The Seychelles is a true tropical paradise in the heart of the Indian Ocean. It is not just a group of islands, but a real museum of wild nature and rare species of flora and fauna. People go to the Seychelles from all over the world for sea fishing, yachting and beach holiday. It is one of the best places in the world for diving and snorkeling with the stunning white sand beaches and turquoise crystal clear water. The Seychelles are considered to be one of the most romantic wedding resorts, this is the place where dreams come true for all loving hearts. If you have not decided yet where to spend your honeymoon, don’t hesitate to choose Seychelles!
Islands of the Seychelles archipelago
The Seychelles archipelago is located to the north of Madagascar. It includes 115 islands, but only 33 of them are inhabited. Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the largest and most popular ones.
The largest island is Mahé, it’s size is 25 by 8 km. There is the capital city of Victoria on the island, as well as the only international airport and commercial port.
The next largest island is Praslin, its size is 11 by 4 km. This island is a real wildlife treasure, here you can see a very rare kind of palm — Coco de Mer — the symbol and pride of the Seychellois. Coco de Mer grows only on Praslin and the neighboring island Curiouse, and nowhere more. The place where these palms grow is a state reserve included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Next is La Digue, its size is 3 by 4 km. Though a smaller one, it is far more beautiful! The French movie “Goodbye, Emmanuelle” made La Digue world famous in 1977. Some Emmanuel scenes were filmed in a former villa of a local planter (Emmanuel`s house) which is now the L'Union Estate park with vanilla and coconut plantations and a turtle shelter at its area.
The other islands are less known and popular. Few of them are inhabited and the others are commercial property. Those islands are owned by hotels and they suite for eco-tourism very well. These are the most expensive, but also the most stunning resorts for a hideaway holiday.
The weather on the Seychelles is mild and comfortable all the year round. Temperature is +29 °C, humidity is 80%, the water in the ocean is +27 °C. The climate is sub-equatorial with two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season is from November till April with the average temperature +30 °C, it often rains and the humidity is over 80%. The dry season starts in June and ends in October, the humidity reduces to comfortable 70% with minimum precipitation, the air temperature is about +27 °C. The best time to visit the Seychelles is from May till October, that is the high season time.
Our trip to the Seychelles
We decided to spend our honeymoon on the Seychelles and chose La Digue as a destination place. The tickets were bought in advance, for 3 months before the trip, because of the minimum available price. Our advice: do not look for tickets on individual airlines websites, but use meta-search services to monitor all possible airlines at once. In a click you can find the cheapest tickets and the best routes, and sometimes you can even get it for a lower sale price:
Our honeymoon adventure had begun long before we got to the island. In St. Petersburg, Russia, we called a taxi to the airport where our flight to the Seychelles, Mahé, with a transfer in Dubai started.
On the way to the airport we got in an incredibly long traffic jam caused by a road repair and a few accidents. We had been already jamming for several hours when we had less than an hour before the latest check-in. Our flight and the whole honeymoon was in real danger. The Air Emirates staff called us several times from the airport and warned that our check-in was finishing. We had no choice, our tickets were non-refundable, that damned jam could spoil everything. So, the taxi driver risked and, breaking all the possible traffic rules, crossed the double white line and on the wrong lane at a speed of 150 km/h brought us to the airport just 2 minutes before the check-in end, though it seemed unreal! A good gulp of cold beer on the board helped to relax and made us believe that we were on the way to one of the most luxurious and memorable holiday of our life.
Our flight was with transfer in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), it took more than 6 hours to get there. So, we were happy to spent in a luxury duty-free of the Dubai airport some time before the final 5 hour flight to Mahé, the Seychelles.
At arriving to Mahé, we decided to change currency and buy a local SIM card with a prepaid 3G web access. It was done at the airport, at a desk next to the exit. Then we asked at the information desk the best way to the pier. The employee kindly explained that we should take a free mini-bus. So, we went to look for one. Its driver greeted us and kindly offered to help with our luggage. We were impressed with kindness of the local stuff and high level of service.
Later in our blog we will tell you more of the enchanting La Digue, its delightful beaches and our unforgettable honeymoon adventure