Seychelles Island Hopping Cruise Review
Part of my responsibilities as Product Manager here at Orbital is the unenviable task to test our cruises. So here's my review of our new 7 night island hopping cruise in the Seychelles........ off I went with snorkel in hand.
So after a long overnight Etihad flight it was great to be able to step on board and settle into our cabin. Time for a quick welcome meeting and safety drill before a short cruise of 15 minutes to Ste Anne Island for an overnight stay and our first swim stop – very refreshing after such a long journey.
We then had an introduction to the crew and the superb food that we were to have throughout the week and to meet fellow passengers, from the UK, Germany, Belgium and South Africa. There was great entertainment in the evenings from Bingo, to party nights to towel and napkin folding demonstrations! The two nights we had with Seychellois bands, singers and dancers were excellent.
The next morning we set sail to Curieuse Island, about a 3 hour cruise from Ste Anne and the longest time spent cruising between the islands. We spent the morning walking round the island meeting the giant tortoises and scratching their backs, walking through (dry) mangrove swamps and seeing crabs scuttling about. Then it was time for a BBQ under the trees and swimming and snorkelling on the beach in the afternoon.
To get to and from the islands from the Pegasus we used the zodiac (you always had to wear a life jacket) which takes 12 people at a time. The waves up against the ship could be quite choppy but the crew were superb at helping you on and off.
The next morning we visited Cousin Island which is a bird sanctuary and we were warned to put lots of mosquito repellent on. The best bit was arriving on the island: as usual we were picked up by tender from the Pegasus and then about 100m out from the island we were told to prepare ourselves for a beach landing! Yep we flew out of the water and landed right up on the beach itself - very Bondesque– fantastic! As for the mosquito repellent yes it was definitely needed but then you are literally surrounded by thousands of birds, some of which make their nests on the ground as there are no predators. I particularly liked the Fairy terns and the White-tailed tropicbirds. After the visit we cruised back to Praslin Island but couldn’t go to Anse Lazio beach as the waves were too rough. Instead we headed off to a different beach for more snorkelling. In the evening we cruised back round to the quiet side of Praslin Island and saw another beautiful sunset over the islands – incredibly peaceful and serene.
The next day Aride Island was closed so we went to Anse Lazio beach in the morning instead as the tide was out. Here we had some great snorkelling even in the shallows. After lunch we cruised around the eastern side of Praslin and moored up in Baie Ste Anne. People then got off for the Praslin excursion to the Vallée de Mai.