Mare Au Cochons, Au Seychelles

Strap on your sensible walking shoes. Grab your cap. A bottle of water. Sun spray. Mosquito repellent and as much food as you would like because we are going on a trail! Oh and guess what? You’re coming along with me! Nature lovers will always be nature lovers right? You’re in Seychelles and you want to go on a hike because the only place you feel at peace is on a trail surrounded by a variety of green pastures. You want to leave the sound of the wave behind, or your parents made you tag along because they are nature lovers. Or maybe you simply want to see the island.

Mare Au Cochons trail is one of the most well-known trails in the Seychelles. The trail starts at Le Niole or Bel Ombre, depending on your location and it leads through the forest of the North. Along the way there are points where you can stop and admire the timeless beauty that is the coast of Bel Ombre opposite the Silhouette Island. The view is vast and beyond words to describe its beauty. The white foam of waves caresses the white sandy coast and the green pastures highlight its splendour. It is truly a picture perfect frame with a 360 degrees panorama of the mountains up above and the ocean and islands completing the masterpiece.

While walking to Mare Au Cochons there are streams of fresh water flowing either along the walls of the path you’re walking next to or on the granite rocks, flowing to complete the water cycle. The smell of nature is more than just refreshing when you’re surrounded by the sound of dripping natural mineral water. There are multitudes of river coming from the mountains and you will see them along the way but if you don’t, you’ll certainly hear it.

There are tiny wooden kiosks that you can sit at and have some refreshments and a chat; however this is not the end of the trail. You will meet a large patch of extremely green grass coating the mountains, and these grasses are picture perfect and soft to lie down on and take the most scenic pictures you can imagine as it’s dotted with palm trees.

The trail doesn’t end there with more than a few back stories of how they used to produce cinnamon in bulk. There are evidence of the ruins along the way and a large variety of introduced crops such as Banana and sugar cane planted in neat rows, will show such a settlement.

You’ve seen all that can possibly be seen; now you’re on your way to the Mare au Cochons itself. The name is in French and translated to the ‘marsh of pigs’, however this must either be a legend or it has been said that the marsh was full of pigs at one point. Whichever story is true, nowadays there are no pigs in the marshy area of the Mare Au Cochon Trail. Once you’ve reach the marsh there will be a bridge to walk across and a small shack like kiosk to sit at and have your lunch or maybe your snack, depending on how fast you walk.

One known secret is that you can continue into the deep unraveling trail that is Mare Au Cochons, however you need to be with someone who knows the way because I am a hundred percent sure you do not want to be stuck in the dark mist of Mare au Cochons. Moreover if you don’t have a guide that can lead you down the steep mountain to the Grand Anse side of the trail then you can turn back and start walking home.

The Mare au Cochons connects to other trails such as Copolia. Spending a day in Nature will never be the same after the trail!

Magic in Seychelles

Do it once, it was memorable, do it twice it was iconic but do it thrice it goes down in history, however the circus of Samoa doesn’t need to visit a place more than once to go down in history. From their opening act to the bow the circus of Samoa surpasses expectations.

The magic circus goes by its name, the colors within their presentation brings shame to the rainbow; and the atmosphere they create leaves the audience craving for more and more.

The magic circus visited Seychelles during the years 2013 and 2015 and each time they introduce the small vanilla islands of Seychelles with nothing more than splendor, elegance and marvelous touch of talents from all around the globe; in 2015 they brought the tallest man ‘Sultan Kosen’ to one of the smallest nation in the world and this year 2018 the main attraction will be the ‘Globe of Death’ which will consist of 3 riders.

The Circus of Samoa is beautifully packed with a diversity of Samoan and international acrobats, clowns, aerialists, jugglers, magician who does more than amaze audiences with their skills and charisma!

What to do in Seychelles? From February 15 until March 18 the circus will be putting on shows on the Seychelles island Mahe. Worried about the working hours? The great thing about the magic circus is that at sun down the colorful lights turn on and the fire soars through the air; with shows starting from 7 pm. If the weekly shows are too hectic to attend and the little ones need to be in bed by 7 30 pm then the matinees shows are what you and the whole family can enjoy on Saturdays from 2 30 pm to 7 pm.

