This page provides useful pre-departure, travel and base information. From airport procedures to visa requirements, it will tell you what to expect to make your vacation smooth and care free. We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you. You might also find our online cruising guide helpful in planning your vacation itinerary in more detail.
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Moorings (Seychelles) Ltd
Eden Island Marina
PO Box 588
Tel:(+248) 434 61 20
We suggest you notify family and friends of how you may be reached in case they need to contact you.
Hours of Operation
Monday to Saturday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Embarkation / Disembarkation: 10:00am - 10:00am
Sunday & Public Holidays: 8:30am - 12:00pm in case of embarkation
You will find shower and toilet facilities at the marina. They are located near the Moorings office and are open 24 hours a day. Other facilities include an ATM, shops, docks, swimming pool, restaurant, cafeteria, bar, and souvenir shop.
How to Get There
Arrival by plane at Seychelles International Airport. (Domestic & International Flights) Distance from Mahé Airport to the base is 5 km. The transfer takes approximately 5 minutes by car.
Taxis - The one way trip from the airport to the base costs from 100 SCR to 125 SCR (approximately 15€ - 20€). Max 4 pax with luggage. No reservation is necessary. Taxis are always available at the Airport.
Tel: + 248 37 51 00
Aeroflot Soviet Airlines
Lufthansa German Airlines
Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact your Vacation Planning Specialist before you book your flights.
Customs & Immigration - Disclaimer
British and EU Citizens must have a full passport, valid for at least the duration of their stay in the Seychelles. British Citizens do not require a visa, a Visitor’s Permit that will be issued upon arrival by the Seychelles Department of Immigration. Other nationals should check.
Customs Formalities: The duty free allowance for all liquors (including wine, beer, stout, ale and port) perfumes and tobacco is: 400 cigarettes or 500g of tobacco, 2 liters of Spirits or 2 liters of wine, 200ml of Perfume or Eau de Toilette.
Seychelles International Airport: Mahe Airport Enquiries - 248 38 42 40
Transfers from Seychelles International airport are not included in your charter price, so you must arrange or pay for your own on arrival (see below) or, for your convenience, you can add pre-paid return taxi transfers to your Moorings booking. Please contact your Moorings Vacation Planning Specialist who will be happy to do this for you. They cost £14pp. On arrival, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall with a sign displaying your name.
Distance from Mahé Airport to the base: 5 km
The transfer takes approx. 5 minutes by car.
Arrival / Departure Procedure
Embarkation time: Charters start at 10.00 am or 4.00 pm (with evening start). Sailing instructions will be given beforehand at the welcome office.
Briefing times: Chart & Boat briefings will start at 9.00 am for the 10.00 am start time and 2.00 pm for Evening Starts.
All skippers must attend the briefing and everything you need to know will be covered from customs regulations, use of the radio, making dinner reservations, how to get help etc... Please save all questions of this nature until then. The Moorings operations manual will be on board your yacht for your use throughout your charter.
Disembarkation: 10:00 am is the mandatory time when the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.
Late Arrival Procedure
The base personnel will wait for clients until 7:00 pm. After 7:00 pm, you will find a sign at the reception with a message for you indicating your yacht's berth. Your boat will be open and there will be a sign with your name. The boat's equipment will be ready for the night. The base personnel will be at your disposal the next day from 8:30 am and will then turn the boat over to you.
Security Excess If you haven't purchased Yacht Damage Waiver, a security deposit (amount as per your invoice) is payable at the base by traveler's checks, Visa or Master Card, and is refundable at the end of the charter subject to there being no loss or damage. The liability includes loss or theft of the dinghy and/or outboard.
Onward and return flights - NOT OUTBOUND - should be reconfirmed 72 hours prior to departure. Times may change while you are away and you need to know about them.
Taxes / Departure Tax
There is an airport departure tax of $40pp, which must be paid in U.S. dollars. This charge is sometimes included in the cost of an airline ticket (please check with your airline)
Avis, Europcar, Hertz and other companies are located at the airport. The average price is from 55 to 90€ per day with insurance.
Area: 283 sq. mi. (approx. 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC)
People: The Seychellois are extremely hospitable people and, for the most part, they live simple island lives. Nearly 90% of this mixed nation dwells on the main island, Mahé, with the remaining few scattered across the smaller islands.
