This is a trip that I made with an ex-boyfriend of mine, who had been to the
Seychelles before. We bought a flight ticket via Paris, and then
found accomodation through a small tourist guide.
Arranging the trip on your own saves you many
hundreds of dollars instead of going on an organized tour.
We stayed at private bungalows and guest houses on the islands of Mahé, Praslin
and La Digue. On Mahé we had a small kitchen which is a good thing if you want to
save money because restaurants were quite
expensive. A trip to the Seychelles is not cheap!
The Seychelles is definitively one of my favourite countries. The people are very
friendly, they speak English and come from a true melting pot with African, Indian,
Chinese and European (especially French) origin. The capital is Victoria,
official languages are Creole, French and
English. The population is almost 80.000.
The Seychelles islands lie in the middle of the Indian Ocean,
a 1.000 miles/1.600 km off the coast of
Africa, almost on the Equator. They are remnants
of Godwanaland, an ancient continent now gone. They consist of 115 islands
over 150.000 sq miles/400.000 sq km, or about the same size as California or 90% the
size of Sweden. Actual land area is only 175 sq miles/455 sq km.
35 of the islands are of granite, the rest are of coral. The biggest island is Mahé,
17*5 miles/27*8 km, highest point is 2.969 ft/905 m above sea level.