beautiful inner islands of Sechelles

Sailing the Seychelles Inner Islands

With 41 granitic islands that form a cluster around the principal islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, some with peaks rising nearly 1,000m high the inner islands and one must know that The Seychelles archipelago lies between 4° and 10° south of the Equator in the Indian Ocean and comprises 1,400,000 square km of azure ocean and for the knowledge of tourists who fear a cyclones of these islands must know that, 115 pristine islands that fall into 2 distinct groups, the Inner and Outer Islands of whose the most part, outside the cyclone belt. Who are quite excited about coral life of Seychelles will happy to know that coral islands, namely Denis Island and Bird Island comes within the inner islands.

Now coming to the aspect which every island tourist always remains excited and wait to start is the sailing experience and we assure that they all will be pleased to know that experience of a lifetime is waiting for you at the Seychelles’ Inner Islands as with safe moorings and easy sailing distances one will venture into a world of diversity and breathtaking natural beauty.

The main Inner Islands are Mahe, Praslin and La Digue

Mahé Island

The main port and capital, Victoria is at magical Mahé. With 44 miles of scenic coastline that features safe anchorages, over 65 beaches and a host of secret coves and romantic hideaways this island has it all.

Beautiful bays include Beau Vallon, Baie Ternay, Port Launay, Anse à la Mouche, Anse Soleil, Baie Lazare, Intendance and Anse Royale and Anse Major, Anse Jasmin, Anse Du Riz, and Petit Anse are some of the secret coves to venture into.

The eastern coast is equally charming and beautiful as the smaller islands of Cerf, Moyenne, Round and Ste Anne island lie just off Mahé eastern coast.

Mahé includes the following surrounding islands:

  • St Anne (Marine Park)
  • Cerf
  • Moyenne
  • Round
  • Longue (Marine Park)
  • Therese
  • Conception
Mahe biggest inner island

Praslin Island

Praslin is home to the legendary Vallée de Mai and a choice of world famous beaches and include Anse Lazio (one of the world’s Top 10 beaches) and also Anse a la Farine, Anse Petite Cour, Baie Chevalier, Anse Possession, Anse La Blague, Côte d’Or and Anse Marie-Louise. Unhurried pace of life is an attraction in the twin island gems of Cousin and Cousine Island, Curieuse Island in the north-east and Aride Island in the north.

Hotels, shops, restaurants and other attractions, all accessible from the numerous safe anchorages that are dotted along its 18-mile coastline.

Praslin includes the following surrounding islands:

  • Cousine
  • Cousin
  • Curieuse
  • St. Pierre
  • Aride
praslin second largest island

La Digue Island

La Digue is situated 4 miles from Praslin’s Baie Ste Anne jetty. La Digue where time stands still, with heart-stopping beauty and time-honoured tradition nestled inside 9 miles of coastline. Many coves like Anse Reunion, Union and Anse Patate and Grand Anse are waiting your venture and of course Anse Source d’Argent which is one of the planet’s most photographed strand. Félicité, Marianne island, Grand Soeur and Petite Soer are the satellite islands of this area which are offering safe anchorages. Indeed you just cannot resist the beauty of this amazing country of islands in the North Western part of Indian Ocean.

La Dique includes the following surrounding islands:

  • Cocos Island
  • Felicete
  • Grand Soeur
  • Petit Soeur
  • Marianne
La Digue time stand still very special tropical island

Seychelles Outer Islands

Outer Islands which is better known for 72 low-lying coral islands extend mainly in a gleaming arc towards the coast of Africa. As we all know the Inner Islands, the Amirante Islands, Southern Coral Group , Alphonse Group , Farquhar Group and Aldabra Islands which are the six major island groups lie between 260 miles and 865 miles from the east African coast.

All outer Islands located more that 60 minutes far from Mahe can not be visited, this includes:

  • Bird Island
  • Denis Island
  • Platte
  • African banks
  • Amirantes
  • Desroches
  • Coetivy
Outer islands bird, Denis, Platte Amirantes etc
  • Seychelles Charts

    • BA721 – Southern approaches to the Seychelles Group
    • BA722 – Port Victoria and approaches
    • BA724 – Anchorages in the Seychelles Group and outlying islands
    • BA740 – Seychelles Group
    • BA742 – Mahe, Praslin and adjacent islands
    • Seychelles list of various maps
  • Seychelles Inner Islands Landing Fees and Charges

    Access to the ecologically sensitive Marine Parks and Reserve areas within the Inner Island region are managed by different organizations and require either permission, and/or payment of a landing or entry fee, and mooring fee for overnight mooring. Procedure, arrive and anchor in the marked zones and the marine park officials will come out and visit the yacht to collect the required fees.

    The Marine Parks and Reserves areas are: Aride, Cousin, Curieuse Marine National Park, ïle Cocos Marine National Park, Ste. Anne Marine National Park and St. Pierre.

    • Landing fees start from Euro 10 pp
    • Overnight mooring fees start from Euro 10 py

    Some Inner Islands are privately owned or managed, therefore access is controlled by the owners. Islands that fall into this category are: Cousine, Félicité, Grande Soeur, Petite Soeur, Round Island off Mahé and Round Island off Praslin.

    • Landing fees start from Euro 10 pp

    Please read the complete list of procedures and fees, for the actual fee and regulation always contact the organisation in charge or the the Seychelles Tourism Board:

    Headquarters (STB)
    Bel Ombre, PO Box 1262
    Victoria, Mahé
    Tel: +248 4 67 13 00
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri: 0800hrs-1600hrs, closed Sat-Sun & Public Holidays