SEYCHELLES

Seychelles is a comparatively young nation which can trace its first settlement back to 1770 when the islands were first settled by the French, leading a small party of Europeans, Indians and Africans.

Arab sailors almost certainly knew of the Seychelle, indeed the name of the westernmost island Aldabra is derived from the Arabic language, but they were not recorded until the first Europeans saw them. After the explorer Vasco da Gama successfully rounded the Cape of Good Hope and sailed to India from the Atlantic, King Manuel I of Portugal dispatched a series of expeditions to explore and exploit this new trade route. It was the crews of these vessels who spotted the islands at the eastern end of the archipelago in 1503.

Although these early explorers did not land on the remote islands, they did find a larger island on the African coast suitable for settlement, Zanzibar. The island was quickly added to the growing Portuguese Empire, although it was never really occupied by Europeans, and two hundred years later it fell under the control of the Sultan of Oman.

By now other nations were fully exploiting the sea route to India and, after claiming Mauritius, the French sought to fully explore the island chain to the north. In 1756 a ‘Stone of Possession’ was laid on the largest island, initially called Isle de Séchelles in honor of the French Minister of Finance. The name was later applied to the entire group of islands and the largest island took the name Mahé, after the French governor of Mauritius. It is no surprise that many of the Seychelles’ islands also take their names from Frenchmen.

By now the archipelago had become a passage for ships sailing from the African coast to India and France was determined to keep possession of this strategic asset. Colonists settled on many of the islands, bringing African slaves to exploit the islands for timber and spices. 

But their remote location left them vulnerable to foreign powers and, when a British squadron of ships arrived at Mahé in 1794, the French colony surrendered immediately. With the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, the Seychelles, with a population of 3,500, was ceded to Britain under the treaty of Paris in 1814.

Under the British, Seychelles achieved a population of some 7,000 by the year 1825. British rule was more stringently enforced, particularly hitting the colonists in the Seychelles when slavery was abolished by the British Empire in 1835. Planting turned to more profitable crops such as coconuts, particularly on the island of Desroche, which today remains a major export alongside spices and fish. During this period Seychelles also saw the establishment of Victoria as her capital, the exile of numerous troublemakers from the Empire, the devastation caused by the famous Avalanche of 1862 and the economic repercussions of the abolition of slavery.

Seychelles achieved independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth. Following a period of single party rule by the government of Mr. France Albert René, on December 4, 1991, President René announced a return to the multiparty system of government, 1993 saw the first multiparty presidential and legislative elections held under a new constitution in which President René was victorious. President René also won the 1998 and 2003 elections before transferring the Presidency to James Alix Michel in June 2004. 

At the western end of the Seychelles it is possible to see islands and reefs almost exactly as they were when the first European travelers found them more than 500 years ago. At the eastern end, around Mahé and the capital Victoria, the local population, the languages and the architecture reflect the diverse and multi-racial origins of the Seychelles people. As well as being an oasis of nature and wildlife, the Seychelles represent a little oasis of history.

Beautiful boulder strewn beaches, virgin jungles, thriving coral reefs, and UNESCO listed nature reserves are just some of the many attractions of the archipelago's 115 coral and granite islands, which are the peaks of a vast underwater plateau.

The Seychelles lies east of Kenya, near the equator. Almost half their total land area is protected, and many of the islands and atolls are contained within marine sanctuaries. On land, you can hike mountain trails, bask on the ravishing beaches, rock climb, photograph the unique flora and fauna, and dine on mouthwatering Créole cuisine. Aquatic pursuits abound in the clear, azure water. Diving, snorkeling, surfing, and sailing are all world class, and the Seychelles boast some of the richest fishing grounds in the world.

Fly into Mahé, Seychelles International Airport, and catch the 1:30 hour Cat Cocos Ferry to La Digue, via Praslin Island. Soak up the pristine surroundings for a few days in La Digue, then hop across to Praslin and enjoy a few days on this beautiful island paradise. Finally, catch the Cat Cocos Ferry back to Mahe and relax for a few days, before returning home on your international flight. 

