Seychelles travel story
What is one of the most common dreams of many people? To escape, at least for a while 'time, from the madness of everyday life and / or problems and / or stressful job in order to seek refuge in a peaceful land where just watch a sunset from a white sandy beach with a sea tropical colors. Well Seychelles may crown this dream, the ingredients are all present, peace and quiet, white beaches of fine coral sand, sea and lagoons with colors ranging from emerald green to turquoise and blue, coral-rich waters, tropical fish and the presence of lush vegetation that surrounds you everywhere.
Beautifully lying in the Indian Ocean, this group of 115 islands have been, for some time, one half dreamed because distant, exclusive and expensive, accessible only to a few or destination for honeymooners. If this was true in the past, to be a bit 'of things have changed time, the fabulous facilities, upmarket resorts, the rich islands are still present but in the margins has developed a more close to that now present in many tourism vacation spots, fact reception in small structures similar to small hotels or B & B based on a reasonable cost bungalows. The advent of the Internet and its spread even in the Seychelles, allowed to approach these islands so simple and straightforward as it is now easy to organize their vacation in "do it yourself", which I did, too. Other services are easily booked via the internet as ferry tickets, excursions and car rental. Mobility in major (Mahe and Praslin islands) is ensured by a bus service with lines that reach almost all places of the islands, however, are cheap you have to have patience and time, times are sometimes "flexible" and unsecured. If your time is limited and your interest is to see the places of interest, the car almost becomes the only solution. The roads are generally narrow but in fairly good condition, the traffic is intense only in the capital Victoria and its surroundings and then only at certain times, it just comes out a little 'things change radically. Though I've read the negative experiences, I have found that the local people driving in a fairly quiet and correct. Rental cars should be made a few comments, the Seychelles are no big companies but local realities, leased cars are in good condition and the costs for the cancellation of the franchise on the CDW are not low, I suggest that it is always good to face them because even a simple accident does not become a problem. A big advantage is the fact that this was NOT required international driving license. Things are different for the other islands of the Seychelles where there is free movement of vehicles as La Digue, so small on this island, the main medium is the rental bike.
And 'the main island of the Seychelles is located in the capital Victoria. This city is one of the smallest capitals in the world, has a small "old town" which revolves around the bustling covered market within and outside of which the fresh fish is sold, fruits and vegetables, the meat here we see little ....... a part of this colorful market, there is more to see in this city, the modern part and newer does not offer interesting insights. Road traffic is quite intense during working hours but are running out and eventually disappear at night. The nightlife is practically nonexistent in this city, after the hours 21 there is no one around except a few local inhabitant, bar-pub or another are almost all closed, and after 22 hours even the little that is open he closes.
Often the Mahé island is seen as a necessary step to enter the Seychelles for onward transit and reach other islands considering this less interesting than the others. In my opinion this is not completely true, this island offers attractive beaches, perhaps less famous than those of the other islands, though the time available permits, I think deserves to stay for a few days. Renting a car you exit from the capital Victoria and things change radically, road traffic is reduced a lot and the south coast beaches and the west can be surprises. L'Anse à la Mouche is one of those bays that I think deserve to be visited, it is a wide inlet which is located in the south-west coast of the island easily accessible by car or by public buses. The long coral sand beach is deep and varies little according to the tides, there are few tourists who are lost on the long beach, much more are the local children have fun in the shallow calm crystal Water management of current-free bay. Here is the chance to make long and relaxing walks. Very similar is Baie Lazare, a long tongue of very white sand spread along the whole bay, the crystal clear water is always calm and warm, immediately inviting you to dive for a nice swim. The extensive tropical vegetation ensures large areas of shade behind the entire beach, few tourists visit it, which are easily dispersed due to the length of the beach. Here, too, we note the presence of many local children playing with water and with fishing boats anchored near the shore, a suitable environment for all those who seek calm and tranquility in large spaces. Then there are other long and wide beaches like Beau Vallon and Anse Boileau with calm waters where bathing is easy even for children, instead for those looking for privacy and tropical corners we find Anse Bouganville or Petit Police to conclude with the beautiful colored bays like the lagoon of Port Glaud.
