The Seductiveness of the Seychelles


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October 31st 2018
Published: November 6th 2018
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Crystal clear waters
Oprah Winfrey once said, “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” In response we say, “we are giving it our best shot”.

Anyone on an airplane who has flipped through the free magazine in the airline pocket has likely seen a photo of Anse Source D’Argent, a beach on La Digue. It is one of the most photographed beaches in the world and with reason. Soft blues and greens of crystal-clear waters and pristine beaches with a back ground of large granite boulders make this landscape unique and breathtaking. We visited three islands on our trip to the Seychelles and each had their own personality. The main reason for our visit was of course MJ’s fascination with these granite laden beaches and of course the opportunity to kick back and relax, rid our bodies of dust for a couple of weeks after time in the bush and other great sites in the south of Africa.

The Seychelles are an archipelago of some 115 pristine islands located 930 miles east of Kenya in the Indian Ocean and northeast of Madagascar. For those of you thinking, what? Where? Really out in the Indian Ocean
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Seychelles are located in the Indian Ocean
in the middle of nowhere. Think four degrees from the equator…. Yes, almost on top of it so the temperatures are moderate and the breezes appealing. Daytime highs and nighttime low temps are almost the same.

La Digue

The third most populated island in the Seychelles and yet seemingly finds you on small narrow concrete roads where one of the primary modes of transportation is the bicycle, which competes with other vehicles and trucks. There are no lights or even roundabouts on this small island. People come here to simply relax and bike around to see the fabulous beach made famous over the years in many a magazine. Accessible only by ferry, life is slow….just as it should be.

Walking this famous beach was rather surreal as you've seen the photos for years and consider there might be a let down as you assume they have photo shopped the pictures. As you wind your way through the granite boulders, weave through the palm trees and pick out which secluded and hidden cove would be best for you to spend your day in you realize reality is indeed as you've seen in those photos. It is truly breath taking... you have the sense you are living in a postcard. All of the people we ran into were polite, giving others space and an opportunity to find their perfect piece of beach nestled among the granite. A photographers dream meant people we carefully venturing into the crystal clears waters with thousands of dollars of amazing photography equipment. Fortunately, this is a rather long and convoluted beach area so everyone felt they had their private space. Fortunately, people were appreciating the glory of it all and were quiet... no yelling and no unruly people. This was a pristine sanctuary for all photographer and beach lovers.

The roads are intended to be two lanes but from our perspective are wide one lane roads with two lane traffic. A few of the locals use golf carts for transportation. We liked this island as it has a quaint and primitive vibe to it. We had a great time exploring on our bikes but on an occasion or two didn’t feel that safe riding our bikes when some of the trucks went whizzing by. Most people were very happily peddling around the island so we figured we were just getting old. We didn’t
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ride at night but one of the woman at our hotel says going out at night is taking your life in your hands as no one can see you as these bikes didn’t have lights on them. Another interesting thing about the roads is they drop off two to six feet into a drainage ditch. If you screw up and drive off the edge of the road you are in for an abrupt ending so you just need to pay attention. We do not want you to think this is an unsafe island as it not … most of the traffic is by bicycle…it is a great island even though we are warning you about the trucks.

You can visit a few places, including a park with a vanilla bean plantation and a habitat which houses the giant Aldabra tortoises on your way to the beach. These gentle giants are indeed quite big, but are penned in by rocks and don’t appear to be all that content with their surroundings. The tourists seem to enjoy feeding them. They are giant tortoises and look rather pre-historic. We did learn that on Cousin Island they are doing conservation work and the
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Another great day closes.
tortoises roam free. If you want to do volunteer work there are several opportunities in the Seychelles.

This island is beautiful and well worth the visit. Restaurants : Chez Jules and La Repaire

Praslin

The second largest island in the Seychelles is perhaps best well-known for the Vallee de Mai Nature Preserve. It is perhaps best known for the coco de mer (the world’s largest seed) and the elusive black parrot. We took a stroll there one day and saw the rather large coco de mer, which looks like two coconuts joined together, but unfortunately did not see the black parrot. There were also some unique frogs there, but they proved to be elusive as well. It has been reported that a general from Khartoum back in the 1800’s was convinced that the Vallee de Mai was the biblical “garden of Eden.” We’re not sure about that, but it was certainly beautiful. This was a peaceful and serene walk that filled us with happiness as we listened to the birds squak and chirp from the treetops.

