Things to do in Seychelles – Apart from befriending a Bollywood actress
So tonight I am in downtown Cairo staying in a hostel. The first time in 10 years. But if I want to make 196 countries a reality I really have to work on my budgeting skills and learn to say no to my wants and focus on my needs first. I had already half written a blog about Seychelles but it seems I lost it. Sometimes well often I can fail at life or technology. This is the reason for the re-writing of where it all began… Seychelles.
Technically my solo journey started the 1st of December when I went to Dubai. But I took a checkout of travelling to spend precious time with family over the holiday period. So for me this journey started in Seychelles. For the world record attempt it started in Mauritius since I had to spend a night in Seychelles again so why not just make it start a little later. But I still have a story to tell.
So after all my rambling I will tell you about it. Prior to going to Seychelles I had no set itinerary other than the hotels I will be staying at. I also did not do enough research other than it will be very expensive. I did not exactly have a budget in mind (back to I need to learn to budget). I just went with it and this worked for me. So prior to going to Seychelles I learned they can ask to see that you have enough money whilst you are there, that you have a return flight or hotel bookings. So this is true because the moment I walked up to immigration and the lady did ask to see my on-wards flight. In fact I have been asked this several times now. Makes me wonder do I look like someone who are planning to not leave. I even have a passport from Australia so why are they so worried… Guess I may eventually figure that out.
Sadly I landed at night because the next morning I awoke to paradise. A beautiful view of lush green forests and blue green ocean despite the weather being overcast. January in Seychelles is the rain season so if you are planning to visit around this time do not get disappointed that it will rain everyday. Sometimes even torrential downpours but it is all part of the fun and experience.
My only regret is that I did not explore Mahe enough. I was disappointed with the highly inflated prices of taxis. I did have a nice driver who took me around for a drive for free however it was Sunday and nothing is happening. All the shops are closed. There is nothing to see or do other than beaches. I had accommodation for Praslin the next night so had to catch the ferry to Praslin. A large part of my day was spent waiting for the ferry terminal and killing about a hundred mosquitoes. With the rain they are everywhere and it is hard to avoid and I found that Mahe had the most out of Praslin and La Digue.
Now this to me is important. When you book your ferry ticket you get to choose whether you would like to sit upstairs or downstairs. Now for me I am free spirited and want to feel the wind in my face and watch this beautiful ocean and the islands as we go past so I went with upstairs. However if this is not your thing get a ticket for downstairs. Once I boarded the ferry I saw a gorgeous girl sitting in the corner. What attracted me was her seat. I had scouted the area and she had the best seat however I decided the one across from her will do as second best. I assumed that she must be waiting for someone because who goes to Seychelles alone? Well we did!! And it was so worth it. It does not have to be a honeymoon destination it can be the perfect getaway to refresh your soul. To find inner peace and balance. Well we got chatting and I had no idea that she is actually a famous bollywood actress. We noticed there was another staircase and decided that we should scout it out and if it would be full. Luckily it was not and we moved upstairs. Well this is where she left a footprint on my heart. The wind was blowing like crazy. Both our hair was up in a messy bun. But she said I am going to let my hair down. Let it feel free and blow in the wind. Now being an ex sailor and having lived on a ship for two years I have spent a vast amount of time in the wind. But due to the professional nature of my previous career I could not just let my hair down and be free. I went with this moment and it was liberating. It was a symbol of my freedom. Of where I am now in this mission 100%. That there is no stopping me now. On that hour ferry ride we immediately formed a tight bond. It was only when we got alongside Praslin that I asked what does she do and she responded that she is an actress.
We then shared a taxi to our accommodation in order to save cost since a 5 min ride can easily cost you 20 USD. After we had checked in freshened up we met up at a little side cafe owned by locals. They were so friendly and lovely. In fact this brings me to the point that I really don’t have anything bad to say about the locals there. I had the odd grumpy hotel staff member but overall the interaction with them was amazing. I managed to learn so much about the country. The following day we got to both experience the beauty of the beaches together. Just after we finished at Anse Volbert we got our first taste of torrential rain downpour. However we laughed. It was almost like a singing in the rain moment because no amount of rain was going to slow us down or make us hide away. We were determined to enjoy as much as possible. We then proceeded to Anse Lazio which is the best beach on Praslin and one of the best in the world. Coming from Australia where I am no stranger to beautiful beaches only Whitehaven beach came close to it. This was even in torrential downpour. We were like kids frolicking in the waves immersing ourselves in joy.
Next on the list was Vallee de Mai which is also a must visit. With all the forest cover you do not even need an umbrella. It is the perfect place to go outside and hide away from the rain. It is also home to the black parrot and the infamous Coco de Mer. That night I had accommodation on La Digue so we briefly parted ways until we met up the following morning at La Digue to embrace more beautiful beaches.
The beach looked so inviting that after we met up we decided we will just walk in the water to Anse Marron. We did this for nearly 40 minutes until we decided to cut back in towards the road. Anse Marron has some really nice snorkeling available but not ideal at low tide. The granite structures it also has to offer is breathtaking and we would just sit on it to enjoy the calmness it has to offer. Our short meeting was nearly coming to an end so we decided to have a nice dinner and enjoy a bottle of wine and watch the sunset. This is where we arranged a snorkeling trip the following morning to different islands. This was also a must do. There are so many different types of fish and if you are lucky you will spot a shark or turtle.
I was not this lucky of course. I do have luck on my side often but not all the time I guess. But every mishap I guess is part of the journey and I see it as a reason to come back! After our snorkeling trip we had lunch at this Italian place on La Digue. It was a sad farewell for us but I guess all good things come to an end and it makes room for the next adventure of your life to begin.
From this trip I had made a lifelong friend who I will surely visit in India. I love seeing how her life is developing now via social media since this is the way we communicate these days. I am also certain our paths will cross again.