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Seychelles Cruises

As a land of extreme beauty, many cruise to the Seychelles to sample their own slice of paradise. 

While the glorious sands, topaz waters and year-round sunshine provide every opportunity to do that across the 115 islands that form the archipelago, this Indian Ocean location also opens itself up to exciting discovery and adventure.

Separated into ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ islands, the various tropical gems all differ with the ‘inner’ islands characterised by their bayside boulders and the ‘outer’ known for the palm tree-covered bays. 

Mahé Island is the largest within the Seychelles and has transportation links to take visitors to several of the other paradisiacal locations including Praslin, La Digue and Cousin.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • The national dish of the Seychelles is fruit bat soup.
  • It’s believed a pirate buried treasure here and it’s still to be found.
  • The heaviest land tortoise named Esmeralda lives here.
  • The Seychelles inspired the James Bond novel 'For Your Eyes Only'.
  • Prince William and Princess Kate had their honeymoon here.
 

Highlights

Wildlife

As a tropical location, an array of exotic wildlife can be seen on a Seychelles cruise and while visitors are encouraged to enjoy the precious creatures, the Seychelles does work hard to protect endangered species such as the Aldabra drongo, paradise flycatcher, fody and swiftlet in its conservation centres. 

The Bay Ternay Marine Park and Marine Conservation Society give visitors the opportunity to view exotic fish, tortoises, turtles and whale sharks in a safe environment for the animal. Tortoises and turtles can also be spotted nesting on the nearby island of Sainte Anne. 

Ecotourism

If you’re a keen bird watcher, join a guided tour to seek out the elusive scops owl and white-eye owl too. Incredibly, the Seychelles magpie robin and the Seychelles warbler have both been rescued from the brink of extinction by the wildlife societies here. The national bird here is the rare Seychelles black parrot, so keep those binoculars at the ready.

 

Beaches and landscapes

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The obvious appeal of the Seychelles are the dreamy, picture-perfect beaches.

 Cruises to the Seychelles mean visitors have easy access and don’t have to venture far to bathe in the clear waters of Mahé. Anse Takamaka, Anse Intendance and Beau Vallon are among the most serene and idyllic beaches on the island.

Underneath the gentle waves, enchanting coral and underwater life make scuba diving and snorkelling popular Mahé activities. The Brissaire Rocks, Shark Bank and Joker Reef offer some of the best close-ups of gorgonians, Spanish dancers and shrimps.

Just a short drive away from Port Victoria is the Morne Seychellois, the highest point in Mahé. Here, the stunning views stretch from the mangrove forests to the enigmatic waters and back to the white sands. 

Continuing the drive inland towards Port Glaud, visitors will see ruins of an old school and a lookout which provide unparalleled views of the area, while nearby a working tea factory adds a touch more charm to the Victoria landscape.

Russian food may not be a cuisine that’s famed the world over but that makes it all the more intriguing for the food lover. 

 

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Cruises visiting Seychelles

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