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Join PES and sail for 7 nights through the topaz waters of the Indian Ocean to the tropical paradise of the Seychelles, where idyllic beaches, lush emerald mountains, and UNESCO-protected wildlife reserves await.
Cruise Itinerary Highlights:
All-Inclusive Cruise Package:
|Day 1||Mahé / Eden Island Marina||Embark||5:45 pm|
|Sainte Anne Island||6:45 pm||Overnight|
|Day 2||Sainte Anne Island||12:30 pm|
|Cousin Island||2:00 pm||6:00 pm|
|Day 4||Praslin||6:30 am|
|La Passe, La Digue||7:30 am||6:00 pm|
|Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island||7:00 pm||Overnight|
|Day 5||Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island||Overnight|
|Day 7||Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island||7:00 am|
|Aride Island||8:00 am||1:00 pm|
|Cruise Big Sister, Felicite, Mariene Island|
|Day 8||Mahé / Victoria Harbor||7:00 am||2:00 pm|
|Mahé / Eden Island Marina||4:00 pm||Overnight|
|Day 9||Mahé / Eden Island Marina||Disembark|
Mahé / Eden Island Marina, Seychelles
Here, where the luxuriant garden jewels of the Indian Ocean lie and where exotic trees edge beaches of fine white sand, is Mahé. It is a mere 17 miles long and less than five miles wide. Coconut plantations surround its majestic granite peaks which rise to a height of 3,000 feet.
Mahé was uninhabited until the French arrived in 1768, and today this culture remains predominant despite over 180 years of British rule. Although Victoria itself contains somewhat limited attractions, there is a certain quaint charm in the tin roofs and board verandas of its architecture. The true magnificence of the Seychelles lies beyond city limits, as you explore these islands’ stunning natural beauty.
Sainte Anne Island, Seychelles
Seen from afar, St. Anne is a small emerald on a sapphire sea. Coming closer, palm trees shade idyllic sandy beaches and a luxury resort invites drinks and lounging by the pool. Look even closer and you’ll discover cinnamon growing wild on verdant hillsides and sea turtles nosing around their favorite nesting site. Once a commercial whaling outpost and later a World War II gun battery, the island today offers peace and tranquility for people who enjoy the scenery and wildlife that enjoys protection by the St. Anne Marine National Park.
Cousin Island, Seychelles
Cousin Island is a green ink-dot in the Indian Ocean, about one mile from Praslin and a fair distance from anything ordinary in a today’s working world. Here, birds rule the roost. Declared a special reserve in 1975, the island is the last holdout for the Seychelles warbler, a bird driven nearly to extinction with only 26 or so individual birds left in 1959. Today, they number some 3,000, a tribute to conservation. As you might expect from a haven for winged creatures, Cousin Island also is a paradise for nature-loving humans, with dense woodland, a rocky southern coast and sandy beaches encircling almost the entire isle.
A small harbor town located on a wide bay, Baie St. Anne is where travelers depart for hops to neighboring islands Mahe, La Digue, Cousin and Curieuse. Yet much can entice visitors to dig their toes in the sand right here in Praslin, the second largest island of Seychelles and arguably tops in attractions. The island shares with its competing Seychelles destinations stunning beaches, azure seas, tangles of jungle and a trademark relaxed atmosphere. What makes Praslin unique is the Vallée de Mai, a protected forest of rare fauna, most famously the coco de mer palm, a tree that produces the world’s largest seed and palm flower. The grove is one of Seychelles’ two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has been aptly called the Garden of Eden. Also found on Praslin are three of the world’s rarest birds, the Seychelles black parrot, blue pigeon and bulbul. On the other end of the island lies Anse Lazio, considered one of the archipelago’s best beaches.
La Passe, La Digue
The fourth largest island in Seychelles, La Digue is the home to the sleepy tropical port of La Passe, where the only means of transport include bicycles and ox carts. La Digue is a tranquil and relaxed island perfect for snorkeling, diving, hiking and birdwatching.
Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles
The wonders begin the moment you reach the shores of Baie Laraie or Laraie Bay, where hundreds of giant hump-head parrotfish, some nearly four feet long, can be seen in the harbor’s waters. Beyond, the flora is exceptional. Only on this isle and neighboring Praslin do coco de mer palms grow, trees that produce the world’s largest seed and largest palm flower. A boardwalk extends from Baie Laraie to Anse Saint Jose, winding through the island’s mangrove forests to introduce trekkers to fascinating habitat. Low-slung branches of giant takamaka trees reach out over sandy beaches and the very soil of the island, red in color, contrasts with green vegetation. Curieuse Island is known for its giant tortoises. Native to this and other Seychelles islands, the tortoise had once been virtually wiped out. Thanks to a conservation program, the reptiles have been reintroduced to the island. Today, you can see tortoises roaming freely and gathered at the park rangers’ headquarters.
Aride Island, Seychelles
Aride Island may as well be called Bird Island, as it is one of the most important seabird habitats in the Indian Ocean, if not the world. There are more breeding species on Aride than on any other island in Seychelles. Eighteen species of native birds, including five found only in the archipelago, reproduce on this tiny, eyelash of an isle. Indeed, while its bird population is vast, Aride’s size is petite, at only one mile long and under half a mile wide. Its human population is even smaller: only rangers, conservation officers and a few volunteers live here.
Big Sister, Felicite, Mariane Island
Situated east of the larger island of Praslin, the isles of Big Sister, Felicite and Marianne are petite gems in the string of 115 jewels that make up the Seychelles archipelago. Only a few of these Indian Ocean islands are inhabited, leaving a delicate (and gorgeous) ecosystem of tropical flora, time-worn rocks and pristine beaches largely undisturbed. Naturally, you will step ashore on some islands to explore their treasures; other times, you will sail past and amid these granitic outposts to take in the scenery from your Crystal yacht. Fix your eye and camera on the turquoise waters and lushly carpeted mountains of these splendid islands, ranked among the best in the world for diving, snorkeling, beach combing and simply leaving the rest of the world behind.
The capital city of Victoria lies on Mahé, the largest of the 115 Seychelles islands. These are the luxuriant garden jewels of the Indian Ocean where exotic trees edge beaches of fine white sand. Mahé is a mere 17 miles long and less than five miles wide. Coconut plantations surround its majestic granite peaks which rise to a height of 3,000 feet.
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