Fregate can be accessed via a chartered airplane, helicopter, or boat. Most air and sea transfers originate at Seychelles International Airport on Mahé Island; however, travel to and from select islands throughout the archipelago can be arranged. Most transfers are offered between 6:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., and associated fees are not included in the cost of the stay.
The flight between Mahé and Fregate Island lasts about 20 minutes and can be made via helicopter or airplane. The chartered helicopter transports up to six people per flight, depending on total weight of passengers and luggage. Please call our reservations specialists for further details. Helicopter transfers can also be arranged between Fregate and most other islands throughout the Seychelles. The lodge uses a Twin Otter airplane—a short takeoff and landing aircraft—that accommodates up to 10 passengers and around 50 lbs of luggage per person. In addition to Mahé Island, the plane services Denis and Praslin Islands by request.
Boat transfers between Mahé Island and Fregate last around 1.5 hours and are subject to weather conditions. The vessel is a Steber powerboat and can accommodate a maximum of 12 passengers with unlimited luggage. Please note that guests with boat reservations are rebooked on a helicopter or airplane transfer when seas are too rough for sailing.
The lodge’s private villas and shared facilities are scattered along the island’s rocky coastline, connected by a network of paved paths. Each villa is assigned a personal motorized golf cart for use in navigating uneven terrain. Those with mobility issues can freely travel between their villas, the main lodge, the marina, and other shared facilities, but may have difficulty reaching certain beaches that are only accessible by stairway.
A resident nurse staffs the island clinic, which is used to treat minor injuries. The closest hospital is located in the city of Victoria on Mahé Island and can be reached in about 30 minutes via a combination of air and ground transfer.
Located just four degrees south of the Equator, Fregate maintains a warm, tropical climate year-round. While there is not a distinct rainy or dry season, the southeast monsoon (May through September) is characterized by relatively low precipitation and steady trade winds. During this period, wind gusts can produce conditions that are favorable for sailing and windsurfing. The northwest monsoon season (October through May) is slightly rainier and sees calmer sea conditions, which favor activities such as deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, and diving.
For maximum comfort while engaging in outdoor activities, guests should bring sunglasses, sunblock, bug spray, and sturdy shoes. While there is no dress code at Fregate, you may wish to bring dressier attire for special dinners on the beach and in the lodge restaurants.
Fregate welcomes children of all ages and invites those between 3 and 12 years old to participate in their Castaway Kids club. Your child’s exploration of the island begins on the Castaway Trail, out-of-bounds for parents and home to fascinating jungle wildlife—including the resident giant tortoises. Kids will also have the opportunity to tour the island with Fregate’s conservation manager and participate in other fun and engaging activities, including a beach treasure hunt. Out on the water, young boaters can try out the lodge dinghy or take a thrilling tubing trip on the banana boat.
The lodge offers two accessible villas—close to the main lodge and nestled within lush tropical gardens—that are especially well suited for families. All villa bedrooms can be furnished with an additional bed that accommodates up to two children. Personal babysitting services are available at an additional cost.
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