The Indian Ocean

Explore the Seychelles archipelago, hopping from one fascinating destination to the next

Warm, vast, and crystal-clear, the Indian Ocean is the world’s third-largest ocean, covering almost 20% of the Earth’s surface and stretching 6,200km between Africa and Australia. This colossal stretch of water borders four continents and provides major sea trade routes that connect the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
Explore the Seychelles archipelago on board an Emerald Cruises luxury superyacht, hopping from one fascinating destination to the next. A true desert island paradise, white sandy beaches, dense rainforest, and a plethora of spectacular wildlife reveals each island’s own charming personality. 

Why visit The Indian Ocean...

  • Adventure
    Explore Morne Seychellois National Park and climb to the summit of the island’s tallest mountain. Look in awe at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve.
  • Charming Personality
    On Mahé Island visit the petite colonial capital, Victoria, and wander the colourful Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. Discover La Digue Island's Old Plantation House with its giant tortoises.
  • Spectacular Wildlife
    Witness an incredible selection of plants, insects and animals in Praslin National Park. Spot bottlenose dolphins or hawksbill sea turtles as they come to nest on Sainte Anne Island.
  • White Sandy Beaches
    Revel in the picture-perfect palm tree-lined white sandy beaches and turquoise sea of Praslin Island. Enjoy Anse Source D’Argent, the most photographed beach in the world.

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Why travel to the Indian Ocean with Emerald Cruises

We’ve included everything you need to get the most out of your cruise. From transfers to delicious on board dining with complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner, our inclusive promise ensures complete peace-of-mind. Even all on board gratuities are taken care of. 
  • Airport transfers to and from your superyacht
  • All meals on board
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • State-of-the-art coffee machines and tea stations
  • Complimentary water, restocked daily
  • First-class service from an English-speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All airport taxes and port charges
  • All gratuities on board are taken care of

Destinations to visit on an Indian Ocean cruise

Mahé Island

The largest island of the Seychelles archipelago, Mahé is great for adventurers. Explore Morne Seychellois National Park and climb to the summit of the island’s tallest mountain, Morne Seychellois. 

In the petite colonial capital of Victoria, a beautiful clock tower resembling London’s Big Ben, represents the Franco-English heritage of the island. Built in the UK in memory of Queen Victoria, it is over 100 years old and has become the city’s iconic centrepiece. Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of daily local life as you wander the vibrant Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. Built in 1840 and renovated in 1999, it is the main market, selling fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, as well as crafts, souvenirs and spices. 

In the heart of Victoria, explore Seychelles Botanical Garden, a beautiful park over a century old and home to an abundance of rare and endemic plant life. Across five acres, you’ll walk amongst rare coco de mer palm trees, native orchids, and fruit trees, looking out for the Aldabra giant tortoises before refuelling at the café in a beautiful rainforest setting. 

A plethora of museums and galleries introduce you to the history and culture of the Seychelles and what has shaped this remote collection of stunning islands. Visit the Natural History Museum and the Michael Adams Gallery, to view the work of one of the region’s most celebrated artists. 

Praslin Island

As close to paradise as possible, this truly spectacular island is celebrated for its picture-perfect palm tree-lined white sandy beaches and turquoise sea. With year-round temperatures of about 28 degrees, it’s almost impossible to not adopt the laidback Seychellois lifestyle as you wander the island’s tiny villages, discovering little shops and roadside stalls selling fresh fish, fruit, and bread. 

At the heart of the island, Praslin National Park is the habitat for an incredible selection of plants, insects and animals. Embark on explorations of its many walking trails and experience the awe-inspiring Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. One of the world’s smallest natural UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites and a true topic of intrigue, Vallée de Mai is home to the Seychelles’ endemic coco de mer palm, a mythology-surrounded 20kg ‘sea coconut’. Look out for the indigenous black parrot, as well as a huge number of species unique to the island, once described as the Garden of Eden by British Army Officer General Charles Gordon during his expedition in 1881. In 1966, this remarkable utopia was granted natural protection and was officially declared a nature reserve. 

La Digue Island

The pink granite rocks, pristine white beaches and crystal-clear water of this mesmerising island look like they’ve been plucked from fiction. Discover this place of calm and serenity on two wheels and pause for lunch before visiting L’Union Estate, where you’ll uncover the old plantation house. Made from precious wood and thatched with palm leaves, it is one of the oldest examples of French colonial architecture on La Digue Island. Visit a traditional Copra Mill and learn about the production of copra as it is transformed into coconut oil, before exploring the surrounding park, home to the protected Aldabra giant tortoise who you may spot roaming around the grounds. Conclude your visit with a peaceful stop at the Anse Source D’Argent, located at the end of the estate. Colossal granite rocks, palm trees and verdant green vegetation combines with the azure water and soft white sand of this spellbinding beach, sufficiently explaining why it is one of the most photographed in the world.

Sainte Anne Island

Approximately 5km from Victoria, Sainte Anne Marine National Park is the oldest marine reserve in the Seychelles. Encompassing six islands, Sainte Anne is the largest and the perfect hideaway for those in search of a real-life island paradise. Dominated by a 246m mountain surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, it is a former World War Two Royal Marine base, now populated by five-star hotels. 

The white sandy beaches of this stunning granitic island beckon to you to take some time out, while providing the perfect vantage point from which to spot bottlenose dolphins or hawksbill sea turtles as they come to nest. The surrounding channel is home to over 150 species of marine life and technicolour coral reefs, providing the most idyllic of spots for snorkelling and water sports. And, once you’ve worked up an appetite, the island’s restaurants offer diverse cuisine, from Creole barbecue to fresh seafood and grills with waterfront views. 

Superyacht Cruising Experience

Reaching an impressive 110 metres in length, our spectacular new superyachts, Emerald Azzurra & Emerald Sakara, will exceed your yacht cruising expectations. And with an intimate 100 guests on board, there's an abundance of space throughout.
Discover a secluded spot to read a book, enjoy unimpeded views of the unspoilt landscapes, take a relaxing dip in the infinity-style pool, or arrange to meet fellow guests at one of our comfortable meeting spots. 
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