GALATEA I SYECHELLES

GALATEA I SYECHELLES
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Sail around the jewel of the Indian Ocean in this beautiful, superior motor yacht. Described as a floating villa with 7 luxurious en-suite Cabins to retreat to after diving. Dives with dinghy support. Ideal for families, groups or Honeymooners. Wi-Fi available



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Languages spoken English French Italian
  • Praslin, La Digue, Curieuse, Little Sister and Grand Sister.
  • Dive amidst ancient granite pillars and shoals of tropical fish
  • Dramatic drop-offs, pristine corals, granite reefs & well-preserved wrecks
  • Sailfish, manta rays & whale sharks, green & hawksbill turtles
  • Snorkelling, kayaking and island excursion
  • Personal attention from knowledgeable and passionate dive crew
  • Superior 5 star service and accommodation
  • Spacious, luxurious sailing yacht - year round itineraries

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Diving from Tender
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books Spacious Dive Deck
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters Rental Equipment ($) Courses ($)
  • Air-Conditioning Wi-Fi ($) Lounge/TV Area Power Socket Adapters Movies
  • Snorkelling Kayaking Land Excursions
  • Buffet and waiter service, Vegetarian Food, Western Creole, BBQ.
  • Alcohol – available to buy on board
  • Payments on board - Visa Mastercard Cash
  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher Life Jackets Emergency Oxygen Kit Nautilus Lifeline Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon
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OUR BOAT

The Galatea is one of the most unique and charming liveaboard safari vessels operating anywhere on the Globe. Galatea sails from Mahe at a cruising speed of 7 knots. Under a combination of wind and engine power she will glide you effortlessly from site to site and island to island. She is without a direct comparison.

Galatea is a 30 meter long, 6.2 meter wide Turkish steel schooner, it was built in 1987 in Bodrum, Turkey. The boat was fully renovated during 2012 to 2013, and the operator has devoted all their experience to make it exceptionally pleasant and functional for Divers. Galatea has become a reality since the summer of 2013 when it is finally reached the archipelago after a long and complete renovation.

OUR CABINS

Galatea is able to accommodate 14 guests in her 7 cabins. In addition to the 3 crew cabins, the guest cabins are split as follows: 2 x Cabins-  located on the Lower Aft Deck featuring a ‘Queen’ sized bed and private bathroom with shower. 4 x Double Cabins on the Lower Deck (2 in the bow and 2 in the centre) also featuring a ‘Queen’ sized bed and private bathroom with shower. The difference between theses four cabins is the bathroom size –the central cabins have larger bathrooms.

1 x Master Suite located in the middle of the Bow Deck, the Master Suite features a ‘King’ sized bed, bathroom with shower and double amenities. It also features one separate toilet with bidet. All the cabins are tastefully furnished, air-conditioned and sure to offer you a relaxing and comfortable place to relax and sleep.

All bed linen is provided as well as bath towels, beach towels and deck towels. Shower gels and shampoos from the brand Yi-king eco-makers, made in Seychelles are at your disposal in your cabin.

FOOD ON BOARD

Plate service served and prepared by your chef worthy of a high class restaurant. 
A Creole buffet will be concocted during the week, the opportunity for you to let yourself be captivated by the local flavours. Mediterranean dishes are also prepared for a cuisine suitable for everyone. We place a lot of importance on your tastes and restrictions. Share with us your preferences and allergies and our menus will adapt. 
Your chef will prepare a barbecue on the beach, the opportunity to enjoy the heavenly beaches around delicious local dishes.

AMENITIES

Outside of the cabins the Galatea is equally well appointed. There is a Saloon featuring TV, DVD and Stereo should you wish to relax indoors and watch a film in the evening or read a book. Alternatively, for the sun-worshippers, there is a sun deck or solarium on the aft deck and also on the upper deck. At the end of a day’s diving there are not one, but two bars! One indoors and one outdoors. So, you can relax with a beer or cocktail as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean vista. Also outside you’ll find an outdoor dining area with space for diners to enjoy the combination of superb Western and Local Creole food.

Galatea also offers to private charter groups all the benefits and facilities of a floating villa enabling the guests to explore a variety of exciting and remote locations with comfort and privacy. As a guest you’re able to customise every aspect of your yachting vacation making it a true star experience.

Galatea is the ideal yacht for Honeymooners, families with kids/elder, or a close circle of friends who want to charter for a luxury cruising trip in the Seychelles. We provide a high quality service ranging from welcome upon arrival, assistance during diving trips and an attentive and professional Crew.

DIVING IN THE AREA

The Seychelles, one of the World’s very last frontiers, promises adventure and breath taking natural beauty in pristine surroundings still untouched by man. Galatea is the Divers choice for a diving liveaboard in the Seychelles Archipelago.

