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Curieuse Island in the Seychelles

Seychelles Yachting Serenade: Mahe/Victoria Harbor Roundtrip

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Join in a luxury yacht cruise aboard the Crystal Esprit and enjoy an 8-day adventure from the beautiful Victoria Harbor. Explore the palm trees and sandy beaches of St. Anne Island, the tropical paradise of Praslin beaches, and the dense woodland and rocky southern coast of Cousin Island. The unspoiled beauty of La Passe, La Digue Island will also surely captivate your attention. See the giant tortoises and giant hump-head parrotfish swim in the waters of Curieuse Island. Sail on and discover the abundance of seabirds in the Aride Island which is considered one of the most important habitats in the Indian Ocean. Head back to Mahe/Victoria Harbor where you will disembark and get the chance to visit the Botanical Gardens for a glimpse into the lush fauna that cloaks the island.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Mahe/Victoria Harbor, Seychelles | Embark | St. Anne Island
Day 2 : St. Anne Island | Praslin Beach and Cousin Island | Praslin, Seychelles
Day 3 : Praslin, Seychelles
Day 4 : Praslin | La Passe, La Digue Island | Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island
Day 5 : Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles
Day 6 : Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles | Aride Island
Day 7 : Mahe/Victoria Harbor, Seychelles
Day 8 : Mahe/Victoria Harbor, Seychelles | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Botanical Gardens at beautiful Mahe
  • Explore pleasant Cousin island, the last holdout for the Seychelles warbler
  • Discover giant tortoises, native to the Seychelles at Curieuse Island
  • View the Aride Island, one of the most important seabird habitats

Ship

Crystal Esprit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Curieuse Island in the Seychelles Seychelles Islands beach Dramatic sunset over La Digue Island in the Seychelles Mahe - Morne Seychellois National Park Moyenne Island in the Seychelles

Day 1 Mahe/Victoria Harbor, Seychelles | Embark | St. Anne Island

Embark on the Crystal Esprit at Mahe, Victoria Harbor, Seychelles.

This capital city of Seychelles lies on Mahé, the largest of the 115 islands. It is not boastful about its importance to the island’s cultural and administrative center, as its mere two dozen avenues are cozy and inviting, backing up against steep mountains and bustling with cafés and colorful architecture. Visit the Botanical Gardens for a glimpse into the lush fauna that cloaks the island, and venture from Victoria in search of the Seychelles natural splendor.

Today, reach St. Anne Island as well.

Day 2 St. Anne Island | Praslin Beach and Cousin Island | Praslin, Seychelles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Palm trees shade idyllic sandy beaches here, as cinnamon grows wild on verdant hillsides and sea turtles nose around their favorite nesting site. Once a commercial whaling outpost and later a World war II gun battery, St. Anne Island is today a place of peace and tranquility with abundant wildlife protected by the St. Anne Marine National Park.

With lush jungled hillsides rolling into pristine white sands lined with palm trees, the beaches of Praslin are exactly what you imagine when dreaming of a tropical paradise. With Crystal Esprit at anchor, a beach landing by Zodiac means time to swim, snorkel and kayak in gin-clear waters. Bird enthusiasts will thrill to the sounds – and hopefully, the sights – of the Seychelles magpie-robin and brush warbler, both endemic to the islands and highly protected.

Cousin Island is a green ink-dot in the Indian Ocean. Here, birds rule the roost. Declared a special reserve in 1975, the island is the last holdout for the Seychelles warbler, a bird drove nearly to extinction - today they number some 3,000, a tribute to conservation. As you might expect from a haven for winged creatures, Cousin Island also is a paradise for nature-loving humans, with dense woodland, rocky southern coast and sandy beaches encircling almost the entire isle.

Also sail towards Praslin, Seychelles on this day.

Day 3 Praslin, Seychelles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Praslin, the second-largest island of Seychelles and arguably tops in attractions, features stunning beaches, azure seas, tangles of the jungle and a trademark relaxed atmosphere. What makes Praslin unique is the Vallée de Mai, a protected forest of rare fauna, and most famously the coco de mer palm, a tree that produces the world’s largest seed and palm flower. The grove is one of Seychelles’ two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has been aptly called the Garden of Eden.

Day 4 Praslin | La Passe, La Digue Island | Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This slice of heaven defines quintessential island life, nestled on the coast of Silhouette Island and beckoning visitors to its shores with turquoise-emerald waters. Days filled with beachside adventures and jungle trails give way to festive evenings along the sand. The tree-lined roads of La Passe are populated with more bicycles than motorized vehicles, accenting the unhurried pace of life here.

Head to Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island this day.

Day 5 Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hundreds of giant hump-head parrotfish swim the harbor’s waters while beyond native coco de Mer palms and low-slung branches of giant takamaka trees line sandy beaches. Curieuse Island is known for its giant tortoises, native to the Seychelles and once nearly extinct. Today, thanks to conservation efforts, tortoises roam freely in the lush forests.

Day 6 Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles | Aride Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail from Laraie Bay to Aride Island.

As one of the most important seabird habitats in the Indian Ocean, if not the world, Aride is home to more breeding species than on any other island in Seychelles: 18 native birds, including five, found only in the archipelago, reproduce on this tiny, eyelash of an isle. While its bird population is vast, Aride itself is petite, just a mile long and half a mile wide. Its human population is even smaller: only rangers, conservation officers and a few volunteers live here.

Day 7 Mahe/Victoria Harbor, Seychelles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This capital city of Seychelles lies on Mahé, the largest of the 115 islands. It is not boastful about its importance to the island’s cultural and administrative center, as its mere two dozen avenues are cozy and inviting, backing up against steep mountains and bustling with cafés and colorful architecture. Visit the Botanical Gardens for a glimpse into the lush fauna that cloaks the island, and venture from Victoria in search of the Seychelles natural splendor.

Day 8 Mahe/Victoria Harbor, Seychelles | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at the beautiful port.

Crystal Esprit

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280 Sqft. King-size bed, mini bar/refrigerator, a flat-screen satellite TV, custom carpet, plush sofa with adjustable-height table for dining, and spacious, custom-designed closets.
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515 Sqft. King-size bed, Egyptian cotton linens, flat-screen HD TV, custom bench at foot of the bed, stone-clad nightstands with integrated outlets, and interactive bedside iPad. The expansive living and dining area feature a sofa and end chairs, a flat-screen TV, concealed mini-bar and dining table.

Notes

Solo Supplement: A select number of cabins are available for single use. The single supplement varies by cabin type, please contact us for details.
Child Discount: Children age 11 or under receive 50% off when sharing a cabin with two full paying guests. Children, regardless of age pay full rate in a double occupancy cabin.

A wide selection of specially curated and optional shore excursions are available on every itinerary.  There will be complimentary adventures to choose from, other excursions will be available at an additional cost.  ‚Äč

Cruise Fares Include:
  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24-hour self-service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24-hour room service
  • Personal Butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Complimentary shore excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage. 
  • Complimentary marina and water sports equipment including a wide variety of aquatic toys (water skis, wakeboards, kayaks, jet skis, snorkeling equipment) based on destination's local rules and regulations and the discretion of the Captain due to weather and sea conditions
  • Complimentary transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation, when requested in advance
Cruise Fares Exclude:
  • Airfare
  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities, 
  • Optional shore excursions,
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities,
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed. 
  • Crystal Esprit's submersible equipment
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