The Seychelles are truly a terrestrial paradise, consisting of 115 islands in the heart of the Indian Ocean. This magnificent archipelago is renowned for its exceptional fauna and flora, as well as its paradise beaches lined with palm trees. A catamaran cruise is the ideal way to explore these natural treasures while enjoying an unforgettable journey.
Starting point for your adventure, the island of Mahé is the largest in the Seychelles and is home to the capital, Victoria. Use your first day to get acquainted with your catamaran, explore the surroundings of Victoria, and prepare for the start of your journey. Don't miss a visit to the local market, where you can stock up on fresh produce for your meals on board, or the Clock Tower, an emblem of the British colonial past.
Day 2: Praslin
On the second day, set sail for Praslin, the second-largest island in the archipelago. There, be sure to visit the Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll discover the famous coco de mer, giant coconuts typical of the Seychelles, and other botanical wonders.
Maho Beach: A beautiful beach framed by majestic palm trees, perfect for swimming and picnics. Anse Lazio: One of the world's most beautiful beaches, known for its turquoise waters and exceptional marine life.
Day 3: La Digue
La Digue, the third-largest island in the Seychelles, is a true gem. Head to this island where time seems to stand still and explore it by bike or on foot. Must-visit sites include:
La Source d'Argent: This fascinating beach offers a unique backdrop with its gigantic granite boulders. L'Union Estate: This historic estate provides insight into the island's colonial past, with its traditional Creole house and vanilla plantation.
Day 4: Cousin Island & Curieuse Island
Cousin Island is an exceptional nature reserve, home to a multitude of rare tropical bird species. Stop by this island for a guided tour and take the opportunity to observe these magnificent birds as well as the giant turtles that inhabit the island.
Then, head to Curieuse Island, another nature reserve where you can discover even more giant turtles and the fascinating mangrove forest that covers part of the island.
Day 5: Saint-Pierre Island & Anse Volbert
The fifth day will be dedicated to relaxation and water pleasures. With a stopover on Saint Pierre Island, a rocky islet surrounded by magnificent coral reefs ideal for snorkeling or scuba diving.
Then, set sail for Anse Volbert Beach, where you can enjoy white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters while indulging in a Creole meal at one of the beachfront restaurants.
Day 6: Silhouette Island
Silhouette Island is the third-largest island in the archipelago and is distinguished by its majestic mountains, lush valleys, and stunning wild beaches. It's also an ideal stop for hiking enthusiasts, with several trails allowing you to explore the island's natural treasures.
Day 7: Beau Vallon Beach (Mahé)
To conclude your journey in an exceptional way, make a stop at Beau Vallon Beach, located on the main island of Mahé. Here, you'll enjoy one of the calmest seas in the archipelago, as well as various water and cultural activities before completing your catamaran cruise.
Day 1-3: Mahé and Surroundings To start your cruise, head to the main island of Mahé, where you will embark on your catamaran. Take the opportunity to explore Victoria, the small capital of the country, as well as the local Sir Selwyn Clarke Market to taste local specialties and find souvenirs. During these first days, also discover the beautiful beaches of Mahé, including Beau Vallon and Anse Royale, as well as the Morne Seychellois National Park for a memorable hike in lush nature.
Visit Victoria: Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, Botanical Garden; Beaches: Beau Vallon, Anse Royale, Anse Soleil; Hiking: Morne Seychellois National Park.
Day 4: Sainte-Anne and Cerf Island Continue your journey by heading to the Sainte-Anne Marine National Park, located just a short distance from Mahé. There, you can admire a myriad of colorful fish and sea turtles in the crystal-clear waters surrounding the park's islands, including Cerf Island.
Snorkeling at Sainte-Anne Marine National Park; Scuba diving at Cerf Island.
Days 5-7: Praslin, La Digue, and Curieuse It's time to head to Praslin, the second-largest island in the archipelago. Don't miss the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, where you can observe the famous coco de mer palms. Enjoy the idyllic beaches of Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette, often cited among the most beautiful in the world.
Next, sail to La Digue, a charming island with numerous attractions. Visit Anse Source d'Argent Beach, known for its granite rocks and pristine white sand. Take the bike path that crosses the island and explore the beautiful Anse Major.
As for Curieuse, this small island is home to, among other things, a colony of giant tortoises and a conservation project dedicated to these impressive animals. A must-visit for nature lovers!
Praslin: Vallée de Mai, Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette; La Digue: Anse Source d'Argent, Anse Major, bike path; Curieuse: giant tortoises, conservation project.
Days 8-10: Aride, Cousin, and Silhouette With paramount importance for ecotourism, Aride is a true sanctuary for tropical birds, including some endemic species such as the Seychelles Warbler. Enjoy the marked trails to observe these magnificent creatures.
Cousin Sanctuary, on the other hand, will offer you a memorable experience with its pristine beaches and dense forests populated by rare species, such as the Seychelles gecko or the spotted octopus.
Silhouette, the third-largest island in the archipelago, surprises with its wild and still untouched beauty. Enjoy its paradise beaches and explore the forests of its national park.
Aride: Tropical bird watching, marked trails; Cousin: Fauna and flora sanctuary, pristine beaches; Silhouette: Beaches, national park.
Days 11-14: Coco Island and Felicite Sail to Coco Island, a secluded small island offering excellent opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Spend the day exploring the spectacular underwater world of Felicite Island and observing marine life. Start your journey back to Mahé. Arrive in Mahé in the late afternoon.