Sea Shell is 36m schooners. From triple single bunk cabins for a trio of friends to double-bed cabins with an extra bunk for a family, various configurations are available on each vessel. The best way to discover Seychelles and dive it.
The Sea Shell is a 36 Metre (118ft) wooden schooner, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She was built in 1920 in Holland, as a pilot vessel guiding ships across the English Channel. During the Second World War she was sunk by the owner to prevent it from being used in the conflict. In 1949 she was recovered and redesigned as a fishing boat. Then in 1982 under the name of Elisabeth Lown, she was renovated and chartered by a Belgian sailing school. Finally in 1997 she joined the cruise fleet in the Seychelles and became the Sea Shell.
She is twin diesel-powered and can cruise at 7 knots and has 220 volt power on board.
The Sea Shell sleeps up to 16 guests in privacy and comfort.
The main deck has a beautiful air conditioned salon with a TV/DVD, stereo player and an assortment of movies, CDs and books.
The upper deck is partially shaded and has chairs and tables. For those who enjoy the sun there is a bow sun deck with mattresses.
The dive deck is spacious and well equipped with personal gear boxes and an in-place fill station. Camera table, rinse tanks and freshwater shower are conveniently located for washing dive equipment and cameras.
The Sea Shell lower deck has 10 comfortable staterooms, 3 shared heads and 4 shared bathrooms.
All cabins have private sink and AC.
5 Staterooms (Category A): Double bed (lower) and single (upper) bunk-style bed, porthole.
2 Staterooms (Category B): Two bunk-style single beds, porthole.
3 Staterooms (Category B): Three bunk-style single beds, porthole.
3 Shared Heads.
4 Shared Showers.
11 dives per trip.
Weights, weight belts and 12l aluminium tanks with standard yoke valves are included.
All dives are guided by professionals and from a (11 Metre) tender boat.
- Nitrox Available: No.
- Rental Dive Equipment Available： Rate on request and must be booked in advance.
- Dive Insurance： Mandatory.
- Travel Insurance: Recommended.
- Wi-Fi Internet Available： No.
- Payment on board： By cash only: USD, Euros and local currency SCR (Seychelle Rupees).
- Crew gratuities : Not included, an average is 5 to 10% of your cruise price depending upon your satisfaction.
- Other: Laundry: For an additional fee. Use of kayak and fishing gear: Included
Sea Shell Weekly 7-night Cruise Itinerary from November - April
DAY 1 - SATURDAY
Embarkation at the Inter-Island Quay followed by the Captain's welcome briefing.
Depart Port Victoria sailing from Mahé to a late afternoon anchorage at Round Island, just off the isle of Praslin.
In the evening, introduce yourself to Creole cuisine with a welcome barbecue dinner onboard.
DAY 2- SUNDAY
Disembark on Praslin, Seychelles' second-largest inhabited island, for a visit to the famous World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve.
Explore the valley's eerie pathways beneath its canopy of massive palms, before returning onboard for afternoon opportunities to dive, snorkel or enjoy other water sports.
DAY 3- MONDAY
A morning sail brings the vessel to La Digue, a sleepy island community where ox-carts and bicycles still remain the most common mode of transportation throughout the island.
Explore the entire island by bicycle, perhaps stopping by Union Estate, a sprawling network of traditional island activities, including a copra mill, vanilla plantation, and shipyard.
DAY 4 - TUESDAY
In the morning the vessel sails toward Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur (the Sisters) for excellent snorkeling and diving, and for a relaxing visit of these unique and completely uninhabited tropical islands.
In the afternoon, visit Coco Island, one of Seychelles’ tiny granite jewels, a fantastic spot for snorkeling within a kaleidoscope of tropical fish.
DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY
Sail to Booby Island for a morning of diving and water sports.
After lunch, sail to Aride Island, a globally important nature reserve with more native bird species than any other island, including five endemics and the world's largest population of 3 species (Lesser Noddy, Audubon's Shearwater and Seychelles Warbler), which can be seen along a spectacular nature trail.
DAY 6- THURSDAY
In the morning disembark at Curieuse for a visit of this virtually uninhabited island, to explore its mangrove forest and giant tortoise farm.
After a barbecue lunch on the island, enjoy an array of water sports or simply relax and enjoy the island's beautiful beach and turquoise waters.
DAY 7- FRIDAY
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely sail back towards Mahé, with a last stop at Ile Seche for more snorkeling or diving, followed by a farewell barbecue.
