Explore the best of sailing in Seychelles
Discover the pristine beauty of Seychelles on a yacht charter holiday with Zizoo. Cruise along the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean while making stops to relax on white sandy beaches and explore the island chain’s fascinating cultural, natural and historic sites, including Arulmigu Navasakti Vinayagar Temple in Victoria and the Morne Seychellois National Park.
- World-renowned, white sandy beaches
- Great seafood, culture and natural beauty
- Ideal sailing through a diverse archipelago
Seychelles International (SEZ)
Boat base locations
Capital of Victoria, Marine National Park on Curieuse, Silhouette Island Spa
Best time to sail
May – October
English, French, Seychellois Creole
Things to do and see when sailing in Seychelles
One of the main draws of a sailing holiday in Seychelles, is the unspoilt and natural beauty of the islands. Relax on secluded beaches while sailing around the pristine, uninhabited islands.
In addition to offering diverse forest and coastal landscapes for sports and relaxation, a sailing holiday in Seychelles offers visitors a wealth of historic sites and fine cuisine to discover.
Visit and explore:
- The capital of Victoria is a fascinating historical town with unique architecture including the Tempio Hindu, a pyramid temple in the centre of the city.
- Enjoy outdoor dining at The Pavilion, which serves excellent barbecue food to be enjoyed by the water.
- Also, head to the Gecko Bar or Boardwalk Bar & Grill for delicious grilled seafood and shellfish served with tropical fruits. Félicité Island Lodge is an excellent resort where you can eat, relax at the beach or go snorkeling.
Many of the islands remain well-preserved, thanks to their protected status:
- Just a stone’s throw from Mahé is the beautiful Marine National Park on Ste. Anne Island.
- Dolphins and turtles are frequently spotted around the island.
- Further out in the ocean is Curieuse, where you’ll find excellent snorkeling opportunities around the Marine National Park.
- Even above the water, the crystal clear waters will allow you to admire the huge range of exotic sea life.
- You can also go for a walk around the park and admire the breathtaking nature that surrounds you.
- Nearby, you can also visit La Digue and Silhouette and discover the minor, mostly uninhabited islands during your sailing holiday.
Boats in Seychelles
The south-easterly Indian Ocean tradewinds make May to October ideal for a sailing holiday in Seychelles, when the seas are at their calmest. Moderate wave heights of a meter or so are common within Inner Seychelles. Outer Seychelles are generally too choppy to allow for private sailing. Air temperatures up to about 30°C are common throughout the year with water temperatures in spring and early summer averaging about the same.
- Staying within the Inner Seychelles still leaves you a lot to explore, and you can be confident that the area is well mapped and provides excellent opportunities for mooring or anchorage.
- The largest rocks around these areas are generally easily visible to the eye, but do watch out as they are often not marked with buoys or lights.
- If you don’t have a license yourself, you can rent a skipper with Zizoo to navigate your boat.
- This way you can simply sit back and take in the cool breeze during your sailing holiday in Seychelles.
- Cruise along the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean while making stops to relax on white sandy beaches and explore the island chain’s fascinating cultural, natural and historic sites.
Suggested sailing route
Sail and explore:
- Mahé is an ideal base for a sailing holiday in the Seychelles.
- From the main island, you’ll be able to explore the surrounding islands at your leisure.
- A short sail northwest of Mahé is Silhouette. Silhouette is a private island that welcomes visitors with a luxurious spa, the Hilton Seychelles Labriz, great for stopping for spa treatments in between beach hopping.
- You can also visit the village of La Passe here, where you can rent a bicycle to take in as many of the local sights as possible.
- The island of Silhouette is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. In fact, over 90% of the island has been protected as a national park.
- Praslin and La Digue are not to be missed.
- From Victoria, set sail towards the country’s second-largest island of Praslin, where you’ll find the city of Grand Anse, popular for cycling around the magnificent beaches and admiring unique rock formations.
- Curieuse, just off Praslin, has the Marine National Park which is on a particularly well-protected island and offers tours of the natural scenery.
- This is the only place in the world where the highly-prized sea coconut is grown.
- In a country renowned for its gorgeous waters, there’s no better way to see Seychelles than on a boat holiday.