11 Days Mahe to Mahe – Seychelles

price from £8,010

Duration 11 Days

Departure 12 Oct 2018

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It’s home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises

With two days anchored off UNESCO World Heritage Site Aldabra, this voyage weaves magical experiences with culture and tradition. Against a backdrop of stunning wildlife above and below the water, marvel at the verdant and rare Coco-de-Mer palms with their enormous fan-shaped fronds. With expert leaders on hand to inform you, this journey is truly an explorer’s dream.

INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE FARE

  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI* throughout the ship
  • Onboard Gratuities

Cruise Ship

Silversea’s loyal following of adventure travellers can now explore the remote archipelagos of the vast Pacific aboard the sleek, 120-guest Silver Discoverer cruise ship. She’s the perfect platform for viewing these untamed landscapes, with all ocean-view suites and plenty of deck space so that a breaching whale or a pod of dolphins is always within sight. Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs, guests can land on isolated shores and explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems, up-close and in-depth

GUESTS: 120
CREW: 96
LENGTH: 338 Feet / 102.9 Meters

Your Route

Sey Cruise

Cruise itinerary

MAHE

Friday 12 Oct Depart: 6:00 PM

 

Like jade-coloured jewels in the Indian Ocean, the more than 100 Seychelles Islands are often regarded as the Garden of Eden. Lying just four degrees south of the equator, the Seychelles are some 1,000 miles (1,610 km) from the nearest mainland Africa. Little more than 200 years ago, all 115 islands were uninhabited. Then in 1742 a French ship dispatched from Mauritius sailed into one of the small bays. Captain Lazare Picault was the first to explore these unnamed islands. He encountered breathtaking vistas of rugged mountains, lagoons, coral atolls, splendid beaches and secluded coves. After Picault sailed away, the islands remained untouched for the next 14 years.

DESROCHES Seychelles

Saturday 13 Oct Arrive: 10:00 AM , Depart: 4:00 PM

 

This coral island stands majestically on a submerged atoll of the same name, 120 nautical miles south-west of Mahe in the Amirantes group. Desroches rises 3,000 meters out of the clear blue sea, boasting an abundant fish life and surrounded by approximately 50 nautical miles of reef to explore. The island has a coconut plantation and small agricultural settlement and enjoys a similar weather pattern as the rest of Seychelles in general, sunny all year round, with occasional warm showers. Descended from the original French and British settlers and their African slaves, the Seychellois mixture has also been enriched by traders from India and China as well as Arabs, all intermingling to produce a multi-faceted community.

DAY AT SEA

Sunday 14 Oct

 

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

ALDABRA Seychelles

From Monday 15 Oct to Tuesday 16 Oct Arrive: 10:30 AM , Depart: 6:00 PM

 

Part of the Outer Islands of the Seychelles, Aldabra is reputedly the world’s second-largest atoll and has been described as “one of nature’s treasures” and a “sanctuary”. The inner lagoon teems with marine life like eagle rays and sea turtles. It is possible to snorkel and drift along with the tide passing in or out of the lagoon as massive numbers of fish come and go through the same channels. Narrow channels between fossilized coral islands are fringed in mangrove forests supporting large colonies of nesting boobies and Great Frigatebirds. Its distinctive island fauna includes the Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea).

Wednesday 17 Oct Arrive: 6:00 AM , Depart: 12:30 PM

 

Named for a 15th century Portuguese navigator, Cosmoledo is a large coral atoll that is part of the Aldabra group of atolls in the Seychelles. Cosmoledo itself has more than 20 small islands and islets and has been repeatedly used by humans for guano exploitation, harvesting of local resources and fishing. Abandoned in 1992, the islands not only have recovered naturally, but a conservation organization has tried to eradicate introduced species. Cosmoledo is an Important Bird Area and is home to the Indian Ocean’s largest colony of Red-footed Boobies, the Seychelles’ largest colony of Sooty Terns, as well as Black-naped Terns, Crested Terns and Red-tailed Tropicbirds.

Terns, as well as Black-naped Terns, Crested Terns and Red-tailed Tropicbirds.

Thursday 18 OctArrive: 7:30 AM , Depart: 12:30 PM

 

The Farquhar Group of islands is located approximately 400 miles west of Mahe Island (where Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, is located). The most prominent of the Farquhar Group is the Farquhar Atoll, which looks somewhat like a fishing hook from the sky; some have referred to it as a seahorse with its arched neck and a curved tail. The sparse inhabitants of the two main islands of the atoll (Farquhar North and Farquhar South) are rarely visited but welcoming. Hawksbill and green sea turtles come to the atoll for nesting, and several of the Farquhar Group’s islands are Important Bird Areas. Goelettes, the southernmost of the atoll’s islets, holds Sooty Terns, Brown Noddies and Black-naped Terns.

Friday 19 Oct Arrive: 7:30 AM , Depart: 5:00 PM

A part of the archipelago and country of Seychelles, located east of Kenya and north-northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, Alphonse is a natural paradise. The arc-shaped island is covered in gracious white beaches and crystalline water, along with many natural resources. A population of fewer than 100 residents mainly works in a small resort, or takes care of the island’s farming and fishing; diving and sports fishing are the island’s main attraction. Despite the presence of people, Wedge-tailed Shearwaters breed on Alphonse and hawksbill and green sea turtles nest here.

