Seychelles, your seduction started years ago and I am happy I accepted. Perhaps it was the images of your clean clear waters, white sandy beaches, couples holding hands as they walked into the sunset or maybe learning that Seychelles citizens are called Seychellois and not Seychellians that sealed the deal. Even though I didn’t have a Mr. Wangechi to walk with me into the sunset, I decided I would dance to your music and be lost in your beautiful crystal clear eyes-you would be my Mr. Wangechi.
A guide to Mahe Island :
Mahe Island is the main and thus most populous Island in Seychelles. I stayed here for the whole duration of my trip.
1) The beaches
The beaches here are excuisite, the water is crystal clear and this easily allows one to see the fish without having to snorkel, while the sand is fine and white, bleach white.
I experienced several beaches in Mahe Island; Beau Vallon, Anse Royal, Takamaka, Anse Soleil among others and each revealed something different from the next-some were all sand, others rock and others a good mix of rocks and sand.
Some of the beaches have few people,making it secluded and super private. I see why Seychelles is famous for couples especially honeymooners *wink, *wink
Yes, I got my own Island now, thanks to Seychelles. I was in Anse Royal and there were hardly any people -my kind of scene. As I walked along the shores, I came across this area that was hived off from public viewing by the colossal rocks that litter Seychelles and it had green palm trees and a white sandy beach. Like Christopher Columbus would do, I claimed this area and named it “Sheshi Island” as it was all mine-Sheshi is my nickname. This truly, is what holidays are made of.
3: Throw Causion to the wind
I am usually a conservative person, serious in some cases and I tend to overthink things-don’t ask how I became an adventurous backpacker. Seychelles chose to convert me into an Islander, to relax, take it easy and just enjoy the moment.
In one instance- on my last day, after having packed all my belongings, I decided to go say goodbye to my new friends-the beaches. I ended up being seduced by the waters to say a proper goodbye, to give a big fuzzy hug in way of a swim, which means I ended up swimming with all my clothes on as I hadn’t carried a swim suit or change of clothes. The Indian Ocean refused to let me go easily, which ended up being a longer hug than planned and that is how I ended up shrugging off my beach shorts, hanging them to dry on a beach bench, as I covered myself with my wet top both to allow it to dry faster as well as to give me a modest cover ** Scream-still can’t believe I did that.
Eden Island is located within Mahe Island and is a luxury residential marina development that was created via land reclamation. It is about 20minutes from Victoria town-the capital city of Seychelles.
The first thing I saw is the marina that comprised of high end yachts, sail boats, cruise ships among others-I was in awe.
It felt like visiting a luxury show room-every single one looked beautiful with some even having helipads with helicopters aboard. I now have a new dream-I need to ride on one of these-if you know someone who can hook me up, please feel free to contact me and make my dreams come true.
The Island also has luxury accomodation and a shopping plaza -all I can say is Luxury just got a new definition. I was in awe, I am still in awe, and all this in Africa!
5: Botanical Gardens
I liked this place as it was not only a beautifully landscaped garden for one to relax in, but it had both the Coco De Mer plant which is a rare species and native to Seychelles as well as being home to the Aldabra Giant Tortoises.Italso has a mini forest one can walk through.
These tortoises are huge and as I looked into their beady eyes, and watched them struggle to walk/move, I could only sympathize with their struggle.
6: Visit Queen Victoria Market
This place enables you to see and experience the hustle and bustle of Victoria.
The shops have a wide array of bright coloured beach clothes, fresh fish from the ocean is available at the fish market, they have shopping malls for all budgets and the buildings here are brightly coloured.
Take time shopping everything from affordable souvenirs to luxury brands, there is something for everyone. You may also have a chance to buy the huge Coco De Mer seeds or see the skeletons of aquatic wildlife.
7: Make friends with the locals
Seychellois are really friendly and everywhere I went, I easily made friends. I had the privillege of making friends with one lady who welcomed me to her home and thereafter a family party/ function that gave me a true taste of Seychelloise culture.
I listened to people speak Creole and listened to Creole and Sega music. When they learnt I was from Kenya, they welcomed me by singing the famous Kiswahili song -Malaika by Miriam Makeba. I also made friends with a gentleman who ended up being my travel buddy and photographer as selfies tend to get a tad bit boring.
8) Go rock climbing
Rocks, rocks, beautiful rocks are everywhere. Seychelles is an Island that seems to be surrounded/covered in large rock boulders.
These rocks are a sight to behold, they are beautiful, they are magnificent and they provide rock climbing escapades-even if not planned. I couldn’t hold myself back, and I climbed atop many of them which allowed me vantage views of most places as well as some form of exercise-dress codes are over-rated.
9) Hold a Coco De Mer
Coco De Mer is a rare species of the palm tree that is native to Seychelles and the seeds are believed to be the largest seeds in the world.
Coco De Mer can also be called double coconut and the shape can be described as, well, like a piece of art, it is open for interpretation.
10) Walk around the town
Victoria is a preety small town,very clean and can easily be covered by foot. I would advise you pick a free map at the airport or at the tourism office to make your walk informative.
11) Taste the food
The variety of delicacies available are diverse. They however are specialists on all things aquatic and fish is a staple meal. Make sure to sample the fruits and natural drinks also readily available.
I had to sample the fresh fish-really good
12: Hang out with fishermen
Fishing is a major part of the peoples culture and major a form of employment. I took time to speak to several fishermen and enjoyed hearing their fishing escapades.
It sent a chill down my spine as some shared tales of being caught up in the rough waters especialy during high tide, how prayer and skill is what enables them to battle the strong winds and yet, they love it. I chose the easier way out this time,thus opted to assist them in freeing the fish from their nets which was a new skill I learnt.
13) Go hiking
Mahe is quite hilly and thus there is great scenery of the hilly areas normally covered by green vegetation and mist and/or clouds.
I enjoyed taking a walk in the morning before the sun shone bright just to enjoy the cool, clean air.
Seychelles has accommodation for all budgets, do not be disheartened by the illusion that they are all luxury accommodation. I was hosted by friends Alex and Ernest and I am forever grateful.
11) Getting Around
There are diverse options for getting around-buses, taxis, boats, ships, walking etc. Since I only visited Mahe Island, I specialized in buses-they are affordable, scheduled, always on time and flexible to visit almost every part of Mahe.
Taxis I used at night time as the buses stop operating at specific hours and to/from the airport due to having luggage. I also highly recommend just taking a walk, the roads are good and the scenery is worth it-chances of getting lost are slim due to the small size of Mahe.
12) Getting there
There are several airlines that fly into Seycheles thus its up to you. You can also arrive there via water thus cruise ships, private yatches etc.You may also opt like what I saw at Eden Island, to arrive via helicopter on a ship :-).
Seychelles, thank you for having me and providing me with such amazing life changing opportunities- it isn’t every day that one gets their own self titled Island. Clearly, you ensured my arrival incidence https://wangechigitahi.co.ke/2017/07/18/busted-in-seychelles/ was compeletely smothered and forgotten by the amaxing experience you offered me. Seychelles isn’t only beaches, for honeymooners and luxury travellers, it is a holiday destination for all types of travellers, even solo travelers like me. There is something for everyone from hiking, fishing, rock climbing, national parks, snorkling, deep sea diving, honeymoon-the list is endless. I plan to visit again so as to have a chance to visit Praslin and La Digue the other two famous Islands where I can spend more time on water activities. I need to learn how to deep sea dive, I want to Island hop, I want to cruise on the Indian ocean, I want…..Ok, I will return, I have to return, you better believe it.