Time: GMT + 4. Four hours ahead of London. Nine hours ahead of New York (EST). Daylight savings time is not observed.
Language: Creole, English and French are spoken widely. Any of these will suffice at the major hotels, attractions, shops, banks, etc. Some members of the travel industry speak German and Italian. Translation services when in the country are available.
Religions: Roman Catholic (82.3%), Anglican, Seventh Day Adventist, other Christian, Hindu, Muslim, other non-Christian.
Currency: The Seychelles Rupee (SCR)
Electricity: Throughout Seychelles the voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 Hz. Seychelles uses the British standard square three-pin, 13 amp sharp electric plug.
Tipping: Most charges (restaurant, hotel, taxis, porters, etc.) already include a 5% to 10% service charge or "tip." Additional tipping is not expected but some people round up to the next convenient amount, especially when paying by cash.
Le Relax Hotel & Restaurant - Mahe
The Wharf - Mahe
Berjaya Beau Vallon Beach Resort & Casino*** - Mahe
Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove***** - Mahe
Le Méridien Barbarons - Mahe
Coral Strand Hotel*** - Mahe
The Wharf - Creole and international cooking, Breakfast and bar.
Pirate Arms Restaurant & Bar - Creole & International food.
Marie Antoinette Restaurant - Creole food
Boat House Restaurant - Creole buffet and BBQ
La Scala Restaurant - Creole & Gastronomic fish menu.
Tante Mimi Restaurant – Casino des Iles - Chef’s exotic dishes.
Patatran Restaurant - Creole menu.
The Post Office is situated in the center of the town of Victoria (Independence Avenue). Open Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm and Saturday 8:00am to 12:00am.
Double Click Maison La Rosière,Victoria Tel: + 248 61 05 90
Digitech Internet Salamat House, La Poudrière,Victoria Tel: + 248 22 55 21
Verimedia Cote d’Or, Praslin Tel: + 248 23 21 57
Tourist Information Centers
Independence Avenue, Victoria - Tel: + 248 61 08 00
STB – Seychelles Tourism Board, Bel Ombre, Mahé - Tel: + 248 62 00 00
There are laundry facilities located in the marina on Eden Island.
Barclays Bank, Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) & Habib Bank.
Hours of Operation: Open weekdays from 8:15 am until 2:30 pm and Saturday until 11:00 am
Cash Machines: Victoria, Praslin and La Digue located in front of each bank (24h/24h).
Currencies / Money Exchange
Credit Cards accepted: American Express, Eurocard/MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.
Currency: The Local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR).
Important: Visitors are required to use only foreign currency when making payments to hotels and guesthouses and when paying for other hospitality-related expenses such as hiring cars or boats, the services of tour operators or travel agents, patronage of the casino, and domestic transfers within the Seychelles. Small purchases in restaurants outside hotels, shopping and taxi fares are payable in local currency. Foreign currency may only be exchanged at banks, authorized money dealers, at the Airport, or with a Hotel cashier. You have to ask for a receipt.
It is illegal to change money on the black market in Seychelles.
Snorkeling & Diving
Snorkeling Equipment: To help you avoid travelling with an extra bag, The Moorings boats are supplied with snorkeling equipment. If your size is not available, please ask Customer services prior to departure.
Scuba diving: Large round shaped rocks of granite islands are to be found underwater down to the shelf 50 to 60 meters below sea level. The loveliest underwater landscapes are around Mahe and the surroundings islands. The sculptured rocks are covered with soft coral and sponges. Large numbers of fish are found almost everywhere. It is also possible to dive to some of the many wrecks.
Scuba diving is strictly regulated in Seychelles:
Diving is only with a registered diving club and dive master. Underwater fishing is forbidden when scuba diving and with the use of spear guns. It is also forbidden to collect shells and coral.
Please arrange in advance with The Moorings team for “Rendezvous Diving” with a Dive center:
Big Blue Divers: Mare Anglaise, Mahé. Tel: + 248 24 78 54
Le Diable des Mers: Beau Vallon, Mahé. Tel: + 248 24 71 01
Underwater Centre Dive Resorts: Mahé. Tel: + 248 24 73 57
Cote d’Or Octopus Diving: Anse Volbert, Praslin. Tel: + 248 23 23 50
Seychelles waters are a paradise for game fishing. The flats near St. Francoise and Alphonse have recently been recognized as probably the best saltwater fly fishing area in the world. We offer high quality saltwater combos (30-50 KG Penn “Tuna Stick” mounted with a Shimano “Tyrnos II LRS” reel, fitted with 200m of 110Lbs line, 2 lures and a fighting belt) for 75Euros a week or 12Euros a day that may be rented on site or booked in advance when booking online or over the phone.