The approximately one hour show will be held at the ‘Vilaz Flaboyant’ parking next to the international conference center Seychelles (ICCS), Also known as the ex-flamboyant night club premises. Tickets will be on sale at the Circus Ticket Office which opens at 10 am. The tickets for adults cost Sr 225, children under 12 are Sr 125, first class tickets are Sr 250 and VIP tickets are 275.

Why should you attend the Magic Circus of Samoa? Because no one does it like they do and the edge of your seat will certainly be the only place you’ll be occupying all throughout the show.  Hold on to your hat because the Magic…is in Seychelles!!!

What To Do In Seychelles

Starting from the 15th of January, Seychelles Promo has started up weekly videos of visual itineraries for those traveling to the Seychelles Islands.

First we will begin by showing you what you can accomplish in one day on the three main islands; with multiple one day videos with different routes. From there we will continue to show you what to do in three and five days on our beautiful islands.

Despite having written mini itineraries which you can find here, these visuals are more enticing and explanatory. In the videos, you can find maps and directions as well as images of the places we want to send you!

For this week, we have gifted you with a One Day On La Digue. This video will take you through a variety of beaches; from Grand Anse to Anse Source D’Argent, stopping along the way for some nourishment and history.

Enjoy our video and don’t forget to check out our website, SeychellesPromo.

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Posted by Seychelles Promo on Sunday, January 21, 2018

 


Last week’s video for Praslin

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Posted by Seychelles Promo on Monday, January 15, 2018

Fright Night

With my birthday fast approaching along with Halloween, I find myself more in the mood to stay home and watch scary movies while working on my Halloween costume for next week.

With my needle and thread in one hand and my phone in the other, I scroll through Facebook looking for any event that might happen for that night. Despite the dwindling nightlife on Mahé , a majority of clubs and restaurants (or hotels) have put together some spooky deals and events out for others to enjoy.

So as I take a break from putting together my spook-tacular costume, I’ll be writing up some interesting things to do for Halloween this year.

The Boardwalk is offering prizes for the best costumes for groups, couples and male and female categories as well as SR50 Jager and Zappa shots all night long! Get your groove on at Boardwalk with DJ Aubrey & Solo with your friends!

At the Fire and Ice Bar & Lounge, enjoy from 7.00pm onwards by the marina while vying for prizes for the most alluring costume, most creative and best Fire or Ice costume. If you don’t have your costume together, that’s okay! Try out the glow in the dark face painting available.

If you happen to be in the North of the island then be sure to check out A Night at the Cemetary at Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort. From ten onwards, enjoy DJ Zombie and maybe try your luck at winning a thousand rupees for best male or female costume!

but if partying it up with loud music isn’t for you then try a spooky dinner at Eden Bleu Hotel. For SR595 per person, you can have a three course set meal and a cocktail on the house! Make sure to dress up for maximum fun though!

last but not least, stand the chance to win this Halloween with Club Liberté Casino. At this costume party you can participate in a lottery draw at 10 o’clock pm and win some fun prizes!

So now that I’ve given you some ideas to celebrate Halloween this Tuesday, keep in mine to stay safe in your travels!

 

Festival Kreol

Every year for the past twenty six years, the people of Seychelles come together to pay homage to their culture.

The Festival Kreol is held every end of October and always represents beautiful Creole culture through food, art, music and more.  The week long celebration from the 20th of October to the 30th, is bursting at the seems with fun events. Restaurants also participate with special deals and activities to commemorate this week.

Despite the festival taking place in Seychelles on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, the week long celebration recognizes and welcomes all Creole cultures from across the globe.

The itinerary for this years Festival Kreol is as follows

 

Catch of the Day

If you’re big on fishing on the open seas, then Seychelles is the best place. Not only is there a wider variety but the fish almost always tastes better than anywhere else in the world. However, fishing isn’t just that; you have to be more specific and figure it exactly what it is that you want to do.