Cat Cocos Ferry

Cat Cocos, the leading ferry operator in the Seychelles, has been proudly carrying passengers between Mahe, Praslin and La Digue since 1998. Their modern fleet of catamarans operates daily reliable services between the Inner Islands.

www.catcocos.com

1. Calou Guest House

Calou is the local term for the sap drawn from coconut trees, a famous local drink on la digue, (careful - the level of alcohol is not known in this drink) The Seychellois use the term "one is not enough, but 2 is too much" especially if left overnight to ferment.

Calou Guest House comprises of 5 enchanting bungalows and is visited by visitors from all over the world. The friendly staff ensures a perfect holiday. There is also a small covered fresh water swimming pool.

2. Le Repaire Boutique Hotel

Le Repaire boutique hotel is a small beach front hotel situated near the center of the main village on La Digue. It is within easy walking distance of the jetty, shops, banks, and bicycle hire. The hotel has 18 rooms, 7 standard, 5 superior with sea views and 6 superior beach front rooms, each offering guests the same high level of comfort.

Calou Guest House

Le Repaire Boutique Hotel

Le Repaire Boutique Hotel

1. Les Lauriers Eco Hotel

Les Lauriers Eco Hotel is a family run hotel with a focus on giving you a unique, personal and unforgettable experience. Being environmentally friendly this Hotel strives to respect and preserve Praslin island in every way possible. Relax and unwind at their new swimming pool area with three interconnecting pools and a swim up bar. They have 20 rooms, including 13 new builds. Their existing rooms have been refurbished. The décor and design of the rooms reflect the true beauty of the Seychelles

2. Hotel Le Duc de Praslin

Perfect location combined with world class facilities and amenities, it is no wonder that Le Duc de Praslin is often considered as the ‘Jewel of Cote D’Or’. It is set on Praslin’s outstanding Cote D’Or beach in the Seychelles. The turquoise sea lapping the fine white sand of Cote D’Or beach is your daily playground, just a few steps away from your luxurious retreat amidst lush tropical gardens. Your ideal dream holiday becomes a reality with the widest choice of luxury accommodation and exquisite dining options.

Le Duc de Praslin offers the holiday of a lifetime with exceptional value. The hotel has also invested heavily in green technology earning an enviable credential and reputation for its sustainability.

Hotel Le Duc de Praslin

Hotel Le Duc de Praslin

Hotel Le Duc de Praslin

Les Lauriers Eco Hotel

Les Lauriers Eco Hotel

The fourth largest island in the archipelago, La Digue is a haven for nature lovers and those seeking a glimpse of traditional island life. Motorized vehicles are restricted on the Island, the main means of transport is by bicycle or on foot. When you arrive at La Digue by ferry, you can catch an electric powered taxi to your Hotel and then hire a bicycle for the duration of your stay to get around this small island paradise.

Take in the surroundings with a calming bike ride on this idyllic tropical island. Typically your lodging will arrange a bike rental for you and these bikes are delivered directly to your hotel on La Digue and picked up from your hotel at the end of of your stay.

On La Digue, stunning white sand beaches and granite rock outcrops line the coast, and beach connoisseurs will find one of the planet's most picturesque stretches of sand and sea here, Anse Source D'Argent. Another sightseeing attraction is the Veuve Nature Reserve, home to the endangered black paradise flycatcher, also called "the widow" because of its streaming black tail feathers.

Diving and rock climbing are also popular things to do on the island, and hikers will enjoy La Pass to Grand Anse Trail, which threads past French colonial houses through woodlands and marsh areas to gorgeous Grand Anse beach.

1. Anse Source d'Argent

Famed for being one of the most photographed beaches on the planet, Anse Source d'Argent is a sight to behold. Its dazzling white sands are lapped by shallow emerald waters, backed by some of La Digue's most beautiful granite boulders and shaded by craning coconut palms. Unless you want to wade through watery depths, you will need to pass through the old L'Union Estate coconut plantation to access the beach, which means paying Rs115, valid for a day,

Opening hours is from 6am - 6.30pm

The beach is justifiably popular, so the sands can get crowded with beach goers, particularly as the beach area shrinks at high tide. Coming in the early morning and returning in the late afternoon is a great way to avoid many of the island's day visitors, but remember to keep your entrance ticket.

