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Sailing the Seychelles

Sailing the Seychelles

The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 islands off the Indian Ocean is definitely a destination to the image of paradise. Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the main islands, but more than 80 are inhabited. Renting a boat is the best way to discover the different islands coves and extraordinary white beaches. mass tourism and far from the bustle of civilization, cruising in Seychelles provides a change of scenery and a warm welcome from its people.

Navigate to the Seychelles

Seychelles enjoy a warm climate all year, temperatures often reaching 30 degrees. It usually makes a little cooler when northwest winds blow during the months of November to March. All islands, except the most remote southern islands, are located outside the hurricane belt, which makes the Seychelles an ideal destination throughout the year. The sea is generally calm and the tides are low, with 4 meter tidal range maximum. Currents can be strong, however, in the channels between the islands.

A fragile environment …

In Seychelles, there are some limitations related to the preservation of the environment. Access to parks and nature reserves is controlled conservation organizations that require permission and / or payment of landing fees, entrance or mooring for the night. Simply anchor in planned and marked; marine park officials will then come to you to collect the required fees. Night mooring rates are as from € 10 per boat.

A Sailing plan around the Seychelles

God seems to have designed Seychelles with the sailor in mind! There can be few better ways to explore their coves, secret beaches and to savor their enviable tranquility than by sailing or motor yacht. Seychelles naturally lends itself to move on the water and you can enjoy its natural beauty, in exactly the same way as the first visitors did, Arab intrepid navigators of the 9th century AD, riding the wind on the calm ocean water like the timeless beauty of its islands by drifting very slowly. Cruising in the Seychelles is undeniably a world class activity which one cannot miss during his holidays!

Day One

We suggest you begin your journey of discovery around Mahé, the main island of Seychelles which is home to the capital, Victoria, the port and airport.

Navigating the most beautiful archipelago in the world and this imposing green granite island whose peak towers highest at over 900m boasts over 65 beaches and a group of picturesque islands bordering the Ste. Anne Marine Park. Sailing around Mahé (18mi by 5km) take you on a memorable journey past picturesque north coast of the island and famous Beau Vallon with its beautiful strand and a wide range of tourist facilities where you could spend the night at anchor or, perhaps, on the shore while savoring delicious Creole dishes in the many restaurants in Beau Vallon. There is also a casino nearby and a number of bars to try before making the return journey on board in an array of shimmering stars.

Day Two

Time to venture northwards to Silhouette, the third largest island of the Seychelles. When you leave Beau Vallon Bay behind you and slip into the blue ocean, it might be a good idea to leave a fishing line in the water. The waters surrounding the islands are known for their great fishing and there is the chance to have some of the tastiest fish around your plate for lunch before continuing your journey to the North island with beautiful beaches and a breathtaking beauty – a great place to spend the night.

Day Three

It is time to tear yourself away from the wild beauty of the North Island and navigate again in the direction of Beau Vallon, then savagely beautiful west coast of Mahé where low splendid beaches of Grand Anse, Petit Anse Takamaka and Intendance await you . As you encounter difficulties which stop-spot is tha best, it’s a good idea to make a stop at each, enjoy a swim or a dive into the warm waters or even have a late lunch at a poolside restaurant nearby sea, where seafood specialties abound.

Day Four

Leaving behind Mahe, you head for Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles which is 26 miles away, passing in front of the twin island gems of Cousin and Cousine on the way. Once known as Ile des Palmes (Palm Island) because of its dense coconut groves and lush vegetation, Praslin is home to one of the two sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Seychelles, the famous Vallée de Mai where the wonderful Coco-de-Mer palm grows up on a pristine valley.

Praslin also has some of the most beautiful beaches of the Seychelles, consistently ranked among the best in the world such as Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette and the Gold Coast where satellites Barren Islands, Curieuse, Sisters, Maryanne, Félicité and Cocos are easily accessible.

Day Five

It will not be long before you are attracted to the neighboring island of La Digue where, they say, time seem to have stopped and where the ox cart and traditional bikes are still the main means of transport. Here you will find one of the most famous beaches in the world – and certainly the most photographed one, Anse Source d’Argent, with the relics of another age – a cemetery of the first settlers, a working Calorifer and even giant tortoise and beautiful Creole mansion.

Other stops you might consider

Paving your way north ever, you leave the realm of the granite islands to the glittering world of the coral islands of Bird and Denis located approximately 52miles north of Mahé. Here you will be greeted by the sight of colonies of seabirds, nesting turtles, silver surf and golden sand. These islands are located on the edge of the shallow Seychelles bank where the ocean plunges 2000m and where the opportunities in the world beat to go fishing together with memorable swimming and snorkeling in the clear waters and super- diving where few have dared visiting the depth of the ocean.

Have a nice sailing trip around the wonderful islands of the Seychelles!

