Seychelles Luxury Yacht Charter
The exotic islands of the Seychelles offer the perfect experience for those who are looking to get back to nature and to enjoy a slower pace of life.
The archipelago of 115 islands is located 600 miles north-east of Madagascar and 1,000 miles east of Kenya. With a population of less than 95,000, the islands are a haven for wildlife, with many unique native species both on land and in the water. Luxury resorts and a friendly Creole culture add a special dimension to any cruising experience in the Seychelles.
Only three main islands in the Seychelles are inhabited: Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. The largest island of the thre, Mahé, is home to the capital Victoria and the country’s international airport. Originally settled by French colonists, in 1814 the city was formally established by the British. It will likely be the place of embarkation for a superyacht charter unless you plan to take a second seaplane flight directly to the yacht located elsewhere.
What kind of experiences are there to enjoy on a yacht charter in the Seychelles?
Soak up the rich Creole culture in Victoria with a visit to the vibrant weekly bazaar at Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, buzzing with locals purchasing everyday essentials and offering an opportunity to pick up crafts from the islands and try Seychellois delicacies including locally brewed toddy.
Tour the city’s Natural History Museum or National Botanical Gardens before taking a hike through the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park.
The greatest advantage to a yacht cruise through the Seychelles is the ability to find unique, hidden spots that cannot be reached by land-bound travellers. Aldabra Atoll, to the south of the island group, has UNESCO World Heritage status protection. As the world’s largest raised coral atoll, its protected lagoon is a veritable aquarium of turtles, fishes, rays and undamaged coral reef.
Ashore, explore the rugged landscape, home to one of the world’s largest populations of giant tortoises, as well as oceanic nesting flamingos, green turtles and rare birds. La Digue is world famous for its pristine beaches, while the diving in Desroches Island lagoon near Victoria is spectacular. For shallow-water snorkelling, try Faquar Atoll’s lagoon, which offers protected waters for kids to get close to the action.
For those who enjoy activities ashore, the Seychelles will not disappoint. Private islands and world-class resorts are in abundance. Constance Lemuria Resort on Praslin has an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Marc Antoine Barry and Rodney Wright, with terraced greens and breath-taking views. The resort’s gastronomic restaurant has a local Creole influence and the U Spa is perfect for some relaxed pampering.
North Island resort, set within an eco-reserve, has a notable health spa with both informal and upscale dining; while the spa at the Six Senses Zil Pasyon on Felicité is well worth a trip ashore.
Selection of Yachts Cruising the Seychelles
When is the best time to charter a yacht in the Seychelles?
The most popular times to visit the Seychelles on a yacht are April, May, October and November, which are the most temperate inter-seasonal months between the hot and humid period from November to March and the cooler period from April to October.
In April, the average high temperature in the Seychelles is approximately 32C (90F), while in October it is 28C (82F). The sea temperature in April is usually around 30C (86F) and 28C (82F) in October.
Where can you visit on a yacht charter in the Seychelles?
Capital city Victoria is the most populated part of the Seychelles, and it offers a number of cultural and historical attractions.
The World Heritage protected Aldabra Atoll is a must-see for those who enjoy the natural wonders of the water, while the Faquar Atoll’s protected lagoon is a great choice for family yacht charter groups looking to include everyone in the snorkelling or scuba diving.
The second largest island in the Seychelles but with a population of just 6,500, Praslin island is where you will find the coco de mer palm tree, unique to this part of the world. It is also home to two beaches frequently voted in the top 10 best beaches in the world: Anse Lazio and Anse Geogette. For those who enjoy shoreside activities, Praslin offers a number of draw cards, including some fantastic tropical forests to explore, an excellent golf course and a handful of luxury resorts for day trips ashore.
La Digue, to the east of Praslin, has a more laid-back atmosphere than Praslin and Mahé, with an almost Caribbean vibe, reminiscent of before the Caribbean became more developed. There are only 2,000 inhabitants on the island and just a handful of vehicles. Beach shack restaurants and grand colonial houses can be found alongside the powder-soft white sand beaches lined by huge granite boulders for which La Digue is famous.
Many islands of the Seychelles are privately owned with upscale resorts becoming more common. It is sometimes possible to enjoy stays ashore to punctuate your yacht charter, or to arrange to use the facilities of these islands, if the management allows.
What are the major yachting ports in the Seychelles?
Most superyachts cruising in the Seychelles will spend their time at anchor as there is little in the way of formal marina infrastructure for large vessels within the country.
There is a marina at Eden Island luxury residential project that has capacity for superyachts up to 155 metres in length, and is connected to mainland Mahé by a bridge.