As the sun starts to descend you can walk around or curl up under the shade of the trees and feel like you have this uninhabited piece of paradise all to yourself. During the day a couple of shacks sell fruit and refreshments, and there are transparent kayaks for rent.

On the way to Anse Source d'Argent you will pass through the L'Union Estate. This historic site centred on L'Union Estate coconut plantation south of La Passe, harbours the Old Plantation House, vanilla plantations, a colonial era graveyard, a boatyard and the obligatory pen of giant tortoises. 

2. Grand Anse beach

On the southeast coast is La Digue's longest beach, Grand Anse. It is a stunning place to sun yourself, and while busier than nearby Petite Anse and Anse Cocos, both accessed by foot only, it sees fewer visitors than Anse Source d'Argent simply because it is further from La Passe.

Two caveats: swimming can be dangerous because of the strong offshore currents during the southeast monsoon, from April to October; and apart from a massive casuarina tree, there is not much shade.

3. Petite Anse

This dramatic crescent of bleached white sand sits between Grande Anse and Anse Cocos on La Digue's southeast coast. Although less than a 300m walk, along a well defined trail, from the northern end of Grande Anse, Petite Anse receives a fraction of the sunbathers. Its only downsides are the lack of shade, but some vendors do set up palm frond shelters, and also the strong riptides that make it dangerous for swimming.

4. Anse Cocos

This wonderfully scenic beach of salt white sand and turquoise water curves gracefully between distant granitic outcrops. What sets it apart from others on this stretch of coast is the beachfront shade offered by casuarina trees and craning palms. It is a fantastic place to flop, and given the effort required to hike here, it is also one of the quietest options. Rip currents are an issue for swimming, but the northern tip of the beach has some protected pools for a dip.

Anse Cocos is reached via a 900m long path that meanders north from behind the juice stands at the southern end of Petite Anse. In total, it is a 1.3km walk from the restaurant on Grande Anse.

6. Day trip snorkeling Little Sister, Felicite & Coco Island

A short boat ride from La Digue is a small and rocky Island, called Coco Island, with prestine clear, turquoise waters. Here snorkeling is an experience of a lifetime. Not far away we will reach Félicité with mostly unbelievably classy waters and a richness of marine life you will never forget. After Coco and Félicité visit Grand Sister where you will find an amazing treasure of underwater life. These three islands are jewels in the see and without doubt among the very best snorkeling spots in the archipelago. This is one of our most popular excursion in Seychelles. For lunch you will get to enjoy a delicious BBQ with fresh fish, chicken, salad, rice and seasonal tropical fruits.

7. Anse Marron

Perhaps the most stunning natural pool and beach combo on the planet, Anse Marron sits nestled behind Gaudíesque granite boulders at the remote southern tip of La Digue. The tiny inlet is truly a hidden morsel of tranquillity, with its sheltered, crystal clear waters providing a surreal location for a swim or snorkel. The sand on this fantastically wild beach is blindingly white, and the fact that it is a difficult journey to reach by foot only adds to its allure.

8. Nid d'Aigle

The highest point on La Digue (333m), commands sensational views out over the island, as well as out to Mahé, Praslin, Curieuse, Félicité, Grande Soeur, Petite Soeur and even Frégate. It's an effort to hike here, but the view is worth every step.

9. Anse Sévère Beach

This beach is easily accessible on the northern outskirts of La Passe, Anse Sévère is a great beach to spend a day on. Set alluringly behind stands of takamaka trees, its jade waters are child friendly, due to the barrier reef, and there is some good snorkelling to boot. Throw in a shack for some tasty lunch and several fresh juice stalls and you are in paradise. Do not leave before you have soaked up the beautiful sunset.

10. Anse Patates

Petite, picture perfect and ideal for a splash or snorkel, this boulder framed beach sits tucked into the northern tip of the island. As it is within sight of camera toting cyclists and pedestrians on the road above, Anse Patates is not the ideal spot for a peaceful afternoon of lounging.

