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.

Christina

21/06/2014

My family went for a 3 weeks long holiday in Seychelles October 2013, and we stayed one week onboard Sea Shell (2 adults, 1 young kid). The trip made me believed more that Seychelles soon will be one...

Description

Boat

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.


Cabin

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.


Diving

  • 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.


Other information

  • 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

Itineraries

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.

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Destinations Seychelles
Facilities Water Toys, Fishing gear
Languages spoken English

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
25/05/2019 to 31/05/2019 6 nights Seychelles Praslin - Praslin From $1,557.24 Detail
01/06/2019 to 07/06/2019 6 nights Seychelles Praslin - Praslin From $1,106.58 Detail
08/06/2019 to 14/06/2019 6 nights Seychelles Praslin - Praslin From $1,106.58 Detail
15/06/2019 to 21/06/2019 6 nights Seychelles Praslin - Praslin From $1,106.58 Detail
22/06/2019 to 28/06/2019 6 nights Seychelles Praslin - Praslin From $1,106.58 Detail
29/06/2019 to 05/07/2019 6 nights Seychelles Praslin - Praslin From $1,557.24 Detail
06/07/2019 to 12/07/2019 6 nights Seychelles Praslin - Praslin From $1,557.24 Detail
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20/07/2019 to 26/07/2019 6 nights Seychelles Praslin - Praslin From $1,557.24 Detail
27/07/2019 to 02/08/2019 6 nights Seychelles Praslin - Praslin From $1,557.24 Detail
03/08/2019 to 09/08/2019 6 nights Seychelles Praslin - Praslin From $1,557.24 Detail
10/08/2019 to 16/08/2019 6 nights Seychelles Praslin - Praslin From $1,557.24 Detail
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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
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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
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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

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Seychelles 6 nights Twin Cat A From $1,106.58
Seychelles 6 nights Double Cat B From $1,281.71
Seychelles 7 nights Twin Cat A From $1,443.46
Seychelles 7 nights Double Cat B From $1,673.25

Included

  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • 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

Useful information

Seychelles

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.

Diver's reviews (1)

Christina, 21/06/2014

My family went for a 3 weeks long holiday in Seychelles October 2013, and we stayed one week onboard Sea Shell (2 adults, 1 young kid). The trip made me believed more that Seychelles soon will be one of the best holiday destinations for recreational diver! It offers a lovely combination for scuba, snorkeling (especially great for those who travel with non-divers)! Underwater world in Seychelles has an absolute profusion of reef life, we felt like diving in an huge aquirium, the fish life there was very good too, and visibility was super good in October. About the boat - Sea Shell itself, i would like to rate 3.5 out of 5. We had a double-bed cabin, with one bunk bed above. But i would say that the cabin was a bit small for a family of 3. The crew were very nice and helpful, food was good onboard.

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