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Discovering Seychelles

Beach of Seychelles

The picture perfect Seychelles is a haven for holiday seekers. Imagine laying on a warm white powder sand and feeling the cool breeze caressing you. Huge granite rocks of different sizes and shapes on your right and a coconut tree bending over the seashore on your left while the gentle lapping of the waves gradually carries you to a more and more relaxed state. This fantastic sensation is what you can expect, all while discovering THE SEYCHELLES.

This fabulous archipelago is not just about beaches but also about unspoiled nature, marine treasures, endemic animals and plants, postcard scenery, unique culture and a distinctive cuisine.

Cocktail in the Indian Ocean

Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands scattered over the Indian Ocean. Among these 115 islands, 41 forms parts of the Inner Islands and 74 of the Outer Islands. The Seychelles is about 1,600 km east of Kenya and covers an area of 459 km². Teeming with pristine white beaches, giant granite boulders, and a blue azure lagoon makes the archipelago a legendary beauty.

The Seychelles comprises of 3 main islands, notably: Mahé, La Digue and Praslin Island.

History

Before the 17th century, the Seychelles remains inhabited and was mostly used by pirates to hide their treasures. In the 18th century the governor of Mauritius, Mahe de la Bourbonnais sent Lazare Picault to explore and chart the islands northeast of Madagascar.

The French were the first to colonize the Seychelles but in the early 19th century the Britain took control of the Seychelles.

On June 29, 1976 the Seychelles became an independent republic within the Commonwealth with Sir James Mancham as its President and Albert René as Prime Minister.

Culture & Religion

Seychelles has developed a unique culture by the blending of different races and nationalities of people residing in the archipelago.

The official languages are the Seychellois Creole, French and English.

Roman Catholic is the dominant religion, however other religions such as Islam, Hinduism and Chinese are also practice in the island.

Seychellois are known for their hospitality and friendliness.

All while discovering Seychelles you will notice that Mahé, Praslin and La Digue Island are real bijou of the Indian Ocean.

Mahé Island

Mahé is the most developed and largest island of Seychelles. Home to the capital city Victoria, Mahé has a population of around 80,000 citizens, consisting of more than 90% of Seychelles population. With 60 stunning beaches, waterfalls, jungle, mountain walks and striking viewpoints, Mahé has evolved into a main tourist destination. Mahé is famous for its vibrant atmosphere, Creole architecture and market.

Praslin Island

Praslin is a delight for beach lovers, a piece of paradise on earth. Commonly listed among the best beaches in the world, Praslin beaches and lush tropical forest will leave you speechless. Being the second largest island of the Seychelles, Praslin has a population of merely 6,500 citizens. The island has also an 18 hole championship golf course. Get ready to discover the endemic Coco De Mer and other rare species. Praslin is considered to be a ‘MUST visit destination’.

La Digue Island

La Digue famous beaches never fail to impress, the perfect laid-back location. It is the smallest of the 3 main islands and has a population of only 2,000 persons. La Digue iconic beaches and landscape will take your breath away. There are a handful of taxis and local bus services, however, the best way to discover la Digue is by bicycle.

Beaches & National Park

Seychelles and its beaches are of unmatched beauty, here is a list of those amazing beaches:

Anse Source d’Argent

Iconic Anse Source d'Argent

Perhaps the most beautiful beach you will set eyes upon. Anse Source d’Argent is the star of the Seychelles, with its naturally sculptured granite boulders and crystal clear turquoise waters, Anse Source d’argent is spectacular. Situated on La Digue Island, the famous beach is probably the most photographed and has appeared in many films.

 Anze Lazio

Anse Lazio, Seychelles

 Situated in the northwest of Praslin Island, Anse Lazio is adorned by white powder-fine sand, lapis lazuli waters backed by scenic granite boulders. Anse Lazio deserves its reputation, a real gem of the Indian Ocean. Recently voted the 6th best beach in the world by TripAdvisors.

 Anse Georgette

Anse Georgette, Seychelles

Again, one of the riches of Seychelles, Anse Georgette situated on Praslin is an outstanding beach. Powder soft sand, incredible palm trees and blue turquoise water make the beach an unforgettable souvenir of Seychelles. Considered the second best beach in Praslin Island after Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette is a truly jaw-dropping beach.

 Anse Intendance

Anse Intendance, Seychelles

 Anse Intendance in Southern Mahé is the perfect location to lay your surfing materials. With high waves, Anse Intendance presents the ideal conditions for surfing. An amazing beach with imposing granite formation and beautiful scenery. Rank among the best beaches in the Indian Ocean, Anse Intendance is a true postcard image.

 National Park

Vallée de Mai National Park

Vallee de Mai Seychelles

An untouched vestige of natural palm forest preserved since years. Designated as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, Vallée de Mai is highly recommended. Almost conserved to its original state, the national park has no match. Resting on the granitic island of Praslin, Vallée de Mai covers an area of 19.5 ha and is a sanctuary largely unchanged since prehistoric times.

Vallée de Mai is home to the famous Coco de mer only found in Praslin and Curieuse Island and to five endemic palm trees. Unique for its wildlife, the National Park has rare species of bird such as the black parrot.

 Interesting facts about the Seychelles

  1. The gorgeous Seychelles was at a time a pirate hideout. Rumors are that the infamous pirate Olivier Levasseur hid a treasure of great value in the Seychelles Island.
  2. The heaviest land tortoise, Esmeralda, resides on the Bird Island.
  3. The endemic Coco de mer produces the heaviest and largest seed in the world.
  4. Victoria, the capital of Seychelles is the smallest capital in the world and can be explored in a day on foot.
  5. Rarest bird species can be spotted in Seychelles.
  6. Prince William and his wife spent their honeymoon in the Seychelles.
  7. The republic was uninhabited until the 18th century

Seychelles Carnival

Seychelles Carnival

Seychelles is a destination of all wonders housing sublime beaches with dazzling blue lagoons and a rare flora and fauna. The multi-colored Seychelles carnival, held every year, only adds to the island’s charm.  Many tourists find themselves quite lucky when visiting the Seychelles during the time of this electrifying carnival. Seychelles definitely knows how to entertain its visitors, no time to get bored in there.

Seychelles  Carnival Participants

Entertainment is “au rendez vous”. The Carnival is one of the most inspiring global event which attracts an international crowd with over 30,000 tourists in the paradise island of the Seychelles. Experiencing the color, atmosphere and excitement of this incomparable festival is like no other, Seychelles islands remain the favorite spot of many travelers and fun enthusiasts.

Why celebrate the Seychelles Carnival?

Seychelles has always been known as a blend of different cultures and ethnicities of people from the four corners of the globe. The idea of the Seychelles carnival came up to spread the message of unity, togetherness and equality. This event represents the ideal opportunity to bring people of the world together in a joyful ambiance and consequently helping in discovering, sharing and respecting cultures and heritage of different nations. This famous annual festival has enabled Seychelles to become the meeting place for cultures, colors and music of the world.

Grand gathering of different cultures in Seychelles Carnival

Seychelles Carnival: Culture blending

Where is the Seychelles Carnival held?

This annual carnival is held in the capital city of Victoria in Seychelles’ main island; Mahé. The capital is elegantly decorated and becomes a stage for representatives of the world to showcase their cultural heritage.

Capital city of Seychelles: Victoria

The Seychelles carnival’s schedule

Generally conducted in April of each year since 2011, the carnival lasts for 3 days where entertainment is at its top. Within this 3 days extravaganza, Seychelles carnival welcomes more than 1,500 participants from 30 countries. You can assume that it is one of the biggest cultural manifestation in the globe.

Carnival: 1st day

With the excitement building weeks beforehand and local radio station playing constantly the carnival music, the locals, tourists and participants are all excited and eager. The first day starts with a Grand Opening Ceremony where a speech will be delivered by the Tourism minister and other ministers followed by a spectacle, music and dance. Big screens are set up to give the crowd a better view. The lively Seychellois people certainly know how to put on a show.

Seychelles Tourism Minister, Mr Alain St Ange

Carnival: 2nd day

It’s parade time! Different groups coming from across the world will wait for their turn to parade through the roads of Victoria all while creating a fabulously fun atmosphere. Various costumes reflecting different cultures, all on the same land, from Brazilian dancers to pyramidal acrobatics from India, the Seychelles carnival deserves its title “the carnival of carnivals”. Dancing on the rhythm of the ‘tambours and ravaan’ of Reunion and Mauritius respectively is unique in the Seychelles. The city teems with energy, happiness, peace and harmony, the 4 elements needed for a successful carnival.

