Unique Places in Seychelles

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    Victoria: The Art Nouveau Post Office

    by globetrott Written Apr 17, 2015

    In Victoria the Postoffice was built in Art Nouveau-style, so dont miss to take a closer look for the interior of the postoffice and also for the iron decorations of the windows and the mosaiques on the floor. In front of the postoffice you will see a sculpture of a giant turtle and of a Coco-de-Mer and inside the postoffice most of the walls were made in mahagony. The mail-office of Seychelles also has lovely stamps, that might make a great souvenir.

    How to get there: This lovely postoffice of Victoria is directely at Freedom Square.

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    Queen Victoria looks like Holy Mary

    by globetrott Written Apr 17, 2015

    The town of Victoria was named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain and opposite of the postoffice you will see this small monument for her diamond jubilee. A lot of people confuse this small statue with the mother of god and quite a few local people even make a cross at their face, when passing by, but take a look at the inscription, it is Queen Victoria, standing in front of the palace for justice.

    How to get there: The Fontaine Jubilee du diamand is directely at Freedom Square in Victoria, in front of the palace for justice.

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    St. Pauls Cathedral in Victoria / Mahé

    by globetrott Written Apr 17, 2015

    St. Pauls Cathedral in Victoria on the island Mahé is an anglican church and you will find it not far from the postoffice in Albert Street and about 50 meters from Freedom Square.Saint Pauls Cathedral is open all day for visitors, but the interior is not very special, when it comes to precious works of art.
    But it might be a good place to relax and escape the hot sun for some time, when you walk through Victoria.

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    Church-service is here every sunday at 06.30 + 08.30am

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    Esplanade Fiennes in Victoria / Mahé

    by globetrott Written Apr 16, 2015

    Esplanade Fiennes is a boulevard dating back to 1919 as a part of Francis Rachel Street. It starts at the house of justice and takes you back towards the port, passing along various souvenir-stands and also some interesting colonial houses. In some of these souvenir-stands you will be able to buy a Coco-de-mer, including the certificate that you will need in order to be allowed to export it and also to take it to your own country.
    Be careful about sea-shells and corals, most countries in the world will not allow you to import them, even when you get such a so-called "certificate" !!!
    Some of these things might be legal to sell in the Seychelles, BUT illegal to take into other countries !

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    Ile Hodoul / Hodoul Island in Victoria / Mahé

    by globetrott Updated Apr 16, 2015

    Ile Hodoul / Hodoul Island is a small island in the port of Victoria,there are lots of trees on that island and also 2 buildings, it looks a bit like a spooky treasure-island, and in fact it was used first by a pirate named Jean-Francois Hodoul in 1803 and later the island was used in order to store explosives in a place where it could not harm anybody in town.
    Ile Hodoul is in the "inner Harbour" and you will pass by it, when taking a walk to town from your ship !

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    Pierre Poivre - a local man of history

    by globetrott Written Apr 16, 2015

    In Victoria on the Island of Mahé you will see this monument of Pierre Poivre in front of the hall of Justice at Freedom-square. In the french language Poivre is the expression for pepper and obviously this word was choosen because of Pierre Poivre, (born 23. August 1719 in Lyon; † 6. Januar 1786 in Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d'Or), or maybe it is just a simple coincidence ?
    Pierre Poivre was an expert for gardening but also a missionary in China before he became the governor of Mauritius und Réunion.
    He founded the botanical garden of Victoria and in Mauritius he founded the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden.

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    Art Nouveau in Victoria / Mahé

    by globetrott Written Apr 16, 2015

    Art Nouveau in the Seychelles, that was something I did never expect to find and so it was quite surprising for me to see that there are quite a lot of Art-Nouveau-buildings in Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles ! Obviously the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century was a prosperous time for the Seychelles and the rich merchants were able to engage great, contemporary architects. The cinema of Victoria is such a building, there is also a videothek in the same building nowadays.
    In order to get to the Art-nouveau-cinema just take a walk from the clocktower in direction of the catholic cathedral, it is at almost the end of that street.

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    Anse Volbert - a peaceful village

    by globetrott Written Apr 14, 2015

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    Anse Volbert is certainly some kind of a peacefull paradise like you will hardly find it often in other parts of the world. There are several banks in Praslin and I saw a total of 3 ATM-machines alone in Anse Volbert Village, there are internetcafes and supermarkets and nobody is begging in the streets. Everybody is smiling and friendly to the tourists !
    There is some great vegetation, it looks very nice in the first moment but the climate is also very hot and the worst is the humidity, that makes you a totally wet shirt within quite a short time even without sweating so much. That humidity is also not really good for your camera and other electronic devices, so you better keep them inside a bag, when you dont use them !

