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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: 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 !

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.

Seychelles Islands: Must Know!

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Sun and heat all year round, Creole delicacies, perfectly intact coral reefs, best beaches in the world, Seychelles transport you to an idyllic world that will make you forget the daily stress. Lying on the sand in the shade of coconut palms, you can admire the crystal clear water and enjoy absolute relaxation. Fly to Seychelles and enjoy and unparalleled experience.

Victoria

Seychelles capital account less than 25 000 inhabitants. Its mixed population, younger than the other islands, gathers around Independence Avenue and Albert Street.

This historic, commercial and administrative center where departments, the court and other buildings can be found, bears the imprint of the English and French colonization. The styles of the nineteenth century are biased to the colonnaded facades, domes and other flirtations. Symbol of that time, the Clock Tower reproduced in miniature the Big Ben of London.

The atmosphere of the indoor market in Sir Selwyn-Clark (1840) better reflects the Creole lifestyle. Under its arcades, merchants and shoppers remake the world and reputations. It is alert, cheerful and eager that you will enjoy this spot that provides delicacies and spices. Do not miss seeing the nearby Hindu temple honoring Ganesh and the cathedral where flock the faithful for celebrations.

On Francis Rachel Street, the National History Museum offers a collection of works of craftsmen, objects that belonged to the founding of the colony. Further south, the botanical garden of Paul Dupont has 200 species of flowers and an amazing collection of endemic palms.

The coastline is hardly disturbed by the presence of the city. It faces the National Park of St. Anne. Aside inland you will find the residential area of ​​Bel Air towards the Morne Seychellois National Park and its colonial cemetery overlooking the city. It is accessed by the road Sans Souci, an evocation of the more relaxed lifestyle.

Plane

From Paris, Air Seychelles, Etihad Airways and other airlines serve Mahé and Praslin. Rates vary significantly depending on the tourist seasons.

Inter-island flights are operated by Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways from Mahé airport. You can connect two islands without passing through Mahé. Daily flights to Praslin (15 minutes – from 20 to 30 flights per day), and variable frequencies depending on the season to Bird, Denis, Desroches and Alphonse.

The Mahé airport is located fifteen kilometers from Victoria. Connections by taxi or shuttle are readily available. A free shuttle is available for travelers who join the ferry to Praslin (reservation required – 2-3 day).

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Boat

The islands of Mahé, Praslin, Fregate and La Digue are connected by ferries. The trip varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the destination. From June to September, the sea is particularly rough and providers may be forced to cancel schedules.

Bus

The company Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) covers many routes on Mahe and Praslin islands. The service is reliable and offers comfortable buses.

Car Rental

A national license is sufficient but one must be over 22 years and have a credit card for booking and driving. Rental companies only offer insurance to third parties, which calls for particular caution. You can request that the contract is written in French or English. Read the terms carefully and locate disclaimers.

Service stations are spread over both islands – Mahe and Praslin and are open from 7 to 19 as a rule. Only Mahé and Praslin have a road network that is well maintained. Former Commonwealth countries, in Seychelles you drive on the left (priority right). The roads are quite narrow and winding. The speed limit is 65 km / h on the road and 40 km / h in town. At night you need to be even more cautious than the day, you have to be extremely attentive to pedestrians, bicycles and carts…

What you can drink on the island?

In the vast majority of towns and cities, tap water is drinkable. However, uneven rainfall and failing networks can cause problem. So it is better to consume bottled mineral water. You should not refuse though a fresh exotic fruit juice in places where hygiene is respected or refreshing green coconut water. Fresh lemongrass is particularly tasty.

The tea smallholder on Mahé is not enough to cover all the needs of the Seychellois. Make sure that the tea you consume comes from this region because it can be an imported tea. Local teas are also flavored (mint, cinnamon, vanilla).

The local beer is a must. Seychelles brewery produces two brands: Seybrew and Eku. The kalou (fermented coconut sap) is prohibited for sale in the shop. Among the spirits, you can test the Coco d’Amour, a liqueur with coconut milk. Palm wine, or toddy is also a product from the same family.

Must eat in the Seychelles

The Seychellois Cuisine had long been enlivened by the likes of curries from India, highly spiced and smoothed with coconut cream; Chinese stir-fries and grilled or steamed fish; and aromatic blends of garlic, ginger and herbs from La Belle France.

