Seychelles: Blue Safari

Explore crystal-clear waters and encounter abundant wildlife in the virtually untouched landscape of the Seychelles Islands, home to some of the most diverse marine life on earth. More than just a picture-perfect paradise, this safari offers a wide range of activities to keep everyone entertained, providing the perfect combination of adventure, wildlife and relaxation.

Itinerary Summary

Duration
12 Days
Price
When
Nov - Apr
Destination
Seychelles
Type
Tailor-Made
Duration Price When Destination Type
12 Days Nov - Apr Seychelles Tailor-Made
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About this trip

Journey into the vibrant turquoise and pristine white of the of the Seychelles' Outer Islands. Beginning in the remote and virtually untouched Astove Atoll, slip into the blue and try kayaking amongst turtles or fly fishing in the rich waters, before hopping over to the stunning Cosmelodo Atoll, an island protected from human influence for many years. Here you can snorkel in crystal-clear waters and experience some of the most diverse marine life on earth – you can even look out for manta rays and clownfish. Finally, Alphonse Island provides the best scuba diving in the Seychelles, with opportunities to swim with spinner dolphins or simply relax on land, go birdwatching and cycle around. The wide range of marine and land-based activities available on this trip, alongside the ample opportunity to explore stunning azure waters, provides something for everyone and offers a truly tropical safari experience.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Explore the 22,000-hectare Outer Islands, the ultimate in marine playgrounds.
  • Take part in conservation through ecotourism, which contributes to environmental stewardship of some of the finest islands in the Seychelles.
  • Take the opportunity to island-hop around four of the Seychelles' most pristine and enchanting islands.
  • A true marine adventure with kayaking, diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding and fishing on offer, as well as cycling, hiking and of course the chance for beachside relaxation.
  • The chance to engage in conservation experiences such as turtle tracking and reef surveying.

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A 12-day safari through the exotic Seychelles
from £11,445 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Seychelles – Astove Atoll

Arrive into Mahé International Airport, on the main island of the Seychelles, and clear immigration before connecting to your scenic 3-hour flight. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of turquoise waters and undisturbed white sand atolls with a refuelling stop on Alphonse Island on the way. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel to check in. You will be staying overnight at Astove Coral House.

Days 2-4

Exploring Astove

Located roughly 35km southwest of Cosmoledo Atoll, the Astove area was explored mostly by merchants and Arab Sailors between 1000 and 1500 AD. The island was then frequented by visitors and a fishing enterprise began to farm tobacco as well as maize, tomatoes and watermelons. The island was eventually passed on to the Veevers-Carters who farmed cattle, pigs, goats and tobacco and built infrastructure for their workforce. Eventually, the island was abandoned and in 2014 it was officially declared a nature reserve. Only a small number of people are permitted onto the island every year, meaning its beauty remains well preserved today. Contribution to the conservation of its ecosystems is also actively encouraged. Here you can take strolls with free-roaming giant Aldabra tortoises, admire the elegant rays and sharks on the reef flats expedition or dive on the ‘Astove Wall’ excursion. Specialities to be enjoyed on this island include sundowners on the beach, flats lunches, and de-tackling drinks and snacks after fly fishing in some of the world's richest fishing grounds. You will be staying overnight at Astove Coral House.

Day 5

Astove Atoll – Cosmoledo Atoll

After your stay on Astove, it’s time to explore a new island. You will be transferred in time for your boat transfer to Cosmoledo Atoll (approximately one hour), often referred to as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. You will be staying overnight at Cosmoledo Eco Camp.

Days 6-7

Exploring Cosmoledo

Over the next few days you will be exploring Cosmoledo Atoll. Located 560 nautical miles southwest of Mahé in the Seychelles, this pristine atoll, also known as Wizard Island, is an unforgettable travel destination. Being one of the Outer Islands of the Seychelles, the serene beauty of Cosmoledo has been previously protected from human influence, making it raw and unscathed by anthropogenic activity – a rarity in today’s world. Thanks to the Seychelles Government's goal of maintaining and protecting the atoll's natural resources, staying here is an experience like no other, and Cosmoledo Eco Camp definitely gives adventurous individuals the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new and privileged experience. Spend your days exploring the island with a knowledgeable guide, try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking, or simply put on your snorkelling gear for an incredible underwater adventure rich with marine life. Here in some of the most diverse waters on earth, it won’t be hard to spot sailfish and manta rays on a snorkelling excursion, while frogfish, boxfish and clownfish are often seen simply by snorkelling close to the shore.

Day 8

Cosmoledo – Astove – Alphonse

Today you will be transferred via boat back to Astove Island (approximately one hour) in order to board your 2-hour flight to Alphonse Atoll. You will be staying overnight at Alphonse Island Lodge.

Days 9-11

Exploring Alphonse

Alphonse Island is located 400km southwest of Mahé and can be reached via a 1-hour flight. This island is often labelled as the best scuba diving destination in the Seychelles. It boasts 15 dive sites, making it a haven for experienced divers as well as those curious to try diving for the first time. There is a fully equipped PADI dive centre which offers a variety of diving courses for guests of all experience levels. Embark on an underwater adventure with green turtles, nurse sharks and eagle rays. If scuba isn’t for you, swim with the resident pod of spinner dolphins, or have a break from the sea and explore this idyllic island by bicycle, where you will still not be short of wildlife to spot. Home to over 130 species of bird, you can anticipate sightings of the red-footed booby, souimanga sunbird, Madagascan turtle dove and Madagascan white-eye, along with over 75 Aldabra giant tortoises. For the keen fisherman, expect a truly unforgettable fishing experience with help from a knowledgeable and specialised team. You can make use of fishing and tackle shops with an extensive range of equipment, accompanied by a strict catch-and-release policy to ensure the conservation of the fish populations here. You will stay overnight at Alphonse Island Lodge.

Day 12

Alphonse - Mahé - Depart Mahé

Today you will depart Alphonse Island and be flown back to the main island of Mahé from where you will be able to connect to your onward international flight.

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