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An Earthly Paradise - Mahe

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An April 2005 trip to Seychelles by vc81

Coral Strand Hotel Photo, Mahe, Seychelles More Photos
Quote: Seychelles are the oldest islands on Earth, an isolated paradise with unique flora and fauna and unspoilt scenery. I spent 3 months working as a scientific survey diver on Mahe, the largest of the central granitic group of islands and home of the tiny capital Victoria.

An Earthly Paradise - Mahe

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Victoria Market Photo, Mahe, Seychelles
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Few tourists spend time on Mahe, but the island is very worth exploring. The Seychellois culture, a combination of European, African, and Asian influences, has created unique aspects of language (Kreol), architecture, music, art, and cuisine. The Sir Selwyn Clarke Market in the tiny capital Victoria is a great place for visitors to discover crafts and local foods, and also to appreciate the difficulties of island life when the supply boat fails to come in. Seychelles’ beaches have been repeatedly voted the world's best, with Mahe's Anse Intendance ranked ninth overall. But with their swaying palm trees and deserted pale golden sands, none of the beaches are unattractive. Particular gems are the ...Read More

Coral Strand Hotel

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Hotel | "Coral Strand"

Coral Strand Hotel Photo, Mahe, Seychelles
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After years of political conflict, the Seychelles has been slow to develop and capitalise on its tourism industry, and so the standard of accommodation, especially on Mahe, covers the whole spectrum of truly awful to superb. The Coral Strand is one of the best midrange hotels (from $50pp) and where I used to spend most of my weekends when I worked in Seychelles. It has the perfect location right on popular Beau Vallon beach, near to bars, restaurants, bus stops, car rental offices, and an Internet cafe. The hotel has plenty of facilities and a lot of character. The rooms are clean and comfortable, with private outdoor seating areas and views ranging from the courtyard to the car park. There is no tele...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2005

Coral Strand Hotel
Mahé, Beau Vallon Bay
Mahe, Seychelles
248 621 000

Jardin du Roi (Le)

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Restaurant | "Le Jardin du Roi"

Jardin du Roi (Le) Photo, Seychelles, Africa
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After a strenuously steep walk up through a hillside village, you arrive at a lovely colonial spice plantation located high on the mountain. The tiny open-air wooden restaurant has stunning views over the gardens down to the sea below. The decor is rustic and intimate and the food is excellent, with numerous local seafood and meat dishes made with homegrown fruits and spices. Particularly recommended are the unusual flavours of homemade ice cream, such as clove, lemongrass, cinnamon, and rich vanilla, and the tasty fruit cocktails. After dining, visitors can stroll around the gardens and admire the wonderful collection of native plants, and visit the plantation house. As this place is small, a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2005

Jardin du Roi (Le)
Sweet Escott Road
Mahe, Seychelles
(248) 371313

Boathouse

Restaurant | "The Boathouse"

Boathouse Photo, Seychelles, Africa
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The Boathouse is a very popular open-air restaurant in the heart of Beau Vallon, and one of the best dining places on Mahe. Their speciality is Kreol cuisine, focused on a large fish barbecue (generally locally caught tuna or red snapper) and accompanied by a rowing boat full of salads, local fruit, and vegetable dishes. The food is served buffet style, and included in the SR160 ($28) price is an all-you-can-eat main course, a choice from several puddings, e.g. crème caramel, and unlimited house wine, beer, or soft drinks. The Boathouse is unfortunately not licensed for spirits. The restaurant is busy, but with a laid-back, casual atmosphere with wooden tables and benches and gentle lanterns, al...Read More

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Boathouse
Beau Vallon
Mahe, Seychelles

SCUBA Diving, Mahe

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Seychelles anemonefish Photo, Mahe, Seychelles
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I worked for 3 months as a scientific diver in the Port Launay area of Mahe, and I found the range and diversity of dive sites very impressive. The coral reefs around Mahe are by no means the most colourful or diverse in the world, and have been damaged by the tsunami, bleaching events, and construction work on the island. However, they are recovering, and there are still many coral varieties to be seen, along with thousands of species of tropical fish and invertebrates. Common fish include bumphead parrots, humphead wrasse, white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, frogfish, stonefish, puffer fish, whale sharks, and loads of angels and butterflies.My top-five commercial sites around M...Read More

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The Best Of Victoria

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The Clock Tower Photo, Victoria, Seychelles
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Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, nestles between the port and the forested mountain ranges that run down the centre of Mahe. "L’Establissement" was founded as a French military base in 1778, but became known as Victoria to honour the new queen when the English took control in 1841. Now it is a cultural melting pot of French, British, African, Chinese, and Indian influences. It is a tiny place and can easily be looked around in one day. The main sights include: Clock Tower- The country’s most famous monument is an ornate silver clock erected in 1903 to celebrate Seychelles’ new status as a crown colony. It stands proudly in the central crossroads, s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2005