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From Praslin: Curieuse & St. Pierre Boat Trip w/ Snorkeling

1. From Praslin: Curieuse & St. Pierre Boat Trip w/ Snorkeling

Start your day off with pickup from your hotel and a convenient transfer to the boat launch point. After a meet and greet by the crew, set off on your adventure. First, stop for a 45-minute to 1-hour snorkeling break at one of the chosen locations (dependent on weather and sea conditions). Discover marine life and the colorful underwater world. Climb back on the boat and head over to a beach on Curieuse Island with some time to relax on the beach. Continue the experience with a 1hr guided tour on the island via a nature trail where our guys will explain all that your eyes will be experiencing. Journey over to the other side of the island, where you can sit down to enjoy a Creole BBQ and a local beer. Gaze in awe as giant tortoises roam around you. Depart Curieuse Island and head over to St. Pierre or other reefs depending on the weather, where you can take photographs. Finish the tour at Anse La Farine for a final snorkeling stop. Or Depending on the weather Cruise to Anse Georgette & Lazio Beach to admire these world beautiful beach from the sea, and take a swim. End your day with a trademark Takamaka rum cocktail. Return to the dock and enjoy a convenient return transfer back to your hotel.

Praslin: Curieuse and St. Pierre Island Excursion

2. Praslin: Curieuse and St. Pierre Island Excursion

The Curieuse Marine National Park is a sanctuary to a big variety of flora and fauna. On the southern part of the island, you will discover a mangrove swamp that is traversed by a walkway for park visitors. The island is also known for its coco de merpalms, giant takamaka trees, and a large hawksbill turtle rookery. The area is also rich with several bird species, such as the rare Seychelles black parrot Coracopis nigra barklyi, a parrot found only there and on Praslin. St. Pierre Island is a raised reef island west of Providence Atoll and a part of the Farquhar Group, which belongs to the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. It has a distance of 736 kilmometers southwest of the capital, Victoria, on Mahé Island. St. Pierre is a tiny granite islet with a handful of coconut palm trees. It’s a picture-perfect miniature island in the middle of the ocean. St. Pierre is considered as one of Seychelles best snorkeling locations, providing the opportunity to see a wide variety of colorful fish and sea turtles. The full day tour includes a delicious BBQ Lunch as well as soft drinks. You will have opportunities to snorkel and visit these two beautiful islands, and at the conclusion of your experience you will be returned to Praslin.

From Mahe: Praslin and La Digue Tour with Transfer and Lunch

3. From Mahe: Praslin and La Digue Tour with Transfer and Lunch

Depart Mahe Island, destination Praslin Island. Visit the Vallee De Mai, the heart of Praslin, home to the Coco De Mer Palm and the Black Parrot, also described as the Garden of Eden due to its mystical nature. You will be given a brief explanation of its history and have the chance to take a few souvenir photos before heading out to Anse Lazio. The most famous beach on Praslin and one of the “best in the archipelago” with its fine white sands and gorgeous turquoise water that is so clear you can watch the fish swim around you. Next, We Head To La Digue Island. Experience the laid-back atmosphere of island living. Travelling by bicycle or oxcart is the way to go, but if you prefer to walk, it is a good opportunity to truly get the most out of your visit. First, stop to enjoy a delicious lunch at one of our local restaurants, and after you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore the Island.

From Mahé: Praslin & La Digue Island-Hopping Tour with Lunch

4. From Mahé: Praslin & La Digue Island-Hopping Tour with Lunch

Discover two of the Seychelles' most breathtaking islands on this island-hopping catamaran cruise from Mahé. Visit Vallée de Mai on Praslin and L'Union Estate on La Digue with tickets and guided tours included. Enjoy a Creole lunch onboard and stroll along some of the Seychelles' most picturesque beaches. After getting picked up from your hotel anywhere on Mahé, hop on the catamaran that will take you to Praslin, the Seychelles' second-largest island. Your first stop is Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only place in the world where the sea coconut grows naturally. Enjoy a walk along the paths of this primeval forest, listening to the rare black parrot. See for yourself why the forest is said to be the original Garden of Eden. Pay a visit to the famous Anse Lazio Beach and enjoy a stroll through its postcard-perfect sands before the crossing to La Digue. Spot dolphins and other native sea life along the way. Tuck into a delicious Creole barbeque lunch served onboard. Upon landing on La Digue, hop in a traditional ox-cart for a transfer to L'Union Estate. Enjoy a guided tour of the estate with tickets included and spot giant tortoises as well as the refurbished colonial plantation house, the filming location of "Goodby Emmanuelle." Continue your tour of La Digue in an open-sided truck, stopping at Anse Source d'Argent Beach to see for yourself why this is one of the most photographed beaches on the planet. At the end of the day, hop back on board the catamaran and get transferred back to you hotel in Mahé.

