MAHE ISLAND & GIANT TORTOISES
Arrive in Mahé Island to be welcomed by your Pelorus guide and yacht captain. Having arrived at your vessel and met your crew, you’ll get underway to Beau Vallon—Mahé Island’s epicenter.
Drop anchor and dive into the turquoise waters. Have a fresh-fish dinner fragrant with tropical flavors in a Kannel restaurant. Take a guided tour of the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens and feed Aldabra giant tortoises from your hand. As evening sets in, return to your yacht and travel to Port Glaud for dinner on the deck while enjoying Seychelle’s famous sunsets.
After an onboard breakfast, explore the wildlife-rich waters with a swim or a snorkel. After discovering the boulder-strewn marine landscape and colorful corallivores, return to your yacht before a day-long cruise to African Banks.
Take the opportunity to relax on board or hear stories of conservation and learn about Seychelles’ species from your onboard marine biologist. Alternatively, chat to your captain and crew about navigation before having a try at the celestial version.
AFRICAN BANKS & WRECK SNORKELING
Return above deck at dawn to see the two uninhabited islets, considered an Important Bird Area, that comprises African Banks. With special permissions obtained by Pelorus, you can enjoy exclusive access to the underwater riches found here. Set your own itinerary, whether fishing for tuna and mackerel ahead of an onboard sushi masterclass and meal or snorkel the reefs and wrecks found around these islets.
It’s likely you won’t see another soul on this peaceful stop. For dinner, beneath a billowing canopy set up on Remire Island, delight in a wild beach barbecue as the sunset streaks the sky pink and vermillion.
SOS & ST. JOSEPH ISLANDS
Once you’ve eaten breakfast, cruise to the Save Our Seas Research Center. Meeting with local experts, you’ll learn about the marine wildlife in these waters and the lifestyles of creatures such as lemon sharks and turtles. You’ll assist the center in research and rehabilitation programs such as replenishing depleted mangrove forests and tracking endangered marine species.
Take to a kayak, paddleboard, or snorkel to spend an afternoon in the lush mangrove forests—an important carbon sink as well as crucial local ecosystems and nursing grounds. See young triggerfish and fusiliers, as well as juvenile sharks. After gaining a profound understanding of the importance of these jungles, settle in back at your vessel with a sundowner on deck ahead of a delicious dinner.
The next day you’ll get to apply your newfound knowledge while exploring these waters further. Either snorkeling or diving, take to the seas and see the giant bumphead parrotfish and huge humphead wrasses, among many other species.
Emerge onto land as a castaway on a deserted beach. Enjoy a wild picnic in complete seclusion on the warm sand, while the evening sky fills with stars. If you’re here at the right time of year, you might get the chance to see sea turtles laying their eggs, or see those eggs hatch.