Beau Vallon Things to Do
I went on Suday for the Mass service. There were many expatriates and loclas alike assisitn to the Mass service.
The church, by the way, is very nice, outside and inside.Related to:
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Market stalls behind Beau Vallon beach: Beau Vallon market stalls - lunchtime...
A line of market stalls selling tropical fruit, freshly cooked food and rum-based cocktails stand behind the beach at Beau Vallon, just a short walk from the Coral Strand Hotel. This is the ideal place to come for lunchtime snacks.
It is the site of the popular Wednesday night "Bazar Labrin" – but it was also pretty busy (with stalls, if not with customers) on the Friday afternoon that we were there.
We started with a couple of fresh coconuts to drink. They cost 25 Rupees (£1.25) each and the stallholder hacked them open for us to drink and then to eat the flesh inside. We also purchased four passionfruits (5 Rupees / £0.25 each) from him for the following day's breakfast.
There were several stalls where the owners were grilling fresh fish. We chose one and ordered the "tuna with no bones" on the advice of the man who was doing the grilling. We waited for 5 minutes or so while it was cooked and then served up to us in a polystyrene container with rice and Creole sauce. The Creole sauce was effectively a tomato ketchup with grilled onions – like a hotdog topping! The fish was absolutely delicious and the large portion (75 Rupees / £3.75) was ample for us to share between us.
We then snacked on bags of banana chips (30 Rupees / £1.50 per large bag) – they were actually savoury plantain chips, not sweet at all, but they were very nice.
As we made our way back along the stalls towards the beach, we noticed that a stall selling cocktails, fruit juices and ice teas was setting up. They were still writing out their menu and price list but would be open for business in 10 minutes or so. We set ourselves up on the beach and then returned for cocktails. Rum-based cocktails cost 60 Rupees (£3.00) each and there were four types of homemade rum available; lemongrass, cinnamon, tamarind and a variety infused with oranges and red grapes. We started with a "Traditional Pina Colada" (with lemongrass rum and orange and red grape rum) and a "Traditional Fruit Punch" (with tamarind rum and orange and red grape rum). We then had a couple more of the fruit punches (one with cinnamon rum and one with lemongrass rum). We finished with a very potent "Traditional Mojito" (with lemongrass rum) and an incredibly refreshing non-alcoholic passionfruit juice with ice (25 Rupees / £1.25).
As we left the beach, we returned to the stalls for some dessert. We purchased a couple of slices of a local dessert produced with flour, coconut and vanilla essence which reminded us a little of egg custard (15 Rupees / £0.75 per slice).
The market stalls behind Beau Vallon beach provide good value grilled fish, fresh fruit, sweet desserts and rum-based cocktails!
Beau Vallon Transportation
Buses between Victoria and Beau Vallon
The island of Mahé is well served by an extensive bus network.
Our stay on the island was only a short one. We based ourselves in St Louis (on a hillside between the capital Victoria and the island's most popular beach at Beau Vallon) and found the following bus routes useful:
Bus #21: Victoria – Bel Ombre
Bus #22: Victoria – Beau Vallon
Both of these destinations are within easy walking distance of the beach. The Beau Vallon bus stops a short walk from the Coral Strand Hotel and restaurants at one end of the beach. The Bel Ombre bus stops outside the Fisherman's Cove Hotel at the other end of the beach.
Both buses leave from Platform F at Victoria's central bus station and both stopped right outside the apartment that we were staying in (Morel's St Louis Apartments).
The buses run about every 15 minutes throughout the day and the journey from Victoria to Beau Vallon beach is around 15-20 minutes.
Tickets cost 5 Rupees (£0.25) per person irrespective of length of journey and are purchased from the driver upon boarding the bus. In addition to the standard buses, there are also air-conditioned buses that charge 10 Rupees (£0.50) per journey. We didn't use any of these in Mahé (but did use one on one occasion while on the island of Praslin).
Beau Vallon Shopping
street shops: Buy souvenirs
Ladies were so nice that I almost bought a coco de mer. But I did not have enough money (I was sleeping on the beach, during 2 weeks).
What to buy: Coco de mer
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Titre de Sejour
I was forced to pay a fee for visiting Seychelles. I could not avoid it
Unique Suggestions: I do not know if there is a way to avoid this tax, but I was forced to pay it and I did not discuss. Perhaps I should have said that I had no menoy, but just paid. The next time, if I ever go back to Seychelles, I will try to avoid it.
Fun Alternatives: Say you have no money to pay that unexopected tax. Unfortunately I was not advised to do so, and I was silly and paid immediately, without discussion.Related to:
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Orientation in Beau Vallon
Favorite thing: You have abnout one hour walking from Victoria to Beau Vallon. Nobody can get lost in Beau Vallon.
Fondest memory: People are the best in Beau Vallon, friendly and helpful. They are not looking to sell you something, a souvenir or to offer a service, but just to be pleasant with you.Related to:
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