The Outstanding Outer Islands of the Seychelles

# Tailor-Made Tour

The Outstanding Outer Islands of the Seychelles

12 Days from $12,484 per adult.
12 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Honeymoon
Birding
Snorkelling and Diving
Off The Beaten Track

For most people, the Inner Islands epitomise the Seychelles. With their quaint French colonial architecture and exquisitely eroded granite boulders and coconut palms framing white sand beaches, it is easy to see why – the Inner Islands are indeed beautiful (if a little busy these days). To capture the quintessence of the Seychelles, however, we believe it is necessary to venture further to the far flung Outer Islands, where nature is the dominant force and people are few in number. Two of our favourites are Alphonse and Cosmoledo.

For many years Alphonse island mainly attracted fly fishermen drawn to its world-class tidal flats. Recently the resort has been refurbished and transformed into a family-friendly operation now with equal appeal to children, honeymooners, couples, scuba divers and just about anyone looking for a high degree of comfort in a wonderfully pristine marine setting. Along with the island of Bijoutier and the atoll of St Francois, Alphonse Atoll enjoys an enviable location around 250 miles from Mahe in the middle of the Indian Ocean, and offers plenty of activities from which to choose as well as a spa offering first class treatments.

Attractive as Alphonse is, the real jewel in the Outer Islands crown has to be Cosmoledo Atoll, the furthermost from Mahe on which one can stay: indeed, only the legendary Aldabra Atoll is further (and you can’t stay there). There has only been accommodation on Cosmoledo since November 2018: beforehand only a few souls had been lucky enough to visit. With just eight eco-pods imaginatively formed from shipping containers and negligible impact on the unspoiled island environment, Cosmoledo Eco Camp is perfect for its location. The standard of service and delicious catering belie its splendid isolation, creating an oasis of comfort amidst the virgin environment. Cosmoledo Atoll itself has 21 islands of varying sizes, many made of ancient corals and hosting vast rookeries of thousands of seabirds, and some with old growth mangrove forests. Cosmoledo Eco Camp is located on Wizard Island, and there is definitely something magical about it.

This tour combines Cosmoledo with Alphonse to create a delightful juxtaposition, both locations having much to commend them but both being very different from each other. By opting for such a journey, you will be among the privileged few to experience these marvellous marine wonderlands which will doubtless live in your memory for a very long time.

Itinerary

Price from $12,484 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Arrive in Mahe

Arrive Mahe, Seychelles. Met & transfer to Eden Island and your hotel near the airport. Rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at Eden Bleu Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 2 - Cosmoledo

Very early start. Transfer to the IDC base near the airport. Catch 2.5-hour scheduled charter flight to Astove Atoll. On landing, transfer to the Coral House. Perhaps, if time allows, snorkel on the amazing 500m reef wall for turtles, giant trevally and many other species in good visibility with excellent coral health. Catch one-hour boat transfer to Cosmoledo Atoll. On arrival, settle into your comfortable eco-pod and explore the wonderful Wizard Island.

Staying at Cosmoledo Eco Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Cosmoledo

Day at leisure for independent exploration of Cosmoledo. Perhaps choose on of the Inclusive activities such as kayaking, SUPs, guided nature walk around the island, offshore snorkelling. Optional activities: scuba diving, fly fishing, deep sea fishing, boat trips for snorkelling, boat trips to visit the other atoll islands.

Staying at Cosmoledo Eco Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Cosmoledo

Day at leisure for inclusive and optional activities.

Staying at Cosmoledo Eco Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Cosmoledo

Day at leisure for inclusive and optional activities. As this is your last full day on the island, make sure you at least go for a guided nature walk to see the seabird colonies and perhaps find a turtle on the beach, returning to the water after laying her eggs.

Staying at Cosmoledo Eco Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Alphonse

Take the boat back to Astove. Connect with your flight to Alphonse Atoll. Arrive and transfer to your room to settle in. Rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps take your complimentary bicycle for a ride around the lush island and find hidden places.

Staying at Alphonse Island Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Alphonse

Day at leisure. There are a number of inclusive activities on offer at Alphonse, including kayaking, SUP, nature walks, cycling, offshore snorkelling. Optional activities include scuba diving, snorkelling boat trips, flats lunch, sailfish snorkelling, deep sea fishing, fly fishing. Later on, perhaps enjoy a sundowner at the rustic Beach Bar.

Staying at Alphonse Island Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Alphonse

Day at leisure.

Staying at Alphonse Island Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Alphonse

Day at leisure.

Staying at Alphonse Island Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Alphonse

Last day at leisure. Time to do those things you have missed so far, or just book a treatment at the spa.

Staying at Alphonse Island Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Mahe

Catch flight to Mahe. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps explore Mahe independently or book a tour with the hotel.

Staying at Eden Bleu Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Depart Mahe

Transfer to the airport at Mahe. Catch your flight home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are International Flights Included?
No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:
BA has direct flights from London Heathrow to Mahe. Or choose from Qatar, Emirates and a number of other options.

Best Visited:
March to March

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin

As it is very difficult to obtain space at Cosmoledo Eco Camp (it only has eight rooms), in order to avoid disappointing our clients Reef & Rainforest has been allocated a small number of spaces specifically between 12-16 March 2020 at Cosmoledo. We can of course try to find a room at other times but if these dates suit you we can definitely accommodate you (subject to the spaces selling out). We also have rooms allocated at Alphonse from 16-21 March 2020, but it is usually easier to find space there since they have a large number of units. If Cosmoledo appeals to you (and I really loved it there and know you will too) then please try to book early, whether for the allocated dates or other times.

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

Route Map

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Alphonse Island Lodge: -7.004630, 52.726500
Cosmoledo Eco Camp: -9.749170, 47.647300
Eden Bleu Hotel: -4.640372, 55.476712