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10 choses à éviter pendant vos vacances à la Réunion

Partir en vacances à la Réunion est un quasi rêve devenu réalité et afin d’améliorer cela, voici des consignes pour vous aider a avoir des vacances parfaites!

reunion-plage

La première chose à considérer lors de la visite d’un pays étranger est la différence de mode de vie et cette règle applique pour Ile de la Réunion comme sux autres. Le système selon lequel ils vivent est certainement différent de, par exemple l’île Maurice. Habituellement, ce ne serait pas un problème, mais si le vacancier sera en interaction avec les habitants de l’île, certaines choses doivent être prises en considération. Une différence majeure est  l’allocation d’aide au retour à l’emploi que les résidents reçoivent. Il est assez considérable pour décourager  à se trouver du travail. Les amateurs de vacances peuvent trouver cela injuste, mais ces opinions provocatrices doivent être conservées à soi-même, pas besoin de ruiner les vacances pour une telle chose.

Nature Reunion

Le gouvernement a interdit la natation et autres activités nautiques dans la mer sauf dans les zones spécifiquement désignées dans une tentative pour empêcher les attaques de requins. Un garçon de 13 ans a été tué en Avril cette année dans une zone hors-limites à La Réunion. Ceci est exactement ce que personne ne veut qu’il se passe à eux pendant les vacances à l’île pratiquement sans critique de chez les vacanciers. Le requin avait arraché ses deux jambes et un peu de son estomac. C’est une image horrible, pas du tout ce que l’on envisage lors de la planification d’un voyage agréable et le risque est bel et bien trop élevé. Il devient une priorité de savoir comment empêcher cela. Ainsi, en faisant nos valises en chemin pour la petite île pittoresque, il faut aussi s’assurer que les dangers de la mer ne soient pas négligés.

reunion helicopter

La sécurité à l’aéroport de l’île de la Réunion est ne rigole certainement pas, il y a plusieurs exigences pour les vacanciers à s’adhérer et ceux-ci comprennent des éléments interdits. Quand ils ne disent pas permis, il n’y a pas d’ambiguïté. Par exemple, il est interdit d’apporter le fromage dans ses bagages quand on part pour ses vacances. A l’aéroport, ils vont saisir rapidement tout élément restreint qui sera incinéré à un stade ultérieur. Nous pouvons ainsi conclure qu’essayer de contourner ces règles ne servirait à rien d’autre qu’un gaspillage d’argent grave. Peu importe combien on peut manquer sa nourriture préférée, cela ne vaut pas la peine de la voir aller en flammes à la fin de la journée. Ce serait un début plutôt terrible à ce qui était censé être des vacances parfaites.

Map of Reunion Island

Map of Reunion Island

Les questions d’argent sont une grande préoccupation lorsque vous voyagez à La Réunion compte tenu du taux d’inflation élevé – étant donné que l’île importe la grande majorité de ses produits; il est très probable que les vacanciers finiront par payer plus pour le même produit pendant leur séjour là-bas. Les dépenses ne sont pas limités à de simples achats toutefois car les soins médicaux sont également assez cher pour les touristes en provenance des pays non membres de l’UE. Ceux de l’Union européenne sont couverts automatiquement par leur sécurité sociale, mais les autres ont besoin de prendre des dispositions pour l’assurance médicale car en cas d’accident, il serait assez difficile de couvrir les coûts pour le voyageur comme les factures médicales sont estimés légèrement inférieures à celui aux États-Unis où ils sont assez exorbitants pour dire le moins.

Saint Gilles Reunion

Pendant les vacances, il devient très facile pour les tiers de faire de l’argent sur vous grâce à de légères hausses de prix ici et là, les jugeant comme «prix pour touristes”. La nourriture à la plage coûtera plus cher pour le touriste peu subtile et même la banque se réjouit de la possibilité d’augmenter ses profits. Payer avec sa carte de crédit est certainement plus pratique et plus sûr que d’avoir à transporter de grosses sommes d’argent sur soi dans un pays étrange et les banques profitent de cela. Charges engagées aux cartes de crédit auront des coûts cachés dus à l’usage internationale. Ils ne sont pas des frais très élevés, mais ils continuent à s’additionner conduisant à une découverte facheuse quand on est à la maison.

Reunion Island

Where is Reunion Island?

Une erreur facile que les touristes peuvent faire est de présumer que tout le monde parle le Français. Alors que même si la plupart des habitants de l’île comprennent le français, ils ne peuvent pas toujours le parler. En fait, il est un signe de l’enseignement supérieur de couramment parler la langue. Ainsi, les barrières linguistiques peuvent créer un problème de communication. La solution serait d’investir dans un guide et éviter de laisser dans des endroits peu fréquentés. L’île est certainement sûr pour les visiteurs mais comme toute autre zone touristique, souvent en proie à des petits voleurs. Il vaut mieux être prudent que désolé ainsi bien préférable de ne pas prendre de risques.

