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.

Praslin Packing

Start packing your bags for some great activities to keep you busy while vacationing in the Seychelles Islands, specifically Praslin.

In this post I will be splitting up itineraries between three different holiday lengths on Praslin to keep you thoroughly busy.

4 days long

If you find yourself on Praslin for only a couple of days, then you needn’t worry; I’ve got your schedule covered.

  1. Beaches: The first and most important beach Praslin has to offer is the beautiful Anse Lazio. This beach is considered one of the top ten most picturesque beaches in the world and it does not disappoint. Be sure to pop over and snap a couple of pictures of the crystal blue waters to show the family back home what they are missing out on!
  2. Snorkeling and Diving: Jump in the ocean and check out the beautiful sea life the Praslin calls its own. Become one with the friendly fish and spend the day cooling off and splashing around. There is a main diving facility on Praslin that can be found here.
  3. Vallee De Mai: This Nature Reserve is the Pride of Praslin and it is not hard to see why. The Vallee De Mai is home to the endemic Coco de Mer and is protected from harm by the reserve. Tourists are always welcome here to learn more about our various flora and if you’re lucky you may even be able to taste some delicious coconut meat! A tour guide is highly recommended for those who wish to get more interesting information about the are. Find a tour guide here.

1 week vacation

Lengthen your vacation and your leisure time with the following fun activities

  1. Boat Charters: When it comes to boat charters, Praslin is not lacking. Choose from a wide array of boat charters to whisk you away to different smaller islands for a day in the sun, sea and even barbecues.
  2. Island Hopping: Hop on over to different islands close by to Praslin and soak up some interesting information and history they have to offer. You can even feed giant tortoises that are probably older than you!
  3. Water Activities: Clear kayaks are now being introduced to the second largest island in the Seychelles archipelago. With these nifty canoes you can look down into the water without diving in. Be sure to bring some snacks with you in case you bump into any hungry fish!
  4. Bars/Restaurants: Find an array of bars and restaurants on Praslin to help you unwind from a busy, fun filled day. Taste local and international cuisine and delicious drinks while listening to live music in various locations.
  5. Black Pearl Farm: This farm is known for the beautiful Black Pearls which can be found in beautiful jewelry. Check out the way the pearls are created, collected and used here and even pop into the store in front to grab some souvenirs.

2 weeks stay

The longer the stay, the longer you have to accomplish more things

  1. Fishing: Flex those muscles with the help of fishing for big game. A fun activity in Seychelles is definitely fishing and it is an amazing experience when you are able to catch some various species that you may even be able to eat.
  2. Boat Charters: A fun past time would be to lounge about on a nice boat all day. You can get that done and more with all the boat charters Praslin has to offer. On certain boats you can fish for your own food to barbecue on another island where you can also feed giant tortoises. Snorkeling is also a featured option with charters and you can find yourself feeding the hungry fish that come up to say hello.
  3. Helicopter Rides: Book yourself a fun and fantastic helicopter ride where you can find yourself flying high above the islands. Feel like a bird and capture the beauty of Seychelles from above.
  4. Island Hopping: This activity is a fan favorite; why stick to one island when you can visit multiple? Each island has its own interesting history and facts that make it unique. Enjoy a sun filled day on one or more!
  5. Beaches: Spread yourself out on various beautiful beaches on Praslin. Find secluded quiet areas and even some big touristy ones to tan it up on.
  6. Local Food: Find local cuisine at various restaurants and feel just like a local when tasting spicy or unique dishes.

Find the Mahé itinerary here and the La Digue itinerary here.

Mahé Living

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

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

4 Days long

If you’ll be spending a short time in Mahé then don’t stress; you can do just enough to get a Creole experience.

  1. Beaches: The beaches of Mahé are a must see and should always be a focal point of a visit here. Depending on the time of year, you can enjoy a variety of beaches that range from small, quiet coves, to large, touristy areas. Check out our tips for safe swimming here.
  2. Market: Another place to visit is the local market; here you can delve deep into some Seychellois culture by watching the locals interact over fresh produce and get some spices and souvenirs to bring back home. Check out the location here.
  3. Bazar Labrin: Depending on the days that you are here, you can visit the Bazar Labrin that is every Wednesday evening along the Beau Vallon Beach promenade. Here you can find local handicrafts and food to keep you busy and intrigued. It would be wise to stay late to watch the Moutya show that surrounds the Bonfire for an extra cultural experience.

