Island-hopping is made possible through a regular network of air and sea transport primarily operating out of the principal island, Mahé.
Air Seychelles operates a shuttle service between Mahé and Praslin, the second largest island. The flight lasts only 15 minutes with an average of 20 return flights every day. Air Seychelles also operates other inter-island flights, usually on the request of hotels to Bird, Denis, Desroches and Alphonse Islands.
Felicite and Cocos islands © STB
Also part of the air network is Helicopter Seychelles, which is a helicopter charter company specialising in island transfers (incl. transfers to La Digue), excursions and chartered scenic flights throughout Seychelles. The Islands Development Company (IDC) specialises in charter flights mostly to the Outer Islands of Seychelles.
Two types of sea ferry operate in Seychelles: the traditional and the modern. The traditional, sail-assisted schooner-type ferry chiefly operates from the Inter-Island Quay of Victoria on Mahé to Baie Ste. Anne Jetty on Praslin (2½hrs duration), or to La Passe Jetty on La Digue (3hrs duration).
The modern mode is the Cat Cocos service, a fast and modern catamaran that operates transfers between the Inter-Island Quay of Victoria and the Baie Ste. Anne Jetty on Praslin (less than 1hour duration).
Detailed information about all Seychelles islands may be found here.
Please click also the following links and get additional information on island hopping:
- transfers from Mahé
- transfers from Praslin
- transfers from La Digue
Guide to Islands Access and Fees
With 115 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean between 4° and 10° south of the Equator, Seychelles offers diverse and impressive sailing opportunities. While you are free to explore most of Seychelles’ waters at will, there are some islands with certain access limitations.
The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) has prepared this document as a convenient reference guide so that sailors can have all the requirements and particulars at their fingertips. It lists the islands of interest that are either in a Marine National Park area or a Nature Reserve, those that are privately or publicly owned, and those managed by the Island Development Company (IDC). It also lists the required formalities necessary for access, landing/entry fees, overnight mooring fees, and the contact details for the islands in question.
We hope that this information will aid you in having a hassle free sailing holiday in Seychelles.
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While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this document, STB takes no liability for any errors or omissions. The information is subject to change without notice and should be re-confirmed with the relevant authorities.Updated – May 2007