Big Game Trolling

With Big Game Trolling, it is all about the adrenaline coursing through your veins as you come face to face with some of the fastest and largest predators of the Indian Ocean. Feeling the almost violent struggle of the larger catch is enough to get you going. Sailfish happens to be a fan favorite in Seychelles as it is one of the most reliable fishing grounds for such. These intense creatures are in abundance all year round so you can most likely be lucky in catching one without venturing far out to sea. Other large game include, Yellowfin Tuna, Black Marlin,, Dogtooth Tuna, Bluefin and Jobfish to name a few.

Bottom Fishing

If you want to go a more traditional route of fishing then you should try Bottom Fishing, a big favorite among locals. To achieve this method, one needs a strong handline, 4-6 hooks with bait and a heavy sinker. This allows a wider range of catch seeing as that it is able to capture any species of fish around. If you are looking to catch as many different species of fish as you can, then this is the sport for you.

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing can be achieved from either a boat or the from the shallows around the inner islands. The Outer most islands remain untouched by this sport. The variety that is available is as wide as that associated with Bottom Fishing.

Jig fishing

Jigging is considered an active fishing method due to the fact that it requires a lot of snapping and jerking of the rod tip. This is to make sure that the bait looks injured enough that game fish is wiling to bite. A normally long, thin jig is dunked into the water and retrieved quickly through short pulls up to the surface.

Popping

Popping is more on the extreme side of fishing and to be successful in your endeavors you must have a skipper with this experience who can position the boat in such a way in rough waters. A strong tackle is also important as well as reels that can withstand drag power of 20kg upwards.

Spin Fishing

Spin fishing is a technique wherein a spinning lure is used to entice fish into biting. This is done in both the open seas of Seychelles as well as in the flats. Depending on the type of fish you are willing to go after, your equipment should be chosen to carry the weight and speed of your catch. Spin fishing is distinguished between fly fishing by the type of rod and reel used.

For a list of fishing operators please click here.

‘I Do’

Destination weddings are in high demand as of late, especially where islands are concerned! If you’re ready to tie the knot then you should check out the Seychelles Islands as your ideal wedding location.

These gorgeous islands have be a hot spot for romance among many celebrities who have fallen to the beauty of the white, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. As paparazzi snap their photos and magazines gossip on their vacations, Seychelles becomes more and more tantalizing to those who wish to get away with their significant other. The Seychelles Archipelago began gaining such endorsement when the newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to honeymoon here.

Where honeymoons on the various islands are popular among celebrities, so are the actual weddings; beach weddings to be exact.

Various hotels deal in special packages for those who are ready to commit, including seven nights stays for most. Depending on your budget, it is always important to check up on these things prior to booking a plane ticket.

The best time of year varies on Mother Nature. The weather in Seychelles varies due to trade winds. From the months of October to April, you can find the winds coming in from the North which allow for more gentle breezes and safer swimming in the South. The only downside is that these months are more susceptible to rain especially around November to January.

From May to September, expect a drier climate. The winds head in from the south east and normally affect the beaches on the Southern parts of Mahé, making the waters to rough to swim in. The northern coast is relatively calm during these periods. The seas also make boat trips rougher when crossing between islands so flying is more advisable to those with sea sickness during these times.

Depending on where you stay, a hotel can most definitely organize a hairdresser and florist for the wedding package. However, if you prefer to plan yourself you can find a list of Beauty and Hairdressers and Spas and Fitness.

One must always be aware of the legal requirements that are needed before getting hitched, especially in a different country. It is always important to be prepared so your wedding can go as smooth as possible. A full list of legal requirements and rules can be found here.

 

Wedding Requirements

Before tying the knot, make sure you are made aware of the legal requirements for marrying in Seychelles.

