General

ACROSS_AFRICA_7.fw

 

S.V. Sea Shell was built in Holland in 1920 where she was used as a pilot vessel to guide foreign ships from Holland and France across the English Channel.

 

During the Second World War the owner sank the vessel to prevent her from being used in the war. After the war, in 1949, she was recovered and redesigned as a fishing boat. Long lines were used, together with nets to trawl for prawns.

 

In 1982, she was purchased by a Dutch sailor who named her “Elisabeth Louw” after his mother. He laboured for three winters, stripping the vessel to her hull and carrying out complete renovation. Upon completion, she was used as a sailing school in the English Channel and the North Sea.

 

In 1996 she was purchased for use as a charter vessel in Seychelles and re-named “Sea Shell”. S.V. Sea Shell sailed south to her new home. Central heating was replaced with air- conditioning, and accommodation was upgraded. Diving and watersports equipment were installed.

 

Today, the beautiful islands of Seychelles are able to offer visitors a unique experience: a subtle blend of the traditional and romantic atmosphere with modern amenities.

 

 

WEEKLY 7- NIGHT CRUISES ITINERARY

NOVEMBER TO APRIL

 

Day 1: Embarkation at the Inter-Island Quay followed by the Captain’s welcome briefing. Depart Port Victoria sailing from Mahé to a late afternoon anchorage at Round Island, just off the isle of Praslin. In the evening, introduce yourself to Creole cuisine with a welcome barbecue dinner onboard.

 

Day 2: Disembark on Praslin, Seychelles’ second-largest inhabited island, for a visit to the famous World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Explore the valley’s eerie pathways beneath its canopy of massive palms, before returning onboard for afternoon opportunities to dive, snorkel or enjoy other water sports.

 

Day 3: A morning sail brings the vessel to La Digue, a sleepy island community where ox-carts and bicycles still remain the most common mode of transportation throughout the island. Explore the entire island by bicycle, perhaps stopping by Union Estate, a sprawling network of traditional island activities, including a copra mill, vanilla plantation, and shipyard.

 

Day 4: In the morning the vessel sails toward Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur (the Sisters) for excellent snorkeling and diving, and for a relaxing visit of these unique and completely uninhabited tropical islands. In the afternoon, visit Coco Island, one of Seychelles’ tiny granite jewels, a fantastic spot for snorkeling within a kaleidoscope of tropical fish.

 

Day 5: Sail to Booby Island for a morning of diving and water sports. After lunch, sail to Aride Island, a globally important nature reserve with more native bird species than any other island, including five endemics and the world’s largest population of 3 species (Lesser Noddy, Audubon’s Shearwater and Seychelles Warbler), which can be seen along a spectacular nature trail.

 

Day 6: In the morning disembark at Curieuse for a visit of this virtually uninhabited island, to explore its mangrove forest and giant tortoise farm. After a barbecue lunch on the island, enjoy an array of water sports or simply relax and enjoy the island’s beautiful beach and turquoise waters.

 

Day 7:  After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely sail back towards Mahé, with a last stop at Ile Seche or more snorkeling or diving, followed by a farewell barbecue. The vessel overnights in the Ste Anne Marine Park.

 

Day 8: After an early breakfast, disembarkation is at 08.30am at Inter Island Quay, Victoria, Mahe.

 

ACROSS_AFRICA_8.fw

 

S.V. Sea Pearl was built in Vlaardingen, Netherlands in 1915. Named “Dirk”, she was designed to serve as a sailing- fishing vessel. In 1930 she was the last sailing vessel in the Dutch herring fleet.

 

After decades of fishing the North Sea, she was re- designed in 1991 into a schooner rigged sailing ship, sailing the Caribbean islands and Canada and named “Regina Chatarina”.

 

In 1999, she was refitted, re- named and delivered to Seychelles to start charter operations around the islands. In 2009, she commenced operations in Madagascar.

 

The Sea Pearl is 37 m. long and is equipped with a powerful rig which enables her good speeds in most weather conditions. She is fully air- conditioned and her 8 cabins can host comfortably up to 16 guests.

On each vessel, we have eight crew from Seychelles and other countries, fluent in several languages and ready to take care of all our client`s needs. Our chefs provide a variety of Creole and International cuisine.

Embarkation from Anse Possession, Praslin followed by the Captain’s welcome briefing.

Spend the day at leisure with different water activities in this scenic cove, named for the stone of possession placed in this area by French explorers to stake their claim to the island more than 200 years ago.

 

WEEKLY 6- NIGHT CRUISES ITINERARY

MAY TO OCTOBER

 

Day 1: Final embarkation is followed by a sunset sail to Curieuse Bay. In the evening, introduce yourself to Creole Cuisine with a welcome barbecue onboard.

 

Day 2: In the morning, disembark at Curieuse for a visit of this virtually uninhabited island, to explore its mangrove forest and giant tortoise farm. After a barbecue lunch on the island, enjoy an array of water sports or simply relax and enjoy the island’s beautiful beach and turquoise waters.

 

Day 3: A morning sail brings the vessel to La Digue, a sleepy island community where ox-carts and bicycles still remain the most common mode of transportation throughout the island. Explore the entire island by bicycle, perhaps stopping by Union Estate, a sprawling network of traditional island activities, including a copra mill, vanilla plantation, and shipyard.

 

Day 4: Sail to Praslin, Seychelles’ second-largest inhabited island, for disembarkation to the famous World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Explore the valley’s eerie pathways beneath its canopy of massive palms, before returning onboard for afternoon opportunities to dive, snorkel or enjoy other water sports.

