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Seychelles is the ideal dream holiday destination. Calm azure waters, deserted beaches, turquoise lagoons, mountains, palm-fringed granite rock enclaves, white sandy beaches and brilliant coral reefs full of marine life make this the reality of your childhood pirate cove dreams. Of the 115 islands, only the three biggest ones are really inhabited, while some are accessible for hiking and great snorkelling opportunities. There is no better feeling than to take a scenic hike through lush vegetation across the ridge that covers the main island of Mahe and to then arrive at a deserted and perfect beach with welcoming water.
Seychelles is a very clean island and has recently been identified as the country with the cleanest air in the world.
The inticing Praslin and La Digue also features on our hand-crafted itinerary. Read on to find out why.
Day 1: Mahé
Depart from OR Tambo International Airport to Mahé International Airport on Seychelle’s main island, Mahé. Met by the Toerboer representative/guide with a bottle of water.
After we’ve made sure everyone has exchanged money and have their entire luggage with them, we depart from the airport to our hotel, Hotel Casadani, for the next four nights in the well-known Beau Vallon Beach area. On arrival and after checking in, depending on your arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure to relax after the long flight. The beach is a short walk from the hotel – the soft sand and clear water is the place to be while the sun sets over the ocean.
Dinner tonight is at the CasaDani Restaurant.
Day 2: Mahé
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart via local bus to Bel Ombre from where we start our first exploration on foot of the main island. Our walk takes us along the most beautiful coastline with views of the azure blue waters as far as the eye can see. We arrive at Anse Major and the small beach fringed with green vegetation and mountains. We enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. Take a well-deserved swim and relax on the beach before starting the hike back. Alternatively, take the water taxi back to Beau Vallon (R250 pp).
Dinner is at the CasaDani Restaurant.
Day 3: Mahé
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart in a private minibus taxi to a drop-off point from where we will start our hike across the island. We follow a route that was used by the Roman Catholics during the Second World War through the Morne Seychelles National Park. Our guide has a vast knowledge of the local fauna and flora that we encounter along the way.
We hike through a lost world of mountains, forests and glimpses of the Indian Ocean far below before we reach Port Launay Marine Park in time for lunch. After lunch underneath the trees, it is time for a swim. We spend the biggest part of the afternoon here relaxing and enjoying the sun, sea and sand.
At 17:00 we depart with a local bus for the drive back across the middle of the island to Beau Vallon. The road we take is a beautiful one and a great way to see the island from a local’s perspective.
Day 4: Praslin
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart in a private minibus taxi to the tiny capital, Victoria. Here we visit the Clocktower, the market, a Hindu Temple, a cathedral, botanical gardens and enjoy a typical Creole lunch.
After lunch enjoy some free time to explore the island on your own or partake in any of the optional activities on offer:
In the afternoon we transfer to the second biggest island, Praslin. Our accommodation will be at the Casadani Luxury Apartments.
Day 5: Praslin
After breakfast, we depart for the Vallée de Mai World Heritage Site. This is only one of two places in the world where one can see the rare coco de mer palms (“coco fesses” or coconut buttocks) in their natural habitat. We undertake a three-hour walk through the park where we view the unique coco de mer as well as five other endemic palms. If we are lucky enough, we can also see the black parrot.
Lunch is a served at a local restaurant. The afternoon is free to explore Praslin, go swimming or enjoy some more fresh food at one of the restaurants along the beautiful beachfront.
Dinner is at the guest house.
Day 6: Praslin
After another wonderful breakfast, we depart at 09:00 with private taxi to a drop-off point where we start our two and a half hour hike across Praslin along a deserted path. We pass the Plaine de Hollandaise cemetery close to the top of the hike before heading down into one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – Anse Lazio. It is even more beautiful after a walk. Take a refreshing swim in the ocean and feel like a king. This is also one of the few beaches that we visit with waves where you can practice your body-surfing.
Lunch is a typical Creole take-away served on the beach. We spend most of the day at Anse Lazio before taking the public bus back to our accommodation.
Dinner is at the guest house.
Day 7: Praslin
After breakfast, we walk the short distance to catch the boat that will take us to Curieuse Island. Curieuse is a granite island that was a leper colony between 1833 and 1965. It is now used as a breeding centre for giant Aldabra tortoises. We take a short tour around the tortoise pens after which we explore the rest of the island, passing mangroves and structures that were in use during the leper colony time. Lunch is a traditional barbeque on the beach.
Enjoy some relaxing time – remember to bring your snorkelling equipment along! The house of Dr McGregor has also been restored and is now a museum that reflects live on the island. We also visit the St Pierre Islet on the way back for one of those otherworldly Seychelles underwater experiences.
Dinner is at a local restaurant.
Day 8: La Digue
Today we depart Praslin and head to the third biggest island of Seychelles – La Digue. The ferry trip takes fifteen minutes. After a brief rest at our accommodation, the beautiful Paradise Fly Catcher Lodge, we depart on a walking exploration of the island.
We take a hike up the steep road that leads to Bellevue and Nid D’Aigle (Eagle’s Nest) from where we enjoy the most beautiful views of La Digue and the island’s beyond.
We will have a picnic lunch after descending from the top of the island. From here, we hike to the incredibly beautiful Anse Source D’Argent beach. To get there, we first walk through a Coconut Oil Production area and a vanilla plantation. Spend the rest of the afternoon lost on this stunning beach – wander around the granite rocks and up the hidden paths to find the hidden treasure – solitude in one of the most beautiful spots on earth.
A dinner of fresh seafood is served at the accommodation.
Day 9: La Digue
Breakfast is enjoyed in the lovely garden at our accommodation. Today we explore the area beyond Anse Source D’Argent on kayaks. The kayaking is easy along the “lagoon” and we reach a deserted beach at Bonnet Carré where we relax and do some more exploring on foot.
Return for lunch and a free afternoon. Use this time to rent a bicycle and explore the rest of the island. Cycling is easy and it is worthwhile to ride to Grand Anse.
Dinner is served at the guest house.
Day 10: Mahé
Breakfast is once again enjoyed in the lovely garden at the accommodation.
We take a thirty minute walk to the harbour where we catch a boat to Coco Island where we jump in the clear water for a great snorkelling experience. From here we transfer by boat to Felicite Island for even better (perhaps the best in the Indian Ocean) snorkelling. Think black tip reef sharks (small ones), sea turtles, eagle rays and a multitude of colourful fishes.
We return to La Digue for lunch. In the afternoon we depart back to Mahé to ensure that we are ready for our flight home the next day
Dinner is own expense in town.
Day 11: HOME
After an early breakfast we transfer to the airport in time for our flight back home.
TIPS We recommend the following: R 50 - R100 per person per day for your full-time guide, R 50 per day for a site guide (ie Jeffrey’s Bay Surfing), R20 - R30 per day for other staff