Short Trip between the Seychelles with the Catamaran
The 115 islands that form the Seychelles offer tranquillity, serenity and matchless beauty with plenty of natural diversity below and above the water surface. So enchanting are the Seychelles beaches that one would be tempted to spend their entire vacation basking on the fine white sands. But a visit to the islands is incomplete without venturing out into the water and having a close up view of the islands. Even if you are on a brief stay (less than a week), spare one day for a sail around the archipelago.
Of the different types of sailing vessels available for charter on the Seychelles, catamarans are the most popular. They are ideal for navigating the archipelago due to their relatively shallow draft and the ease with which they can access the waters close to the coral reefs. In addition, catamarans are perfect for family and group tours as even the small and medium sized ones have lots of room (compared to similar length yachts). Most catamarans have a trampoline at the front where one can relax, enjoying the view and basking in the tropical sun.
The islands of the Seychelles are divided into two clusters Inner Islands and Outer Islands. A total of 41 islands form the Inner cluster including the Seychelles largest island – Mahe. The remaining 74 islands comprise the Outer cluster. While the inner islands are predominantly granite, the outer ones are mainly formed from coral.
The inner islands are closer together while the outer islands are more spread out and remote. Sailing in the Outer islands can be precarious which is why the Seychelles government has placed restrictions on boat size and sailor competence for any vessels to be allowed into this section of the archipelago.
The Amirantes group are the closest Outer islands to the Inner cluster 210 kilometres south west. The waters of the Amirantes are ideal for diving and snorkelling especially the waters around Saint Joseph atoll and Desroches wall. Further away (600 kilometres from Mahe), is the Farqurhar group which was the first to be sighted by modern explorers.