Logistics

We are based at Grand Anse on Praslin island. Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles. It is located 30 nautical miles from Mahé, the main island and home to the Seychelles international airport.

Praslin is surrounded by many satellite islands including La Digue, Aride, Sister and Curieuse to name a few. This makes it a perfect base from which to run our island hopping excursions.

 

Praslin

We offer pick-up and drop-off services for all of our excursions. This means that we will pick you up from your hotel and return you to your hotel after your adventure with us. We offer this service to all big hotels and known small establishments on Praslin island. If you are staying at a private home, please let us know and we will tell you where to meet us on the day.

All our excursions include the boat, crew, pick-up and drop off services, non-alcoholic drinks and if they are sea excursions, guided snorkelling trips with snorkelling equipment. Check the details tab on all our group excursions to see what is included in detail. Once you book an excursion with us, you will receive documentation confirming your reservation which will also include all these details.

Our private, bespoke excursions include different options that you get to choose when you are designing your special day out with us. We will go through them during the booking process. Your confirmation documentation will also include this.

 

If you are staying on Mahé and wish to come to Praslin for a group or private excursion you are very welcome to join us. You can take the ferry from Mahé to Praslin and we will meet you at the Praslin jetty and drop you off at the Praslin jetty in the afternoon. It is very important to note that we do not organise the Mahé-Praslin ferry for you. You will need to contact the Cat Cocos ferry company and book with them directly. Please contact them to check their prices before you book an excursion with us. Remember to ask them about their cancellation policy should we be forced to cancel the excursion due to bad weather. Ask about the possibility of making a provisional booking that you can confirm at the time of making payment on the morning of your excursion.

Note that you have to be on Praslin by 08.45 hrs to do an excursion with us. We will be waiting for you at the jetty at 08.30 hrs. At the end of the excursion we will drop you off at the jetty at 16.45 hrs for you to get a ferry back to Mahé.

Please keep in mind that we have no control over the prices, policies or ferry schedules of the Cat Cocos ferry which belongs to the Inter Island Boats Ltd. It is for this reason that we recommend that you contact their reservations department directly by email instead of purchasing a ticket through a third party.

Payment

No, unless you decide to add on a product, such as a bottle of wine. Otherwise, the listed price is the price you pay (including tax).

Yes, please do print a receipt. However, we understand that you may not have a printer handy when you’re travelling so, in that case, you can show us the receipt in your smartphone. Either way, we need to see a receipt either electronically or on paper to verify your booking.

Our private tours are made to measure. Prices start around 6800 Seychelles Rupees for a half day island hopping charter. Go to our Private Bespoke Tours section to contact us for more details.

You can book our Small Group Tours and most of our Exclusive Gifts online right now. You will be able to pay the deposit for them all as well.

Our tailor-made Private Tours are made according to your preferences. The final prices vary from one to another depending on the option you choose. You will not be able to pay for them now online. Once you contact us by filling up the form in the Bespoke Gifts section or the Design Your Excursion form in the Private Tours section, we will give you more information and set up a personalised payment option for you.

 

 

To book the tours that are sold online, you need to submit credit card details and pay a booking deposit. The rest of the payment will be taken out of your credit card on the day of your excursion.

Private custom-made tours have other payment procedures which we will discuss during the booking process.

Preparation

Comfortable clothing for a day at sea.

Swimming suits or trunks

Flip flops or waterproof beach sandals.

Hats or Caps

Sunglasses

 

Seasickness prevention medicine – always carry this along  and if you are susceptible please have this at least ½ an hour before boarding the boat.

Sun screen

A waterproof bag with sealed seams or pouch for your phone or camera.

Insect repellent against both mosquitoes and sandflies.

Your camera!

Light raincoats.

Reservations

In the event of any excursion being cancelled before departure due to any reasons beyond our control, a full refund minus the booking deposit will be provided. Should Set Excursions and Private Boat Charters need to be abandoned due to Force Majeure or difficulties en route, the amount refunded will be in accordance with the circumstances.

