Yes, Mahé is a quite mountainous island and offers plenty of trekking possibilities !
The Morne Seychellois can be seen from almost everywhere on the island and contrasts so well with the beautiful white colour of the sand of the beaches.
This is a picture of the "Three Brothers Mountain" taken in Victoria.
We all use pepper, nutmegs and other spices... but we never see it growing. I really liked to see the plants and trees bearing those spices or exotic fruits we find in our supermarkets. Mango, corossol, papaya, guava, etc... It's funny to see how they grow "in real" :-)
I don't know for Praslin and La Digue, but on Mahé, there is a spice garden called Jardin du Roi, where you can get informations about those exotic fruits and spices.
The famous Vallee de Mai on the island of Praslin, is the only place in the world where the giant Coco de Mer grows. This lush, tropical valley is the most important national park in the Seychelles. Early explorers thought that this was the Garden of Eden.
You can see a great variety of wildlife here. As well as the Coco de Mer trees and fruits, I saw Latannyen Lat Palms, Horne's and Seychelles Pandanus, Jackfruit, Bronze-eyed and Green Geckoes and Fruit Bats plus several species of birds, including Seychelles Sunbirds.
This little offshore island is home to several endangered species, it is a breeding site for seabirds and turtles. A special reserve for Birdlife Seychelles.
We got to meet George, the 150 year old turtle that likes his neck stroked.
We were also lucky enough to see a Hawksbill turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs.
L'Union coconut and vanilla plantation on the island of La Digue is the most picturesque and interesting in the Seychelles. The old, French plantation owner's house is now used as a holiday home by the president of the Seychelles, and Tony Blair and his family stayed there.
It is still, nonetheless, a working plantation, where copra is produced.
Don't miss Mahé, please ! The largest island of the Seychelles is home to the capital, Victoria, and really deserves a visit :-) Eight days weren't enough to me to discover everything it has to offer...
See my Mahé page for more details !
The picture represents a sculpture of Pierre Poivre, the man who first introduced spices in the Seychelles.
Anse Soleil is one of the beaches of Mahé that I liked the most. Although I lost my snorkeling shoe there :-)
If you click the picture, you'll see that we're not the only ones to love paradisiac beaches... dogs too like to play in the waves when the sand is too hot to stay on :-)
Many beaches are great on Mahé, some small, some bigger, with big waves or calm turquoise water... you'll certainly find the one that suits you best :-)
I've always loved exotic trees and flowers, and since I was a child, I've always dreamt of going to those places where palm trees grow ;-) Well, in Mahé they are everywhere, I wasn't disappointed ;-)
But if you have the opportunity to go to a botanical garden while you are in the Seychelles, do it, it is really worth it ! You'll get explanations on all the trees and tropical plants and flowers that grow there. Very interesting !
This is a most interesting feature of the Seychelles: the granite worn down by the sea, rain, foliage and other erosive forces.
It's a good idea to take some time and simply looking for nice rock formations - they are everywhere. In the morning and afternoon it is easier to catch them on film, with the lower and mellower light and nice plays of shadows.
The best places are near the sea where the waves keep the rocks clean. Access is also a factor.
A primeval rainforest, one of the best reasons to see Praslin.
The Valle de Mai is steamy, exotic, and full of atmosphere.
Giant specimens of our everyday houseplants, a posssible glimps of the rare black parrot that lives here, and a place to observe the Coco de Mer trees.
Could this be the Garden of Eden?
Catkin of the unique male coco de mer has inspired many legends and the theory that it was.
(see t'logue for a lot more pics!)
La Digue Island is an absolute MUST. If you have the chance to go there, stay for a couple of days, hire a bicycle and you'll be able to make excursions to all lovely beaches with their rock formations as well to "inside" places and the beautiful landscapes .
You'll absolutely adore it!
Well, of course Praslin is a wonderful island, too. An absolute MUST: Have a relaxing walk through the " Valle de Mai". That's were the Coco de Mer grows!
Transportation: Do it as most of the Praslins people do - take the bus! Well, I must admit, that sometimes it becomes a small adventure to sightsee the island with these "vehicles", as some of the the streets are very steep and you get the impression the bus would not be able "to make" it at some points ;-) !!!! Well, don't get too scared - they'll manage it in the end! :-)
Car renting on Praslins is not necessary at all in our opinion.
Best beach (anse): Anse Lazio (very beautiful and a small glanze of what you can expect at La Digue) and Anse Volbert.
To reach Anse Lazio, take the bus, get off at the 2nd last station (well ask for it - I cannot quite remember anymore!) and then have an approx. 20 Min. walk on a steep small street over a hill. Puuuuh, how sweatening - but really worth it! (If you do decide to hire a car - well, in this case, it would save you this exhausting walk over the hill - but I doubt very much that the high expense is really worth it just for that ;-) ! )
We have been told, that it is possible to walk over the mountain to Anse Lazio (there is a trail) from a point at the north-west. We did not try it out though, for reasons of hot temperature. For me, an excursion like this seemed to get too exhausting, but it's said to be really great!
Mahe is the largest of Seychelles Islands and the main one. You can easily spend one week or more there. I would suggest to rent a car for at least 3 days. Beau Vallon Bay is the nicest and largest beach and most of the tourist are there (but it is not crowded at all)! But you can find beautiful small beaches, too, where you are totally "on your own"!
Where there are no tourists disturbing them huge crabs rummage about on land looking for edibles. At daytime their lairs can be seen as distinct holes in the sandy ground around coconut palm trees. There seems to be two types, one brownish and one much more colorful (red, blue, orange), the latter being the bigger one. They are in a completely different league than the skittish little sand crabs that rush about the sunseekers on the beach during day time.
The bigger type I found on Anse Cayman, the brownish one is very common on Anse Source d'Argent.
When the beach bummers tuck in for the night the coconut crabs come out in force. Just listening to them rustling in the leaf litter is interesting - they are definitely not of the quiet kind...
Bring a torch, and you can see them more clearly.
Aride is a special nature reserve.
It has a large amount of seabirds, colonies of lesser noddy, roseate terns, and frigatebirds.
We also saw white tailed baby Tropicbirds.
It is a great place to spend the day.
Tour the island, have lunch, and then go for a swim. before returning to Praslin.
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