Nature trekking Reunion

Les documents d’identification sont très importants, pas de doute à ce sujet, mais les accidents se produisent  et documentations cruciales peuvent se perdre. Lorsque l’on n’est pas en son propre pays, la chose la plus fondamentale devient plus compliquée que jamais. Quand vous allez à Ile de la Réunion, il est nécessaire d’avoir sur vous une preuve de résidence à être occupé – qui peut être une invitation de la part d’un habitant ou hôtel arrangements mais sans cela, aucun touriste ne serait autorisé à quitter l’aéroport. Perdre ses documents est le plus grand non-non pour les voyages à l’île. Cela signifierait la fin des vacances avant même qu’ils aient la chance de commencer.

Reunion Beach

Reunion Beach

Lors de la visite d’un nouveau pays, la nourriture est certainement très haute sur la liste à faire. Les restaurants deviennent un incontournable à visiter et pour les touristes, il est important qu’ils soient conscients de certaines différences dans le palais – comme l’amour pour les escargots des Français, par conséquent, les réunionnais … Pour l’homme aventureux, cela présente une grande opportunité mais autrement, cela pourrait être une expérience cauchemardesque. Après tout, tout le monde n’est pas assez courageux pour vouloir consommer limaces pour le déjeuner!

Surfeur Réunion

Surfeur Réunion

 

Aujourd’hui, personne ne se trouve loin de leur téléphone mobile. Les médias sociaux est pratiquement indispensable avec les gens sur les séjours téléchargeant constamment la dernière photo artsy de leur nourriture, de la vue ou de la paroi la plus aléatoire dans la rue sur Instagram. À la maison, ce ne gros inconvénient, cependant financièrement lors de l’utilisation de données en itinérance plans, les choses peuvent prendre un virage pour le pire. Les charges, à l’insu du visiteur de vacances continuent accumulant alarmante menant à une découverte choquante quand il est temps de débourser de l’argent. Île de la Réunion a des factures de même cher pour une utilisation internationale de l’Internet. Des recherches antérieures sur les paquets disponibles est une nécessité pour éviter certains réfectoires.

Cascade-Aigrette-Ile-de-La-Reunion

La Réunion, cet affable morceau de la France qui se chauffe tranquillement aux rayons d’un soleil tropical.

Un aperçu de luxe est prompt à séduire le voyageur imprudent, telle est la tentation d’un chauffeur de limousine promettant des tarifs identiques à d’autres taxis à l’aéroport. Même si faire une entrée dans le pays avec une telle pompe est une perspective attrayante, il est souvent accompagné de factures beaucoup plus élevées que le taxi normal ferait payer. Inutile de dire, ce qui est un mensonge blanc pour accroître l’activité et ce que peut faire un touriste naïf, mais payer? Les amateurs de vacances devraient être prudents pour éviter de telles escroqueries de toutes sortes et d’attendre un taxi agréé comme tout le monde.

LaReunion golf

Mais en fin de compte, tout cela est facile à réaliser pour le touriste qui arrive pour des vacances en soleil. Vous allez vite remarquer que vos vacances iront à merveille à l’ile de la Réunion.

Maloya Reunion

Restaurants ile de la reunion

Reunion Island is an example in diversity when it concerns the island as a whole, with a great variety in ethnicity, culture and race. People came to Reunion Island over the years through different means and for different purposes. Through time, they have created a united country with its own identity. It’s a place just waiting to be explored and when you are holidaying there, take the time to admire its beautiful wonders of nature as well as its marvellous cuisine. Reunion Island has such a diverse cuisine that you are bound to be astounded, exploration is an absolute must!

Les Letchis

Les Letchis restaurant is in Saint Benoit, owned by a family who make it a must to serve customers with a smile so that they leave satisfied with the service provided to them. The owner is personally involved in the day to day running of the restaurant and often drops by to make sure that the restaurant’s diner are enjoying their meal or require something else. This adds a nice personal touch to the service and is bound to endear to certain visitors. The restaurant specialises in a more rustic style creole cuisine, providing a varied menu of Reunion’s classics and favourites. This is a good first stop for the curious tourist. The view is sublime as well as Les Letchis restaurant is just by the river and you can even see people kayaking at times. Provision has been made for customers who want to sit by and enjoy the view with confortable lounge chairs overseeing the river.

les letchis restaurant reunion

 

The restaurant’s special menu includes palm tree heart pickles with fish. The Mascarenes Islands often pickle seafood but adding the palm is a unique Reunionais touch. For less food shy people, it has bizarre plates such as eel curry. Imagine that- eel cooked in curry served with a salad with rice or bread as you wish it. It’s definitely not to be missed if you want a more complete tour of Reunion Island including its fine (and maybe more shocking for tame eaters) cuisine of its own. If you are going to Les Letchis, just prepare yourself to eat the best of creole cuisine’s offering. Everything from the classic rougaille to a Bouillon de coquilles is to be tasted with utmost pleasure!