Seychelles Carnival parade

Seychelles Carnival

Seychelles Carnival participant

Carnival: 3rd day

Time to say goodbye carnival, the last day unfortunately but the fun is still on. Starting with the children’s carnival followed by high energy dance and music, spectacle and the prize giving ceremony after which the carnival officially comes to an end.

Seychelles-Carnival

International participants

Named as the ‘carnivals of carnivals’, Seychelles demonstrates the strong desire to improve the world. Delegation from Mauritius, Reunion, Germany, Madagascar, Mayotte, KwaZulu Natal, Brazil, Brazil, China, Dusseldorf, Mozambique, Notting Hill of the UK, Cape Town, Trinidad and Tobago, USA of America, France, Italy, Indonesia, Zambia and Zimbabwe attend this prestigious festival to exhibit their cultures and custom.

Parade in Seychelles Carnival

Within this 3 days fiesta, the International Carnival of the Seychelles enveloped the various cultures of the world in one single place. A great opportunity to spot the Brazilian dancers, Zydeco band, Sami tribe singers, Chinese acrobats, Cowgirl, Masai warriors, Himalayan musicians and Indonesian dancers. The Carnival will definitely quench your thirst of discovering new cultures!

Seychelles Carnival of Carnivals

Masai warriors in Seychelles Carnival

The Seychelles carnival is highly mediatised, journalists across the world come to cover the event. For the 6th edition (April 2016), over 100 journalists came to the island, according to the Seychelles Tourism Board.

Supporters of Seychelles Carnival

The national airline of Seychelles and of the Arab Emirates; Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways respectively have been sponsoring the Carnival for 3 years now. For the 6th edition, Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer, Mr Roy Kinnear said that he was very delighted to support the carnival once again and emphasize on the importance of showcasing cultures and values.

Air Seychelles

Accommodations

 

The Wharf Hotel & Marina

Perfectly positioned, the Wharf hotel is close to the airport, it is an ideal stopover point for those who has endured long flights. A very tranquil hotel with a peaceful atmosphere, situated in the capital city Victoria.

The Wharf Hotel in Seychelles

Le Jardin des Palmes

30 minutes from the airport, le Jardin des Palmes hotel is in the heart of a lush tropical garden. Located in the South Western Coast of Mahé, the hotel is reputed for its serene atmosphere and for its splendid view over the Bay of Anse La Mouche.

Le Jardin des Palmes Seychelles

Le Jardin des Palmes Seychelles

A Foodie Carnival

In terms of dishes, Seychelles carnival will not disappoint you, from street vendors to top notch restaurant, the carnival has lot to offer. The Del Place Bar and Restaurant on Port Launay Rd are famous spots which propose yummy creole and seafood cuisine.

Seychelles CreoleFood

However, to get in the Seychellois mood you should also try the small vendors in the capital, they are influenced by countries like France and China and provides tasty food. They will whet your appetite for sure.

Top things to do in Mahé

  1. Visit Victoria Market
  2. Enjoy nature in the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens
  3. Discover the history of Seychelles with the Natural History Museum
  4. Dive in the Indian Ocean
  5. Lay back in the paradisiac beach of Anse Source d’Argent.

This fabulous archipelago took carnivals to the next level, the magic never ends in  Seychelles.  

 

Seychelles: Conseils Pratiques

The Seychelles

Les Seychelles sont une collection parfaite d’îles, abritant certaines des plus belles plages du monde. Nous vous recommandons de ne pas vous limiter à seulement une de ces îles enchanteresses, mais d’explorer au moins deux iles pour vraiment sentir le véritable esprit des Seychelles. Que vous soyez à la recherche d’un hôtel familial, d’une retraite romantique ou d’un refuge idyllique, vous le trouverez aux Seychelles.

Les Seychelles

Composé de 115 îles étincelantes, chacune avec son propre charme, il n’est pas facile de décider où vous allez passer votre temps aux Seychelles.

D’Île en île

Une combinaison des deux plus grandes îles – Mahé et Praslin est l’option parfaite pour ceux qui veulent découvrir les divers paysages des Seychelles et des plages spectaculaires. Si vous êtes plus pour un aperçu authentique sur la vie de l’île, visitez Praslin avant de se diriger vers La Digue, où la vie existe à un rythme plus lent. Les amoureux de la nature tireront le meilleur parti d’un séjour qui comprend Mahé et Silhouette, où les parcs nationaux exceptionnels attendent.

Mahé

La plus grande île des Seychelles, Mahé est aussi sa plus active, avec 90% de la population du pays résidant ici. L’aéroport international peut également être trouvé ici, ce qui en fait un endroit idéal pour commencer et terminer votre aventure. Au-delà des plages typiques, il y a beaucoup à faire. Dans les spectaculaires montagnes du Morne Seychelles National Park. Une randonnée sur le Morne Blanc vous emmène à travers des plantes endémiques rares, telles que l’Arbre des méduses et la Carnivore Seychelles Pitcher Plant au sommet, où la vue est à couper le souffle.

Alors que la ville de Victoria a son propre charme colonial unique, il y a aussi beaucoup de jolis petits villages à explorer et des marchés locaux colorés pour se promener. Lié par des routes sinueuses, vous pouvez conduire autour de l’île en seulement deux heures et demie, ce qui signifie que si les conditions de plongée ne sont pas tout à fait comme vous le souhaitez, vous pouvez facilement vous aventurer le long de la côte à un endroit plus calme.

Praslin

La deuxième plus grande île, Praslin offre une atmosphère plus décontractée et rustique. Si vous cherchez un équilibre entre l’agitation de Mahé et la somnolence de La Digue, c’est le choix parfait. Pour les voyageurs les plus aventureux, la réserve naturelle de la Vallée de Mai offre une tranche d’Eden et est l’un des deux seuls endroits sur terre ou vous pouvez voir le coco de mer dans son environnement naturel. Si vous êtes chanceux, vous pouvez repérer le perroquet noir insaisissable.

Si vous aimez les plages, l’île abrite également certains des plus beaux paysages de la région, dont Anse Lazio, qui a figuré dans les 10 meilleures plages du monde. Juste en face de l’eau au nord de l’île, un voyage sur le petit parc national maritime protégé de l’île Curieuse est un must. Ici, la couleur rouge du sol contraste de façon frappante contre les feuilles verdoyantes du coco de mer et plus de 300 tortues Aldabra géants y erre sans entrave.

La Digue

Le rythme de la vie est fixé à un amble définitivement détendu sur le petit paradis île de La Digue. Il y a très peu de voitures ici, avec les bicyclettes comme principal mode de transport et les chariots de bœuf traditionnels utilisés pour se déplacer. Les vieux bâtiments coloniaux donnent un aperçu du passé de l’île, tandis que les plages isolées ont été magnifiquement préservé et protégé du développement.

L’environnement naturel fait partie intégrante de la vie insulaire et il n’est pas difficile de comprendre pourquoi. De grands blocs de granit anciens lisses reposent sur le bord de l’eau, répartissant les baies isolées et il est facile de se sentir hors des sentiers battus. Gardez un regard sur que vous marchez et essayez de repérer le célèbre moucherolle des Seychelles paradis, l’un des oiseaux les plus rares sur terre.

La planification d’un voyage aux Seychelles ?

Voici 10 conseils qui peuvent être utiles :

# 1 Comment s’y rendre

Situé dans l’océan Indien, les Seychelles sont desservies par leur transporteur national – Air Seychelles – et par seulement quelques autres compagnies aériennes.

# 2 Visa à l’arrivée – et il est GRATUIT

Enfin un pays a le sens d’offrir le visa à l’arrivée, et ne perçoit pas de frais.

# 3 Monnaie

La monnaie locale est la Roupie des Seychelles, et fixé à environ 13 roupies pour un dollar américain. Le taux de change est plus ou moins pareille, peu importe où vous changer de l’argent. Toutefois, le dollars américains et l’euros sont largement acceptée partout.

# 4 Se déplacer

Les taxis peuvent être un peu cher, mais vous pouvez louer des voitures à partir de 40 euros par jour. Vous avez également les options de louer des motos, des bicyclettes, des bateaux et même une charrette à bœufs. Il y a des bus publics limités sur les grandes îles comme Mahé.

