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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

Travel to the Seychelles

Travel to the Seychelles

Travel to the Seychelles

 

The Seychelles includes a group of small tropical islands. Talking to someone about Seychelles will make him think of the blue sky and brightly sunlit beaches. The Seychellois climate is indeed the same as a paradise. It is always warm, never arriving at an extreme cold or hot temperature.

The Seychelles comprises of 115 islands. These islands can be broken down into two categories namely the Inner part of the Seychelles and the Outer part of the Seychelles. Most of the Seychellois population live in the inner island.

The inner Seychelles are the most visited by the tourists. It includes islets such as Mahé, La Digue, Praslin, Silhouette Island, Denis Island and Bird Island.

The three main islands of the Seychelles are Mahé, La Digue and Praslin.

 

Mahé Island

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mahe seychelles victoria

The main island of the Seychelles is Mahé. Its capital is Port Victoria. Mahé is also the largest island of the Seychelles. If you are searching for a hotel to stay in the Seychelles, we definitely propose a mahe hotel. Get to experience the daily life of the Seychellois townsmen.

Few places of interest in Seychelles: Mahé Island

Port Victoria Seychelles

You are sure to find something interesting in the capital of the Main Island of Seychelles. Port Victoria is home to many luxurious hotels in Mahe. Furthermore, numerous attractions are available for visitors such as:

  • The little Ben: A miniature copy of the Big Ben clock in London.
  • Seychelles Victoria Botanical Gardens: are composed of more than five acres of gardens full with exotic and endemic plants and animals such as the Aldabra tortoises.
  • Victoria National Museum of History: The museum has in its possession historical artifacts which include the oldest map of the Seychelles.
  • Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market: This is the local hotspot for Seychellois. Experience the vivid atmosphere in the market. You will also get the opportunity to acquire some souvenirs at the market.
Little ben seychelles

Little ben seychelles

 

 

Beau Vallon Seychelles

Beau Vallon beach sunset in Seychelles

The beach of Beau Vallon is the most reputed seashore on Mahé. It is located on the north-western coast of the island. The lagoon is rich in beautiful colourful coral reefs living clear waters. As a result, it has become the ideal spot for diving and snorkelling. The beach is much visited by locals, especially on weekends.

Praslin Island

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Praslin is the second largest and most inhabited island of the Seychelles after Mahé Island.  The island is home to heavenly beaches. Many hotels in Praslin are available for short and long-term stays. Whether it is a villa or a beach resort, rooms are fairly priced to suit everyone’s budget.

Praslin is a reputed tourist destination with some of Seychelles’ most beautiful beaches. Below is a list of things to do on Praslin Island.

Anse Lazio

Anse Lazio plage Seychelles

This beautiful beach offers a picturesque view and good swimming opportunities. The lagoon is calm and clear, from light to deep aquamarine blue. The trees lining the beaches provide shade for you to laze and relax.

Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

Vallée de Mai- Praslin

Vallée de Mai- Praslin

The Nature reserve is located at the heart of Praslin Island. This rainforest is a UNESCO world heritage site. Vallee de Mai contains a well preserved Palm forest, consisting of endemic Palm trees. The wildlife of the park includes the Seychelles black parrot, snails, mammals and reptiles.

La Digue

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The fourth largest island of the Seychelles is La Digue. The only way of accessing the island is by boat or helicopter as there are no airports on La Digue.

La Digue is home to the five star hotel La digue Lodge. The hotel provides the following facilities:

Le Veuve restaurant offers local Creole Seychelles cuisine with remarkable professionalism. It also provides international cuisines and manages frequent themed nights for your entertainment.

There is also a restaurant near a pool which provides a wide variety of light-lunch options as well as more filling dishes for heartier appetites.

La Digue lodge offers a lot of activities for your Seychelles vacation. Below is a list of activities in the Seychelles that the five star hotels propose you:

Fishing

fishing in Seychelles

fishing in Seychelles

La Digue lodge also gives you the opportunity to try the oldest tradition of the Seychellois; fishing. Whether you are going for a private trip aboard the ocean using a motor boat, or a group vacation for seasoned reef fishermen; La Digue Island Lodge is disposed to meet your every needs and demands.

