When you are invited by one of your nearest and dearest to join them for a week in paradise, you don’t say no. Sun, sea, adventure, and LOTS of laughs was just what was needed to make it through the final stretch of this year.
So after a very pleasant 4 and a half hour flight, a dream after many a Melbourne via Dubai trips this year, I landed on Mahe, ready for a week of switching off.
We spent our first two and last two nights on Eden Island. This beautiful man-made island is about 3.5 km outside of the capital, Victoria. With so much to do and see on the island itself, I needed at least another week there.
On the morning of the third day, we packed up everything and boarded “C’est La Vie’, our home for the next three nights. From here we did the ‘crossing’ from Mahe to Praslin, the second biggest Island in the Seychelles. We docked in the beautiful bay, Anse Lazio, and got to work snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, and relaxing.
In the morning, after a visit ashore to see the giant tortoises, we were up anchor and off to our next exotic island destination, Felicite. Much smaller than Praslin, this beautiful island has some of the best snorkeling spots around. We saw everything from turtles, parrot fish, to reef sharks, rays, and even an eel. It is also home to the Six senses Zil Pasyon resort and spa which looked unbelievably relaxing, remote and serene from where we were docked.
Our next stop was La Digue. A slightly bigger island to the south of Felicite. My favourite day by far, we rented bikes, explored the island, enjoyed local cuisine at Fish Trap, sipped cocktails by the pool at le Domain de L’Orangeraie and made some great memories.
After the ‘crossing’ back to Eden and a quick snorkel in the St Anne Marine National park, we were back on solid ground and ready for dinner and drinks at the local favourite, Bravo restaurant.
On the final day of my trip, I was treated to a hike with the most incredible views of the islands, as well as a tour of Mahe and a stop at the very famous Takamaka beach, from which, the island’s locally produced rum, takes its name.
Seychelles, I will be back.
Photo cred: Neil, thanks for some of the snaps!