  1. Church weddings without a civil ceremony  are not recognized as being legal and the parties must therefore contract a civil wedding prior to the religious ceremony.
  2. Persons wishing to organize their own wedding must apply to the Seychelles Civil Status Office in Victoria on Mahé for a civil ceremony and the relevant church body for the religious ceremony.
  3. Civil ceremonies may be conducted around the hotel property with permission from both
    the hotel and the Civil Registrar. Weddings outside the hotel property can only be
    performed in private and authorised places. The authorisation needs to be obtained from
    the Civil Registrar.
  4. The Civil Status Office must be made aware of a wedding date at least eleven calendar
    days in advance. The eleven-day period may be exempted by applying for a Special Licence, normally issued within two days from the date of application at a charged fee.
  5. Plan your wedding at least two months in advance to allow for the processing of documentation.
  6. The couple must be present in Seychelles at least 2 days prior to the civil ceremony.
  7. Weddings can also be performed in the Civil Status Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays
    between 0900hrs and 1100hrs, in the presence of two witnesses provided by the parties
    themselves.
  8. Couples wishing to marry outside the Civil Status Office will be required to pay a fee. This
    fee applies to ceremonies held on any weekday on Mahé or one of the Inner Islands (Inner Islands include: Anonyme, Bird, Cerf, Cousine, Denis, Frégate, La Digue, Moyenne, North, Praslin, Round, Ste Anne, and Silhouette). The transportation cost for the Registrar officer must be covered by the couple to travel to these islands. Civil Status Officers can also be found on both Praslin and La Digue.
  9. Couples wishing to marry on one of the Outer Islands, including Alphonse or Desroches, will
    be required to pay a different fee plus the transportation cost to these islands for the Registrar officer.
  10. A fee is charged for ceremonies held after 1700hrs on a weekday or at any time on a Saturday and Sunday.
  11. Legally conducted marriages in Seychelles are recognized under European laws.
  12. There are no nationality requirements that need to be fulfilled.
  13. A special stamp (apostille) is required to validate the marriage certificate obtained after the
    civil ceremony for all nationalities except for British nationals. This stamp is available at the
    Registrar’s office located at the Supreme Court for a fee of SCR140.
  14. The couple must produce the following documents:
    – Birth certificate or certified copy thereof
    – If either party is divorced, the decree of divorce must be produced
    – If either of the parties is a widow or widower the death certificate of the former spouse must be produced
    – Legal proof in the case of a name having been changed
    – Copies of the first 2 pages of both parties’ valid passports
    – Document to show that there is no impediment or lawful hindrance to the intended marriage (If this cannot be obtained, an affidavit has to be signed in Seychelles after a solemn declaration has been made to that effect)
  15. All the above documents must be originals or copies duly certified before departure from
    one’s home country and must be translated into either English or French if the translation
    has not already been made.
  16. French law requires that French nationals wishing to get married abroad follow certain specific procedures. For information concerning these, contact either your local
    municipality or the Seychelles Civil Status Office or the French Embassy in Seychelles.

Seychelles Civil Status Office
PO Box 430, Victoria, Mahé
Tel: +248 4 29 36 13 / 4 29 36 04
Fax: +248 4 32 10 46
Email: info@civilstatus.gov.sc
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 0800hrs-1130hrs & 1300hrs-1500hrs
Closed on weekends and public holidays.

French Embassy of Seychelles
1st Floor, La Ciotat Building
Mont Fleuri, Mahé
Tel: +248 4 38 25 00
Fax: +248 4 38 25 10
Email: marie-may.confiance@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 0800hrs-1300hrs & 1400hrs-1700hrs

Weekend Wildin’

Lately it’s been difficult to find a certain activity to do during the weekend, but once you find somewhere that suits you, then you should be set!

In the day time, a variety of activities can be done such as zip lining and water sports found on separate parts of the island of Mahé respectively.

Zip Lining at the Constance Ephelia Resort in Port Launay is a great way to bring out your inner dare devil. Have your body safely secured and whiz through an exhilarating view of lush green forests and feel as if you are truly flying. It’s an experience that everyone should have at least once in their life!

Other outdoorsy activities can include hiking up gorgeous mountains and capturing incredible views, golfing to your heart’s content or horse back riding on a beach as the sun sets.

The water sports found mainly on Beau Vallon beach, are perfect for a sunny day. The crystal clear waters make activities even more enticing. With Mamila you can enjoy several different things such as jet skiing, canoeing, banana boating and parasailing. They’re a sure fire way to cool off from a hectic week!