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    Anse Volbert - a great beach on Praslin

    by globetrott Written Apr 14, 2015

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    Anse Volbert is a small village on Praslin, where I spent some time at the beach after a haldaytrip over the island.Anse Volbert is one of the best beaches of Praslin and there is a great Hotel there with a beach-bar where we were offered a free drink at the hotelbar of the Berjaya Beach Resort. Our halfdaytour included also some free time at the beach before we were taken back to the ship. The sand is extrafine and the water is quite flat and there are many places to take nice photoshots.
    At the Berjaya Beach Resort Hotel you will find places to change your clothes and you are also welcome there on the beach, the Restaurant and bar, when you stay in another Hotel !

    Anse Volbert Village is about 4 km from Baie St. Anne. Some of our passengers walked all the way & told me, they had a lot of fun & seen lots of nice Details that you would miss, when taking the bus. The population is very friendly against tourists !

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  • rainforest hiking with children

    by helenaxel Updated Sep 26, 2010

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    Just returned from a wonderful 2 weeks on Mahe Island. One of the highlights of the tour was a guided rainforest walk with local expert BASIL BEAUDOIN (tel. 241790/514972). Would recommend everyone to invest in one morning or whole day tour in his company, particularly if you have children with you. As all parents know, children do not like walking - however, with BASIL BEAUDOIN, the whole outing was an exciting, informative adventure and our three children aged 7, 10 and 13 enjoyed the whole morning (4 hours ) and climbed to the top of the Kopolia peak where we experienced the breath-taking views over Victoria and the Ste Anne Marine National Park, and back again without a murmur of complaint. He was attentive, friendly and highly knowledgable, stopping every few metres to explain every plant, tree, insect, frog, hidden bird´s nests, spider´s web and lizard. He was very entertaining with great stories and anecdotes and patiently answered all questions. He took great care of youngest daughter, telling her exactly where to step, where to take care and what to hold on to. He also provided a simple picnic with drinks on reaching the summit - energy to walk down again. The children have learned and retained so much information about the plants and wildlife of the rainforest and also absorbed Basil´s message about looking after nature and the environment generally. A definite must!!

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    Curieuse Island

    by cricketdog Updated Apr 22, 2007

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    Hiking on Curieuse Island is quite an experience. On one side, you have the Doctor's House where Doctor MacGregor treated his leprosy patients and on the other side, you'll visit the tortoise preserve. The hike is relatively easy although the trail is a little rough in areas. I was able to hike it in flip-flops without too much of a problem. During the hike, you'll walk through a mangrove forest and get to see some pretty spectacular views of the ocean.

    The beach near the doctor's house is beautiful. In fact, I thought it was one of the nicest beaches in all of the Seychelles although unless you're there with a group to BBQ, the facilities are very limited. There are no stores on the island.

    Remains of the leper colony, ca. 1873 Feeding a tortoise on Curieuse

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    Fabulous and Beautiful Bird Island

    by cricketdog Written Apr 22, 2007

    If you're looking for a place of quiet solitude with some of the most amazing, unspoiled beaches, Bird Island is the place! Bird is one of the most beautiful islands from a pure "relax and enjoy" perspective. There isn't much to do other than kick back, explore, and read a good book!

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    Wonderful Nature Reserve - Cousin Island

    by cricketdog Written Apr 22, 2007

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    I highly recommend you take the time to go over to Cousin Island for a tour of the nature preserve there. Landing on the island is a blast in itself. Boats are literally launched up on the sand at full-speed from the water. The captain picks up the motor just in time for you to arrive on the island and jump out of the boat without getting your feet wet!

    There are birds all over the place (Fairy Terns, Magpie Robins, and Tropic Birds) and they aren't afraid of humans in the least bit. We also saw a lot of skinks, lizards and hermit crabs.

    The tour guides are very friendly and live on the island to study the birds. The tour was very informative and a great way to see the natural habitat of the Seychelles.

    Turning boat around to bring more people ashore A young Fairy Tern A Tropic Bird with baby A very rare Magpie Robin
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    The waterfall at Morne Seychellois National Park

    by dickiebird Written Dec 12, 2006

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    We searched high and low for this spectacular waterfall, even going on a 4 hour hike into the mountains - finally finding it under our nose just close to Port Launay beach. It is signposted well and is about 1km off the main road.

    There is a nominal charge but it is well worth it. You will also be treated with a close up view of a fruit bat that is captive, but not locked up. What a cute, little guy.

    The pool under the waterfall is deep, but a bit rocky in patches. Do not dive in .... rather slide in and use your feet to discover the deep and shallow parts. But do swim, it is cool and fresh, a perfect end to a beach day!

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    Hermit Crabs changing shells

    by roxane&jose Written Oct 26, 2006

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    If you find a hermit crab, make a virtuall beach in a bucket and throw in some empty shells slightly bigger than the one the crab is living in...chances are he will swap his shell for a bigger model. We saw this happen 4 times.

    Hermit Crab - sporting his new shell Hermit Crab - sporting his new shell Hermit Crab - sporting his new shell Hermit Crab - sporting his new shell Hermit Crab - sporting his new shell
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