1 week vacation

For a seven day trip to the Mahé, your week can be spent lounging in the sun or going on adventurous escapades.

  1. Nature Trails: On Mahé, there is a variety of nature trails for tourists and locals alike and every single hike can vary between easy and strenuous. It is very important to pay attention to your surroundings and always have the essentials for outdoor activities.
  2. Water Sports: Some other things to do on Mahé can be water sports or boat excursions, where you can enjoy the clear blue oceans in a multitude of ways.
  3. Art and History: The art studios, museums and monuments would also appreciate a visit from those who want to learn more about Seychellois culture through history and art. These various places can show true hidden beauty and depths.
  4. Island Hopping: By finding a boat excursion or boat tour company, you can find yourself visiting several small islands in one or two days. Hop on over to these quaint outer islands for a tasty barbecue and interesting history lessons.

2 weeks stay

The longer you stay, the more time you have to enjoy yourself. For the fourteen day trip you can visit a variety of things and maybe even be around for some local events.

  1. Beaches and Water Sports: The beach is always open and more than often, you can find water sport activities to entertain you. Such as jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and banana boating to name a few.
  2. Another Island: Something that is always recommended is visiting Praslin and La Digue which you can do by taking the usual ferry or by organizing a boat charter activity through hotels or locals.
  3. Diving and Snorkeling: Diving and snorkeling is also heavily recommended for a whole day activity and can be achieved through diving companies or glass bottom boats.
  4. Events: Events that may take place on Mahé could be local concerts or mini culture festivals that are held in various areas around the island. You can also find live music playing at select restaurants and hotels in the evenings.
  5. Tours: If you want to traipse around the island but are afraid to get lost, then find yourself a tour guide and head on out. Depending on the guide you can end up in different nooks and crannies of Mahé. You can find out little facts and small business that help Seychelles flourish.
  6. Fishing: If big game is what you are looking for, then fishing is your must do activity. With various fishing agencies you can be taken anywhere in Seychelles to find as much fish as you can under the guidance of your boat guides. You may also be able to eat your catch of the day depending on your charter.
  7. Spa Day: Relax your weary head with a pampered day at any spa. You can find full body massages, facials and mud baths at various locations. Check out our full list here.

Find a small list of essential items here and the Top Three Relaxing Beaches on Mahé here.

Full lists:
Art Galleries
Boat Charters
Dive Operators
Events
Excursions

Leisure
Places of Interest
Tour Guides

Windswept Hair

When the sun is at its peak and all you want to do is cool off or explore, the best thing for you to do is to get out and sail the seas. Well the localized Seychelles seas to be clear.

Boat Charters are always fun when it comes to the perfect day and the inner islands have a large variety of excursions to choose from.

At the forefront with the largest selection of charters is the beautiful island of Praslin.

Snorkeling and swimming are a must do in Seychelles and who could disagree when you take a look at the azure colored water each island is surrounded by. Depending on the Boat Charter you choose, your day will consist of beautiful scenic views, interesting stories and most probably making friends with the fish you swim with. Other Charters will also include fishing as the main attraction and if you’re lucky, you may be able to catch a fish for lunch!

On these trips, the island of Curieuse is always a part of the itinerary where you can find out about the rich history and feed some giant tortoises that may or may not be older than you! Enjoy a delicious barbecue with fresh-caught fish and some creole side dishes as you sit down with family or friends and listen to the natural sounds surrounding you.

When you have had enough of the white sandy shores of Curieuse, you’ll most likely be brought to the small island of St. Pierre; the ideal snorkeling area around Praslin. Here you can swim in the pristine blue waters and feed the curious fish and even be able to swim over to the rocky island. As the sun hits the ocean at just the right time, make sure to have your cameras ready to capture the most breathtaking views.

A list of different boat charters can be found here on the Seychelles Promo website.