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Seychelles by boat
Seychelles by boat
The strict controls imposed on cruising yachts in the early 1990s have been gradually lifted and rules and regulations are no longer so complicated. However, some restrictions remain in force, mostly for the sake of environmental protection as most of the islands are surrounded by coral reefs near the surface.
Cat Cocos is a high speed catamaran operating twice or thrice daily roundtrips between Mahe and Praslin. The sailing normally takes one hour. Non residents should budget around 90 Euros per person (price at Sept 2010) for a same day return ticket from Mahe to Praslin. Tickets can be purchased from the Cat Cocos office, opposite the pier, on the same day before travel, subject to availability. Schedules are subject to frequent and unpredictable changes and outages, departing times should be confirmed by phone on the same day. Especially the mid-day trips will be canceled very frequently.
Praslin Express does sometimes operate between Mahe and Praslin but has been plagued by technical outages in the past.
Belle Serafina, a small schooner ferry makes the passage between Mahe and Praslin or La Digue in 3-4 hours, usually departing weekdays shortly around 12 from Mahe and heading back at 5am from Praslin to Mahe. In October 2010 the price for the passage was 125 rupies. Schedules and routing need to be confirmed by phone.
Five or 6 roundtrips daily are made by schooner ferry between Praslin and La Digue. The crossing is 30 minutes and the schedule is timed to interconnect with Cat Cocos. Non residents should budget around 10 Euros per person (price at Sept 2010) for a same day return ticket from Praslin to La Digue.
It is also possible to take small boats from Mahe direct to La Digue, although departures can be unreliable, there is limited wet weather cover and the journey takes about 3 hours (but that's cheaper than an Indian Ocean Island cruise!)
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