Vacations

Seychelles Flotilla

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

While 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.

OCSC’s Flotillas

If you haven’t been on a flotilla before, here’s how it works. OCSC reserves several boats for the location and holds a series of planning parties to explain the details and answer questions from anyone who is interested. Some members choose to reserve a whole boat with their friends and family; some hook up with other singles or couples to form their own boat; a third option is to charter a cabin on a boat skippered by an OCSC Instructor. These planning meetings are the best way to decide which option works best for you. We suggest that you use them to meet potential shipmates, other skippers, and the OCSC personnel who will be leading the flotilla.

Flotilla charters are ideal for first-time skippers since OCSC helps in cruise planning, introduces individuals to others interested in sharing a yacht, and sends an experienced ‘group leader’ along. The security in this type of ‘buddy-boating’ is one reason for flotilla-style chartering, but the ease of participation, sailing with lots of friends made at the planning parties and multi-boat get-togethers in the evenings make any charter that much more enjoyable.

How to Get Involved

There are three ways to get involved. You can charter your own yacht, let us help you hook up with other members and sailors, or book a cabin on an OCSC Flotilla Leader’s yacht.

  • Option 1: With a small deposit (appx. 15%), you may reserve a boat with your friends or family, or reserve a boat and let us help you find crewmates. 
  • Option 2: If you want to go but need to hook up with others on the flotilla, we will help you meet some other sailors to join a boat or set up a crew.
  • Option 3: If you like the idea of learning more while you relax, consider reserving a cabin on one of the OCSC Flotilla Leader yachts. All OCSC flotilla leaders are qualified sailing instructor with years of cruising experience. They make wonderful skippers, and are perfectly willing to make the experience for you as educational as you like. In addition to your share of the charter, you have only an additional skipper fee to pay: $450 per person, double occupancy, or $900 per cabin. If you come as a single, we will work to help you find a cabin mate or you can pay for a full cabin for privacy.
Giving Back to the fragile environment we cherish

Since it’s founding, OCSC has been committed to environmental protection. We have always felt that especially since our business is built on enjoying nature, we are compelled to support organizations that work as guardians for all of us. Part of our approach has been to focus our efforts and appreciation on areas that we are privileged to visit on our bareboat flotillas.

To help this end your participation in our flotilla includes an additional contribution of $50 per person. The funds we collect are donated to an environmental protection initiative in the region we visit.

Cost of adventures and flotillas vary depending on factors like attendence, the number of people in your crew, and size of your yacht. Please inquire for trip rates and pricing.

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