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The Seychelles is one of the most sought after beach-holiday destinations on the planet. The combination of white-washed sandy beaches and heavenly lagoons gives this island paradise its utopic charm. The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa and was uninhabited until the arrival of the British East India Company in 1609. It was only 147 years later, in 1756, that the French declared the archipelago as part of the colony of Mauritius – another island they conquered; it was named The French Seychelles. The British gained control of the island in 1814; it became known as the Anglicised Seychelles.
The 115 islands are divided into two separate groups: Granitic Islands and Coralline Islands. The granitic islands cluster around the Seychelle’s capital, Mahe. The neighbouring islands, Praslin and La Digue together with Mahe, form an economic and culturally-dominant trifecta. The Seychelles enjoys a tropical climate that very rarely hits extremes on either end of the scale; the average temperature ranges between 24°C and 32°C, which gives it the enviable status of being an all-year-round dream beach-travel destination. You’ll find that the wind is most calm between October and March; however, it will pick up again during May to September. The months of January and February are when the sky opens up, which replenishes the land with rain.
Language, Cuisine and Music
The Seychelles can be classified as embracing its multi-ethnic roots; it is a melting pot of different races, all of which have unique traditions and religions. The multicultural influences are revealed in the region’s language, cuisine and music. English, French and Creole (a natural language developed from a mixture of different languages) are the most common, but many of the locals – or Seychellois – speak fluent German and Italian. If you’re a lover of seafood, then you’re going to be delighted with Seychelles’ cuisine. Owing to its location, fish plays a large part in the variety of dishes. The diversity of the cultural history is echoed in their food, boasting influences from Africa, China, Britain, France and India.
So, what’s on the menu? Fish! It is cooked in a number of different ways: steamed, grilled, baked, smoked and even wrapped in banana leaves. Either way, all of the variations are delicious! You’ll also find a variety of curry dishes – many are seafood based, but chicken is also prominent. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try their famed delicacy, Bat Curry!
The music also incorporates a variety of influences; genres such as Polka, Mazurka, French folk and even sega (a traditional Mauritian genre) are popular in the Seychelles. Reggae and mainstream pop music are also common.
There is no shortage of activities and excursions in this island paradise. Whether you prefer land or water, there’s something for everybody to enjoy. There is however one activity that stands out from the rest – diving. Seychelles is one of the premier diving spots in the world.
Mahe is the largest island in the Seychelles. It’s a haven that is complete with clear turquoise water, white sandy beaches, surrounded by coral reefs.
Reef Safari (Full Day)
Cost per Adult: $124.50
Cost per Child: $74.50
The Seychelles is encircled by a coral reef, which is home to a plethora of marine life. You have to experience this to understand the true beauty of this country. You’ll head to the marina of the capital city, Victoria, where you will climb on board a catamaran and travel to the middle of the harbour. You will have the opportunity to snorkel, swim and even feed the fish. The catamaran is semi submergible! So, if you prefer to stay onboard you can still marvel at the marine life through the windows. Everybody wins!
Full Discovery Tour of Mahe (Full Day)
Cost per Adult: $76.80
Cost per Child: $46.50
As beautiful as the beach and sea are, there is so much more to Mahe and this excursion is perfect if you want to really want to experience everything that gives Mahe its iconic status. You’ll have the opportunity to explore Victoria – also known as “the world’s smallest capital”. Mahe was visited by the British and French in the 17th and 18th Century respectively and certainly you will see this at the town’s colonial centre. Once you’ve finished discovering the beautiful architecture, you’ll head to Victoria’s pièces de résistance, the local market. You’ll find everything from fresh fish to fragrant herbs and spices. This is followed by a delectable lunch and a trip to soak in some more of the historical sights. There is no doubt that once you’ve finished this tour, you’ll have an encyclopedic knowledge of this wonderful island.
Praslin is the second-largest island of the Seychelles. It’s specifically known for its picturesque beaches, particularly Anse Lazio, and the Vallee-de-Mai Nature Reserve.
Vallee de Mai Guided Tour (Half Day) Cost:
Cost per Adult: $66.30
Cost per Child: $39.55
The fact that it’s known as the “Garden of Eden” gives you an indication of the wonder that you’re going to experience. The park became a world heritage site in 1966 because Praslin is one of the only places on the planet where Coco de Mer (a sole species of palm tree) grows naturally. It is considered a precious souvenir and one palm can cost over $700! When you venture through this jungle, you are literally witnessing traces of prehistory – its geographical location has allowed the park to remain unchanged for millions of years. The Glacis Noire Trail guides you through the park, which is approximately 18 hectares. It will become dark in certain places because the giant palm trees block out the light, so be careful. The park is also home to one of the rarest birds in the world – the Black Parrot. They are particularly shy and are difficult to spot, so keep your eyes peeled.
Boat and Bike Independent Tour of La Digue (Full Day) Cost:
Cost per Adult: $80.27
Cost per Child: $48.86
The island of La Digue lies east of Praslin and west of Felicite Island. It is also known for its glamourous beaches. If you’re someone who prefers to explore and discover at your own pace, then this boat and bike tour is the one for you. You are your own tour guide! You can pedal through to the Veuve Nature Reserve where you can traverse through beautiful trails; you may even be lucky enough to find a rare species of bird called the Black Paradise Flycatcher; then, off to the museum, perhaps a spot of lunch and why not go to the mighty Eagle’s Nest Mountain. Before you set off on your journey, you’ll be given a map book and briefed about the popular sites and optimal travel routes. Once you’ve explored to your heart’s content, all you need to do is jump on board a ship and travel back to Praslin.
Ok, so by now we don’t blame you if you’re already having a look at travel packages to the Seychelles! You’re going to love it. But you don’t want the trip to be ruined because you have underestimated the price of goods and services. This is YOUR vacation. Here is a list of the approximate price of food, drink and certain services. Please remember that prices will change depending on what you purchase and where you decide to go. Before you jet off on a bike, make sure that you have a sufficient amount of water – the last thing that you want is to become dehydrated. A cup of coffee may be a good idea too to ensure that you’re alert. Once you return to Praslin, grab a beer (or whatever you prefer) and relax – you’ve earned it!
A one-litre bottle of water – $5.18
A soft drink such as Coca-Cola or Pepsi – $6.29
A cup of coffee – $4.44
A local beer – $7.40
An alcoholic Cocktail – $14.80
A glass of wine – $7.40
A bottle of house wine – $44.37 – $295.82
A pouring brand of spirits – $5.92
Whether you’re in need of a light snack or a hearty 3-course dinner, you’ll find something delicious to cull your craving. Enjoy!
A light lunch such as a sandwich or pizza – $11.09
A burger – $14.80
A 3-course dinner – $51.77
You’ll be spending the majority of your time outdoors, soaking up the sunshine and exploring the magnificence of the underwater world, but at the end of the day why not enjoy a calming massage when you come back to your hotel. You’ll become lost in the bliss and will feel rejuvenated and ready for the next day.
If your kids are on holiday with you, there are babysitting services available.
A standard spa massage – $181.19
Babysitting service – $12.57/hr
A taxi service is approximately $59.17 per way for a 10km journey. Please note that prices are negotiated upfront and generally aren’t metered.
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