I have always dreamed to sit and relax on one of the most wonderful islands on the earth. My dream came true when I and my husband decided to go Seychelles for our honeymoon trip. It has always been on our bucket list. Seychelles is also known as “The Paradise Isles”. It is a tiny nation in the Indian Ocean, which consists of 115 islands and located off the coast of East Africa. It is one of the most lonely island one can dream of. The white sand beaches, palm trees, turquoise waters surrounded by forest and mountains is a dream of every beach lover. Just perfect for honeymoon.
Which is the best time to visit?
I believe it’s always a good time to visit Seychelles. Although, from the months between March and June are perfect. Waters are calm and perfect for Swimming, Snorkeling and Diving. On the other hand, you can expect a lot of rainfall if you visit this nation between November to January.
How to get there?
Air Seychelles offers a comfortable connection from Mumbai to Mahe (the main island of the Seychelles) with visa on arrival which is free of charge for 30 days.
Overview of the Seychelles
Mahe is the main and the biggest island among 115 islands where you first stop when you land in the Seychelles. Here, you can spend your day by relaxing on the beach, hiking through the mountains, exploring local culture or enjoying the pleasure of Creole cuisine. There are a number of luxury hotels, resorts and home stays.
Things to do in Mahe
There are quite a good number of incredible beaches where you can spend your all day. Most happening beaches in Mahe are Beau Vallon situated on the northern coast of the island. You can enjoy a pleasant view of setting sun over Silhouette island, north of Mahe. Here you can enjoy a large number of water-sports with the rental of jet skis and canoes. You can also find beachside hotel’s restaurant selling delicious foods. Stalls are also lined up near the beaches selling varieties of local foods and souvenirs.
Apart from this breathtaking beach, there are other excellent beaches are as well where you can relax, read books and get tanned.
Some of them are:
- Anse Royale Beach
- Anse Intendance Beach
- Port Launay Beach
- Anse Takamaka
- Anse panel
- Grand Anse
- Anse Soleil
Other attractions of Mahe:
It offers a stunning view of the south of Mahe. The path for this hike is neatly maintained by the hundreds of footsteps that have trekked up and down to witness the vast beauty of this island.
The Botanical Garden
Seychelles is full of unique flora and fauna. You will experience the variety of exotic plants, giant tortoise and unique flowers. The main attraction for us at botanical garden was the Giant Tortoise. Some of them were over 150 years old.
Victoria Market is a local market in Mahe where the local inhabitant sells fish, vegetables, fruits and other stuffs. This market also offers a craft shop where you can buy souvenirs. There you can also buy home-made coconut oil, pure vanilla essence, cinnamon sticks and many other species.
This is the only Hindu temple in the entire island and was established in 1992.
It is located on the main streets of Victoria. It is an elegant replica of the clock.
The place is very well connected with bus services and are very affordable. A single fare costs Rs 5 where you can travel from one corner of Mahe to another. You can also hire a car or can get a taxi, but it will cost more.
With jetty you can go to La Digue via Praslin. La Digue is the smallest one among 3 main islands of the Seychelles. This is the best place to relax and feel young at heart again. The most popular form of transport in La Digue is the bicycle. You explore the entire beach by riding a bicycle. No cars are allowed on this island. This is the best place for nature lovers.
Some of the best beaches of La Digue are:
- Grand Anse: Picture perfect white sandy beach will amaze you.
- Anse Source d’Argent- beautiful beach and best for snorkeling. It is also known for ones of the most photographed beaches in the world.
- Petite Anse- smaller one yet magnificent, located behind Grand Anse.
Seychelles with very friendly people, nature, Creole cuisine, a number of activities to do and last but not the least perfect and beautiful beach on the earth, we will definitely cherish each and every moment spent there.
Take your time from a busy schedule, pack your bag and explore the best of the Seychelles.
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