The Seychelles is an exceptional destination for luxury yacht charter holidays at any time of the year, whether going on an extended summer holiday or seeing in the New Year to the tranquil sounds of nature under starry night skies. With the current challenging worldwide Coronavirus situation, it can be hard to find the right place to escape to for a well-deserved holiday, where you can truly relax and forget about your worries, but Seychelles could just be the right solution for you!
Head off and uncover some of the region’s best dive sites with your experienced and professional crew, then return to a savoury lunch prepared by a chef capable of catering to all dietary requirements on board. Fish, snorkel or play on the water toys over crystal clear waters, or soak up the sunshine from the onboard sunbeds or the beautiful white sand beaches throughout the region.
Contained Private Environment Onboard
The Seychelles currently has a low rate of Covid-19 infections, and a luxury yacht is a contained environment where both guests and crew can stay isolated from everyone onshore. With transport, accommodation, meals and entertainment all available onboard, all you need to worry about is where you want to go next.
Mahé & La Digue
Arrive on Mahé using the international airport and avoid the crowds with private transport ready and waiting to take you to the marina. Once this has been taken care of, you’re free to enjoy the white sand beaches and extraordinary swimming spots on your very own private luxury yacht charter. As the main island, Mahé also has some of the best shopping and nightlife, however, it’s also possible to spend the entire week onboard, enjoying the amenities and avoiding crowds altogether. Saint-Anne Marine National Park is just north from the Mahé marina and an immediate taste on your first day of the wonders to come: Spot clownfish, butterflyfish and manta rays as you swim over reefs anchored in transparent turquoise waters.
Scuba divers and snorkelers prioritise La Digue on a luxury yacht charter because of its diverse and colourful wildlife at easily accessed sites. Swim with black-tipped reef sharks and turtles while myriad vibrant fish swarm by. The island is also the home of the black paradise flycatcher, one of the world’s rarest birds, and orchids line the forest paths.
Silhouette Island is remote even amongst Seychelles, and a great destination for those looking for complete tranquillity in nature. Visitors will be lost for choice when it comes to picking just one beach for the day, and the clear waters reveal colourful fish and beautiful reefs. Learn about the island history at the Dauban plantation museum and family home.
Bird Island & Aride Island
This aptly named island attracts migrating species including sooty terns, common noddies and fairy terns. Hawksbill turtles and green turtles swim through the shallows, making this a great destination for snorkelling, Scuba diving, kayaking and other water sports.
Similar to Bird Island, Aride Island has a reputation for attracting enchanting migrating bird species as well as being home to several endemic species: Brush warblers, magpie robins and blue pigeons to name but a few. Its location closer to Mahé makes it an easier destination to reach and there are wonderful beaches along the southern side for sunbathing and playing in the waves.
The Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve is the most popular attraction on Praslin, the second-largest island in Seychelles. Hiking trails take visitors on walks through ancient Coco de Mer palm forests which are home to many endemic species, including the national bird, the black parrot. Fond Ferdinand to the south is a great way to combine a day at the beach with a hike through the forest to enjoy hillside views.
For a romantic surprise, cruise north to the pink-tinged beaches of Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette overnight and wake to their pristine shores.
Entering the Seychelles during the pandemic
The Seychelles is accepting visitors from the 1st of October from low-risk countries (list available on the Seychelles website) along with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and the United Arab Emirates as ‘Special Status Countries’. This is to ensure these visitors that, even if the situation changes in their home country, they will not be blocked from entering the Seychelles as long as a valid negative PCR test can be produced for the whole group. In particular:
- A PCR test for COVID-19 must be done not more than 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin
- After arrival into Seychelles, the visitor must stay in a designated establishment and may not leave the premises for 5 days.
- A repeat PCR test will be performed on the 5th day. If the test result is negative, the visitor will be free to continue with his planned holiday. If the test result is positive, the visitor will be required to stay in a designated stay-safe hotel until cleared by the Public Health Authority.
These procedures may be subject to change, and visitors can keep up to date with the latest information and requirements on the Seychelles Tourism and Health websites.
For more information on the incredible luxury yachts available in the region and example itineraries, contact CharterWorld.