The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world’s oceanic divisions and is bounded by Asia on the north, on the west by Africa, on the east by Australia, and on the south by the Antarctica. It is named after the country of India. The Indian Ocean provides major sea routes connecting the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia with Europe and the Americas. An estimated 40% of the world’s offshore oil production comes from the Indian Ocean and it carries a heavy traffic of petroleum from the oil fields of the Persian Gulf and Indonesia.
The most popular yacht charter destination in the Indian Ocean is the Seychelles presenting wonderful weather all year round, beautiful blue skies and glorious warm temperatures with an average temperature of 27°C, and a range from 24°C to 32°C making it perfect beach weather.
Looking for paradise? This is it! A Seychelles Yacht Charter offers a tropical utopia, with white-sand beaches backed by lush palm forests and lapped at by warm, azure waters.
Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean consisting of 115 islands. Seychelles lies 900Nm east of Kenya in Africa, 1000 Nm north of the islands of Mauritius and Reunion and 600 Nm from Madagascar. Seychelles has the smallest population of any African state with a population of 90,000. The earliest recorded sighting by Europeans took place in 1502 by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama who found the island uninhabited. A transit point for trade between Africa and Asia, the islands were occasionally used by pirates until the French began to take control starting in 1756. The islands were named after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, Louis XV’s Minister of Finance. Britain took full control in 1814 at the Treaty of Paris and Seychelles became a crown colony in 1903. Independence was granted in 1976 as a republic within the Commonwealth and in the 1970s, Seychelles became “the playground for the rich and famous”.
Capital : Victoria
Official languages : French, English, Seychellois Creole
Area : 459 km2
Currency : Seychellois rupee (SCR)
Time zone : (UTC+4)
Calling code : +248
Seychelles Yacht Charter “Must Do”
Mahé is the largest island, and home to 65,000 people. The finest beach has to be Anse Major, in the north-west, accessible only by foot or boat offering great snorkelling. Mahe has the highest mountain ranges in the Seychelles and the world’s smallest capital, Victoria. For a souvenir, visit the Michael Adams art gallery, Seychelles’ most famous artist, at Anse aux Poules Bleues (www.michaeladamsart.com). Morne Seychellois national park is home to thick coastal mangroves and woodland, as well as the country’s highest peak, the Morne Seychellois which is ideal for a hike. Saturday is the best day to visit the Victoria market to buy fresh fruits, local spices and shop for souvenirs.
LA DIGUE ISLAND
Bathe on white sands beneath granite rock formations at Anse Source d’Argent, the best beach. Other good places to swim are Petite Anse, with its large smooth boulders. La Digue’s west coast, south of La Passe, is ideal for snorkelling as it is protected by a reef.
Praslin is one of only two islands in the world where you will find the Coco de Mer palm tree. Visit Vallée de Mai nature reserve (open 8am-5.30pm) to marvel at this rare tree with its odd-shaped nuts, the largest seed in the plant kingdom.
A speck about 6km off the west coast of Praslin, Cousine Island is owned by a South African businessman, who has embarked on an intensive conservation programme to restore it to its original state. Thousands of indigenous trees have been planted, and endangered magpie robins have been introduced to share the island with thousands of nesting birds. Much of the rocky island is out of bounds to visitors.
There are wonderful walks through lush jungle, with granite outcrops and along white-sand beaches. Away from the resort, the rest of the island is given over to conservation projects.
Seychelles Yacht Charter Tourist Information
Seychelles is a visa-free country meaning that there are no visa requirements for any person wishing to travel to this country. Please see:
Seychelles Health and Safety Advice
Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) (Aéroport de la pointe Larue) is near Victoria on the island of Mahé.
Seychelles Yacht Charter Weather
Seychelles’ present wonderful weather all year round, beautiful blue skies and glorious warm temperatures with an average temperature of 27°C, and a range from 24°C to 32°C making it perfect beach weather. The driest months are between May and September, with the wettest weather from November to January. Rain showers tend to last just a couple of hours, and are often localised to one island or even just one area of an island. The hottest months are from March to May and the cooler, breezier time will be from July to October. Sailing is great all year round, though the stronger winds between May and October may offer more exciting conditions for some, while those looking for a peaceful cruise from beach to beach might prefer conditions between October and April. The best all round underwater conditions for snorkelling and scuba diving can be found during April-May and October-November, when visibility can reach 30 metres and the water temperature can be as high as 29C.