THINGS TO DO
10 things to do on Mahe
Formerly known as ’Ile D‘Abondance‘ meaning ’Island of Abundance‘, we invite you to visit the abundant beauty that is Mahe Island. Listed are the top 10 things to do that we hope will make your stay an unforgettable one.
1. Beach Expedition
Scattered all around Mahe are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From Beauvallon Beach, in the North of Mahe, with its picturesque view of the setting sun over Silhouette Island, to Anse Royale Beach , in the south, highly popular for its crystal clear, azure waters. Why not take a day a trek around the island in search of YOUR picture perfect Beach.
2. Experience Fine Creole Dining
Excite your senses with delectable dishes which include classic dish such as Creole style fresh fish, curries, mango and papaya salads, lentils, and eggplant fritters followed by some lip licking dessert! Visit Chez Batistas, Takamaka, and Marie Antoinette Restaurant, Victoria, for a savoury and spicy taste of the tropics that are sure to tickle your taste buds.
3. Taste for the Arts
Flaring from the rich colonial History of Seychelles, many talented artists have chosen to make Mahe their Home. Abundant in cultural beauty with the untouched environment as their canvas, artists such as Micheal Adams, Tom Bowers and Egbert Marday, to name a few, open their doors to those who are keen to come in and visit. Scattered all over Mahe, your expedition to go to their homes will truly lead you to never before seen places which will make your imagination wonder. Who know!! You might even find the perfect souvenir.
4. Mountain Mist Magic
About 70% of Mahe Island is Primary forest. Since developments prefer flat land, the mountains have been left to flourish in their virgin state, they are truly untouched by man. The Morne Seychellois National Park, a mountain-mist forest, is the tallest mountain on Mahe and is the perfect place for you to break a sweat and fill your lungs with some of the most fresh and cleanest air in the world. From fitness fanatic to lazy wanderer, a hike up the national park will reward you with a sense of accomplishment when you reach the top.
5. Fishing Frenzy
You do not have to venture far from Seychelles‘ shores to break fishing records in the archipelago. International sport and recreational fishermen enthusiastically return each year to these waters that already boast world records for striped bonito, bonefish, giant guitarfish, bigeye trevally, bluefin trevally, giant trevally, moustache grouper, humphead maori wrasse and dogtooth tuna. Seychelles has some of the richest fishing grounds in the world. The abundance of wahoo, sailfish, dorado, tuna, rainbow runner and trophies such as marlin, make for an unforgettable big-game fishing experience for both the seasoned and novice fisherman alike. Grab your Fishing Rod and head out to catch ’the big one‘.
6. Island Hopping
Not all that is picture perfect is found on Mahe. Nearby islands such as Ile au Cerf, Sainte Anne Island, Moyenne Island and Silhouette Island also harbor some of the most breath taking sceneries you have ever laid your eyes on. We recommend a Helicopter tour of Mahe and the nearby islands, to see this pearl of the Indian Ocean in all its Glory, also Why not squeeze in a boat trip to Moyenne Island and visit some of the biggest Giant Tortoises in Seychelles.
7. Disco Diva
A few venues around Mahe are open to those who wish to show their swagger on the dance floor. Visit Pirates Arms and Le Rendez-Vous, two popular bars both found in Victoria, for a few drinks, before hitting the Discotheques. Highly recommended are Tequila Boom at Beauvallon and Katiolo at Anse Aux Pins. Music is a mixture of reggae, rock, pop, hip hop, modern and local hits. Get out Saturday Night and ’Get Jiggy with It‘.
8. Market Mania
The authentic and vibrant Victoria Market is open everyday of the week. This is where the populace converge to do most of their daily shopping of fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and fish. Grab your shopping bag and head down to the market, sample local fruits and vegetables along the way and if you are lucky enough you might catch a glimpse of the Fishermans best friend, the Cattle Egret, waiting for his share of the days catch.