Added to the abundant seafood of the Indian Ocean, and a cornucopia of tropical fruits and vegetables, Creole cuisine is fusion without the fuss – simply gorgeous fresh produce, cooked in a myriad mouth-watering ways.

Seafood and many fish species (trevally, barracuda, vielle, bourgeois) used in the preparation of the most common dishes like Carry koko. On family tables, the kat kat comes prominently mixing tuna, banana and coconut milk followed by curry zourite, a bouillabaisse of spicy octopus. The pepper sauce – commonly named chatini – is usually presented separately preserving delicate palates. Various salad mixes local products, do not miss tasting the palm heart salad called salad billionaire. The green fruits are eaten as vegetables, ripe they are served in salads or crushed and embellished with spices. Looking out to taste something new? The bat curry, great bat-based specialty, is served with a mazavarou – highly spicy preparation consisting of garlic, red pepper, ginger. Why not try that?

Try the donuts (pumpkin and vanilla syrup, bananas) or cassava cake (pudding) cooked with grated coconut, sweet potato and red fruits and mountain honey. Bananas and mangoes have a significantly different tastes from their cousins ​​sold in Europe.

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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.

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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!

Wedding in the Seychelles

Wedding seychelles

Lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the archipelago of the Seychelles is a destination that guide you to a trip in the Garden of Eden on earth, and promises romantic vacations. The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 islands and islets scattered over 388,500 square kilometers. Yet, the area does not exceed 444 km².

1110 km separating the far Aldabra to the south of Mahe, the main island where Victoria is located, the Seychelles’ capital. These tropical islands of granite and coral, a thousand kilometers from the African coast, continue to delight their guests from around the world for their beauty and exuberance.

They are divided into two categories: the nearby islands (Mahé, the main island) and remote islands, or the inner islands and outer islands. 33 of them are inhabited by 80,000 Seychellois who live along beaches with clear, warm waters, bathed by the equatorial sun.

There you will find secret and gorgeous beaches throughout the Seychelles, on the multitude of islands. You might as yourself why you have most often heard of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue only? … This is simply because the other islands are much more difficult to access and it is especially much more expensive to stay there when it is possible since some of them are private.

Say Yes in the Seychelles!

Seychelles Wedding

Dreaming of getting married in the Seychelles? Asking yourself why not you?

Your wedding in Seychelles can become a reality. It is indeed one of the most romantic places on the planet. Marry on a deserted white beach, bordered by a turquoise and shimmering water … You will live without a doubt the best day of your life!

The Seychelles are among the favorite destinations of honeymooners. But why wait for the honeymoon to discover the magic of the Seychelles? On the island of the Seychelles you will find numerous romantic hotels locating in a sensual atmosphere, enchanting landscape where living will be easy… In Seychelles, love is always in the air and everywhere.

Hotels for your wedding

The hotels on the island offer rates, packages and special attentions for honeymooners, and many of them have also specialized in hosting future newlyweds. They offer discounted rates, decorations in the rooms, and sometimes unbeatable “wedding packages”, including room, part of the formalities costs and organization of the ceremony. Whichever island makes your hearts beat in unison, you’ll find the perfect place to get married in this archipelago: Mahé, Praslin, La Digue … A hotel, a beach …

We can guide you through the preparation of your wedding for that day is forever unforgettable. Here are some tips for you!

Tips for your wedding in the Seychelles

Administrative formalities, hotel reservation, wedding date, photographer, stylist, wedding cake, decoration… You dream, we can help you make your dream become reality! The golden rule for getting married in the Seychelles: plan your wedding well in advance. Getting married in the Seychelles is relatively simple, however you have to book at least 6 months before.

Seychelles Wedding Formalities

The documents may vary depending on the situation of the spouses, their nationality, whether or not there is a contract of marriage, children, a previous marriage, etc. This is why it is difficult to give an exact and definitive list of documents to be produced.

However, certain documents remain similar in all cases. So you will need those for a civil marriage in the Seychelles:

  • a complete copy of your birth certificates dated under three months
  • a photocopy of the first or last 6 pages of passports of bride and groom, including the inside of the cover and the pages containing all identification data
  • proof of residence
  • a questionnaire, taking, among others, the identity of ascendants and potential witnesses

Civil marriages in Seychelles are recognized in Europe of course, provided you follow the procedures outlined above. They are somewhat different for German citizens, Swiss and Italian. As in France, the civil marriage must take place before the church wedding.

