Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Seychelles - Mahe

We couldn't quite believe we were going to the Seychelles! They have always sounded so very exotic and a destination you don't usually visit when you are on a budget. However, to celebrate 10 years as nomads and, given that Dubai was a short(ish) flight to Mahe we decided to visit explore these tiny islands, miles from anywhere in the Indian Ocean. First stop was the "main" island of Mahe - we planned 4 days here and then 4 days on the next biggest island of Praslin finishing up on the smaller island of La Digue.

Friday 8th April

Early start as flight to Mahe island (Seychelles) was at 0930. Managed to get a little sleep on the flight. Della watched a movie. Lunch and wine decent! Duty free shopping! Picked  up hire car, bought SIM card, made ATM withdrawal and headed for local supermarket to stock up on groceries and tonic to go with gin! Della drove us and I navigated, we got lost!! Overshot but managed to find our digs before dark! Lovely owner and we are happy with the accommodation. Nice balcony with sea views. Both exhausted so early to bed at 8pm!

Saturday 9th April

Awoke at 0730 after a good rest. Breakfast on the balcony and decided to head out to the capital and explore. Temps in the early 30s and humid. The main attraction in Victoria for us was the market selling all manner of things, lots of fresh fish, fruit and veggies, spices and flowers. A real colourful event and everyone was really friendly. 

After the market we explored the streets of the city, the smallest capital in the world! We stopped for refreshments at a lovely cafe overlooking the famous clock tower. 

We then drove south, stopping at several small and beautiful coves along the way. 

The forecast was for thundery showers and there was a torrential tropical downpour for about an hour. We stopped for a late lunch and then continued along the west coast and then, across the mountain in torrential rain! 

Quite the experience! We managed to see a fair bit of the island and what we have seen we like! 

Mostly jungle and coves with the whitest softest sand and torquoise water. 

On our return the rains had stopped and there was a lovely rainbow over one of the islands. Opposite our place is a rock pool where we saw crabs and watched as the sun set.

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