# 5 Logement

Il y a une option pour tous les budgets – en particulier ceux qui cherchent des segments de luxe pas trop cher. Procurez-vous d’un appartement indépendant ou d’une villa à partir de cent Euros seulement.

# 6 Plan d’activités

Il y a une large éventail d’activités que vous pouvez réserver avec les opérateurs locaux, même à la dernière minute. Les prix sont tout à fait semblables, et la plupart offrent une haute qualité de service. Alors, petit conseil, planifier bien votre emploi du temps, pour pouvoir tout essayer.

# 7 C’est tout le temp l’été, soyez prévoyant !

Les températures varient 30-32 C (86-90 F) tout au long de l’année, donc faites vos valises en conséquence. Il fait assez humide – vous pouvez prendre une douche plus d’une fois par jour. N’oubliez surtout pas une protection solaire, des chapeaux, des nuances, etc…

# 8 Acheter une SIM locale pour les données et les appels

Choisissez-en une lorsque vous atterrissez pour pouvoir rester connecté durant votre séjour au paradis et partager vos photo sur Instagram.

# 9 Pas de soucis à propos de la sécurité

La criminalité et les vols sont presque inconnus aux Seychelles – vous verrez rarement des flics autour. Vous vous sentirez toujours en sécurité.

# 10 Profitez de la nourriture

La nourriture aux Seychelles est un pur délice pour les gourmets – il y a quelque chose pour tout le monde. Et généralement, avec vue sur mer et les montagnes pendant que vous mangez, bref un pure moment d’extase.

Bonne Vacances aux Seychelles !

The Seychelles: Fly to the beaches!

the seychelles

The archipelago of 115 islands forming the Seychelles is famous for its beautiful beaches, which are the main attraction for visitors. Almost the entire island is surrounded by spectacular white sand. The SNA has considered the top beaches in the Seychelles.

The Top Beaches

There are these fabulous rocks from another age, that give each a Jurassic coastline pan majesty, that give depth to the cards, and change the romance adventure film. This goes beyond the beauty that awaits the tropics, light sand, clear water, palm trees accomplices everything takes an epic dimension, and the people imagination these beaches pirates, cursed ship, hopeless romantic. Some beaches are coves with tunes from around the world, gold enclaves in the forests, where there are fears almost to surprise some unspeakable secret. Anse Takamaka, Mahe, or Anse Georgette, Praslin, have this wild look of hidden gem, with their form half-moon bristling with rocks, their treasure map draws. Everywhere the water comes in precious stones, one hesitates to resort to kitsch, but how to say otherwise? it combines the transparency of the diamond to the smoothness of the turquoise. Others are huge, wide open bays inordinate whose brilliance dazzled out of sight. Lazare bay, Beauvallon beach in Mahe and Anse Lazio on Praslin, are large gentle beaches, where some palm trees just grow horizontally to better work towards the pearl of funds. On Praslin, the beach coast Golden is huge and flat out of sight, without depth, so much so that we imagine to walk on water to the rocky islets that low tide strips. The sand is almost white ice, and the zenith, the light is blinding literally – it’s the kind of beach where reflected causes snow blindness. You get the impression of having been transported to another piece of paradise, as if you jumped from sphere to sphere, to increasingly clear nirvanas.

1. Anse Source d’Argent

This is one of the best beaches in the world. Located on the island of La Digue – the third most populated island of the archipelago, its white sand beaches, azure blue sea, surrounded by massive granite boulders make this beach a place of unique souvenir for Seychelle’s tourists. The beach dotted with massive boulders and smooth, came out first in a survey by the British newspaper “The Guardian”. TripAdvisor website, which collects user reviews, classified the beach in the Top 12 of the most beautiful beaches of crystalline water. The beach is also featured among the best beaches in the Traveller’s Choice 2014. The beautiful National Geographic book elected Anse Source d’Argent best beach in the world. The beach was also voted 4th best beach in the world by CNN on 100 staff. She is the fifth best beach ranked 12 in the world by US News & World Report.

2. Anse Lazio

Located in the northwest of Praslin – the second most inhabited island of the Seychelles, it is regarded by many as the best beach in the island nation. This is probably the one that is the most photographed. Long and wide, with its satin sand and enchanting blue sea, the beach is surrounded by large granite blocks and gives the feeling of being isolated in a small corner of paradise. In 2015, users of Tripadvisor elected Anse Lazio as the 6th most beautiful beach in the world.

3. Anse Georgette

Located on the west side of Praslin, this beach – compared to Anse Lazio – is nice and quiet. Accessible only by boat, the beach has preserved its isolation, making it an ideal place for couples. US News & World Report indicates that the beach “one of the 10 best beaches in the world. ”

4. Petite Anse

The producer and British actor Jamie Theakston, described the beach “spectacular -with one hand steep volcanic cliffs and across a growing perfect azure blue sea that sliding on the sand barely caressing your feet. “It is on the east side of the island of La Digue and listed idyllic beaches in the Seychelles in the Lonely Planet guide. This is the place for you if you wish to play castaway on a deserted beach.

5. Anse Intendance

Ranked as one of the most unspoilt beaches of the main island of Mahe, it lies on the south coast of the island and stretches over nearly 3 km. With no reef, the big powerful waves make it an ideal place for surfers. However, this is not the best site for those who just want to swim. US News & World Report has ranked 5th activity things to do in Seychelles

6. Anse Major

The beach borders the Seychelles Morne nature reserve northwest of the main island of Mahé. It is accessible by boat or by hiking trails. The online version of the Daily Mail in the UK was ranked No. 1 of the 6 best outputs to the Seychelles. As for Tripadvisor, the site was ranked No. 5 in outdoor activities on Mahe. According to a user of Tripadvisor “Hiking to get there is long and exhausting, but it’s really beautiful because it offers magnificent views of the coastline. Once you’ve made it, Seychelles reward you by allowing you to admire one of the most enchanting places on earth! “

Le Carnaval des Seychelles

Carnaval Seychelles

 

Les Seychelles en bref

Oui, les Seychelles sont l’une des destinations dès plus populaires parmi les touristes.  Il faut aussi noter que l’afflux de visiteurs que ces îles paradisiaques acquirent, ne modifie pas leur beautés ou leur atmosphères paisibles. Le tourisme dans l’archipel des Seychelles est en effet assez élitiste et respectueux de l’environnement. Espérons que la tendance restera stable et que le pays sera longtemps à l’écart d’un impact environnemental négatif.

Les clichés de cartes postales certes ne mentent pas. Ici vous aurez un rendez-vous avec le sable chaud, doux, fin; Eaux cristallines; Cocotiers luxuriants … Vous pourriez vous dire que nous avons omis les plages? Ceux de Beau Vallon, de Royal Cove, de Petite Anse, d’Anse Lazio, d’Anse Georgette, de Grand Anse ou d’Anse Source d’Argent sont les pierres précieuses de cet archipel inégalé. De vrais petits morceaux de paradis!

Le Carnaval International des Seychelles

Lorsque les îles des Seychelles furent habitées pour la première fois, ce fut par un amalgame de culture variées qui possédaient des coutumes et des modes de vie différents. Tout au long de leur histoire et jusqu’à ce jour même, les Seychelles ont continué à être un creuset de cultures et de personnes des quatre coins de la planète qui ont chacun donné leur fil particulier au tissu de cette société vibrante, en y ajoutant et en étant, eux-mêmes, transformés subtilement en retour.

Dans ce contexte de multiethnicité, de diversité et de rassemblement des peuples, il est approprié que les Seychelles deviennent une fois de plus le point central d’un “Carnaval des Carnavals” annuel – en amenant des représentants des meilleurs carnavals du monde à participer à 3 jours fête. Des groupes du carnaval du Brésil, de l’Italie, du Swaziland, du Cambodge et de la Corée du Sud se sont rendus à Mahé en prévision du carnaval des Seychelles.

Carnaval 2016

La 6e édition du Carnaval international des Seychelles de Victoria s’est déroulé du 22 au 24 avril. Encore une fois cette année, le carnaval est devenu un point focal pour les représentants des plus célèbres carnavals du monde. Ils étaient invités aux îles afin de participer et de donner un coup de main dans cette événement international passionnant.