Contrary to what was customary a few years ago, couples are no longer required to take an appointment at their Embassy in Seychelles before their marriage. However, be aware that the Embassy may require the future married to present at their offices, although it is quite rare.

How much does a wedding in the Seychelles cost?

It is difficult to be precise when it comes to the organization of a wedding in Seychelles, without knowing the details and without having primarily taken into consideration all your desires. You will rarely find a “wedding package” as such, since every wedding is unique in its own way.

If some costs are fixed – such as registration fees, costs of organization, civil status officer cost, others such as islands, hotels and formulas chosen vary.

Here are the incompressible and mandatory fees, which you cannot escape:

  • Costs of ceremony and wedding coordination: € 100.00
  • Registration fees: € 220.00 during weekday or € 285.00 during weekend
  • Apostille: € 25.00
  • Copy of the marriage certificate (with the seal of the Civil State service): € 10.00
  • Copy of the marriage certificate mailed (seal of the State Civil Service + postage): 60,00 € approx.
  • Letter of authentication: € 20.00
  • All the above fees fees thus amount to an amount of € 435.00 approximately

Your wedding in a nutshell

Romance blossoms naturally in this lush sanctuary. Plan your wedding ceremony amidst cinnamon trees and frangipani, or on the peaceful powder-sand beach – considered one of the island’s best. The Seychelles is just one of those places that everyone dreams of marrying in. The jewel of the Indian Ocean as far as many are concerned. The stunning islands of the Seychelles await you and your wedding party to enjoy luxury and glamour for your wedding and honeymoon stay. Weddings in the Seychelles can take place on a number of beautiful island beaches, with a stunning backdrop of crystal clear waters. You will never forget that special day. It will be forever engraved in your memories. And after your marriage, make the most out of your honeymoon!

Happy Marriage newlyweds!

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The Seychelles: A Quality Destination

The Seychelles waterfalls

The Seychelles are wonderful small paradises scattered in the Indian-Ocean. This archipelago of over 100 islands, is a dream destination where almost every people in the world want to spend, at least once, their holidays. This holiday destination is surely of top notch quality and offers endless possibilities and accommodation to visitors. We have gathered all the reason why the Seychelles remains the best destination for quality holidays.

A Stunning Wildlife

Did you know that nearly half of Seychelles is protected by nature reserves? So if you dream to admire turtles, birds, fish of all colors without having the impression of being in an aquatic zoo, the Seychelles is an ideal solution. These islands remain the favorite destination of diving enthusiasts, as there are countless spots to admire the marine fauna and flora. It is undoubtedly a dream destination.

Magic Places

Besides beaches and wildlife that already adds an inescapable charm to the Seychelles, be aware that the islands are beautiful in themselves. On the islands you will find beautiful palm trees, and you can even enjoy atypical fruits and unique food that will wake up your taste buds. It will be far from what you eat in everyday life, but it will surely interest you.

Combining Islands: Cousin – Curious – St. Pierre

Experience this unique combination of the most famous islands of the Seychelles. Cousin, a picturesque reserve that boasts a wide range of wildlife, including doves, giant tortoises and also a conservation success story that saved significant endemic wildlife from extinction. After enjoying the rich diversity of this pristine sanctuary set like a stone in a pure turquoise sea, you can visit the curious island off the north coast of Praslin, the only place outside the Vallée de Mai, where the legendary Coco de Mer grows wild.

Here you can enjoy exceptional swimming in the clear waters and relaxing on the white sand before being served a delicious BBQ lunch on the beach. After lunch, you can enjoy a guided one-hour tour through the fascinating nature reserve, through the ruins of the former leper colony and newly renovated ” Doctor House”, now a charming museum. The trail island winds through a mangrove forest teeming with wildlife to impressive lagoon Bay La Raie where small sharks and turtles abound. Leaving behind Curious, you will eventually make your way to the third in this trio of gems of the Seychelles, St Pierre, which is certainly the diving experience of a lifetime. With its crystal waters which abound with a myriad of fish and colorful coral formations. On the way back, you will be given the arduous task of deciding which of our three islands was the most beautiful!

