Cruising the Seychelles Islands

8 Days from $3,550

START: Mahe

FINISH: Mahe

AGES: 15 - 99

THEME: Adventure Cruising

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Description

Pristine white sands lapped with dazzling turquoise waters. Swaying palms and jungle-clad hills. This remote archipelago scattered off the coast of Africa truly is a tropical paradise. Better yet, it’s not on many people’s travel lists – yet. One this eight-day adventure cruise you’ll get to explore lush mangrove forests filled with unique and wonderful wildlife, like 125-year-old giant tortoises and Seychelle warblers. Visit the expansive Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve and learn about its unusual Coco de Mer palm trees. Go birdwatching with a guide on unspoiled Aride. Visit Anse Lazio and Anse Source d'Argent, two beaches consistently rated among the most beautiful in the world. And spend plenty of time swimming, snorkelling and soaking in the stunning views. All this from your comfy home on the sea, the Pegasus. It’s everything you could want from an exotic Seychelles escape.

Start: Mahe

Finish: Mahe

Ages: 15 - 99

Theme: Adventure Cruising

Accommodation: Small Cruise Ship 7 nights

Destination: Mahe

Highlights

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It’s no exaggeration to say the beaches here are some of the most beautiful in the world. Our small ship allows us to drop anchor beside uninhabited islands and swim in bays the big cruise liners can’t reach.
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We’ll make a stop at the stunning Anse Source D’Argent on La Dique – it’s consistently rated as one of the best beaches in the world.
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While bigger cruise liners have to moor out at sea and commute into shore via tender, we’ll drop anchor in the middle of port towns like Mahe, and La Digue. You can hop on or off the boat as you please.
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The Seychelles are mainly known for their resorts, but this trip visits far-flung islands like Aride. Short distances between the islands also mean less time cruising, usually for no more than 3-4 hours at a stretch.
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Your boat comes fully equipped with kayaks and snorkelling equipment to take advantage of the crystal clear waters.

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icon check Day 1 : Mahe

Board your comfortable home on the seas, the Pegasus, at 4 pm, then set sail for Silhouette Island. After a welcome and safety briefing, get to know your new travel companions better over dinner. Spend overnight at anchor near Silhouette Island.

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Once home to pirates and plantations, today Silhouette Island is better known for its rain forest-covered hills, pristine white sand beaches and barrier reefs. Spend the morning snorkelling in this picture-perfect setting, before enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch on the ship. In the afternoon, explore the island’s wildlife-filled jungle interior on a guided walk. Keep an eye out for 125-year old giant tortoises, as well as a number of other plants and animal species unique to the island. Sail overnight to Aride.

icon check Day 3 : Aride and Anse Lazio

More than one million seabirds breed annually on Aride, making it an important island for conservation. The entire island is managed as a nature reserve so birds like Seychelles warblers, magpie robins and sunbirds, as well as a variety of other species (green turtles, hawksbill turtles and several species of geckos, to name a few) can thrive. Today you’ll go bird-spotting as you explore Aride’s unspoiled nature on a ranger-led guided walk. If you’re feeling especially active, you can go on an optional excursion to the island’s highest point for incredible views. Afterwards, depart the Seychelle’s most northerly island and head south to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Lazio (located on the island of Praslin) for an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing on the beach. Enjoy another barbecue meal on the ship and spend overnight at anchor.

icon check Day 4 : Curieuse to Baie St Anne

In the morning, set sail for Curieuse, a red-tinged island (due to its red-coloured soil) brimming with unique and oversized biodiversity. Take an optional hike with local rangers from Laraie Bay to Anse St Jose beach for a chance to see gorgeous mangrove forests, giant tortoises, a rare species of palm tree called Coco de Mer (known for their large, unusually shaped nuts) and the ruins of a former leper colony. Enjoy a barbecue on the beach, then set sail for Baie St Anne. The afternoon is yours to enjoy. Perhaps take advantage of onboard kayaks and snorkelling equipment, or you may choose to sunbath on the palm-fringed beach. Spend overnight in port.

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Enjoy a morning excursion to the Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve where you’ll learn more about the unusual Coco de Mer palm and see other unique flora and fauna on a guided jungle walk. Travel to Cote d’Or beach for a swim and lunch, then sail to Felicite or Grande Soeur Island for their underwater views. Spend time swimming in clear waters where sea turtles roam and coral reefs teeming with colourful fish can be found. Stay overnight at anchor.

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Sail to La Digue, then travel to the magnificent Anse Source D’Argent, another contender for most beautiful beach in the world. And it’s no wonder, given its powdery white sand lapped by emerald waters, glorious palm trees and unique granite boulders. You have a choice of transport here, either ride a bike, the transport of choice on the island, or travel on one of the island's open back trucks. Journey to the laid-back tropical port, La Passe, for free time to explore and perhaps try some local Creole food, then return to the beach for an afternoon swim. Spend the night at anchor.

icon check Day 7 : St Anne Island

In the morning, set sail for St Anne Island. Make the most of your final day swimming and snorkelling in this beautiful postcard-worthy location. Sit down to a captain’s dinner featuring local Creole flavours. Stay overnight at anchor.

