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Exit to Eden

A February 2011 trip to Mahe by cjg1

Swimming in Mahe Photo, Mahe, Seychelles More Photos
Quote: I had read that the Seychelles were believed to be the site of the real Garden of Eden .....and I can understand why. This is truly Paradise on Earth.

Paradise Found

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Swimming in Mahe Photo, Mahe, Seychelles
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The Seychelles had always been on my places to visit list and finally I made it to this beautiful place. My wife and I decided to visit for my Birthday week in February 2011. We picked the Hilton Northolme Resort as our hotel; the location was beautiful and the stay was free (we had seven certs to use from a previous Hilton promotion).I couldn't have chosen a more beautiful and serene place to spend my vacation with my wife. The natural beauty of the place was awe inspiring; I was actually at a loss for words. From the high green cliffs to the crystal blue waters; everything was paradise to see. This was one of those memorable trips that has blown any previous trips out of the water....Read More

Beau Vallon Bay and Beach

Attraction | "Check out the Most Popular Beach on Mahe"

Beau Vallon Bay and Beach Photo, Mahe, Seychelles
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Beau Vallon Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island. My wife and I love the beach and this one was spectacular. The pristine sand, clear water and coral reefs make it an excellent spot for sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming and fishing. The beach itself has an interesting array of grantite rock formations jutting out from the water and sand; which makes this an usual yet beautiful site.The beach was just a short walk from our hotel on the north west side of the island. During our time at the beach we saw first hand its popularity. The Coral Strand Hotel and several popular restaurants are located along the beach which make for a nice beachside meal or cocktail. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

Beau Vallon Bay and Beach
Northwestern coast of Mahe
Mahe, Seychelles

Victoria Market

Attraction | "Check out the intersting local produce"

Quote:
Victoria Market is the local food market. Local vendors sell fruit, vegetables, fish, spices and local foods. The market is a bustling place and there is so much to see. We were lucky to visit the market on a "non-busy" day; not Saturday(which we were told is a mad house). My wife and I had a local guide Frank who explained some of the interesting produce to us. It amazed me how unique some of the items were especially the dragon fruit and endless varieties of mangos , bananas and pumpkins. This is a definite must see and taste. We sampled some delicious varieties of mango and banana.

Arrive early before noon when they tend to have less product available.



Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2011

Victoria Market

Mahe, Seychelles

Mission Settlement/School Ruins (Venn's Town)

Attraction | "Ruins of the Past"

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The Mission is now just a crumbling ruin. This site was once a school for liberated slaves on the island. The Angelican Church established this school in 1875 and taught children up to 1892. The school grounds included the school and housing facilities for the students. All that remains now is a partial foundation and wall from one of the buildings. The large Sandragon trees hanging along the pathways add to the legend that this area is haunted. At the end of the path is a lodge that overlooks the ocean and provides an incredible view.My wife and I enjoyed exploring this historical spot. The site itself has an eerie quality probably do to the crumbling building and large foreb...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 27, 2011

Mission Settlement/School Ruins (Venn's Town)

Mahe, Seychelles

Tea Factory

Attraction | "Educational with Beautiful Views"

Quote:
During our visit to Mahe we took a tour of the Tea Plantation along with a fellow hotel guest Caroline. The tour is rather inexpensive at 25 rupees a person. The tour is a short one about 15 minutes in duration. The tour begins with the drying of the tea, then sorting, blending and finally the packaging. Our guide was one of the factory workers and was very informative. We even purchased some of her home grown cinnamon for 25 rupees for a nice sized package. After our tour we wandered the plantation and admired the views of Port Glaud.After wandering the grounds we went to the tea shop and cafe. We decided to sit and have some drinks. The ladies enjoyed some Iced Citronelle tea while I had...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 27, 2011

Tea Factory
Port Glaud
Mahe Island, Seychelles
+248 37 82 21

Botanical Gardens

Attraction | "A Garden of Curiosities"

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The Botanical Gardens was a highlight of our visit to Mahe. We decided to visit the gardens on a Saturday in the early afternoon. I was amazed that there were so few people in the gardens. We only saw three other vistors during our time here.The gardens are truly beautiful with an amazing variety of palm trees, plants and flowers. Throughout the gardens are plenty of shaded areas with benches to sit back and enjoy nature. My wife and I loved exploring and finding some interesting plants and trees such as the aquatic banana tree and the famous Coco De Mer Tree.There is also an area with Aldabra giant tortoises. These creatures are big fellows and a bit on the smelly side. My wif...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 27, 2011

Botanical Gardens
Mont Fleuri
Victoria, Mahe Island

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