Etant le centre d’attention internationale et locale, le Carnaval international des Seychelles de Victoria a mis en vedette un défilé de flotteurs colorés représentant les carnavals nationaux des participants différents, ainsi que toute une gamme d’autres activités dédiées qui relèveront tous le thème du carnaval.

Une couverture internationale importante de la presse était prévue pour cet événement coloré et était certainement un régal pour les yeux de la foule! Chacune des personnes présentes ont pu profités de l’ambiance animée apportée par les carnavals internationaux aux îles. Cet événement annuel sans aucun doute a aidé à rassembler toutes les nations, faisant de cet événement le rassemblement international le plus festif du monde.

À travers les costumes, les flotteurs et la musique, toute la culture de chaque participant parle d’eux mêmes, et permet d’apporter de la richesse et de l’harmonie à travers les nations participantes. De plus, cet événement permet à différents pays du monde de mettre en valeur leur culture et leurs réalisations en se déplaçant à bord des flotteurs de carnaval colorés dans les rues joyeuses et animées de Victoria. Ce qui a créé le buzz dans la plus petite capitale du monde a ouvert ses portes pour accueillir un carnval culturel haut en couleurs!

Le carnaval des carnavals, avec le slogan évocateur: «Apporter le monde aux Seychelles» offre un riche programme de divertissement de musique live, une variété d’étals proposant des plats de nombreux pays. Lumières de Noël et couleurs vives ont complété le cadre pittoresque tout en habillant les rues de Victoria pendant les 3 jours de carnaval.

La deuxième journée fut une expérience dès plus exclusive. Un gigantesque défilé a rassemblé les communautés locales et les nombreux pays participants. Une grande foule fut rassemblés pour voir tous ces flotteurs colorés, ajoutant au succès d’un spectacle conçu pour dépasser celui de la première édition … Pour la troisième et dernière journée, le carnaval s’est terminé par une explosion de couleurs, de spectacles et de musique durant tout le long de la journée et continuant dans la nuit …

Où loger dans les Seychelles?

Que vous soyez à la recherche d’une escapade familiale de luxe ou d’un lieu simple près de la plage, vous pourrez trouver un hébergement aux Seychelles pour profiter du carnaval de 3 jours qui se deroulera l’année prochaine!

LA DIGUE ISLAND LODGE – La Digue

Le lodge est situé au milieu d’un jardin paisible et exotique de cocotiers et de takamaka sur la plage d’Anse Reunion surplombant l’île de Praslin. Parmi ses nombreux atouts, le lodge dispose de la seule piscine sur l’île et l’hébergement dans une variété de chambres et de villas.

DOMAINE DE LA RESERVE – Praslin

Le Domaine de La Réserve Hôtel, Praslin Island Seychelles, a un cadre merveilleux à la belle Anse Petite Cour sur l’île de Praslin aux Seychelles. La plage est essentiellement privée avec du sable blanc, des rochers de granit à chaque extrémité et des vues de Curieuse Island au loin.

QUARTIER SEYCHELLES – Mahe

Situé dans le cadre sylvestre du majestueux Mont Copolia et surplombant la paisible baie de l’île Eden, le Marina est un refuge tranquille qui promet une relaxation complète et le rajeunissement. Conçu sur l’architecture coloniale, créole, l’hôtel est stratégiquement situé sur la côte est de Mahé!

Ces 3 jours de divertissement seront l’occasion de passer un moment inoubliable en famille ou entre amis pour profiter pleinement de l’atmosphère du carnaval. Nous vous tiendrons au courant du prochain carnaval 2017.

A suivre…

Where to go on Holidays in October?

sunny days in the Indian Ocean

October is the perfect month to travel and to discover new countries around the globe, especially those in the Indian Ocean. With the beginning of autumn in Europe, you might still want to enjoy some more sunshine. If you want to eke out the summer then why not choose the Indian Ocean as your holiday destination.

sunny day in the Indian Ocean

It is common to see travelers leaving the wistful atmosphere of autumn season to appreciate the Indian Ocean summertime.

The Indian Ocean is the ideal getaway for a warming sunshine, stunning beaches and adrenaline rush activities and perhaps the sunshine break you need.

Mauritius

The Republic of Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean and covers an area of 2040 km². The largest city and Capital is Port-Louis.

Mauritius, the real holiday destination is described by many as “the paradise on earth”, it is the ideal location to lay down your towel and work on your tan. Palm fringed beaches, lapis lazuli lagoon and a unique sun is the identity of Mauritius. Unsurprisingly, the island is gaining more popularity and is rank as one of the best holiday destination by TripAdvisor.

This idyllic island does not limit itself to just stunning beaches but goes further beyond with waterfalls, rivers, craters, natural forests, UNESCO Heritage Sites and magnificent landscape. The Mauritian culture is actually a blend of different cultures and nationalities, giving birth to the unique Mauritian culture. The Mauritian hospitality is remarkable as well.

Mauritius attractions

Mont Choisy beach

Mont Choisy beach

The best location to sit back and relax, among Mauritius beaches, Mont Choisy beach is one of the longest and is around 3 km long. A very popular spot, the Indian Ocean blue turquoise waters and the island powdery sand mix up together to give an incomparable beauty. This Intimate beach will keep you speechless.

Trou aux Biches beach

Mauritius trou aux birches beach

Powder-like sand shadowed by Filao trees facing the stunning sea is what Trou aux Biches beach has to offer. This famous beach that attracts a lot of tourists each year, is situated in the north of Mauritius. The beach stretches over 2 km long and has calm and shallow waters. It is best to visit during weekdays.

Pereybere beach

mauritius island pereybere beach

Positioned in the northwest part of Mauritius, between Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux, Pereybere is a well-known beach amongst both locals and tourists. Despite being small (150 metres long), Pereybere is a lively and attractive beach. With its white sand and blue waters, all under the sun of the Indian Ocean, Pereybere remains one of the best beach in Mauritius. The nearby restaurant and street foods adds up to the magnificence of the beach.

Le Morne Brabant

Mauritius Morne Brabant

This astonishing peninsula is worth seeing, the iconic Morne Brabant is one of the pride of Mauritius. There is a strong historical significance behind le Morne Brabant and has a great importance in the Mauritian culture. This rugged mountain is situated in the southwest of Mauritius and is over 555 m height and has been recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.

Seychelles

An amazing archipelago which comprises of 115 granitic and coralline islands spread over the Indian Ocean and covers an area of 459 km². Seychelles has 3 main islands which are Mahé, La Digue and Praslin, its capital city Victoria is the smallest capital in the world. 50% of Seychelles landmass is protected.

Teeming with a splendid fauna and flora, the Seychelles remains one of the best holiday destination. With its talcum powder beaches, limpid tropical waters and huge granite boulders, the Seychelles seems surreal. Visiting the Seychelles islands represents a pinnacle for many holiday seekers. Appearing in many movies for its legendary beauty and its paradise-like qualities, the Seychelles is a Must visit destination.

Seychelles attractions

Anse Source d’Argent

Seychelles Anse Source d'Argent

A popular beach with a spell-bounding effect , Anse Source d’Argent is located on la Digue Island and is actually the star of Seychelles’ islands. Anse Source d’Argent is scenic, with emerald waters, white sand and sculpted granite boulders, all wrapped in a serene atmosphere.

Anse Lazio

Seychelles Anse Lazio Praslin

A sizzling beach in the northwest of Praslin Island. Everywhere you look turns out to be picture perfect, Anse Lazio beach is considered to be the best beach by Lonely Planet.

Turtles in Seychelles

Seychelles shores is one of the rare places where turtles lay their eggs in the bright day and in tranquility. North Island is a major nesting sites for the hawks bill turtle and the green turtle, both species are protected. The Seychelles is home to the biggest and oldest turtle in the world.

Vallée de Mai National Park

The National Park is a natural museum of rare and endemic birds and plants. A very important place to add to your list, this UNESCO World Heritage sites is home to the famous Coco de Mer (Coco Fess) who has the world’s largest nut and leaves. The Coco de Mer is native to the Seychelles.

Maldives

The Maldives is a sublime archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped in 26 coral atolls and covers an area of 298 km². It lies in the Indian Ocean and is very different from the rest of the world. The Capital city Malé is well known for its fish market.

Defined as ‘one of the wonders of the world’ by Ibn Batuta, the Maldives definitely fit the bill. The awe inspiring beauty of the Maldives will mesmerize you, it is said that the Maldives is highly addictive. This wonderful archipelago is best described as Sunny, Unique and Unspoiled.

