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In 2018 another dream came true – I spent two weeks in the paradise! Seychelles has been on my bucket list since I have one. To be honest, when I think about tropical paradise I have 5 locations in mind: Bora Bora, Fiji, Seychelles, Maldives, and Mauritius. I was never really interested in the last 2 (I have no clue why) … And the first two are kind of too far away from Austria to qualify as a Winter Getaway.
So, August came and we had to decide where will our next trip be. Starting with “when” it turned out that we have some time by the end of October and at the beginning of November. So I took my “Where to Go When” book from Lonely Planet and did some off-line research about the best places to visit during this time of the year.
The places that Lonely Planet recommends are Fiji (way too far away), Bolivia (we were heading to Mexico in December …), Great Southern in Australia (we had only 2 weeks, which is definitely not enough for Australia), Oman (sounds a bit boring), and Seychelles. So the word Seychelles stuck in my mind like chewing gum on a new sneaker. And stayed there.
First thought was: damn it! Seychelles are expensive! (Which was more like an assumption, than a statement)
Second thought was: Where is Seychelles exactly located? I knew it is somewhere in the Indian Ocean. What I didn’t know is that it actually belongs to Africa.
Third thought was: How long does the flight between Munich and Seychelles take? Here came the positive surprise – only 10 hours flight and the time zone is only 2 hours ahead!
After a week of comparing the flight pricing online, I booked the flight to Victoria. I can totally recommend doing the same – I saved about 300 € per person!
The first step was done! The second step was to get some information about the islands. Well, I didn’t new that Seychelles has 115 islands in total! And probably half an hour later I knew that my bank account could only support the idea of visiting the 3 main Islands: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. All other islands that seemed interesting to me were rather too far away or kind of “private”. So, this decision was not very hard to make.
But the truth is – there are two things you could do wrong when travelling to Seychelles! The first one is not to have enough time. A week is an absolute MINIMUM in order to see Seychelles. Although, I really think that one week is not enough – it would be too stressful for me! Anyway, you could jump from one place to another if you can enjoy it, I could not.
Another “mistake” is to choose only one island to stay on and to visit the other 2 on a (half) day trip. Day trips are enough for exploring the uninhabited Coco Island, Felicité or Sister Island, but not for Mahe, Praslin or La Digue. There is no chance to get a taste of a Seychellois if you don’t take the time for that!
Day 1: Flight to Victoria!
We were flying with Emirates from Munich to Dubai and from Dubai to Victoria. It took about 10 hours and everything went perfectly. When we arrived at Victoria Airport, the very first thing to do was to exchange Euros to Seychellois Rupee at the airport. You can buy some Rupee only in Seychelles!
We headed to Praslin right after arriving in Seychelles. I bought the ferry tickets online which included the shuttle to Victoria Pier and the ferry to Praslin. The second thing we booked online was the car for the next days. A lady from the rental-car company was waiting at the Praslin pier where we also got our car.
Day 2, 3, 4: Praslin
Praslin Island is smaller than Mahe but bigger than La Digue. There is only one street connecting the north-west of the island with the north-east. There are several must-do activities in Praslin including beach hopping, exploring the island by car (or by bus if you want), chilling on Anse Lazio, enjoying Anse Volber Village, visiting Fond Ferdinand or Vallee Del Mar National Park, hike to one of the viewpoints, a day trip to St. Pier Island & Curieuse Island.
We were lucky – during our stay in Seychelles, the annual Creole festival took place on every island! This event is a priceless chance for visitors to actually celebrate in the spirit of the Seychelles way of life and enjoy the Creole culture in person! So did we during our second sunset on Praslin.
Day 5, 6, 7, 8: La Digue!
The happy island! La Digue turned out to be not only my favourite Island in Seychelles but together with Koh Tao it also became my all time favourite one! Must do in La Digue is to rent a bicycle – there are no cars there (besides 4-5 electric cars).
Once you get your bicycle you can explore the island and do some beach-hopping! La Digue has the most beautiful beaches ever! I could not compare it to any other island I have visited so far! Maybe, I could somehow compare it to Koh Tao because of the huge granite stones around. In La Digue you can go for snorkelling or scuba diving, fishing, visiting Anse Source D’Argent. My absolute favourite activity was rock-hiking from Grand Anse to Anse Marron!
Day 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Mahe!
Mahe is the biggest island in Seychelles so there are enough activities you can choose from! We rented a car for the entire stay and this was the best decision ever! Our accommodation was near the famous Beau Vallon Beach, where it was raining most of the time! Luckily, 10 minute of drive and the bad weather stayed behind us! It turned out that the rain clouds get easily stuck in the mountains above Beau Vallon which was the reason for the bad weather.
We explored the whole (!!!) island by car – luckily me, I didn’t have to drive. The roads are not bad, but narrow and curvy! And on the top of that, you have to drive on the left side. But travel need some sacrifices! If you want to see everything you need to do anything 😀
Some of the top activities in Mahe are: exploring the island, beach hopping, visiting Victoria, strolling through Eden Island, snorkelling and scuba diving, having a drink or two at Takamaka Rum Distillery, driving the Sans Soucis Road (good luck :D), hiking to the best viewpoint called Venn’s Town “Mission Heritage Site”, enjoying the two best beaches (my opinion) Petite Anse and Anse Soleil, etc.
Day 14: Flight to Munich!
Unfortunately, it is hard but time to say Goodbye! We know we will come back for sure 🙂 Seychelles is the ultimate beach destination and everything one beach lover like me can wish for!
Enjoy the day!
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