We’ve only ever heard “Seychelles” and “expensive” used in one sentence - so imagine our delight when we discovered that we could explore turquoise beaches and sip on cocktails without having to spend a fortune.
All of that and because we’re South African, we did not require visas either. 🤗
Seychelles is an African country, located in the Indian Ocean - North East of Madagascar.
It consists of 115 islands but most are uninhabited, the top three islands are:
- Mahé, definitely for those with a budget
- Praslin, for the rich and famous
- La Digue, the smallest of the three
All islands are accessible by using a ferry, however, it would be best to stick to one if you’re traveling on a budget.
Its capital is called Victoria, located on Mahé island and named after the British Queen Victoria (The Republic of Seychelles gained its independence from Great Britain in 1976).
Their official currency is the Seychellois Rupee - currently 1 to the Rand.
We were a group of friends and our trip was planned well in advance, 10 months in advance to be exact.
Seychelles is directly accessible from South Africa but we were ecstatic to find out that our flight had a stop-over in Kenya - two birds with one stone - YASSSS!
WE CAN`T WAIT TO SHARE OUR EXPERIENCE IN KENYA EITHER - what is travelling if you don`t have a good story to tell, right?
Most items are imported to the island, we recommend that you pack all your necessities.
We booked in at a hotel approximately 15 minutes from the airport - La Relax Hotel and Restaurant.
Clean rooms, beautiful views, great service and our breakfast was included.
Beaches, restaurants and a bus stop was within walking distance.
This is where we had the most fun! A bus ride is R7, imagine our excitement when we realised that!
HOLD ON THOUGH, yes we mean literally. These bus rides are wild, you will be in for one hell of a rollercoaster ride.
PLACES TO VISIT:
Beaches obviously, 5 Star lodges are open to the public too. Beau Vallon beach is a favourite amongst locals and tourists.
Be sure too visit Victoria town for some historical architecture - probably the cleanest town we have seen.
- Historic Museum
- Hindu Temple
- Little Big Ben
- Takamata Rum Distillery
- Tea Factory
- Sir Selwyn Clarke Market
- Michael Adams Paintings Studio
- Victoria Market
- Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate Conception
Spent our evening welcoming the year with the locals in Victoria, new years eve is about family, church and celebrations! We also went hiking up Copolia Hiking Trail a day after New Year`s Day - with vodka and sandals.
DO NOT try that, we repeat, DO NOT.
Five days on this beautiful island was definitely not enough...
We can't wait to return and you are definitely joining us, right?!! 🙂