Excursions

The island La Digue is the perfect and ideal spot to camp and visit other islands of the Seychelles. You will get to try a variety of activities such as Snorkelling, fishing, diving and trekking on the islands around la Digue.

 

On the other hand, la Digue is the utmost romantic place in the Seychelles. For your dream like honeymoons, anniversaries or just a special treat that you definitely deserve, La Digue is the place for your romantic escape in Seychelles.

Some Islands to visit during your travel to the Seychelles:

Cousin Island

Cousin Island

Cousin Island

It is a nature reserve protected by the Seychelles law as a special reserve. It is managed by Nature Seychelles, a national non- for profit and partner of BirdLife International, for which the island has been identified as an important bird area.

Felicité Island

Felicite Seychelles

Felicié Island is a small island of granite which is located four kilometres to the east of La Digue. The islet was a coconut plantation back in the 1900’s.

The Sisters Islands

Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur Islands are referred to as the Sisters islands.

Situated 6 km northeast from their neighbouring island La Digue, these small tropical retreats are popular for excursions because of their spectacular ocean views and excellent opportunities that they offer for hikes and picnics.

The islands are also famous for snorkeling and scuba diving in waters where marine life is prolific.

The hotel Château de Feuilles on Praslin manages the islands.

 

If you are going to the Seychelles, you might want to check the other articles we have on our blog, the Indian Ocean on the Seychelles.

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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!

restaurant seychelles mahe

 

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.

chez jules seychelles

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.

lambousir restaurant

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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Mahe Island Seychelles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seychelles Praslin Island

Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles and probably one of the most beautiful and one of the most endearing. Indeed, it is more developed than La Digue and more relaxing than Mahe where the agitation is relatively strong around the Seychelles Capital: this is the ideal compromise.

Of the three main islands of the archipelago, Praslin is the one that best embodies the Seychelles paradise. More relaxed than Mahé, La Digue more developed than it brings together all the components of a Garden of Eden: the beaches that rival beauty in a turquoise symphony, hills languidly who complete their race in berries at the perfect curvature, scalloped shores of glaze (granite blocks) in shades of pink and little roads that crisscross made good by bus or car. Praslin is really the ideal destination for romantic strolls. The island also has its reputation to the Vallée de Mai, a unique plant sanctuary in the world, which grows in the sea coconut. Its fruits unusual shapes, the coco de mer, became a symbol of the archipelago . A few miles from the coast, the lagoon is sprinkled other islands worthy of postcards: Cousin, Curious, Barren and St. Pierre island. In these models ecotourism destinations, one can snorkel and get close to the birds and turtles. Get more active dive on one of the many sites readily available around Praslin.

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If the heat is to go all year on Praslin, the presence of trade winds should make you cautious in choosing your accommodation, depending on the season. In general, these winds on the south coast from May to September and on the north coast from November to March. During these periods, the algae make deposits in some places considerably less pleasant swimming. April and October mark between seasons and are considered the most pleasant. If you wish to travel to neighboring islands, know that sea turtles nest on the shores between October and February / March and qu’Aride will visit in general that from September to April (because of the heavy swell of the rest year).

Wonders abound and it can be difficult to choose between the different places to visit.

Anse Volbert Praslin

There are only two villages in Praslin and one of them is in Grand Anse. Yet nothing disturb your peace! Indeed, there are a few little shops, hotels and restaurants.

The beach stretches over 2km and is gorgeous:  white sand, turquoise sea! A pleasure to walk down the beach.

For those who are passionate about or who just want to learn to dive, there are some great spots to throw as around the island! The latter is one of the symbols of Seychelles as it really is an idyllic place!

Basically, you can relax in this small village where walking, swimming and diving occupy your day!

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Praslin Seychelles

The Vallee de Mai is a beautiful forest on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This is the only place where there is a tree called the coconut sea products which fruit to erotic forms: cocos-ass! It is the emblem of Praslin and even Seychelles!

