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The Seychelles is one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet. Of the 115 islands that make up the Seychelles archipelago, the 41 Inner Islands constitute the oldest granite islands on earth, while the 74 low-lying reef islands radiate tropical paradise
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While on your Seychelles yacht charter, discover the famous double coconuts, coco de mer, in Vallée de Mai and the Aldabra giant tortoises at Curieuse, a protected island. See the most photographed Seychelles scenery at St. Pierre islet or visit the scented vanilla plantations at Union Estate on La Digue, one of the most beautiful islands in the region. Go diving at Silhouette Island or sail to Coco Island and snorkel its arborescent corals. Enjoy bird watching at Aride Island, and the turtles at Cousin Island. There are also the larger islands of Mahé and Praslin to get to know. You’ll find stunning landscapes, relaxed island hopping and plenty of chances for swimming the reefs.
Day 1: Head for Vallée de Mai in Baie Ste Anne, a valley protected by UNESCO with an enchanting path that winds through the enormous palm leaves of the famous coco de mer. Wherever you look, the foliage seems to go on and on. Spend the night anchoring in Baie Ste Anne.
In the evening, we dine on the beach and get acquainted with the local cuisine and the peculiarities of its preparation - since ancient times, the islands have had their own unique way of cooking. Outside the house, in the yard, an earthen oven (imu) was made, where food (traditionally vegetables and fruits or fish) was cooked on red-hot stones, wrapped in banana leaves. Such a tradition exists to this day, it does not matter where you are going to eat - in an expensive restaurant or a local fast food joint.
Day 2: Sail to La Digue, possibly the most beautiful island in the Seychelles. Anchor in Petite or Grande Anse, on La Digue’s south-east coast. It’s the third largest inhabited island, but isn’t overrun with tourists. The island is car-free and locals use ox and cart. Get around by bike and explore winding trails under tall palm trees, houses with palm-thatched roofs, copra factories, fine white sand beaches and large polished rocks.
Day 3: Visit the Union Estate, where vanilla is grown, harvested and produced. Visit Veuve Special Reserve (open Monday to Friday), which protects the Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher on La Digue, as well as the Seychelles Sunbird, Bulbul and Terrapins.
Day 4: Sail around the isles of Marianne and Félicité and anchor on the west coast of Grande Soeur for lunch. Experience the unforgettable snorkeling at Coco Island, just 7km north of La Digue, which is made of large rocks with strange regular stripes carved by the sea. The area has large arborescent corals where thousands of tropical fish swim in front of narrow breaks and dark caverns. Make for Curieuse and anchor for the night in Laraie Bay, on the east coast, for the night.
Day 5: Sail onto Curieuse and stop in Anse san José. Say hello to the Aldabra giant tortoises at Curieuse, a protected island and bio-reserve. Take a 45-minute walk into mangrove and “coco fesse” trees, which leads you to the other side of the island, where there is a nice beach and small but interesting museum. Head to St. Pierre islet, a mass of rounded rocks crowned with a clump of tall palms swaying gently in the wind. This is typical and superb Seychelles scenery, photographed on countless occasions and printed a million times in tourism magazines. It’s also an excellent spot for snorkeling with magnificent underwater scenery. Go back to Baie Laraie for the night.
Day 6: Make for Aride Island, which is under the supervision of the Royal Society for Nature Conservation and a conservation area. Follow narrow paths through the dense vegetation, which leads to the rocky barrier in the north where you get a great view of the whole island. It’s a haven for a wide variety of seabirds, unique vegetation and rare land birds. The ten species of breeding seabird include the rare roseate tern and the red tailed tropicbird. It’s home to the world’s largest colony of lesser noddy, with more than 200,000 couples nesting there. More than 300 species of fish have been identified in Aride coral reef and you may see some hawksbill turtles come to the surface. Go back to Baie Ste Anne to fill up with water.
Day 7: Anchor for the night in Eden Island Marina, off Mahé, near the capital of Victoria. Explore the capital and visit the intricately decorated Hindu temple.
Day 8: Explore the renowned market place in the morning, which gives a great opportunity for fresh provisioning. Sail down Mahé, and on the southern tip you’ll find the sandy Anse Takamaka and Anse Intendance beaches. Anchor in Baie Lazare for the night.
Day 9: Sail along the Mahé coast to Thérèse island and Port Launay marine park, limited to the south east by the Pointe de l’Escalier, a geological phenomenon of flat layers of rock that appear like a giant stairway to the sea.
Day 10: Head north of Mahé to Silhouette Island, which is a protected area with healthy coral and a popular spot with divers. Anchor in at La Passe and explore the white sand beaches and the Mount Dauban above the rainforest. For the night, head to Anse Cimetière, Ste Anne Marine Park, on the south coast.
Day 11: Spend the morning snorkeling north-east of Ile Moyenne and then sail to Curieuse in the late morning. Anchor in Baie Laraie.
Day 12: Sail to Cousin Island, which is a nature reserve and bird sanctuary with rare species and an important breeding site for Hawksbill turtles. This small island, just 800 meters in diameter, can be visited from Monday to Friday in the mornings. During the season of south-easterly winds, the island is a nesting site for 80,000 breeding pairs of lesser noddies. Go back to Baie Ste Anne for checkout at 5:00pm.
Lagoon 450: SEEING BIGGER
The VPLP architects, in partnership with Lagoon and the celebrated Nauta Design studio, have been brilliantly successful in creating the 450.
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