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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!

Les Seychelles ont longtemps été une destination de choix pour les explorateurs et aventuriers – dans les années suivant sa découverte, au 17ème siècle, les îles ont été utilisées comme un repaire pour les pirates, et colonisés par la suite par les deux armées françaises et britanniques.

Devenu depuis une nation indépendante, aujourd’hui les Seychelles proposent un autre type d’aventure, rempli d’action, de faune et de découverte.

Le meilleur moment pour visiter les Seychelles

Les Seychelles qui jouissent d’un climat équatorial chaud tout au long de l’année. Avril, Mai, Octobre et Novembre sont les meilleurs mois pour visiter, comme le temps est chaud et sec, tandis que la mer est assez calme pour des activités tels que la voile et la plongée. Renseignez-vous pour savoir s’il y a des tempêtes dans les parages avant votre départ. Vous ne voudrez surtout pas passer vos vacances à l’intérieur !

Culture & Langue

Les Seychellois sont de nature très décontracte et ont attitude particulièrement détendu! Le train de vie quotidien est divise par cent comparé aux villes européennes.

La musique et la nourriture sont aussi diverses qu’est le peuple. Un nombre de nationalités différentes et d’horizons diverses  créent une identité distincte unique des Seychelles.

La langue nationale est le créole, à base française, bien que le française et l’anglais soient aussi largement parlées.

Les îles principales

Les Seychelles se composent de 115 petites îles, dont la plupart sont inhabitées. Les îles intérieure, qui contiennent la plupart des nombreuses communautés du pays, sont réparties sur quatre îles principales: Mahé, Praslin, La Digue et Silhouette.

MAHE

Mahé est la plus grande île des Seychelles, accueillant près de quatre-vingt-dix pourcent de la population de l’archipel.  C’est aussi sur l’île de Mahé que se trouve la capitale, Victoria, où se trouve la plupart des restaurants et des attractions culturelles, ainsi que la vie nocturne de la région.

Victoria-Mahé
Victoria-Mahé

Le Parc national du Morne Seychellois, une grande zone naturelle protégée, offre aux amoureux de la nature un certain nombre de pics et de sentiers à explorer, alors que les installations à travers l’île en font le point de départ essentiel pour votre aventure Seychellois.

Marché Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke

Pour vraiment avoir une idée de la culture seychelloise il faut visiter ce marché coloré de Victoria. Construit en 1840, ce marché est l’aimant de la capitale Victoria et certainement le meilleur endroit pour acheter des fruits frais, du poisson, des épices et des souvenirs originaux seychellois. Vous aurez tout le temps de visiter les plus belles plages de l’île, d’abord vous tremper dans la culture seychelloise agréable. Vous pourrez découvrir l’ambiance d’un marché exotique aux couleurs bizarres et plus que probablement vous seront séduits par l’odeur envoûtante des épices de la cuisine locale.

Marché Sir Selwyn Clarke - Victoria, Seychelles
Marché Sir Selwyn Clarke – Victoria, Seychelles

La Baie de Beau Vallon

 La baie de Beau Vallon est situé sur la côte nord-ouest de Mahé et est la plage la plus appréciée par les touristes et les habitants. La plage de Beau Vallon se répand sur plus de 3,5 km de long, bordée de sable blanc, d’eaux cristallines et arbres de takamakas. Délimitée par un beau récif de corail, cette plage est une zone de baignade très sûr, sans courants forts et donc sans danger pour les enfants. La plage de Beau Vallon est la seule plage aux Seychelles où les sports nautiques motorisés sont autorisés, ce qui explique sans doute la popularité de la plage. La plage ne manque jamais de divertissements, de restaurants de plage, des spots de plongée et de bars touristiques, il a tout pour le bien-être du visiteur. N’oubliez surtout pas d’apporter votre appareil photo comme cette plage offre une vue étonnante sur les îles de Silhouette et l’Ile du Nord.

PRASLIN

La deuxième plus grande île, Praslin, vante une nature endémique et protégée, ainsi que d de fantastiques zones de plongée et de belles plages. L’île est réputée pour ses paysages, et a été décrite comme étant “le véritable Jardin d’Eden”, le rendant idéal pour les amoureux de la nature et les explorateurs. La plus grande zone de conservation s’y trouvant est la célèbre Vallée de Mai, abritant plusieurs oiseaux et espèces endémiques.

Vallée de Mai

La Réserve naturelle de la vallée de Mai est une forêt de 20 hectares presque dépourvue de toute activité humaine et conservé dans son état d’origine. Vous irez à la découverte d’un lieu magique, une forêt primaire composée principalement de palmiers endémiques de l’archipel des Seychelles, dont certains présents depuis les âges préhistoriques.

Vallée de Mai- Praslin, Seychelles
Vallée de Mai- Praslin, Seychelles

Parmi les centaines d’espèces de plantes qui poussent dans la réserve Vallée de Mai Nature, la Coco De Mer (également connu sous le nom de Coco Fesses en raison de sa forme très suggestive) est certainement le plus étonnant de tous. Ce palmier rare est endémique des Seychelles et ne pousse que sur l’île de Praslin et Curieuse. Cet arbre géant peut atteindre plus de 30 mètres et sa semence demeure le plus grand dans le monde. L’arbre peut vivre des centaines d’années peu prendre au moins 20 ans à fleurir et produire des fruits.

Anse Lazio

Beaucoup de gens pensent qu’Anse Lazio est l’une des plus belles plages aux Seychelles et la plus belle de Praslin. Des sites comme Lonely Planet et d’autres magazines de voyage majeurs mettent Anse Lazio parmi les plus belles plages du monde. Presque chaque année, Anse Lazio est dans le top 10 des meilleures plages.

LA DIGUE

Comparées aux autres îles, les activités organisées sont moindres La Digue. Vous pouvez néanmoins vous attendre est une grand communauté cycliste ; les transports en commun étant introuvable sur l’île. Les paysages de La digue absolument magnifique à découvrir. Ses plages de sable rose et sa riche forêt naturelle font d’une balade à cheval autour de l’île un must absolu pour les vacanciers. L’île possède aussi l’un des plus merveilleux hôtels de tout l’archipel- L’Hôtel La Digue.

La Digue- Charrette à boeufs
La Digue- Charrette à boeufs

SILHOUETTE

Silhouette possède l’une des plus petites communautés, avec moins de 200 habitants permanents. Silhouette est un exemple parfait de la conservation de la faune et de la flore. Les voyageurs,  fascinés y reviennent très souvent pour explorer les côtes et les forêts protégées. L’île n’a pas de routes pour les voitures, et les seuls moyens de transports sont le vélo, le cheval et le traditionnel char à bœuf. Il y a plus de 2000 espèces uniques à l’île, ce qui en fait l’une des zones les plus biologiquement diversifiés sur le continent.

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

Seychelles Turquoise water
Seychelles Turquoise water

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

Rent a Boat

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

Fishing in Seychelles: Mahé Island

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

Glass bottom boats on Mahé Island

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

Golf on Mahé island

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

Seychellois golf course
Seychellois golf course

Trails on Mahé

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

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

Water sports

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

Jardin Du Roi

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

"Jardin Du Roi" Spice Garden Seychelles
“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.