Saturday 20 OctArrive: 6:00 AM , Depart: 2:30 PM

St. Joseph Atoll is located some 250km (155 miles) southwest of Mahé, which is the largest of the Seychelles. The remote Indian Ocean atoll is comprised of just over a dozen islands, and St. Joseph Island is the largest with an area of over 400 hectares (1000 acres). Only a few contract workers engaged in harvesting copra and fishing presently live on St. Joseph. The atoll’s lagoon is home to a massive population of stingrays and a healthy number of turtles. Giant blue mud crabs migrate from the depths of the lagoon onto the surrounding flats with the high tides

Sunday 21 OctArrive: 6:00 AM , Depart: 12:30 PM

Forty kilometres (25 miles) northeast of Mahé, Praslin is just a 15-minute flight or 45-minute ferry ride away. Praslin, at 11 km (7 miles) long and 4 km (2.5 miles) wide, is the second-largest island in the Seychelles. First settled as a hideaway by pirates and Arab merchants, the island’s original name, Isle de Palmes, bears testament to its reputation as home of the Vallée de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site: the only place in the world where the famous Coco de Mer, the world’s heaviest nut, grows abundantly in the wild. Praslin’s endemic palm forests shelter many rare species, and the island is a major bird-watching destination.

Sunday 21 OctArrive: 2:00 PM , Depart: 11:30 PM

La Digue is the fourth largest inhabited island of the Seychelles (though only 5 km [3 miles] long and 3 km [2 miles] wide), and the real deal when it comes to a laid-back tropical paradise. Only 6.4 km (4 miles) from Praslin (about a 15- to 30-minute ferry ride) and 43 km (27 miles) from Mahé, little la Digue nonetheless feels a world away. With no natural harbor, La Digue is protected by a coral reef, which, together with masses of colossal pink granite boulders, encircle and protect the island. Streets here hum the quiet rhythm of local life: a melody of ox-carts and bicycles, paths shaded by flowers and lush vegetation, and old colonial-style houses that speak of times past.

Monday 22 OctArrive: 5:30 AM , Depart: 12:30 PM

Pristine and uncrowded, Aride is the northernmost island of the granitic Seychelles. The island hosts one of the most important seabird populations in the Indian Ocean with more breeding species than any other island in Seychelles. Eighteen species of native birds (including five only found in the Seychelles) with over one million seabirds breed on Aride, including the world’s largest colonies of Lesser Noddy and Tropical Shearwater, the world’s only hilltop colony of Sooty Terns and the western Indian Ocean’s largest colony of Roseate Tern. This is also the only breeding colony of Red-tailed Tropicbirds east of Aldabra and huge numbers of Brown Noddy, White Tern and Wedge-tailed Shearwater can be found

Monday 22 OctArrive: 2:15 PM , Depart: 11:30 PM 

This small granitic island lies serenely off the north-west coast of Praslin and since 1979 has been declared a Marine National Park. Originally called Isle Rouge in 1744 by French explorer Lazare Picault because of its large areas of bare red soil, the island was renamed Curieuse in 1768 after the expeditionary ship sent by Marc-Joseph Marion Dufresne to explore Praslin and its surrounding islands. For all Curieuse’s beauty, there is sadness in its past. During the 19th and early 20th centuries the island was home to leper colonies, and ruins of the old settlement still stand along the southern coast.

Tuesday 23 OctArrive: 6:30 AM

Like jade-coloured jewels in the Indian Ocean, the more than 100 Seychelles Islands are often regarded as the Garden of Eden. Lying just four degrees south of the equator, the Seychelles are some 1,000 miles (1,610 km) from the nearest mainland Africa. Little more than 200 years ago, all 115 islands were uninhabited. Then in 1742 a French ship dispatched from Mauritius sailed into one of the small bays. Captain Lazare Picault was the first to explore these unnamed islands. He encountered breathtaking vistas of rugged mountains, lagoons, coral atolls, splendid beaches and secluded coves. After Picault sailed away, the islands remained untouched for the next 14 years.

Suites and Fares

Medallion Suite

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.

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Veranda Suites

A Silversea signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony with patio furniture. Veranda Suites lavishly accommodate three guests.

Fares From (per guest)£ 12,900

£11,610 WITH EARLY BOOKING BONUS

Vista Suite

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.

Fares from (per guest)£ 11,500

£ 10,350 WITH EARLY BOOKING BONUS

View Suite

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cosy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.

Fares from  £ 10,000 (per guest)

£ 9,000 WITH EARLY BOOKING BONUS

Explorer Suite

As spacious as an Explorer Suite, enjoy the passing scenery through two porthole windows. An enchanting retreat, Explorer Suites exude cosy opulence and a cushy seating area perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.

Fares from (per guest) £ 8900£

£8100 WITH EARLY BOOKING BONUS

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