Deep Sea Fishing
Trolling brings in red meat fish (tuna, jackfish and dorado); bottom fishing can net giant red snapper, grouper and "Job" -- fish guidebooks are recommended. Note that spear fishing is prohibited in the Seychelles.
Fly fishing on the flats is exhilarating, especially with a guide who know the local waters inside and out: so much so that one would think he knew each individual fish by name. Tarpon cannot be taken in Seychelles. Guides in Seychelles are experts and inexpensive. Fishing is either by wading or by small skiff.
Fishing License Requirements:
No fishing license is required for recreational fishing.
Surfing - At Grand Anse on the western coast of Mahe surfing is ideal between November and April as larger than usual waves roll in.
Windsurfing - Excellent almost everywhere! Each year there is the Mahe/Praslin Windsurfing Competition, usually in September, which starts from Victoria, Mahe and finishes at Maison des Palmes Beach on Praslin.
Other watersports - Wakeboarding and water skiing are available at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Beach Resort on Mahe (the only place for those activities). Windsurfers, canoes and sailing dinghies may be hired on the more popular beaches and water skiing and paragliding are offered at the main resort areas.
Beaches - Ranking among the best in the world the silver white sands encircle the islands. Crystal clear water invites swimming in the safe, reef-protected waters. Outstanding beaches include Beau Vallon, Anse Intendance, Anse Royale and Anse Takamaka on Mahe; Cote D'Or and Anse Lazio on Praslin; and Anse La Source d'Argent, Grand Anse and Petit Anse on La Digue.
Arab Horse Riding, Mahe. Adults & Children: 150 SCR/8.50GBP per hour.
Chalets Anse Forban: Mahe. Tel: + 248 36 61 12
Chez Michelin: La passe, La Digue. Tel: + 248 23 43 04
Paradise Bicycle Hire: Anse Volbert, Praslin. Tel: +248 51 21 37
Cote d’Or Bicycle Hire: Cote d’Or, Praslin. Tel: + 248 23 20 71
Lemuria Resort of Praslin: Anse Kerlan, Praslin. Tel: + 248 28 12 81
Seychelles' natural paradise is spectacularly appreciated at ground level. Walking tours are an excellent way to see the islands' exotic flora and fauna. Guided tours can be arranged through hotels and Travel Services Seychelles, or you can set out on your own, for the excellent trails on Mahe, Praslin, Silhouette and Aride in particular.
Bird watching Visitors come from all over the world to see some of the rarest birds on Earth. Eleven species are only found in the granitic Seychelles, including the Magpie Robin (now only on Fregate), the Seychelles Warbler (its refuge, Cousin Island, is now a reserve) and the only remaining Indian Ocean flightless bird, the White-throated Rail on Aldabra. Huge seabird colonies exist on Bird Island and on Aride with 10 breeding seabird species. Migrants from both Arctic and Antarctic regularly turn up and, in fact, many new Seychelles species were first spotted by birding visitors.
Other than a few theatres and discos, most nightlife is in the larger hotels. The specialty is local entertainment. "Camtolet" music, originating in a mix of waltzes, polkas and quadrilles often accompanied by dancers, is performed. Moutia, an African dance form based on prayers which slaves turned into work chants, is typical drums and rhythm. And, of course, the famous Sega dance. Many hotels offer evening barbecues, dances and folk singing. Typically, the larger hotels will have more entertainment on more days while the smaller ones will have one or two person bands. There also is the fabulous Casino des Iles on Praslin.
Experience / Qualification requirements
A sailing qualifications is not mandatory to charter here - but you must demonstrate that you have the necessary experience and ability. If our base staff are not confident in your ability when you arrive, they will arrange for a Moorings skipper to travel with you - at your own expense. Please ensure you have completed a Sailing CV or a Power CV to ensure you have the necessary experience required.