Vallée de Mai is visited very easily by borrowing the marked trails. Distances and gradients are low. We can easily do so by family. beautiful palm It shows, birds, small rivers, large roots, etc. so we believe in full virgin forest! Small anecdote: at the entrance, the courses are described with estimated time! You can simply divide the time by 4 unless you decide to do the route on their hands!

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Anse Lazio Seychelles

Anse Lazio is north of Praslin and is easily accessible by bus. This is the perfect beach as we imagine: sand-like powder, palm flowing on the sand, calm waters protected by the bay, rocks at each end which look like cardboard scenery, an ideal place for snorkeling!

Unfortunately, in 2011, two shark attacks in Praslin on this beach came tarnish the quiet and idyllic side of this place! Not enough to no longer worry about more than that since it is extremely rare facts and we must not think about it and enjoy.

For a holiday getaway, you can find villas in Seychelles and amazing hotels in Praslin, for an even more thrilling experience…

Quand partir aux Seychelles ?

Les Seychelles restent une destination fantastique toute l’année, malgré des averses de pluie qui tombent généralement soudaines, ils quittent rapidement un ciel bleu clair et ensoleillé. Il est préférable de planifier votre voyage autour de ce que vous voulez faire.

Randonnée pédestre, le surf et la planche à voile sont les meilleurs au début et à la fin des alizés, généralement autour de Avril et Octobre; tandis que la plongée, la natation et la plongée sont meilleures Avril, Mai et Octobre ,Novembre quand les moyennes de température de l’eau 28 ° C et la visibilité est beaucoup plus que d’habitude. On pouvait voir jusqu’à 40 mètres sur un jour de chance!

L’observation des oiseaux est le meilleur en Avril pendant la saison de reproduction qui est entre Mai et Septembre pour la nidification des sternes fuligineuses, et en Octobre lors de la migration.

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îles diminutive et petits comme La Digue abritent quelques-unes des plus belles plages du monde, où les décontractées habitants obtiennent dans les rues de sable à vélo.

Avec un temps magnifique toute l’année, les températures chaudes glorieux et beau ciel bleu, il n’y a pas de mauvais moment pour être ici. Cependant, selon ce que vous voulez faire pendant votre voyage, il y a quelques choses à considérer:

Il ne pleut toute l’année aux Seychelles, il est en plus de pluie moyenne entre Novembre et Janvier. Cela dit, comme partout sous les tropiques pluie douches ont tendance à être court, d’une durée de quelques heures plutôt qu’en quelques jours à la fois, donc cela ne doit pas être un facteur important dans votre décision. En fait, ils sont plus comme bruines pour être apprécié que d’avoir peur de!

La plupart des gens trouvent que avec des brises fraîches de mer, des piscines et de belles mers la chaleur est jamais vraiment un problème. Les températures nocturnes jamais top 25C toute l’année, ce qui rend le sommeil facile, et tout, mais le logement le plus basique offrira la climatisation. Si vous êtes particulièrement sensible à entendre que vous pourriez souhaiter pour éviter les mois les plus chauds de Mars, Avril et mai et optez pour un temps breezier refroidisseur, comme Juillet à Octobre.

La plupart des plages sont fantastiques toute l’année, à la recherche magnifique et offrant une grande piscine. Si vous avez votre coeur sur votre séjour à une propriété sur le sud-ouest de Mahé ou Praslin, vous voudrez peut-être rester pendant les mois d’Octobre – Avril quand les vagues sur de superbes plages de l’ouest au sud de Mahé sera plus calme faire nager plus sûr, et il y aura beaucoup moins d’algues sur la côte sud-ouest de Praslin.

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Surf et planche à voile sont les meilleurs pendant les alizés du sud-est de Mai à Septembre lorsque les vents et les vagues se combinent pour offrir une expérience beaucoup plus excitant.

Honeymoons sont fabuleux à tout moment – mais si vous sentez les petits enfants peuvent gâcher un peu l’ambiance, vous pourriez vouloir éviter de visiter pendant les vacances scolaires en Europe, qui provoquent des périodes de pointe en Juillet et Août, ainsi que les grandes fêtes comme Noël ou Pâques.

