Where to get rupees ?
The exchange rate in banks is really high, if you change your money there, you’ll get around five rupees for a euro. Although it is illegal to change money on the black market, you will find plenty of little Indian shops, where you can get a better rate (sometimes 9 rupees for a euro). People will come to you on the beaches as well, in Beau Vallon for example. If you change a large amount at once, you get better rates. But once again it is illegal and risky, and at the end of your stay, if you have money left and want to change it back into your currency, you will need a paper attesting you changed it at the bank.
The fruits of this local tree have a bright red color and it was used in order to produce lipsticks. You will see such a tree in the "Jardin du Roi" and the guide will also open a fruit for you and show you the flesh, red as blood.
Dropping down into the crystal clear Indian Ocean at Shark Bank a minute later a Whitetip Reef Shark emerged. This was followed by the sighting of a Bull Shark, a few minutes later a Grey Reef Shark said hello. Suddenly someone made a noise behind me and as I looked up a massive 9 meter Whale Shark cruised by. An amazing dive - and one of the best dives I have made on all five continents.
I dived with the Underwater Centre Seychelles a smooth running operation that operates daily dive trips to several of the reefs and dive spots around Mahe. All equipment can be hired at the dive centre.
How to get invited in a 5 stars hotel
Well, it's quite simple actually... Find a nice couple on honeymoon, and get invited in their 5-stars Resort on Sainte Anne Island, with private access...
Nooooooo, I'm kidding, we met Natalia and Daniel in Victoria and immediately got on well with them, so we decided to rent a car and visit the island together. They first invited us on Sainte Anne, so as their guests, we could take the free shuttle and enjoy the pool and surroundings of this wonderful Resort. We even went snorkeling in the Marine Park - again for free - with the hotel boat. Thanks to you guys !
Sans Souci - a great Viewpoint
Sans Souci in Mahe is a scenic viewpoint high above the town of Victoria, where all of these photos were taken, when we came back from our halday-tour of the island Mahe. We were also lucky to see a "flying fox" / Fliegender Hund, quite a large bat (see my last pic!).
Some of the islands in front of Victoria are artificial islands.
In order to get there by taxi you might need about 10-15 minutes one way !