The Seychelles - Joe's Favourites
Little time did it take Joe after arriving to Seychelles to declare his new-found love for these remote little islands. Such were their beauty that when asked to pick his favourite shots, I struggled to select a few among so many striking pics, which I judged to be as equally beautiful as the next. And here you have it; the dreamy beach photos above are all from La Digue Island. Lush greenery, a smooth pink blanket of sand gently bathed by turquoise waters, and some giant rocks to add to the visual drama.
The big boulders
If there’s something that uniquely characterises Seychelles beaches is the eye-catching big boulders strewn about in seemingly strategic places that nature chose to add to its beaches’ spellbinding beauty. They can be found lining the dense jungle at the point where the sea would meet the vegetation and act like a natural boundary dividing land from sea in some areas. They can be found in all islands, so wherever you go in Seychelles you’re bound to encounter these beautiful inanimate giants.
Due to the strong focus on its pristine beaches, strongly featuring in most holiday brochures, you may not know that the Seychelles are actually a really green set of islands and beyond the beaches lies a world of intricate virgin jungles, rolling hills and the iconic giant coco de mere fruit palm (only found in this part of the world). As a matter of fact, Seychelles’ protected, untouched and thriving nature is what positively surprises and astounds many visitors.
Fauna & Flora
Thanks to its fiercely protected nature and the intact state of its jungles, wildlife thrives in the Seychelles, and the local dwellers are nothing short of interesting. On the first picture above you have a Palm Spider, a popular resident that can grow as big as a man’s hand (don’t worry it’s not poisonous) and the second picture is a pretty shot of a green banana plant. Down below we have some of Seychelles most endearing creatures, the Aldabra giant tortoise, one of the largest in the world. The situation of these fascinating land animals is so idyllic here that on some islands the tortoise population outnumbers the human one, by far!
Hotels' stays & visits
Throughout their stay in various of the Seychelles islands, my colleagues enjoyed the finest accommodation whilst inspecting several hotels. Overall, Joe recounts they were truly impressed by the choice and quality of accommodation throughout, as well as with the tasty local cuisine, made with the freshest ingredients. Lunch and dinner often consisted of the freshest catch of the day, as can be seen in the large middle picture above. They were equally impressed by the facilities found across all hotels (from infinity pools to sleek rooms and an ample selection of water sports) and the beaches they faced. Needless to say, nothing manmade can quite top the immaculate beauty of Seychelles’ pristine beaches.
Victoria - Mahe's capital
The Seychelles’ capital is without a doubt its liveliest destination, and understandably so, given it has the most urban cityscape found in these islands. Enchanting and buzzing with energy, Victoria is home to the striking hindu temple of Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar, shown on the first picture above. Its ascending tiers, ever inching closer to the sky, make it look like a giant, colourful cake.
Down to the left we have the Victoria Clocktower, a landmark made to look like a smaller version of London’s Big Ben, in a nod to British culture (the capital is named after a British queen, after all). The remaining photos to the side show the colourful layout of the city streets and its lively market - a great place to soak in the local vibe and see locals getting their daily groceries; from fresh produce from the sea to ripe fruit and veg.
Leaving into the sunset
Saying goodbye is usually a bittersweet moment that must nevertheless come at some point or another. Joe would have certainly enjoyed more time in the magical Seychelles but upon departure he managed to capture a few last glimpses to add to its collection and forever remember it by.The aerial view perfectly taken from the plane shows how ethereally beautiful the island looks from the sky while other photographs taken on the beach at sunset how the sun slowly melts into the ocean creating a dramatic contrast between the orange hues and the shadows.
All islands are uniquely beautiful, but if you plan to visit, you’d be much better off doing an Island Hopping tour to truly capture the essence of the Seychelles and make the most of your trip. Getting from island to island is done by plane or via ferry, with the latter being very modern and offering a pleasant journey with awesome views.