 

Coco Island

Nid d'Aigle

Anse Sévère Beach

Anse Patates

Anse Marron

Grand Anse beach

Petite Anse

Anse Cocos

Little Sister Island

Felicite Island

Anse Source d'Argent

Anse Source d'Argent

Anse Source d'Argent

Anse Source d'Argent

Anse Source d'Argent

Praslin Island lies 44 km northeast of Mahe. It is the second largest granitic island in the Seychelles archipelago. It is home to the world’s largest ‘Coco de Mer’ nut UNESCO reserve. This reserve is called ‘Vallee de Mai’ and is considered as the Sacred Garden of Eden.

1. Anse Volbert

On the northeast coast of Praslin, Anse Volbert, also known as Côte d'Or, is one of the island's most popular beaches. Warm, shallow water laps the sun bleached sands, and coral reefs beckon just offshore. The calm waters are also safe for swimming with small children. Anse Volbert is one of the island's main resort areas and you will find many hotels and restaurants lining the shores.

This is also the area in which both my recommended hotel lodges are located. This is also a good place to stay in Praslin, due to it convienient location with regard to attractions, souvenir shops, beaches, restaurants, shops, dive operators and boat island trips.

2. Anse Lazio Beach

Worthy of its position as one of the best beaches in the Seychelles and perhaps one of the finest in the World. Turquoise waters, fine golden sand. Being one of the top Praslin attractions, it is therefore the most frequented beach on Praslin. You can get there either by car, bus or even by a small trail starting from the other side of the island. There are also restaurants located on the beach. The sunset at Anse Lazio is spectacular and the water is excellent for snorkeling.

3. Curieuse Island Day Trip

Once known as Île Rouge due to its dark brown toned earth, Curieuse Island is now home to a breeding program for giant tortoises, which roam freely around the sandy coves. Curieuse is the only place besides Praslin where the coco de mer palm grows naturally. The island was also once a leper colony, and you can explore the ruins of the leprosarium on the south shore as well as the doctor's house, a preserved national monument. Most of the island is covered with takamaka and casuarina trees, which shade the white sand beaches. Curieuse Island is accessible by boat tours from Praslin Island.

Encounter giant tortoises, walk through the mangroves and explore the beautiful beaches.

4. St Pierre Island

St Pierre is a small pretty island located 2 miles off the east coast of Praslin. It is an unspoilt island ideal for snorkeling as it is surrounded by clear blue sea with plenty of marine creatures. St Pierre Island is uninhabited and is mainly made up of the most beautiful granite rocks which are great for photo shoots. 

5. Vallée de Mai National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallée de Mai National Park on the island of Praslin preserves a prehistoric forest that contains at least 4,000 examples of the rare giant coco de mer fruit palm, unique to the Seychelles. Other plants here include vanilla orchids, palmiste, latanier, splayed traveler's palm, and Chinese fans. Nature lovers, birders, and photographers will enjoy exploring this reserve, where the trees form an overhead canopy, and large prehistoric boulders are strewn across the forest floor. The valley is home to many species of lizards and rare birds such as the Seychelles bulbul; fruit pigeon; and the national bird of the Seychelles, the black parrot. A great way to explore this primeval forest is to wander along the easy marked nature trails. Hiring a guide is highly recommended, so you can learn interesting details about the plants and animals.

6. Cousin Island Day Trip

Established in 1968, Cousin Island is a nature reserve primarily for the Seychelles warbler and the hawksbill turtle. The island lies about 2 km from Praslin Island, and birders can hike the trails to spot some of the Seychelles rare species. Residents include the Seychelles magpie robin, the Seychelles brush warbler, the Seychelles turtledove, and the wedge-tailed shearwater. The reserve also encompasses breeding grounds for lesser noddies, fairy terns, and tropicbirds.

7. Anse Georgette

This small, panoramic beach is among the most beautiful on Praslin Island. It is located at Constance Lemuria Resort. You can get there either through the hotel or by foot path.

8. Fond Ferdinand Reserve

Although Vallee de Mai UNESCO Reserve is the best attraction on Praslin Island, we should not forget about Fond Ferdinand. It is a reserve you should definitely visit during your stay on Praslin and is easily reachable via Consolation road. You have to keep an eye out for a red sign reading Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve pointing in the direction of the reserve. As with other reserves there is an entrance fee to be paid and you are then ushered through the magnificent garden forest. Visitors should note that guided tours are conducted only in the morning as it has to cover an area six times larger than the Vallee De Mai. The winding path through the valley takes two or three hours and it ends at the most beautiful panoramic viewpoint.