The vessel overnights in the Ste Anne Marine Park.
DAY 8- SATURDAY
After an early breakfast, disembarkation is at 08.30am at Inter Island Quay, Victoria, Mahe.
|Facilities||Water Toys, Fishing gear|
Schedules & routes
|Date||Duration||Destination||Departure - Arrival||Price|
|24/08/2019 to 30/08/2019||6 nights||Seychelles||Praslin - Praslin||From $1,557.24||Detail|
|31/08/2019 to 06/09/2019||6 nights||Seychelles||Praslin - Praslin||From $1,557.24||Detail|
|07/09/2019 to 13/09/2019||6 nights||Seychelles||Praslin - Praslin||From $1,557.24||Detail|
|14/09/2019 to 20/09/2019||6 nights||Seychelles||Praslin - Praslin||From $1,557.24||Detail|
|21/09/2019 to 27/09/2019||6 nights||Seychelles||Praslin - Praslin||From $1,557.24||Detail|
|28/09/2019 to 04/10/2019||6 nights||Seychelles||Praslin - Praslin||From $1,557.24||Detail|
|05/10/2019 to 11/10/2019||6 nights||Seychelles||Praslin - Praslin||From $1,557.24||Detail|
|12/10/2019 to 18/10/2019||6 nights||Seychelles||Praslin - Praslin||From $1,557.24||Detail|
|19/10/2019 to 25/10/2019||6 nights||Seychelles||Praslin - Praslin||From $1,557.24||Detail|
|26/10/2019 to 01/11/2019||6 nights||Seychelles||Praslin - Praslin||From $1,557.24||Detail|
|02/11/2019 to 09/11/2019||7 nights||Seychelles||Mahe - Mahe||From $1,443.46||Detail|
|09/11/2019 to 16/11/2019||7 nights||Seychelles||Mahe - Mahe||From $1,443.46||Detail|
|16/11/2019 to 23/11/2019||7 nights||Seychelles||Mahe - Mahe||From $1,443.46||Detail|
|23/11/2019 to 30/11/2019||7 nights||Seychelles||Mahe - Mahe||From $1,443.46||Detail|
|30/11/2019 to 07/12/2019||7 nights||Seychelles||Mahe - Mahe||From $1,443.46||Detail|
|07/12/2019 to 14/12/2019||7 nights||Seychelles||Mahe - Mahe||From $1,443.46||Detail|
|14/12/2019 to 21/12/2019||7 nights||Seychelles||Mahe - Mahe||From $1,443.46||Detail|
|21/12/2019 to 28/12/2019||7 nights||Seychelles||Mahe - Mahe||From $1,443.46||Detail|
|28/12/2019 to 04/01/2020||7 nights||Seychelles||Mahe - Mahe||From $1,443.46||Detail|
Prices & conditions
|Seychelles||6 nights||Twin Cat A||From $1,557.24|
|Seychelles||6 nights||Double Cat B||From $1,801.53|
|Seychelles||7 nights||Twin Cat A||From $1,443.46|
|Seychelles||7 nights||Double Cat B||From $1,673.25|
- All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
- Fuel surcharge
- Dinner on final evening
- Land tour & Island visit
- Boat accident insurance
- Air tanks & weights & weight belts
- Land transfer on arrival/depature date
- Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
- Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
- Dive courses on board
- Crew gratuity
- Dive equipment rentals
- Dive guide service
- Dive insurance
- Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
- Marine park fees/Port fees
Period : Liveaboards run trips year round, with the high season being from April-May and October-November.
Visa's : No visa is required for all nationalities, though all foreigners must have a passport valid for at least 6 months, and must have proof of accommodation bookings before arrival.
Climat : The climate is very stable all year, with the islands considered to be a tropical rainforest. Average daily air temperature ranges from 24°C to 30°C throughout the year. Humidity is high all year.
Water : Water temps stay at or above 27°C throughout the year, but during the cool dry season of August they can drop down to 25°C.
Clothing : We recommend casual and cool cotton attire while on board. Nights can be chilly and/or drizzly so bringing a sweater, light jacket or windbreaker is recommended.
Plugs : Type G, 2-pin electrical plugs with 240 V @ 50Hz
Flights : International flights arrive daily to Mahe from Afirca and the Middle East, and also from Germany and Russia.
Currency : Local currency is the Seychelles rupee (SCR). ATMs are widely used and offer good exchange rates. Banks and money changers also availble.
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