OCSC's Seychelles Flotilla
Seychelles: A Sailing Destination with Memories for a Lifetime
“The Seychelles is all about water,” according to the Lonely Planet. That’s why we’ve added this chain of islands located 1,000 miles east of Africa in the Indian Ocean as our newest cruising destination. These islands -- divided into six groups -- offer an abundance of white sand beaches, truly premier snorkeling and diving, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, unique vegetation, and even rock climbing -- but they especially offer an unspoiled destination perfect for great sailing.
Begin Your Journey in the Center of these Islands
The charter will begin on Mahé in Port Victoria, which is the world’s smallest capital and the only port in Seychelles. However small, the port offers a colorful backdrop, with restaurants, a botanical garden, a natural history museum, art shops and a well-stocked market. Surrounding the port are 68 white sand beaches, cinnamon plantations, rainforests and lush vegetation. This unspoiled island climbs to 3,000 feet at its center and is home to one-of-a-kind flora and fauna. Your arrival will be a step back in time and the beginning of a remarkable sailing experience.
Winds usually remain between 5 and 20 knots year-round, which make for ideal sailing conditions. The Moorings cruising ground covers Mahé to the south and Aride to the north, with recommended stops at Beau Vallon on Mahé, Vallée de Mai on Praslin, Curieuse, St. José, Anse Volbert, Grande Soeur, La Digue and Cerf Island.
These anchorages are composed of either low-lying coral atolls or towering granite peaks, offering pristine settings and isolated beauty. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts will see plenty of coral reefs, sponges, tropical fish giant rays and even colonies of giant tortoises. On land, the islands are home to birds, flowers, reptiles and mammals that can not be found anywhere else on Earth. An adventure on both water and land!
Warm Weather Year-Round
Just four degrees south of the Equator, Seychelles enjoys constant temperatures year-round, with air and water temperatures ranging from 80 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit July through August. Seychelles’ seasons are defined by the beginning and end of the southeast trade winds, which blow from May to October. Humidity is higher during the Northwest Monsoon season from December through April, when rains are the heaviest. The Southeast season, from May through November, provide dry trade-wind weather and occasional showers.
A Remote Destination, Easily Reached
The Moorings base at Marina Palmira is about a 30-minute cab ride from La Paz Airport. Be sure to bring a pair of binoculars and a camera. In this unique ecosystem where the desert meets the Sea of Cortez, you'll make your way along the rugged peninsula with dolphins and migrating whales.
Friendly People Await You
Seychelles HotelWhile the population is sparse, the Seychellois are friendly; and English and French are the official languages. Both are spoken by most people. A highlight on any sailing adventure is the cuisine and Seychelles offers Creole, with a wide variety of fish dishes and imaginative fruit and vegetables, accented with local herbs and spices.