Seychelles Unfiltered – A Solo traveler in a Honeymoon Destination #Seychelles, #Africa

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11th May 2017
Photo of Seychelles Unfiltered – A Solo traveler in a Honeymoon Destination #Seychelles, #Africa by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Seychelles is a synonym for Paradise. Period. Comprising of 115 islands situated in the Indian Ocean, this East African country is a dreamy paradise. White sand, beaches and turquoise water surrounded by mountains and forests, this country definitely is worthy of no filter.

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Photo of Seychelles Unfiltered – A Solo traveler in a Honeymoon Destination #Seychelles, #Africa 2/3 by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Seychelles usually attracts newlyweds and couples but there is no stopping you to travel solo. Companion or not, this paradise is not to be missed. Your dream of a tropical paradise ends here.

Air Seychelles operates directly from Mumbai to Mahe or take a one stop flight from Bangalore-Colombo-Mahe, if you are looking for a budget flight, with 30 day free of charge Visa on arrival.

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Giant Rock Boulders found in every beach in Seychelles

Places to visit Solo:

Situated in Praslin Island. Very calm and a scenic place with turquoise beaches bordered by big granite boulders. This beach is ideal for snorkeling and beautiful sunsets.

This nature reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is also situated in Praslin Island. This ancient forest is home to the famous Coco de Mer palm, which has the largest seed in the world, and many other birds, plants and reptiles, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Go on a guided tour in this forest, which has remain unchanged since the pre-historic times and discover all the rare species. Other species found in this palm habitat include bronze gecko, blue pigeons, bulbuls, sunbirds, swiftlets, Seychelles skinks, burrowing skinks, tiger chameleons, day geckos, caecilians, tree frogs, freshwater fish and many invertebrates.

Photo of Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

All visitors to the Seychelles will begin their journey in Mahé, the largest and most diverse island. This island's best-known beach is the Beau Vallon. Numerous accommodation options, restaurants, shops, and diving centres can be found in this bay.

Photo of Mahé, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Mahé, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Seychelles Unfiltered – A Solo traveler in a Honeymoon Destination #Seychelles, #Africa by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

This island is the third largest inhabited island in Seychelles. Widely known for Anse Source d'Argent (beach) and Grand Anse. Also, Veuve Nature Reserve, in the island's interior, is home to the rare black paradise flycatcher, which are very few in existence. This island's tallest peak, Belle Vue (Eagle's Nest Mountain) has a summit more than 300 m above sea level. This island is mostly visited for its wide variety of underwater creatures like fish, sharks and rays. If you are looking for an adventure, you can always opt for a hiking trip in this island.

Photo of La Digue, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of La Digue, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

The capital city of Seychelles located in the Mahe Island itself. This city is the hub to cultural and economic centers including the airport, the Botanical Gardens, a university, museums, places of worship, offices etc. You can take a walk in this beautiful city and visit the market and can go on a shopping spree to buy fishes, spices and exotic fruits or check out the clock tower which stands in the middle of the sprawling city.

Gorging on Fresh Fruits in Mahe

Photo of Victoria, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Victoria, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Where to stay:

The hotel is situated on Grand Anse Beach with its rooms’ on lush green landscape right in front of swimming pool having a view of Grand Anse sparkling beach.

Taste gourmet Creole, Indian and Continental cuisine at the pool side restaurant offering panoramic sea view.

Photo of Le Relax Beach Resort, Grand Anse, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Le Relax Beach Resort, Grand Anse, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Acres of Lush Green property overlooking the ocean, situated amidst natural landscape, this resort and casino is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the scenic beauty. Situated on the hills you get a great room with a view. Various restaurants available with even more cuisines. You have a pool, casino, souvenir shop incase you missed buying in the city. You can also order local staples in creole tradition with fresh fish and rice with vegetables as side dishes. A must try.

Photo of Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort Casino, Beau Vallon, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort Casino, Beau Vallon, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort Casino, Beau Vallon, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort Casino, Beau Vallon, Seychelles by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

How to Get Around:

When you are arriving from a different country, you will be landing in Mahe. You can then board the ferry from the ferry terminal to get around from one island to the other. When in Mahe or Praslin, you can rent a car or go on guided tours, you also have an option for buses and taxis for moving in and around the city. In La Digue, bicycle is the best idea since the island is small enough to discover all the beautiful sights while cycling. Hop off from the ferry and rent a bicycle from many rental places available in the island itself.

Take an advice from a fellow traveler who ended up sleeping in the ferry terminal for 6 hours, check the ferry timings well in advance if you dont want to miss. Travelling in ferries are a great way to meet the locals, or listen to locals speaking the creole language and pick up words here and there, or sit back with chilled beer served on board while enjoying the in-board entertainment.

Photo of Seychelles Unfiltered – A Solo traveler in a Honeymoon Destination #Seychelles, #Africa by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Ferry Terminals at Mahe

Photo of Seychelles Unfiltered – A Solo traveler in a Honeymoon Destination #Seychelles, #Africa by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Seychelles Unfiltered – A Solo traveler in a Honeymoon Destination #Seychelles, #Africa by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

As a solo traveler, you can go hiking in a national park, feel euphoric in the jungle, learn about tortoise conservation at the tortoise island, and take boat rides to admire the colorful topaz coastline. The options are infinite you just need to discover the solo-friendly bits of it.

You might feel awkward sitting alone in restaurants or seeing couples everywhere, or booking activities that is booked by couples or families, in a place that is mostly marketed as a romantic destination but all you know you can end up having a great time all by yourself in any destination solo or not. This way you get to meet the locales or if shy carry a book along. There will always be those moments of "You are travelling alone?" but the fact is you can visit any destination and still have a fabulous time.

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