Sometimes known as the ‘Jewel of the Indian Ocean’, the Seychelles are a breathtaking archipelago surrounded by clear, warm, azure blue waters teeming with marine life, lush coral and white sand. Thousands of species of fish have been recorded. Discover the pleasures of Scuba Diving in the Indian Ocean on board Galatea!

DIVING WITH US

Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Diving Cruises are conceived from a desire to share a passion for an exceptionally beautiful environment. The growing interest in ‘diving cruises’ in the Seychelles has led us to establish a very special itinerary for Divers in the heart of the archipelago on board our new liveaboard MV Galatea. Every single detail has been designed for Divers and their comfort on board. Quality, safety and conviviality these are the ingredients that make the success of our diving cruises.

MASTER SUITE CABIN #7

North Island Cabin Located on middle bow deck. One king size bed 200 x 160. One bathroom with shower and double amenities. One separate toilet with bidet and wash basin.

  • Size:  18 m²
  • Beds:  1 King
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  No
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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LOWER AFT DECK CABIN  # 5, 6

Cabins Therese (6) Conception (5), Located on lower aft deck. One queen size bed 200 x 140. Private bathroom with shower.

  • Size:  8 m²
  • Beds:  1 Queen
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  No
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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LOWER CENTRAL DECK DOUBLE CABIN # 3, 4

Double Cabins Silhouette (3), Fregate (4) Located on lower deck. One queen size bed 200 x 140. Private bathroom with shower.

  • Size:  10 m²
  • Beds:  1 Queen
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  No
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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LOWER DECK BOW DOUBLE CABIN # 1, 2

Double Cabins Cousine (1), Curieuse (2), Located on lower deck. One queen size bed 200 x 140. Private bathroom with shower.

  • Size:  10 m²
  • Beds:  1 Queen
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  No
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Mahe (Port Victoria) and ends in Mahe (Port Victoria)
  • The closest airport is Seychelles Intl (SEZ)

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Pickup time at the airport is according to your flights. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • You can check in on the boat as of 14:00
  • The boat departs Mahe (Port Victoria) at around 14:30 on the same day
  • The boat departs from and returns back to Eden Island north marina in Mahé
  • The vessel is equipped with European (2 pin) power sockets, Power socket adapters
  • Accepted payment methods on board: VISA, Mastercard, Cash (USD), Cash (EUR), Cash (local currency), Cash, Local currency
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Mahe (Port Victoria) in the afternoon on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 08:00 on the last day.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Rental gear needs to be requested at least 10 days prior to charter
  • Additional dives can be purchased on board, availability depends on logistical capabilities, number of participants, weather conditions etc.
  • Airport transfers at extra costs
  • The boat departs from and returns back to Eden Island north marina in Mahé

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Approx. 10 – 15 dives, Open Water
  • Experience moments of pure happiness and joy in the Seychelles with its tropical climate throughout the year, its lush vegetation, pristine white sandy beaches, and crystal clear blue sea
  • The Seychelles are considered among the most beautiful islands in the world and frequently referred to as the “Jewel of the Indian Ocean”
  • The cruises aboard the schooner Galatea is a voyage of discovery the most charming places of the archipelago, from the most famous islands to the most secluded.
  • Be amazed by the gorgeous white sandy beach of Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue, with its characteristic smooth granite rocks. Enjoy the timeless atmosphere in the forest of the Valle de Mai on Praslin with its endemic Coco de Mer palms, and discover an underwater wonderworld of rare beauty.
  • The Seychelles … a paradise above and below the sea, the result of stringent measures to protect the environment.
  • An unforgettable vacation aboard a beautiful schooner designed solely for your comfort and pleasure
  • It is possible to dive all year round in the Seychelles, but the interim periods of October / November and April / May are among the most pleasant.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Boarding Galatea at Eden Island, North Marina.
  • Meet the Captain and the crew and after a short briefing & a small lunch, departure toward the North of Mahé.
  • Check dive (for divers) at Coral Garden.
  • Continue sailing toward the bay of Beau Vallon in time for a beautiful sunset on Galatea spacious deck.
  • Dinner and overnight lulled by the calm, clear water of this magnificent bay.
  • Possibility of a night dive at Aquarium.

DAY 2

  • After a morning breakfast, dive at Twin Barges
  • Back on board and sail to Lighthouse another dive site also amazing for snorkelling. A large dramatic granite boulders and massifs with hard coral formations dropping to sand at 28-30 meters.
  • Possible use of kayak or paddle. Afternoon dedicated to relax, snorkel and other beach activities at Anse au Riz, a unique beach in the marine park of Cap Ternay.
  • Afternoon Dive possible at Cap Ternay, an easy dive with probably the best hard coral formations around Mahé.
  • Dinner and overnight at Marine park.
  • Possibility of a night dive at Cap Ternay West.

