Lying 1500 kilometres off the east coast of Africa, this idyllic archipelago in the Indian Ocean comprises just over 150 of the most unspoilt islands you’ll find anywhere in the world.
Most of the islands are uninhabited nature reserves and are either raised coral atolls or majestic rock formations, unique for being the world’s only islands made from granite.
Home to eighty percent of the population, along with Victoria, the nation’s capital, Mahé is the largest and most developed island. Yet, boasting both the towering granite peaks and the white, sandy beaches that the archipelago is so famous for, the port of Mahé is the perfect departure point for your Seychelles charter.
For, there really is no better way to explore the Seychelles than by yacht.
Here at MySea, the Seychelles is one of our favourite destinations and we are delighted to share with you some of the highlights of this stunning collection of islands:
BEST BEACH: A tough choice, but if we had to name one, you cannot go past Anse Lazio. Located on the northwest tip of Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles and a mere 44 kilometres from Mahé, this stretch of porcelain white sand is the embodiment of tropical paradise. The beach is protected by iconic granite boulders at each end and shaded by palm and native takamaka trees; whilst the clear turquoise seas invite underwater exploration, so make sure you have a full set of snorkelling equipment onboard!
BEST DIVING: Diving in the Seychelles is on the bucket list of divers around the world, and offers some of the world’s best dive sites. If you’re an experienced diver, or a curious beginner, we’d recommend including the Aldabra Coral Reef in your charter itinerary. This UNESCO World Heritage site is found on the archipelago’s Outer Islands, to the far south of Mahé. It’s worth the journey to reach these isolated islands, and not just for the incredible visual feast of underwater life to be discovered below the sea: the atoll is famously home to two-thirds of the world’s giant tortoise population!
BEST NATURE: Cousine is a pocket sized, granite island, found less than 10 kilometres west of Praslin. In 1992 it was purchased by a private owner who has turned the entire island (all 29 hectares of it) into a nature preserve. An extensive conservation program has been undertaken, and today over 2,000 indigenous plants, as well as native birds and more giant tortoises, flourish in this habitat. The island is also home to the luxury Cousine Island Resort and Spa, a secluded tropical retreat designed to accommodate a maximum of eight people, as well as four luxury villas.
Don’t hesitate to contact the MySea team for further information on a Seychelles yacht charter.