Imagine paradise and you’ll probably envision a place that looks a lot like the Seychelles.

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, Seychelles
Finish
Mahe, Seychelles
Destination
Seychelles
Style
Comfort
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
YGCS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 42

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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.

Is 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.

Boats

Pegasus

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Pegasus

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Itinerary

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.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Pegasus (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Pegasus (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Silhouette Island jungle walk
  • Deck BBQ lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
On Silhouette, we will offer a choice of two walks. One will be more strenuous to reach a look out point, and the second a coastal walk on flatter ground. Please speak to the tour leader before taking part if you have any concerns.
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.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Pegasus (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Range guided walk Aride
  • Anse lazio beach visit, Praslin
  • Deck BBQ dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Landing on Aride island will be via a zodiac operated by a National Park ranger. This is a surf landing and you will get wet.
If surf conditions prevent us from landing on Aride, we will visit Cousin Island which has a huge number of breeding birds. Cousin Island has a lot of mosquitos and it is recommended to have a long sleeve shirt and light pants as well as strong insect repellent for this landing.
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.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Pegasus (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Beach BBQ
  • Curieuse ranger walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Pegasus (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The walk at Fond Ferdinand is about 2 1/2 hours and will involve some steep steps.
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.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Pegasus (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Anse Source d'Argent beach by bike or local transport
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Pegasus (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Captain's Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The adventure ends after breakfast. Disembark in Mahe.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship

Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship 7 nights

Included activities

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Silhouette Island jungle walk
  • Deck BBQ lunch
  • Range guided walk Aride
  • Anse lazio beach visit, Praslin
  • Deck BBQ dinner
  • Beach BBQ
  • Curieuse ranger walk
  • Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve
  • Anse Source d'Argent beach by bike or local transport
  • Captain's Dinner

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Important notes

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.

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.

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