L’instant Plaisirs

This restaurant is located, of all places, you won’t guess it- in the Cilaos! The great caldera is a great source of attraction for tourists and reunionnais alike, they stand tall and shelter so many unique species of flora and fauna, many endemic to Reunion Island, the little town and commune also known as Cilaos is located right in the middle. L’intant Plaisirs restaurant hence affords a great view to its visitors whether they are around for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The name Cilaos is of Malagassy origin, meaning “the place one never leaves” and quite honestly, there is something about its atmosphere that simply makes you want to stay. The little restaurant enamours its customers with its impressive view and allows taking your meals outside all while enjoying a light fresh breeze with your food, making the items on your plate doubly more tasty and intriguing.

linstant plaisir reunion

A French restaurant by name, this restaurant of the humble island seems to mark all of its customers with its galettes. What’s always on the menu is pancakes. Not the british style pancakes but thin, soft and buttery pancakes. They are usually plain and eaten with some jam or chocolate but L’instant Plaisirs offers a wide array of choices to its customers given how this ended up being its speciality. Keep in mind though that this restaurant in question is usually open only on week ends and it’s not only tourists who are  fan of the restaurant but locals drop by for a nice lunch as well. So if you feel like this is your place to be on a fine Saturday or Sunday, do not get stuck in the traffic!

Le Manta

Le Manta Restaurant, don’t go by the weird name, tourists! is a beach side little wonder. Located in St Gilles, very near Hotel St Gilles Reunion, it is very accessible for a meal during your day out. It is a very calm restaurant, quite appropriate for a date with a certain romantism in the air but also alright for a family outing or a meal en solo. St Gilles is a busy place and very many hotels in Reunion Island are found there. It is the touristy part of Reunion Island as some may say. Don’t be afraid to strike up conversation with either a fellow diner or the staff members so long as they are free for a chat. The restaurant aims at providing service with excellence and the menus definitely supports that. Le Manta is actually a seafood restaurant. Hardly a surprise given its location right next to the beach so that you can admire some white sand beaches during your meal but it also has meat on the menu.

le manta reunion island

If seafood is not your cup of tea, you can still hang around and expect to be surprised by La manta. Its menu is kind of the unexpected style. From a rather normal tuna tartarre to fish lasagne, the menu is diverse in nature but seeks to center mostly around the theme of seafood. But if you are a fan of kangaroo, you have come to the right place as well. Nope, that is not a typo, the restaurant also specialises in tender kangaroo flesh, when better to broaden your horizons than when in a restaurant serving kangaroo flesh as if it was the most normal dish on earth? We encourage to to try not to flinch back and instead actually enjoy the dish in good humour and with an open mind. You might find yourself a new favourite dish! It can’t always be bacon and eggs for breakfast after all! Variety is very important for a saner life.

Le QG

Le QG restaurant is one which prides itself on its diversity, mirroring Reunion Island itself. The Chef Andre is accompanied by Abdou, the waiter who hails all the way from Senegal. It is ranked as the Number 1 restaurant in Plaine des Caffres on Trip Advisor. A quaint little building with yellow and white plain paint, nothing fancy on the outside to be quite honest but still this restaurant manages to demarcate itself with the good food. As an international style restaurant, the menu can be either eccentric or your normal everyday fare depending on where you are from. The restaurant is technically open for breakfast as from 07.00 but try making a reservation if you plan on arriving that early- after all, it’s a tiny place on a tiny island. It doesn’t actually open up that early on regular days. So if you just drive by on a fine Sunday morning, prepare yourself for a long wait if you haven’t bothered making a reservation in advance. Reservations are also necessary for other meals as well. Remember how it’s the number 1 restaurant in Plaine des Caffres? Yes, many people want to eat there. Sure, you may get lucky on a slow night or day but better be on the safe side and ensure that you will not return to your hotel hungry.

le qg reunion

If you feel like a steak, then Chef Andre will make you a mouth watering steak. If you feel like a plain rougaille saucice reunnionais style, he’ll be equally happy to serve you that instead. The restaurant implements local flavours in fine cuisine and classic creole dishes all while maintaining a great standard to astound customers and make them want to come back again and again. They have their menu in several languages such as English and German, so worry not, non-French speakers! Chef Andre and his little army got you covered!

La Perle du Lac

This is where you go when you haven’t eaten all day and are ready to eat a horse. Well, they don’t have horse on the menu but I think I got the point across indeed! La perle du lac is a buffet style restaurant, where you can choose either the buffet menu or the menu a la carte. Depending on your preferences, both offer great value for money and good food. With a warm welcome and smiling staff, your time at La Per le du Lac restaurant is bound to go smoothly. The place is clean with warm tones, giving a very homey atmosphere to customers who can relish their food in such a great atmosphere. A buffet at 20 euros per head is a bargain in Reunion island and with the level of service provided, you might as well wallow in regret if you miss it. The buffet menu, which is La perle du lac’s speciality includes entree, salads, main dishes and dessert. The menu is of course ever evolving to accommodate diners without boring them but client favourites always make a reappearance as well as special salads of the house and succulent dessert items.

perle du lac reunion

Certain things will surprise you as is the habit of most reunionnais restaurants with some outlandish menu item and for la perle du lac, it is the lentils cake. What most people would restrain to being a soup, they went and made cake out of it. Once you taste it though, you will most definitely keep wanting more! Other items on the menu are no less intriguing and await for visit during your holidays in Reunion Island. You can’t help but like the restaurant with its great location and welcoming atmosphere, it begs for an encore once you have been there. It is hard to find fault about La perle du lac, it is also very easily accessible even for those unused to the roads of Reunion island.