Anse Lazio Beach

Vallée de Mai National Park

Cousin Island

St Pierre Island

Anse Volbert

Anse Georgette

Fond Ferdinand Reserve

Curieuse Island

Curieuse Island

Curieuse Island

1. Anse Intendance

One of Mahé's most beautiful beaches, this small and secluded crescent of sand on the island's south coast is a favorite surfing spot thanks to its frequent big swells and wild waves. The lack of a protective reef makes swimming a little rough when tradewinds blow from the southeast, but sunbathers, beachcombers, and photographers will enjoy this picturesque, palm framed beach at any time of year. Turtles nest along the powdery shores here.

2. Baie Lazare

The pretty village of Baie Lazare on Mahé was named after 18th century French explorer Lazare Picault, who landed here when the French government sent him to explore the islands. One of the area's main tourist attractions is the neo-Gothic Baie Lazare Church, dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, which provides a panoramic view of the area. The stunning beaches of Anse Soleil and Petite Anse are favorites, with their striking azure water and dazzling white sand.

3. Morne Seychellois National Park

The largest national park in the Seychelles, Morne Seychellois National Park covers more than 20 percent of the area of Mahé and is a haven for nature lovers and hikers. Within its lush borders lies the mountain chain named after its highest point, Morne Seychellois, which reaches a height of 905 meters and overlooks the capital of Victoria. Hiking trails ascend into the park from the village of Danzil, passing tea plantations and offering spectacular views of the southwest coast of Mahé from the mountain slopes. The moderate Morne Blanc hike is one of the most popular trails and offers spectacular views from its summit. Walking west through the park, hikers will reach the Baie Ternay and Port Launay Marine Parks. To the northwest lies the hamlet of Bel Ombre and the isolated beach at Anse Major.

4. Ste Anne National Marine Park

Encompassing six islands a 15 to 20 minute boat ride off the coast of Mahé near Victoria, Ste Anne National Marine Park became the first national park in the Indian Ocean in 1973. Snorkeling, scuba diving, and glass bottom boat excursions reveal the rich diversity of marine life in the park's coral reefs, and you can explore most of the islands within the reserve on day excursions from Mahé. You can also stay overnight on a few of the islands.

Sainte Anne Island is an important nesting site for hawksbill turtles and home to a luxury resort, Beachcomber Seychelles Sainte Anne. In spite of its mangroves and crocodiles, the island was the site of a 1770 French settlement, the first in the Seychelles.

On Round Island, a former leper colony, you can enjoy a nature walk and stay overnight at the Enchanted Island Resort. Île Cachée is an important breeding site for noddies (type of seabird) and a designated nature reserve. At Cerf Island, you can swim, snorkel, or dive along the beautiful reefs or bask on the uncrowded beaches. You can also base yourself here at the Cerf Island Resort or L'Habitation Hotel. Privately owned Moyenne Island features nature trails; reconstructed settlers' homes; pirate graves; a small, thatched chapel; and giant tortoises. 

5. Beau Vallon Beach

The alluring curve of glittering sand at Beau Vallon, on Mahé's northwest coast, is a magnet for both tourists and locals. Looking out to sea, mountainous Silhouette Island shimmers on the horizon, and hotels fringe the shore. Visitors will find a variety of watersports on offer, including jet skis and water skiing. The sea is usually calm here, especially during the southeast tradewinds, making this a good choice for families with small children. Lifeguards patrol the beach. 

Anse Intendance

Morne Seychellois National Park

Morne Seychellois National Park

Ste Anne National Marine Park

Baie Lazare

Beau Vallon Beach

Beau Vallon Beach

Praslin

 

1. Les Lauriers Restaurant

Open 7 days a week serving their famous Creole Buffet from 7:30pm. Enjoy a range of delicious Creole salads and curries as well as a live BBQ where they grill freshly caught local fish and meats. All cooked to perfection. They also serve an à la carte on a Wednesday night as well as at lunch between 12:30 - 3pm.

Featuring Creole dishes, they also serve Caribbean, seafood, barbecue with a touch of European cuisine. They also offer vegetarian friendly, vegan and gluten free options.

