Embark on a Seychelles gay holiday unlike any other, aboard our modern custom built sailng yachts Sea Bird & Sea Star. Whether for diving, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing or just relaxing amidst the world's most beautiful beaches, our cruise in Seychelles offer something for everyone!
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'.
Situated some 1,500 kilometers east of mainland Africa, and northeast of the island of Madagascar, this tiny island group boasts a population of just 90,000 inhabitants, with a warm, tropical climate all year-round and some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in the world.
Mahé, the largest island, is home to the majority of the population and represents the archipelago's commercial and transportation hub, Best Breguet Replica Watches with the country's only international airport linking the islands to the rest of the globe. The island is characterised by its towering granite peaks, lush mist forests and dozens of striking coves and beaches.
The second largest island, Praslin, is home to the legendary Vallée de Mai, the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Coco de Mer grows in abundance. This double coconut, which curiously resembles the shape of a woman's pelvis, was another facet of replica watches for sale General Gordon's theory about Seychelles as the Garden of Eden - he believed it to be the real forbidden fruit.
La Digue, the third-most populous island, moves at an even slower pace: bicycles remain the most common mode of transportation, for both its residents and visiting tourists. The huge granite boulders that adorn the coastline at Anse Source D'Argent have led some to believe that it could very well be the most photographed beach in the world.
Every island has a character and charm all of its own, with colorful individual histories and unique natural features, some with steep granite cliffs and others comprising pristine coral atolls. Together, they make up a surprisingly diverse destination of great natural beauty, rare flora and fauna that have been cocooned in isolation for millions of years, and a friendly multi-cultural people eager to welcome you to their shores.
Day 1, Saturday -
Embarkation at the Inter-Island Quay at 10:30hrs for official welcome and briefing by the captain. Depart from Port Victoria at 12:00hrs, sailing up and around the scenic coastline of Mahé's northern peninsula, past the beautiful bay of Beau Vallon, and along the dramatic backdrop of the northwestern coast of the island, with its opposing granite boulders, lush vegetation and striking blue water. In the evening, introduce yourself to Creole cuisine with a welcome barbecue onboard the vessel.
Day 2, Sunday -
Sail to the beautiful Baie Ternay Marine Park and Nature
Reserve on the western coast of Mahé, where calm, crystalclear waters provide opportunity for excellent snorkelling and diving during the day. An afternoon sail back to Beau Vallon Bay positions the vessel in one of the island's best places to watch the countless shades of pink and orange of a Seychelles sunset.
Day 3, Monday -
Early morning sail towards Cousin Island off the coast of Praslin, for morning visit of this strictly protected nature reserve, famed for its sea bird colonies and also as a sanctuary
for Seychelles' rare endemic land birds and other native species. After lunch we sail to Praslin, for an afternoon of diving and water-sports.
Day 4, Tuesday -
Disembarkation on Praslin, Seychelles' second-largest inhabited island, for the visit of the famous World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve.
This ancient forest is home to the curiously shaped double coconut, the coco de mer, as well as the Black Parrot, unique to Praslin. Explore the valley's eerie pathways beneath its canopy of massive palms, before returning onboard for afternoon opportunities to dive, snorkel or enjoy other water sports.
Day 5, Wednesday -
A morning sail brings the vessel to La Digue, a sleepy island community where ox-carts and bicycles still remain the most common mode of transportation throughout the island.
La Digue is home to the endemic Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, and is perhaps most famous for its massive granite boulder formations at Anse Source d'Argent, which is thought to be the most photographed beach on earth. Explore the entire island by bicycle, perhaps stopping by Union Estate, a sprawling network of traditional island activities, including a copra mill, vanilla plantation, and shipyard.
Day 6, Thursday -
In the morning disembark at Curieuse for a visit of this virtually
uninhabited island. Experience the island's vast mangrove forests and its giant tortoise farm, along with the historic ruins of this former leper colony. After a barbecue lunch on the island, enjoy an array of water sports or simply relax and enjoy the island's beautiful beach and turquoise waters. In the afternoon, sail towards the tiny, picturesque granite outcrop of St. Pierre. It is an excellent site for snorkelling and diving, with the nooks and crannies of its granite boulders teeming with marine life. Sail to Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches of Praslin, and arguably, all of Seychelles - a perfect place for water-sports.
Day 7, Friday -
After breakfast the vessel begins its sail towards Mahé, anchoring in the Ste Anne Marine National Park with its cluster of lush granite islands for an afternoon of water-sports and
diving. Overnight at Ile Seche.
Day 8, Saturday -
Early morning sail to the Inter-Island Quay. Disembarkation at the Inter-Island Quay at 08:30hrs.
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This itinerary is subject to change. Local circumstances such as weather may influence the itinerary.
• Your safety and comfort are our highest priority. In the event of adverse conditions, itinerary is subject to change at the captain’s discretion.