Maldives attraction

Fulhadhoo beach

Maldives fulhadhoo beach

Probably one of the best beach in the Maldives. Pure white sand, placid waters, blue turquoise lagoon and a peaceful atmosphere is what the Fulhadhoo beach offers. Away from the hectic hustle and bustle of every day routine, this fabulous beach is the perfect spot to let go and lay back.

National Museum

Found in the Sultan Park, the National Museum of the Maldives is a popular tourist attraction. It was once an ancient palace that has now been converted into a museum. The wide variety of historical artifacts exposed by the Museum reflects the history of the country.

Manta Point

Maldives Manta Point

Divers will be served with a unique experience. The Manta point is a diving site where you can swim with numerous manta rays and discover the rich marine life of the Maldives.

Enjoy your holidays in the mighty Indian Ocean!

Why fly to the Seychelles?

With its 115 islands, the Seychelles archipelago covers an area of ​​1.4 million square kilometers in the heart of the Indian Ocean. The archipelago known for the beauty of its natural environment. Seychelles remains the most enchanting of all the Dream archipelagos.

Difficult not to be intoxicated by these small islands sprinkled in the middle of the Indian Ocean. And on those few green spots lost in the blue cards, divine beaches that only distract some palm trees. Here you have an appointment with nature in its purest form!

The 115 islands are divided into two different categories: mid-oceanic granite islands, are among the oldest on earth. They are found around Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles where the international airport and the capital, Victoria are located.

These inner islands near Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the other two main islands on which the cultural and economic wealth are concentrated. Many hotels in the seychelles are also located there, bordering the beaches of exceptional beauty. The second category constitutes the outer islands which is made up of 74 islands, atolls and coral islands combined.

Why visit the Seychelles?

The beaches lined with coconut trees

You will find during your holiday in the Seychelles, real postcard beaches. If you are looking for the most beautiful beaches in the world, some are in the Seychelles. When you are on a beach in the Seychelles, your only wish will be that time stops.

Book your flights to the Seychelles now!

His genuine and Protected Islands

This is one of the great strengths Seychelles: its islands. There are two types of islands in the Seychelles archipelago. The granitic islands with mainly Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. The specificity of coves of the islands is that they are surrounded by large blocks of granite, especially in La Digue. For the more daring, there are coral islands, Denis Island, Desroches Island and Bird, all offering much larger beaches.

His breathtaking seabed

Seychelles is particularly popular with travelers for the quality of its seabed. A simple dip in the lagoon with a mask and snorkel in the blue lagoon allows you to discover the wonderful marine fauna and flora of this unique archipelago.  Those protected reefs and marine life are simple beautiful and thriving.

The Seychellois

The Seychellois are friendly and love to share and this is what makes the charm of life in the archipelago. You can spend a Sunday at the beach to better understand the soul of the Seychellois.

The climate

The Seychelles archipelago has a near to perfect climate all year round. Its location close to the equator makes it an ideal holiday spot as it is never subject to cyclones unlike its near neighbors, Madagascar or Reunion. With high but pleasant temperatures and sunshine for about seven hours a day, Seychelles experience a rather good weather throughout the year. This archipelago, is indeed a tropical paradise where it is a must so spend some time.

Activities to do in the Seychelles

This heavenly archipelago in the Indian Ocean, offers a wide range of activities and excursions that can be easily arranged if you do not want to spend all your time at the beach!

Among the most popular choices, there are diving courses anddiving excursions … 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.

Why not go fishing and go back to your house and have a barbecue? Whether you want to practive sea fishing or deep sea fishing, local operators will be happy to help you. There are also some wonderful places to practice fly fish. Another way to fish is simply to sit on the beach with your cane.

Seychelles

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

With most of its islands located outside cyclonic zone and enjoying a tropical climate, the Seychelles are ideal to navigate in calm waters throughout the year. It is an ideal destination for sailing. You can optimize the discovery of the archipelago and its unique environment at your pace over water in your own catamaran. Enjoy the fantastic browsing experience of the inner islands of the Seychelles.

If you are not that into water activities then you will surely find other activities during your holidays in the Seychelles: hiking on La Digue, Visit Vallee de Mai on Praslin, and visit the giant tortoises on Aldabra Atoll.

Also discover Anse Source d’Argent, which is probably the best known and most photographed beach in the Seychelles. It is located within the Union plantation (entrance fee required) and within 10 minutes by bike. Located on the tiny island of La Digue, its beauty is immeasurable. Everything here is a postcard picture landscape. Other beaches are between 10 and 15 minutes to the north, Anse Severe and Anse Patates, and 15 minutes to the east, to the beautiful Grand Anse. For those looking for a little more solitude, a short walk beyond Grand Anse takes you to Petite Anse and Anse Coco.

The jewel of the Seychelles, the Vallée de Mai on Praslin, a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, icontains all eight endemic species of palms of the country, including the famous Coco de Cer, called coconut-buttock for its resemblance to a certain part of our anatomy.

Yet, one activity we are sure you won’t miss remains sunbathing and swimming. One cannot resist the call to visit the beautiful beaches of the Seychelles such as Anse Intendance or Anse Lazio. Also, make it a must to visit Victoria Market which is located in Mahe and little Ben, a small replica of Big Ben.

So go ahead and embrace this adventure that rhymes with discovery and relaxation.  Happy holidays in the Seychelles!

Fly to the Seychelles: Honeymoon

The Seychelles

While this archipelago of islands may be small, beauty is overflowing in this corner of the world. With plenty of beach to bliss out on, adventurous things to do, and delicious fresh mixes of cuisines from around the world, the Seychelles is a nothing short of a fabulous spot for your honeymoon. When talking of the Seychelles, everyone has in mind a picture postcard; a sandy beach, transparent water and bright sun in a blue sky. This is exactly what the Seychelles look like – Heaven. If you want to experience paradise on earth, book your flights to the Seychelles without any delay!

Honeymoon in the Seychelles, a dream trip

Hidden coves and intimate corners under the mango trees – only a slight breeze and the gentle roar of the waves will disturb your romantic honeymoon in the Seychelles. The water in the sea of bright turquoise is clear, dark green vegetation is abundant, granitic islands glittering shine in the Indian Ocean – this setting for couples in seventh heaven is perfect. Your dreams of paradise will turn into reality and promise a harmonious common happiness. You just need to enjoy the quiet life, before the soft twilight hour of happiness.

Seychelles, where is it?

So, the Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 natural islands located in the Indian Ocean at 1,600 km east of Kenya. The main island is Mahé with the capital Victoria. It is on this island that is the international airport. Its two satellites are the islands of Praslin and La Digue. On the islands the Seychelles Creole is the main language but you will also come across a lot of English and a little less French. In any case, people are very open and it is very easy to be understood.

The best time to go to Seychelles

Since the climate is tropical and the archipelago is located outside the cyclone belt, you can go there all throughout the year. But if you want to avoid the seizure of rain, it is better to focus during the period between April and early October. For example, the end of September which is the perfect moment for wonderful romantic getaways.

Why the Seychelles for your Honeymoon?

Seychelles Honeymoon

An idyllic setting

The post card idyllic setting of Seychelles and reputation are largely justified. It’s not just beautiful, it’s compelling and attractive. A translucent blue sea and green blocks of rocks worked by the rain and especially a very generous vegetation. You can swim with the fish just meters from the beach or relax under a coconut tree.

The friendliness of the people

In all hotels, staff is fussing. But somehow it’s their job. Yet, it is amazing to see the kindness and friendliness of the inhabitants of the archipelago. They are always ready to help with a smile and even stop in the street to ask how is the day.

Incredible discoveries

The gossips say that there is nothing to do in Seychelles. It’s all false! On the main islands, including Mahé, you should visit the capital Victoria with its market, its magnificent Hindu temple, the Botanical Garden and the National Museum. By car or bus, you can visit the Mission, a former residence created to give shelter to orphans from slavery and do not miss going at the discovery of the tea factory. A must-do in southern part of Mahé is visiting its sublime beaches of Beau Vallon and Anse Soleil.

On Praslin, the neighboring island, there is a mandatory stop in La Vallée de Mai. A nature reserve listed as a World Heritage of UNESCO and populated with  sea coconut that are commonly called “coconut-buttocks.” This is also the emblem of the Seychelles. The beaches we recommend are Anse Lazio, probably the most beautiful beach of the archipelago and Anse Georgette which is equally amazing.