Vallée de Mai, La Digue

This tour, featuring some of the most famous monuments in theSeychelles, will present the extraordinary diversity of this destination. After your arrival on Praslin, the second largest island in Seychelles, you will be escorted to the legendary Vallée de Mai, home to the fabulous Coco de Mer, which was once considered to be the original site of the garden of Eden. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Leaving the valley behind, you will be taken to the colorful Baie Ste Anne Jetty where you walk in the footsteps of the first visitors of the Seychelles by boarding a traditional schooner towards the island of La Digue.

There you will realise that time has stopped and secular traditions has stood still. On arrival at the picturesque pier of the island, you will be offered freshly picked coconuts to cool off. You will have the opportunity so have a tour of the Estate Union where you will witness the production of “coconut oil” – secret flesh of the coconut fruit that you will find drying in the oven and eat while still warm.

You will learn how coconut oil is made. You should make a photo-stop near Anse Source d’Argent which will take your breath away while you capture the extraordinary beauty of one of the most famous beaches in the world, framed by crystal clear turquoise waters and ancient granite blocks. A delicious Creole buffet lunch will be served to you in a restaurant of choice, then you will be invited you to enjoy a leisure afternoon on the beach before taking again a boat for the return trip to Praslin.

Dream Beaches

Dream Beaches Seychelles

A holiday at Seychelles is sure to fill your travel kitty to the brim with fond memories. Seychelles, situated to the north east of Madagascar, close to the coast of Africa, in the midst of the ocean. There are numerous beaches which you can visit while on a holiday to Seychelles. Here we have compiled a list of the best eight beaches which are indeed worth visiting.

Of course, when we know that there are around 100 pieces of land where we can put our feet in the water, we say that the results must be beautiful for the eyes … And it’s true! Seychelles is particularly deemed to offer the best beaches you will find on earth. I must admit that each of these beaches will make you dream.

Anse source d’argent consists of numerous tiny crescent pink sand beaches. Large granite boulders separate these beaches from one another. The unique shapes of these boulders are a marvel by themselves since these curves were the created when the weather and time took a toll on these rocks. A reef stands protecting the beach which is ideal for your kids. The water is not too rough and it is safe for children to play in it. You can enjoy snorkeling at the reef which can also be used to relax and sun bathe.

Anse Lazio, reputed to be the most beautiful beach of the world will stun you. The experience of swimming and diving in the crystal clear waters of this divine beach is not soon forgotten and after an equally unforgettable barbecue in this magical setting, you will have enough time to burn this precise moment in your memory before you bring at home the final day.

Have fun in the Seychelles!

Where to eat in Seychelles

Visiting Seychelles in itself is as we have said a million times on this blog- the adventure of a lifetime. The islands, located perfectly in the Southern Hemisphere for you to enjoy a mild weather all year round with the warm sun and sandy white beaches creating a paradisiacal atmosphere with some great hotels in Seychelles. Being of such great diversity, visiting the Seychelles affords you to visit volcanic and granitic islands through island hopping. Not only that but Seychelles is also home to many endemic species which it covets such as the coco de mer or the commonly known long-necked tortoise. But honestly, your visit is never complete without the complete experience of the Seychellois gastronomy with its varied menus and cuisines from around the world.

La Grande Maison 

Located in Takamaka Bay, this is one of the best places you could go to for a fine dining experience. It is modern with a beautiful setting and you can even eat on the veranda if you feel like it. The menu varies according to the Chef who is Christine. She is a well renowned figure around the area for her exquisite cuisine. So, prepare yourself for one great experience. The restaurant is so well admired that all of its reviews so far on its facebook page has been 5* ratings! People rave about how positive their dining experience end up being at La Grande Maison and you definitely don’t want to miss out on anything! The Chef is also often complimented on her good wine choosing skills- this is the one place in Seychelles where you can leave everything up to the chef and be assured that you will be leaving the restaurant with a more than satisfied tummy and a smile of satisfaction. We recommend that you book before going as the servers will make special arrangements at no cost and even welcome you and your companions with a special Takamaka drink, courtesy of the chef! You will not even need to worry about the food quality. Rest assured, it is definitely top notch- with organic and local ingredients, Chef Christine seeks to dazzle you with a modern cuisine with a twist!