Praslin: Vallée de Mai and Anse Lazio Beach Full-day Tour

5. Praslin: Vallée de Mai and Anse Lazio Beach Full-day Tour

After pickup from your hotel, head to the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. This extraordinary ancient forest commonly known as the "Garden of Eden", is a unique habitat where the coco de mer palm grows in its natural state. The reserve is also home to one of the world’s rarest birds, the Black Parrot. In the afternoon, explore Anse Lazio, considered one of the top 10 beaches in the world. There are a few restaurants at Anse Lazio where you can buy lunch. You will be dropped back to your hotel at 4:00 PM.

From Praslin: Cousin, Curieuse & St Pierre Islands Day Tour

6. From Praslin: Cousin, Curieuse & St Pierre Islands Day Tour

Full-Day Cousin, Curieuse, and St Pierre Islands tour. Start with a transfer to Baie Ste Anne jetty for the 2-km crossing to the Special Nature Reserve of Cousin island. A cruiser moors off-shore and tourists are taken to the island on a Reserve boat to prevent accidental introduction of pests to the island. It is highly recommended that tourists come prepared to wrap their belongings in water-proof bags, and that they respect the safety regulations of donning life jackets and remaining seated until the craft is beached. A warden leads the tour of the island with its abundance of species and habitats, from the coast with its protective mangroves, to the wetlands which attract dragonflies, moorhens, caecilans & Seychelles terrapins; on to the rejuvenated forest on the hill plateau which provides ideal nesting sites for large populations of shearwaters and bridled terns amongst its endemic trees - mapou, Indian mulberry and bwa sousouri. Endemic birds found on Cousin Island are the Magpie Robin, Sunbird, Fody, Blue Pigeon and the Warbler. The tour continues with a 30-minute boat ride to Curieuse Island, where a splendid BBQ lunch is served on the beach. Curieuse island has a large population of giant tortoises, some can be seen next to the natural pond on the coast, whilst the majority range across the island freely and can sometimes be tracked by their vociferate calls of intimate congress. The tour ends with snorkeling off the tiny island of St. Pierre. For the un-initiated, our crew is on hand with lightweight snorkelling vests to ensure that no-one misses the chance to view the abundant marine life.

From Praslin: Cocos, Felicite & La Digue Islands Tour

7. From Praslin: Cocos, Felicite & La Digue Islands Tour

Get picked up from your hotel on Praslin Island in the morning, then set off on a speedboat adventure to discover some of the most stunning islands in the Seychelles archipelago. First, arrive at Cocos - an idyllic isle bathed by crystal-clear waters with exceptional snorkeling opportunities. Swim amid turtles and hundreds of fish above a wealth of coral.  Next, head over to Félicité Island - a small, heavily forested granite island that forms part of a protected marine park. Enjoy plenty more opportunities to snorkel and swim here, whilst taking in the breathtaking natural scenery.  Finally, arrive at La Digue which offers the perfect mix of local culture and beautiful white-sand beaches. Admire the old Copra Mill used to produce coconut oil, an old cemetery, and the spectacular beaches. The guest may visit the marvel at the giant granite boulders on the famous white sand beach of Anse Source D’Argent which are truly breathtaking. At the end of your excursion, board the speedboat to return to Praslin where you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Praslin: 7hrs Adventure Boat Tour to Curieuse+ST Pierre+BBQ