Plongée avec tuba et de plongée sous-marine est grande toute l’année, et les opérateurs de plongée sauront quels sont les meilleurs sites pour une visibilité à un moment de l’année. Cela dit, les meilleures conditions tous les sous-marines rondes peuvent être trouvés pendant Avril-Mai et Octobre-Novembre, lorsque la visibilité peut haut de 30 mètres et la température de l’eau peut être aussi élevée que 29C.

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La voile est grande toute l’année, bien que les vents plus forts entre Mai et Octobre peuvent offrir des conditions plus intéressantes pour certains, tandis que ceux qui recherchent une croisière paisible de la plage de la plage pourraient préférer conditions entre Avril et Octobre. Si le côté compétitif des choses est d’intérêt pour vous, alors vous devriez savoir que la Seychelles Sailing Cup a lieu en Janvier, le Beau Vallon Regatta en Octobre et le Concours international de pêche en Novembre.

Compte tenu de l’année des Seychelles rond beau temps, la meilleure réponse est le plus tôt possible! Réservez ce billet maintenant!

Top 10 places to visit in Seychelles.

The Republic of Seychelles comprises of 115 islands known as an archipelago with an estimated population of ninety thousands. It is well known for its beaches and lagoons attracting at least two hundred thousand yearly. In 2013,230,272 foreigners visited those islands out of which more than ninety percent came for vacation purposes only. So if you are planning for a holiday in the Seychelles, here is a list of the top places you might want to check out in the group of islands.

1.Port Victoria

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The Port Victoria is the capital of the main and largest island of Seychelles, the Mahé Island. It is named after the queen of England and is the heart of the Seychelles’ tourist industry. You will find a botanical garden which is almost a hundred year old. With fifteen acres of native and exotic plants, bats and giant tortoises, it is the ideal place for nature lovers.

Port Victoria also has a clock tower, a small version of the Big Ben found in England. The little Ben was build in 1903 and is the most well-known and noticeable historical monument there. Furthermore the Mahé Island holds many hotels, making it easy for visitors to find comfortable accommodation during their small journey in the granite land.

Looking for a hotel in Mahé island ?Check out Le jardin des Palmes 

2.Anse intendance

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Anse Intendance which is also found in the Mahé Island has one of most gorgeous beaches among the 115 islands. It is an ideal place for surfing thanks to the strong winds there causing frequent big waves. However, due to the lack of protective coral reefs and the southeast trade wind, we would not advise one to go bathing there. On the other hand, one can sunbath and shoot beautiful pictures with the palm framed landscape.

 

Are you coming to Mauritius? Check out the Mauritius Activities you can try there!

3.Beau Vallon

Beau Vallon beach

Beau Vallon,located on the northwest coast of Mahé, has everything that tourists whom seaside is far from reach in their natives’ countries may want. The sea is usually calm making it the perfect place for swimming. You will also find a range of water sports on offer namely jet skies,water skiing and underwater walking. It is also very safe for families with children thanks to the calm sea and lifeguards that circulate around the borders of the beaches.

4.Vallée de Mai National Park

Valle de Mai National Park

The Vallée de Mai National Parkis a UNESCO world heritage site. The latter maintains a very old forest that includes approximately four thousands samples of the giant coco de mer fruit palm which is special to the Seychelles, Vanilla orchids, Palmists, Latanier, Splayed traveler’s palm and Chinese fans. Photographers and nature lovers will adore adventuring in this reserve. The valley is also home to many types of lizards and rare birds

5.Baie Lazare

Baie Lazarre lagoon

Baie Lazare, a beautiful village named after Lazare Picault who was a 18th century explorer. The latter was sent by the government to explore the islands. The primary tourist attraction in the rural area is the neo-Gothic Baie Lazare church which gives a wide view of the area. Numerous hotels have settled around the border of the beaches. A day at those hotels would provide one with striking azure water and dazzling white sand views.

Note: Check out Wharf hotel in Mahé island!