Thursday nights, there is a local band 'Island Vibration' playing live music after dinner.

Reserveations are available with outdoor seating, highchairs, wheelchair accessible, parking, full bar and they accept credit cards.

 

La Digue

 

1. Le Repaire - Italian Restaurant

Excellent Italian restaurant with great food and beverage. Excellent dining experience in a lovely inside and outdoor garden location. Staff are friendly and helpful. There is a good wine selection. Their Italian chef offers traditional pizza, pasta and meat dishes. The chef also offers his own unique fish dishes combining italian flavours with Seychelles red snapper and grouper to create platters truly unique to Le Repaire.

2. Zerof Guest House Restaurant

Offers a daily Creole dinner buffet providing a pleasant respite from your busy day.

3. Fish Trap Restaurant

A trendy restaurant bar, right on the waters edge with great views and an exceptional decor, situated right in the eye of La Digue busiest intersection, La Passe. It offers seafood, creole specialties namely fish in banana leaf, as well as fish and prawns kebabs .The Fisherman's Bar, is an absolute work of art, and awaits you to sip a selection of their signature cocktails. Enjoy their Sunset Cocktail every weekend and the panoramic sea view from the restaurants beach, as you watch the sun set over Praslin .

Live entertainment is hosted with local artist every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Les Lauriers Restaurant

Le Repaire - Italian Restaurant

Zerof Guest House Restaurant

Fish Trap Restaurant

Fish Trap Restaurant

The Seychelles islands are known for a number of things. Right at the top of most peoples’ list would be the beaches, what with their turquoise warm waters, brilliant white sands, palm trees and, well, you’ve got the idea. Another thing most visitors to these islands fall in love with is the Seychelles food, and there is good reason for that. From freshly caught fish, to locally grown fruit, from spicy curries to sweet fried bananas, there is something here for every taste bud and palate.

1. Fresh grilled fish

The Seychelles is home to a countless number of tropical fish species, which local fisherman will sell to you, either from the market in Victoria, or by the side of the road fresh from the boat. Listen out for the sound of a conch shell being blown, the traditional sign that fish has just been brought ashore for sale.

One of the most popular ways to prepare a fish is over the hot coals of a BBQ, often fired by coconut husks to give a wonderful aroma and flavour to the fish. Usually preparation of the fish is minimal,  just some slits down the side into which garlic, ginger and chilli is stuffed, and then grilled to perfection. Barracuda in particular are excellent done in this style.

2. Coconut Curry

Curry is a dish that your average Seychellois adores. This could be something to do with the history of the islands, electricity arrived late, so spices were used as a preservative. Whatever the reason, curry, often based around masala spices, curry leaves, hot chillies and lots of freshly made coconut cream, is a staple.

The ingredients vary, back in the day bat and goat were key ingredients, although you may struggle to find those today. Instead, chicken and fish curries are likely to be on your plate, with Octopus Curry a local Seychelles speciality you should definitely try at least once.

3. Lentils

An often overlooked dish, but a critical side component of a traditional Seychelles curry feast is the humble lentil. In Seychelles, red lentils are a popular staple, served as a side dish with many dishes. These are often cooked for a long time with garlic, onion and ginger, with the result being a fairly yellow paste.

4. Sausage Rougay

One of the all time favourite dishes is “sosis rougay”, or sausage rougay. This is a sausage based dish in a rich tomato and onion sauce, which usually also features garlic, ginger and chilli. The secret to a fabulous sausage rougay though is the type of sausage. Ideally, this dish will be made with local coarse cut salted sausage. This is a little bit like a Tuscan sausage in texture, but a lot saltier, and gives the dish it’s signature flavour. Rougay can also have other ingredients, a salted fish rougay is another favourite Seychelles food!

5. Anything with banana in

The Seychelles, at last count, is home to at least 23 different banana species. From tiny little sweet bananas, to giant plantains that need to be cooked, there is a banana size for everyone. And once you have tried a recently plucked banana you will wonder how you ever coped with the supermarket variety back home.

