Seychelles Under Sail

A natural history eco-safari
24 March - 1 April & 31 March - 8 April 2017

Trip Scholar: Dr Justin Gerlach

Affiliated Researcher at the University Museum of Zoology
University of Cambridge

7day tour
Price from £2,995

The 115 granitic islands of the Seychelles, ringed with pristine white sand beaches, are a sanctuary for some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth.

This seven night cruise aboard the small modern schooner Sea Star travels in comfort between Mahé, Praslin, La Digue, Aride, Curieuse and Saint Pierre islands to examine their carefully protected ecosystems, some unique to just one island. Chartered for our exclusive use, Sea Star has just nine cabins making this an intimate journey of discovery.

Accompanied by Cambridge Zoologist and conservationist Dr Justin Gerlach, who was born in the Seychelles, explore the mist-forests of Mahé and the mangroves of Curieuse for endemic gems such as the vast Coco-de-mer plant and the ultra scarce jellyfish tree, birds such as the Seychelles paradise flycatcher and reptiles such as the Aldabra giant tortoise. Discover ultra rare creatures such as the world’s smallest frog and largest tortoise, only found in one place on earth.

Due to exceptional demand, we are pleased to announce a second departure date for this tour is now available, also led by Justin Gerlach, departing one week earlier than the original date.

Itinerary at a glance

Day 0 London to Mahé, Seychelles (those flying from London only)
Day 1 Arrival in Mahé
Day 2 Praslin
Day 3 La Digue
Day 4 Aride Island
Day 5 Curieuse and St Pierre
Day 6 Sainte Anne Marine National Park
Day 7 Mahé Island
Day 8 Homeward bound/extensions


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24 March – 01 April 2017
Cabin ClassPriceSingle SupplementOptional Flight from LondonAvailability
Standard£2,995Please EnquireFrom £550Waitlist only
31 March – 8 April 2017
Cabin ClassPriceSingle SupplementOptional Flight from LondonAvailability
Standard£2,995Please EnquireFrom £550Waitlist only

Optional flight
Temple World can arrange flights from London to coordinate with this tour, using Emirates via Dubai. Please enquire for prices. Private taxis can also be arranged (at own cost) for those arriving or departing on any flight.

Booking you own flights
Clients wishing to use airmiles to buy or upgrade flights, or who wish to travel from outside the UK are advised to book their own flights. The start and end point for the tour is MAHÉ. Guests should ensure that they arrive in time to board the boat at 10.30am on 01 April. The yacht will disembark at 12.30 sharp. Those who wish to arrive a day or more in advance of the tour are welcome to do so; we will be happy to quote for hotel accommodation if required.
On the last day (8 April) we will leave the yacht straight after breakfast. Those with earlier flights are welcome to leave earlier if needs be.

Very Important! Those who plan to book their own transport should not make any binding or non-refundable arrangements until their place has been confirmed in writing on the tour and Temple World has confirmed the direction of the cruise and that it is a guaranteed departure.

Twin or double bedded cabin with private bathroom (WC, sink and shower), full board including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner daily whilst on board, table water and tea/coffee with meals, all excursions with local guides, entrance fees, expert leader.

Not included
Transport to/from the Seychelles, arrival/departure transfers (small supplement for private transfers applies), travel insurance, drinks other than water/tea/coffee with meals, tips to crew, drivers & local guides.

Single supplement: TBA. There are very limited single places on this tour – please enquire.

Fitness Guideline
We have graded the fitness level required for participation in this tour as Easy/Moderate. This is a relaxed itinerary, though for those who wish to be more active there are opportunities to swim, snorkel and even hike. There are no strenuous hikes in this tour however we will be walking through some densely vegetated areas, sometimes on steel hillsides, and in the heat.

Whilst sightseeing we may be on the go for several hours at one time, and it is important that everyone is able to keep up with the group or we will not be able to see everything advertised in the time available. It is possible to remain on board the yacht or sometimes relax on a nearby beach instead of sightseeing. We regret that the accommodation on board the yacht is not wheelchair accessible. If unsure whether this tour is suitable for you, please check with us.

We know that age is not always a reliable indicator of fitness, but prospective participants over the age of 80 will be given a letter to be signed by their GP to say they are fit enough to undertake this tour.


NHS Fit for Travel advises travellers to the Seychelles are usually recommended to immunise against:  Hepatitis ATetanus and Typhoid. A Yellow Fever certificate is required for all visitors arriving from or having transited more than 12 hours through a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Please seek professional medical advice at least 8 week before departure. NHS Fit For Travel Website


A visa is not required by any nationality to enter Seychelles.

Travel Time
13-14 hours including 1-2 transit en route

Will my phone work
The Seychelles uses 2G 900 and 1800 MHz bandwidths as per the UK so all UK phones should work there as long as your provider has authorised its use abroad.

Trip Scholar

Dr Justin Gerlach
Dr Gerlach is a Senior Teaching Member at Robinson College, Cambridge and an affiliated researcher at the University Museum of Zoology. He was born in the Seychelles and growing up there he became passionate about nature and conservation. He completed his PhD in Zoology at Oxford University before joining the research team at the University of Cambridge and his research interests cover all aspects of tropical island ecology, evolution and conservation. Species of particular interest include the Seychelles giant tortoises, sheath-tailed bat, sooglossids frogs, caecilians and the tiger chameleon.

Lectures during our tours
All our tours are accompanied by an academic ‘trip scholar’ as well as local guides. The local guide or guides provide the day-to-day guiding on our tours, whilst the trip lecturer will give regular lectures on his/her specialist subject throughout to provide an academic overview. Lectures/talks usually last 30-40 minutes including questions and answers (if applicable). These are generally held in the evenings before dinner and attendance is optional. We don’t usually specify before travel which days the lectures will be given (for operational reasons) but guests can expect them roughly every other day as a minimum, with some lecturers giving some kind of talk or presentation more frequently.

Extensions in Seychelles

We recommend extending your holiday either beforehand with a few nights in Mahé or after the cruise with 3-7 nights on Mahé, Praslin or one of the smaller islands.  There are also some very exclusive private island resorts. In Mahé, our top picks are the Constance Ephelia, located on two of the island’s best beaches, and either the Banyan Tree or Four Seasons for sheer luxury. On Praslin, the Lemuria Resort is great for those who like to keep active, whilst Raffles is an all-villa option on a superb stretch of white sand beach. Private island options in the Inner Islands include the brand new Six Senses Zil Pasyon and firm favourite Fregate Island, encircled by seven untouched beaches. In the Outer Islands lie Denis Private Island and the unashamedly opulent North Island.

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Congenial Companions

Our small group tours are exclusively available to alumni of Oxford and Cambridge universities and their friends and family, making for a wonderful atmosphere amongst like-minded individuals.

Expert Lecturer

All our small group alumni tours are accompanied by a university lecturer as well as local guides, with illuminating lectures given throughout the tour to enrich understanding of the destination.

To reserve a place on one of our small group alumni tours, contact us for availability then send us a signed booking form and deposit.

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