6.Morne Seychellois National Park

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Morne Seychellois National Park is the largest national park in the Seychelles. It occupies more than twenty percent of the Mahé Island with mountainous borders. Morne Seychellois is the highest mountain there, reaching 905 meters high. If you would like a good view of Port Victoria, you might want to climb this high point of land. It will also offer a gorgeous view of the southwest coast of Mahé. Green activists will get to do hiking trails and admire the tea plantations there.

7. Cousin Island

Cousine island beach in Seychelles

Cousin Island was established in 1968. It is a nature reserve protected by the Seychelles law and hosts mainly the Seychelles Warble and hawksbill turtle. Different types of animals can be found there namely the Seychelles magpie robin, the Seychelles brush warbler, the Seychelles turtledove and the Wedge tailed shearwater. The reserve holds breeding grounds for the lesser noddies, fairy kerns and tropic birds. The island is accessible to visitors every morning from Monday to Friday but is closed on weekends and public holidays.

8.Anse Lazio

Anse Lazio beach

Anse Lazio is found on the north shore of Praslin Island and is the place where you can get the best pictures of the beaches. Sided by rounded granite boulders, the fine small sands merges with the crystal clear waters in light shades of blue.It’s lagoon is protected by coral reefs and so offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities. Takamaka trees surrounds the beach, providing shades from the hot shinning sun for relaxing and eating after a good bath in the waters. There are also many restaurants on both ends of the beach, so no need to bring provisions of food or water.

Note: Check out lareserve.sc to book a hotel in Praslin.

9.Bird Island

Bird Island

Bird Island

The name itself says everything about the island. It harbors at least 1,500,000 black terns.  Bird lovers and passionate photographers will find the perfect opportunity to go to Bird Island from May to October which is the breeding season for these terns. Fairy and noddy terns, cardinals, ground doves, mynahs, crested terns, and plovers giant land tortoises are also inhabitants of the island.Visitors can have access to the Island in 30 minutes through a flight from Mah­é Island.

10.Silhouette Island

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Silhouette Island is reputed for its rich biodiversity. It has a mist forest and is the third largest granite island in Seychelles. It has a park which preserves more than 2000 species including birds, geckos, chameleons, turtles, and skinks.Visitors will also find caves to adventure and beaches with best swimming and snorkeling opportunities.

 
As you can see, the Seychelles is an ideal place for you to visit on your vacations. Fed up with the high buildings views and the polluted air in your country? Then book your ticket to visit the Seychelles now and do not forget to bring this list with you. Also, you might want to check out this article on the 5 best affordable hotels in the Seychelles if you are planning a trip in the archipelago.

 

 

Seychelles: Mahé’s Must-see Places

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

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Seychelles Turquoise water

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

 

Rent a Boat

 

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

 

Fishing in Seychelles: Mahé Island

 

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

Glass bottom boats on Mahé Island

 

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

 

Golf on Mahé island

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

 

Seychellois golf course

Seychellois golf course

Trails on Mahé

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

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

Water sports

 

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

 

Jardin Du Roi

 

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

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“Jardin Du Roi” Spice Garden in Mahe Seychelles

Museums on Mahé

 

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

 

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

 

The Seychelles National Heritage sites:

 

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

 

Seychelles National Culture

 

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

 

The Mahé’s Big Ben

 

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

Mahé’s Nature reserves

 

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

 

The Sanctuary of Roche Caiman

 

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

 

Mahé’s Tea factory

 

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

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

 

Best Mahé Beaches

 

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

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

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

4. Anse Major – worth a hike

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

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

7. Anse Royale – Pictureque scenery

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

Creole Restaurants

 

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

Seychelles’ main island: Mahé

115 islands of huge granitic rocks, pure white sand beaches and wonderful lagoons, characterise the Seychelles archipelago, it is hard to do better. In the Seychelles, the beach remains strongest argument but the interior land is not outdone. Beyond a generous nature, there is also a beautiful population, testimony of a harmonious blend. Tourism and tuna fishing are the main economic activities of the country but tourism is controlled to preserve the archipelago’s ecosystem. Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette, La Digue and 111 smaller islands delight travellers and tourists from all over the world.

