Cruising in the Seychelles
Sailing the Seychelles Islands is a once in a lifetime experience so book your flight to the Seychelles today. Enjoy safe moorings and easy sailing distances that will open up a breath-taking and naturally beautiful world to be explored at your own pace while sailing. Between the months of May and September, you can enjoy calm anchorages and relatively quiet landings.
From May to October you will experience the winter prevailing winds from southeast (trade winds). Despite this, temperatures are between 24 and 31 °C all year round and humidity is around 80% in any season. Rain usually falls in the late afternoon or at night. These islands are close to the equator, hence the length of day and nights are roughly equal. The sun rises at 6:00 a.m. and sets at 18.00 p.m.
|Mid-April to mid-May||Varies from North-East to South-East.|
|June||Slight predominance of South-East winds|
|July||South-East winds clearly dominant (10 to 25 knots)|
|August||High prevalence of South-East winds. Low risk of encountering strength 7 or more (1% of observations)|
|September / October||East to South-East dominance|
|November||Quick change of time. East/South-East turning North-West|
|December / January||South-East turning to North-West dominant. Short passages North or North-East|
|February / March||North-West largely dominant, 10-20 knots, weakening of closure|
|April||Gradual return East/South-East|
Victoria is the only port where you can make the entry clearance and departure. Vessels entering or leaving the Victoria Harbour must always establish contact through VHF (channel 16) to reach the "Harbour Master" and declare their departure or arrival by indicating the name of the boat and the number of people on board.
You should also note that access to some islands are prohibited, some require specific landing conditions and anchoring at night is prohibited in some coves. It is strictly forbidden to anchor on coral reef and to discharge sewage at sea.
Cruising around Islands
Visits to, and between, the nearby islands of Mahé, Praslin, La Digue and their neighbours can be made relatively easily. Mahé is the only island in the archipelago where you will come across boat hirers.
Stocking up on food and water on islands further out such as Desroches, Farquhar and Aldabra can sometimes pose problems, as 99% of the population lives on the nearby islands. Since the protection of flora, fauna and underwater is very well observed in the Seychelles, you will not be allowed to visit the other islands without having at least one authorised person on board.
The smaller islands of Cerf, Moyenne, Round and Ste Anne are situated just off Mahé’s eastern coast in a marine park, whilst Conception Island and Thérèse can be found to her west. Further in the north-west distance lies Silhouette and its close neighbour North Island. Do not miss a visit to those wonderful gems scattered on the paradisiacal Indian Ocean!
Tips for amateur sailors
It’s advisable to keep your belongings concealed in a sports bag and to carry light clothes, swimsuit, pants and a light sweater for the evenings or outings. Ensure that you wear waxed, closed shoes with soft soles (i.e. tennis shoes. In addition, bring sunglasses, a T-shirt, high SPF level of protection sunscreen, possibly hiking shoes to enjoy walks in the lush vegetation and bug repellent. Do not forget your personal pharmaceuticals in sufficient quantity for the duration of your stay and avoid drugs that cause drowsiness.