The Seychelles is a150-island archipelago in the Indian Ocean just below the equator. The water and air temperature are about the same, 90 ◦ and the humidity is at least 80 percent. These conditions were enhanced by very light breezes between the islands. The night sky was totally void of light pollution, revealing an abounding display of southern hemisphere stars.
of the islands are within the country’s national park system or animal
conservancy. Each island had a different flavor and we were intrigued to
see the World Heritage’s smallest site, Valle de Mai, as well as the
Tortoise herd on Curieuse Island.
Nowlen the engineer and dive master is married to Sabine, the head stewardess. Both have endless energy and a quick smile. Nowlen took everyone diving who wanted to go and was a patient and kind water ski instructor as well. Working alongside Sabine behind the bar and serving was the sweet and shy Anais. I could never figure out how they managed to sneak into our cabins and clean unobserved while we were having breakfast. Each night, at turn-down, they covered the port holes with black out shades to keep the cabins cool and dark. Craig and Miguel helped us in and out of dinghies and assisted us with our fishing poles. One of the great delights on board was eating our fresh caught fish daily. Miguel doubled as our nature walk guide through the mangroves on Curieuse and through the forest on Therese to search for ancient pirate treasure.
As a destination, the Seychelles are indeed special. There are very few yachts in the area and the striking granite rise of the islands is breath taking. The snorkeling is excellent as is the diving. Most of the islands are unpopulated. Those that are populated have little if any nightlife. This destination is for sailors who seek a tropical alternative to the Caribbean.
DOUCE FRANCE and her crew will provide charter guests with a memorable vacation. They have any water toy a guest could want including water skis, wake board, laser sailboats, kayaks and more. The six cabins all have beds which can convert between singles and doubles. There are two larger cabins in the middle of the hulls. The four remaining cabins are only slightly smaller. All cabins have ensuite facilities with showers and plenty of hot water. Both the salon and aft deck have comfortable seating. There is one large screen TV in the salon and a sound system that goes throughout the yacht. Each cabin has its own iPod station.