Our Secrets to Discovering the Best of the Seychelles: Part 2
Taking a Ferry to Praslin, we came across one of the most picturesque beaches of the archipelago, Anse Lazio. The beach is bordered by granite boulders, the water is turquoise blue and the burning white sand is lapped with Takamaka trees. Before leaving Praslin, we headed to Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve (a UNESCO world heritage site). Walking amongst the towering coco de mer trees, once again reminded us of Jurassic Park!
Leaving Praslin by Ferry, we ended up on La Digue. It was awesome to discover that the primary means of transport on the island is by bike. The island is considerably smaller than Mahé and Praslin but offers so much!
One of the most memorable moments was summiting Belle Vue (Eagle's Nest Mountain). The summit is only 300 metres above sea level, but getting there was tough. Cycling as far as physically possible, followed by climbing through another jungle, I was rewarded with 360° view of the island. It was pure beauty. Especially that no one else was around.
As for beaches, the best for me was Anse Cocos. Cycling around the island to another stunning beach, Grand Anse, I began to trek towards Anse Cocos. Walking through the island brush, I came across three paradise flycatchers that flew around me - a real ‘wow’ moment. Arriving at the beach was amazing. It was only me, on a stretch of white sand, to swim in an ocean of beauty.
Cycling along the coast of the island is amazing. Just park your bike and go for a dip and snorkel. You're certain to come across eagle rays and other amazing marine life. Along the coast are great local cafes that source local fruit. While cycling we also came across a couple of giant tortoises. Cycling at night is great as well. Since there are no street lights, you will cycle in darkness, with only the stars to guide you.
Seychelles is truly amazing and I will recommend travelling there any day.
Written by Shane van Breda.