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SEYCHELLES - A YACHT CRUISE TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN

03 November 2022
DIAMOND STAR EXPERIENCE,
Cruise Ship
Indian Ocean
 
There aren't many places on Earth where hawks-bill turtles feel so unthreatened that they come ashore in broad daylight to lay their eggs. These exotic Gallic outposts were made for exploring by sea, with BBQ breaks on deserted islands, every-day swimming stops, and walking tours through the lush interiors.

Scattered across the Indian Ocean, some 1,000 miles east of Kenya, these 115 islands offer everything from unsurpassed white sandy beaches to UNESCO Heritage Sites and incredible wildlife. Massive granite rocks and coral fringed beaches create an air of drama and beauty while seamlessly fusing land and sea. Explore Paradise by Yacht..

Day 1 – Saturday, Mahe Inter Island Quay - St Anne Island
Embarkation 15:00 to 16:00 pm. After the Welcome cocktail and safety drill, we leave Port Victoria and sail to nearby St Anne for a refreshing swim stop off the ship. Overnight at anchor near St Anne. Welcome dinner

Day 2 – Sunday, St Anne Island - Curieuse
We leave St Anne Island early in the morning to reach Curieuse. This morning we visit this uninhabited island, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises. Our walking excursion with a park guide will bring us to the farm, along mangrove forests. Later we return to the beach for a BBQ under the trees. In the afternoon you can enjoy the beach and sea activities. Overnight at anchor.

Day 3 – Monday, Curieuse - Cousin Island - Anse Lazio
In the morning we sail for Cousin Island. Excursion to the Bird Sanctuary which is in the care Bird Life International. A quarter million birds breed on Cousin which also has several nesting beaches for turtles. Later in the afternoon we reach Anse Lazio. In the afternoon we sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Time for water sports, snorkelling or optional diving. Evening at anchor.

Day 4 - Tuesday, Anse Lazio – Aride - St Pierre - Baie St Anne, Praslin
In the morning we leave for Aride. Our excursion will take you all the way to the top of the island for an amazing view of the island. The island is home to the Wright's gardenia found nowhere else on earth and to bird species like the Audubon's shearwater, the Seychelles warbler. At noon we sail for St Pierre Island. We reach St Pierre after lunch for a 3 hour snorkeling and swimming stop. At sunset, we leave St Pierre to sail into Baie St Anne, Praslin. Overnight at dock. Creole Night.

Day 5 – Wednesday, Baie St Anne, Praslin – Felicite or Grand Soeur – La Digue Praslin Baie St Anne, optional tour to Vallee de Mai .
Afternoon sailing to Felicite or Grand Soeur for snorkelling or optional diving excursion. Arrival in Felicite or Grand Soeur for afternoon snorkeling and swimming.. Evening sailing to La Digue. Evening arrival at La Digue. Anchor in front of the port. Overnight in La Digue.

Day 6 – Thursday, La Digue - Moyenne Island
Half day optional excursion in La Digue, the most photographed and quaint community in the Seychelles. Our optional excursion will take us to by bus to the Veuve Nature Reserve and through Union Plantation to l’ Anse Source d’ Argent beach. Arrive at L’ Union Estate and tour of the copra kiln, traditional coconut oil mill and the colonial plantation house. Time at Anse Source D’ Argent one of the most magnificent beaches in the world. Marvel at some of Seychelles most impressive rock formations – truly unique, whilst enjoying a refreshment. Time for hunting souvenirs at La Passe, the islands main village, before return to the ship. Late afternoon sailing to Moyenne island, opposite Mahe. Evening arrival at Moyenne. Overnight at anchor.

Day 7 – Friday, Moyenne Island – Mahe, Inter Island Quay
Short guided around the island and time for swim. Beach BBQ on the island. This is the last opportunity for snorkelling and swimming, We leave Moyenne island for Mahe’s Victoria port in the afternoon. Late afternoon we reach the Inter Island Quay – Mahe. Captain’s farewell dinner with live music and dancing. Overnight in Mahe

Day 8 - Saturday, Mahe (Victoria)
Disembarkation 9:00 to 10.00 am
Please note there are also 3 & 4 nights cruises which can be combined with hotel stay.