9. Colonial Escapade
Superb colonial homes reminiscent of days gone by still evoke the passion of many history lovers far and wide. Visible throughout Mahe, their doors are open to many a wanderer who want to explore how people lived in the good old days. One example is Kenwyn House, found in the bustling heart of Victoria. Newly restored to its original glory, it houses an exquisite jewellery shop and gallery.
10. Scuba Explorer
The waters of Seychelles are plagued with an abundant species of Coral and Marine Life. Many Marine Parks, such as the Sainte Anne Marine Park, offer tourists the rare opportunity to swim with some of the most beautiful and colourful species of fish in the world. For an extra treat, take some bread with you when you go swim, you will literally have them eating in the palm of your hands!!
10 things to do on Praslin
Formerly known as ’Ile des Palmes‘ meaning ’Palm Island‘, the diversity of Praslin Island landscape rushes up to greet you the moment your aircraft begins its descent and promises a long list of things to do.
1. Vallee de Mai
Considered by some to be the original ’Garden of Eden‘, the Vallee de Mai earns the distinction as being one of the smaller UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is a must when visiting the Seychelles. Popular for its endemic nut the ’coco de mer‘, which strongly resembles the male and female anatomy, is the kind of stuff that could easily have schoolchildren and adults alike giggling with bashful innocence. Mature Coco de Mer plants can grow up to over 100 feet tall, but it‘s the size of the seeds/nuts that the female plants produce that is most impressive. Weighing up to 40 pounds, these nuts are too heavy to float when not rotted, which has a lot to do with why these palms haven‘t spread to other islands. There are 4 other palms that are endemic to the Seychelles Vallee de Mai Reserve, as well as various pines and other plants. Birdwatching is also among the things to be enjoyed on Vallee de Mai tours, and among the animals that make their homes here are fruit bats, tree frogs (the worlds smallest frog), geckos, and freshwater crabs. So grab your camera and head to one of the earths last remaining heavenly gardens of paradise.
2. Beach Expedition
Praslin Island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Indian Ocean, namely Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette and Anse Volbert. Powder white sands and mesmerizing turquoise blue waters await those who are eager to find the perfect beach getaway.
3. Island Hopping
In close proxility of Praslin Island are the islands of St. Pierre, Ile Coco, Cousin and Cousine. Cousin Island is one of the smaller granitic islands - its highest point is 58m above sea level. It lies approximately 40km from Mahé and is less than 3km away from Praslin‘s west coast. In 1975, the island was given protection by the government and became a Special Reserve for seabirds and land birds unique to Seychelles. There is an estimated one million seabirds that nest/breed each year. Continue by boat to Curieuse Island, where you will visit both the old Doctor‘s House which has been turned into a museum, as well as the pen for rearing giant land tortoises. Later on, we will stop for snorkelling off the boat near the St. Pierre Island, which is a natural aquarium. There are no jetties, so be prepared for a wet landing.
4. OMusee Praslin
Both a museum and Guesthouse, omusee offers clients the truly rare opportunity to view Seychelles in its traditional state. With a large collection of traditional artefacts and musical instrument, you will truly feel like you are walking back in time.
5. Black Pearl Ocean Farm
Exquisite black pearls are cultured at the only oyster farm in the Indian Ocean, but that is not all you can investigate at this attraction which, apart from displaying the art of cultivating pearls in the Black Lip Pearl Oyster, also explains the breeding and feeding of the Giant Clam species, Tridacna maxima. The farm features a touch pool and aquarium, and of course the black pearls are on sale in the onsite jewellery store.
6. Lemuria 18-hole Golf Course
No other golf course in the world will offer you a more rewarding challenge then the Lemuria Hotel Golf Course. Straddling three lovely beaches, Grande Anse Kerlan, Petite Anse Kerlan and Anse Georgette, here is your opportunity to grab your ’driver‘ and watch as your shot flies away across the deep blue sea.
7. Casino des Iles
Situated in Praslin along the main Cote D‘Or coastal road, the casino occupies the lower floor of a large neo-colonial building set within well-landscaped grounds. The Casino offers a range of International games including Roulette, Black Jack and Poker, where as the adjoining restaurant with its luxurious interior décor on the upper floor, serving the best authentic Creole and International cuisine, will be sure to get your heart pumping.
