Seychelles is a wonderful tourist spot with natural islands, a seaside destination which attracts a lot of tourists each year. The islands are made of granite or coral and situated in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. Mother Nature has been incredibly generous to the Seychelles for it is considered to be a fabled paradise. There is a lot of reasons for you to visit the ”Jardin d’Eden” as it is called by many travelers. So, let’s explore these islands.
Discovery of the Eden Garden
What makes the beauty of Seychelles is not only its pittoresque postal card scenery but also the culture and unique features of the island. The inhabitants, very welcoming, live together in harmony despite their cultural differences.
The colorful harmony and culture of Seychelles
The Seychelles is a colourful blend of people with different races, cultures and religions. Throughout its history, people from Africa, Europe and Asia have come to live in the Seychelles. They brought along their distinct traditions and customs which has contributed to their way of life and to the vibrant Seychellois culture. These influences can be easily seen at work throughout the local art, their music, and the traditional seychellois dance, the “moutia”.
The Seychelles islands are known mainly for their beaches which have turquoise warm waters, golden beaches framed by tall palm trees. However besides the beaches ,another great feature that most visitors that visit these islands fall in love with is the Seychelles food. From freshly caught fish, to locally grown fruits and spicy curries, there is something for each and everyone’s taste.
CUISINE OF SEYCHELLES
The Grilled Fish is the most popular dish of the Seychelles, as the island is home to a countless number of tropical fish species. They will be sold to you by local fishermen either from the market in Victoria, or by the side of the road, fresh from the boat.
The Octopus Curry is also among the favourite dishes of both local people and tourists. The Shark Chutney which is made with mashed shark meat. Normally, it is cooked by boiling and mashing the shark meat first then mixing it with Bilimbi (a local fruit), lime, onion, and turmeric.
Sausage Rougay is a sausage-based dish cooked in a rich tomato and onion sauce, featured with garlic, ginger and chilli. You may taste the Traditional “Satini” a sort of salad, consisting of finely grated ingredients. Commonly made with either unripe fruits, such as papaya or golden apple, and mixed with spices. Onions and chili can also be added to the Satini.
The Fresh Fruits are not to be forgotten as they come cheap and are abundantly available. As being a tropical paradise, Seychelles is blessed with oodles of fresh fruits. All types of fresh fruits can be found, including mango, papaya, avocado, banana, starfruit, coconut, limes and grapefruit, among many others.
For beverages enthusiasts, you will be happy to taste their local alcoholic beverages especially the locally brewed beer called SeyBrew beer, which can be found throughout the island.
Buka, a basically home-brewed rum is made with sugarcane. Kaloua, on the other hand, is fermented wine made with the inflorescence of coconut trees and has a sweet and tart taste. These are two most famous local fermented alcohols.
Beaches of Seychelles
The Seychelles Islands are well known for their pristine beaches with turquoise water and powdered-like golden beaches. Its tropical climate will help you to unwind as the beaches are never very crowded. Globally famous is the Anse Lazio beach on Praslin island, which is known for its crystal-clear blue waters and native takamaka trees. Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue are the biggest and the easiest accessible islands – Mahé – is the most popular amongst tourists.
MAHE ISLAND BEACHES
Let us start with Anse Intendance found on Mahé. This beach is not for everyone as at certain times of year, the waves are very strong and there can be strong currents too. If you feel confident and you know what you are doing you may actually swim there if the conditions are safe.
Petite Anse, still on Mahé, is found on the south west coast of the island, and considered to be a hidden gem. The Four Seasons has now been built in this bay, you can enjoy a drink or snacks and comtemplate the calm waters as the views are breathtaking. Anse Louis, another beach on Mahé, an epic one, with a luxury resort sitting on it.The hillside made of granite is above the beach and dotted with the luxury chalets and infinity pools that form the MAIA Luxury resort.
Anse Major is a a bit challenging to get to, found on
the north west coast of the island, no road leads to Anse Major so you have to park and hike which takes between half an hour and an hour depending on the paste you are walking. You may take a boat taxi to and/or from Anse Major, making it more accessible. Anse Major is a well known spot so like many beaches and do expect it to be busier on the weekends when people aren’t at work!
Now, we’ll move to Praslin, which has its share of beautiful beaches too. Anse Georgette is one among them. This beach can be reached within a 30 minutes walk through a rather pleasant undeveloped jungle. Anse Lazio is broadly regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles and in the world. Anse Lazio often features among the world best beaches. Being a relatively large beach, rest assured that there will be room for everyone. It is also a very shady spot. A long stretch of gorgeous white sand, turquoise water, with granitic outcrops at each end. Anze Lazio is found in the the north east end of Praslin.
LA DIGUE BEACHES
Grand Anse is found on La Digue, a small island that packs a punch when it comes to beaches! The most popular beach for swimming on the island with a stunning wide stretch. It is also suitable for a surf break so you might see people catching a wave or two. Anse Cocos is a true aficionado beach but is definitely not the easiest beach to get to on La Digue. You have to go through either Grand Anse or Anse Fourmis which takes about 15 to 30 minutes, then you have to hike for a further 30 – 50 minutes.
As it requires a lot of effort, most people are reluctant to get there and you might get the beach to yourself or get to share it with some other brave souls. It is definitely a beach that is worth the effort with gorgeous scenery, white sands, rock formations, and generally calm waters.
To end our list of the best beaches in the Seychelles, let us discover Anse Source D’Argent. So enchanting that multiple commercials have been filmed over there. What makes it so unique is largely the incredible rock formations there. The actions of rain and sea water have contributed to sculpt the granitic outcrops on this beach dotted with palm and other trees, making a gorgeous setting. As Anse Source D’Argent is protected by a reef, the remarkably calm and shallow waters can be considered as bonus features of this beach. Due to its popularity it is fairly crowded but if you want to come during a peaceful time, you may go early in the morning, before the crowds show up.
Hotels and Villas recommended in Seychelles
The Seychelles has no dearth of accommodation options. On Mahé you can spend your holidays in Villa Kordia, is a nice self catering property located at Pointe Au Sel, it is ten minutes away from the airport and fifty metres from the first nearby beach. The owners can help you hire a car, they also offer the option to arrange meals, a fantastic way to access the local Seychellois cuisine.
If you are looking for a hotel in Praslin in Seychelles, the Palm Beach Hotel will welcome you right on the beach, promising astonishing sunset views. It is about half an hour drive away from Anse Lazio, and around ten to fifteen minutes away from where you would park for Anse Georgette beach.
If you are looking for a luxury retreat,you might consider the Four Seasons on Mahé, located on Petite Anse. On Praslin the Raffles Hotel, is to be considered with its own beach, and just a ten minute drive away from Anse Lazio. They are amazing properties and the staff are friendly at both places an a warm welcome is ensured.
Eventually, you may consider either Domaine de L’Orangerie, or Le Nautique as accommodations in Seychelles, La Digue.
For accommodation in Seychelles, you may visit the site Domaine de La Reserve for further information.
Seychelles is a marvelous piece of paradise that has many assets to convince to spend your holidays there. Whether it is the food, the beaches or the accommodations, you will be pleased and will not regret your travel in Seychelles. However, we will recommend you to plan your stay in Seychelles so as you don’t miss anything but also to make everything fit into your budget. You should plan your stay in Seychelles and the places you want to visit first.
Hoping you nothing than to spend wonderful holidays in Seychelles.