Located in the northeast of the Indian Ocean, the whole Seychelles archipelago lies beyond the cyclone belt, making it an all-year round destination. On whichever island you decide to stay on, you will find warm crystal clear waters alongside some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Seychelles is a paradise for so many reasons and diving is one of them. The islands of the archipelago are partitioned by coral reefs, a wonderland for Scuba diving! No doubt, you are going to love the Seychelles and its main island, Mahé!

Mahé Island

Mahé-top-view

With its international airport, Mahé is a must check-point for tourist visiting the Seychelles. This mountainous island is the largest of the archipelago and is said to be a great starting point to visit the Seychelles. With its 70, 000 inhabitants, Mahé is also the most populated island, representing 9 Seychellois on 10. The island measures 27km long for 8 km wide and though it might be the most urbanised, Mahé offers no less than the other islands in terms of scenery and wild landscapes. In fact, Mahé has over 60 breath-taking beaches while lush greenery completes the inner part of the island. Mahé is home to the capital city, Victoria (said to be the smallest capital in the world) as well as the main administrations and commercial institutions of the Republic of the Seychelles. Here are the main attractions on Mahé:

Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market

To really get a feel of the Seychellois culture one has to visit this colourful market of Victoria. Built in 1840, this market is the magnet of the capital Victoria and certainly the best place to buy fresh fruit, fish, spices and original Seychellois souvenirs. You will have all the time to visit the best beaches of the island, first soak yourself up in the pleasant Seychellois culture. You will discover the atmosphere of an exotic market, outlandish colours and most probably you will be seduced by the enchanting scent of spices of the local cuisine. Unlike in other places of the world, no trader will ever swindle you, prices are always displayed and be sure to have some change of Seychellois Rupees (local currency)

Anse Intendance Beach

Anse Intendance and its half-mile arc shaped milky white sand beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Mahé and the Seychelles. Enclosed by a lush forest and a turquoise lagoon, the beach of Anse Intendance offers a vibrant and colorful scenery to its visitors. With its surging rolls of waves this beach is famous for surfing and is also a delight for advanced swimmers. There is no coral reef and the waves are much higher than other Seychelles beaches, the ideal place to perform leisure water activities and sports.

Beau Vallon Beach

The bay of Beau Vallon is located on the north western coast of Mahé and is the most appreciated beach by tourists and locals alike. The beach of Beau Vallon spreads over 3.5 km long, lined with white sand, crystal clear water and Takamakas trees. Bounded by a beautiful coral reef, this beach is a very safe swimming area, no strong currents and therefore safe for children also. The beach of Beau Vallon is the only beach in Seychelles where motorized water sports is allowed, this probably explains the beach’s popularity. The beach never lacks entertainment, beach restaurants, diving spots, touristic bars, it has everything for the well-being of the visitor. Don’t forget to bring your camera as this beach gives an astonishing view over the islands of Silhouette and North Island.

Port Launay

This breathtaking beach is located on the northwest coast of Mahe. The beach is part of a national marine park and is accessible by Port Glaud. The beach is reputed for snorkeling and scuba diving, and swimming because of its warm waters. For amateurs of diving, this beach is a must-visit, you will discover a wide variety of colorful fish and natural coral sights. It is important to note that, it is strictly forbidden to collect corals and shells along the shore, as the beach is a National Park property.

Anse Takamaka

The exceptional beach of Anse Takamaka is located in the complete south of Mahé and just for the view it offers, this beach is well-worth a visit! The beach is one of the most famous because it is one of the longest in Seychelles and is revered for its pure white sand beach and sparkles of turquoise water. As indicated there, swimming is not advised, with its big waves and rocks, this beach has retained its natural and wild facets. Though you could have a bath close to the shore, this beach is better suited for surfing.

Tips for visiting Mahé

If you want to really enjoy your stay on Mahé, the best way to discover it is by hiring a car. Car rental companies are easy to find on Mahé, and their prices are very competitive, this can cut down your travel cost by half (compared to taxi travelling). A coastal road allows you to do almost a full circle, through the coastal roads while discovering some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.