Other water based activities can include boat charters, which you can find out more about here, or fishing.

A majority of the locals and tourists end up on Eden Island on a Friday night. Here on the man made island you can find a variety of restaurants and bars to wine and dine in. Specific restaurants and bars include but are not limited to Bravo, 1770 Brewery Ltd, Grand Havana, The Maharajas and The Boardwalk.

The latter is also a focal point for entertainment after certain hours. On the weekends The Boardwalk becomes a perfect place for dancing and drinking with friends. Other nightclubs/bars are Katiolo, Rogan’s Irish Bar and The Barrel Nightclub.

If  dancing isn’t your thing then maybe gambling? Casino’s on Mahé are a great way to sit and hang out with friends while trying to get lucky with games. At the Gran Kaz casino you can enjoy cocktails while betting and playing cards to live music. Amusement Center is usually more crowded due to it’s more affordable drinks and fun atmosphere on the weekends.

Our island may be small but I assure you that we have our fair share of entertainment to keep everyone busy!

La Digue Lounging

Get your luggage ready for some great activities to keep you busy while vacationing in the Seychelles Islands, specifically La Digue.

In this post I will be splitting up itineraries between three different holiday lengths on La Digue as well as appealing to people of all tastes.

4 DAYS LONG

Take it easy for your short holiday with these small suggestions.

  1. Beaches: Like every itinerary before, beaches are at the forefront of every trip to the islands. The pride of La Digue is Anse Source D’Argent and it’s not difficult to see why. This beach is an ideal spot for weddings and honeymooners. The clear turquoise water is relatively calm and perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
  2. Hiking: Get your hiking shoes on and head on over to the highest point on La Digue called Nid d’Aigle. You’ll be spending an average time of 3 hours on this trail, to and from, depending on how fast or slow you walk. Capture the most spectacular views of La Digue and neighboring islands from this point.
  3. Art: A definite must see on La Digue is the art gallery of George Camille, a famous artist here in the Seychelles Islands.

1 week vacation

One weeks seems like enough time to do some more activities and delve into the deep rich history of the island.

  1. Beaches: Go and relax on one of La Digue’s many secluded beaches for prime tanning and privacy.
  2. L’Union Estate: This piece of land covers over a third of La Digue and is a big tourist attraction. Here you can find an accumulation of local life activities and places of interest. The coconut farm which is found here shows demonstrations of extracting oil which is a staple in most Seychellois homes. Another tourist favorite is the tortoise park where you can take pictures with the giant land tortoises.
  3. La Digue Cemetery: Another small tourist attraction is the cemetery. This plot of land isn’t relatively spooky but it is home to many of the first settlers on the island.
  4. Ox Ride: Ride in style on carts pulled by large oxen, something that was very common for newly weds leaving the church back in the day. It may be a slow mode of transport but it is an experience, once you reach your destination you can carry on by foot or the preferred transport: bicycles.
  5. Eustache Sarde’s House: This beautiful house is one of the last remaining homes made out of timber in the whole of Seychelles.

2 weeks stay

Try different things while you extend your stay.

  1. Beaches: Lengthen your summer tan on the various beaches La Digue has to offer.
  2. Veuve Reserve: Find out more about La Digue’s endemic animals and plants at this small but beautiful nature reserve in the forest.
  3. Island Hopping: Find yourself a boat charter and check out the other islands that surround La Digue. Find out about their specific history and facts!
  4. Restaurants and Bars: Entice your taste buds with delicious creole cooking from a large variety of restaurants and bars.
  5. Helicopter Rides: See the island from a birds eye view with a lovely helicopter ride that takes off from La Digue.
  6. Lafet La Digue: This event more commonly known as the Feast of Assumption in English, is a major event that is marked in every Seychellois’ calendar from every island. On the 15th of August everyone comes down to celebrate the Virgin Mary and partake in the open-air mass and procession. The festivities continue with street parties, live music shows and food-stalls for both locals and visitors alike.

Find a full list of beaches here.

Find the Mahé itinerary here and the Praslin itinerary here.