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The Indian Ocean covers approximately one-fifth of the total ocean area of the world. It is the smallest, geologically youngest, and physically most complex of the world’s three major oceans. It stretches for more than 10,000 km between the southern tips of Africa and Australia and, without its marginal seas, has an area of about 73,440,000 square km. The Indian Ocean’s average depth is 12,990 feet (3,960 metres).

The Indian Ocean is full of treasures bathed in exotic and sun. It is also home to various exotic islands that are worth a visit. These include Reunion, Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius and Rodrigues. They are all essential destinations for a holiday in the Indian Ocean.

The Lush nature

Fancy a trip to the Indian Ocean? Incredibly diverse, Indian Ocean islands are distinguished by their different characters and breathtaking scenery. Renowned for its beautiful beaches and seabed and its rich fauna and underwater flora, the Indian Ocean is home to beautiful islands: Mauritius, Madagascar, Rodrigues, Mayotte, Seychelles, Reunion and more. Popular destinations for tourists. But that’s not all: the Indian Ocean is also a dive in the heart of cultures and peoples with renowned hospitality.

Ideal temperatures

During summer and winter, the temperatures are mild, sometimes very hot: it actually averages to 25 ° C all year. Some areas are sometimes affected by tropical cyclones. However, these weather events are very rare and hotels are built to withstand these climatic variations and allow you to spend a holiday in peace.

A stay in the Indian Ocean, for the pleasure of your taste buds

An amalgam of French Indian, African and Chinese culinary arts, local cuisine will delight gourmets in search of spicy and tangy flavors. A quintessential dish of Creole cuisine normally consists of cooked meat, fish or vegetables, all seasoned with saffron, coriander, ginger and chilli. While visiting the Seychelles, do not leave without trying the chatimus, fruit purees and vegetables with spices and vinegar. Indian and Chinese food enthusiasts, you’ll find it with a stay in Mauritius and Reunion. The holidays in the Indian Ocean is also the opportunity to taste tropical fruits: mango, papaya, pineapple, guava, passion fruit and coconut are also on the menu of your stay.

Island of the Indian Ocean

Maldives

A trip to the Maldives is the guarantee to discover a true paradise! Warm turquoise waters, white sand and lush tropical vegetation, The Maldives is an ideal destination to fully recharge yourself. Spending your holidays in the Maldives will leave an ever-lasting memory. Explore the underwater beauty of a breathtaking lagoon, go to Kayak on the clear waters surrounding the islands and take part in a multitude of sports activities for children and adults.

The Mascarene Islands

From Reunion to Mauritius

Combine you trip to the Mascarene Islands to make it even more unique and memorable. Mauritius and Reunion are two Indian Ocean jewels which combine perfectly. Meander along the roadways of Reunion island and then relax on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Mauritius.

Reunion volcanoes oppose Mauritius lagoons to form a truly charming duo. Add in a mixed population of extreme kindness and vistas of breathtaking diversity, and you get the trip you’ve always dreamed of. Combining discovery, comfort and well-being, is the ideal trip for couples on honeymoon, lovers of nature or simply tireless active.

Reunion is a vibrant and enchanting destination that leaves no one indifferent. That’s why after a few days of active holiday in this land of contrasts, a stay in Mauritius will be welcome. Less than 45 minutes by plane from one another, these two neighboring islands guarantee a change of scenery.

The circuit Freedom in Reunion (with rental car) which allows you to travel around the island at your own pace and visit the best sights of the Reunion island! Hikers, meanwhile, will be amazed by Small Island Crossing, an exceptional hiking tour through the Salazie, Mafate and Cilaos circuses.

A trip to Mauritius is an experience to do at least once in his life! Mauritius is full of natural treasures that you can explore by boat, during a session of diving or simply by visiting the lush vegetations and natural features of the island. Spending holidays in Mauritius will leave an indelible memory.

From Mauritius to Rodrigues

You are looking for an exotic destination? Direction Rodrigues. Neighboring Mauritius, Rodrigues offers totally different sensations. Real island out of time, the heart of Rodrigues remained intact. Variety of landscapes, nonchalance and daily tranquility are what make the island unique. Its inhabitants will share their lifestyle and you will love their kindness.

