Looking for untouched natural beauty that will blow you away, pristine beaches with no footprints on the white sand, lush tropical vegetation and sparkling seas that are so blue, it matches the sky? You’ll find it all in the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 tropical Indian Ocean islands that are unique, unspoilt, breathtakingly beautiful and offer private hidden coves for swimming, scuba diving or snorkelling.
Fly o the island of Mahé, which boasts its own collection of secluded beaches reachable either by boat, on foot, or from a private yacht. Mahé and the nearby isles of Praslin and La Digue are the Seychelles’ most popular destinations to escape to, with some of the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. There are plenty more remote islands just waiting to be discovered.
The Seychelles offers an unprecedented water world for you to explore, a fascinating Creole culture and many fabulous experiences just begging to be enjoyed.
The largest island in the Seychelles and home to its international airport, Mahé also boasts the world’s smallest capital town, Victoria, filled with colonial mansions. The island is known for its pristine white sand beaches and lush, mountainous vegetation. There are more than 70 beautiful beaches, but the best of the best include Anse Major, Anse Jasmin, Petit Anse and Anse Du Riz. Visit the bustling market in Victoria and the island’s Botanical Gardens to see giant tortoises, Coco de Mer trees and exquisite orchids.
The second largest island in the Seychelles, about an hour by boat from Mahé, Praslin is also home to the legendary Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s one of the only two places in the world, along with the Seychelles island of Curieuse, where one can see Coco de Mer trees growing in their natural habitat and view their enormous fruit, shaped like a woman’s lower torso. Here, visitors can hike one of three prehistoric forest trails to see some rare birds such as the Black Parrot. Praslin also boasts some of the world’s best beaches including Anse Lazio Beach, favoured by none other than Italian designer, Giorgio Armani. Legend has it that Praslin was the original Garden of Eden.
On this full-day excursion, explore Mahé’s capital –Victoria – visiting places of interest such as the Victoria Clock Tower and the bustling market. Then, take a leisurely drive over the San Souci mountain pass, past lush forest and tea plantations, to historic Mission Lodge.
Enjoy lunch in a traditional Creole restaurant and visit an historic herb and spice garden to learn all about the Seychelles’ unique flora and fauna. Finally, visit a local craft village for an insight into Creole culture and architecture.
See the highlights of both islands in one day! On Praslin, an hour’s journey by boat from Mahé, you visit the UNESCO-listed Vallee de Mai to view the giant Coco de Mer fruit, and take a walk through a prehistoric forest to listen to the trill of the rare Black Parrot.
Praslin is also home to famous Anse Lazio Beach, which you also explore. Then, it’s time for the 30-minute boat crossing to La Digue Island, where life takes a slower pace. Timeless and unique, La Digue offers the comforts of the 21st century with the tranquillity of yesteryear. Visit L’Union Estate to see the copra sheds, giant tortoises and recently refurbished Colonial Plantation House, where the movie Goodbye Emmanuelle was filmed. Travel in an open-sided truck with canopy called a ‘camion’ to Anse Source d’Argent, renowned as one of the most spectacular beaches in the world and its legendary granite rock formations.
Take a luxurious break in the Seychelles with seven nights at the 3* Coral Strand Hotel in Mahé. The package is R26 109 per person sharing* and includes flights from Johannesburg to Mahé, taxes and return transfers, accommodation in a Coral Standard Room, as well as breakfast and dinner daily.
Contact Thompsons Holidays on 011 770 7677 or go to www.thompsons.co.za to book now.
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