Say it at SeychellesSmriti Saxena
What is it? Seychelles has 45 granite based islands known as the Granitic Seychelles out of which Travel Samosa team visited Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. This place is blessed with pristine natural beauty, from the magical world lying under its azure ocean, to the majestic sights and sounds of its forests.
Why should you be here? This pretty little island has a plethora of beaches, coral reefs, diving, nature reserves and rare wildlife such as giant Aldabra tortoises. The Mahé island, with an international airport, is a key transport hub, home to capital Victoria, the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and white-sand beaches including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.
Must see things: Here’s a list:
- The focal point of the city centre is this downsized replica of the clock toweron London’s Vauxhall Bridge. There is a beautiful the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, which is also the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Beau Vallon which is a swooningly sandy stretch and is Mahe’s most popular beach.
- Praslin is another island which is an hour ferry ride from Mahe island. A little word of caution, it is a speed ferry which has an upper deck and an air conditioned cabin. While booking seats please enquire about the upper deck for generally people who sit in the cabins get sea sick a lot. Alternative option is to eat less and occupy seats facing the direction of the travel.
- Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve(“May Valley”) is a nature park and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island of Praslin, Seychelles. It consists of a well-preserved palm forest as well as five other endemic palms. The Coco de Mer (Lodoicea maldivica), a monocot tree in the Arecaceae (palm family), has the largest seeds (double nut seed) of any plant in the world. Also unique to the park is its wildlife, including birds such as the rare Seychelles Black Parrot, mammals, crustaceans, snails, and reptiles. This forest, with its primitive plant and animal species, is a relic from the time when the supercontinent of Gondwana was divided into smaller parts, leaving the Seychelles islands between the present day Madagascar and India.
- Anse Lazio, Praslin is one of the most beautiful beaches and is a must visit.
Part II: La Digue
It’s another beautiful piece of paradise we covered. It is an extremely small island with around 20,000 population. The only mode of transport is bicycles and ox carts. A round ox cart trip costs somewhere around 100-150 dollars. A bicycle hire will cost 100 SCR per day. There is a beautiful restaurant called Fish Trap which has free wifi facility. Internet connectivity is a big hassle in this part of the world so free wifi is equivalent to free crab cakes. There is a point called View point which as the name suggests gives a panoramic view of the island. Beaches as usual are the sublime attraction.
What else? Mahe is a small island which can be covered if you have a good stamina for walking. Cars are available for hires and they generally cost 30-40 Euros per day. The islands have airports but the locals and travellers prefer the Inter Island ferries.
Contributed by Minerva, Pune.