Adventure in 3 main islands of Seychelles Mahe ( 3 nights), Preslin ( 2 nights) and La Digue ( 2 nights)

Arrival: 20 October 2018, Saturday
Departure: 27 October 2018,Saturday

Highlights
• Splashing around in the gin-clear waters of one of the world`s most beautiful beaches far from crowds. Enjoy the stunning stretch of white sand and calm, turquoise waters.
• Mahé Island-Morne Seychellois National Park/ Looking for the smallest frog on earth while exploring forested mountains/ Hiking in the park
• Praslin Island – Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site Valle de Mai National Park/ One of the only two places in the world where rare coco de mer palm grows in its natural state/ See the sexy coconuts
• La Digue Island – a characterful island with laid back charm
• Victoria – Explore the world’s smallest capital city
• See enormous granite boulders which dramatically rise out of the sea

Additional information

Dates20-27 October 2018

ITINERARY

20 October (Saturday)-Mahe Island

Arrival to Seychelles and transfer to our private house with stunning view of sea

Enjoying sunset views

Overnight in Mahe Island

21 October (Sunday)-Mahe Island

Hiking in Morne Seychellois National Park

We will take public bus to hiking point then

8.4 km ( 465m high) around 2.5 hours to Beau Vallon then walks to Anse Major

Take public bus to capital city of Victoria or walk 5km, visiting one of the smallest capital in the world.

Independence Avenue, the old colonial quarter, cathedral and famous clock tower (perfect (smaller) replica of London’s Big Ben, visiting the market with its abundance of colourful fruit, vegetables and freshly caught fish then visit Botanical Garden where we see the famous Coco de Mer nut, giant tortoises and a collection of rare exotic plants. Then catch the bus to the bus stop close to our house.

Overnight in Mahe Island

22 October (Monday)-Mahe Island

Beach hopping with local public bus around the island. We will try to visit different beaches in the island and stay a while on each beach.

Overnight in Mahe Island

23 October (Tuesday)- La Digue Island

9.30 Transfer to port

10.30 Ferry to La Digue island

12.00 Arrival to La Digue island

La Digue is a small island with no vehicle in use so only bikes J

Hiking to highest point of La digue island Nid d`Aigle (333m)

Hiking and beach hopping around the island, Then explore some nice beaches

Overnight in La Digue Island

24 October (Wednesday)-La Digue Island

Head to Anse Source d`Argent and costal walk around the island

Overnight in La Digue island

25 October (Thursday)-Praslin Island

Ferry to Praslin Island

Walks in Valle de Mai National Park, Trek in Praslin National Park then head to Anse Lazio and Grand Anse which is the best beaches in Praslin island

Overnight in Preslin Island

26 October (Friday)-Praslin Island

Beach hopping

Overnight in Preslin island

27 October (Saturday)-Mahe Island

9.00 Ferry to Mahe island

Spending time in Capital city of Victoria

and transfer to airport for the flight

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Escape to Paradise Seychelles-20-27 Oct 2018

Price of the trip is £845 (This trip is only limited with 5 people)

            Included

  • Accommodation in private houses in 3 islands
  • Airport transfers in Seychelles
  • Ferry tickets in Seychelles ( 4 Ferry tickets) cost of around £150
  • Public bus tickets
  • Tour&Hiking leader coming from London

Not included

  • International flight ticket see recommended flight
  • Food during the trip. (We will have kitchen in our house. We can buy food from store and market and prepare our own breakfast, packed lunch also eat outside in local restaurants where ever it is possible)
  • Travel insurance (Obligatory)
  • Entrance fees and anything extra activities such as biking, kayaking etc
  • Any taxi fare

Mahe

Island Group :   Inner Islands Group
Population :   71,456
Area :   154.7 sq.km   

Island Hopping posibilities :   Aldabra Atoll, Alphonse, Anonyme, Bird Island, Cerf, Cousine, Denis Island, Desroches, Félicité, Frégate, La Digue, Moyenne, North Island, Praslin, Silhouette, Ste. Anne

Description

Mahé, measuring 28km long by 8km wide, is the largest island and cultural and economic hub of the Inner Islands, and the international gateway to Seychelles. It is home to the international airport and the nation’s capital, Victoria.

