Mooring in Seychelles Waters
In the aspect of mooring in Seychelles, which is indeed important for any island country for aspects of trade, tourism and commerce, Seychelles has what it needs. The 72 coral islands on Seychelles territory form an arc towards Africa which is part of the Outer Islands. The whole Outer Islands are demarcated and divided into six distinct island groups which are the Amirantes, the Alphonse Group, the Southern Coral Group, the Farquhar Group and Aldabra with minimum distance of 865 miles from east coast line of Africa. With less than 32 miles between mooring grounds the Inner Islands provide absolute safe sailing with mooring buoys provided around north-west Mahe, north-east Praslin as well as some of the surrounding islands. If overnight staying is on your mind then there is god news for you as depths of five to eight meters only with good sand bottom in most of the popular overnight places.
One of key points that has to be kept in mind and that is Seychelles does not allow anchoring on coral. Because of low lying coral reefs and as the mooring grounds of these islands are less sheltered and not frequently sailed one has to be careful while navigating in the Outer Islands.
For the tourism and trade support mooring guides that have been published at 1/10000 scale charts that are available in the offices of VPM and Sunsail, which are two amoung other sailing operators who are based in Seychelles.
Note: The skipper should not simply trust the map, and should check the sounder constantly because coral bottoms vary frequently.
Helpful Mooring Addresses
Pier Master – La Passe Jetty
La Passe, La Digue
Tel/Fax: +248 4 23 43 00
Pier Master – Baie Ste Anne Jetty
Baie Ste Anne, Praslin
Tel/Fax: +248 4 23 24 34