Indian Ocean Praslin

itineraireSouth East winds from Praslin (April to November)

Praslin - Bay Ste Anne to Pointe Zanguilles

Leave Bay Ste anne and sail to Pointe Zanguilles on the north coast. Peaceful anchorage on the west bank in front of a nice white sand beach and a romantic restaurant.

Pointe Zanguilles to Victoria (Mahe)

Three miles sail to St Pierre islet, a mass of rounded rocks crowned with a clump of tall palms swaying gently in the wind : typical and superb scenery of the Seychelles on countless occasions and printed a million times in tourism magazines ! Excellent spot for snorkelling with magnificent underwater scenery. Sail to Chauve Souris islet and stop in Bay Laraie, Curieuse island, for lunch . Part of the Marine National Park, Curieuse is home of hundred or so giant turtles, you can not miss them ! Leave before 1 pm for Mahé and Victoria harbour.

Victoria to Beauvallon Bay or Anse Major (Mahe)

Visit the picturesque marketplace in the morning. Good opportunity for fresh provisioning. Sail up to Beauvallon Bay, the most popular tourist spot of Mahé, fringed by a superb beach lined with tall trees overshadowing small restaurants. If you prefer a quieter area head up to Anse Major, in the heart of the natural park of Morne Seychellois. Inaccessible by car the coast, by steep hills, is particularly wild. Highly recommended for snorkelling.

Mahe to La Digue

Sail along the coast to Thérèse island through Ternay Bay, great spot for snorkelling, and Port Launay, limited to the south east by the Pointe de l'Escalier, a strange geological that has built up a giant stairway leading to the sea with steps consisting of regular flat layers of rock. Back to Anse Ternay and 32 miles sail to La Digue harbour.

La Digue

Rent a bike to visit this beautiful island never overrun with tourists, thanks to the lack of accommodation. With its white tracks winding under tall palm trees, houses with roofs of palm leaves, small copra factories, fine white sand beaches and large polished rocks, La Digue might be the most beautiful island in the Seychelles. No cars, only bicycle or carts by oxen. Horse rides are also possible.

La Digue to Cocos Island and Grande Soeur

Made of large rocks with strange regular stripes carved by the sea, Cocos island form a beautiful sight with a great harmony of shapes and colours . The ochre colour of the rocks is in contrast with the bright green palms of the coconut trees and the white sand of beaches lined with deep turquoise water. Mooring on buoys installed south of the island. Under the sea , the vision is equally attractive with large arborescent corals where thousands of many coloured fish swim in front of narrow breaks and dark caverns. Unforgettable snorkelling. Anchorage on the west coast of Grande Sœur.

Grande Soeur to Bay Ste Anne (Praslin)

A short sail to Praslin, home of rare species of trees and particularly the famous coco de mer, a unique palm tree. Don't leave Praslin without visiting Vallée de Mai, a valley protected by UNESCO. A walk in the Vallée de mai is enchanting. The path wanders in the near obscurity by enormous palm leaves of the "cocos de mer". The trunks are 40 m high and sway gently in the breeze, making a strange rustling sound as they rub against one another. Wherever you look the foliage seems to go on and on as the path winds up through dark, damp clefts before coming out onto the ridge where there are magnificent views over a dense sea of green.

Windward Islands