July 2019


The Exotic Islands of Seychelles
July 2019




Turquoise blue waters of Beau Vallon.

Situated in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa, Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands. It is a confluence of natural beauty, history, culture, and cuisine.

Words: Lisa Williams

Arriving at the Seychelles International Airport in Mahé, you are immediately drawn to the tropical atmosphere of the island. The small and compact airport is a prelude to the warm hospitality of the Seychellois that would be a hallmark of your holiday.

The capital, Victoria, is situated in Mahé, which is considered the main island of Seychelles. In Mahé the landscape changes from the vast blue ocean to green hills in a matter of minutes. Victoria is a quaint city and can be explored on foot in a few hours. The Victoria Clock Tower or Lorloz is a landmark that is over 100 years old. It is a replica of the clock tower in London and was built in 1903 the same year that Seychelles was named a crown colony. The National Museum of History is a short distance away and provides a glimpse into the history of Seychelles and the various nations that have influenced the culture and heritage of the country. Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market is a great place to purchase souvenirs, fresh fruits, vegetables, and much more. It is a busy hive of activity where the market and the surrounding streets are full of people.

Beau Vallon is a beautiful beach with rolling waves. It is an ideal place to enjoy a swim and relax in the sun. A resort area, there are numerous places to enjoy creole cuisine. As afternoon approaches, head to Eden Island which is an artificial island with beautiful luxury villas and other properties. It has its own marina with private yachts docked across the bay.

Seychellois have a culture that is rich in diversity... As such, cuisine, music, dance, art, and architecture reflect this heritage.

Praslin is about an hour's ferry ride from Mahé. The mesmerizing turquoise ocean surrounds the island. Beaches such as Anse Lazio and Cote D'Or Beach are simply gorgeous and provide facilities for boat excursions, snorkelling, and diving. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve is home to the endemic Black Parrot and the Coco de Mer Nut. Enjoy a trek along its many paths and learn about the wilderness of Seychelles.

Experience La Digue, just a short ferry ride from Praslin. You could either walk around or hire a bicycle and explore this small island. Visit the L'Union Estate Farm, which is a plantation from the colonial era, and you could also enjoy the pristine beaches of Anse Source d'Argent and Anse Cocos. Seychelles is famed for giant tortoises, and while you can see them on La Digue and Curieuse Island, the largest population is found in Aldabra Atoll, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Seychelles giant tortoises are protected by law.

Seychellois have a culture that is rich in diversity. During its history, people of African, European, and Asian origin have made these islands their home. As such, cuisine, music, dance, art, and architecture reflect this heritage.

 

 

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    Explore the beauty of La Digue in a day.

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    Victoria Clock Tower in Mahé. Photo credit: Gerard Larose/STB

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    Discover artefacts at the National Museum of History.

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    Black Parrots at Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve.

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    Cycle while immersing in the scenic views at La Digue.

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    Giant tortoises protected at Aldabra Atoll.

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    Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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