At first glance, the Seychelles’ pristine sands and azure waters may seem like a typical beach getaway. But lying on a lounger, with a cool strawberry mango drink in hand, I noticed that these sparsely populated seashores have that deserted island feeling that other beach destinations merely promise. With each rolling wave, and the distant sound of French reggae, I found it easy to fall into the Creole pace of life.
Located about a thousand miles from the east coast of Africa, the Republic of Seychelles is a cluster of 115 islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Known for having some of the best beaches in the world, it wasn’t hard for me to be enchanted by this island nation. There are many beachside boulders, which only add to its charm. They also break up the tides giving way to blue lagoons perfect for wading and snorkeling.
When flying into the Seychelles, you land in the main island of Mahé. Nearby are the smaller islands Praslin and La Digue that are accessible by sea or air. Further out is Curieuse Island where there is a trail from one side of the island to the other. While traversing up the rocky steps, and along elevated wooden walkways, there were many vantage points, and friendly crabs, to guide the way!
Besides relaxing, the islands offer an array of water sports, as well as other activities such as has golfing, horseback riding, hiking, and zip lining. There were a few days of rain, which was a perfect opportunity for me to venture into the capital city of Victoria to explore its pastel colored bungalows and daily downtown market selling fish, fruits, vegetables and spices.
Many of these ingredients are used in the local cuisine, which is a blend of European, African and Asian influences. A notable restaurant was Eden, located on Beau Vallon Beach. True to its name, it is a hidden away paradise where food is prepared in an open-air kitchen. Having my last dinner on the island to the sounds of the ocean perfectly capped my Seychelles experience!