The Great Southern Route : 2010 - 2011
GSR | 075 1/10,000 scale charts of the ocean surrounding the islands have been published as mooring guides and are available on the mainland but captains are reminded that, due to remoteness of the islands and the infrequency of mapping surveys, the depth soundings are often missing or inaccurate. Special care should be taken to sail cautiously over the mooring zones and in waters surrounding the more remote islands and the printed figures should not be trusted blindly as coral bottoms can vary constantly. The skipper should remain alert to the sounder at all times. The Seychelles' amazing diversity is the result of its 115 islands (41 granitic and 74 coral) having existed in splendid isolation for much of the time since it broke away from its surrounding landmass some 65 million years ago, proving sanctuary for myriad life-forms that, today, include some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on Earth. The Seychelles are already home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the amazing Vallée de Mai, a primeval glade where the Coco-de-Mer grows, a seductively shaped double-lobed coconut in the exact form of the female pelvis that was once believed to be the fruit of an underwater tree. So convinced was the famous General Gordon of its provenance that he claimed that the Vallée de Mai was the original site of the biblical Garden of Eden. The second site is that of fabled Aldabra, the largest raised coral atoll on earth and given its name by the intrepid Arab seafarers of the ninth century who, undoubtedly, first made landfall on this atoll they named 'the green one'. Fabulous island refuges such as those on North Island, Frégate, Denis, Round, Alphonse, Desroches and Bird provide everything from the five-star opulence to the homely comforts of picturesque beachside chalets. What is particularly refreshing is that the Seychelles tends to be very unprocessed as a tourism destination and an authentic island lifestyle is everywhere; in the architecture, customs, cuisine, music as well as in the genuinely laid-back pace of life. The Coralline or Outer Islands lie in a spectacular, gleaming arc that stretches towards the east coast of Africa, ranging between 120 and 700 nautical miles from Mahé, the Seychelles' principal island. You will discover this is where sailing still means seeing no other sail but your own and where opportunities for diving, fishing and island- hopping abound in places where few have gone before. Stunning atolls, sand cays and reef islands are the order of the day in these remoter southwestern waters of the archipelago, strung like pearls on invisible lines of surf amid an azure ocean. with magnificent natural surrounds to offer a supremely tranquil and memorable vacation. The Banyan Tree, St. Anne, Le Méridièn Fisherman's Cove, Lémuria, La Briz Silhouette and Maia resorts are already in place while new projects for Four Seasons, Shangri-la and Ephelia properties envisaged. Seychelles tourism industry is visibly taking off and the signs are everywhere.
2008 - 2009
2013 - 2014