Island of limited size, smaller than Mahe but large enough to offer variety of landscapes. It can be reached from Mahé is a fast ferry that takes just over 60 minutes or via a domestic air flight of about 15 minutes. The island does not have a city or a reference urban center but several small villages including that of the port which is located in the south of the island in an area of little interest. The airport is on the north west coast of the island in a fairly flat stretch you can build a runway for twin-engine turbo-prop. Island dedicated to tourism is a reference point for its many beaches some of which are subject to the phenomenon of algae during certain seasons. My trip to the islands took place in October, in the period of the change of the monsoon, and have found some beach with a presence of algae on the shore and in the sea contained. The west coast is the least interesting, apart from Grand Anse, which is a long beach and little valued quite neglected, the remaining beaches are mostly shallow and characterized by a certain erosion of the sea that forced in many areas, especially north to Anse Kerlan, the realization of containment barriers in the past. The south coast, one in which there is the port of the island, is uninteresting, the wild Petite Anse is exposed to the open sea and does not offer an easy bathing.
Things are different for the east coast and north of the island, the north is characterized by two famous beaches Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. Anse Lazio is a deep white sand beach fringed with palm trees and tropical vegetation. The sea front is protected by a coral reef so swimming can be difficult if the sea is also only slight. On either side of the beach there are the classic rock formations of granitic nature where you can make a good snorkeling. This beach has had a severe episode of attack by sharks, which brought death to tourists. The authorities have now realized a net barrier to protect tourists. The barrier is only known for the presence of some floating. The beach is easily reached by car and is well served by the public bus service. His reputation implies the presence of many tourists.
Anse Georgette is easily reached by taking the road of the west coast of the island that just ends here. Its uniqueness is the fact that it is located within a luxury resort complete with a golf course, the Lemuria. To access the resort, so the beach for free, it is necessary to book because the number of tourists who accept every day is limitatto and requests are many, I suggest to book early, preferably before starting planning the exact day and sending a request by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, the resort staff is courteous and responds quickly. Once in the resort it will be necessary to follow an internal section and a section of the golf course (very nice) until you get to the beach (see map on the right >>). The beach is hidden and it turns out to tourists after a short stretch of vegetation that closes behind. The beach is beautiful, profound though not very long, delimited to the sides by granite rocks characteristics of these islands. The sea has the characteristic blue and turquoise colors, but you must be careful because the beach is protected by coral reefs and the sea breaking on the shore with significant waves even in calm weather. It 'good to get up early because the best seats (under the palms) are quickly occupied, also the crossing of the golf course (most of the open with ascents and descents) becomes challenging when the sun is high in the sky.
Going down the east coast, we find the wide and long beach of Anse Volbert, from here we start to get to different dive sites among the most interesting of the island, a paradise for lovers of this sport. The beach, of fine white sand, is very long and on it there are several accommodation facilities and a small urban center with shops, markets, bars and dive center. To the south, in the final part of this stretch of coast, there is a little-known beach and not crowded but well worth visiting and living for at least a few hours, is Anse Gouvernement. The sandy stretch, not very deep, consists of fine sand of coral origin as many other beaches, but its uniqueness lies in the lagoon in front with shallow water, warm and emerald green. Walking in this lagoon is really nice and the presence of a rock formation not far from the shore and easy to get increases its charm. The granite formation has been eroded by the sea over the centuries so that now there are small / medium size rocks which in turn create small internal lagoons where the water is clear and calm. The coastal vegetation is, as always, lush and provides shelter from the sun during the hottest hours of the day. It deserves mention also another beach of this east coast of Praslin, the Anse Boudin beach located to the north opposite the island Curieuse at a small town along the road on the east coast that leads to the famous Anse Lazio. Perhaps this proximity to the "big sister" means that this beach is overlooked by tourists, very few are those who stop and that's a shame. Although not up to the "big sister" this beach is a long spit of shallow white sand, sometimes wild vegetation that often overlooks almost the sea, very beautiful sea of emerald green color with aqueous quiet and shallow, for swimming especially for families and children.
