The Seychelles' 115 islands fall under two distinct groups: the tall granite, Inner Islands and the low-lying coralline cays, atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands. They represent an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends just south of the equator and lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa.
Mahé Island is the largest island in the Seychelles and is home to the international airport and the capital, Victoria. Measuring just 17 miles by 5 miles, it has lush, tropical mountains rising to around 3000 feet. It remains unspoiled and undeveloped and exploring the island is highly recommended. The ‘wild south’ in particular features superb scenery combined with spectacular flora and fauna and pristine beaches.
Praslin is Seychelles’ second largest island. It lies 28 miles to the northeast of Mahé and measures just 7 miles by 3 miles. This island is even quieter than Mahé with an even slower pace to daily life. It features truly exquisite sandy beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. Praslin is the site of the legendary Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is where the world-renowned Coco-de-Mer, the world's largest nut, grows high on ancient 40-metre palms. A guided tour will reveal the mysteries of a twilight world that bustles with life from the carpet of leaves of the forest floor to the canopy above, inhabited by tiny frogs, lizards, chameleons, 6 species of endemic palm, and the Seychelles Black Parrot.
Close neighbour to Praslin and the fourth largest island in the Seychelles, La Digue is an island where time has stood still, with its languid pace of life, traditional architecture, and travelling by ox-cart and bicycle. La Digue's forests contain a wealth of flora and fauna in the form of delicate orchids, tumbling vines of vanilla, trees such as Indian almond and Takamaka, as well as two rare species of terrapin.
La Digue is also home to one of the world’s most photographed beaches, Anse Source d’Argent, where the combination of turquoise shallows fringed by exquisite granite rocks is simply stunning.
An island hopping cruise on board a small intimate ship is the best way to discover these islands. The cruise hops from island to island in a relaxed and unhurried pace and visits islands which will capture your senses. The islands have amazing fauna and flora; snorkel or dive to discover an underwater world; explore centuries old rainforests with unique species of wildlife and sight the rare black parrots, the world famous Coco de Mer palm trees or giant land tortoises.
Our featured cruise ship, the MY Pegasus, was built in 1990, was refurbished in 2014 and can accommodate up to 44 guests in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere.