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Are you curious, traveling friend? We propose to give you a brief on the Seychelles, before going there. It’s the cultural minute! For your info, the Seychelles is a chain of 115 islands. The main islands are Mahé, La Digue and Praslin. We’ll talk about the 3, do not worry

It should be known that the Seychellois are not hyper numerous, barely 100,000 inhabitants, the majority on Mahé. By the way, did you know that the island is named after the governor of Isle de France (now Mauritius) of the time (18th century)? Bertrand-François Mahé from La Bourdonnais. It is now an independent state.

Here you see, with some information, it always does!

Getting There

We will talk about what we know and we tested: Air Seychelles! Hyper practical night flights, live, from Paris. Like, that, you arrive in the morning, almost fresh and ready to start your day. And we do not know about you, but long flights are better at night, right?

Good service on board, news movies on offer, friendly staff, in short, that’s good. We could even test the business after an upgrade, and there, too, nothing to complain about. Staff navigating the care, you can sleep fully lying down, alcohol at will, and good meals.

In short, it is a faultless. Ideal to start your stay in Seychelles on the island of Mahe.

What do we do on the spot?

You’re happy, you’ve arrived on Mahé, but you do not know what to do. No worries, we take care of you.

Visit of Victoria, the capital

We suggest you start at the beginning, namely, discover the small capital of Mahé, Victoria. So, of course, there is the reproduction of Big Ben in the middle of a crossroads or the botanical garden that you can go to … But we, what we propose to you, is rather to dive into the atmosphere of the city . And for that, only one solution, you queues at the local market! The best is Saturday morning, it is at this time that it is the most animated. Avoid going by car, there is not much parking!

Market that attracts a lot of people. Well, we hope that fish smells do not bother you because there are a lot of fishmongers who come to sell their fishing. Must say that tuna is a bit of Mahé’s specialty. Do not worry, you also have vendors of fruits and vegetables, souvenirs, etc.

Also know that right next to the market is a beautiful Hindu temple that you can visit by taking off your shoes before entering.

 

The King’s garden

So, here we are very excited about the concept. You freely visit a garden that includes dozens, see hundreds of species of trees, spices, plants, etc … Old spice garden dating from the 18th century, which is 100 hectares. Besides, you will probably be received by the owner of the place, who is no longer very young. All with a magnificent view of Anse Royale.

While we found the visit a bit rough (we must try to follow the numbers in order), but in the end, we learn a lot of things. How nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon grow, and so on. It’s up to you to recognize everything.

There are even some turtles and beautiful birds that come to feast in the flowering trees. In short, a great way to get to know the island of Mahé and its lush vegetation.

 

Takamaka Rumery

Before or after visiting the King’s Garden, not too far from there, you’ll come across the Takamaka Rum. Did you know that the Seychelles had their own rum? We, no.

So, it’s a good surprise! The free visit is free. Otherwise, you have paid guided tours at 11:30 and 13:30, and a tasting. You can also eat there, there is a restaurant.

 

Labrim Bazaar

So, it’s a bit like the Victoria market. You go on Wednesday evening on the beach of Beau Vallon to immerse yourself in the Seychellois atmosphere. On the program: souvenir stands, but above all, street-food stalls and drums concert atmosphere by the fire. There’s something for everyone … And above all, it’s really cheap!

 

Cooking class and street-food

Moreover, as we are always on the subject of food, we will go a little deeper. Your choice can be focused on a Creole cooking class. On the program: smoked fish salad, octopus curry, Creole fish and sweet potato stew (it’s the dessert).

It’s fun to do, and when you get home, you can make good rum cocktails followed by a typical Creole meal for your friends. You will be the star of the evening!

That’s for the side a little pro. The specialty of Seychelles, and that will allow you to save money, is street food and take-away. You will find booths everywhere, either in the form of vans, or at the beach, in the form of barbecues. Ideal for eating well, local dishes and fresh, cheap.

Basically, you eat well for 5 to 7 € per person. And for dessert, good fruits, with fresh coconut water. This what holidays are about.

 

Some Key Places to visit

Mission Lodge: it is a beautiful view of the island of Mahé, but also a historic place. An old school that took care of children freed from slavery to teach them.

Tea factory: there are some tea plantations on the island, and a packing plant.

Eden Island: artificial island which houses luxury villas and some shops.

Treasure of the pirate The Hawk: we will give you some information on the subject. On the other hand, if you find something, we take 50%. Thank you very much. It seems that the pirate Olivier Levasseur would have stashed his treasure around Treasure Cove.

 

The beaches

We kept you the best for the end: the discovery of the beaches of Mahé. That it is a bit of Seychelles’ specialty.

Anse Major Beach: you have to go to the end of the road that leads to the trail to access this beach. About 1h30 walk. But just before, accessible by car, there is a magnificent view of the granitic rocks.

Beau Vallon Beach: surely the most popular and lively beach on the island of Mahé. Perfect for swimming, sunbathing, jet-skiing, parasailing, etc … Numerous street-food stalls, every day, along the beach. And above all, the sunsets to fall!

Anse Royale Beach: an immense beach, one of the most popular in Mahé. The water is calm, perfect for swimming because protected by the barrier reef offshore. From June to September, it is ideal for kite-surfing!

Baie Lazare Beach: This is the beach of the Kempiski Hotel. It is accessible free of charge. It is especially recommended to eat there for lunch, feet in the sand at the restaurant of the hotel.

Petite Anse Beach: This is the beach of the Four Seasons Hotel. However, it is accessible to the public, and you can even eat or just have a drink at the bar in the evening, at sunset.

Anse Louis beach: it is the beach of Maia Resort, accessible by road without problem. Be careful, deep sea and strong waves in windy conditions. Perfect for surfing so. If you want to take for Brice de Nice, now is the time. When the sea is calm, good spot of snorkeling.

Grand Anse Beach: very large white sand beach, along the road, with the mountains in the background. Watch out for swimming, no reef to protect the beach and a lot of depth.

Port Glaud beach: beach often deserted, a real postcard decor. Possibility to access the island at low tide.

Anse l’Islette beach: on the way to Port Launay, you will come across Anse l’Islette, recognizable by the island in the bay. The water is just beautiful in the area.

Port Launay beach: busy beach, offering many water activities. Calm and shallow water. Easily accessible by car. As a bonus, there is a swing, for older children.

 

We hope you have had a glimpse of what Mahe is all about! Have fun in the Seychelles!

From Mahé to Praslin via La Digue and all the other islands in the region, discover our favorites in terms of visits to museums or monuments, jungle excursions or lazy outings to pretty secret coves. White sand beach, nature or culture, you will be spoiled for choice for your trip to Seychelles!

Composed of 115 islands and islets with their own identity, the archipelago is known for its idyllic bays, nature reserves, abundant tropical vegetation and varied wildlife. Going on an excursion to observe the animals of the islands, you will come across turtles, bats (the Rousette, a bat threatened,) birds and many tropical fish. Each island is worth a visit, although travelers often share their time between Mahé, La Digue and Praslin. But no matter where you go, there is a wealth of things to see in the Seychelles, from the most remote areas to quaint villages to heavenly beaches. The Seychelles, with its diverse and varied landscapes, is famous for its beautiful beaches framed by granite rocks, coconut palms and crystal clear turquoise water. There are pretty Creole houses, numerous artists’ galleries, historical monuments, marine parks and nature reserves.

MAHÉ ISLAND

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Largest island of the archipelago, Mahé is a concentrate of nature and culture. Hiking on the highest point of the archipelago to reach a breathtaking panorama, lazing and swimming on one of the 70 beaches of the island, cultural tour of the Baie Lazare … By lodging the shores of Mahé, you can enjoy its most beautiful beaches like the white sand beach of Beau Vallon or that of Anse Royale. Its coastline idyllic landscape lends itself to relaxation or snorkeling (snorkeling) or scuba diving and also makes for beautiful catamaran rides. A day tour should allow you to explore the south of the island or discover the marine park of St. Anne which includes the islands of St. Anne, Long, Medium, Round and Deer Island.

The opportunities to go out are not lacking. Follow us to the beach of Petite Anse, enjoy a breath of fresh air at Morne Seychellois then go stroll on the Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke market in Victoria … Guaranteed immersion on the main island of Seychelles.

PRASLIN ISLAND

The second biggest island of the archipelago has nothing to envy to its neighbors with regard to its possibilities of visits and excursions. The island of Praslin, known for its dream beaches, is a paradise of idleness. Discover its most beautiful beaches and its most famous diving spots. On the nature side, you can go to the nature reserve of the Valley of May and meet a lot of wild animals. Between the Cove of Lazio, Kerlan and Georgette, the visit of Curieuse Island, scuba diving to explore the seabed, there is much to discover in Praslin.

Among the things to see in Praslin, do not forget the countless cultural visits that we share with you and that will allow you to learn more about the history of the archipelago. The Praslin Museum and Rita’s Art Studio & Gallery are just a few examples.

THE ISLAND OF LA DIGUE

With its beautiful sandy beaches, hiking and biking trails and its tranquil and authentic atmosphere, La Digue is one of our favorites. Walks in oxcart to discover the translucent waters of Anse Source d’Argent passing of course by meeting with the giant tortoises and the visit of the estate of the Union and its pretty colonial house, the possibilities of excursions and visits are not lacking. Take inspiration from our good ideas to build your future stay in La Digue!

OTHER ISLANDS OF SEYCHELLES

You know us, we love discovering off the beaten track. So follow us and go together to discover the unknown islands of Seychelles.

The pristine and intact natural settings of Denis, the luxuriant vegetation of Silhouette, the turquoise blue lagoon of Fregate … The small islands of the archipelago make it possible to leave the hordes of tourists to discover a more intimate and hidden facet of the Seychelles.

Take a trip on Robinson Denis, discover the fauna and flora of the jungle Silhouette with a naturalist guide, visit the Sainte-Anne Marine National Park on Cerf Island … A maximum of inspiration to discover the Seychelles otherwise!

Happy Holidays in the Seychelles

Brief definition of geography:

It is the investigation of the physical characteristic of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human animation as it influences and is influenced by these, including the sharing of populations and resources and political and economic activities.

 

Location of the Seychelles

Map of the Seychelles

Maps of the Seychelles
Maps of the Seychelles

The Seychelles is an archipelago (a collection of islands) situated in the Indian Ocean.

It is found to the northeast of Madagascar while being 1600km to the east of Kenya.

Seychelles is located roughly between 4ºS and 10ºS and 46ºE and 54ºE.

The Seychelles include 155 tropical island which is broke into two parts:

The inner part of Seychelles

The Outer part of Seychelles

The population of the archipelago includes 90 000 people of which more than 80 000 lives in the principal island namely Mahe Island.

Inner Islands

Seychelles MapThe inner islands include 45 islands of the Seychelles which together make a total area of 247.2 km2. The inner islands cover a total of 54% of the total Seychelles area. However, more than 99% of the Seychelles population lives in the inner part of the Seychelles.

The three main islands of the Seychelles are found in the inner island. They are Mahé Island, Praslin Island and La Digue Island. Mahé is the principal island with its capital Port Victoria.

Some of the Inner Seychelles are:

Mahe from aboveMahé is the biggest island of the Seychelles and is also the most populated island of the Seychelles. It has many stunning beaches and historical sites. Visitors can also try the many activities in Seychelles which are available around the island’s coast such as scuba diving, kite surfing, sea kayaking and many more!

The coast of Mahé us filled with gorgeous beaches and lagoons ideal for swimming. The beaches are often tranquil while the best beaches are situated in the south and the north of the island. The south is also the most ideal and beautiful place for you to stay where tourists have full tie to discover and explore the island. Many holidays packages are available. You may stay on the east-north coast where you will find attractive coastline or the south for the best beaches.

 

Praslin

Praslin is another gorgeous island of the Seychelles and is the second biggest island of the Seychelles in terms of population which is around 6500 people. Its beaches are famous around the world among which are Anse Lazion and Anse Googette.

Several hotels in Praslin are available for you to consider. There are many interesting packages offered by the hotels throughout the year.

La Digue

Anse Marron La DigueThe 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 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 also offers a lot of activities for your Seychelles vacation.

 

Silhouette

Top view of silhouette island seychellesThe most important islands are only Mahe, Praslin, Silhouette and La Digue. The majority of the remaining islands is unpopulated and has no means for accommodation. Other famous inner islands of the Seychelles are Bird Island,Cerf Island, Cousine Island, Denis Island, Fregate Island, North Island, Round Island and Ste. Anne Island.

 

Seychelles Outer islands

The Outer Islands comprises of 5 batches of coralline islands namely:

The Amirante Islands

The Southern Coral Group which include the island Ile Platte and Coetivy Island.

The Alphonse Group which contain the Alphonse Atoll and St Francois Atoll.

The Farquhar Group having the Farquhar Atoll, St Pierre Island and Providence Atoll.

The Aldabra Group which consist of Astove Island and Cosmoledo Atoll.

 

The Outer Islands are about an area of 211.3 km2. This makes up of around 46% of the total Seychelles area. However they make less than 1% of the population of the republic of Seychelles.

The corallines islands are flat with up raised coral reefs at variant stages of formation. Those islands have no drinkable water (you will find only sea water) and individuals will find it very difficult to live there.

 

Climate of Seychelles

Weather Seychelles

Anse Intendance SeychellesThe Seychelles is the only archipelago where you will experience a gorgeous weather with clear blue sky, Sunny and warmth atmosphere nearly all year round.

Although quite humid, the Seychelles are blessed with calm and healthy climate which is rarely disturbed.

However as the islands are small they are subject to marine influences. The temperature may vary a little bit during the year. On Mahé, the temperature may range between 24 to 30 °C.

On the other hand, rainfall may vary from 2,900 mm to 3,600 mm yealy at Victoria.

July and August are the coolest months of the Seychelles. The temperature may drop to 24 °C at the utmost. The southeast trade winds puff systematically from May to November which is the most enjoyable time you can have in the Seychelles during the year

December to April are the hot months accompanied with higher humidity. The hottest months of the year are March and April. However, the temperature rarely overreaches 31 °C. High winds seldomly arise since the majority of the islands are located outside the cyclone belt.

 

Flora and Flauna of Seychelles

Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher
Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher

The Seychelles’ ecology was enhanced in the US$1.8 million project of the Global Environment Trust Fund of the World Bank which started in 1993. The World Bank research for this project declares that the islands is home to a sum of 1,170 flowering plants, 3 of mammals, 15 of birds,  30 of reptiles and amphibians, and many hundreds species of spiders, snails, insects, and other invertebrates” found only in the Seychelles.  The variant species in the islands is being evaluated by the Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles.

Moreover, the waters comprise of more than 1000 kinds of fish.

Seychelles est une destination touristique très fréquenté ! De milliers de gens du monde entière vienne passé des vacances dans cet archipel bourré d’iles tropicales paradisiaques ! Les Seychelles inclure 115 iles qui ensemble forme l’archipel du Seychelles.

Mahé, Praslin et La Digue sont les trois iles principales du Seychelles. Ces iles ci comptent la majorité de la population du Seychelles qui fait plus de 90 000 personne dont plus de 77000 vivent à Mahé, 7500 à Praslin et plus de 2800 habitent à La Digue (ces chiffres sont approximative).

Les Seychelles sont reconnues pour leurs magnifiques plages, lagons et climat qui sont une combinaison parfaite pour des vacances de rêves. Voici une guide pour profiter au maximum votre séjour aux Seychelles !

 

Mahé

Mahé est l’ile principale du Seychelles. Le capital de Mahé est Port Victoria. Celle-ci est l’endroit ou habite la majorité des Seychellois, contenant plus de 86% de la population de Mahé.

Port Victoria

mahe seychelles victoria
mahe seychelles victoria

Port Victoria dérive son nom de la reine Victoria, reine britannique du 1837 à 1901. Etant le seul port que possèdent les Seychelles, Port Victoria est l’une des attractions touristiques principale de l’archipel. Celle-ci inclure de nombreux sites où  vous devez aller faire un tour !  Voici une liste des attractions touristiques à Port Victoria :

 

 

 

Little Ben Mahé
Little Ben Mahé

Little Ben

Celui-ci est le portrait craché de la tour de l’horloge du Big Ben à Londres. Il a été construit en 1903 et fuir maintenant un site historique et une attraction touristique très fameux.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

Victoria botanical garden seychelles
Victoria botanical garden seychelles

Le jardin Botanique fait plus de 15 arpents de plants exotique et endémique au cœur du capital de Mahé.  Il a maintenant plus de 100 ans. Au départ, on l’avait instauré comme une expérimentation pour la cultivassions de plusieurs espèces de plantes. Aujourd’hui, c’est devenu un parc  où les amoureux de la nature peuvent y balader et en profiter.

 

 

market entrance Seychelles
market entrance Seychelles

Sir Selwyn Clarke

Sir Selwyn Clarke Market est le seul marché qui existent à Mahé. Vous pouvez donc vous attendent que tout les seychellois qui habitent à Mahé vont s’approvisionner à  Selwyn Clarke. Celui-ci porte le nom du gouverneur anglais qui le fit construire en 1869.

Selwyn Clarke est l’endroit idéal pour ceux qui sont intéressé de connaître un peu la culture Seychellois. Il est typique, remplit de couleurs avec une atmosphère agréable! Le marché est ouvert de lundi à samedi jusqu’à quatre heures de l’après-midi et ferme ses portes les dimanches.

 

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum du Seychelles inclure de nombreux expositions sur des sections de la zoologie, la botanique, l’anthropologie et la géologie ! Il contient aussi des objets qui sont lié à l’histoire intéressante du Seychelles.

 

 

Envolé vous pour les Seychelles avec Air Seychelles pour un prix pas chère. Découvrez les offres que vous propose Air Seychelles sur son site web. Vous n’allez pas être déçus ! Allez sur le site maintenant et choisissez l’offre qui vous convient le mieux.

Beau Vallon

Beau Vallon Seychelles
Beau Vallon Seychelles

Beau Vallon est la plage la plus populaire de l’ile Mahé et ce n’est pas pour rien ! Il se trouve à trois kilomètre du centre du capital. La baie de Beau Vallon inclure une magnifique plage de sables fins et un lagon clair remplit de corail multicolore le rendant idéale pour la plongée.

La plage de Beau Vallon fait plus de trois kilomètre.  Il y beaucoup d’activités qui sont ouverts par les hôtels dans les environs parmi lesquels sont le jet-ski, le ski nautique, la plongée en apnée ou en bouteilles, le parapente et beaucoup d’autres. Vous pouvez également faire des visites en bateaux.

 

Praslin

Plage de Côte d'Or Praslin

Praslin est la deuxième plus grande ile du Seychelles faisant 38 kilomètre carré. Il a une population de plus de 7500 personnes. Praslin se trouve à 44 kilomètre au nord-est de Mahé. Depuis Mahé, vous pouvez accéder à Praslin par le bateau ou l’avion. En mer, il vous prendra 45 minutes pour y arriver tandis qu’en volant, vous y parviendrez en 15 minutes !

Praslin possède de nombreuses attractions touristiques parmi lequel est se trouve Patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO.

 

Vallée de Mai

Le Vallée de Mai est une réserve qui est classé par l’UNESCO comme un patrimoine mondiale. Celui-ci renferme la plus grosse quantité de coco de mers, un plant endémique du Seychelles. La réserve inclure aussi plusieurs espèces d’oiseau rares comme le perroquet noir.

Vallée de Mai a été fondée en 1966 et fut inscrite au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité par l’UNESCO en 1983. Ce foret tropical renferme beaucoup d’espèce d’animaux et de plants qui sont hautement protégée par la Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF)

 

Vous vous préparez à des vacances aux Seychelles et cherche un hôtel pour se loger ? Le Domaine de la Reserve vous propose ses services de qualité à un prix exceptionnel ! Découvrez ces villas de rêves à quelques mètres de la plage et du lagon. Visitez le site web du Domaine de la Reserve pour plus d’info sur ce magnifique hôtel à Praslin.

 

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Anse Lazio

Anse Lazio est une plage sublime situé à l’ile Praslin. Ce dernier a été voté comme la meilleure plage des Seychelles par les utilisateurs de TripAdvisor. En effet, Anse Lazio est reconnue pour sa plage muni de sable très fin et son lagon d’eau limpide et turquoise, une combinaison parfaites que cherche la plupart des touristes qui voyage à une ile tropicale. Celui-ci est l’un des sites distingué ou les plongeurs peuvent souvent repérer des tortues de mer.

 

La Digue

La Digue est la troisième ile la plus peuplés du Seychelles. Elle est l’endroit idéal pour votre petite escapade avec votre partenaire. L’ile est entretenue par l’hôtel La Digue Lodge. Ce dernier a son propre centre de plongée ou vous pouvez apprendre la plongée à plusieurs niveaux ! Il a aussi un centre de spa, bref tous ce qu’il vous faut pour une expérience inoubliable aux Seychelles !

 

Comme vous pouvez le constater, le Seychelles est un véritable paradis sur terre. Pour la suite de l’article, nous vous avons faite une liste des meilleurs hôtels abordables aux Seychelles.  

Seychelles Carnival

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

Seychelles Carnival Participants

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

Why celebrate the Seychelles Carnival?

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

Grand gathering of different cultures in Seychelles Carnival

Seychelles Carnival: Culture blending

Where is the Seychelles Carnival held?

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

Capital city of Seychelles: Victoria

The Seychelles carnival’s schedule

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

Carnival: 1st day

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

Seychelles Tourism Minister, Mr Alain St Ange

Carnival: 2nd day

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

Seychelles Carnival parade

Seychelles Carnival

Seychelles Carnival participant

Carnival: 3rd day

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

Seychelles-Carnival

International participants

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

Parade in Seychelles Carnival

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

Seychelles Carnival of Carnivals

Masai warriors in Seychelles Carnival

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

Supporters of Seychelles Carnival

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

Air Seychelles

Accommodations

 

The Wharf Hotel & Marina

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

The Wharf Hotel in Seychelles

Le Jardin des Palmes

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

Le Jardin des Palmes Seychelles
Le Jardin des Palmes Seychelles

A Foodie Carnival

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

Seychelles CreoleFood

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

Top things to do in Mahé

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

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

 

the seychelles

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

The Top Beaches

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

1. Anse Source d’Argent

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

2. Anse Lazio

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

3. Anse Georgette

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

4. Petite Anse

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

5. Anse Intendance

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

6. Anse Major

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

Carnaval Seychelles

 

Les Seychelles en bref

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

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

Le Carnaval International des Seychelles

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

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

Carnaval 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Où loger dans les Seychelles?

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

LA DIGUE ISLAND LODGE – La Digue

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

DOMAINE DE LA RESERVE – Praslin

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

QUARTIER SEYCHELLES – Mahe

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

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

A suivre…

must know seychelles

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

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!

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!

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.

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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.

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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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