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Sailing Seychelles: 3 Minute Guide to Sailing Seychelles

December 3, 2017

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TSN presents a quick 3 minute guide to Sailing Seychelles


Sailing the Seychelles Islands, for many, is a once in a lifetime experience. Sailing the Seychelles Island, for everyone who has had the pleasure, is a magical and enriching experience. Here, enjoy safe moorings and easy sailing distances that will open up a world of diversity and breath-taking, natural beauty to be explored at your own pace while sailing. The best time to sail in the Seychelles is between May and September. During this period, you will enjoy calm anchorages and relatively quiet landings. .

A short distance from the capital island of Mahé are a host of other granitic island's within short sailing distances. There are also two coral islands in the Inner Island Group. They are Denis Island and Bird Island. Sailing around the Seychelles’ Inner Islands offers miles of scenic coastline with safe anchorages and over 65 beaches on Mahe alone as well as many secret coves and grottoes.

The Climate

The Seychelles are outside the cyclone belt. From May to October you will experience the winter prevailing winds from southeast (trade winds). Despite this, temperatures are between 24 and 31 °C all year and humidity is around 80% in any season. Rain usually falls in the late afternoon or at night. These islands are close to the equator, hence the length of day and nights are roughly equal. The sun rises at 6:00 a.m. and sets at 18.00 p.m.

Cruising around the Islands

The islands that can be visited most easily are the nearby islands (Mahé, Praslin, La Digue and their neighbours). Mahé is the only island in the archipelago where you will come across boat hirers. The other islands are quite far from Mahé (120 miles to Desroches, the first island of the Amirante Islands, 450 miles to 600 miles - Farquhar and Aldabra).

In addition to this, stocking on food and water on those farther islands can pose problems since 99% of the population lives on the nearby islands. We should not omit the fact that since the protection of flora, fauna and underwater is very well respected in the Seychelles, you will not be allowed to visit the other islands without having at least one authorized person on board. Nearby islands are mainly of granitic formation whereas the others are of coral origin.



Cruise the waters around Mahé, the island offers memorable sailing opportunities with 44 miles of picturesque coastline that features safe anchorages, over 65 beaches and a host of secret coves and romantic hideaways.
Breathtaking bays include those of Beau Vallon, Baie Ternay, Port Launay, Anse à la Mouche, Anse Soleil, Baie Lazare, Intendance and Anse Royale. If you want more intimacy, you will find refuge in more secret coves which include Anse Major, Anse Jasmin, Anse Du Riz, and Petit Anse.

The smaller islands of Cerf, Moyenne, Round and Ste Anne lie just off Mahé’s eastern coast in a marine park and Conception Island and Thérèse can be found to her west. Further in the north-west distance lies Silhouette and its close neighbour North Island. Do not miss a visit to those wonderful gems scattered on the paradisiacal Indian Ocean!

And remember, Taylor Smith Naval Services Seychelles, located on Mahé Island, is at your service for any spares, repairs and maintenance needs, as well as offering lift and launch and mooring.



If you have any questions, or would like to find out how we can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us today!



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