November 2018


Sublime Seychelles
November 2018




Anse Source d’Argent is one of the world’s most popular beaches with its clear waters and granite boulders set on a scenic route

There's more to the Seychelles than cerulean skies, topaz waters and a soft sea breeze from the Indian Ocean. Boasting some of the best beaches in the world, the Seychelles comprises 115 islands out of which you are bound to spend most of your stay at the main islands, Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.


Words: Jan D'Sa


Inter-city ferries, fast boats and even internal flights have made it easy for visitors to experience the depth of this country's hospitality, history and traditional Creole cuisine. Apart from watersport excursions such as windsurfing, sailing and snorkelling, sign up for at least a week packed with fun, nature and Seychelles dreams.


The streets of Victoria

You could easily spend a few hours in Victoria, the country's capital. First stop is the Clock Tower brought to the country from England in 1903. Next on the list is visiting art galleries and enjoy Seychellois paintings. Then catch a glimpse of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception as well as the country's only Hindu temple, the Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple, before heading out to other islands.


Vallee de Mai National Park, Praslin

This UNESCO World Heritage site encompassing 45-acres is thought to be the original Garden of Eden. Its lush tropical forest harbours the endangered black parrot and Coco de Mer. Be prepared to weigh in a palm seed which could be as heavy as 18kg!


Giant tortoise watching at Aldabra Atoll

Your trip to Aldabra Atoll, another UNESCO World Heritage site, needs to be booked in advance. Once on the atoll, you will come up close to one of the world's longest living animals - the giant tortoise. These 600-pound animals tend to roam freely on the island and some of them could easily be 200 years old.


Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, Mahe'

When it's time to shop, your first port-of-call on Mahé will be the Victoria market. Built in 1840, it continues to be the epicentre of trade where vendors sell fish and seafood, indigenous fruits such as papayas and mangoes. Colours of the stalls heaped with souvenirs amplify the day-to-day activity while the air is tinged with fiery aromas of barracuda sizzling on hot coals.


Cycling around La Digue

Escape to the sleepy island of the La Digue where cars are used rarely. The best way to get round is on bike that can be hired once you reach the charming island. Explore Creole history at the L'Union Estate in which the resting place of the original settlers is located, followed by a trip to the copra mill where dried coconuts are pressed for oil.


You can then cycle to Anse Source d'Argent, one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Marvel at its unique granite rock formations fashioned by the winds and rains over the centuries. Immerse in the beauty of the island vibe, which has a unique environment on its own.


Seychelles Craft Village, Mahe'

Before entering the workshops of the authentic Seychellois crafts, visit the architecture of the Grann Kaz Plantation House that was once a colonial home. Dating back to the 1870, it is now a museum and serves as a witness to Creole living of an era gone by.


Then, spend sometime as Seychellois beautifully craft their items. From coconut-carved sculptures to handmade wooden sailboats, from paintings and jewellery to batik clothing, the products that are created at the Seychelles Craft Village make perfect souvenirs.

Those who prefer dining at the beach can do so in Praslin. Tuck your feet in the soft sand right at the waters edge as you lunch your way through exquisite seafood dishes while taking in the expansive view of Anse Lazio.


Creole cuisine cravings

There is a Creole saying that goes, "If you have eaten breadfruit in Seychelles, you are guaranteed to return to the islands!" Creole or Seychellois cuisine gleans delectable inspiration from Indian, Chinese and French cultures, all melded together into harmonious dishes.


Fish stuffed with garlic, ginger and chilli paste are grilled over hot coals and a mound of coconut husks. Served with a bowl of steamed rice, lentils and tangy curry that is spiked with chillies, curry leaves and freshly prepared coconut cream, it will leave you content. Or you can challenge your taste buds with the octopus dish laced in a coconut milk curry, or even better, the fruit bat curry. Sweet tooth pangs are graciously satiated with Ladob, a dessert made from bananas or breadfruit and steeped in fresh coconut cream, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.


Where to eat

There is something about dining at a restaurant that dates back to 1800s. Victoria offers the best traditional Creole delicacies while you enjoy the surroundings and the architecture. Those who prefer dining at the beach can do so in Praslin. Tuck your feet in the soft sand right at the water's edge as you lunch your way through exquisite seafood dishes while taking in the expansive view of Anse Lazio.

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    The 115 year old Victoria Clock Tower is a reminder of the colonial era

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    Victoria Market is home to vendors selling fresh fish, locally produced fruit and authentic crafts

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    Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple

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    The endemic Black Parrot

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    The giant tortoises roam freely on Aldabra Atoll, allowing for interaction with visitors

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    Grilled, smoked or salted are some of the ways that Seychollois prepare freshly caught fish

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    Cycle around and enjoy the mesmeric views of La Digue

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    An aerial view of La Digue, portraying the picturesque coastline bordering the road

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    Seychelles Craft Village, Mahé offers handcrafted souvenirs and products made by the local artisans

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    Dine in a hearty Creole meal while enjoying the views of the beach

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