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Seychelles
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Malaysia
Madagascar
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Seychelles

Typical 6 days itinerary with Northwest winds.


Day 1

Praslin: Don't leave Praslin without visiting Vallée de mai, a valley protected by UNESCO home of rare species of trees and particularly the famous coco de mer, a unique palm tree. A walk in the Vallée de mai is enchanting. The path wanders in the near obscurity created by enormous palm leaves of the cocos de mer. The trunks are 40 m high and sway gently in the breeze, making a strange rustling sound as they rub against one another. Wherever you look the foliage seems to go on and on as the path winds up through dark, damp clefts before coming out onto the ridge where there are magnificent views over a dense sea of green.

Day 2

Praslin to La Digue: Anchorage in Petite or Grande Anse, South East of the island. Rent a bike to visit this beautiful island never overrun with tourists, thanks to the lack of accommodation. With its white tracks winding under tall palm trees, houses with roofs of palm leaves, small copra factories, fine white sand beaches and large polished rocks, La Digue might be the most beautiful island in the Seychelles. No cars, only bicycles or carts drawn by oxen. Horse rides are also possible .

Day 3

La Digue to Curieuse: Sail around Marianne and Félicité. Anchor on the west coast of Grande Sœur for lunch. Snorkel at Cocos Islands. Made of large rocks with strange regular stripes carved by the sea, Cocos Island forms a beautiful sight with a great harmony of shapes and colors. The ochre color of the rocks is in contrast with the bright green palms of the coconut trees and the white sand of beaches lined with deep turquoise water. Under the sea, the vision is equally attractive with large arbores cent corals where thousands of many colored fish swim in front of narrow breaks and dark caverns.


Go to Curieuse and anchor for the night in Baie Laraie, east coast, or go back to Baie Sainte Anne if you need water .

Day 4

Curieuse to Saint Pierre to Curieuse: Curieuse, part of the Marine National Park is the home of hundred or so giant turtles, you cannot miss them. 45 min walk, into mangrove and "coco fesse" trees, leads you to the other side of the island, where is a nice beach and small but interesting museum. Sail to St Pierre islet, a mass of rounded rocks crowned with a clump of tall palms swaying gently in the wind: typical and superb scenery of the Seychelles photographed on countless occasions and printed a million times in tourism magazines! You will find an excellent spot for snorkeling with magnificent underwater scenery. Go back to Baie Laraie for the night .

Day 5

Curieuse to Aride to Curieuse: Aride Island, placed under the supervision of the Royal Society for Nature Conservation, is a conservation area. Narrow paths through the dense vegetation leads to the rocky barrier you can observe the whole island from here. Free of cats and rats, which have ravaged so many tropical islands in the worlds, Aride is a haven for a wide variety of seabirds, unique vegetation and rare land birds. The ten species of breeding seabird include the rare roseate tern and the red tailed tropicbird. The world's largest colony of lesser noddy, more than 200,000 couples nest there. Open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays. Return back to Baie Laraie for the night anchore .

Day 6

Curieuse-Cousin to Bay Ste Anne: Cousin Island is a nature reserve and bird sanctuary with rare species and some giant turtles. Less than 800 meters in diameter, the island can be visited from Tuesday to Friday. A small path leads to the turtles' enclosure from where it leads to the summit through dense vegetation. Here you will find a great panoramic view to observe the gracious flights of tropicbirds. During the season of southeasterly winds, there may be up to 100,000 couples of black noodies nesting in the trees. Go back to Baie Sainte Anne for the night.


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Thailand (East Coast of Phuket)

There are many small islands down the east coast of Phuket, with beautiful long white sandy beaches and coconut groves. The water is crystal clear, with good sailing and good holding for anchorages. The wildlife is spectacular - monkeys, sea eagles, fruit bats, jumping fish and more to keep you on your toes during your sailing experience in Thailand.


There is a great deal to see and do while yachting around Thailand, including a visit to Koh Naka Noi, which is a pearl farm. You may visit Koh Phi Phi Lee, from where you can go to Maya Bay (where the filming of The Beach was held), a scenic sandy lagoon with white sandy beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs and absolutely breathtaking views. Viking Cave is well known for its bird nests, which are harvested by locals to make the famous 'Bird's Nest Soup'. The swimming and snorkeling in the area is excellent .


One week itinerary:

Day 1

Pick up your yacht in Phuket.

Day 2

Ko Hong, Phangnga Bay.

Day 3

Ko Roi or Ko Kuda.

Day 4

Ko Hong, Krabi or Ko Yao Noi.

Day 5

Explore the Krabi area.

Day 6

Ton Sai Bay, Ko Phi Phi Don & explore Ko Phi Phi Lee.

Day 7

Ko Ratcha or Ko Rang & return to Boat Lagoon in afternoon.