The island is home to almost 90% of the total population (or approximately 72,200 people) reflecting Seychelles’ diverse ethnicity and descent from African, Indian, Chinese and European populations, and is the seat of government and the chief centre of commerce.

With a backdrop of towering 1000m granite peaks, Mahé is an extraordinary treasure trove of flora that has evolved over centuries of splendid isolation.

Rare endemic plants found nowhere else in the world adorn Mahé’s mist forests in mountain strongholds, such as the Jellyfish Tree, the carnivorous Seychelles Pitcher Plant and the Seychelles Vanilla Orchid.

First visited by the British in 1609, Mahé was not visited again until Lazare Picault’s expedition of 1742 when the gradual process of settling the island began, first by the French whose direct influence continued until 1814 and then as a British colony until Seychelles gained independence in 1976.

Praslin

Population : 7,103
Distance from Mahé:  45km  
Area :  37.56 sq.km

Island Hopping possibilities:   Aride, Cousin, Curieuse, Félicité, Grande Soeur, Ile Cocos , Mahé, Praslin

Description

Praslin, with a population of 6,500 people, is Seychelles’ second largest island. It lies 45km to the northeast of Mahé and measures 10km by 3.7km. A leisurely tour around the island by car will take approximately 2 hours.

Praslin is the site of the fabulous Vallée de Mai, one of Seychelles’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The island features truly exquisite beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette, both appearing on the top-10 list of world’s best beaches in recent years.

Prior to settlement of the islands by the French in the mid-18th century, Praslin’s Côte d’Or was a favourite haunt of pirates.

The island was named Praslin after the Duc de Praslin, the French minister of marine in 1768 when the original ‘Stone of Possession’ was erected on the island in what is still known as Anse Possession.

Almost a century and a half later the visiting General Gordon (of Khartoum fame) became convinced that the Vallée de Mai was the original site of the Garden of Eden. This is where the legendary Coco-de-Mer, the world’s heaviest nut, grows high on ancient palms in a primeval forest. The Vallée is host to six species of palm to be found only in Seychelles.

Praslin stands at the forefront of Seychelles’ tourism industry with a strong tradition of hospitality and wide range of accommodation facilities. It also provides a base for excursions to neighbouring islands, some of which are important sanctuaries nurturing rare species of endemic flora and fauna. 

La Digue

Island Group: Inner Islands Group
Population: 2,104
Distance from Mahé: 50km
Area: 10.1sq.km

Island Hopping possibilities:   Aride, Cousin, Curieuse, Félicité, Grande Soeur, Ile Cocos , Mahé, Praslin

Description

La Digue is a close neighbour to Praslin and to its satellite islands of Félicité, Marianne and the Sisters Islands, La Digue is the fourth largest island in Seychelles.

La Digue takes its name from one of the vessels in explorer Marion Dufresne’s fleet, sent by the French to explore Seychelles’ granitic islands in 1768.

Apart from hosting the Seychelles’ black paradise flycatcher, one of the rarest birds on earth, La Digue’s biodiversity features such stars as the chinese bittern, cave swiftlet, waxbill as well as two rare species of terrapin.

La Digue’s forests also contain a wealth of flora in the form of delicate orchids, tumbling vines of vanilla, as well as trees such as Indian almond and takamaka. Gardens blaze with hibiscus and nepenthes against a backdrop of swaying coconut palms.

La Digue is an island where time stands still and time-honoured traditions such as travelling by ox-cart and bicycle are still king. Traditional methods of boat building and refining of coconut products (copra) are still practised on La Digue.

The friendly atmosphere of this intimate island with its languid pace of life, traditional architecture and breathtaking beaches, such as legendary Anse Source d’Argent, is an absolute must for visitors.

La Digue has numerous and diverse accommodation for visitors, and its picturesque satellite islands are ideal for snorkelling and diving excursions.

Not: Information was taken from Seychelles Tourism Board

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