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Overview and history

In the heart of the Indian Ocean, there's an archipelago that makes you dream: the Seychelles.

The very symbol of travel, the Seychelles archipelago inevitably conjures up images of white-sand beaches encircled by crystal-clear water, omnipresent sunshine, exuberant nature endowed with exceptional flora and fauna, and breathtaking seabeds. This idyllic reputation is far from usurped.

Too long considered an unaffordable destination "where there's nothing to see and nothing to do" reserved for honeymooners, the Seychelles archipelago is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful journeys of a lifetime.

Catlante Catamarans invites you to discover this Eden on a cruise where your yacht will anchor near fascinating islands and islets: Praslin, Mahé, La Digue, Saint Pierre, Sainte Anne...

The Seychelles are some 115 islands occupying just 455 km2 of land in a territory of 1.5 million km2 in the middle of the western Indian Ocean, south of the equator and less than 500 km from the east coast of Africa.

41 granite islands, the inner islands, and 74 coral islets and atolls, the outer islands, make up this archipelago where the world's most beautiful beaches rub shoulders with unique, unspoilt landscapes.

Few destinations in the world can claim to offer their visitors, even today, the opportunity to discover one of the ultimate ecological paradises.

There are two main reasons why the archipelago has remained almost untouched: regulated tourism and a territory 47% of which is made up of nature reserves, protected areas and national parks. Seychelles boasts two natural sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List: the Aldabra atoll, discovered by Arab sailors as early as the 9th century, and the Vallée de Mai on the island of Praslin.

These heavenly beaches and lush natural surroundings are home to a wealth of endemic flora and fauna, the list of which is worthy of an inventory à la Prévert: 1,000 species of fish and coral, three-hundred-year-old land tortoises, more than 200 species of birds, 11 of which are found only on the archipelago, giant bats and more than 2,000 species of trees and plants, including the mythical coco de mer, known as the coco-fesse.

Before becoming this exceptional tourist destination, the archipelago had an eventful history: in the 18th century, the French colonized the Seychelles, which indirectly suffered the ravages of the French Revolution, before ceding it to the English in the 19th century. During this period, sugar, coconut and cotton production flourished. In 1976, the Seychelles became an independent republic.

These are the natural and historical treasures you'll discover on your sailing cruise: Mahé, Sainte-Anne, Praslin, Coco, La Digue, these most beautiful Seychelles islands will be your Garden of Eden for a week.

Your first port of call will be a natural sanctuary: Sainte-Anne Marine Park, a twenty-minute sail from Mahé and Ile au Cerf. Here you'll meet your new playmates: 150 species of flamboyant fish, dolphins, hawksbill turtles... In the past, whales were fished here, but today the Sainte-Anne Marine National Park is a real player in the protection of Seychelles' natural heritage.

Praslin is another not-to-be-missed stopover on your catamaran cruise, particularly for the famous Vallée de Mai, home to the famous Coco de mer palm trees.
You'll anchor in front of one of the world's most beautiful beaches: Anse Lazio.
A stopover in Praslin will give you the opportunity to enjoy magnificent walks in this vast forest of primary palms and delicious moments of idleness on immaculate white sand.
As for La Digue, its jewel is the beach of Anse Source d'Argent, with its granite boulders and leaning coconut palms.
Union Estate Park is home to a superb colonial house, the setting for one of the "Emmanuelle" films. Grande Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Coco, the three beautiful, almost deserted beaches on the windward coast, are well worth a bike ride along the island's paths.
With its postcard image typical of the Seychelles, the islet of Saint-Pierre is the ideal place for diving.
On your return to Mahé, you can relax or shop for souvenirs in the capital, Victoria.
Our planet still offers us many timeless, dreamlike and fascinating paradises: the Seychelles archipelago is one of them.

How to get there

Reach Mahe, in the Seychelles, easily

By plane
Departure on Friday and arrival on Saturday for boarding at 4 p.m.

- From France: Emirates (stopover in Dubai), Qatar Airways (stopover in Doha), Etihad Airways (stopover in Abu Dhabi), Ethiopian Airlines (stopover in Addis Ababa), Turkish Airlines (stopover in Istanbul).

- From Belgium: Emirates (stopover in Dubai), Qatar Airways (stopover in Doha), Etihad Airways (stopover in Abu Dhabi), Ethiopian Airlines (stopover in Addis Ababa), Turkish Airlines (stopover in Istanbul).

- From Luxembourg: Turkish Airlines (stopover in Istanbul).

- From Switzerland: Emirates (stopover in Dubai), Qatar Airways (stopover in Doha), Turkish Airlines (stopover in Istanbul).

Things to know before you go

CATLANTE cruises depart from Eden Island marina on Mahé every Saturday of the year.

For EU nationals: valid passport for each participant. Authorization to leave the country for minors traveling without at least one parent or legal guardian. You must apply for travel authorization three days before departure on the dedicated website: seychelles.govtas.com. It's quick and easy, costs €11 and is always granted, provided your passports are valid and your accommodation reservations have been made. An environmental protection tax of 100 SCR/day/person over 12 years of age is payable on site.

Boarding takes place at Eden Island marina, between the airport and Victoria, the capital, at 4pm. Disembarkation takes place in the morning at 8am on D+8.

Airport cabs. Approx. €30 from Victoria airport to Eden Island marina.

Luggage storage opposite the VPM office: the Semi-sub café offers luggage storage in a secure room with video surveillance. Rate: €10/case or large bag €5/luggage under 7kg

Admission to Vallée de Mai: 450 SCR (€30) on site, 410 SCR if purchased online at sif.sc/vdm, cab from the boat to Vallée de Mai: approx. 450 SCR (€30) per person - Bike rental at La Digue: 250 SCR (€17) for a classic bike (other rates for mountain bikes and electric bikes) - Admission to Union Estate for Anse Source d'Argent beach at La Digue: 115 SCR (€8)

The local currency is the Seychelles rupee: €1 = 15 SCR. This is a non-exportable currency, so you can exchange it when you arrive at the airport. The climate in the West Indies is equatorial, with very little difference between the dry season in summer and the wet season in winter. The Seychelles lie outside the cyclone belt. The official languages of Seychelles are Seychellois Creole, English and French.

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