At about one and a half hour from Mauritius in small plane, you land in a land where one feels good: a warm welcome by the inhabitants of the island, glad you made the trip up to them and proud to have some visitors…

When leaving Mauritius for Rodrigues, you will have the feeling of having gone from one world to another…It is an authentic island with unique scenery: hidden coves and turquoise lagoons.

The Seychelles: Island Hopping

The Seychelles is yet another jewel of the Indian Ocean. Let each island tell you his story. They all have something special to offer to the traveler.

Active or relaxing, inhabited or isolated, rocky or lush, the many Seychelles islands contain treasures that remain to be discovered by you. For a complete holiday, combine the main tropical islands, Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, to discover the most beautiful sites in the archipelago!

Experience a perfect little getaway on these Robinson island unspoiled natural … A non-ostentatious luxury that thrills. Come and meet the famous Seychelles sea turtle! Snorkeling sites are almost everywhere … Around La Digue, Anse Severe and Anse Patate you will discover many surprises. If you venture a little further, discover Cocos Island: a unique spot where you can see turtles, rays and colorful fish …

Whether for a discovery of the Seychelles, a quiet stay, a homecoming or a dive trip, whatever your desires, a trip to Seychelles is the perfect way to spend holidays.

Have fun in the Indian Ocean!

You can read more about the Indian ocean here. (French)

Seychelles as a whole is “interesting” to the average person living an average life- it’s not an island as many seem to think. Oh no- it’s 115 islands. Indeed quite a lot of islands one may say, still not intrigued enough to visit it, are you? Well, the Seychelles Islands also happen to be the celebrity of islands worldwide. You must have heard of Bali, of the Maldives but those beaches of Seychelles? They have an impressive list of awards that have been allocated to them throughout the years and mark my words- these beaches have deserved each and every one of them!

On top of all that, Seychelles has an underwhelming population size of just under 90000 people. Imagine that- 115 islands and just 90000 people! But the most impressive fact is actually that 90% of them all live in Mahé! The island is home to the locals, expats and most considerably- the tourism industry. It is the island where you first land on your journey to Seychelles. This is where it starts- Victoria, Mahé.

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Let’s start with that itself- the airport. It is a fairly recent one, only a couple of decades old with the honour of having been inaugurated by Her Majesty herself. It is the home base to Air Seychelles and provides a warm welcome to hundreds of thousands of tourists yearly. People have raved about its cleanliness and good service among other facilities such as wifi and lounge for layovers. However, you might want to bring a snack bar or two if you are going to be at the airport for longer than a few hours since it is not big on food shops. For others simply having a layover in Seychelles while en route to other countries, bear in mind that one cannot leave the airport without proof of residence arrangements! So, book a hotel in case you want to tour the island(s) for the few hours spent there instead of simply lazing in the airport lounge!

Concerning hotels in Seychelles, that will be a fairly easy task. Victoria has an abundance of hotel which cater not only to longer term tourists but also people who are just stopping over. So worry not, you will easily find a perfect fit to stay in Seychelles for however long you plan to. Especially with most hotels having their own websites and online booking facilities, this is doubly easy now. Victoria is a curious place to visit. It is the largest city of the largest island in Seychelles but simultaneously, the smallest capital of any African country! Filled with magnificent hotels, quaint houses, pretty little shops and an awesome bazaar- Victoria makes itself a highly interesting possibility for exploration. The island itself is home to a diverse group of flora and fauna as well as a very rich history. Having been previously colonised by the British gave Victoria its name in honour of Queen Victoria. To learn more about this vibrant past of the islands, a visit to the national museum is in order! Located in the city itself, it ha an affordable entry fee for the average holidayer. The descriptions and labels are mostly in French, a result of the more frequent use of creole over its official language which is English. However, the guides and locals are usually very helpful to the polite and inquisitive visitor. So, do not hesitate to ask questions and let your curiosity spread- you will thank yourself when you are back home with a quasi encyclopedia of knowledge to accompany your beautiful island memories.