In addition to see the Nature Preserve our driver drove around most of the island so we could photo and visit the islands amazing beaches and view-points. We asked if there was anyplace we could go that the tourist buses usually don’t go and it smiled and drove us to the top point of the island near the communications towers. We were able to look down on the surrounding ocean and had amazing island views. The photos did not do it justice so sometimes you just have to enjoy and remember to put the camera away. We can report that it is indeed quite beautiful. He knew all of the great vistas on the island and the most beautiful beaches as well. Overall, it is another laid-back island where one goes to kick back to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Anse Lazio is the famous beach on this island and again well worth the visit.

Mahe

The main reason for our visit is that our digs for these five days was at the fabulous Carana Beach Hotel, which had everything you could possibly want. The beach, incredible views and great service….it really does not get any better. Our room had a plunge pool with a view of the bay . We’ve never had a plunge
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Always making friends
pool before and sadly this may have started something. We are beach people and water people so this was a special treat. A little bit of heaven. We spent hours a day in this pool reading and enjoying adult beverages while fellow guest snorkeled the bay and we watched multiple sail boats, cruise ships and barges wander past our view. The world was on hold for us and we watch it go by. We indulged in complete and unrestrained relaxation.

Three years ago we bought our retirement home beachfront in Florida. Due to work we have not been able to spend nearly enough time there. We hope to begin to make changes in our lives and spend more time there beginning in the next few months. Before this trip we asked ourselves how we would feel about a beach vacation now that we live on the beach? Would we still enjoy it? The answer is yes, but we learned the island needs to offer us something we cannot get at home. In this case the Seychelles had the well-known granite rocks and crystal clear waters. Although the water is almost as pretty in the Turks and Caicos if you
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La Digue, Seychelles
want to go someplace closer to the U.S. and don’t care about the granite rocks. We learned that plunge pools will be in consideration for future beach trips or huts over the water which we have not experienced yet.

We stayed in the Seychelles for 12 nights and intended to do some scuba diving. There were several reasons this didn’t happen. We suspect most of our future beach trips will be “scuba diving trips” or in search of the perfect plunge pool…. Which we suspect we just experienced at Carana Beach.

We are extraordinary beach people so we've enjoyed the Seychelles. In Mahe, each morning we had an amazing view from the dining room. Each morning we would watch sting rays swim the crystal clear waters. On MJ's birthday there were two whales way off shore performing for her and yet we let the rest of the crowd think it was for their pleasure. The snorkeling at our hotel was only fair which did not concern us at all. Our best snorkeling experience is still in Fiji... but we have not one complaint about Carana Beach!

We knew the end of our journey was near and we
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Local beer of the Seychelles
needed to recharge the batteries and get ready for the long journey home and this was the place……enough said. The Seychelles are a spectacular set of islands well worth the long journey.

As we said we didn’t see much of this island but Mahe is the island with the most development. The other islands were small, quaint and underdeveloped. Even though we don’t consider Mahe over developed it does have an array of hillside homes, hotels, music, dancing, shops and touists offices offering catamarans trips, scuba, snorkeling and visits to the other islands.

At this point….we’re just going to let the photos do the talking……

Ok... too many photos but we hope you'll look at them anyway.

Where we stayed:

Chateau St. Cloud, La Digue

Indian Ocean Lodge, Praslin. We would not recommend as they have a seasonal seaweed issue.

Carana Beach Hotel, Mahe. Wow! Every moment was perfection.


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In beach of black parrots
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We used to drive these in Barbados... this brought back amazing memories.
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Carana Beach Hotel


6th November 2018

You've seduced me!!
I've never been to the Seychelles but it looks just a magical place to visit; it's on my bucket list now!
6th November 2018

You've seduced me!
These islands are well worth adding to your bucket list. They are unique among islands. We had a lovely time.
6th November 2018

Living in a postcard
What a dream. That is definitely the way to end your adventure travel, with a little beach vaycay. I’m not sure what I would have enjoyed more, the granite formations or floating around in the ocean all day. Happy birthday MJ and thank you for sharing the Seychelles with us!
6th November 2018

Living in a postcard
These islands are dreamy. It was a great place to relax, slow down, celebrate and get the African dust off our bodies. It was amazing to float around all day. One of the things I do very well.
6th November 2018
What are these

