Destination Area: Africa & Seychelles
Length: 7 NIGHTS
Vessel: Sea Shell


Departs:

Port Victoria, Seychelles on December 4, 2010

Returns:

Port Victoria, Seychelles on December 11, 2010


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8 Day Voyage Around the Seychelles

Join the crew of the Sea Shell for 8 days of sailing around the Seychelles. Ports of call include: Praslin, La Digue, Grande Soeur, Booby Island, Curieuse Island, and Mahe.

SV Sea Shell is a 2-masted, gaff-rigged, topsail schooner, with 5,500 square feet of sail, measuring 118 feet in length, 21 feet in beam, and her draf ...

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Port Victoria, Seychelles
Port Victoria is the capital city of the Seychelles and is situated on Mahé island, the main island of the Seychelles archipelago. The city was first established as the seat of the British colonial government. Victoria is served by Seychelles International Airport (completed in 1971.) The principal exports of Victoria are vanilla, coconuts, coconut oil, tortoise shell, soap, and guano. Attractions in the city include a clock tower modeled on that of Vauxhall Clock Tower in London, England, the Courthouse, the Victoria Botanical Gardens, the Victoria National Museum of History, the Victoria Natural History Museum and the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. The inner harbor lies east of the town, and is a center for tuna fishing and canning.

Praslin Island, Seychelles
Praslin Island, the second largest island is home to Vallée de Mai, an imposing 45-acre valley that was baptized as the Garden of Eden by General Gordon of Khartoum-fame. It is famed as the stronghold of the legendary Coco-de-Mer palm, unique to Seychelles. It bears the world's largest seed, an erotically shaped double nut. Huge shaped rocks alternate with beaches all around the island. This island lies approximately two and a half hours by schooner, one hour by fast ferry or 15 minutes by air from Mahé.

Praslin is the home to the Seychelles Black Parrot, Blue Pigeon and Bulbul, three of the world's rarest birds. It is perhaps most famous, however, for the indescribably beautiful Vallée de Mai, a magnificent forest of palms and other rare flora and fauna, where the unique double nutted coco-de-mer palm grows in abundance. Beaches are of glorious white sand and dramatic boulders. With its rich diversity Praslin offers an unforgettable experience. You will have a chance to see the unique Coco-de-Mer in the world famous Vallée de Mai National Park, during a one hour nature trail by foot, followed by a chance to swim or sunbath on a beautiful beach.


La Digue Island, Seychelles
La Digue Island is the third largest of the Seychelles’ granite island group. It is one of the most beautiful islands of the Seychelles, and is considered amongst the most picturesque in the world, with giant, naturally sculptured granite boulders, stately green palms, brilliant white sand and turquoise waters. Eagle’s Nest Mountain encompasses most of the middle of the island. The predominant forms of transportation are traditional ox-carts or bicycles. In fact, one of the best ways to experience the island is to rent a bicycle and ride around La Digues’s beautiful coastline.

The island is a virtually untouched natural paradise, ideal for nature lovers. The Veuve Nature Reserve is home to some of the few remaining Black Paradise Flycatchers in the world. You can also see exotic species such as large land crabs and palm spiders. La Digue is surrounded by a coral reef that protects its waters and is home to exotic and colorful marine life, great for snorkeling.

Of historical interest is the Chateau St. Cloud, dating back to the days of the Napoleonic Empire. At l’Union is an authentically restored coconut plantation house.


Grande Soeur Island, Seychelles
Grande Sœur is one of the granitic islands of the Seychelles, covered with dense forest, pink granite rocks and coconut trees descending towards two magnificent white sand beaches and splendid turquoise waters. Protected by a coral reef barrier, SCUBA and snorkeling are fantastic in clear luminous water. You can swim among friendly colorful fish and sea turtles.

Booby Island
Booby Island is an excellent SCUBA site and in season offers opportunities to view large rays and whale sharks.

Curieuse Island, Seychelles
Curieuse is a small island, about 1.2 miles in length, 0.6 miles in width, and rising to about 550 feet. It was named in 1767 by explorer Marion Dufresne after one of his ships. In the early to mid-1800's, Curieuse was used as a leper colony, and the resident doctor's house has been made into a museum. The island at one point was virtually entirely covered by Coco de Mer trees, many of which were cut down. The surviving palms cluster in river ravines and a few rocky slopes. Curieuse is one of only two islands where the Coco de Mer grows.

Curieuse and the surrounding area are a Marine National Park, and strictly protected by the Marine Parks Authority. Bird species include the Bulbul, Fairy Terns and the Sunbird. There is an effort underway to rehabituate Giant Tortoises to the island, bringing them from Aldabra Island.


Mahe, Seychelle Islands
Mahé is the largest island of the Seychelles: 20 miles by 5 miles, and is the most populated island with 90% of the Seychelles population (about 80,000 people). It is home to the capital, Victoria, the main port and the International Airport.

This spectacular island is dominated by huge mountains (Morne Seychellois at 2,970 feet)with forested peaks and incredible views, and is covered by lush tropical vegetation, as well as coconut palm and cinnamon plantations. The Botanical Gardens boast wonderful orchids, unique coco-de-mer palms, and giant tortoises. Seventy-five beaches with beautiful, powdery soft, white sand, surrounded by coral reefs, are scattered around the island.

Victoria, the capital, offers crafts and art gallery shopping, a vivid and lively fruit market, and several Creole restaurants.


Port Victoria, Seychelles
Port Victoria is the capital city of the Seychelles and is situated on Mahé island, the main island of the Seychelles archipelago. The city was first established as the seat of the British colonial government. Victoria is served by Seychelles International Airport (completed in 1971.) The principal exports of Victoria are vanilla, coconuts, coconut oil, tortoise shell, soap, and guano. Attractions in the city include a clock tower modeled on that of Vauxhall Clock Tower in London, England, the Courthouse, the Victoria Botanical Gardens, the Victoria National Museum of History, the Victoria Natural History Museum and the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. The inner harbor lies east of the town, and is a center for tuna fishing and canning.

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