I am a beach bum. So when it came to picking my honeymoon destination, it had to be an island getaway. And Seychelles it was. The beautiful archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa, boasts some of the best beaches in the world with turquoise blue waters. No wonder it draws its name from an African word, which means dark blue. In the local language ‘anse’ means beach, and as we spent time there, we came across stunning beaches every single day.
Each island had its own charm. Mahé, the largest island in Seychelles, is home to the capital Victoria, which is known for its rich cultural heritage. It’s definitely worth exploring and I think renting a car for the day is the best way. An absolute must do is to catch the sunset at the beautiful Beau Vallon beach in Mahé. Regarded as one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, you will know why when you see it for yourself. It truly took our breath away.
Praslin, the second largest island, is popular for Anse Lazio beach that nests between two mountain peaks. The stunning white sand beach is what dreams are made of. Though the yellow buoys of the shark nets restricted the area, swimming in the warm waters was super fun. Then there is Grand Anse beach, which is the longest beach in Praslin that also runs parallel to the road on the eastern side. The evening sky here narrates a beautiful tale as the sun goes down.
For adventure seekers, Anse Volbert beach is the popular spot for snorkeling, surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing, and sailing.
Amidst all the beach hopping, we came across what’s known as the national fruit of Seychelles – Coco De Mer Palm or sea coconut or double coconut. We learnt that it is unique to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse, and is the largest and the heaviest seed in the plant kingdom. According to legend, the male and female plants embrace each other at night to produce the seed. The bum-shaped fruit was unmissable during our trip. It was even on the stamps punched on our passport!
Curieuse Island is a short ferry ride off the north shore of Praslin, and this is where we met the famous Aldabra tortoises, known as the world’s largest tortoises. It was quite a sight to watch these ‘little’ guys roaming freely on the island. There were more than 300 on the island!
But what’s a beach vacation without amazing food and chilled beer? We loved the local beer called SeyBrew, which was a pale lager. It teamed well with the Seychellois Creole cuisine and kept us cool in the sunny weather.