⛵A guide to charter a yacht in Seychelles
The island nation of Seychelles consists of 115 beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean, out of which 41 inner islands represent the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands in the world, while the outer 74 are low-lying coral islands. Thanks to the constant trade wind, numerous safe anchorages, scenic coastline, pristine coves, and enviable tropical climate, Seychelles is often considered as one of the world’s most desired sailing destinations.
For Seychelles, we offer more than 80 charter yachts for rent, including some of the best catamarans and sailing yachts available in the market. Our yachts are all located in very well-equipped marinas on the main islands of Mahé and Praslin, including Eden Island Marina, Praslin Marina, and Marine Charter. As a principal island, Mahé is one of the most popular starting points for a sailing holiday around the island nation of Seychelles. From Mahé, boaters can easily visit other popular points of interests in the archipelago, including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Aldabra and Vallee de Mai, the St. Anne Marine National Park, the protected bird colonies of Cousin and Aride islands, and the superb snorkeling and diving sites of Silhouette and Coco islands.
Situated in the western Indian Ocean but outside the cyclone belt, Seychelles is often considered a year-round sailing destination. The island nation is benefited from a warm tropical climate, with daily temperatures vary between 25°C to 30°C. Severe storms and high winds are very rare here. Having said that, the best time for sailing is during the month of April and October-November, when boaters can experience calm waters and pleasant winds from 3 - 10 knots.
💨Wind patterns in Seychelles follow two monsoon periods, with two one-month transition periods in between. From December to mid-March, northwesterly winds blow at the speed of 10-15 knots, accompanied by rain showers and temperatures above 30°C. From May to September, southeasterly winds blow at the speed of 20-25 knots in clear sky. However, boaters can experience rough and uncomfortable sea when sailing in August.
⛵Top sailing destinations in Seychelles
A sailing trip around the island nation of Seychelles can offer boaters some of the most exotic destinations in the world, with countless pristine white beaches, large coral reefs, majestic natural wonders, and diverse wildlife. Praslin island is a very popular destination in Seychelles thanks to the UNESCO Heritage Site of Vallée de Mai and Anse Lazio - often ranked among the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Nature-lovers should also visit Cousin island - an untouched granite island known for being the nesting ground of many endangered and exotic species; or Aldabra Island - another UNESCO World Heritage Sites known for being the world’s second-largest coral atoll and home to the world’s largest giant tortoise population.
Aldabra Island is a wonderful diving sites thanks to its unparalleled marine life and impressive raised coral reefs. Other worth-visiting destinations for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts include the novice-friendly diving site of St. Pierre island, South Marianne Island with its stunning underwater topography and sharks population, and the Sainte Anne Marine National Park.
⛵How to get there?
Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) is located on Mahé island, near the capital city of Victoria. The airport is well-connected with international flights from many major cities, including Frankfurt, London, Dubai, Doha, Paris, Zurich, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, and Mumbai.
From the airport, the most convenient means of transportation is taxi, which takes approximately 10 minutes to get to our base on Mahé island. Some of our partner charter companies also offer excellent pick-up services for customers.
- April and October are the best months to visit Seychelles, as sailors can expect calm sea and clear waters
- Seychelles is one of the richest fishing grounds in the world, especially for fly fishing. However, spearfishing is prohibited here
- Access to Marine Parks and Reserved areas requires either permission and/or entry fee, which will be collected upon arrival by the conversation organization
- Seychelles uses the British standard square 3-pin, 13 amp sharp electric plug
- Service fee is often included in most charge (restaurant, hotel, taxi, etc.), so tipping is not expected