Guide to Sailing Seychelles

Sailing Seychelles – The Ultimate Guide

Seychelles, with its crystal-clear waters, lush green islands, and stunning coral reefs, is a sailor's paradise. Whether you're an experienced sailor or a novice, Seychelles offers a range of sailing experiences for everyone. In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about sailing in Seychelles. Sailing in Seychelles is an experience like no other. Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean, east of mainland Africa. With its crystalline waters, lush vegetation, and diverse marine life, Seychelles is a true paradise for sailors.

TLDR: Seychelles offers a range of sailing experiences for everyone, from calm waters and light winds to stunning beaches, coral reefs, and nature reserves. To sail in Seychelles, you'll need a valid sailing license and cruising permit. There are plenty of yacht and boat hire options available, and the best time to sail is between March and May or September and November. Enjoy island hopping, snorkelling, diving, fishing, and exploring the unique culture of each island on your unforgettable sailing holiday in Seychelles.

Why Seychelles is a great place to sail

Seychelles is known for its stunning natural beauty, and there's no better way to explore it than on a sailboat. With its calm waters, light winds, and clear skies, Seychelles offers an ideal environment for sailing. The archipelago consists of 115 islands, making it the perfect place for island hopping. The industry is well developed here too, making it a convenient option for anyone looking for a live-aboard vacation or a simple day trip or excursions.


Sailing Conditions: Best time to sail in Seychelles

What is the best time of year to sail in Seychelles

For novices, the best time to sail in Seychelles is between March and May or September and November. During these months, the weather is perfect, and the winds are light, making it easier to navigate with little chance of challenging conditions.

Additionally, the water temperature is warm, making it perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

Sailing around Seychelles is always a relaxing experience due to the predictable weather patterns. But if you are looking for a bit more breeze in your sails, then plan your trip around the trade winds, which are at their most constant from May to October (south-easterly), with very little rainfall. From December to March, the trade winds blow in a northwesterly direction and occasional rain squalls can be expected.

However, when sailing in the Seychelles - as with anywhere in the world - it is important to be aware of any sudden changing weather conditions. The winds can pick up quickly, and the currents can be strong in certain places. So its always important to keep your eye on weather reports and your local charts.  There are also many beautiful reefs and rocks to be aware of, and it is important to follow the designated sailing routes to avoid any accidents. If you are not confident, or prefer to just sit back and relay, then it is important to have a experienced skipper on board.  All of our charter and boat hire fees include the services of an experienced, local skipper so you can rest assured you'll be in good hands and leave the rest up to us!

Tidal conditions in Seychelles

Tidal conditions and tides in Seychelles

The tidal conditions in Seychelles are generally mild, with a tidal range of only 0.5 to 1.5 metres (or up to 2 metres during extreme lunar events). The tide changes every six hours, and the current is usually less than 1 knot. However, it's important to note that the tidal conditions may vary depending on the location and time of year. When in doubt, anchor in deeper water than you feel is necessary, put out extra chain and overcompensate for and drag or swing.

All of our charters provide local skippers who are experts in this area, so you can leave all the tough decisions up to them and simply enjoy yourself!

Mahé Island Seychelles

Anchorages & Moorings

Seychelles offers plenty of anchorages and moorings, making it easy to stop and explore the islands at your own pace. There are several designated anchorage areas around the islands, especially around the most popular spots. Look out for the yellow mooring buoys and tie up and relax.  There are a few commercial marinas available for an overnight stay too, and a few resorts and all of the private islands offer moorings for their guests. It's important to check the regulations and guidelines for anchoring and mooring in Seychelles before setting sail, and if visiting a private island to ensure you have received the necessary permissions ahead of your venture.

Popular (and safe) anchorages include Beau Vallon and Port Launay on Mahé Island; and Anse Lazio and Baie St. Anne on Praslin.

PLEASE NOTE: Our coral reefs are a sensitive eco-system, please be aware of the damage your anchor and chain can do and avoid anchoring in these areas.

Legalities & Required Licenses

Required license for sailing in Seychelles

To sail in Seychelles, you'll need a valid sailing license or certification from an internationally recognised institution. You'll also need to obtain a cruising permit from the Seychelles Port Authority. Additionally, you'll need to have all the necessary safety equipment on board, including life jackets, fire extinguishers, and flares. Insurance or a security deposit is usually required if skippering the vessel yourself.

No skipper's license? No problem! Here at SezMarine, all our yachts and boats are provided fully crewed with a local qualified skipper, offering expert local knowledge and skill, for your charter in Seychelles. even if you are a licensed skipper, having a local skipper on board not only leaves you to simply enjoy yourself but also ensures you get to experience only the best of what Seychelles has to offer.

What's more, is that you can rest assured that all the other rules and regulations are taken care of - so all that's left is for you to relax and enjoy yourself!

Types of Yacht & Boat Hire Available

Seychelles offers a range of yacht and boat hire options, including bareboat charters, crewed charters, and day trips. There are also several types of boats available, such as catamarans, monohulls, and powerboats. The type of boat you choose will depend on your sailing experience and the size of your group.

Private Island Transfers Seychelles

Here at SezMarine, all our yachts and boats are provided fully crewed with a local qualified skipper. We believe this really is the best way to ensure that you get to enjoy all that Seychelles has to offer. We take care of everything for you, so you can simply enjoy your vacation. Our skippers are local experts ensuring they'll not only know the best options for you on the day but also have local insights to enhance your sailing experience.

You can have a look at all the different charter options we provide HERE.
You can Meet the Fleet and view all the boats and yachts we currently have available for charter in Seychelles HERE.

What to See and Do on a Sailing Holiday in Seychelles

Things to do on a sailing holiday in Seychelles

Sailing in Seychelles offers a range of activities and attractions to explore. Some of the highlights include:

  • Exploring the stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters of the numerous islands
  • Snorkelling or diving in the coral reefs around Praslin, Curieuse and the St. Anne Marine Park
  • Visiting the nature reserves on Cousin, Aride, Mahé & Praslin.
  • Island hopping around the inner islands to discover the different cultures and traditions of each island
  • Fishing for tuna, marlin, and other game fish in the deep waters of Seychelles
  • Waking up in a different location every morning and heading ashore to explore

There is so much to see and do in Seychelles - and the best way to explore and get the most out of your vacation is by boat.

You can learn more about all the amazing things to see and do by visiting our BLOG, where you will find loads of articles and guides giving you insider advice and tips to help you get the most out of your dream holiday in Seychelles!


Sailing in Seychelles is a unique and memorable experience. With its stunning natural beauty, calm waters, and warm weather, Seychelles offers an ideal environment for sailing. Whether you're an experienced sailor or a novice, Seychelles has something to offer everyone.

In conclusion, sailing in Seychelles is an unforgettable experience. The beautiful islands, warm waters, and diverse marine life make Seychelles the perfect destination for a sailing holiday. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a beginner, Seychelles has something to offer everyone.

We really hope you enjoyed our Guide to Sailing Seychelles and we are hoping to see you in paradise Seychelles soon . . . Until then, stay in touch on Facebook  and Instagram.

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