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The adventure ends after breakfast. Disembark in Mahe.

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Meals

7 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners
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Transport

Small Cruise Ship
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Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship 7 nights
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Included Activities

  • Captain's Dinner

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Mahe Inter Island Quay

Victoria Port

Mahe

SEYCHELLES

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Mahe Inter Island Quay

Victoria Port

Mahe

SEYCHELLES

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No particular level of physical fitness is required for our adventure cruises, although you should have a good level of mobility and enjoy good health. We do ask that you read through the trip notes to ensure that this trip is right for you.

Please keep in mind that there are a number of shore excursions offered on your voyage. Some are walking tours and may involve a reasonable amount of walking over varied terrain. We recommend you bring a good pair of walking shoes or boots, carry a water bottle and don’t forget the sunscreen and hat. Depending on the excursion, disembarking the ship may be by zodiac, tender or onto a dock. Very occasionally, it will be a beach landing where you may need to wade through shallow water a short distance to reach the shore. This will be highlighted in the trip notes.

Snorkelling and fishing equipment is provided on board all of our vessels. To snorkel, we request that you consider your fitness level and your confidence in the water before taking part.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS

Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.

If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.

If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.

if a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.

Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS

Single travellers will share a twin a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge. A single passenger cannot be booked or confirmed in a double cabin unless a single supplement is paid.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS

This trip is run by our sister company, Peregrine Adventures. Your group will be a mixture of Intrepid booked passengers and other international like-minded travellers from Peregrine.

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On your voyage, as well as the ship and hospitality crew, there will be between 1 and 3 local tour leaders (depending on the total number of passengers). These leaders will be with you on board the ship, and on all included shore activities. They will have good general knowledge of the areas you are passing through including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects, as well as being able to recommend great local eating venues for your on shore meals and what you might like to do with your free time (when you're not relaxing and enjoying the ship's facilities).

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Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Your cabin has a safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables whilst on board. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

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Wifi is available on all ships at EUR15 for 200MB or EUR20 for 250MB. The coverage can be very intermittent and unreliable. On shore in most countries, you should find fast, free wifi available in cafes or restaurants. Internet connections in Cuba are very unreliable.

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As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required.

Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Currently, travellers from all countries entering the Seychelles do not require a visa. You must hold an onward ticket, have confirmed accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Requirements do change, so please check this information again, prior to your departure.

icon readmoreicon minusWhy we love it

It’s no exaggeration to say the beaches here are some of the most beautiful in the world. Our small ship allows us to drop anchor beside uninhabited islands and swim in bays the big cruise liners can’t reach.

We’ll make a stop at the stunning Anse Source D’Argent on La Dique – it’s consistently rated as one of the best beaches in the world.

While bigger cruise liners have to moor out at sea and commute into shore via tender, we’ll drop anchor in the middle of port towns like Mahe, and La Digue. You can hop on or off the boat as you please.

The Seychelles are mainly known for their resorts, but this trip visits far-flung islands like Aride. Short distances between the islands also mean less time cruising, usually for no more than 3-4 hours at a stretch.

Your boat comes fully equipped with kayaks and snorkelling equipment to take advantage of the crystal clear waters.

icon readmoreicon minusIs this trip right for you

This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with up to 41 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wifi is available for a small charge.

Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting a lot of National Parks, and you may have to cross uneven ground, sometimes in slippery conditions.

If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs on-board. Handrails are always available.

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All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. Pharmacies are well equipped in Europe and widely available, however, we recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained in some of the rural locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

There is no doctor on board for this voyage. In case of an emergency, some crew members are trained to offer basic first aid. Medical care is available in all ports we visit and our voyages are mostly cruising around coastal waters meaning we are never far from a port.

As we are mostly cruising in coastal waters, we should not regularly encounter rough waters. However, if you know you are prone to sea sickness, please ensure you bring with you appropriate medication. You must also bring with you any general medicines you may need such as pain relief along with any prescribed medications you take. A general first aid kit is also a good idea.

If you are feeling unwell, please let a member of the crew know. Travelling on a boat means that everyone is sharing the same common areas and illness can spread very quickly to your fellow travellers.

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We are able to cater for most special dietary requirements. Please advise any special dietary needs at least 4 weeks in advance of travel.

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When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need.

Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document).

The EURO is the standard currency on board. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are all accepted for settling your ship board account.

An account will be opened for your cabin for purchases aboard ship. This will include bar, laundry, communication charges and any optional activities you take part in. It is wise to travel with sufficient cash (in local currency) to pay for incidentals on your last day such as shipboard items, airports taxes and taxis.

For most of our voyages, all meals on board the ship are included as well as coffee, tea and mineral water. However, a handful of voyages are Half Board and some meals will need to be purchased ashore. Please ensure you have read the Essential Trip Information carefully and have budgeted for any meals not included.