Le Kedai

Another weirdly named restaurant in Reunion Island, you should learn to expect no less with its wonderful mix of cultures! It is not French, don’t worry, your French is likely not that rusty yet. It is a creole word of unsure origins but in most contexts, it means a cooking utensil. One of the most important ones apart from the wok in Chinese cuisine. It is a rather common word in creole actually, be it Mauritian, Rodriguais or Reunnionais creole. Just another word from the average person’s daily lingo in a tropical island. However, what’s most interesting about Le Kedai restaurant is not the linguistic mystery of its name but rather, wait for it… it’s a Chinese restaurant. On the east coast no less! It makes for a good break from all the formal cuisine you have been indulging in most likely since your plane landed in Reunion Island. Serving generous portions of Chinese and creole cuisine, Le Kedai restaurant is a plain but efficient eatery.

le kedai reunion

The main objective is to get you fed with the least fuss aiming at maximum satisfaction. Unfortunately, the restaurant doesn’t have a trip advisor page but you should find it without much difficulty. It is one the the few restaurants open in the evenings on the east coast- a rarity in over there as the usual visitors will attest to. On its usual menu, you will have sandwiches and classic Chinese dishes such as noodles and rice items with pork, shrimp or chicken. Whatever floats your boat, you are likely to find it there to sate that little special hunger for a chow mein. Do tell them how spicy or not spicy you want your food when ordering! You can also take your food as take away and find a nice spot in nature to enjoy it either by yourself or with a companion or two.

Le Massalé

Le Massale is where you will taste the authentic flavours of India. Sweet or savoury, this little café wants to make you fall under its spell. Oriental smells of very very many spices such as but not limited to cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves and so forth permeate the place and you cannot help but want to taste each and every one of the delights on display. It is a rather quaint place with nondescript green and white paint with the name simply written high up. The interior resembles more a little snack bar with the prices stuck on the inside of the display cases. The menu is composed mostly of single cakes, similar to amuses bouches but believe me, one can lunch on a few dozen of these happily. Cakes such as samousas and pates are the more usual fare. And pate is not the meat pate that comes in a can and is spread on crackers but rather a delicious little savoury cake made with pate feuillete and folded like a cute rectangular envelop filled with delicious things such as cheese/corn/onions or chicken curry. Depending on what’s available for the day, feel free to broaden your horizons and give the cute little indian patisserie a go. You might end up loving their spiciness. These savoury cakes are served with a chutney or chilli paste which can be tangy with a lemony flavor or sweet and fruity if tomato base. There are even green chutneys for those who relish a less sugary experience sometimes!

le massale reunion island

Otherwise, if you have more of a sweet tooth, the restaurant can accommodate that as well. With gato banane or as it’s called at the restaurant- galette de banane, you will be a very happy person. This one is a simply batter of mashed overripe bananas, flour, sugar and some spices such as anis seed (the little ones) with all of that fried until dark brown. It is crispy on the outside and the inside melts in your mouth. If you are looking for a snack, you will like the kebab sticks which are heavily spiced with a more middle eastern touch- not to be missed!

Votre Destination Parfaite: L’Ile de La Réunion

Ile de la Réunion ressemble à un minuscule point dans l’océan Indien, mais vous trouverez que c’est une île spectaculaire avec de hautes montagnes, des canyons à couper le souffle, des lagons turquoises, des villes colorées et villages et cascades. Un département français d’outre-mer, la Réunion est un mélange magnifique d’influences françaises, asiatiques et africains. Il est vraiment une île enchanteresse; un paradis pour les aventuriers et les randonneurs ou pour ceux qui recherchent des vacances actives infusé avec de belles plages, des paysages à couper le souffle et des cultures fascinantes. Si vous êtes en visite pour la première fois, voici dix choses à faire dans l’île de la Réunion que je vous recommande vivement. J’ai essayé tous et chacun d’entre eux et les expériences que j’ai acquises étaient inoubliables!

Le paysage à la Réunion est absolument spectaculaire. Je suggère de louer une voiture et de conduire autour de l’île. Il est une grande île de sorte que vous voudrez peut-être vous-même le rythme. Conduisez la Route du Volcan ou dans le cirque de Cilaos pour certains des paysages les plus étonnants. Les étendues côtières offrent des vues charmantes de villages colorés, des lagunes et des plages tandis que l’intérieur est caractérisé par des montagnes impressionnantes, des canyons, des forêts (de forêts de pins à arbustes épais et fougères arborescentes sub-tropicales!) Et les hauts plateaux herbeux.

