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Seychelles Yachting Serenade: Eden Island Marina Roundtrip

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Crystal Esprit
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Board on the luxurious Crystal Esprit for an unforgettable 8-day cruise. Enjoy at the pristine beaches with fine white sand in Mahe. Explore the abundant protected wildlife of St. Anne Marine National Park. Bask in the tropical paradise of Praslin and see the Vallée de Mai, a protected forest of rare fauna. Discover the beauty of La Passe, La Digue Island known for its turquoise-emerald waters. Visit Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, where hundreds of giant hump-head parrotfish swim the harbor’s waters. Explore Aride Island as one of the most important seabird habitats in the Indian Ocean. Sail towards Mahé, the capital city of Seychelles and the largest of the 115 islands.

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • View stunning natural beauty of Mahe, Seychelles
  • Explore tropical paradise - Praslin
  • Discover Curieuse Island, known for its giant tortoises
  • Visit Aride Island, one of the most important seabird habitats in the Indian Ocean

Ship

Crystal Esprit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Lagoon in the Seychelles Dramatic sunset over La Digue Island in the Seychelles A snorkeler walking along a white sandy beach. Curieuse Island in the Seychelles Beautiful beaches of Praslin

Day 1 Mahe/Eden Island Marina | Embark

Embark on the Crystal Esprit at Mahe/Eden Island Marina, Seychelles.

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.

Today, head to St. Anne Island as well.

Day 2 St. Anne Island | Praslin Beach | 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.

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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This capital city of the 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.

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

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

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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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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