Seychelles, your seduction started years ago and I am happy I accepted to be seduced. Perhaps it was the images of your clean clear waters, white sandy beaches, couples holding hands as they walked into the sunset or maybe learning  that Seychelles citizens are called Seychellois and not Seychellians that sealed the deal.  Even though I didn’t have a Mr. Wangechi to walk with me into the sunset, I decided I would dance to your music and be lost in your beautiful crystal clear eyes, you would be my Mr. Wangechi. I truly had a great time in all the dates we had as shared below.

1.Hanged out with fishermen

Fishing is a major part of the peoples culture and major form of employment. I took time hanging out with some of the fishermen and enjoyed hearing their fishing escapades. I chose the easier way out, thus only assisted them in freeing the fish from their nets. Maybe next time I will go out fishing with them.

Fishing in Seychelles
Fishermen returning from the ocean with their catch in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Fishermen with their catch of the day in Seychelles
Fishermen with their catch of the day from the Indian Ocean in Seychelles
Fishing in Seychelles
Learning how to release fish from the fishing nets in Mahe Island, Seychelles

2. Walked around the town

Victoria is a  small town, very clean and can easily be covered by foot.  I would advise you pick a free map at the airport or at the tourism office which will act as a guide.

Victorias clock tower in Seychelles
Victorias clock tower in Seychelles
Monument in Mahe Island in Mahe Island in Seychelles
Bicentennial Monument in Mahe Island in Seychelles
Monument in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Unity monument and fountain in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Church in Mahe island, Seychelles
Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Mahe island, Seychelles
Mosque in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa mosque in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Indian temple in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar temple in Mahe Island, Seychelles

3. Visited the beaches

The beaches here are exquisite as the water is crystal clear, the sand fine, white and super clean. I thus now understand why it is famous for its beaches. I experienced several beaches in Mahe Island; Beau Vallon, Anse Royal, Takamaka, Anse Soleil among others and each revealed something different from the next. Some were all sand, others mainly rock and others a good mix of rocks and sand. The waters are also crystal clear that one doesn’t necessarily have to snorkel in order to see the fish, I could easily view them from a top the waters.

Beautiful isolated beach in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Beautiful isolated beach in Mahe Island, Seychelles
The beauty that is the beaches of Mahe Island, Seychelles
The beauty that is the beaches of Mahe Island, Seychelles
Crystal clear waters in Mahe Island, Seychelles
The crystal clear waters provided clear visibility to avoid getting hurt by the rocks.

Some of the beaches had few people, making it secluded and super private.  I see why Seychelles is famous for couples especially honeymooners *wink, *wink

Isolated beaches in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Isolated beaches in Mahe Island, Seychelles
The beauty that is the beaches of Mahe Island, Seychelles
The beauty that is the beaches of Mahe Island, Seychelles

4. Got an Island named after me

Yes, I got my own Island now, thanks to Seychelles. I was in  Anse Royal and there were hardly any people -my kind of scene.  As I walked along the shores, I came across this area that was hived off from public viewing by the colossal rocks that litter Seychelles beaches and it had  green palm trees and a white sandy beach. Like Christopher Columbus would do, I claimed this area and named it “Sheshi Island”.  Sheshi is my nickname and blends so well with Seychelles.

Island in Seychelles
Welcome to Sheshi Island, welcome to my island in Seychelles

5. Botanical Gardens

I liked this place as it is not only a beautifully landscaped garden for one to relax in, but has lots to see.  It has the Coco De Mer plant, which is a rare species and native to Seychelles as well as being home to the Aldabra Giant Tortoises.

Botanical Garden in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Botanical Garden in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Botanical gardens in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Botanical gardens in Mahe Island, Seychelles

Aldabra Giant Tortoises are one of the largest tortoises in the world. They have beady eyes and their huge shells seemed to be quite heavy.

Aldabra Giant tortoise at Botanical Gardens, Seychelles
Aldabra Giant tortoise at Botanical Gardens, Seychelles
Aldabra Giant tortoise at Botanical Gardens, Seychelles
This Aldabra Giant tortoise was super exhausted at Botanical Gardens, Seychelles

6)Visited Eden Island

Eden Island is a luxury residential marina development that was created via land reclamation. The first thing I saw is that the marina comprised of high end yachts, sail boats and cruise ships.

Eden Island in Mahe Island, Seychelles
At Eden Island in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Eden Island, Seychelles
Check out the show room behind me at Eden Island, Seychelles

It felt like visiting a luxury show room, every single one looked beautiful, with some even having helipads with helicopters aboard.

