Set in the idyllic Indian Ocean between the eastern coast of Africa and just west of India and the untouched islands of Indonesia, the Seychelles has seen an incredible increase in the number of tourists visiting her islands. With this comes a number of superyachts now calling at her port for both provisions and the still relatively untouched surroundings.The Superyacht Owner recently spoke with developers and those in charge of the on site marina for what is available to superyacht owners looking to make a similar journey.
Peter Smith, sales director of Eden Island Development Company - EIDC, commented that the project is "a residential development with an international component, which includes the marina. The marina is currently undergoing an extensio which will accommodate yachts 120m in length (with plenty of anchorage options for larger yachts) and is run equally through Superyacht Services and Hunt, Deltel & Co." Prior to the marina formally opening in 2007, a number of large yachts have called, including Diamonds Are Forever, with Radiant, Red Dragon and Ilona calling since her formal opening, along with a number of other significant superyachts, many returning repeatedly. Mike King-Harman, CEO of Hunt, Deltel & Co. recently spoke to us regarding the long relationship they have with the industry. "A number of these larger superyachts have been calling in here since the 1980's" he explains "and as a matter of fact, Gary Wright (of Y.CO), came through in the late 1970's as a skipper and remains helpful to this day".
Whilst tourism is on the rise, King-Harman explains that the marina is currently running at capacity and the local government is considering putting a cap on tourism to avoid the over saturation seen in many other superyacht ports, such as those in the south of France and wider Med. "These people come because it's not St Tropez. They can come in and berth or stay at anchor in a bay and they're not surrounded by hundreds of other superyachts. The government is now slowly waking up to how tourism is can sometimes have an adverse effect on small communities, particularly on its infrastructure and culture. When you have that western mono culture in smaller places such as the Seychelles, it can completely swamp the country". The group is seeing an increase in UHNW clients from across the globe, but due to their geographic location, see many coming in from South Africa, Russia and the Middle East. With demand only set to increase and travel to the region becoming easier, one thing is certain: get in while you still can. There's no doubt this untouched gem will remain as such for very long.