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The restaurant is known to add local specialties such as lime and bilimbi to add some zest to the dish and wow your palate since bilimbi is an exotic taste that you have to try for yourself. You will most certainly love it. The restaurant is also proud of its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, catering to many locals and expats who drop in for a casual lunch which you can be part of or a classy lunch to woo your significant other- La Grande Maison has everything you need. Whether it’s date night or just another day, this is where you will want to return again and again for excellent wine choice and fabulous service. While we suggest trying to have a meal at every good restaurant you can find, most people end up returning there several times during their holidays, recognising the height of fine cuisine in good old Seychelles! The restaurant of course has its special menus, the dishes from which are always available irrespective of what the chef has chosen for the day due to how much customers adore old classics like the Creole Bouillabaisse or seafood au coco- yes, this is seafood served in a coconut. Don’t believe this is legit? Check it out yourself on your next visit to the Seychelles!

Cafe des Arts

Cafe des Arts defines its cuisine as international, serving a fusion of Seychelles’ all times favourites in a fusion of inspirational dishes from all around the world to present a mouthwatering end product to its customers. Located near the beach in Praslin, le Cafe des Arts is more than often cited as the best culinary experiences the island has to offer. Not only does it have good food but lunch is served right on the beach itself with a rooftop area for those who want to relax with a scotch or one of the restaurant’s impressive cocktails. It is after all more than just a feast for your palate but an island adventure on its own! The service is described by most  as irreproachable and one of the friendliest place on the island to eat at. The waiters and waitresses hardly ever refuse to small talk with customers, happy to discuss lively, making sure that the patrons of the day have an unforgettable time at this gem of a place. If not for the music which is always tasteful if not slightly corny and romantic at times, you can even hear the faraway waves, This place is dream worthy. Even if you are a fussy diner, le Cafe des Arts promises to meet and even exceed your expectations with its wide choice of seafood cooked in the most inventive and inspired way to please your palate. The catch is fresh, what else can you expect from a beachside restaurant in Seychelles? Expect the freshest fish and octopus on your plate whether you want an octopus gratin with pumpkin or a smoked fish smelling of freshly squeezed lemon juice with green herbs- you are guaranteed a good meal.

cafe des arts seychelles

The menu varies of course to suit the availability of local produce. This ensures that you have some new things to taste if you are enamoured enough to become a regular. Not only the main menus but even the sauces and dips are impressive enough to appear on famous bloggers’ reviews of their time in the Seychelles- especially Cafe des Arts’ garlic and olive oil dip which has astounded many. As many would say though, don’t fill up with the mightily impressive food on your plate, Cafe des Arts has more coming. The restaurant takes great pride in its succulent selection of dessert, decadent cakes which will make your mouth water from a slight whiff of its sweet aroma as it’s brought to your table! Tell us what you think of it when you go to visit!

BoatHouse

Boathouse in Seychelles is what you are looking for if you love food and a lot of it as well! A buffet style restaurant, with self service- this is heaven for food lovers. On an average evening, the restaurant offers around or more than 20 classic creole dishes which are bound to seduce you. What’s not to adore about discovering new food? The food area is a little bit darker than most expect so prepare yourself for that but worry not, you will still be able to see what you are putting on your plate. It is simply that the place goes for a mostly rustic look to match the menus which are favourites to-go meals of the locals who also mightily love the Boathouse as a great place for family time dining. For the person who is unashamed to eat more than meagre portions, the restaurant is a good economic choice as well as it provides more than just value for money in such a case. Given how it’s self serve, you are free to determine how much you will want on your plate.

boathouse seychelles

Though if you are new to the creole cuisine, there are servers who will be happy to guide you at your leisure. The staff is reputed for its friendliness and they serve with a smile, adding a nice touch to your dining experience. You are recommended to dress casual smart. Be classy but be comfy! The restaurant’s buffet is only open for dinner though- a fact to keep in mind but lunchers even stragglers are welcomed all day long to admire the view while enjoying a cocktail! Don’t miss out on their grilled fish specialty though! Most of the time it is tuna but on the good days, you might find yourself enjoying a nice red snapper with some fabulous sauces on the side! It is located on Beau Vallon Bay, much like Cafe des Arts, it is a beach side restaurant. The Boathouse even has a semi open dining area which keeps the place aerated with the marina breeze. If your hotel in Mahe is nearby, you can drop in for a light breakfast after having watched the sun rise during your morning walk. It has a wide selection of breakfast items ranging from full English breakfasts to crepes including less common flavours such as honey with nuts, banana and cinnamon or even ice cream. In my honest opinion, nothing can beat ice cream for breakfast so there you are, if you don’t try it at least once, it’s definitely going to be one major regret.

