1 independent reviews for Seychelles sailing holiday

Reviews for Seychelles sailing holiday


review 23 Apr 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Snorkelling at various sites.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you're travelling alone try and get a single use cabin, it's not too expensive and unless you like being fairly intimate with strangers it makes things much more comfortable in the small cabin space. Even outside your own cabin, remember you're sharing quite a small space with a bunch of strangers. That might be great, or not so great - it really depends on how gregarious you are and the characters of the other people on board. Worth considering is that it's not like a hotel or big cruise ship where you can 'walk away' from somebody you don't want to spend time with. Luckily, my bunch were pretty much okay!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not benefiting 'local people' unless they are the owners of the boat! When discussing tipping, the captain gave a sob story on behalf of the crew as to how little they (not including himself) are paid. If not true, then a crude attempt to squeeze more cash out of the customer. Supporting Conservation - well, we paid the entry fees if that counts. Apart from Co2 footprint, quite a low impact holiday, not disturbing people or wildlife. Greenish, I'd say.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Not the best of its type I've been on. The Seychelles themselves are marvellous, both above water and, for snorkellers and divers, below - although it has to be said that the tsunami and coral bleaching has taken its toll. The boat was great, especially as not too expensive in a very expensive country. Now the downside. My usual whinge on 'small group' holidays is that groups are too big. On this trip, with just 5 of us it was a bit too small. As the only solo traveller (and that in itself was a first for me) and two couples one of which were German speakers, there was little opportunity for 'group spirit' shall we say. Still, that's the risk you take on this type of holiday. If the boat had been full, i'd probably have been complaining about that instead. One real complaint was the fact that the Captain made no attempt to socialise with his passengers, despite obviously having quite a lot of free time especially in the evenings. He did his job fine, but that was all. Another problem was the step down to reach the dinghy when going ashore etc. A plank which rotates under your foot is not very safe! Having had a slip and 'near miss' I mentioned this and something was done, but was soon undone as it obviously didn't work and things went back to normal (ie unsafe) for the rest of the trip. So, overall a good trip but could have been better.

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