La Digue island
The smallest of the three islands I visited, mountainous island that offers the west coast where the most beautiful and famous Anse Seychelles are enclosed that we find in all the postcards, brochures, posters and photographs that represent the best of this archipelago . The island is accessible only by sea via ferries that connect both Praslin that in Mahé. The distance from the island of Praslin is reduced so the crossing takes no more than 20 minutes. There is also a helipad for the few who can afford a helicopter transfer. Gathering information on this island, often read stories of a very simple and natural reality where motor vehicles are prohibited and the only way to get married in the island is bicycles or carts drawn by oxen. All this is now part of the past, tourism has definitely changed this island and things are different, the smaller accommodation (small hotels or B & B) are increased and this will surely benefit of tourists but have also introduced the established mechanical means as taxis, vans, small trucks, SUVs, including loading / unloading forklifts. The port area, which is the island's civil heart, is always busy, as you move away from it the traffic decreases and we find mostly pedestrians and cycling tourists but you have to pay attention to ways and means to pass anyway, as well as we must pay attention to the evening because the public lighting is almost nonexistent. For the tourist, the means to move freely is the bicycle which can be hired in several shops that are located mainly in the vicinity of the port.
The island offers many attractive beaches along its entire perimeter, some are easy to reach others are "embedded" in stretches of rocky coast and more difficult to reach so lightly used but are also the most savage with a very special charm. The most famous and popular are the island's southwest coast, to reach them you need to enter and cross the nature reserve l'Union Reserve whose entrance is free of charge, a daily ticket that allows you to enter and exit from the reserve when He wants part of the day. Some try to evade the payment of the ticket moving on foot along the beach of Anse Union which is accessed just before the height of the heliport, a choice that I disagree. Through the reserve you meet a wider area bordered by a wall in which are housed many giant tortoises typical of these islands which you can easily approach the tourists that offer fresh grass. At the end of the reserve it will reach the most beautiful point that is, Anse Source d'Argent. Its beauty is given by a near-perfect set of natural elements, the white sand, the sea colors ranging from emerald green to turquoise, contained by the presence of tropical vegetation and the many granite boulders warm and the harmonious shapes and colors rounded. The sea front has shallow (uncovered at low tide) protected by a coral reef that is not far away, the beach is very popular with tourists who start to abandon already mid-afternoon and when the sun is low into the sunset rocks assume a more intense hue towards the red by increasing the allure of this stretch of coastline.
From this beach you pass easily at Anse la Source a Jean that represents a logical continuation of Anse Source d'Argent therefore just as beautiful. From here you can then continue south (only by sea) to get to other beaches (very nice) that are located further south, easy thing when the tide is low. Among these is Anse Pierrot, a small beach literally stuck in the rocks that line the stretch of the coast. The wild appearance and the many coconut trees that stretch to the sea make it very characteristic. The sea front is colored blue and turquoise, the water is shallow and calm, the beach is protected by coral reefs. The rocks to extremes to hide it from view as long as you are not particularly close. There are few tourists who reach it and some do not even stop, maybe go on to reach the southernmost tip of the island. Be careful when the tide starts to climb, if you linger too might have some difficulties for the return, there are points where the sea level is high enough
and further north coast beaches are more traditional, but no less interesting as the long Anse Reunion or the smallest Anse Severe. The east coast of the island of La Digue is characterized by other beaches to see and live among them Anse Pataes, a small cove at the north end near a small resort. For me it is a little "gem" in that encloses in a small space that is the best of the Seychelles islands, white sand, palm grove behind rich, crystal clear water of the sea splendid colors, the coral reef that protects it from the open sea, granite rocks on one side, easy snorkeling opportunities near the shore, you want? For all these reasons, the beach is very busy and being small is normally taken by storm and you need to get up early if you want to occupy a favorable place with possibility of using the shadow of palm trees.Continuing south we find other small generally uncrowded beaches for some difficulty bathing given by its depth but ideal for those who love peace. Anse Fourmis is the extreme south of the coast, where the road ends and it becomes difficult to even walk, better reach the coasts of the south-east as Anse Cocos and Grand Anse through the island's interior road.