We are off to Seychelles in mid November… and we can’t wait to hit the azure blue waters and the emerald green hills. We have been figuring out what to do during the week… browsing the net, reading books and magazines and speaking to those who have already been there. Options are plenty, ranging from doing nothing on the sunbed to diving and hiking. Obviously, Ankur wants to do the former and I want to do the latter. With quite some effort, we have finally come up with an itinerary that makes both of us smile.
Here is what it looks like….
Mahe: Day 1 and Day 2
Our flight lands in Mahe at 7 am, which means we get the entire day to ourselves. We intend to rent a car at the airport and head straight to Kempinski. Considering that Seychelles is renowned for luxury resorts, we thought that we should experience it for at least 2 days. The intention is to enjoy the property’s facilities… restaurants, pool, bar, private beach, spa. In fact, we are looking forward to a relaxing massage in spa and letting the bubbly flow while watching the sunset. A little pampering hurts no one, does it?
Needless to say, I believe that Ankur will enjoy these two days the most.
On Day 2, we may go for a hike to Morne Blanc, which will takes us to an elevation of about 850 meters. The hike typically takes 60 – 90 minutes one way. Reviews of the same say that views from the top make the effort worthwhile. A little exercise should help us enjoy a sinful dinner at the Kempenski even more!
Praslin : Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5
Praslin is home to the famous national park Vallee de Mai, the only place in the world to see the Coco de Mer tree is found in its natural habitat. Coco de Mer is the largest nut in the world.The mature fruit is 40–50 cm in diameter and weighs 15–30 kg. The park is said to be the original site of the Garden of Eden and I am sure that there is a reason for it! The park has a few walking trails, the longest one taking 3 hours to complete. On Day 3, we intend explore Vallee de Mai for a few hours, with a picnic basket in hand.
I am not sure how much energy we would have in us after having walked through Vallee de Mai… but if we do have any energy left after the walk, we would love to spend the evening with some bubbly on Anse Kerlan, a quiet beach on the Western side of the island, renowned for pretty sunsets.
For Day 4, Ankur and I have different plans. Weather permitting, I intend to go for a two cylinder dive on a dive boat. I am sure the crystal clear waters are full of life forms that are even more colourful than a rainbow. The dive school is at Anse Volbert, very close to our B&B. Possibly, I would be gone for the first half of the day, which gives Ankur ample time to down a couple of beers and watch the waves wash the sandy shores.
Post lunch, we intend to visit Anse Lazio, which is supposed to be the prettiest beach on Praslin. This beach is not accessible by public transport and we would definitely need to rent a car. I haven’t been able to find details of any restaurants in this area. Hence, we are contemplating carrying a packed sunset supper with some wine for Ankur and some fruit juice for me. One of us needs to be sober to drive back… and hence the juice!
Day 5 is devoted to beach hopping on the island of Praslin, with a fancy lunch at one of the classy resorts on the island. We would love to try some Creole cuisine and do hope that there are some vegetarian items on the menu.
An alternate plan that we are toying with is to explore the tiny island of Curieuse, just off the Praslin coast. Curieuse island is home to over 150 Coco de Mer trees and over 300 giant Albadra tortoises. Lets see what we feel like doing… driving around in our car… or hopping across to the neighboring island!
La Digue : Day 5 and Day 6
On Day 5, we intend to hop on a morning ferry and reach the little island of La Digue a couple of hours before noon. Apparently, life runs at an easy pace here and no motorised vehicles are allowed. Most tourists rent bicycles and hop from one beach to the other, which is what we want to do! We have no plans on which beaches we will visit, and which ones we won’t… so long as one evening is spent on Anse Source d’Argent – one of the most photographed beaches in the world. This is our day to feel like kids who have recently learnt to ride a bicycle and can do what they want in Nature’s lap!
Day 6 is devoted to our fins! The best snorkelling in Seychelles is supposed to be around Coco Island. We plan to do a day trip, hopping from one neighbouring island to the other (including Coco Island), with our snorkeling gear. We did snorkel a lot in Maldives earlier… and the thought of swimming with turtles is making us feel super excited again!
Victoria, Mahe: Day 7
We will reach Mahe by noon on Day 7 and exploring the smallest capital city of the world is on the cards. I am very keen on seeing the Hindu temple in the capital… its always nice to find something that reminds one of home! I am equally excited about seeing the architecture of the churches that sings tales of the past. While I would be happy looking at structures, I am sure Ankur would prefer chatting up with a local on what the Creole culture is all about.
While we would love to spend more time in Victoria, we won’t have the liberty of doing so as our flight departs from Mahe at 9 pm. The thought of the vacation ending isn’t making me feel great, even though I am simply writing the itinerary now!
Hopefully, another island nation will soon make to our list. Until then, stay tuned… posts and pictures coming up from Seychelles, starting mid November.