwalk trail leads over to Anse St. José. Along the way you can observe an expansive mangrove and local fauna including sea snails, geckos, skinks, cardisoma crabs and mudskippers. Unfortunately, in the 1970s large sections of the original forests were eliminated by fire but since then, massive efforts have taken place to restore the ecological balance of the island. The island's top attractions are without doubt the freely-roaming giant tortoises, which have been relocated from Aldabra after becoming extinct on this island during the French colonisation in the 18th Century. We enjoy a BBQ lunch on the beach and spend the afternoon snorkelling in turquoise waters, home to a rich array of protected marine life, or simply relaxing on the island's beautiful beach.

     

     

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Final sail back to Mahe with final stop at Ile Seche for more snorkelling or diving; farewell barbecue.

    After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely sail back towards Mahé, with a last stop at Ile Seche, Just outside of the St Anne National Park , for an opportunity to snorkel or dive in this nationally protected marine park with crystal clear waters and an abundance of marine life. Big groups of snappers, fusiliers as well as bump head parrot fish (up to 20 in one group), jack fish, white tip reef sharks can usually be spotted. In the evening we enjoy a farewell barbecue before the vessel sails into Port Victoria for an overnight stay.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Disembark in Mahe and visit to Victoria and botanical gardens; end Victoria.

    This morning we disembark in Mahe and end our trip with a visit to Victoria, one of the world's smallest capital cities. With around 25,000 inhabitants, Victoria is still the largest settlement in the Seychelles, and its only city. Its foundation harks back to the French settler period in 1778, before it was later given its name by the British, after Queen Victoria. Victoria has two main centres, one of which revolves around the Clock Tower, a replica of the clocl tower at Vauxhall Bridge in London. We include a short visit to its bustling and colourful market, which is particularly lively on a Saturday morning, with stalls selling fish, spices, and exotic fruits for sale. After lunch we will visit the National Botanical Gardens, where we can get an overview of the different Seychelles flora species, some of which we would have seen earlier this week on the islands. Some of the beautiful sights on offer include breadfruit, papaya, and nutmeg trees, Indian tamarind, exotic plants and a comprehensive orchid garden with more than 150 different species. Those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport in the afternoon, in time for the evening flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Arrive London.

Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Seychelles

There are NO VISA requirements to enter Seychelles. However, the following documents must be shown in order to obtain immigration clearance at the Seychelles International Airport:

  • A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles
  • Return or onward ticket
  • Proof of accommodation; including contact details
  • Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay 

Presentation of all of the above documents will grant you a Visitor’s Permit that will be issued upon arrival by the Seychelles Department of Immigration.

The Visitor’s Permit is initially valid for the period of visit of up to one month. The visitor's permit is issued free of charge for the first three months after which there is a fee of SCR5,000 for extension covering each period of three months or any part thereof.

Vaccinations

Seychelles

Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in the UK -courses or boosters usually advised are Typhoid and Tetanus.

There is no risk of yellow fever in the Seychelles, however, there is a certificate requirement. Travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for all travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission need to provide a certificate.



Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included.

The traditional food of the Seychelles is characterised by the influence of different regions of the world, combining the exotic flavours and aromas of Indian and Asian dishes with the spicy flavours of the Orient, as well as some subtleties of European culinary culture. The cuisine is mainly based on fish dishes; the best-known are, among others, tuna, sea bass, red snapper, barracuda, king mackerel, lobster, and squid. These are served grilled, but can also be fried or baked, or prepared as a curry, a staple of Seychelles cuisine. Chicken or pork can also be used as the basis for curries. Rice, vegetables, and often spicy sauces are served as side dishes. Spices are always added to provide a special Creole flavour and they include vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, citronella, chilli and garlic.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon snacks (usually fruit, coffee/tea and cake) are fully inclusive whilst on board. Breakfast features fresh fruit along with one of our chef’s preparations, such as eggs or crepes, with toast, juice and tea/coffee.

Buffets for lunch and dinner provide a culinary tour of the archipelago and its wide-ranging influences from Europe, Africa, South Asia and the Far East. The chefs who will do their best to cater for most specific dietary requirements, provided advance notice is given - please inform us at the time of booking.

Meals can be enjoyed in the air-conditioned saloon for seated dining, or picnic-style on the back deck lounge area or sun deck

Bottled water, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits are all available on board. 

 

 

Is this trip for you?

This trip combines the best islands, beaches and marine life of the Seychelles. Each day will feature a mixture of walking, snorkelling and exploring the islands by boat and on foot. Though you do not need to be particularly fit, you should note that there will be some walking on rocky terrain and forest trails so some appropriate footwear with good grip is recommended.

This is a predominantly a marine adventure with daily snorkelling excursions so you should be comfortable in the water in order to participate in the activities. There are also opportunities to dive on most days of the itinerary but you must be certified in order to take part in these. If you are a novice and would like to try some guided introductory dives or join a PADI Open Water certification course during the trip we can arrange this on request (payable locally). Please contact us in advance prior departure to book this.

The climate in the Seychelles is tropical which means it can get very hot and humid and you should be prepared for this. It is always possible that we may encounter the occasional day of rough seas and therefore an ability to swim is highly recommended. Your safety and comfort are our highest priority. In the event of adverse conditions, all itineraries are subject to change at the captain’s discretion.

We offer this sailing trip in conjunction with a Seychellois partner, and Exodus participants will join an international group, not all of whom have booked through Exodus. Occasionally some of these may be younger than Exodus' minimum age.

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel and traditional schooner

On this trip we spend the first night in a comfortable hotel on Mahé, usually at the 4-star Coral Strand in Beau Vallon. This beachfront hotel offers relaxed rooms with balconies, free Wi-Fi and satellite TV, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. There's also an outdoor pool, a relaxation spa, and 5 eateries, plus 2 live-music bars.

7 nights are spent aboard a traditional vessel in Category A or Cat B air-conditioned cabins with shared facilities (see below for further info). Depending on departure, we will sail aboard the Sea Shell or Sea Pearl. The Sea Shell was originally built in Holland as a pilot vessel to guide foreign ships across the English Channel. During World War II it was sunk by the owner to prevent it from being used in the conflict and was later recovered, redesigned and renovated in the fifties and eighties whilst the Sea Pearl was built in the Netherlands as a fishing vessel in 1915. Today both vessels offer a blend of rustic charm of a traditional early 1900s schooner with comfortable accommodation and modern amenities.

Each vessel has a maximum capacity of 20 passengers plus 8 crew. Each features 8 air-conditioned guest cabins in two different categories: Category A cabins offer a double bed with extra bunk, whereas Category B cabins feature single bunk beds for two or sometimes three individuals. Each cabin has a washbasin as well as reading lights, storage cupboard and power connections for charging computers and cameras or using other electronic devices such as hair-dryers. Bathroom facilities are compartmentalised separately from the cabins and guests share these facilities during the cruise. Cabins and bathrooms are cleaned daily by our crew. The public areas include a main air-conditioned saloon, as well as a covered open-air back deck/leisure area, a padded sundeck and netting on the bow which serve as suspended hammocks for guests to relax and unwind.

The crew includes a captain, engineer, 2 deckhands, 2 stewardesses, a dive instructor and a dedicated chef. When winds allow, guests are welcome to try their hand at sailing the old-fashioned way under the supervision of our crews - Sea Shell and Sea Pearl both feature traditional manual rigs.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

This itinerary is usually operated weekly between November and April. If you wish to travel on a different date to those listed here, please contact our Exodus Sales team.

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