TIPPING

While gratuities for essential services that you will receive as part of your tour package, from specialist local guides to minibus drivers, and the crew who will take care of you onboard are included as part of your tour cost, the voyage fare does not include the customary, optional gratuity for your Tour Leaders. If you are happy with the services received, EUR4-5 per passenger per day for your tour leader is an appropriate amount. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.

CURRENCY

The currency in the Seychelles is the Rupee (SCR) which is divided into 100 cents

ATM facilities exist at major banks in Mahe, Praslin and La Digue but will dispense Seychelles Rupees only. Foreign currency can be changed at banks or authorised bureau de change only. It is a criminal offence to change money with unauthorised persons. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout the Seychelles

CONTINGENCY FUNDS:

We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result there may be some extra costs involved.

The recommended amounts are listed in USD for the relatability of universal travellers, however the local currency is needed in the countries you are visiting.

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Please travel as lightly as possible so as not to restrict space in your cabin. Soft bags are more practical than hard suitcases.

The dress code on board ship is casual. You may want to bring something slightly dressier for the Captain's dinner or a theme night but as a rule, neat casual will suffice.

Swimming will be offered on most days so swimwear is essential.

Below is a suggested general packing list.

Daypack (a smaller back pack that you can take with you on shore excursions. As you will be accessing most landings via the zodiac, a waterproof day pack or stuff sack is a good idea to prevent your belongings getting wet. )

Comfortable clothing for warmer temperatures [shorts, t-shirts, light long sleeved tops and pants]

A sweater or jacket for the cooler evenings or early mornings

A light rain coat or poncho

Comfortable walking shoes for shore excursions

Sandals or thongs/flip flops/jandals

Sunscreen [bio degradable and waterproof if available] and lip balm [to combat the effects of wind burn]

Sunglasses

Sunhat [that can be secured as it can get windy out on the water]

Swimming costume

Bio-degradable shampoo, conditioner and soap

Pegs [so you can hang your swimming costume or towel out to dry]

Insect repellent

European adaptor/electrical plug for on the ship

Camera

Reef shoes for swimming from coral beaches

icon readmoreicon minusA couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden.

Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking, and expect that you’ll abide by the local laws regarding alcohol consumption.

The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronising sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.

By travelling with us you are agreeing to adhere to these rules. Your group leader has the right to remove any member of the group for breaking any of these rules, with no right of refund.

If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact section of this Essential Trip Information.

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In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local operator on the number below:

Variety Cruises: +30 6973440610

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Travelling responsibly is all about making good choices. It's about ensuring you have an incredible trip while also having a positive impact on the local environment, community and economy you're travelling in . How can you be a Responsible Traveller? See our tips below:

* Choose to travel with a responsible travel company like us! We've already offset the main carbon emissions of your trip, so your footprint is already lighter.

* Consider offsetting your flights too.

* Bring a refillable water bottle and some water purification tablets (or a Steripen) to cut down on plastic bottle waste.

* Be an animal-friendly traveller. Only go to venues that respect animals by allowing them to live normally in their natural environment. Steer clear of venues that use animals for entertainment or abnormal activities and/or keep animals in poor and unnatural conditions.

* Eat at local restaurants, buy from regional artists and support social enterprises so you can contribute directly to locals and their economy.

* Always be respectful of local customs and ask permission if you want to take a photo of someone.

* Learn a few words of the local language and engage with the people around you.

* Carry a cloth or re-usable bag so you can avoid plastic bags.

* Give back by making a donation to a local project via The Intrepid Foundation.

Share your thoughts with us by completing your feedback form after your trip. This helps us to continue to improve our commitment to responsible travel.

icon readmoreicon minusAccommodation notes

All cabins on the M/Y Pegasus are air-conditioned and have en-suites with basic amenities such as a hairdryer. They also have a satellite television, internal phone and a safe box.

Cruise:

Wifi is available on all ships at EUR15 for 200MB or EUR20 for 250MB. The coverage can be very intermittent and unreliable. On shore in most countries, you should find fast, free wifi available in cafes or restaurants. Internet connections in Cuba are very unreliable.

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Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects and covers all countries visited on your itinerary.

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As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS

Variety Cruises don't provide the option to share with a stranger on their voyages. Therefore single travellers will be charged the Single cabin price which includes a single occupancy surcharge.

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Travelling by sea is a fantastic way to explore, but it brings some challenges when weather conditions are not ideal.

The itinerary may be subject to change, based on winds and sea conditions which may render anchorage and landing at some stops difficult. We reserve the right to change the itinerary for the safety of passengers and the ship.

Shore excursions are subject to shore and weather conditions and are based on a minimum participation.

Each days' schedule will be posted by the cruise co-ordinator listing necessary information such as arrival/departure times, meal times, days activities and other information. This is given as a guideline and is subject to change.

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Small Cruise Ship 7 nights

8 Days from$3,550

START: Mahe

FINISH: Mahe

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