8. Scuba Explorer
Discover the multitudes of coral and fish, and if you‘re lucky, you may even get to swim with the turtles and the eagle rays. Discover the treasures of the Seychelles waters by strapping on a wet suit and diving in.
9. Bicycle Riding
For the nature lover, a bicycle ride along the flat stretches of Praslin, will take you to places that you never imagined, ride up to secret coastal coves inaccessible by car, take a ride through narrow footpaths that will lead you to some of the most dense evergreen forests you will ever see.
10. Holistic Healing
After a long arduous day, what better way than to realign your chi than to go for a relaxing massage in one of the islands luxurious Spas at Lemuria Resort. You will leave with your chakra feeling more balanced than ever and ready for another day of adventure. Imagine lying on a beach of white sand as a giant turtle swims by in the crystal clear sea waters and the world just floats by. An island that you can sum up in just one word. Paradise. Arguably one of the most beautiful islands you will find anywhere on Planet Earth, La Digue formerly known as ’Ile Rouge‘ meaning ’Red Island‘ because of its reddish granite boulders, opens its curtains for your exploration.
Things to do on La Digue
1. Unrivalled Beaches
Nowhere else in Seychelles is the water more limpid or the sand so white. Because of its diversity and its beautiful beaches strewn with pink granite rocks, La Digue is the most exclusive and mythical island in the Seychelles. The most beautiful beach in the world, Anse Source D'Argent, is among the most photographed beaches on earth. Its granite boulders seem to have been sculpted by a divine hand to adorn this beach of breathtaking beauty. On the south-eastern coast three more exceptional beaches are to be found; Grande Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Cocos. Snorkeling at Anse Patates, the island's northern most point is excellent while the reef-protected shores of Anse Fourmis, Anse Banane and Anse Gaulettes on the east of La Digue are favourite spots for picnics and sunbathing. A visit to these beaches will take you as close as you can to heavens gate
2. The Plantation
One remnant of the main commercial activity on La Digue, this is L'Union Coconut Plantation. Now a museum, visitors are given demonstrations of some of the techniques used in coconut processing, as well as an old cemetary, a guest house, and a resident community of giant tortoises.
3. Veuve Reserve
The Paradise Flycatcher also called ’Vev‘ in Creole or ’Veuve‘ in French, which means ’widow‘, is found only on La Digue and is the only one of Seychelles' endemic bird species still listed as critically endangered by the IUCN, these birds are only found in the Seychelles. While it can be seen in many places on the island, the best place to glimpse this rare bird is at the Veuve Reserve. They can be seen flying around the badamier (Indian almond) trees and in the marshes where they feed on insects. Numbering only a couple of hundreds, the Reserve is the perfect place to watch the birds and is equally inviting for non-birdwatchers for its peace, tranquillity and verdant scenery, so bring your camera for sure.
4. Union Estate Park
Situated on the southern end of the island, and taking up almost a third of its land area, L‘Union Estate is the most visited site on La Digue Island. Graced by an old colonial style plantation house, which is the centerpiece of the park, surrounded by giant granite boulders, giant tortoises roam around the grounds, inviting visitors into their domain, while a spacious paddock for the estate‘s horses offer an opportunity for some fantastic pictures.
5. ’Nid Aigle‘
’Nid Aigle‘ which loosely translates into ’Eagles Nest‘ is a must see! While the beaches of La Digue may take centre stage, no visit to the island is complete without a trip to the very heart of La Digue and its beautiful views across the island and the crystal clear waters that surround it. A smooth climb through Belle Vue not only brings you to the mountain residents of the island but is also the passage to the most spectacular view of the island. For the more courageous visitors the hike on to the tip of the 'iceberg' Nid Aigle, is a trail well worth the climb!
6. Ox Cart
A trip round La Digue on one of the oldest means of transportation on the island is a must. Since car rentals are not available, and bicycles are common enough, this is truly a one in a lifetime opportunity.