Bananas are used as a key ingredient in a number of dishes, most notably, desserts. Bananas fried with sugar and butter are a favourite, resulting in a giant, sticky, toffee like mess. Bananas baked with coconut milk and sugar are another classic, the so called Banann ladob. You will also find them flambeed with rum or brandy, fried as chips, and of course, just served as they come. Delicious in every way!

6. Breadfruit

Breadfruit is a remarkably versatile food ingredient, basically imagine it as a giant potato in terms of cooking flexibility. So you can boil it, bake it, mash it and fry it. It can even be cooked in coconut milk and sugar as a dessert option, and breadfruit “ladobe” is a classic Seychelles dessert.

7. Smoked Fish Salad

As you would imagine, the Seychelles has a lot of fish! One popular and traditional way of preserving fish, particularly before the advent of refrigeration, was to smoke it. Smoked fish has a wonderful flavour, and it works particularly well in a cold salad. This can be served with a variety of vegetables with a dressing, and the fish is usually a larger fish with darker meat, like swordfish, sailfish or tuna. It is also popular to use unripe fruits such as mango or papaya in the salad, which adds a tangy zest to the dish.

8. Traditional “Satini”

In the Seychelles a “Satini” is a sort of salad, which consists of finely grated ingredients. This is commonly made with either unripe fruits, such as papaya or golden apple, and mixed with spices and onions. It can also have quite a lot of chilli in, so do beware. Satini can also be made with fish, most commonly shark, and it will usually be yellowed with turmeric spices and look like finely ground meat. Ground coconut is another popular ingredient.

9. Fresh Fruit

Being a tropical paradise, you would think that Seychelles would be blessed with oodles of fresh fruit. And you would be right! There is all sorts of fresh fruit on offer, including mango, papaya, avocado, banana, starfruit, coconut, limes, grapefruit – the list goes on!

10. Traditional Seychelles Snacks

Speaking of snacking, if you find yourself getting hungry, there are a number of traditional Seychelles snack foods that you should try. These can be bought at most corner stores or supermarkets quite easily and cheaply.

Three of the more popular snacks are banana chips, breadfruit chips and “molouk”. The former are deep fried and salted snacks, much like potato chips. The latter is basically deep fried bread dough. Sure, none of those snack options are exactly healthy, but they sure are tasty! If you want a slightly healthier, not deep fried option, coconut is a popular snack option too!

Fresh grilled fish

Lentils

Sausage Rougay

Banana flambeed with rum

Breadfruit

Smoked Fish Salad

molouk

Fresh Fruit

Octopus coconut Curry

Satini

Octopus Diver


Located at one of Praslin’s best beaches, Côte d'Or, Octopus Diver is a reputable dive centre. Voted as one of the world’s top 100 scuba diving centres by German magazine Unterwasser, they offer daily dive excursions, a full range of PADI dive courses, night diving and snorkelling trips. More of a diving club than just another dive centre, their beachside location in the heart of Anse Volbert is a gathering point for scuba divers from around the world, who come not only for their high standards but for the warmth and friendliness they extend to all their guests. 

The relatively shallow waters around Praslin are ideal for all level of divers, especially for beginners. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, groups are kept to a maximum of 6 divers per group and are organised according to diver experience and certification level. In reality groups are often smaller, with only around 4 divers per guide, all of which are PADI certified professionals.

Octopus Diver offers 2 dives per day Monday - Saturday at 9am and 2pm. On Sundays they feature a double dive excursion leaving the dive centre at around 9:30am returning at 2pm. Snacks and cold drinks are provided on board. They also offer a weekly night dive at around 6pm every Wednesday. For anyone needing to rent equipment they have a good range of SCUBAPRO gear and SHERWOOD tanks, all maintained to the highest standards.

Dives leave from their base on Anse Volbert with journey times to the dive sites varying from just 5 minutes to spots such as St. Pierre or Coral Gardens up to 25-40 minutes for sites further afield like Ave Maria and Whale Rock. To get you to the sites, Octopus Diver has two new speedboats, OCTOPUS 2 and OCTOPUS 4 which can comfortably carry 10 and 12 divers respectively. Both have medical oxygen units and first aid kits on board and maintain permanent radio contact with dive base. Nearly all dives are drift dives where the boat follows you along the course of your dive, so there is no need for any lengthy swims on the surface.