Friday, March 31, 2017

My Trip and Your Guide to Seychelles :)

If you ever tried looking for Seychelles on the world map, you’d see it as a tiny dot in the Indian Ocean. But you’ll be surprised that on the contrary this island nation comprises of 115 islands! Rising from the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean, almost 1,000 miles east of Africa, Seychelles is a collection of unspoiled jungle-clad islands, some little more than a lonely rock or two, fringed by soft white sand beaches and gently swaying palm trees. The vast majority of the islands are uninhabited and with just over 5,000 hotel beds in the whole country, the archipelago retains an air of exclusivity, with blissfully empty beaches and deserted coastal spots easy to come by. Seychelles is one of those isolated, dreamy locations often sees in movies. The white sand beaches and turquoise waters surrounded by forest-clad mountains, makes it every travellers dream.
Seychelles has been known to attract newly weds, including the likes of Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, my husband and me... and discerning travellers looking for a beach holiday away from the maddening crowds.

With the launch of Air Seychelles’direct flight from Mumbai to Mahe (the main island of Seychelles) and a 30-day free of charge Visa on Arrival, the destination has become more accessible for Indian tourists.
Staying at one island or island hoping... this might confuse you... So here is my trip details to help you out :)
1. Mahé Island
When you fly to Seychelles international airport, the aerial view will take you aback. Trust me, Mahe airport has the best view.

Mahé is the largest of all the islands and site of the nation’s quaint capital Victoria, Mahé is home to 86% of the Seychellois population. It’s best to explore its hidden coves by car, but be sure to spend at least a couple of hours wandering around Victoria’s Botanical Gardens and art galleries, and viewing its famous clocktower, a replica of one near London’s Victoria Station.

2. Praslin Island
A 45-minute ferry ride from Mahé, laid-back Praslin is the second largest of the islands. Most visitors make a beeline for the luxury hotels, restaurants, but the real highlight is the magnificent Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with towering indigenous trees and one of only two places in the world where you can spot naturally occurring coco de mer palms. Praslin’s sun-kissed beaches offer plenty of snorkelling opportunities too, and are only a short hop to the hawksbill turtles of Curieuse Marine National Park, just over a mile away.

3. La Digue Island

So laid-back it’s practically horizontal 😊, La Digue is home to a 2,000-strong Creole community, who very welcoming to visitors curious about their way of life. Until recently, no cars were allowed on this time-warp isle, and even today the best way to explore is by bicycle. Spot the elusive black paradise flycatcher in Veuve Nature Reserve or try beachcombing among the soft sands and pink granite boulders of Anse Source d’Argent, arguably the Seychelles’ prettiest beach.


Travelling Tips:

1. Water is very expensive in hotels, so try to buy bottled water from super-mart

2. Even during winters, its really hot in Seychelles. So don't forget to carry your sunscreen and glares.

3. If you stay at Beau Vallon (Mahé), there is a local Wednesday flea market. Don't miss it. Its totally worth your time

4. When in Prasline, do try the chocolate ice-cream. I assure you that it be one of the best chocolate ice-creams ever.

5. Creole people are very friendly. So don't be astonished if a complete stranger greets you.

6. If in case you are unable to get Seychello Rupee carry USD. It is accepted across the country.

7. Google Coco de mere right now 😉


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