Ship with helicopter onboard in Eden Island, Seychelles
This one even had a helocopter on board at Eden Island, Seychelles

The Island also has luxury accommodation and a shopping plaza, that will meet all your luxury needs.

Eden Island, Seychelles
Eden Island, Seychelles

7: Visited Queen Victoria Market

This market is quite vibrant and has lots to offer. The shops have a wide array of bright coloured beach clothes, fresh fish from the ocean is available at the fish market, they have shopping malls for all budgets and the buildings here are brightly coloured.

Victoria Market in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Victoria Market in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Shopping at Victoria Market, Mahe Islad, Seychelles
Shopping at Victoria Market, Mahe Island, Seychelles

8: Made friends with the locals

Seychellois are really friendly and warm. I had the privilege of making friends with one lady who welcomed  me to her home and thereafter a  party/ function that gave me a true taste of Seychellois culture. I listened to people speak Creole, and  listened to Creole and Sega music and indeed danced the night away, Seychelloise way.

This lady is all sorts of awesome. She shared Seychellois life with me in Seychelles
Enjoying a family party in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Seychelles
These crabs became my friends on the beaches of Seychelles

9) Rock climbing

Rocks, rocks, beautiful rocks are everywhere. Seychelles is an Island that seems to be surrounded/covered in large rock boulders. These rocks are a sight to behold, they are beautiful, they are magnificent and they provide rock climbing escapades-even if not planned.

Enjoying the peace,aerial view and serenity found atop rocks in Mahe, Seychelles
Rock climbing in Seychelles
I totally enjoyed rock climbing in Mahe, Seychelles

10) Went in search of Coco De Mer

Coco De Mer is a rare species of the palm tree that is native to Seychelles and the seeds are believed to be the largest and heaviest seeds in the world. It is also called a double coconut and the shape can be described as, well, like a piece of art, it is open for interpretation :-).

Coco de Mer in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Coco de Mer in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Coco de Mer in Mahe Island, Seychelles
With a Coco de mer in Mahe Island, Seychelles

11) Tasted the delicacies

The staple food seemed to be aquatic animals and fruits. I sampled a few and really enjoyed.

Delicacies in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Enjoyed my fish meal in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Drinks by the beach in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Drinks by the beach in Mahe Island, Seychelles

12.  I threw causion to the wind

I am usually a conservative person, serious in some cases and I tend to overthink things, don’t ask how I became an adventurous backpacker.  Seychelles chose to convert me into an Islander, to relax, take it easy and just enjoy the moment. In one instance, on my last day, after having packed all my belongings, I decided to go say goodbye to my new friends-the beaches. I ended up being seduced by the waters to say a proper goodbye, to give a big fuzzy hug in way of a swim, which means I ended up swimming with all my clothes on. When it was almost time for my flight,  I shrugged off my wet clothes and placed them both on a beach chair and on myself to dry faster.  Scream-still can’t believe I did that.

Basking in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Attempting to dry my clothes while at the beach in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Indian ocean, Mahe Island, Seychelles
Enjoying the Indian ocean as I waited for my clothes to dry at the beach in Seychelles

13. Went Partying:

The party scene has various establishments to suit different needs. Go out and enjoy.

Enjoying the party scene with Alex and Earnest in Mahe Island, Seychelles

14)Accomodation: 

Seychelles has accommodation for all budgets, do not be disheartened by the illusion that they are all luxury accommodation. I was hosted by friends which made my stay even more fun.

15) Getting Around

There are diverse options for getting around in Mahe, buses, taxis, boats, ships and walking. I specialized in walking and buses as they are affordable, scheduled, always on time and flexible to visit almost every part of Mahe.

Buses in Mahe Island, Seychelles
Buses in Mahe Island, Seychelles

16) Getting there

There are several airlines that fly into Seychelles or you can use cruise ships and private yatches .

 

Seychelles, thank you for having me and providing me with such amazing Island life. I not only got to have a self titled island, but discovered that your beauty is more than  just  beaches. It was also great to discover that Seychelles isn’t only for the elite as I had previously stereotyped it, but has something for all budgets. I will definitely have to return to explore the other islands like Praslin and La Digue as well as learning to deep sea dive.For more on Seychelles escapades, check out:

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  2. Hi Wangechi, as always such a pleasure to read about your adventures. So jealous about this trip! I hope you as you go along you can put a bit more work into your photography so that it catches up with your awesome writing. Can’t wait for the next one!

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