Reunion Island waterfalls

Une visite à Piton de la Fournaise, un des volcans les plus actifs du monde, est un must dans mon livre. Le paysage le long du chemin est  belle et sur l’approche du volcan, la route vous mène à travers la Plaine des Sables, une zone qui ressemble beaucoup à Mars!

Si vous êtes vraiment dans les volcans, je peux recommander la randonnée dans une ancienne coulée de lave du Piton de la Fournaise. La visite de tube de lave est un voyage merveilleux qui vous fera passer des formations intrigantes et des systèmes de tunnel. Je ne recommande pas si vous êtes enclin à la claustrophobie.

La Réunion est célèbre pour ses trois cirques (Mafate, Cilaos et Salazie), trois grandes caldeiras formés par l’effondrement d’un volcan bouclier. Parmi les trois, Mafate est inaccessible par la route, ce qui est idéal pour les randonneurs qui souhaitent profiter de la nature impressionnante dans la solitude totale. Il y a plusieurs villages à l’intérieur du Cirque de Mafate, qui ne sont accessibles que par des sentiers (et hélicoptères). Quelle que soit la voie que vous choisissez, vous serez garantis panoramas époustouflants, des rivières jaillissantes et des cascades et des forêts luxuriantes.

Reunion island Beach

Je vous recommande vivement de voir l’île de la Réunion de haut. Alors seulement vous être en mesure de vraiment apprécier sa topographie impressionnante et variée. Du volcan aux cirques incroyables, des forêts verdoyantes et des cascades élégantes, c’est une expérience que vous ne serez pas facilement oublié!

Saint-Denis est la capitale et la plus grande ville. Il est idéal pour se promener autour de cette belle ville – ne pas oublier de vérifier sa belle architecture et visiter ses marchés.

Une autre ville de marché à visiter est de Saint-Pierre sur la côte sud avec son marché animé samedi. Il est un endroit idéal pour déguster des spécialités locales comme Bon Piment et une variété de rhum, acheter haut de vanille de qualité et ramasser quelques souvenirs. Une autre ville, je vraiment aimé était Saint Gilles les Bains, avec ses boutiques colorées et des plages de sable fin.

La plupart des plus beaux lagons de l’île se trouvent sur la côte ouest, entre Saint-Paul et Saint-Leu. Ici, vous trouverez de vastes étendues de plages de sable fin, allant du blanc au noir! Les zones de plage les plus populaires sont autour de La Saline les Baines – ici vous trouverez une variété d’hôtels, chambres d’hôtes, restaurants et bars, comme au Coco Beach. Vous pouvez choisir de lézarder sur la plage, faire de longues promenades, ou offrez-vous dans une variété de sports nautiques comme la plongée, planche à voile et stand-up-pagayer.

Ce fut l’une de mes expériences préférées à La Réunion. Une vieille coulée de lave a été sculpté dans un canyon de la rivière, avec des murs étonnants de chaque côté, piscines tranquilles, suivies par des rapides et des chutes d’eau. Ce fut une expérience incroyable, sauter sur les murs (certains jusqu’à 12 mètres de haut) dans la piscine ci-dessous, la luge d’une piscine à l’autre ou flottant sur la rivière.

La Réunion présente un mélange fascinant de cultures françaises, africaines et asiatiques, résultant en un large éventail de plats délicieux et arts de la scène. Allez sur un «tour alimentaire» à l’un des marchés (comme mon préféré, le marché du samedi à Saint-Pierre) et laissez vous aller dans la cuisine créole. Si vous pouvez, demander autour de places pour assister à des performances étonnantes par une troupe de et les beaux danseurs Mahoya. Et ne pas oublier de goûter quelques-uns des fameux rhum de l’île!

La Réunion est un endroit idéal pour faire l’expérience de la vie marine de près. Il existe différents pour les dauphins et les excursions d’observation des baleines. Ce sera l’occasion d’une vie à se joindre à des scientifiques du projet Dare Win comme ils font des recherches sur les systèmes de communication complexes des dauphins et des baleines. Si vous êtes chanceux, vous pouvez même aller plongée libre avec les dauphins et les baleines avec les chercheurs!

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Après toutes ces activités pleines d’action, vous méritez un peu de repos. Vous pouvez retourner à la plage ou dans les collines ou votre hotel luxurieux.