Chez Jules Restaurant

Chez Jules Restaurant started out small a few years back, owned by Jules who is also the Chef with his family helping out in the restaurant, it has now expanded having built a loyal and loving clientele which is the product of being served good food at relatively affordable prices. La Digue doesn’t have the most active of night life of all the Seychelles Islands, and Chez Jules is also quite far back- so if you are one of the few who decided to dine there, do not expect a big crowd. It is a quiet place with Jules the Chef serving his no menu items in the evening. So basically you are automatically signing up for a surprise by the chef. Well, it is very unlikely that you will be disappointed given the glowing reputation the restaurant has since its very conception! So, dive it, enjoy the traditional creole food prepared specially by the chef, somehow taking customers on great culinary adventures, a far contrast to the usual bland restaurants you may find with overpriced menus. Chez Jules welcomes children as well, unlike certain restaurants like Cafe des Arts which doesn’t allow children under 5 years old. Here your children can run around to play after dinner while you enjoy a nice coffee.

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It is a very family friendly environment and very safe for everyone. Lunch is the time to go if you want the fancy eating parts with a choice between buffet lunch or a la carte menus. Chez Jules Restaurant prides itself in accommodating its customers and ensuring that they leave as happy and satisfied ones who will endeavour to come again. Traditional plates such as grilled fish with creole sauce with the zing of bilimbi as quasi all good restaurants like to put in the spotlight are among the beloved items of regulars. The chef also encourages customers to try new things which are unique to Seychelles or relatively unusual to foreigners such as his papaya smoothie or fresh mango juice among other crazy things that Jules comes up with which end up baffling most who do fall in love with these innovative menus. Many will miss the restaurant once they leave the island, it does grow on you. The food is fresh and delectable, octopus salad anyone? And the Chef is always happy to replace dishes which do not satisfy customers, so feel free to explore the menu. You will leave there pleasantly surprised!

Read more about the Seychellois Cuisine on our blog!

Lambousir Restaurant

You can’t pronounce the name? Don’t worry, most visitors can’t do that either! However, irrespective of confusing name or not, it is definitely the place to go if you desire some fantastic seafood. While most restaurants will feature seafood on their menus by default given its high availability and ease to acquire fresh seafood on a frequent basis, Lambousir Restaurant has made this part of the Seychelles Islands its speciality. Unpronounceable name and all, this is the place to be when it comes to great seafood dishes which will remain forever engraved in your memories. If you hadn’t guessed yet, it’s a lot of fish or octopus or shrimp or calamari, what ever floats your boat really! The usual entree would be a nice calamari crouistillant or deep fried until crispy fish depending on what is available on the day’s menu. Next you may move on to anything you want, soups or main course items such as tender grilled fish with spicy sauce doused on top. It is in all a great culinary experience, bringing you closer to Seychelles culture with such typically Seychellois food items. Seafood after all is the staple for most locals. Lambousir creates new twists to old dishes. Expect the delicious unexpected at Lambousir! Even the setting is design to take your breath away.

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Lambousir Restaurant is found within the Union Estate and hence has a mesmerising sea view which can almost distract you from what’s on your plate! If you don’t feel like experimenting with some dish with a bizarre name, you can stick to a basic burger with chips on the side and maybe a salad to keep the appearance of being healthy! It is strongly recommended to remain on the seafood side of the menu given how that is in fact the speciality of the restaurant and thus other menus such as chicken sometimes do not satisfy the picky customer. Lambousir has found its way to please with its great view and great seafood dishes, let it mesmerise you as well. After that satisfying lunch, you can go rest or take a walk on the beach. Anse L’Argent is withing walking distance and you simply cannot leave Seychelles without having visited the most photographed beach on the planet to your heart’s content! And as usual, take a lot of pictures to bring home- it is not for nothing that Seychelles is known for being a little paradise, you definitely want to keep tangible memories of your time here!

 

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Les choses à faire aux Seychelles

Seychelles, Seychelles, Seychelles- un exploit de la nature serait trop peu une louange pour ces îles!