 

Day 5: Sail towards Cousin Island off the coast of Praslin, for a morning visit of this strictly protected nature reserve, famed for its sea bird colonies and also as a sanctuary for Seychelles’ rare endemic land birds and other native species.

 

After lunch, the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure or to take advantage of snorkeling and diving opportunities off the isle of Praslin.

 

Day 6: Sail to Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in Praslin, and arguably, all of Seychelles – the perfect place for a day of swimming, snorkeling and other water sports, or supreme relaxation in one of the most stunning settings in the world. In the evening, enjoy a sunset sail back to Curieuse Bay to soak in the world’s only granitic ocean islands one last evening.

 

Day 7: After an early breakfast, disembarkation is at 08.30am at Anse Possession, Praslin.

Available departures

We are sorry, there are no cabins available at this cruise at the moment

Seychelles

Seychelles

To anybody having visions of a tropical paradise and so happens to be ‘just married’, the Seychells must be the first option to consider, its pristine talcum powder beaches and azure waters complemented by top rated beach resorts and hotels are the perfect hideout for just such an occasion. Unless the discerning traveller is also interested in scuba diving, coastal and jungle walks, boat excursions, Ecotourism or a vibrant art scene, in which case one might as well bring the rest of the family along!

Eco – tourism is quite a priority in the Seychells with marine parks and natural island reserves dotting the archipelago, offering opportunities to explore this water wonder world beyond the ‘mandatory’ suntan and beach parties. And all of this is more affordable than one might think. In addition to the first rate, five star, ultra-luxurious experience, there are plenty of low cost, self catering and family run guest houses to chose from.

And let’s not forget to mention the vibrant and very diverse cultural scene of the archipelago, with international art from painting, sculpting to jewellery as well as indigenous Creole art and crafts competing for the visitor’s visual attention.

With such a dreamlike setting, who can possibly pass on the opportunity to relax, recharge and enjoy this indian ocean paradise straight from a fairy tale!

Sailing

Sailing

ACROSS_AFRICA_8.fw

 

FACILITIES

  • Air-conditioned Dining Salon
  • TV, DVD, stereo ,ice machine, washing machine, dryer
  • Upper Sun Deck and Bow Net for sun bathing
  • Covered back deck lounge
  • Fully air-conditioned cabins with wash basin
  • 5 Double-bed cabins + 1 bunk bed (Category A)
  • 1 Twin cabin with two bunk beds (Category B)
  • 2 Triple cabins with 3 bunk beds (Category B)
  • 3 Showers, 4 Toilets, 1 Deck Shower

 

ACTIVITIES

Watersports

All our vessels are equipped with a variety of watersport facilities including kayaking, water skiing, ring riding, snorkelling and wave riding.

 

Diving

All our vessels offer diving cruises to the best dive sites in the Seychelles. Sea Pearl also offers cruises in Madagascar for diving, ecotourism and exploration of this little known, unique island. The boats are equipped to host up to 18 divers with unlimited diving and flexible itineraries. The crew includes PADI Instructors with years of Indian Ocean experience.

Diving and snorkelling in Madagascar and Seychelles, reveals the best of the magical underwater world that the Indian Ocean has to offer. Unique granite boulder formations, coral atolls and wrecks are home to the colourful tropical fish, turtles, sharks and other pelagic species.

All vessels have 18 cylinders + refills, weights, wet suits, BCD’s and regulators onboard.

 

Sailing

For sailing enthusiasts S.V. Sea Shell and S.V. Sea Pearl offer the opportunity to sail traditional Dutch Topsail Schooners.

 

ACROSS_AFRICA_7.fw

 

  • Air-conditioned Main Salon
  • TV, DVD, stereo, ice machine ,washing machine, dryer.
  • Upper Sun Deck and Bow Net for sun bathing
  • Covered back deck lounge
  • Fully air-conditioned cabins with wash basin
  • 6 Double-bed cabins +1 bunk (Category A)
  • 2 Triple cabins with 3 bunk beds (Category B)
  • 4 Showers-3 Toilets-1 Deck Shower

 

ACTIVITIES

Watersports

All our vessels are equipped with a variety of watersport facilities including kayaking, water skiing, ring riding, snorkelling and wave riding.

Diving

All our vessels offer diving cruises to the best dive sites in the Seychelles. Sea Pearl also offers cruises in Madagascar for diving, ecotourism and exploration of this little known, unique island. The boats are equipped to host up to 18 divers with unlimited diving and flexible itineraries. The crew includes PADI Instructors with years of Indian Ocean experience.

Diving and snorkelling in Madagascar and Seychelles, reveals the best of the magical underwater world that the Indian Ocean has to offer. Unique granite boulder formations, coral atolls and wrecks are home to the colourful tropical fish, turtles, sharks and other pelagic species.

All vessels have 18 cylinders + refills, weights, wet suits, BCD’s and regulators onboard.

Sailing 

For sailing enthusiasts S.V. Sea Shell and S.V. Sea Pearl offer the opportunity to sail traditional Dutch Topsail Schooners.

 

PRICE AND SERVICES

Sea Shell: EUR 1.498,00 per Person

Sea Pearl: EUR 899,00 per Person

 

Our passion for Africa and efforts to furnish you with the very best Creative Destination Management are defined by the objective to provide exceptional quality, intensive and unforgettable experiences as well as pleasurable moments, that in every detail and attention to superior services are a dream come true and a feast for the senses.

Our passion, commitment and dedication to provide you with memorable adventures is as limitless as the magical vistas of the African continent…

Your Across Africa                                                                                                                                               Creative Destination Management Team