Left to imagine Seychelles – an archipelago with 115 specks in the Indian Ocean, anyone with an idea about the country will return a picture of paradise. ‘Exquisite ribbons of pearlescent sand lapped by topaz waters and backed by lush hills and big glacis boulders’ is how someone described it. A friend fondly says the Seychelles mirrors for him what heaven will look like. While Prince William and Kate Middleton found nowhere more luxurious, with a dreamlike setting for their honeymoon than in this country. With beaches, so pleasant that making a choice of which to laze on is like picking an ice-cream flavour, loads of diving and snorkelling spots, luxury resorts and plenty of ecotourism experiences, it’s easy to see why those seeking a glamorous tropical getaway rush to Seychelles – a country now famously dubbed ‘The Galàpagos of the Indian Ocean’.
But let’s start with the home—if bitter, truth. Good things don’t come cheap, so don’t expect a holiday in this paradise to be on your usual backpacker’s budget. To start with, don’t contemplate camping and Couch-surfing as alternative accommodation when travelling there. Food is relatively cheaper—outside hotel; for transportation, you’ve got to be ready to rent a bike.
So why do people love Seychelles?
Hmm! That’s quite hard to tell, but its beauty is, no doubt, a lure. I’ll add its nature-rich ambience to the pull factor as well as the opportunities to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, doing different activities.
If you are coming, plan to cycle around the Island. This will allow you to see different places and possibly explore La Digue, and Vallee de Mai, a World Heritage Site. Vallee de Mai has a stunning array of flora and fauna, and it is where you’ll find the world’s largest seed—the Coco de Mer. There is a great, though challenging, hiking opportunity at Morne Seychellois National Park. Here, you can climb Morne Blanc for a panoramic view of the island.
You don’t also want to miss a chance to see Whales and Sharks, and dive in some of the Islands’ incredible diving sites: e.g. Sunset Beach and Sainte Anne.
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