On La Digue, the third of the main islands, no cars are allowed. You should rent a bike on site but do not worry, there are plenty of small stands for. And if you are one of those who prefer something different, why not have an ox ride. Must dos on la Digue remains visiting the beach Anse Source d’Argent. It is indeed the most romantic beach of the archipelago. And a bit further, some 30 minutes by bike after winding up and down, Grand Anse Beach awaits you. Again a dream panorama.

There are so many places to visit in the Seychelles: The St. Anne Marine National Park for divers, Curious Island for rides in the mangroves and giant tortoises, Bird Island for wildlife, go fishing, surfing, sailing or outings in catamaran … Trust me, you will not get bored in the Seychelles.

Good to know

Because the Republic of the Seychelles is a bit of an unknown island destination far away in the middle of nowhere, it’s not surprising that even the most savvy travellers have questions before they go, so here are a few essential things you need to know:

-Little time difference: +2 hours in summer and 3 hours in winter.

-Very few formalities, just a passport and a small questionnaire to be filled during the flight.

-No special vaccination.

-You can pay in euro almost everywhere.

-Make provision for a power adapter. All outlets are 220V British 3-pin.

-Businesses and shops close between 16 and 17 hours.

Celebrate your new life together with that memorable romantic experience. The Seychelles is the ideal destination for a magical honeymoon getaway. You will enjoy every moment of this unique holiday and admire the spectacular views of the Indian Ocean at every wake up.

The Seychelles: Nature Reserves

Saint Anne Seychelles

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands scattered off the coast of Kenya and Madagascar. Altogether, land areas represent just the surface of central Paris. From the fragmentation of continents, 41 granite islands are also called inner islands were formed. The three most important (Mahé, Praslin and La Digue) house almost the whole population. Rocky and green, these islands enjoy a lush and spectacular nature. The 74 so-called outer islands (including Bird, Amirante, Aldabra) are only the tip of coral reefs sometimes forming atolls. Mostly known as a tropical paradise, some of these islands are private areas which, though, remain accessible to the public.

Wildlife in the Seychelles

The Seychelles islands are home to 7 million migratory and resident birds. Seabirds are the most numerous; colonies preferentially elect an island or another where they can be observed. During the sensitive periods of the punters, the islands have seen regular waves of huge bird colonies establishing them as home. Their fascinating ballet and deafening cackle can really impress. Forest birds’ show is infinitely subtler yet it is also riskier. The banana bird, the widow and the barn owl are endangered.

Apart from dogfish and pitching, the family of mammals have few representatives. Reptiles and insects however are not missing. Of all sizes and shapes, they are however harmless. The four turtle species tend to be scarce. Just as shellfish and crustaceans which remain victims of human consumption.

The underwater environment is another source of astonishment. Tropical fish inhabit the lagoons of atolls and islands in the archipelago, plying between the corals. Unfortunately, most of these reefs have disappeared after rising temperatures caused by El Niño in 1998. Marine reserves, however, managed to preserve part of it all. We should not forget the populations of big fish (sharks, barracuda, swordfish) attract big fishermen.

Flora of the Seychelles

The mountains and the granitic coast are covered with tropical vegetation. The botanical inventory is impressive and relatively well preserved. However, there are only patches of primary forest (Valley de Mai, Silhouette) and many species introduced by birds or humans are now considered endemic. This is the case of the famous sea coconut visible on Praslin and Curieuse. On the Morne Seychellois, some specimens remain unique such as the jellyfish tree. Mangroves occupy the coasts. You will also see flowering species such as hibiscus, frangipani, flamboyant trees and fruitiers.

Le Morne Seychellois National Park

“Morne” is a Creole mountain. These crags have emerged under the pressure of the Pacific hotspots. Their rugged and tangled rainforests make up the bulk of the Morne Seychellois National Park, named after the climax. On the summits cling black clouds and lose the clearest skies. Enjoy a hike in a rare botany surrounding where coexist several forest types,. Rainforest thrives in wetlands. It is home to woodland giants which is a rare jellyfish tree. All of ti have this exotic charm distilled by unknown ferns, improbable shapes of mangrove bark brittle wood or wood mountain undergrowth blooming in lowland Vacoas and on the slopes of orchids. The endemic plant and animal species are dozens. Nine trails through the largest park in the country (1 / 5th of the island’s surface). They require several hours of walking and some are uneven. All or nearly all lead to lookouts and cross several natural habitats. The easiest way is the path of Morne Blanc which you can take from the way near Sanssouci. A visit to the Tea Factory is a must as well as Mission Lodge; the first to know the art of tea cultivation, the second for its gazebo and heritage.

Marine Park of Port Launay

The southwest coast of Mahé offers a great and almost untouched natural landscape. Certainly, some of the spots are fully dedicated to the high-end tourism, but many beautiful beaches are accessible. Two marine parks (Baie Ternay and Port Launay) preserve the natural wealth of this coast. Listed since 2004, where the mangrove cove dominates between Islette and Port Launay.

Eight bay beaches included in the park of Port Launay remain probably the most beautiful. On the coast, and tropical almond takamakas offer a green waterfront swept by turquoise waters. These are known to accommodate whale sharks, placid giants and small colorful fish. Whether one is in the water or sailing in a glass-bottomed boats, the world of silence guards its mysteries and its ability to attract.

The vegetation consists mainly of corals that has suffered from El Niño passing in 1998. Scientists found that they have got back their place in these ecosystems and are attract fish that disappeared since then such as parrotfish. The proactive policy of Seychelles with regard to its environment is now reaping the fruits of its measures. It is therefore recommended to snorkelers not dive more than two meters deep and walkers to leave nothing behind.

Marine Park of Sainte-Anne

Although located a few miles from Victoria (15 minutes by boat), the National Park of St. Anne manages to preserve a valuable ecosystem for the entire planet. Born in 1973, it was one of the first preserved areas of the Indian Ocean. It is unique in all the aspects possible from its vegetation to its wildlife. The largest park of the Seychelles (2 km2) is now privatized, but it was the haven of the first European inhabitants. Nearby, Cerf Island you will come across a most visited spot for its beaches and for its hawksbill. The richness of marine grasslands of the park has made its reputation. Nearly 150 species of fish crisscross through the corals. Moray eels, rays, wrasses evolve in solitary or benches seem familiar and snorkeling enthusiasts will be amazed. Horned Zancle also called paraha torus Polynesia had been returned to the water by local fishermen who lend it as s sacred character. This recognizable fish is known to all small, since it embodies a character from Finding Nemo. The best times to observe marine life are when the winds calm down (October to March). The fine sand does not blur your vision then.

Enjoy your visit of the Seychelles!

A Fly over Indian Ocean!

Indian Ocean Sunset

The Indian Ocean: nestled in its warm waters are beautiful tropical destinations. The third largest island in the world, Madagascar, with its unique endemic fauna and interesting culture, is located just off the coast of Africa. A little further east are the islands of Mauritius and Reunion with their superb and fantastic beaches offering a variety of activities and water sports. The countless islands in the Maldives and the Seychelles all have a fantastic underwater world ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as some of the best beaches in the world.

Mauritius

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Located in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a tropical island with as capital Port Louis, which is located in the north west of the island. This city is the business center and main administration of the island. To visit the capital, you can start with the Caudan Waterfront followed by the market where exotic fruits vegetables and souvenir of the island will delight your eyes,.

You will also have the opportunity to discover the Aapravasi Ghat – UNESCO Heritage site- where the many Indian immigrant landed when they first came to the island. Le Morne located southwest of the island was also declared as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2008. The mountain of Le Morne is a strategic location that was used as a shelter by runaway slaves, thinking that if they were captured again and they would be killed, so they chose to jump from the top of the mountain. They preferred death to save their honor, their dignity and their right to freedom.

The welcome is warm in Mauritius. You can also discover different cultures and exquisite traditional food such as chicken curry and rougaille. Mauritian sega is the musical soul of the island. There is a lot of places of interest to visit on the island. Do not miss the beautiful beaches surrounded by warm lagoons and calm seas. These perfect conditions allow you to go to the discovery of the underwater treasures of the ocean Indian. You will surely want to stay in Mauritius.