Diving Seychelles: Islands adrift…

Seychelles Diving

Contrarily to appearances, the Seychelles are not coral islands. Unlike the atolls of External islands that rely on deep sea of ​​the Indian Ocean, the islands of the central group (Mahé, Praslin, La Digue and surrounding islands) are of continental origin. They shared millions of years of history with the African continent. There are 190 million years, by the play of tectonics plate, a massive block broke away from the massive continent Gondwana to drift eastward. Thus were born the Antarctic, Australia and the Seychelles…

Seychelles

Between 95 and 190 million years, the drift of the continental bloc Madagascar-Seychelles-India to south east allowed the opening of the Mozambique Channel. At the beginning of the Cretaceous, there are about 140 million years ago, Madagascar was in a position already very close to the present. During a second phase of oceanic expansion, from 80 million years ago, the original continental block was dismantled by the play of faults and fractures: the position of Madagascar was finally fixed, while India and Seychelles were beginning a bulk drifts northeast. There are 65 million years, when dinosaurs disappeared from the face of the earth, appeared a north-south divide that opened the third phase of evolution. The activity of the secondary backing Carlsberg dissociated the Indian subcontinent who went only drift to the northeast towards the Asian continent (to form the Himalayas) and the Seychelles block then adopted its final position some 47 million years ago. The Seychelles terrain is typical for a morphology of granites in humid tropical climate, with intense weathering of these rivers that produces stones of twisted that dot the steep slopes and dominate ridge lines, and a thick coat of arenas. The white sand beaches are mostly from the destruction of coral formations which later colonized the granitic basement. It is this sand that gives the shallow coves of turquoise and green colors … The “statues” underwater near Marianne island are the result of the slow erosion of granite along fault lines. Think about it when you swim between two old walls of at least 50 million years…

Diving around Praslin

In Seychelles, you will come across almost all species found in the Indian Ocean: barracuda, tuna, dolphins, turtles, stingrays, mantas, sharks, even whale sharks, accustomed to these waters in almost constant temperature. In all, 850 species have been recorded in the archipelago. But probably the most surprising is that in a single dive, you will see most of them! Each dive is like a visit to an aquarium and time will pass without giving you time to remember all the fish you will come along.

Here, the dives are limited to depths of 30 meters and beginners, as confirmed are welcome. For lovers of thrills, sharks that roam around the main islands can be motivating enough. If you want more, you should seek with the hotel or villa you are lodging in to organize a trip that takes you to Aldabra Atoll, a protected site by UNESCO, or around the group of islands with Cosmoledo dives in the current passes. Here are some sites that you must visit:

Booby Island Seychelles

Up on a background of 17 meters, a sandbar with scattered rocks that hide moray eels, shrimp, nudibranchs and all coral fish shelter in the cracks and under the overhangs: scorpion fishes , diodons, huge school of snappers and add to that glass fish clouds flitting amid the current faults.

Cherimon Bank Seychelles

15 meters deep, and all the time you need to enjoy! A dive-tank. In 70 minutes of diving, you can photograph and film two turtles, octopus, eagle rays, sweetlips, oriental charts, angelfish and emperors. Not to mention all the other species circling endlessly around you. This is definitely a must dive!

Aride Island

At a depth of 16 meters, this dive spot on a sand bar with granite rocks scattered under which you come across large nurse sharks asleep. Good visibility helps see off some big Humpback parrots. Octopus, shrimp, various shells (porcelain, cones, …) can be seen. Yet, remain very careful when it comes to cones, some are very dangerous.

Roche Whale

Roches is a particular site, with large boulders and rocks for observing humpback huge parrots with a beautiful dark blue. These unusual fish are shy and it will be difficult to get close. Tyrian and also pink soft coral, some white tip sharks and octopuses. All of this awaits you in a basin of 16 m deep.

There are two sites named Whale Rock, the former does not exceed 15 meters. An exploration site by excellence: the fish are everywhere, but you have to dig under rocks, in small crevices between faults to flush fish soldiers, squirrel fish, bright red beauclairs, batfishes and other fish- angels and butterfly fish. Sometimes huge humpback parrots pass by to get away immediately. There is a lot to see on this site: oysters, anemones, soft corals, small bright pink sponge …

It is the place for a night dive. With an abundance of wildlife, predators come out of hiding and prey are fleeing in all directions. The opportunity to calmly shoot red parrotfish asleep, stuck vertically, between two rocks. Octopuses seek the light of your headlamp to take to their heels, stars acanthasters graze the coral with a voracious appetite, the boxfish twirl, and shrimp squabble around fish who come to clean. Warning: the urchins can be dangerous. Tiaras urchins, sea urchins, all wave their spines and believe us, if you drag a little too close to a rock (which inevitably happens in night diving), you are assured to keep a persistent souvenir for three days, despite your 3 mm wetsuit!

Have a nice dive in the Seychelles!

Seychelles: La Digue Island

The sensation of being on holiday eternally, the feeling of being on La Digue Island of the Seychelles! The atmosphere is relaxed. Locals moving on their bike while humming! The life on the island seems to have stopped some fifty years ago.  La Digue is a small island. Only 5 km long and 3 km wide.

It may seems bizarre but you will find no real roads on La Digue! So no need to rent a car. On the west of the island are found the only three villages of the island: La Passe, La Réunion and L’Union. The small villages are clustered and form a group of houses.