• Be sure to bring plenty of sun-screen, a cap or hat and sunglasses - Seychelles is generally warm and sunny throughout the year and the sun’s rays can be especially impactful onboard the vessel, due to the reflection from the sea.
• Bring suitable footwear for walking on deck and on the beach, as well
as in shallow water (some island visits require embarking & disembarking from dinghies in shallow water).
• There are numerous opportunities to dive on most days of the itinerary, and we can also conduct introductory dives for novices and PADI Open Water certification courses. Contact us for dive rates and equipment rental fees.
• Our cruise is full board - we serve a combination of International and authentic Creole cuisine. Please contact us for special dietary needs.
• Bottled water, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits are all available on board.
• The cruise & accommodation on board
• 8x crew complement
• Full board meals
• Afternoon tea/coffee/cake
• Snorkelling and fishing gear
• Use of kayaks
• Stand-up paddle boards
• Beverages from our bar
• Diving/Diving Equipment
• Conservation Fee (182 EUR pp)
The Conservation Fee is payable in cash on arrival. It directly goes to the organisations and agencies managing the islands and marine parks we visit on our itinerary. This also includes the Vallee de Mai excursion incl. transfers and guide. Bicycle Rental and Fee for entrance to Union Estate are not included as this is optional for clients during their island visit to La Digue.
The Sea Star and Sea Bird are modern custom-built yachts that combine space, comfort and authentic hospitality-at-sea.
The 40m Sea Star is a custom-built yacht with three masts and five Bermuda sails. The Sea Bird is a twomasted 42m custom-built yacht with four Bermuda sails. Both vessels serve as ideal platforms for discovering the islands’ most exclusive and hard to-reach places, from tiny granite islets to beautiful hidden coves.
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Class & Comfort
Sea Star and Sea Bird each boast 9 spacious airconditioned guest cabins, all between 9-11 square metres. Each cabin features an ensuite bathroom, as well as reading lights, storage cupboard and power
connections for charging computers and cameras or using other electronic devices such as hair-dryers. Cabins are cleaned daily by our crew. A number of different areas onboard, from the two-tiered sundeck toward the bow, to the covered back deck and leisure area, ensure ample space for passengers to unwind.
Cruise Service Concept
Our service is what sets us apart from most small-ship cruises. With a mostly Seychellois crew attending to our guests, traditional Creole cuisine prepared daily and a relaxed, casual atmosphere onboard, we’ve created a special brand of hospitality that is natural, authentic and true to the Seychelles. Sea Star & Sea Bird are each hosted by a crew of 9, to ensure our crew-to-guest ratio is always at least 1-to-2, even at maximum occupancy. The crew includes a captain, engineer, 2 deckhands, 3 stewardesses, a dive instructor and a dedicated chef.
Our chefs use fresh local ingredients to create an enticing blend of authentic Creole cuisine and international favourites. Each chef plans out their own menus for every cruise week, encouraging diverse and creative creations for every meal. 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. Dinners may also be served as a three-course meal with starter, main course and dessert. Meals can be enjoyed in the air-conditioned
dining salon, or al fresco on the back deck’s dining table, or even picnic-style on the sun deck.
Our stewardesses are always at the ready to serve drinks from our bar, be it for an afternoon refreshment, an aperitif at sunset or a glass of wine with dinner. However, in order to create an atmosphere in which our guests can feel at home onboard, we also allow self-service at our bar - guests are welcome to help themselves to drinks
from the refrigerator at the bar by simply marking down their selections to be added to their bill.
Sea Star and Sea Bird each boast modern furling systems, a powerful rig and large sailing area. Guests are welcome to assist our crew when sailing between islands.
Sea & Sport Activities
There are numerous opportunities throughout the cruise to enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, bottom-line fishing and standup paddle boarding - all of which are offered on a complimentary basis including the equipment.
Each day onboard presents a new opportunity to explore isolated bays and coves, colourful marine parks, and
protected nature reserves or uninhabited islands. Spotting the incredibly rare Magpie Robin and other endemic birds, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallée de Mai, or getting up close and personal with a giant tortoise, are just a few of the many special experiences that await on the islands we visit.
Diving and snorkelling in the Seychelles reveal the best of the magical underwater world that the Indian Ocean has to offer. Unique granite boulder formations, coral reefs and wrecks are home to colourful tropical fish, turtles, sharks, rays and many other species. Some of the best dive sites in Seychelles' inner islands are
easily accessible on our cruises. Each vessel has a dedicated PADI dive instructor onboard to accommodate
the needs of both seasoned and novice divers alike. Introductory dives for first-timers and even PADI Open
Water (or Advanced Open Water) courses can be conducted onboard. All vessels are equipped with two dive compressors, 18 cylinders + refills, weights, assorted wet suits (shorties) and 8 full diving sets for hire.