Seychelles: Paradise on the Eastern Coast of Africaby OPINIONEXPRESS.IN January 31, 2019 0 comments
Blessed with pristine beaches and breathtaking natural beauty, Seychelles has a lot more to offer to the young adventure seekers. Topping it up with visa-on-arrival that is free of cost for tourists, and direct flights from India, this paradise destination makes for a great getaway with your loved ones. If Seychelles is on your bucket list, here are just a few reasons to go ahead and visit this paradisiacal islands this year.
Visit Gorgeous Beaches
For those who like less crowded beaches, must visit Seychelles to enjoy some private moments on the world’s most photographed beach—Anse Source D’Argent on the La Digue Island, or visit the Anse Lazio on the Praslin Island, which is widely acclaimed to be the world’s most beautiful beach on earth. Once can also enjoy motorised water sports like jet-ski and parasailing on the Beau Vallon, the longest beach on the Mahé Island or go sailing, snorkelling, diving, surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding on any of the other beaches. Island hopping, whether by boat, plane or helicopter, is recommended to experience the diverse character of each island.
Explore the underwater world
Indulge in snorkeling or scuba diving to experience a kaleidoscope of marine life. Spot turtles, spectacular coral reefs, nudibranchs, variety of fish, and if you are lucky, you can also swim alongside a 40-foot long Whale Shark. The ones who are less adventurous can go diving or discover the marvelous underwater world through a glass bottom boat or a semi submersible vessel.
Indulge in Nature
Seychelles islands are home to 13 species and 17 subspecies of birdlife that can be discovered only here, making the islands a paradise for avid bird watchers, naturalists, ornithologists and eco-tourists. Go on mountain hikes and nature trails to spot the Seychelles national bird—‘Black Parrot’, the rarest Jellyfish Tree, the famous ‘Black Paradise Flycatcher’, the world’s smallest frog, the largest nut ‘Coco-de-mer’, or the Indian Ocean’s only flightless bird among other seabird colonies in the world. One of the largest tortoises in the world—Aldabra Giant Tortoise, can be spotted here, especially on the Curieuse Island.
Relax and unwind
From signature treatments of the dedicated spas offering, relaxing massages with exotic herbal oils, scrubs, detox baths, wraps and invigorating wet-treatments, yoga and meditation, to a full range of beauty and grooming services, the spas in Seychelles are the mantra for complete renewal of mind, body and soul.
Relish in local delicacies
The food setting in Seychelles is a mix of a number of cuisines. The French settlers brought the French cuisine while the immigrants from China and India, added their Asian flavors to the Creole cuisine. you can sample some tasty dishes like the Ginger Crab and Filet Coral Fish served in a passion fruit sauce in Mahé. The palm-heart salad, served with curry leaves and truffles, is also a unique speciality of Seychelles. Another must try is a local beer manufactured on the island called Seybrew, and the popular Takamaka Rum infused with interesting flavours.
Attend the vivacious cultural festival
Seychelles’ culture is a reflection of the harmonious fusion of ethnic diversity. The Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria, also called as the ‘Creole Festive,’ is a three day-long event, generally held in the month of October on the Mahé Island every year. With participation from 30 countries around the world, visit the island during this period to witnesses a fun-filled parade where different countries showcase their cultures through song, dance and acrobats.
Party till you drop
Seychelles offers interesting nightlife options which include clubs in the Victoria and Eden Island region, and casinos in the Victoria and Beau Vallon region of Mahé. Most of the large hotels have public bars that often host entertainment programmes of local dance.
Writer and Courtesy: The Pioneer