DAY 3

  • Early departure to the famous dive site of Sharks Bank, located between Mahé Island and Silhouette Island.
  • Scenery dotted with huge granite blocks on a granite plateau.
  • Arrive to Cousine early in the afternoon
  • Possibility to disembark and visit the island well known for the presence of endemic birds.
  • Arrive to Praslin at the end of the afternoon and time at leisure on Anse Lazio Beach.
  • Dinner and overnight in Praslin. Accordingly to the season (From April to October) possibility to visit Arride Island.

DAY 4

  • A dive at Bobby Island and rest of the morning dedicated to the visit of “ Vallée de Mai”, famous UNESCO world heritage site which has preserved its original state.
  • Discover the exceptional flora and fauna of this timeless site.
  • After the visit, time for a walk on Cote D’Or Beach before continuing the day with a BBQ on Curieuse Island, home of numerous giant tortoises.
  • Take the time for the 20 minute walk that will lead you to Doctors House on the other side of the island where a spectacular beach await you for a refreshing swim.
  • Dinner and overnight in Curieuse Bay.

DAY 5

  • Day dedicated to Island Hopping, morning sailing towards the southern tip of Marianne island dive site: pinnacle-shaped rocks form the wall and pillars of an underwater maze that attracts grey reef sharks.
  • Afternoon sail to Grande Soeur and Petite.
  • Dive the site Sister Bank and Coco Island well known for the quietness & untouched wildlife and unforgettable landscapes.
  • Dinner and Overnight at Sister Islands.

DAY 6

  • Morning sail to the dive site Ave Maria located off Praslin. Its huge boulders surround the small island and drop down in dramatic vertical walls and swim-throughs.
  • Rest of the day dedicated to the visit of La Digue Island where time stands still with honored traditions such as traveling by ox-cart and bicycle.
  • Traditional architecture and breathtaking beaches, such as the legendary Anse Sourse D’Argent, an absolute must for visitors.
  • Dinner and overnight at La Digue.

DAY 7

  • Early morning departure to Round Island.
  • Early afternoon, sail to Mahé Island.
  • During the cross, possibility of a dive at Brissaire located between the granitic islands of Mahe and Praslin with its enviable reputation for marine life.
  • Arrival in the afternoon at St Anne Marine park & Cerf island for beaches activities.
  • Dinner & Overnight at St Anne & Cerf Islands.

DAY 8

  • Early morning crossing toward Mahé Island. Check out and disembark

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives
  • Dive guides
  • Kayak usage
  • Fishing
  • Activities : kayaking, snorkelling, SUP, Surf
  • Fishing equipment
  • Disembarkation to Praslin, Cousine, Curieuse, La Digue, Mahé
  • Land excursions on Praslin (Entrance fee + guide to La vallée de Mai + taxi)
  • Entrance fees to nature reserves (as per program), Port Taxes and vat.
  • Visit to La vallée de Mai.
  • National park fees

NOT INCLUDED

  • 6 dives package: EUR 180 per trip
  • 15 dives package: EUR 375 per trip
  • 12 dives package: EUR 335 per trip
  • Extra dives (25/30 EUR per day)
  • Private dive guide (60 EUR The guide availability will be confirmed 15 days before departure. per day)
  • Night dives (10 EUR per dive)
  • Wifi
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Equipment rental: full set BCD, Reg, mask, Wetsuit & Fins (8 EUR per dive)
  • Equipment rental : BCD or Regulator (5 EUR per dive)
  • Entrance to Anse Source d’Argent Union estate per person (8 EUR per trip)
  • Transfers to and from the boat - per person /way (seat in coach) (25 EUR per trip)
  • Private Car - per way (max 3 pax) (95 EUR per trip)
  • Dive Course Materials (120 EUR per course)
  • Introduction dive (80 EUR per activity)
  • 2 Introduction dives (120 EUR per activity)
  • Courses
  • Soft drinks, local beer & wine, alcohol, espresso coffee

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

  • Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:
  • Bookings cancelled till 180 days before date of departure: 30% of the total of the cruise. Between 179 and 90 days before the boat's departure: 50% of the total of the cruise. Between 89 and 30 days before the boat's departure: 75% of the total of the cruise. Less than 30 days before the boat's departure: 100% of the total of the cruise. Cancellation charges also apply on transfers and hotel reservations. Hotel cancellation policies may differ from boat cancellation policy
  • Group policy: TBD by liveaboard
  • In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days


BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality
  • Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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