The Seychelles , Granitic Paradise

Seychelles Travel Blog

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The climb up to the top through national park

When I flew into the seychelles I had certain expectations, I'd already been warned about the currency situation and the must to take euros and a credit card into the country. Although I did try and use the atm's there to get SOME local currency  it's not worth getting much at all, nearly everything worth doing needs foreign currency. There is very few restaurants or activities that take local currency at all, and back then last year the goverment takes the foreign currency that you give the vendors then after taking the lion share gives local currency back to the vendors. Locals are not allowed to hold onto foreign currency.
Having said that though it's a beautiful place it really is, and the people are naturally friendly.   It IS a very expensive place to go and stay though this is forced more by government overvaluing their currency and I had a hard time finding cheap accomodation, though it is there.
Sun dappled panorama
The government prefer the honeymooner tourists who spend more over a shorter time period over the budget travellers. The tourist office in the capital victoria in spite of this were first rate helpful and I recommend visiting there for the lowdown on where to go , activities and accommodation.

In addition to the main island of mahe , I visited la digue and prasline doing day trips to some more smaller islands outwards from there. The most attractive places are the ones further out, it's worth paying more to visit them.  As is the pattern in most places I go I did a lot of walking to see out of the way places and it was worth the trouble.
The day trips to the islands beyond the main ones were the highlights, with beach bbq's of succulent marinated local fish featuring very prominently, as much as I could eat.
The sun goes down on the beach north mahe
Snorkling revealed the damage that the tsunami from indonesia had done a couple of years back, but everything mends again in time and many places were saved from significant destruction. Especially those on the west side of the islands.

The supermarkets were nearly devoid of nearly any variety in this semi-communist state, even though I could use local currency there so I only shopped there on one day. Most locals dont live the quality of life that their place deserves, mass fishing rights are given away nearly for free to foreign fishing bandits. The bounty being kept from the people that live on the islands themselves.  The government officials living in palacial manshions in the hills above the city with their foreign currency. But that is how it was, who can say what a year has done.
Granite forms, slowly carved by the waves of ages past

I was charged outrageous prices to make international phone calls (some short ones to get some money transfered to my credit card) from one of the places I stayed so make sure you find out HOW much before you decide to use their phone.

The seychelles is an amazingly beautiful place, and I hope it gets to stay that way, tourism supports and upholds this structure at the same time imprisons.   May time change this for the better, for all.  I flew out back to mauritius for my final chapter of my holiday thinking what incredible potential this place has.
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The climb up to the top through na…
The climb up to the top through n…
Sun dappled panorama
Sun dappled panorama
The sun goes down on the beach nor…
The sun goes down on the beach no…
Granite forms, slowly carved by th…
Granite forms, slowly carved by t…
Looking down at victoria
Looking down at victoria
Artificial island in the foreground
Artificial island in the foreground
Thats a fire on that island , not …
Thats a fire on that island , not…
Pitcher plants spawn on the slopes
Pitcher plants spawn on the slopes
Multitude of colours
Multitude of colours
The bay
The bay
civilisation spreads up the hills
civilisation spreads up the hills
Looking down from the cross
Looking down from the cross
Sweaty man finally made it :)
Sweaty man finally made it :)
On the boat heading out from victo…
On the boat heading out from vict…
Bird islands
Bird islands
Where theres eggs theres skink
Where there's eggs theres skink
Mum and chick keep out of the sun
Mum and chick keep out of the sun
Aldabra Tortoise
Aldabra Tortoise
whats all this fuss about?  Oh…
'what's all this fuss about?' ' O…
Islands whichever way you look
Islands whichever way you look
A Coast rarely touched
A Coast rarely touched
Peace on the edge
Peace on the edge
After the beach bbq
After the beach bbq
Fragmented Granite boulders
Fragmented Granite boulders
Granitic Edge
Granitic Edge
Pristine Quiet beach
Pristine Quiet beach
Its warm in this sun, almost time…
It's warm in this sun, almost tim…
Water felt as good as it looked
Water felt as good as it looked
Bright lizard getting warm
Bright lizard getting warm
somebody mowed the lawn here
somebody mowed the lawn here
the strangely female butt shaped C…
the strangely female butt shaped …
birds alight on the man-made islan…
birds alight on the man-made isla…