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The Seychelles

The Seychelles is a sunny area for sailing. During the transition period you got optimum sailing conditions.

  • Few Marinas
  • Many bays and beaches
  • Sophisticated navigation
  • Different monsoon periods
  • Weak to strong winds
  • Tropical, humid climate

The Seychelles is an archipelago in the Western Indian Ocean that belongs to Africa. There are approximately 115 islands in the archipelago that are divided into Inner and Outer Islands. The most populated islands on the Inner Islands are Praslin, La Digue and the main island of Mahé. The east African coast and places such as Madagascar, Mauritius and the Comoros lie south of the Seychelles. The Inner Islands, in particular the islands of Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette, Ile du Nord, Frégate, Arid and Curieuse are the most popular places for Yachtcharter Seychelles. Most of the islands are less than 30 nautical miles apart making it comfortable to sail from one to another during the course of a day. The archipelago has some fantastic scenery. Brilliant white beaches, fringed with palm trees lead to crystal clear waters. There are idyllic coves and secluded lagoons, reefs and coral islands. The Seychelles and The National Park Vallée de Mai on Praslin is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The sailing infrastructure in the Seychelles is fairly underdeveloped and the charter area is limited to the Inner Islands. The Outer Islands can only be reached with a local guide or specially trained skipper. The best marinas can be found in Victoria on Mahé. Praslin, 25 nautical miles from Victoria, has a charter base - the Marina Baie St. Anne. The best starting point for a sailing trip is Mahé, here there are better care options, a wide choice of charter yachts and the airport is nearby. Outside the main island, there are very few places to shop or find facilities. There are also relatively high prices because many of the goods have to be imported. The supply of food is an important issue when planning a sailing trip through the Seychelles. There is a comfortable, although not cheap route on which pre-ordered food can be delivered to the yacht. It is advisable to carry plenty of supplies and to plan your trip well. In the Seychelles, you do not need a sailing license to charter a yacht, and instead fill out a proof of experience form. The navigation here requires a lot of attention as there are many reefs and shoals around the islands. In addition, the area is hardly buoyed. It is wise to study the sea charts carefully and be wary at all times. It is only possible to sail during the day and you should find a safe anchorage before dark. Within the sailing area, all of the islands have safe anchorages. Fixed bridges are rare, but many of the bays have mooring options. When anchoring pay attention to the tides, as even though the tidal range is only 30 cm, in many places there are areas of shallow water that can be dangerous at low tide.

Airports nearby The Seychelles

  • Mauritius Airport - Plaine Magnein to Port Victoria: 9,2 km, 11 minutes
  • Mauritius Airport - Plaine Magnein to Male: 9,2 km, 11 minutes
  • Praslin Airport to Bleu Marina: 10,8 km, 13 minutes
  • Seychelles International Airport to Eden Island Marina: 6,8 km, 7 minutes
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Climate & Weather in The Seychelles

The Seychelles has a tropical climate. During the year, the daily temperatures vary between 25 and 30 °C, and it stays warm at night. The water temperature is 26 °C and the humidity is always more than 80%. The sun shines for about 12 hours a day. There are two monsoon periods and in between a one-month transition period. From December to mid-March there is the monsoon from the northwest, and the wind speed is about 10 to 15 knots. It is accompanied by rain showers and temperatures above 30 °C. After the winter monsoon, a windless transition period follows in April and at this time the sea is calm. From May to September there is the stormy period with the southeast monsoon. With a speed of 20 to 25 knots, the summer monsoon in August makes rough and uncomfortable seas. The next windless transition period is from October to November. The Seychelles are outside the hurricane zone so severe storms are rare. The best times to sail are during the transitional periods when conditions are good. The calm waters and pleasant winds are ideal.