Tropical plants
This is a wild ginger plant that's found in a lot of tropical countries. Also known as spiked spiralflag ginger or Indian head ginger. They are really pretty, we have them at our villas on Koh Samui and they are lovely!
6th November 2018
What are these

Tropical plants
Wild ginger.... the mystery is solved. They certainly are pretty. They are exotically tropical.
6th November 2018
Unique plants

More tropical plants!
That's a banana flower :)
6th November 2018
Unique plants

More tropical plants!
Thank you for helping us identify all these beauties. I was going to do a google search but wasn't sure how to describe it. Thank you.
6th November 2018

too much beach
I live in the Philippines where we have some of the most beautiful beaches but I still want to visit the Maldives and the Caribbean to see beautiful beaches. One can never get enough of them. Your time in the Seychelles sounds so relaxing
6th November 2018

Too much beach
We've been to some of your wonderful Philippine beaches but this one is a bit unique. The Maldives are on our list also. The Seychelles was the perfect place to relax.
6th November 2018

Plunge Pool Dreaming ....
Living the life of your dreams - you certainly are. MJ - Hope you enjoyed your birthday, you will have to get Dave build you a 'plunge pool' at your retirement home as a belated birthday gift!
6th November 2018

Plunge pool dreamin
This trip certainly exceeded my birthday celebration expectations. These islands are marvelous. Thanks for following along and commenting. Were in a condo so Dave can’t build me a plunge pool but we will find others to enjoy in the future I’m sure.
6th November 2018

Amazing
Such a beautiful place with space to just relax and recharge.Did I miss Brutus or was he sleeping on the beach?
6th November 2018

Amazing
Indeed... beautiful. Brutus is in the plunge pool with Dave.
6th November 2018

Always wanted to go
I've always wanted to go to the Seychelles, along with the Maldives. It looks like the Seychelles are everything I imagined, and more. Glad you had a great time and are ready to keep traveling.
6th November 2018

Always wanted to go
You must! Yes, the Maldives are on our list but for me the Seychelles has always been significantly higher. Nothing better than Sea Therapy!
6th November 2018

SEYCHELLES
JOHN WILL HAVE TO PICK SOMETHING TO ADD TO THAT NEWLY ADDED MUST SEE.
6th November 2018

Seychelles!
Oh my gosh we miss you and John. The Seychelles are beautiful. A little slice of scenic heaven.
6th November 2018

You Guys Know How to Live...
Loved your blog, and your photos are spectacular!. As I sit here on a rainy cold blustery day in Canada, I can't help but drool over your photos & your blog. I too love those granite rock formations and am a sucker for crystal clear waters. And you had me at 'tortoise'...I LOVE these exquisite animals who may hold the key to human immortality. Happy belated birthday MJ & you guys keep up the good work! (PS Oprah turns up in my blogs all the time too. I am waiting for her to 'adopt' me, so I can partake in all these adventures I see my fellow bloggers enjoying. I'm pretty witty & fun to be around (ahem)...Not sure she wants me with a husband & 3 teens daughters but a girl can dream!) ;) The Sychelles are impressive, and it was great to go along with you.
6th November 2018

You guys know how to live...
Thank you for following along and commenting. We are much older than you and have worked hard, saved, and now time to play. Becoming a nurse is one of my smarter decisions. We can always find jobs and make a decent living which allows us to travel annually. Our friends spend lots of money on toys and we spend it on travel. We keep our cars 10+ years and do without unnecessary items. It is all about choices. The Seychelles were fabulous. Thanks for the birthday wishes. The tortoises were amazing. If we see Oprah we will put in a good word for you. Thanks again for following along.
6th November 2018

Living your dream
And feeling at home....I am glad that both Dave and MJ, you felt your comfort zone...the beach and the water. Never been to Seychelles, but sure in the bucket list...some day. The sunset pictures are gorgeous. Come home safe.
6th November 2018

Living your dream
Yes we were in our comfort zone. Keep in mind that the Seychelles is an easy flight back from Africa. It breaks up the trip. You've got time to book a flight.
7th November 2018
Each moment is different

Living in a postcard
What a wonderful way to unwind as the memories of your southern African safari wash over you...pristine beaches and vistas of the Seychelles...looks like Heaven is supposed to be. Brilliant pics. So MJ's birthday has come and gone...David grinning like a Cheshire cat as usual...ahhh...sometimes you are allowed to wonder what the poor people are doing!!!
8th November 2018
Each moment is different

