To the people of Seychelles, the beautiful island of Mahé is an undisputed favourite: all but ten percent of its populace lives here. To new arrivals, on the other hand, Mahé’s first impression can be somewhat misleading. Those who enter its more bustling areas, with busy tree-lined streets and stately yet quaint white buildings, little suspect that Mahé’s most beautiful areas are those that are more secluded. And rarely further than a short drive away.
Here you witness sights that so often grace travelogues with titles like “The Most Beautiful Places on Earth”. Unbelievably blue waves breaking upon golden shores. Palm fronds waving out to distant boats. Tropical trees that stand out dramatically against its cheerful beach setting. Some might say that Mahé is almost unfairly endowed. Our advice: make the most of it.
Years ago, Praslin was frequented by, shall we say, rather distinctive visitors: Arab merchants, marauding pirates and the most vividly coloured birds. Today, of its former inhabitants, only the avian ones remain. But they’re joined by a delighted throng of beach-lovers.
It’s not difficult to see why Praslin is loved by such a motley crowd. It boasts nature so immaculately beautiful, that when the legendary British Major-General Gordon reached its shores in the 19th century, he was convinced he was in Eden. And yet, for all its bounteous natural surroundings, Praslin has exquisite restaurants and lodging. This is an island that will continue to hold its guests in its thrall for years to come.
Praslin, Mahé.The gentle breaking of waves on serene shores. The mellifluous medley of Seychellois Creole and French accents. Folk musicians playing a sensual montea melody. The islands of Seychelles follow an un-composed yet ubiquitous tune.