Catamaran Leopard 50 · 2022
Eden Island Marina (Mahe), Mahé, Seychelles
- Captain optional
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Discover the pristine beauty of Seychelles on a yacht charter holiday with Zizoo. Cruise along the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean while stopping to relax on white sandy beaches and to explore the island chain’s fascinating cultural, natural and historical sites. Arulmigu Navasakti Vinayagar Temple in Victoria and the Morne Seychellois National Park are just some of the sites you shouldn’t miss on your sailing holiday in Seychelles.
The Seychelles might be most famous for its white sandy beaches, beautiful palm trees and crystal clear turquoise waters - but there is more to see! Hike some of the most beautiful trails, explore a rich diversity of flora and fauna on the islands and discover magnificent architecture.
Sunbathing on a beach or on board a boat might sound like the perfect vacation, but vacationing in Seychelles has so much more to offer. Whether you like to dive deeper into the history of the islands, make your taste buds explode from all the delicious food or simply go on a shopping spree while island hopping, you can find it all in Seychelles.
We are sure that you already know the pictures of beautiful white sandy beaches, clear water and palm trees. Take the opportunity to discover them yourself. Charter a yacht and head out to remote beaches like Anse Petit Boileau on Mahe Island or Anse Caiman on La Digue Island to experience a more peaceful part of Seychelles. But don’t forget to visit one of the most photographed beaches in the world: The Pink Sand Beach in La Digue.
Sailing around Seychelles is one way to spend your boat vacation. If you want to get the full experience, you should party on a boat as well. Rent a boat with all your friends for a week, party every evening in the world’s most beautiful location and create amazing, sometimes even embarrassing memories that you will cherish forever. There is nothing better than partying on a boat all night long just to stay up and watch the sunset. Unlike other destinations, Seychelles doesn’t have nightclubs located on a boat.
As the Seychelles are surrounded by water, popular local dishes are naturally themed around seafood. Prawns, delicious fish, you name it! Enjoy outdoor dining at The Pavilion, which serves excellent barbecue food that you can enjoy next to the water. Also, head to the Gecko Bar or Boardwalk Bar & Grill for delicious grilled seafood and shellfish served with tropical fruits. Félicité Island Lodge is an excellent resort where you can eat, relax at the beach or go snorkeling.
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No sailing vacation on Seychelles is complete without heading out for a drink in one of the many bars after a day out on a boat. Whether you want to enjoy a simple beer in a beach chair or head out for a cocktail in a fancy bar - Seychelles has it all!
Seychelles has more to offer than stunning white beaches. Its relatively short human history starts in 1770 with the arrival of the first settlers - although the Seychelles were already claimed by France in 1756. Victoria, the capital city of Seychelles, which is located on Mahé island, welcomes you with a unique charm of European architecture, turquoise waters and a stunning Hindu temple. Before heading out on your boat charter, visit the National Botanical Gardens to learn more about Seychellois wildlife and plants. The gardens are relatively small, but offer a lovely contrast to the white sandy beaches that you usually encounter on a vacation in Seychelles. The National Museum of History takes you on a trip through time. One of the main attractions is a map drawn in 1517.
Many myths surround the islands of Seychelles. Especially the stories surrounding Arab sailors who are said to have arrived here long before the Europeans set foot on the famous sandy beaches. One particularly cruel story is about the arrival of four Arab sailors on Silhouette island. They are said to have arrived here in search of the famous Coco de Mer - without much luck. Instead their ship broke down, leaving them stranded and starving one by one. A large cross on top of the island remembers these adventurers of times long gone.
The south-eastern Indian Ocean tradewinds make May to October ideal for a sailing holiday in Seychelles, when the seas are at their calmest. Moderate wave heights of a meter or less are common within Inner Seychelles making it the perfect spot to sunbathe on a boat or go for a swim to cool down in high temperatures. Staying within Inner Seychelles still leaves you with a lot to explore, and you can be confident that the area is well mapped and provides excellent opportunities for mooring or anchorage. The largest rocks around these areas are generally easily visible to the eye, but do watch out as they are often not marked with buoys or lights.
Outer Seychelles are generally too choppy to allow for private sailing. Air temperatures of up to about 30°C are common throughout the year with water temperatures in spring and early summer averaging about the same.
If you’re looking at sailing in low season, expect that rainfalls as well as winds are going to pick up. This is the perfect time for more experienced sailors to explore the Indian Ocean.
The favorable climate is one positive thing about sailing in Seychelles, the modern marinas another. Absolute beginners at sailing as well as more experienced water rats will receive the best service. And if you’re looking at anchoring to dive into the turquoise waters, you’re safe to go! However, one thing to keep in mind is that mooring options can be scarce in various places.