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Ils sont un groupe de plus de cent îles, à la fois granitique et volcaniques de la nature abritant des milliers d’espèces de la flore et de la faune en danger d’extinction dans le monde entier. De tortues avec un long cou de mètres à la forme étrange Seychelles coco- est un trésor à découvrir. Sur la côte est du continent africain, les Seychelles est souvent considéré comme l’un des pays africains. Les îles sont petites par le norme normale et Mahe étant la plus grande est en train  d’accueillir une ahurissante 90% de sa population. Il moyenne 155 km carrés. Cela est très très petit pour la plupart des gens autour du monde qui visitent- ce serait peut-être l’équivalent d’un village ou une ville d’où vous êtes. La capitale de Mahé est Port Victoria. La capitale elle-même est la maison à 70000 personnes des 90000 qui vivent sur Mahé. La logistique des îles Seychelles est l’un qui est très fascinant à réfléchir à-propos. À Victoria, le port de Victoria qui porte bien son nom est le centre de l’industrie du tourisme des Seychelles. La ville elle-même a été nommé d’après Sa Majesté, ainsi que l’aéroport entre autres bâtiments assez vieux pour avoir été en existence depuis quelques décennies au moins.

Mahé est également célèbre pour ses belles plages et une mer bleu eclatante que vous pouvez apprécier à travers diverses activités sur l’île. Les hotels aux Seychelles sont extremement agreables aussi. Cependant, ne vous limitez pas qu’aux activités de fantaisie! Une journée à la plage, profiter du soleil avec votre bien-aimé est un début parfait pour vos vacances. Acheter des souvenirs sur la plage, nager dans la mer chaude et claire, il est ce que beaucoup appellent le paradis après tout. Parlant des plages, Beau Vallon est l’endroit à être à Mahé. Il est la plage qui est toujours cité pour être l’un des joyaux de Mahé. Il est en fait parfait pour une baignade, calme avec une belle brise- c’est votre rêve de vacances tropicales parfaite qui vont être vécus en réalité. Plusieurs activités de sports nautiques sont accessibles aux vacances amateurs comme le jet ski et de la marche sous l’eau parmis autres. La mer calme et les sauveteurs sur la plage et la mer assurent un coffre-fort et sécurisé sont pour tous et chacun qu’ils cherchent à se détendre ou se livrer à ces activités mentionnées ci-dessus autour des plages.

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Mahé est également où Anse Intendance est situé. Oui, Anse Intendance- l’oe qui Manges pour figurer parmi les meilleures plages dans le monde entier sur une base quasi annuelle. Que seul étant l’une des plus belles plages de toutes les îles Seychelles, il peut mettre un combat puissant pour ce titre dans le monde entier. Il est l’endroit idéal pour les sports comme le surf en raison de son avoir des vagues plus fortes que Beau Vallon. Anse Intendance est le jumeau plus féroce des deux plages. Il est d’autre à l’expérience, mais plutôt agitée pour nager quelque chose. Il ne fait pour un endroit parfait pour les séances photos, des bains de soleil et de visites.

Maintenant hors de l’île de Praslin. Tout comme Mahé, il ne manque pas de belles plages, mais si vous êtes un fan de casinos et considérez-vous chanceux à jouer avec la monnaie, vous avez trouvé vous-même un nouveau repaire. Casino des Iles est un endroit élégant, avec son propre restaurant ainsi. Une main de poker, une heure de blackjack ou peut-être un peu la roulette et vous pourriez aussi bien être en laissant les Seychelles plus riche que vous avez atterri ici. Il est un des casinos chose- passionnants. Vous pourriez faire de nouveaux amis pour passer le reste de vos vacances avec ou vous pourriez avoir une grande conversation avec quelqu’un d’un autre côté du monde. Être au casino, il est en quelque sorte plus facile de socialiser avec les gens, contrairement à la plage où tout le monde est occupé dans leur propre petit monde ou dans les visites de groupe. Avec l’imagerie de la grandeur et de la positivité avec les gens réussissant à rire d’eux-mêmes, même quand ils viennent de perdre 100 $, Casino des Iles est un endroit chaud pour se reposer et profiter de la vie nocturne sur l’île. En gros, ne habiller joliment depuis pas de sandales ou des shorts sont autorisés tard le soir jusqu’au soir, apportez vous-même et bien sûr, de l’argent pour démarrer votre nuit et profitez-en! Espérons que dame chance va frapper!

