This September I had the chance to visit Seychelles for the second time in my life and I have to confess, the second time was better than the first. I felt like Charles Darwin arriving in an undiscovered Tropical paradise, with red birds, black parrots, blue pigeons and Giant Tortoise. This is a true haven for nature lovers, with species of birds and trees that can only be seen in Seychelles islands. A haven for divers as well with the Whale sharks visiting every year. We even saw two eagle rays dancing in the bay whilst snorkelling.
Seychelles is made up of many different islands and it is worth combining a few to see the contrast between the islands. We started our adventure on Praslin, which is my favourite island because of the huge boulders scattered on the beaches and the ancient forest at Valle de Mai, where you can see the famous Coco de Mer growing. We stayed at the Black Parrot Suites which are a part of the Coco De Mer hotel. The rooms are huge and all look out to sea. The happy staff give you a warm welcome, the long sandy beach is great for walking or snorkelling and there are some very friendly fish under the pier.
It is very easy to get to La Digue Island from Praslin, a quick hop on the catamaran and definitely worth a visit. Grab a bike and cycle down to the Nature Reserve to meet the giant tortoise and see the vanilla growing. Park your bike and walk along to the most amazing beach you have ever seen. Cycle back down to the high street where you can have a traditional lunch at Chez Marston, giant fresh prawns and creole glazed fish, caught fresh that morning.
Our last night in Praslin was at Indian Ocean Lodge, a small boutique hotel set on a beautiful beach within walking distance of some shops and restaurants. The rooms are simple and decorated in a beachcomber style, with driftwood and shells. We had dinner here and were blown away by the fantastic food created by the resident chef.
A 30-minute flight from Mahe took us to Denis Private Island, a nature lovers paradise. Just 25 rooms with a true Robinson Crusoe style. With no TV or mobile signal, you can really switch off. The enormous cottages with day bed and outdoor shower are very spacious and private. There is only one restaurant but it is different every day, ranging from Table d’hote or beach bbq to the Japanese night with the Chef’s famous Teriyaki beef. The Island has its own farm and grows its own fruit and vegetables and freshly laid eggs for breakfast.
Back to Mahe for our last few nights at Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove. A fairly small resort-type hotel on the main beach with very good snorkelling. A good spot if you want a bit of life, as there are shops, bars and restaurants along the beach road. On Wednesday night the locals get together and play music and dance on the beach. There are stalls set up selling traditional food, drink and local produce. It was a great opportunity to see some local life. A great party night to end our amazing stay in the most beautiful Islands in the World.