8. Praslin: 7hrs Adventure Boat Tour to Curieuse+ST Pierre+BBQ

You will Be welcome at our Starting point in Grand Anse Main Beach and after payment and documentation, A Safety briefing and program layout by organiser, Rare operator with Free parking. Discover the beauty of half of the island sightseeing tour of the west coast including a small dip at the most beautiful beach of Anse Georgette and warm up for 2 exiting snorkelling stops St Pierre and other selected spots. Discover Curieuse island with hundreds Giant Tortoise roaming free and savour one of the best BBQ around with fresh island products. Our Expert guide will help you discover the mangroves and wild vegetation crossing the island hills to a beautiful beach for swimming. special stops on the way back pointed out with professional historical information provided and a little holiday fun time throughout in great vibes created by top Crew with a taste of HAKUNA MATATA sip at the end. Trip ends at 4pm- 4.30pm. We offer free Transfer for most hotels (T&C Apply)

Sister, Coco, and Felicite Island: Seychelles Catamaran Tour

9. Sister, Coco, and Felicite Island: Seychelles Catamaran Tour

Begin your journey by setting sail towards the privately owned Sister Island. Admire this granitic paradise nestled amidst tropical forests and pristine beaches; a sight that is truly mesmerizing. See the lagoon's crystal-clear waters which offer excellent visibility, allowing you to spot sea turtles and other marine creatures. Explore untouched beaches and vibrant tropical forests before indulging in a delicious BBQ lunch on-board. Prepare for a snorkelling adventure at either Coco and/or Félicité islands. Coco, a small island with picturesque granite boulders, palm trees, and a serene sandy beach, represents the epitome of a tropical paradise. Félicité island, larger and covered in dense vegetation, showcases the natural beauty of the Seychelles. Both islands feature vibrant waters filled with diverse flora and fauna, creating an enchanting underwater world. Experience the awe-inspiring sights while aboard the Oplezir catamaran, making this adventure a once-in-a-lifetime experience for sea lovers and explorers of the Seychellois seas.

Shared Praslin & La Digue Trip

10. Shared Praslin & La Digue Trip

Our chauffeur will pick up from your accommodation on Mahe at around 0600am – 0630am depending on your location. Please be advised our free shuttle operates only in the North West of Mahe Island. This includes: Belombre, Beau Vallon, Glacis areas. Hotels on Eden Island and L'Escale Resort only. If you are located in other areas you will be required to pay an additional private two way transportation fee. Depart the marine charter in Victoria and sail to Praslin at 0730am. Arrive at the Praslin Jetty at 0845am. A shared shuttle bus will welcome everyone and transfer you to the Valle de Mai. Have a short outside visit of the Vallee De Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its museum. The Valee de Mai is home to the endemic Coco De Mer. A private guide will give a brief description of the nature park outside the property. Drive towards Anse Lazio Beach, known for its soft white sand and crystal-clear water. Spend a little time at leisure and enjoy the beauty! Drive back to Praslin jetty. Catch your same boat at 12.15pm and sail to La Digue. At 12.30pm disembark at La Passe La Digue where you will be offered 2 choices of getting around. A bicycle or pick up truck with rear seats. On La Digue you will enjoy our local creole cuisine (at Chez Marston) comprising of fresh grilled fish, salads, small BBQ and much more. Your time will be at leisure on one of the most beautiful beaches (Anse Source D’Argent – L’Union Estate) in the world or take a tour around La Digue. At 1600pm set off back to Mahe where you will be met by your chauffeur to transfer you back to your accommodation.

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Our driver and guide José was excellent, very friendly, fun and knowledgeable! We had luck with the weather, the rain only started when the day was almost done. We had just the right amount of time in both locations. Well worth the price and so easy compared to bus travel, especially in the beginning of our trip - nice overview of Praslin Island, which made our next days much easier to plan.

Very nice day, many beautiful locations and ample time to snorkle at the reefs and enjoy the Sister Island private beach. Transports were easy and there was plenty of space on the catamaran, the showers were a bonus. The food and dessert were good, and the rum cocktail yummy. Well worth the price.

Amazing visit of Vallée de Mai with a super kind and knowledgeable guide. Excellent opportunity to see and spend time at Anse Lazio Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on Praslin.

It was a wonderful trip. The crew did everything to make it an unforgetable day. Thanks very much for it!!! Regards. Maren

Super punctual pick-up at the hotel, nice guides, good service