All Group Tours may be cancelled up to 5 days before the event without any penalisation save for the booking deposit which is not refundable. Any cancellations between 2 and 5 days prior to the event will incur a 50% cancellation fee, on top of the booking deposit. Cancellations within 2 days of the event are non-refundable and will be charged 100% cancellation fee.

All Bespoke Private Tours and Transfers may be cancelled up to 5 days before the event without any penalisation save for the booking deposit which is not refundable. Cancellations of Private Tours within 5 days will be charged a 100% cancellation fee. The management may however, in such cases, should there be availability, postpone the Private Boat Charter to another date.

Reservations are required for guaranteed spots on all tours. A  lot of work is done in the background before the day of the excursion. We need to organise the logistics, such as food and transportation to and from your hotel. Reservations help us determine the number of guides we need to ensure that our groups remain manageable and enjoyable. They allow us to notify you of changes to the tour due to weather conditions or other factors. This could involve a change in itinerary, a change of pick-up times or a cancellation.

We will always request an electronic or paper receipt to verify your booking.

Weather

A normal day in our tropical islands, is characterised by a mixture of sunshine, slight rainfall and some clouds, while the sea is normally slight and at times moderate. There are golden days, where you may be blessed with a full day of sunshine, ultra calm seas and crystal clear waters.

Should weather conditions be extreme, we would for security and safety reasons postpone the trip or cancel and refund it if there are no other possibilities. Your comfort and safety comes first and we will not take you out to sea if we know through information received by the meteorological services, that there will be pouring rain the whole day through, excessive winds and extremely high waves.

The Seychelles islands experience two trade winds yearly. The north west trade winds visit us from December to April, and there is more precipitation and it is warmer. The sea is generally calm to moderate. This time of year is the best for sailing and fishing and sea activities in general. All the islands surrounding Praslin are generally accessible and it is the ideal season for island hopping. Beaches on the North-Western side of the islands are not accessible by sea as the winds blowing there create bigger waves. Make sure to travel with a light anorak or rain jacket and pack an umbrella. Do not forget the mosquito repellent. There are generally more of these insects around because of the rain. Bring along a good book for you or board games and toys for the children. You may be stuck inside due to heavy rain for at least an afternoon during your stay.

From May to November the south easterly winds bring cooler air, a drier climate and more local vegetables on the market. It is more agreeable to book a guide and go for a walk on the many nature trails around the islands or simply take a walk through the town of Victoria. If you are opting to stay in a hotel without air condition, this is the best time to visit as you get a good night’s sleep without the oppressive humidity. The sea however, is normally moderate to rough. Always travel with sea sickness prevention medicine at this time of year. There are areas, on the North-Western side of the islands where the sea is calm. These are Beau Vallon on Mahé for example and Anse Lazio on Praslin. This is because they are not battered by the strong winds. They are sheltered and perfect for a swim and for children to take a dip and play. Normally you will find that the beaches on the South-Eastern part of the islands experience strong surf and many of them are eroded. The waves are pretty strong and can be dangerous. The open sea tends to be moderate to agitated so we do not to go too far in the open sea on our excursions at this time of year as it is uncomfortable for our guests. In spite of the general sea conditions, there is plenty to do in the shelter of the islands of La Digue and Praslin, so do not worry about not having the chance to step out on a boat.

Keep in mind however that the weather is always changeable. Our local weather is also affected by worldwide weather phenomena such as El Niño and La Niña. We have experienced a very wet and stormy June in 2016, which is not characteristic of our local weather patterns but 2015/2016 has been one of the strongest El Niño years on record.

We are very good mariners and we know our islands. There are excursions to be done throughout the year and if we see it will rain too much or the sea is too rough, we will cancel them. After all, you come on our excursions to have a great time and we would not like to see you uncomfortable.