We recommend you start your exploration around Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles and home to the capital Victoria and the international airport.
This impressive granite island, whose highest peak rises over 900 m, boasts 65 beaches and its picturesque islands around the Ste. Anne Marine National Park. A sailing trip around Mahé (18mi x 5mi) takes you past the charming north coast, the small island of L'Ilot and along the Beau Vallon Bay with its beautiful beaches and tourist infrastructure. A good opportunity to drop anchor or even to enjoy one of the many delicious Creole specialities on land. There is also a casino nearby or several bars where you can end the evening before returning to your yacht under a beautiful starry sky.
Monday morning in paradise; time to head north to Silhouette, the third largest island in the Seychelles. As you leave Beau Vallon Bay, be sure to cast your line. The surrounding waters are known for their abundance of fish and there's a good chance you'll have one of the tastiest fish in the area on your plate by lunchtime! The journey continues towards North Island with its charming beaches, a wonderful place to spend the night.
It is time to say goodbye to North Island with a heavy heart and sail back towards Beau Vallon and from there along Mahé's wildly romantic west coast, where you will find the beautiful beaches of Grand Anse, Petit Anse, Takamaka and the artistic director.
It will be difficult to decide which beach is the most beautiful. Why don't you just stop at any one of them? Take your time for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing. Of course you should not miss the opportunity to taste the seafood dishes offered here.
You leave Mahé behind and set off towards Praslin, the second largest island of the Seychelles. 26 nautical miles lie between Mahé and Praslin, with the twin islands Cousin and Cousin in between. Praslin was once known as the "Ile des Palmes" (Palm Island) because of its dense palm groves and lush vegetation. Praslin is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fabulous Vallée de Mai, where the wondrous Coco-de-Mer grows on ancient palm trees in a primeval forest. Some of Praslin's breathtaking beaches such as Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette and Côte d'Or are regularly ranked among the most beautiful in the world. From here the surrounding islands of Aride, Curieuse, The Sisters, Maryanne, Félicité and Cocos are within easy reach.
It won't take long before the neighbouring island of La Digue captivates you. They say that time has stood still here, where oxcarts and bicycles are still the main means of transport. Here is one of the most famous and probably most photographed beaches in the world - Anse Source d'Argent. Nearby is a cemetery of the first settlers, a kiln for coconut refinement, a giant turtle enclosure and a typical Creole villa.
You leave the realm of the granite islands and sail further and further north until the glittering world of Bird and Denis Island opens up before you about 52mi north of Mahé. Experience the overwhelming sight of huge seabird colonies, nesting turtles and the foaming surf on brilliant white sandy beaches. The islands are located on the edge of the Seychelles Bank, where the ocean floor drops steeply by 2000m. Here, in these waters where few have been before you, swimming, snorkelling and fishing are unlike any other experience.
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