Steve’s Soujourns Sail around the Seychelles in an A-lister Mega yacht
The Seychelles have long had a reputation as a holiday paradise all year-round destination. However, they are not as expensive to get to and stay there as you would believe. We explored the islands with Variety Cruises “Mega Yacht, Garden of Eden”. It only has 24 people onboard so it’s a bit like living the A-lister life for a week!
Earlier in the week I’d had a staring competition with a giant tortoise (it won) and haggled over a mango with a stallholder in the local market (she won too) only to find ten minutes later them growing outside with the locals picking them off the trees.
Now with the Giant Tortoise you would be forgiven for thinking I was in the Galapagos Islands but in fact they found living in the wild here too. The remoter islands are uninhabited except for the rangers who work on them. These islands have no jetties, so landing is by zodiac or a wooden boat which needs to cut through the surf to safely land on the beach. To do this the helmsmen really open the throttle to land high and dry.
It is stunning to get so close to the wildlife on these islands. Stroking a Giant Tortoise under the chin (they love it) or being inches away from a Yellow Billed Tropic Bird and her chick on her nest at the base of a tree is something that you would normally only associate with the Galapagos.
Your flight will arrive into the main island of Mahe where you can get registered taxis with their red sign on the roof to take you to your hotel or give you a tour of the island, especially through the mountains. If you want to hire a car then you’ll be delighted to know that as a legacy of the British colonial times all the islands with roads drive on the left.
The exception to this is the island of La Digue where everyone gets around by bicycle and there are plenty of places to hire them at the harbour. La Digue also has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
If you decide to take an island cruise holiday, then do make sure you have time to explore Victoria first. One of the world’s smallest, compact capital cities it’s easily walkable and we booked a day room at a local B&B as a base before we joined the yacht.
It’s a place of surprises with its mosque, intricately carved Hindu temple and a silver-painted clock tower replica of London’s Big Ben. You can explore it in a pleasant two-hour stroll.
No trip to Victoria would be complete without a stroll through its covered market. It’s a small bustling, colourful place with families and tourists all buying and soaking up the atmosphere. Alongside fresh fruit and vegetables, coconut and vanilla oils, local spices and herbs, you’ll find stalls with souvenirs and clothing with many others spreading out into the surrounding streets.
Everything closes in the city at noon to allow the Seychellois to start the weekend by heading to the beach. There are no private beaches in the islands, so you can explore as many as you wish.
Do go, you’ll love it and more to the point you’ll never forget it.
Steve explored the islands with Variety Cruises “Mega Yacht, Garden of Eden” holiday. The company specialise in mega yacht cruises to the world’s most exotic and iconic island destinations https://www.varietycruises.com/