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About these island memories- what’s a Seychelles holiday without a healthy dose of the beach, sea and sun? Mahé is ever warmed by the tropical sun, being a pleasant place to lazy and tan all year round. April is famed for being the hottest month while July is supposedly the coldest. In Seychelles, “cold” doesn’t even warrant a quilt at night! The temperature remains mild and comfortable- so do not be afraid of extreme temperatures- it will take a natural calamity for that to happen in Seychelles!

About natural calamities, Indian Ocean is well-known for its cyclones. It is something to be expected, a big bad cyclone attack on a near yearly basis. However, these cyclones somehow always manage to evade Seychelles apart from some few exceptions including in 2016 very recently. Though small, the islands got back on their feet in a remarkably short time and got back to business as usual. And hotels in Praslin are as amazing as any other! Hence, your holidays are unlikely to be marred by any sort of extreme reaction of Mother Nature. She seems to like this cluster of paradisiacal islands…

Beau Vallon is reputed for its white, refine sand and calm blue sea. It just begs for a swim actually. Your holidays in Seychelles will be practically incomplete if you do not set foot on Beau Vallon. One of Mahe’s pride, it is where you take your family or significant other for a fun day at the beach. If you have a camera handy, bring it along- you will want to capture that perfect sunset! To be rather honest, every sunset in Seychelles with its red and orange sky is beyond perfection but it is still worthwhile to take a more tangible memory of all of them with you when it’s finally time to go home. Go to the beach, rock that beach body, make new friends, buy ice cream from the local vendor and take some wonderful pictures. They happen to also make great post cards!

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Let’s not forget the academic side of life! Being in Seychelles is another big opportunity to learn about so many things. The botanical garden in Mahe is a good place to start. You will visit palms endemic to the Seychelles which are older than even your grandparents among other trees with equally impressive characteristics. The surprises don’t end here- ever seen a tortoise extend its neck for nearly 1 metre out of its shell? Well, it is indeed time to go to Seychelles! That very sight is of the Giant tortoise of Seychelles- they are a mighty impressive breed!

All in all- Mahé might be an invisible dot on the world map but it is more than worth a visit on its own. Book your ticket now!

Seychelles is by far one of the most stunning tropical islands in the world, but today we want to give you a tour of the Seychelles beaches and activities to do on the island of Mahé. What are the Must-see places on this paradisiacal island of the Seychelles?

Seychelles Turquoise water
Seychelles Turquoise water

Once your aircraft begins its descent to the Seychelles International Airport, you will be amazed by the diversity of landscapes. On your left you will admire the Indian Ocean while on your right you will see the chain of granitic mountains and lush vegetation, and this is just the beginning of your dream on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles…

 

Rent a Boat

 

One must never forget that the seychelle is an archipelago of 115 islands separated by turquoise lagoons. One of the most amazing ways to discover the Seychelles and specially Mahé is to rent a boat. Sailing is great as there are different landscapes, one more picturesque than the next. Then why not rent a boat through one of Mahe Island’s boat charters for some days and go on a trip around Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. It’s a great way to explore some of the islands around Mahé that make up the 115 islands of the Seychelles. Excursions to the islands like Praslin and La Digue are also possible.

 

Fishing in Seychelles: Mahé Island

 

Why not go fishing and go back to your villa and have a nice fish barbecue? Whether you want to make big game fishing or just fishing on the calm shores, local operators will be happy to help you. There are also some wonderful places to practice some fly fishing on Mahé. Another way to fish is simply to sit on the beach with your cane. You can sort the fish while admiring the scenery and enjoying your Seybrews (Seychellois Beer)

Glass bottom boats on Mahé Island

 

This has to be one of the tours we strongly recommend: a ride on a glass bottom boat in the marine park of St Anne. You will feel like swimming with the fishes … You can also feed them, so do not forget to take some bread with you.

 

Golf on Mahé island

If you are a golf enthusiast, the “Seychelles Golf Club”, located in Anse aux Pins, is a nine-hole course built on a former coconut plantation. It’s about 15 minutes from the International Airport of Seychelles. The island of Praslin also has its own golf course.

 

Seychellois golf course
Seychellois golf course

Trails on Mahé

A variety of walks and trails with different degrees of difficulty are to discover in Mahé. Check with the Chalets d’Anse Forbans for more information. You can also get maps of each path, produced by the Ministry of Environment of the Seychelles.

