Seychelles

ALDABRA & THE GRANITIC ISLANDS

OCT-NOV 2020    12 GUESTS

Dense virgin rainforest, granite outcrops, spectacular islands with white sand beaches, secluded coves, crystal clear waters, mysterious ship wrecks, and colourful coral gardens, all help create a variety of environments that nurture an amazing array of endemic species, from the smallest frog to the heaviest land tortoise. The 115 islands in the archipelago of the Seychelles are a virtual living museum of natural history and a sanctuary to some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth. The tropical, crystal clear waters that lap against the white powder beaches are teeming with an abundance of life from the smallest of critters to the largest Whale Shark. Come with us on a journey through the breathtaking natural beauty of the Seychelles.

Start your journey at the most famous of the granitic inner islands - Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette.  On Praslin enjoy the timeless atmosphere in the forest of the Valle de Mai ‘a slice of Eden’ with its endemic Coco de Mer palms. Over 50% of the land mass of the Seychelles is national parks and protected areas and Valle de Mai is one of two UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Seychelles. Enjoy the characteristic smooth granite rocks and white sandy beaches of La Digue; and hike the virgin rainforest full of rare hardwoods, exotic orchids and carnivorous pitcher plants on Silhouette the 3rd largest of the granitic islands.  Board our exclusively chartered yacht and spend 10 incredible days exploring the more remote outer islands and the underwater riches that surround them.

Sail to the uninhabited island of Cosmoledo and immerse yourself in it’s bountiful bird life and rich marine life, with some of Seychelles largest populations of masked booby, red-footed booby and sooty terns; snorkel or watch the many turtles and reef sharks in the shallow waters of the inner lagoon.  Astove atoll is surrounded by deep water drop offs and walls of coral, offering some of the best dives in the world.  Finally, the jewel in Seychelles crown, the world’s largest raised coral atoll, Aldabra, the second UNESCO World Heritage site in the Seychelles with a population of around 100’000 Giant tortoises, the world’s most important breeding population of green turtles and the most exhilarating and rewarding drift diving in channels of rushing tides, where shoals of fish, sharks and other predators sweep by from the inner lagoon to the open ocean and back again. 

For the perfect finish to your Seychelles adventure join us on our Post Extension to Alphonse Island.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sail in luxury as you see the best of what Seychelles has to offer onboard our exclusively chartered yacht.
  • Visit virgin rainforest, granite outcrops, spectacular islands and secluded coves
  • Dive or snorkel on the world’s largest raised coral atoll
  • Immerse yourself in the bountiful wildlife of remote islands and national parks
  • Be eye to eye with Giant tortoises at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aldabra
  • Watch the breeding green turtles at one of the biggest conservation sites in the world
  • Enjoy the crystal-clear waters and incredible marine life on the many colourful coral gardens, deep water drops offs and exhilarating drift dives through channels
  • Observe the large populations of masked booby, red-footed booby and sooty terns
  • Marvel at reef sharks and turtles in shallow lagoons
  • Explore the ‘slice of Eden’ Valle de Mai with the unique endemic Coco de Mer palms and an abundance of wildlife


PLEASE NOTE THIS EXPEDITION IS STILL IN THE PLANNING PHASE. THE FULL CONFIRMED ITINERARY WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING MONTHS


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Post Add On - Alphonse Island, Seychelles  

The remote Alphonse group of atolls is considered one of the most pristine, untouched areas in the world, making it a nature lover’s tropical paradise. The beach bungalows are beautifully nestled in the palm trees, bordering miles of white sandy beaches with splendid views of the sparkling Indian ocean beyond.  Besides exceptional snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming with Spinner dolphins, the friendly team here offer numerous activities and excursions around Alphonse and the other 2 islands in this ‘little threesome’ group.  Take a hike through the mangroves on the island of St. Francois or explore the beautiful island of Bijoutier – the ‘Little Jewel’.  Join the Island Conservation team on their daily routine, measuring green and hawksbill turtle tracks, tagging turtles and marking new nests; or go birdwatching with one of the islands knowledgeable guides at sunset to see thousands of red-footed boobies returning to roost, as frigate birds wait to harass them.  Experience the raw beauty of an untouched natural sanctuary on a tropical island paradise in the far reaches of the Indian Ocean.


ADVANCED BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES

Our trips are designed for small groups which maximises our experience and the flexibility we have on the trip but it does also mean our trip fill quickly. Contact us and let us know if you'd like us to hold a space for you with an Advanced Booking of $500, fully transferable until we announce the expedition.  



WILD EARTH LEADERS

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Thomas Baechtold

CEO / Founder, Expedition Leader & Dive Instructor

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2018 PAPUA NEW GUINEA

2018 INDONESIA (Private Expedition)

2019 EGYPT & RED SEA

2019 AUSTRALIA

2019 FRENCH POLYNESIA

2020 INDONESIA (Private Expedition)

2020 INDONESIA

2020 SVALBARD

2020 ETHIOPIA

2020 SEYCHELLES

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Geraldine 'JD' Massyn

Trip Designer & Expedition Leader

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2020 ETHIOPIA

2020 SEYCHELLES


PHOTO CREDIT © Thomas & Natalia, Alphonse Island, Adobe Stock