Apart from the Moorings Marina in Eden Island, there is one other option in the Bay Saint Anne, Praslin. Some buoys are available from Robert (contact 77 02 67) around 100 SCR/6 GPB per day per buoy. The port of La Digue welcomes only 3 or 4 yachts at a time. You have to contact the harbor master before arrival. For the other islands you must anchor in a safe cove for the night.
Throughout Seychelles the voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 Hz. Seychelles uses the British standard square three-pin, 13 amp sharp electric plug.
An IA system as in Europe. Red cylindrical buoys and even numbers to port; green cones with odd numbers to starboard. The channel leading to Victoria Harbour is perfectly well marked by numerous buoys. However, in the Seychelles, buoyage is poor and limited to some scattered buoys. Do not hesitate to ask our base manager if you have any doubts.
Sailing Area Restrictions
No restricted areas for sailing, except the military harbour of Victoria in the Inner Islands. For the Amirantes an authorization is required.
Mooring Areas: any mooring on the nearby islands except Police Bay, in the south of Mahe, Coco Islands and Grand Anse in Praslin (Dangerous access).
In the Marine Parks and Beau Vallon Bay in Mahé, the anchorage is restricted. For the Amirantes, only during the NW season, with a local skipper and on a Moorings 4700, an authorization is required 48 hours before arrival in the Amirantes. The Moorings team will take care of it for you.
Visiting the islands: The owner’s permission must always be obtained before visiting private islands. Some islands or moorings are forbidden for environmental and conservation reasons. Taxes are payable to go ashore on some islands. Taxes vary from one island to another.
Anything else you need to know will be explained during the chart briefing.
Nautical Charts & Documents
Most nautical charts of Seychelles are of British origin (Admiralty Charts).There are four maps which give the depth in meters.
N° 721 : This map, to 1/750 000 scale covers the zone of Mahe and neighboring islands up to Bird and Denis to the north. It also covers the Amirantes to the west, Astove to the SW and Coetivy to the SE.
N° 722: Access to Victoria and harbor. Scale: 1/25 000.
N° 724: This map gives details of some of the islands of the Seychelles with different scales (Desroches Island, Bird Island, Denis, Curieuse and the north coast of Praslin the passage between Praslin and La Digue with Saint Anne Baie).
N° 740: Scale 1/300 000. Covers Mahe and neighboring islands and stretches to the north up to Bird and Denis Island.
N° 742: This map covers Mahe and neighboring islands up to Aride Island to the west and Frégate Island to the east. Scale: 1/125 000.
The Pilote Cotier – Beneteau N°15 (Voiles et Voiliers – Alain Rondeau) is the first nautical guide covering the Seychelles, in English and French. Some abstract information concerning the islands can be found in the Nautical Instruction N° L9 of the Hydrographic Service of the French Naval Ministry (SHOM) and the sailing Direction N°3 of the British Admiralty.
Mooring & Park Fees
There are landing and visitor fees for certain islands. The amount per person/per cruise for one week is approximately 100€. We advise you to anticipate a small cash reserve on board to cover these fees. You will then avoid trying to find the money at the time of landing. These fees are usually paid in foreign currency to the island's custodian who will provide you with the tickets. The fees listed below are provided as a guideline. Fee can also be paid in USD.
Ste Anne Marine Park: Open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. 15€ per person per day + 100 SCR for the boat for night mooring
Ile Coco Marine Park: Open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm. 15€ per person per day
Cousin Island: Open Monday to Friday, in the morning only. 30€ per person. Landing from 9:00 - 10:00 am for guided tours
Big Sister Island: Open Monday to Friday 10:30 am - 3:00 pm. Closed Sunday & Public Holidays. 23€ per person - Private Island
LA Digue Island: Disembarkation Free of charge. L’Union Estate Visit & pass to Anse Source d’Argent. Open daily, 4€ per person.
Baie Ternay Marine Park: Open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. 15€ per person per day. After 5:00 pm 10€ for the boat only
Silhouette Island: Open daily with clearance. 20€ per person. Request at I.D.C. Office before departure
Aride Island: Open Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. 30€ per person. Landing before 10:00 am for guided tour
Curieuse & Saint Pierre: Open daily 15€ per person. Curieuse Island visit and snorkeling in Saint Pierre
Praslin Island: Disembarkation Free of charge. Vallée de Mai Visit open daily 15€ per person
Bird Island: Open daily 40€ per person
North Island, Small Sister Island, Marianne Island, Denis Island & Fregate Island: Closed to the public - No landing- Private islands
We would like to draw your attention to two of the most frequent causes of accidents in our region:
Running Aground & Propeller fouling.