The Mission Lodge is also a highly recommended place to visit. This amazing piece of lush vegetation offers one of the most extraordinary views of the west coast of Mahé in the Seychelles.

Water sports

 

Beau Vallon Beach hosts two companies that offer motorized water sports and non-motorized water sports equipment including canoes, sailboards and sails.

 

Jardin Du Roi

 

The famous “Jardin du Roi” is one of favorite tourist destination. This spice garden is located in Anse Royale, about 3 km from Anse Forbans. Wander through the tropical garden and enjoy the scent of various spices Seychellois. The “Jardin du Roi” also offers local dishes often cooked with garden produce. From the terrace you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Anse Royale bay.

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“Jardin Du Roi” Spice Garden in Mahe Seychelles

Museums on Mahé

 

The Natural History Museum in Victoria this illustrate the flora, fauna and geological history of the Seychelles. Recently, the museum begun campaign about the environmental concerns of the Seychelles islands.

 

If you want to learn about the history of the Seychelles, the National Archives is the place to be visit. The archives are at the National Library of Seychelles in Victoria. Regular buses go to Victoria and past the Wharf and Jardin des Palmes hotels.

 

The Seychelles National Heritage sites:

 

“Patrimwann” is the marketing name that encompasses four of Seychelles cultural attractions that showcase the country’s Creole heritage. All Patrimwann attractions are on the island of Mahé. They hold the Kreol Institute, the Domaine de Val des Pres (Craft Village), La Bastille and the Living Museum (or The Living Museum Planie St. Andrew), which is currently under renovation. The word “Patrimwann” is a Creole word meaning “Path of Heritage”. The craft village hosts a number of small shops.

 

Seychelles National Culture

 

To really get a feel for the local culture, visiting the colorful market in the heart of Victoria is a must. The  “Sir Selwyn Clarke” market which was built in 1840 and renovated in 1999, is the bustling heart of the capital Victoria and certainly the best place to buy fresh fruit, fish, vegetables and spices. This market is a place of obligatory passage to discover the Seychelles. You can buy items with the local currency of the Seychelles: the Seychelles Rupee.

 

The Mahé’s Big Ben

 

Seychelles is also famous for its own Big Ben. You cannot miss it since it is found in the center of the capital Victoria next to the Seychelles Post. Your visit to Seychelles will not be complete if you do not see the Big Ben.

Mahé’s Nature reserves

 

The most famous nature reserves in the Seychelles is the Morne Seychellois Park. The “Morne Seychellois Park” is the largest Seychelles park and was established in 1979. It covers a total area of ​​3,045 hectares, more than 20% of the area of ​​Mahé. It is 10 kilometres long and about two to four kilometreswide. The park has a wide network of trails covering more than 15 km. A total of 12 different tracks can be explored with trips ranging from a half day to a full day.

 

The Sanctuary of Roche Caiman

 

The sanctuary is a great place to visit if you are interested in the nature of the Seychelles. The sanctuary is an artificial wetland (2.9 ha) resulting from restoration work in 1986 on the east coast of the island of Mahé in the Seychelles.

 

Mahé’s Tea factory

 

This would be a must on your list during your holiday in Seychelles. Established in 1962, the plant is in charge manufacturing tea in the Seychelles. The Tea Factory enjoys a splendid view of the west side of Mahé and is undoubtedly one of the finest views on the island. Tea lovers will be in heaven.

The Botanical Garden is a great place for a picnic and / or a walk to discover the flora and fauna of Seychelles.

 

Best Mahé Beaches

 

1. Anse Forbans – one of the few breeding grounds for turtles.

2. Anse La Mouche – A great beach for long walks.

3. Anse Intendance – Like Anse Forbans, you can watch sea turtles according to season

4. Anse Major – worth a hike

5. Port Launay – a beautiful beach for walking and picnics

6. Sunset Beach – a charming little beach and a few meters walk down from the road.

7. Anse Royale – Pictureque scenery

8. Anse Soeil – A small beach, but worth a visit

Creole Restaurants

 

If you like to enjoy exotic foods when you travel, you need to experience the Seychellois cuisine.