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Nov
2015
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Packing Tips for Seychelles

While packing for an island destination,  I am sure your will pack your swimwear, flip flops, sun protection, shorts and cotton t – shirts.  However, if you really want to enjoy the Seychelles, you need to carry a few more things…

1. Renting a car is the best way to explore the islands of Praslin and Mahe.  Remember to carry your driving license.

Got our own wheels!

Got our own wheels!

2. Carry your own medication,  especially a pill to help you tide over sea sickness if you do intend to hop from one island to another.  We did not see many pharmacies on any of the islands.
3. Invest in a snorkel, mask and fins and take them along. Snorkeling is great off the coast, especially in La Digue.

Our very own snorkeling gear...

Our very own snorkeling gear…

4. Beach shoes are a must have for most beaches where snorkeling is good; there are plenty of sea urchins and broken coral to hurt your soles.

Watch where you step!

Watch where you step!

5. Street lights are far and few. Carry your own flashlight, especially if you want to watch the sunset at the beach and then walk back.
6. Finding good vegetarian food is a challenge.  Your best bet it to either eat at the restaurant of a five star hotel or stay in a self catering accommodation and cook. Carry your salt, pepper and spices in little packs…buy some vegetables from the local market and enjoy your meal …your way!

Aglio olio pasta ...with fresh peppers....for the vegetarian soul!

Aglio olio pasta …with fresh peppers….for the vegetarian soul!

7. The weather forecast is very unreliable in Seychelles and the locals never trust it. If you are visiting during the wet months from November to January, keep a light weight poncho handy cover yourself and your backpack.
8. There are plenty of hiking trails on the island that lead to pristine beaches. It’s best to traverse these paths with good walking shoes.

Taking a break while walking through Vallee De Mai

Taking a break while walking through Vallee De Mai

9. Do colourful pretty birds interest you? If they do, carry your binoculars. We saw the black parrot, the blue headed pegion and even the little humming bird!
10. If you don’t want to invest in an under water camera, buy a water proof pouch for your phone.

Nikon underwater camera, which has gone to a depth of 22 meters

Nikon underwater camera, which has gone to a depth of 22 meters

The corals and fish are so close to you that you would love to capture these precious memories.

Eagle Ray ...10 meters from the beach at Baie Lazare

Eagle Ray …10 meters from the beach at Baie Lazare

Bon voyage…. enjoy the vacation!

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