Two week itinerary:

Day 1

Pick up your yacht in Phuket.

Day 2

Ko Hong, Phangnga Bay.

Day 3

Ko Roi or Ko Ku Du Yai.

Day 4

Ko Hong Krabi.

Day 5

Relai Beach.

Day 6

Explore Krabi / Ko Dam.

Day 7

Phi Phi Don.

Day 8

Explore Phi Phi Islands.

Day 9

Ko Lanta Yai.

Day 10

Phi Phi Le.

Day 11

Ko Ratcha Yai.

Day 12

South coast of Phuket.

Day 13

Ko Rang Yai.

Day 14

Return to Boat Lagoon in afternoon.


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Malaysia

Off the northwest coast of peninsular Malaysia in the Straits of Malacca, just a few miles south of the Thai border, lie over a hundred magical islands – some just small outcrops of coral with a few trees and a sandy beach – of which Langkawi is the largest. Taking in the 99 islands of Malaysia which make up the Langkawi group, the area has an outstanding natural landscape with beautiful deserted beaches, spectacular caves, lakes, limestone hills, lush vegetation and amazing wildlife.


The many coves, lagoons and inlets make it the perfect place for a Luxury Yacht Charter experience, providing you with the time to go at a leisurely pace through the region absorbing the surroundings and culture of Malaysia. One of the most famous areas in this region is the freshwater lake at Pulau Dayang Bunting (The Lake of the Pregnant Maiden) which has small bays with good anchorages. Legend has it that this beautiful lake, tucked away in a natural reservoir surrounded by jungle and towering limestone rock, was formed from the tears of a Princess. The lake can also be reached from the shallow bay at Gua Langsir where 'The cave of the Banshee' is filled with bats.


1 week - Langkawi/Langkawi

Day 1

Arrive Royal Langkawi Yacht Club.

Day 2

BunBon Island.

Day 3

Langun Island.

Day 4

Datai.

Day 5

Pulau Singa.

Day 6

Pulau Dayang.

Day 7

Pulau Tuba back to Royal Langkawi Yacht Club.


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Madagascar

Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island, after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo. Located 250 miles off the south-east coast of Africa, the island extends 1,000 miles in length and 360 miles at its largest width. The island can be divided into three main parts: the East Coast, a narrow coastal strip abutting the steep slopes of the North-South mountain range, home of the rain forest; the Central Highlands, averaging 2500 to 4500 feet in altitude and culminating at 9430 feet, decorated with immense rice fields; and the West Coast, home of the baobabs and thorny forest. Coral reefs fringe a portion of the coast. Most plants and animals found in Madagascar exist only there.


Tsimbazaza is a botanical and zoological garden with many specimens of the very peculiar Malagasy flora and fauna: lemurs, extraordinary chameleons and insects, birds. There is a skeleton of a giant extinct bird, the aepiornis, standing ten feet tall over its nine-quart egg (an ostrich egg measures a quart and a half). Antsirabe: a charming resort and hot-springs town, 100 miles south of Antananarivo. The legendary lake Tritriva fills an extinct crater nearby. Isalo: You will find canyons, cliffs, gorges and other striking geological features. Exotic flora, native palm trees, giant cactus.


Nosy Be: Along the north-west coast lies a number of islands, the largest of which is Nosy-Be. Marvelous beaches and coral reef in a protected national zone, natural lemur reserve, wonderful fishing, numerous nearby desert islands, all awaits the lucky traveller. Nosy Boraha (Sainte Marie): A tropical paradise of beaches, sea shells, coconut trees; quiet island, with very few cars; mopeds can be rented to circulate around this 36-mile long island. Historical traces of occupation by pirates in past centuries. Taolanaro (Fort Dauphin): Beaches, lemur reserve at Berenty, Mahafaly tombs, Malagasy special flora such as baobabs. Clement weather. This spot is almost the antipode of San Francisco. Toamasina (Tamatave): A pleasant town and the most important port in Madagascar. Forest station and flora laboratory at Ivoloina. Rain forest and virgin beaches north towards Mahavelona. Toliary (Tuléar) Scuba-diving and snorkeling in a coral reef second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.


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Maldives

The Maldives is famed for its rare underwater beauty. The profusion of psychedelic colours and the abundance and variety of life underwater have fascinated divers and snorkeling since Maldives was discovered as a diving destination. The highest level of visibility that one could expect- sometimes exceeding 50 meters - and warm temperatures throughout the year makes diving in the Maldives a delight you would want to experience over and over again. The Maldives has some of the best dive sites in the world and many visit the Maldives repeatedly for the sole purpose of diving. All resorts in the Maldives have professional dive schools with multi-lingual instructors and conduct courses for beginners as well as the advanced. Many of the resorts have excellent house reefs. Just a short swim from the beach and snorkel lovers too can experience the same pleasures from the surface.


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