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Seychelles Yachting Serenade: Mahe/Victoria Harbor to Mahe/Eden Island Marina

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Join the Crystal Esprit for an 8-day Seychelles cruise from Mahe. Visit the Botanical Gardens for a glimpse into the lush fauna that cloaks the Mahe island, and see the true magnificence of Seychelles as you explore the island's stunning natural beauty. As you sail on, discover St. Anne Island that was once a commercial whaling outpost and later a World war II gun battery, and today a place of tranquility rich with wildlife. Head towards Cousin Island where birds rule the roost and afterward proceed to see the stunning beaches of Praslin, La Digue Island, and Curieuse Island. Spend some time in Aride Island, considered to be one of the most significant seabird habitats in the Indian Ocean. Head once again to Mahe/Victoria harbor and finally disembark at Eden Island.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Mahe/Victoria Harbor | Embark | Eden Island Marina | St. Anne Island
Day 2 : St. Anne Island | Praslin Beach and Cousin Island | Praslin
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 | Aride Island | Cruise Big Sister, Felicite, Marine Isl
Day 7 : Mahe/Victoria Harbor | Mahe/Eden Island Marina
Day 8 : Mahe/Eden Island Marina, Seychelles | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore abundant wildlife protected by the St. Anne Marine National Park.
  • Discover the Seychelles natural splendors
  • Visit the Garden of Eden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • View stunning beauty of Mahe, Seychelles

Ship

Crystal Esprit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Beautiful beaches of Praslin Moyenne Island in the Seychelles Mahe - Morne Seychellois National Park Lagoon in the Seychelles Dramatic sunset over La Digue Island in the Seychelles

Day 1 Mahe/Victoria Harbor | Embark | Eden Island Marina | St. Anne Island

Embark on the Crystal Esprit at Mahe/Victoria Harbor and start your exciting cruise.

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.

Reach Eden Island. Here, in the Indian Ocean, where exotic trees edge beaches of fine white sand, is Mahé. Coconut plantations surround its majestic granite peaks rising to 3,000 feet. Mahé was uninhabited until the French arrived in 1768, and this culture remains despite over 180 years of British rule. The true magnificence of Seychelles lies beyond city limits, as you explore these islands' stunning natural beauty.

Today, head to St. Anne Island as well.

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

  • 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 | Aride Island | Cruise Big Sister, Felicite, Marine Isl

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail from Laraie Bay to Aride Island and cruise Big Sister, Felicite, Marine Isl.

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 | Mahe/Eden Island Marina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head back to Mahe/Victoria Harbor. 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.

Reach Eden Island. Here, in the Indian Ocean, where exotic trees edge beaches of fine white sand, is Mahé. Coconut plantations surround its majestic granite peaks rising to 3,000 feet. Mahé was uninhabited until the French arrived in 1768, and this culture remains despite over 180 years of British rule. The true magnificence of the Seychelles lies beyond city limits, as you explore these islands' stunning natural beauty.

Day 8 Mahe/Eden Island Marina, Seychelles | Disembark

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

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  • 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
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  • Optional shore excursions
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities
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