Behind the powder soft beaches, giant Seychelles tortoises lumber along palm-frond paths that lead away into lush rainforest, where luxury resorts promise infinity pools and glamorous day spas overlooking the sapphire sea. Whether you’re dreaming of lazing about on perfect beaches, getting your thrills diving and deep sea fishing, or wandering through vanilla plantations and primeval jungle, you’ll feel like you’ve fallen into the pages of a Conde Nast travel magazine as you cruise through the Seychelles on your charter yacht.
Meet your yacht at Eden Island Marina on the island of Mahé, an area that is renowned for sportfishing. The yacht will cruise to La Digue, where guests can enjoy ox cart rides, mountain biking or simply taking a leisurely walk on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, such as Anse Source d’Argent and Grande Anse
Arriving at Laraie Bay, guests will be welcomed by the beautiful sight of colorful humphead parrotfish in the water and giant tortoises lazing around on shore. Explore the trail from the landing ground to Anse St. José, which passes through a thick mangrove forest and offers glimpses of old colonial architecture. Divers and snorkelers should head for Pointe Rouge – it’s a must.
After breakfast on board, take a quick cruise to the neighboring island of Praslin, which offers many attractions to keep guests busy. The island is known for its post-card perfect beaches lined with palm trees – Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio, both bordered by large granite boulders, are some of the most famous beaches in the Seychelles. But there’s also lots to do inland – the island’s jungle interior hosts the Praslin National Park and Vallée de Mai nature reserve, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. When the sun sets, the island’s Côte d’Or is home to many hotels and resorts offering nightclubs and chill-out bars
Aride is managed as a nature reserve by the Island Conservation Society. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed by the island’s team on a dinghy as they have strict rules about boats allowed on shore. With a reef lying just off the island, guests will enjoy a dramatic entrance as the rangers wait for a proper swell to speed up for a beach landing. Once ashore, enjoy a three hour private tour from the knowledgable rangers, looking out for 18 species of native birds, five of which are endemic, as well as a wide variety of fauna and flora. You’ll have picnic ashore for lunch and can spend the rest of the afternoon on the beach. Tonight, have dinner on board, basking in peace and privacy.
Found five miles off La Digue, the Cocos Islands are a spectacular natural aquarium. Guests can swim with turtles and hundreds of fish above a wealth of coral and in crystal clear water. Toward the end of the day, the yacht will head back to the main island of Mahé to anchor off the beautiful Anse Royale bay.
Enjoy breakfast on board taking in views of Anse Royale, one of the largest bays on Mahé – there are white sands and palms all around you. As the second
largest town on Mahé, Anse Royale has a great deal to offer. Wander the colorful markets, where the crew can stock up on fresh produce and guests can shop for souvenirs. Like much of the Seychelles, there’s also plentiful opportunities for snorkeling, and water toys can be used in moderation here. Enjoy dinner on shore with your crew arranging reservations