More than 200 species of fish live in Mauritian waters. And these waters allow for many different activities such as swimming, windsurfing, diving, snorkeling, big game fishing, or swimming with Dolphins. Savour island hopping trip in Mauritius on the catamaran with sun and sea, beer and guitars in hand while discovering surrounding islands – Ile Aux Cerfs, Ile aux Aigrettes…

Mauritius is a tropical island with lush greens, you can admire the magnificent panorama of the island during a tour to Curepipe, on Trou Aux Cerfs, to beautifully end your sojourn.

Reunion Island

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Located in the Mascarene Islands, the island of Reunion, a French department offers to the traveler the unique charms of a tropical island in the Indian Ocean.

To the north lies Saint Denis. The island has extensive networks of trails pirouetting lush nature. More than 40% of its total area is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage. The climate and volcanic soil are very ideal for cultivations such as Arabica, Bourbon vanilla and other species. The cultivation of sugar cane in turn holds the first place in production in Reunion Island

The musical soul of the island of Reunion is Maloya. This moving and meaningful art is the pride of Reunion. Maloya was born to express the pain and rebellion among the slaves of Malagasy and African origin in the sugar plantations of Reunion. This emblematic musical genre contributes to the festive atmosphere which made the reputation of the island. The Reunionese culture, with its various fusions, offers a cuisine with excellent dishes that are very balanced in rice, beans, meat or fish in sauce – rougaille. A menu with appetizer, like vegetable salad, palmist or chayote gratin, accompanied by dessert such as sweet potato or cassava.

The Piton de la Fournaise has an area of ​​2632m and remains the main attraction of the island of Reunion. Being one of the most active volcano in the world in recent years, everyone is curious to see the interior of this majestic volcanic crater.

Reunion is also known for his three circuses named Cilaos, Mafate and Salazie. These volcanic cloverleaf stand proudly in the heart of the island, at the foot of the Piton des Neiges. Cilaos best represents the intense island’s reputation which Reunion forged. While some come only to enjoy the view and to buy the traditional rum others are here to spend a moment of tranquility in a place where you are completely cut from the world. Mafate is the wildest of the three circuses with abundant vegetation and waterfalls. As for Salazie, it has the most visible treasures, The Bridal Veil. It is a waterfall with several sources and is as legendary as Reunion. Geologically speaking, the Iron Hole is the most beautiful place on the island of Reunion. There are majestic waterfalls and some are almost the size of the Eiffel Tower.

The Seychelles

Seychelles - La Digue - Grande Anse

The Seychelles consists of 115 coral and granite islands in the Indian Ocean with unparalleled beaches and majestic cliffs. The capital of Seychelles is Victoria and is located on the largest island of the archipelago, Mahé.

The Seychelles are especially known for their beaches, these blocks of smooth rocks washed up on the white sand and wet with a transparent and hot water are definitely an uncommon sight. Among its most beautiful beaches, Anse source D’Argent remains the most popular. It is popular especially for the panoramic view it offers and the beautiful surroundings. Water sports are not left out, especially with a dive center for those wanting to discover the underwater fauna and flora. The excursion in the glass bottom boat will allow you to see fish and marine species if you are not ready to get wet.

Some islands are home to colonies of giant tortoises. Each island reveals its original beauty: from peaks covered with lush forests to the ocean sapphire, through hillside clearings and beautiful granite rocks that surround the beaches considered among the finest in the world.

The Seychelles has two sites listed as World Natural Heritage by UNESCO: the fabulous Vallée de Mai and Aldabra Atoll, the largest coral atoll in the world.

Accommodations in the Seychelless are also varied as the range extends from small boutique establishment with their beachside bungalows to luxury 5 star hotels. English and French are the official languages. The Seychellois Creole also became the semi-official language in 1981, in the press and literature.

We find the Seychelles Creole cuisine the best of the Indian Ocean. Rice and fish, are decorated with succulent fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. The moutia is the traditional Seychellois dance; its rhythms are strongly influenced by African and Malagasy origin. The songs are prayers that the slaves transformed into chants during work, accompanied by throbbing dance.

Have wonderful holidays in the Indian Ocean!

The Seychelles: These islands not to be missed!

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A country of white sand beaches and palm trees, the Seychelles is an exotic tourist destination. Just four degrees south of the equator, the 115 granitic and coralline islands of the Seychelles make up the world’s only granite-formed oceanic islands. We recommend hopping between the pristine islands during your holidays in the Seychelles.

Mahe, capital of the Seychelles and its beautiful beaches and hiking trails; La Digue Island enchanted by its Creole rhythm where one travels only by bike or ox carts in an authentic atmosphere and its small colonial village of La Passe; Praslin, the second largest island of the Seychelles, famous for its beautiful beaches and its primary forest; Aldabra Atoll, refuge giant tortoises; Silhouette, quintessential natural island and national park; The Seychelles has so much that you’re sure to always have some new place to visit while spending your holidays there. Do not hesitate to book your flight to Seychelles for your next holidays.

Mahe, Seychelles

Mahe from above

Patrimwann, cultural center of Victoria, Independence Avenue, the Champs-Elysées Victoria Clock Tower, Victoria’s Clock Tower symbol of the Hindu Temple Sri Vinayagar Navasakthi in honor of Ganesh, former Bel Air Cemetery and legends, the oldest site in the Seychelles built by man are few of what awaits you on Mahé. You will also come to the discovery of the St. Anne Marine park, ranked marine nature reserve.

You will also come across its ruins of colonial buildings, tombs of pirates and its famous snorkelling spot, the Bay and beach of Beau Vallon, the Seychelles Morne National park in an exceptional setting, the cove of Anse Major prized for its beauty, tranquility and views on Silhouette also remains must visit spots.  The beautiful beaches of Anse Soleil, Anse Takamaka and Anse Intendance are not to be missed along with the king’s spices garden.

Praslin, Seychelles

Praslin marine reserve boasts millions of colorful fish. Alone with the Vallée de Mai where the earth is red and where grows one of the largest seed in the world, coconut buttock (Coco de Mer – Coco Fess) the island beholds the treasures of the Seychelles archipelago. On Praslin, you will also have the chance to have a swim at Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

La Digue, Seychelles

Former colonial area with coconut trees, Union Estate, a real open air museum will surprise its visitors. The stunning beach of Anse Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world, will make you think you are dreaming and do not miss a stop at the Eagles Nest, the highest point of the mountain peak of La Digue. Experience easy-going island life on the island of La Digue. With a population of only 2000, the island itself is just 10 square kilometres, making it relatively easy to navigate by bicycle. La Digue is also home to the extremely rare Black Paradise Flycatcher bird, with only 100 in existence.

Inner and outer islands, Seychelles

The Inner Islands are mostly granitic and group mainly around the principal islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Together they are home to the majority of Seychelles’ accommodation facilities as well almost the entire population of the archipelago. There are 43 Inner islands in total, 41 granitic and 2 coraline.

The Outer Islands are those situated beyond the Seychelles plateau. They comprise 72 low-lying sand cays and atolls. Less visited than their granitic cousins due to their remoteness, these pristine miniature worlds offer untouched habitats for many species of wildlife.

The Seychelles blue waters

Must-Taste in the Seychelles

Here is everything you should taste while visiting the Seychelles: The shark’s flesh chutney is a mixture of minced shark, with saffron and bilimbi is a pure pleasure in the mouth; The Seychelles curry – rousette, zourite, chicken and other meats – in which coconut milk is added is pure bliss – a must eat; The Kat-Kat, a popular dish of green bananas and tuna served in the milk of coconut salt and pepper.

These accompanied with lemongrass tea or SeyBrew, the local beer simply makes it all perfect. If you have the chance to, do not hesitate to tests the Bacca Rum – local alcoholic beverage made with sugar cane and pineapple. The Coco D’Amour liqueur, with the remarkable shape of its bottle will seduce more than one. You will notice that practically all desserts in the Seychelles is linked with banana or coconut: banana or coconut pies, banana fritters, coconut nougat and many more.

Family activities in the Seychelles

Playing Robinson Crusoe in an idyllic setting, with a centenarian turtle as best friend and swimming with whale sharks which can be spotted near the west coast and north of Mahe from August to October, is a dream coming true for most. Admire the sea without getting wet aboard a glass-bottom boat, go in search of the rare “black parrot” in the Vallée de Mai, take the sea to observe dolphins, whales or watch the turtles nesting on the beach of Desroches Island and make snorkeling activities. You will always find something to do with your family in the Seychelles.