The island of La Digue is the most photographed of the islands of the Seychelles with its magnificent granite rocks bathing in turquoise water and its beautiful white sandy beaches! Moreover, La Digue is the most chosen honeymoon destination.  Every year, a large number of couples coming from outside the Seychelles celebrate their weddings on this picturesque island. The island has only one luxury hotel, the rest of the accommodation being mostly guesthouses, villas or apartments for rent (self-catering). The island has no airport or aerodrome, but a heliport connects by Mahé Island found about 45 km away.

The island of La Digue rises to 333 m above sea level. Here, the population is mainly black and many men wear dreadlocks similar to those of “Bob Marley”! With its beaches, La Digue is certainly the most beautiful island of the Seychelles.

La Digue Beaches

The different beaches are accessible by bike or by foot. Neither will you find crowded beaches, nor beaches with sunbeds or umbrellas that often spoil the landscape! Everything is almost wild and just perfect! Some beaches are protected by a coral reef, making swimming very enjoyable, while other beaches are beset by high waves and strong currents, it is then necessary to be very careful when swimming (when allowed). In general, a panel indicates danger.

Anse source d’Argent

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Anse Source d’Argent

To get to Anse Source D’argent the best way is to take a sandy trail which will quickly take you  to the famous beach. You will fall in love with this sublime Anse, the Island’s most beautiful site and certainly the Seychelles! It is here that almost all the clichés representing the Seychelles are made. Anse Source d’Argent is characterized by large granite rocks eroded by waves. The site is protected by a coral reef and thus offers a calm sea for bathers. Depending on the tide, swimming is more or less easy. At low tide, the depth is very low and the bottom covered with algae.

Anse Coco

Petite Anse and Anse Coco are separated by a small peninsula called Pointe Turcy. A twenty minutes walk is necessary to reach Anse Coco from Petite Anse. Again, a beautiful deserted beach without building uplifting the landscape! There is very little shade and the sea is also dangerous. Be cautious if you want to swim.

Anse-Coco

Anse Coco

La Digue Fauna and Flora

Apart from the beaches, the island is covered with thick jungle with some walkable paths allowing you to discover the beauty of the unique flora of the Seychelles. The island of La Digue is the refuge of the “Black Widow” which are magnificent black birds endemic to the Seychelles. During the day you cannot miss the flight of the big Roussette bats.

La Digue: How to get there?

The Seychelles consist of One hundred and fifteen islands spread over a total area of One thousand two hundred square kilometers. The island of La Digue is only two hundred kilometers from the main island of Mahé and its international airport. To reach the island of La Digue, there are only two main options.

By boat

The island of La Digue is generally reached by boat from the islands of Mahé (45 km) or Praslin (7 km).  You only have to report to the port to have a precise schedules of the departures. The journey from La Digue Island to the main island Mahé is about one hour and ten minutes (70 minutes) provided that the boat does not stop in Praslin.

The travel will cost you about Sixty Euros (60 Euros) for a one way ticket. The voyage between Praslin and La Digue is about fifteen minutes (15 minutes) and costs about 15 Euros for a one way ticket. The sea is very often rough outside the lagoons. Do not be surprised if ever you have some seasickness. Take some precautions before the departure (anti-seasickness pills).

Helicopter

The second way to get to La Digue is somehow less conventional but more fun. The flight from Praslin to La Digue takes about ten minutes. There are definitely many advantages in taking the helicopter to go to La Digue. Maybe you have never taken it before and you want to try this lifetime awesome experience. Nevertheless, you will admire the turquoise lagoons of the Seychelles and take some amazing photos of the picturesque islands.

Even though being expensive, it is definitely worth the try.

La Digue: La Veuve Noir Reserve

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La Veuve Noir des Seychelles

It is in La Digue that you will the last Flycatchers of the paradise island of Seychelles (or Black Widow), a bird that found uniquely in “La Veuve Noir” Reserve created exclusively to this bird. In 2012, it is estimated that about three hundred of these birds could be found on the island of La Digue. The reserve is located near the village of La Réunion. Admission is free but donations are most welcomed! An information center provides explanations on the functioning of the reserve and the life of the birds. Trails through the reserve is easy and fun.

La Digue: The small neighboring islands

From La Digue, it is very easy to reach the small islands and islets scattered around. These islets include Félicité, Cocos, Grande Soeur, Petite Sœur and Marianne. To visit these islands, it is necessary to organize a tour, either by negotiating a private boat or by joining a group. It costs about fifty Euros per half day or a hundred Euros per day. The price will depend mostly on the islands visited and type of meals included. The islands are mainly visited for snorkelling or diving. Best place to try your diving equipment!

Interesting Things to do in the Seychelles during your holidays

What to do in the Seychelles

The Seychelles is a prized destination among honeymooners and holiday goers. It is a country scattered among 115 islands, although only a few are populated. Most people go to the Seychelles to Continue reading