Avian Adventures in the Seychelles

12 Days from £7840 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
12 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Birding
Beach
Luxury

We are proud to present this exceptional birdwatching tour of the Seychelles replete with such gems as Aride, Cousin and Vallee de Mai, and the jewel in the Seychelles’ ornithological crown: Bird Island. Other attractions include privately guided birding on Mahe and Praslin and very comfortable accommodation at all locations. Enjoy the unique ornithology of the Seychelles without sacrificing your creature comforts on this wonderfully varied avian adventure.

Itinerary

Price from £7840 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Fly overnight from London to Mahe.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Mahe

Met on arrival in Mahe, and transfer to your seaside hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Northolme Resort & Spa. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Mahe

Morning pick up by your private birding guide for a full day excursion around Mahe, the main island of the Seychelles, including packed lunch. Search for crab plover, white-eye, scops owl, kestrel and other endemics, and the Seychelles bulbul, cave swiftlet, yellow bittern, and many shorebirds which inhabit the coastal flats. NB: The locations visited will depend on local conditions.

Staying at Northolme Resort & Spa. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - Praslin

Pickup and transfer to the airport for your short flight to Praslin. Met and transfer to your beachfront hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Hotel L’Archipel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5 - Praslin

Transfer to your embarkation point for a full day’s shared wildlife and snorkelling boat trip to Cousin, Curieuse & Ste Pierre Islands (operating Tue & Thu only). See rare birds and giant tortoises, enjoy a beachside BBQ lunch, and snorkel among teeming reef fish, eagle rays and perhaps even baby black-tip reef sharks (which are harmless!).

Staying at Hotel L’Archipel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6 - Praslin

Early morning start for a half-day private tour of Aride Island with a local island warden as guide. Take a boat to the island (subject to weather) to see turtles and other reptiles, and birds such as the Seychelles warbler, great and lesser frigate birds, tropical and wedge-tailed shearwaters, white-tailed tropicbird and a few red-tailed tropicbirds – Aride is an example of what all of the Seychelles was like before man arrived. Return to Praslin for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a privately guided birdwatching excursion on the island.

Staying at Hotel L’Archipel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 7 - Praslin

Enjoy a morning shared guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Vallee de Mai to see the unique coco-de-mer forest and endemic Seychelles black parrot. Afternoon at leisure.

Staying at Hotel L’Archipel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - Bird Island

Pickup and transfer to Praslin airport to catch a flight to Mahe. Connect with charter flight to Bird Island. Rest of day at leisure.

Staying at Bird Island Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Bird Island

Enjoy a morning’s guided tour of the island. Afternoon at leisure to swim off the beach, snorkel or walk the island looking at the multitude of sooty terns (in late March to October) and other birds. Perhaps in the evening look for nesting turtles.

Staying at Bird Island Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Bird Island

Full day to explore the island at leisure. You can walk the trails through the interior to spot more of the bird species to be found there – you can usually see around 20 of the 112 species to be recorded on Bird: seven species have still never been recorded elsewhere in the Seychelles. Also you can enjoy swimming or snorkelling off the white sand beaches.

Staying at Bird Island Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Mahe

Take a chartered light aircraft to Mahe. Met and assisted with check in to catch flight to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 12 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly Emirates from Heathrow or certain regional airports via Dubai to Mahe. Etihad via Abu Dhabi is also possible.

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin
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Plan your dates to ensure either of Days 5, 6 or 7 are a Tuesday or Thursday so you can do the full-day cruise to Cousin, Curieuse and Ste Pierre – it really is worth it.
When on Bird Island, look out for Esmeralda the (male) giant tortoise and long term resident.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Having now returned from our Seychelles holiday, I thought that I would write to tell you how much we enjoyed it – it really was first class – thank you for the arrangements…all in all, it was a great holiday, with just the right balance of activity and relaxation.

Mr R P - Surrey

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Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa: -4.592918, 55.432094
Bird Island Lodge: -3.720644, 55.204446
Hotel l’Archipel: -4.319140, 55.763600