Seychelles: The ideal destination for lovers

Say “Yes!” in a unique and romantic location between sea and garden, fly to Seychelles in the turquoise vastness of the Indian Ocean, participate in a yoga class at sunset, get a massage facing the ocean, enjoy sports with a coach, marvel at the sublime view of the horizon, enjoy the beauty of the seabed and spend unforgettable memories with your loved one.

The Seychelles in a Nutshell

The Seychelles will conquer more than one with its many activities and spots offered on the pristine island. From young to old, everyone will find something to do. Come at the discovery of a wonderful culture with exquisite culinary practices and enjoy wonderful moments in unparalleled scenery. This is what the Seychelles is all about – adventure. Visit the hidden coves at your own pace, enjoy the moments and make memories. The Seychelles is the real paradise on earth.

Enjoy your holidays in the Seychelles!

Seychelles: Beaches on Mahé

Beaches Seychelles

When it comes to beaches, everyone has their own preferences. Some will look for a party on the sands; grab a drink and chat it up with other beachgoers. Others prefer to find their own private spot, free of shops, vendors and other tourists. If you’re looking for a beach to suit your specific need, we have made a selection and reviewed them for you. With a number of beaches, both private and public, it isn’t too difficult to find a small piece of paradise. Depending on the hotel you are sojourning in, you will only need to decide whether they want handiness or seclusion.

Beach mahe seychelles

Beau Vallon

Found in the North of the island, Beau Vallon is the most popular beach of Mahé, among tourists and Seychellois. It is popular especially for the panoramic view it offers on the islands of North Island and Silhouette.

Beau Vallon offers everything you would expect of Seychelles: a translucent water and white sand of course, but also shops, restaurants. But even at the height of his attendance, the beach is never saturated. Although this is the only bay on the island where motorized water sports are allowed, jet skis and parasailing are relatively rare. Other water sports are not left out, especially with a dive center for those eager to discover the fauna and underwater flora.

And for those who do not want to jump into the water, the Glass Bottom Boat Tour (excursion in glass bottom boat) will allow you to see fish and marine life without getting wet.

Anse Takamaka

These are the famous trees, Takamaka that surround and protect the cove of the wind that gave it its name! Located on the southwest coast of Mahe, it is reached by taking the road that descends from the village of Quatre Bornes. You will have a real crush for Anse Takamaka, its coconut trees along its sandy beach and its giant granite rocks that surround it.

Snorkel will be your best allies to enjoy swimming even more in this paradise. But beware: the currents in this loop between May and October does not make it the best place to swim at that time. This does not prevent you to enjoy at your leisure this postcard landscape, typical of the Seychelles.

Anse Intendance

With its sandy expanse of 600 meters, it is undoubtedly your coup de foudre in Mahe. Located in the southwest of the island, it is one of the most photographed beaches in the Seychelles: lush vegetation and granite rocks makes it the landscape of the Indian Ocean by excellence. But if the view is breathtaking, be careful: the waves can make it dangerous for swimming, especially from May to October.

Anse Royale

Anse Royale is located on the southeast coast of Mahé. This is one of the largest beaches of the island. It offers calm, turquoise waters inviting for swimming and snorkeling to admire the coral reefs and colorful fish. Not far from the beach are small grocery stores and a local market where you can buy fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. You will also find several nearby establishments to eat on site and some souvenir shops.

Grand Anse

Northwest of the island of Mahe, the Grand Anse beach is a particularly popular surf spot. If the impressive waves and strong sea currents do not make it the best beach for a quiet swim, its long coast is worth a look.

Anse Boileau

The charm of the beach is a result of the small fishing village located next door; in the middle of the west coast of Mahe. This beach is ideal for swimming and you can watch the early morning or evening fishing boats returning to the island with their well-filled nets.

Anse à la Mouche

Right next to the village of Baie Lazare, Anse à la Mouche is a long bay that is 1700 m long. Its clear and shallow waters that sink gently into the ocean make it an ideal place for families with children. After admiring the colorful underwater world – at certain times of the year, a phenomenon of microorganisms bioluminescence enables even the night snorkeling – you can taste fine local dishes prepared in the restaurant right on the beach.

Anse Soleil

Easily accessible by a road of the same name, the beach Anse Soleil is located in the southwest of Mahé. This romantic crescent bay is the perfect place for a picnic, a swim or simply to relax and enjoy the tranquility of its beautiful scenery. From May to October, the beach is particularly exposed to beautiful waves that will satisfy fans of surfing.

Petit Anse Government and Grand Anse Government

The Petit Anse Gouvernement is a peaceful small natural creek, located near Baie Lazare. On the coast, the reef and the granite rocks have created a small shallow lagoon for swimming. Southwest of Mahe, Grand Anse Government is also worth a visit. With its magnificent granite rocks, the beach is the perfect backdrop for a photo shoot vacation.

Hidden cove

Hidden Cove is located south in the most beautiful part of the island of Mahé. As the name suggests, this beautiful white sand beach is just waiting to be discovered.

Anse Capucins

In the extreme south-east of Mahé, Anse Capucins has the typical beauty of the Seychelles. Few tourists venture there. With the sound of the waves as only companion, Anse Capuchin will make you feel like you have reached “the end of the world.”

Whale cove

Going up the southeast coast of Mahé, Anse Whale is an adorable and tiny beach protected by palm trees and Tabebuia trees with fragrant flowers. In case of rain, you can shelter under a huge rock. The beach offers a unique view of Anse Royale and Souris Island.

Anse aux Pins

Anse aux Pins and Turtle Bay merge into one another and are located on the southeast coast of Mahe. These thin strips of sand sloping gently into the ocean, making it a swimming zone that is more suitable for families with children. During a walk at low tide, you can admire the wonderful shells stranded in small natural pools that form in the holes of the rocks.

Anse Major

At the northwest end of Mahe Anse Major Beach is a secluded and protected bay. The beach is accessible only by sea or on foot after a walk of about an hour and a half through the lush vegetation typical of the island. The reward for your efforts? Having this beautiful white sandy beach just for you!

Anse du Riz

Rice Anse (Anse Diri in Creole) is a small beach nestled in the Baie Ternay. Located at the northwestern tip of Mahé, near Port Launay, only accessible by the sea. The idyllic lagoon surrounded by wild vegetation has been featured in several film shoots.

Anse Ternay

Surrounded by the waters of the National Marine Park, it remains a paradise for those who will discover it. This beautiful strip of white sand and coral in the north-western tip of Mahé, inaccessible by road, is cannot be approached by boat. Yet, you can treat you by giving that wonderful spot a visit.

Anse Souillac

If you are looking for a place to spend a day of relaxation and tranquility, go to Anse Souillac beach. On the west coast of Mahé, this tiny strip of sand is nestled between the majestic beaches of Port Launay and Anse Ternay. Topped with granite rocks, the cove is usually deserted. Here you can indulge in peace for swimming and snorkeling.

Anse Islette

Immediately after Port Glaud, Anse Islette  will dazzle you with its beauty. The reef here forms a beautiful lagoon with turquoise crystal clear water. In the middle of the lagoon, a small paradise island with palm trees invites you to play explorers while joining it in your kayak. In the distance you can notice the island Theresa.

Sunset beach

A Glacis, on the north-west coast of Mahé, is Sunset Beach. As its name suggests, the sunsets that can be seen from this beach are absolutely magnificent. The glowing colors of the setting sun reflected in the ocean, and Silhouette and North Islands off the coast, add magic to the show. With its white sand, palm trees and typical granite rocks of the Seychelles, Sunset Beach is also worth visiting during the day. This is a very nice place to swim and for snorkelling enthusiasts, you will not be disappointed by what you will discover through the cracks of the rochers. It is common to come across green turtles there.

Baie Lazare

Baie Lazare beach is mainly for those who like to swim quietly underwater with a mask and snorkel – you will fall in love with the place. Located on the southwest coast of Mahe, the beach was named after the French explorer Lazare Picaults who landed here in 1743 to claim the ownership of Mahe to France. Baie Lazare Beach is a thin strip of sand easily accessible from the road. This is one of the most tranquil beaches on the island.

We hope that you have a nice time in the Seychelles! Have a nice visit and enjoy the beaches to the max!