According to wholevehicles, Frigate is a small granite island in the Seychelles archipelago, only 2 km long and 1 km wide. It was opened for tourists only in 1998, and there is still practically no infrastructure here, except for a single (though expensive) hotel. But they don’t come here for this: there is wild and very picturesque nature, sandy beaches, and according to legend, even the treasures of filibusters are buried. At least some travelers say that they found pirate maps and antiques here that clearly belonged to fortune hunters.
Anse Victorine Beach on Fregate Island has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best in the world.
How to get to Frigate
There is a small airport on the island, but it serves only local flights, so you first need to fly to Mahe island. The frigate is located about 55 km from Mahe, and there are three ways to get there: by plane, by helicopter or by boat. Aircraft on the island are mostly private, but a helicopter and a boat will be provided to everyone.
There are two helicopters on Frigate Island: EC120 and EC145. The first one can accommodate 4 passengers (max. 325 kg including luggage) and costs 950 EUR for a round trip transfer, while the second one can accommodate 6 passengers (maximum 700 kg with luggage) and the ticket costs 2000 EUR for a transfer from Mahe Island to Fregat and back. A helicopter flight will take no more than 15-20 minutes.
The road to Fregat by boat takes 1.5 hours. The boat can accommodate 12 people, there are no restrictions on luggage. The trip will cost 1500 EUR for everyone. Boats depart only during the day in good weather. From October to May, the sea is almost always calm, but from May to October, the southeast monsoon comes, which causes great excitement on the sea.
On the island itself there is no transport and roads. You can get around on foot or by bike.
There are only 7 beaches on the island, all are very clean, beautiful and not crowded. For hotel guests (and there is nowhere else to live there), umbrellas and sunbeds are free. One of the beaches can be reserved: the one who came first puts a “busy” sign there, and no one else will come to the beach.
On the southern coast of the island there are excellent conditions for diving, it is here that you can observe colorful corals and other beauties of the underwater world. In addition, they rent water skis, fishing boats and surfboards, and surf instructors teach beginners.
2 things to do on Frigate:
- Lie on the beach, close your eyes and listen to the sound of the waves.
- Dissolve in tropical nature and forget who you are and where you are from.
There is only one on the island, but a chic hotel – Fregate Island 5 *, located on one of the most beautiful beaches of the island in Victoria Bay. The hotel has 16 villas that can accommodate up to 40 guests in total. All villas are isolated from each other by lush gardens, each has its own jacuzzi tub, swimming pool, terrace overlooking the ocean, a telescope to watch the stars, and a small buggy sports car to drive around the island if you get tired of walking. In addition, the hotel has a gym, two restaurants, a tennis court, a spa, its own yacht club, various water equipment rentals and a small boutique. This hotel is one of the most expensive in the world, a night here will cost from 4700 EUR for a villa for two.
Frigate Island can be rented as a whole, the price is available on request on the official website.