Towing In Seychelles. It frequently happens that the captain of a vessel that has taken another vessel (or a vessel that has been abandoned) into tow has the right to claim ownership or compensation for the towed boat. To prevent any unpleasantness from being towed, always be sure to have enough fuel, to avoid going aground or damaging the propeller shaft. Do not be towed for a minor problem. Beware that assistance at sea is an obligation, and towage can be negotiated. If towage is really necessary for the safety of the crew and the boat, come to an agreement before a witness (use the VHF). Never take the other boat's towline, it is like handing your boat over to them. Instead, give your own towline and should they refuse, their intentions become obvious. Inform the base as soon as possible so they can take the necessary steps with the insurance company.
Please visit the Itinerary Page for more of the best places to visit on your trip. While you are in Mahe take the opportunity to visit these other cultural attractions.
Botanical Gardens Mont Fleuri, Victoria - There are many striking tropical plants, not only those native to Seychelles but also specimens from around the world. Of special interest is a collection of tropical palms. There is also a tortoise pen. Opening Hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm daily.
Art - For a small country, there are several very well-known painters residing there. Perhaps the best of these is Michael Adams who has a studio and gallery on the southwest coast of Mahe. The Daily Telegraph said "Adams catches the spirit of the islands, his brilliantly colored silk-screens prints throb with life, pattern, activity and fun. Every surface is worked over again and again with animals, people, rampant vegetation and crisp white buildings..." Other artists are Leon Radegonde, Gerard Devoud and Marc Duc.
Coach excursions - are available and will take visitors to Mahe's attractions: the markets, the 100 year old Botanical Gardens (with giant land tortoises, coco-de-mer and orchids); the capital, Victoria, with its famous clock tower; the National Museum dedicated to island history, folklore and music; graceful colonial mansions and old plantations; and vibrant green jungles.
Museums - In Victoria you'll find the National Museum on Independence Avenue, the History Museum on State House Avenue and both the National Library and National Archives are on Francis Rachel Street. The National Museum exhibits local cultural and natural history along with artifacts including ship wreckage, coral, voodoo implements, stuffed tortoises, old musical instruments and household objects and various possessions of the pirates who once roamed the waters.
Jardin du Roi Anse Royal, Mahé Recognized historical site. Visitors can enjoy spices, fruits and flowers. There is also a fabulous reptilarium. Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am to 5:30pm.
Creole Village Val des Pres, Mahé Traditional Creole Village. Craft, Restaurant.
Vallée de Mai Praslin Vallée de Mai is one of the world’s smallest natural world heritage sites. The oldest trees in the “Vallée de Mai” are around 800 years old. The valley forms the heart of the Praslin National Park and is home to the famous and magnificent Coco de Mer Palm. Opening Hours: Daily 8:00am to 5:30pm. Entrance fee: 15€ or 15 U$.
Praslin Ocean Farm Amitie, Praslin Aquarium, Pearl Farm and boutique of the Black Pearl of the Seychelles. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00pm.
Plantation House La Digue, Anse Union Here you can visit the copra factory and the famous Creole style plantation house. It is also the access to the Anse Source d’Argent beach. Entrance fee: 5€
Let The Moorings take all of the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality in beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Leave the challenging shopping to us and jump right into your vacation!
After you book your charter, we will send you the provisioning forms in your charter packet. Simply make your selections in advance. We coordinate everything for a hassle-free experience by conveniently delivering your order to your boat upon arrival.
Supermarkets are located in Victoria, five minutes by car from the Moorings office. Supermarkets are generally open daily except Sunday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. You can pay cash in Seychelles Rupees (SCR)
Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation can be very costly. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services unless you have comprehensive insurance. Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities of your Moorings vacation. Click for more details
Vaccination and Immunization Information - Disclaimer
The Seychelles are generally risk-free of contagious disease.
You are advised to be up-to-date with your Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A & B vaccines. However, please consult your GP or visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for the latest immunization information before you travel.
A yellow fever certificate is required if entering from an area with risk of yellow fever transmission and for all travelers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Current travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunization requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination’s authority website to receive the latest updates.