Un autre incontournable des Seychelles est bien sûr Vallee de Mai. Sons plutôt discrète mais ceci est l’un des deux seuls endroits où le coco de mer survit encore. Quand la plupart des gens pensent des Seychelles, voici ce qui vient à l’esprit de la plus favorisée de la célèbre noix de coco avec une forme étrange comme le derrière d’une personne. Objet d’un grand intérêt, de nombreux touristes font un must pour prendre une photo tout en maintenant le coco de mer ou debout à côté de lui avec un grand sourire. Un peu, mais de plaisir coquin ne fait pimenter les vacances, mais cela fera pour une photo impressionnante sur votre manteau à la maison. Pratiquement aucun des gens sont conscients du fait qu’il est non seulement une image doctoré mais qui en effet existe réellement! Apres avoir s’amuser un peu et ayant eu une expérience enrichissante avec toujours plus de connaissances sur les animaux et les plantes de cette belle île tropicale et vous êtes près pour démarrer sur un autre aventure des iles. Si vous avez apprécié, vous voudrez peut-être réserver une autre aventure à l’une des nombreuses îles qui sont exclusivement dédiés à être des réserves naturelles. Si ceci est votre passion, alors Seychelles a des îles entières attendent votre exploration!

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Etre à la découverte des Seychelles est déjà une grande aventure qui fait rêver la plupart et comme on dit, les vacances à l’étranger ne sont jamais complètes sans une très bonne dégustation des plats du pays! La gastronomie Seychelles prend de multiples cuisines d’origine compte tenu de sa diversité culturelle et ethnique pour créer ce qui est maintenant bien-aimée comme la cuisine seychelloise. Unique dans son mélange de saveurs, cela va prendre votre palais à un autre niveau du « wow » gastronomique. Il existe plusieurs types de restaurants pour dîner ou déjeuner, y compris les restaurants de l’hôtel. Certains sont bien connus pour leurs recettes traditionnelles qui vont vous donner un vrai goût des Seychelles alors que d’autres feront des plats plus exotiques tels que la cuisine asiatique, entre autres. A la fin de la journée, vous aurez du avoir un grand merveilleux voyage dans le monde de la gastronomie seychelloise.

Si vous êtes prêt à explorer la grande cuisine des Seychelles, alors vous devriez vous attendre à voir le poisson comme une partie principale sur vos plats avec des fruits tropicaux comme les mangues, les bananes, les papayes, les pamplemousses tout en fonction du fruit est de la saison. Parmi les habitues tels que le poisson, le poulet, le bœuf, le pork- les crustacés feront une apparition fréquente eux aussi. Le niveau du gout épicé sera varié – les restaurants normalement vous demanderont vos préférences lorsque vous commandez. Si vous n’êtes pas un fan de la nourriture épicée, il faut leur dire à l’avance.

Tous les plats ne sont pas aussi communs que l’on peut attendre si vous visitiez, disons Maurice. L’une des spécialités des Seychelles est le chutney de requin et comme on dit aux Seychelles un « chatini requin ».

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Oui, vous avez bien lu, le requin. Comme le grand méchant poisson effrayant qui mange parfois les gens et cela fait par conséquence la une des journaux. Eh bien, il est en fait moins excitant que tout cela en vraie vie. La peau du requin est enlevée, puis bouillie jusqu’à ce que la chaire est moelleuse dans l’eau avec un peu de sel pour le goût. Ensuite, la viande est finement écrasée en petits morceaux. Il est cuit légèrement avec du bilimbi qui est un fruit dont le gout qui ressemble un peu aux cornichons confits et du jus de citron. Il peut être consommé avec des oignons frits ou caramélisés. Donc, si vous allez aux Seychelles, l’un des éléments sur votre liste à faire est certainement de deguster le fameux chutney de requin! Imaginez les histoires à raconter quand vous êtes à la maison.

Ce n’est pas tout- il y a d’autres plats qui, même s’ils ne sont pas aussi redoutables que le chutney de requin, ils valent la peine de goûter pendant votre temps dans les Seychelles. L’un des plus communs est le ladob qui peut être salés ou sucrés. Cela dépend sur si c’est un plat principal ou un dessert. Le poulet ou le poisson au curry cuit dans le lait de coco sucré frais donne une nouvelle tournure à un plat que vous pourriez être déjà habitué et il faut définitivement y gouter.

 

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