When I think of what Paradise would look like, I think of Seychelles. It has everything that one would want in paradise: Gorgeous pristine secluded beaches, uninhabited islands, a tropical climate, and kilometers of reefs. Largely overlooked and located directly on the equator in the Indian Ocean, visiting Seychelles is a dream come true.
It almost takes a month’s time of meticulous planning to put thoughts into action. Unfortunately, isolation and a pristine environment come with a price, and a trip to the Seychelles will cost you handsomely. This is not a budget destination whatsoever. But there are certain tricks which can help you economize, which I will mention in the later part. That being said, ‘Paradise’ is worth the price!
We stayed in 3 Islands in Seychelles namely Mahe, Praslin & La Digue. The First part of our Seychelles blog will focus on Mahe Island. Mahe is 28 km long and the largest of the 115 Seychelles islands. With almost 77.000 inhabitants, it’s home to roughly 86 percent of the total population of the Seychelles. Boasting of not only the international airport, Mahe is also the location of the city of Victoria, the smallest capital city in the world.
A trip to Seychelles calls for some luxury…at least for a couple of days. The blue waters and golden sands appear even more splendid if you have pretty cocktail in one hand, a book in the other and your back is comfortably rested on a beach lounger plonked under a tall coconut tree! Though there are many B&B options available in Mahe, we chose to spend our 3 days in the Berjaya Resort on the world famous Beau Vallon beach. The beach is easily accessible from the hotel and is overlooked by a hill making the view from the beach stunning on either side.
We arrived in the afternoon from India, cleared our immigration, then hired a car for 3 days and went to our hotel. After Check-in we straight headed for the beach. The Sunset at Beau Vallon is amazing and for the next 3 days we were always there right in the nick of time to watch the sunset. After watching the Sunset we made our plans for the next 2 days. We sought help from the tourist help desk of the hotel and chalked out a plan. There were hits & misses. We couldn’t plan our scuba diving or snorkeling in Mahe as there were too many beaches and trails to be visited. In the evening we wanted to try some Creole food. After some searching we arrived at a place which was easy on the wallet and served good food. We ordered our supper, the highlight of which was the Octopus curry. For non-vegetarians Seychelles is Heaven, though most places serve vegetarian food as well. There were few dishes which we had in mind and wanted to try – Octopus curry was one of them. After dinner we called it a day, eagerly waiting what Seychelles had in store for us and particularly the Island of Mahe.
Next day we woke up early to stroll along the Beau Vallon beach. It was a serene experience with the Sun rays peeking from behind the trees and various birds playing around among themselves before human activity could disturb them. After a sumptuous breakfast we moved ahead according to our plan. The first beach we hit was Anse Royale. The beach is alongside the South coast road. It covers a small area. The problem with this place was in the month of May the water is full of sea weeds, hence we couldn’t venture out in the water. But it was our first experience of large granite stones on sand, for which Seychelles is famous for and we see them featured in all the postcards of the Island. We clicked few snaps, climbed on the granitic stones and lazed around for an hour but were disappointed because of sea weeds. Our next destination was the beach of Anse Intendance, but we skipped that and decided to go further to Anse Takamaka on the South coast road. On the way we bought some snacks & cans of beer from a local store.