Seychelles are not the most budget friendly option when it comes to your sailing vacation, but if you are looking for a once in a lifetime luxury sailing experience, this is the place for you! On average it costs 358,36 EUR per person per night to rent a boat in this stunning location. Rent a catamaran for an average price of 237 EUR per person per night or a gulet for an average price of 479,72 EUR per person per night.
Depending on the sailing vacation you fantasize about when thinking about going to Seychelles, you should choose your boat wisely. Whether you want to go on an adventure or simply soak in the sun, Zizoo has boats for every occasion available. Renting a catamaran in Seychelles is the most popular choice - for good reason!
As previously mentioned renting a catamaran in Seychelles is one of the most popular options for a sailing vacation in this part of the Indian Ocean. There is more to it than the comfort of a good night’s sleep while sleeping on a boat.
Pros of renting a catamaran in Seychelles
Catamarans are generally more comfortable than regular sailboats. More space, more stability and more luxury - all that you could ask for in one boat when heading out on a sailing vacation in Seychelles. During the day you can sail the calm waters and anchor in a hidden bay to sunbathe and dive into the crystal clear waters.
As catamarans have a more shallow draft than sailboats, it’s the perfect vessel to explore Seychelles and its many underwater reefs.
Cons of renting a catamaran in Seychelles
As in many other locations in the world, catamarans are generally bigger in size than other sailing vessels. This makes finding a spot to anchor in a harbor more difficult and oftentimes more expensive than anchoring with smaller boats.
Pros of renting a sailboat in Seychelles
Renting a boat in Seychelles means that you can choose from a variety of different types of boats in different price ranges. One of the pros of renting a sailboat over a catamaran in Seychelles is the price. On average they cost less than a catamaran.
In the transition periods from high season to low season and vice versa, you get perfect sailing conditions. Rather than having to rely on a motor to move the boat, you can trust the winds and flow with nature.
Cons of renting a sailboat in Seychelles
While it is a positive thing to be able to sail with perfect wind conditions during the transition period, it can be equally frustrating when trying to sail during high season where the sea is calmer and the wind is scarce. You might get stuck in the Indian Ocean while relying completely on the wind conditions. When taking a one week boat vacation this might leave you frustrated.
Pros of renting a motorboat in Seychelles
Renting a motorboat in Seychelles sounds like so much fun! Speeding over the crystal clear waters while hopping from hidden beach to hidden beach is one of the best things you can do to enjoy sailing in Seychelles. They offer quite a lot of space and are more luxurious than other boat types.
Cons of renting a motorboat in Seychelles
Renting a motorboat in Seychelles may be a disturbance if you’re looking for a more quiet and relaxing vacation as their engines can be quite noisy. Especially in a place like Seychelles these noises might feel disturbing. Another negative point is that motorboats run on fuel. Fuel is expensive. It can increase your bill a lot. In comparison, sailboats which don’t run on fuel, solely depend on the wind and therefore don’t come with any additional costs.
Chartering a boat in Seychelles requires you to have a valid boat license and a SRC. While these certifications may be enough in other countries, in Seychelles you need to present a list of boats you have previously maneuvered and the waters you have sailed.
Don’t worry if you’re lacking the skills or if you simply don’t want to take on the responsibility of driving a boat while on vacation. Book an experienced skipper when renting your boat. A skipper is not just here to sail your boat, they also know the most beautiful spots, the most delicious local restaurants and have the best stories!
Mahé Island is the ideal base for a sailing holiday in Seychelles. From the main island, you are able to explore the surrounding islands at your own pace.
A short sail northwest of Mahé is Silhouette. Silhouette is a private island that welcomes visitors with a luxurious spa, the Hilton Seychelles Labriz, which is a great place to stop for spa treatments in between island hopping. You can also visit the village of La Passe here, where you can rent a bicycle to take in as many of the local sights as possible. The island of Silhouette is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. In fact, over 90% of the island has been protected as a national park. So make sure that you stop every once in a while to take in the natural beauty and to take a picture or two to make all your friends at home wish they would have joined you on this trip. While discovering the two main islands, you might want to go off exploring some of the uninhabited islands too. Stunning beaches, impressive palm trees and unique wildlife ensure that you will create wonderful memories that you will cherish forever.
An alternative route is to start your sailing adventure in Seychelles from Praslin. You might need to hop on a 15 minute flight from Mahé international airport to get there, but don’t worry, flights are frequent. If you’re traveling on a budget, you might consider taking the ferry for an hour-long ride to Praslin. From Praslin you can sail to Curieuse Island. Stop in San Jose to watch the giant tortoises! Spend the night to watch a magical sunset before setting sail again in the morning. Head over to Cousin Island - another place to watch the giant tortoises. Digue is your next stop. Explore some of the world’s most spectacular beaches on this island. Sail over to Grande Soeur to sip some delicious cocktails and enjoy one last sunset in this stunning location before finishing your sailing vacation in Saint Anne.
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