The Seychelles
Dangerous Dave here.....a fabulous trip with a great ending. We even had a plunge pool on our balcony. Great pics were easy to come by it was that beautiful. Yep.....I just sit back and reflect on how lucky I am.......
7th November 2018
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La Digue
Spectacular
7th November 2018
La Digue, Seychelles

La Digue
Thanks David
8th November 2018

What an amazing trip you've had!!!
Such a contrast from animal safaris in southern Africa and the white sands, azure water, and granite boulders of the Seychelles. Happy birthday, MJ, as you really know how to celebrate!
8th November 2018

What an amazing trip
Yes, we planned and saved for this one for a wile. It was more special than I could have imagined. Our travel agent is from South Africa and specializes in this sort of thing. She helped make all the right decisions for us.
10th November 2018
Coco de Mer

Is 12 days enough?
We have been thinking about visiting the Seychelles. After reading your blog we want to go there even more. I really want to see a Coco de Mer before I die. Two things I'd like to ask you now that I have the chance. Is 12 days enough? Of course you can always stay longer. But we are most likely to go there around Christmas/New Year and then we will have two weeks at the most. Second question: Is it expensive there or can you find decently priced accommodation and food? /Ake
13th November 2018
Coco de Mer

Is 12 days enough?
Yes, you can find guest houses that are reasonably priced but not cheap. Yes, you can always stay longer but I felt 12 days was enough to see the 3 islands we went to. We had planned to scuba dive and in the end did not... since we didn't dive 10 days would have been enough or we would have opted to go to another island. I would like to see Cousins islands. The Coco de Mer is very cool You will be happy you went to these islands. We enjoyed all three. I would not skip any of the ones we went to.... now you may want to go to others.
12th November 2018

Living the life!
As if Africa wasn't enough! Ah, I loved the Seychelles and thanks for sharing, it brought back many memories. What a beautiful Archipelago. Looking forward to your next destination.
13th November 2018

Living the Life!!
Yes, it is always good to end at a beach and relax. The Seychelles are so beautiful and primitive. Indeed a stunning archipelago. We won't be traveling right away. Now it is time to work and save for the next adventure. Thanks for commenting. MJ
19th November 2018

You may have seduced me
We have a four day weekend coming up and I loved your blog about the Seychelles. It's a 4.5 hour flight from Dubai and I may go there. I liked the description of the Carana Beach Hotel - would it be hard to do a day trip to a nearby island? Or would I basically be confined to Mahe?
20th November 2018

May have seduced you.
Book your trip! Yes, you can do day trips to the various islands. I think the furthest island is two hours away. We liked staying on each island but you could do it either way.
19th November 2018

Somewhere warm?
Another great blog that tempts us to go somewhere warm... We may just do that? The colours in the Seychelles are amazing - such nice flowers and tasty looking food. I am craving the Mango Margarita as I sip my morning coffee - and avocados! I had almost forgotten about them. I am always thrilled to see you enjoying great food wherever you go. D
20th November 2018

Somewhere warm
I know it is your nature to thrive in the Arctic or Antarctic but you need variety. So many wonderful islands in the world. Nothing better than fresh mango. We are foodies and manage to find wonderful selections wherever we go. Thanks for commenting.
24th November 2018

Wow!
Wow! What an absolutely stunning place! Beautiful and unique vistas, such beautiful colours! A very inspiring read indeed! And what a perfect way to finish off your birthday celebration travels! I imagine indeed that the dust of the African road was well and truly washed away on the Seychelles 😊 Thank you for allowing me to travel on this amazing journey with you 😊
24th November 2018

Wow!
The Seychelles are grand and the perfect place to relax and end a few weeks of travel. It was a great birthday trip.
2nd December 2018

Wondrous !
Magnificent colours of the ocean and beaches and the fabulous granites... surely heaven on Earth ..and no doubt well deserved , you will have worked very hard to save for this trip of a lifetime. What a splendid birthday present for you MJ. How will you top these weeks of travel experience in Africa.
3rd December 2018

Wondrous
It was a great trip. We did save a long time for this trip and our next trip. Our next trip will be in 2020 and we are going to Antarctica, Chile and Argentina. Thanks for following along.

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