Pride in Words

Seychelles is not just a country that represents the pearl of the Indian Ocean or the heart of the Indian Ocean. The island and its people make it their mission to make sure that Seychelles always stays true to its identity, there may be outside forces however the people of Seychelles always find a way to stay united and true to their identity. This is not about the language being used or the food that the daily household provides but rather the words in the national song.

Almost everyone knows the pride of singing the national anthem and most will agree that the national anthem is the moment where the nation feels this sense of togetherness and pride to be part of their country.

Sesel ou menm nou sel patri.

Kot nou viv dan larmoni.

Lazwa, lanmour ek lape.

Nou remersye Bondye.

Preserv labote nou pei.

Larises nou losean.

En leritaz byen presye.

Pour boner nou zanfan.

Reste touzour dan linite.

Fer monte nou paviyon.

Ansanm pou tou leternite.

Koste Seselwa!

 

This is the lyrics for the Seychelles national anthem. The title of the anthem is ‘Koste Seselwa’ which translates into the nation being closer ‘Koste- Closer’ and ‘Seselwa-Seychellois’

Seychelles, our only motherland

Where we live in harmony

Happiness, love and peace

We give thanks to God.

Preserve the beauty of our country

The riches of our oceans

A precious heritage

For the happiness of our children.

Live forever in unity

Raise our flag

Together for all eternity

Join together all Seychellois.

 

The above is the English translation of the Seychelles anthem, and from here you can see the value that the Seychellois nation gives the conservation of the islands.

Seychelles, notre seule patrie

Où nous vivons en harmonie

La joie, l’amour et la paix

Nous remercions le Bon Dieu!

Préservons la beauté de notre pays

La richesse de notre océan

Un héritage très précieux

Pour le bonheur de nos enfants

Restons toujours unis

Élevons notre drapeau

Ensemble pour l’éternité

Unissons-nous Seychellois!

The above translation is in French because Seychelles has 3 official language is French, English and Creole.

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!!!

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.

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!

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.

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.

Not so sunny

Not so sunny in Seychelles?

Here’s a list of fun things to do when the weather gets a little gloomy.

  1. HISTORICAL EXPLORATIONS
    Seychelles is extremely rich in history and culture so why not visit some of the best historical sites the islands have to offer?
    The National History Museum is home to many stories of the discovery of Seychelles, as well as the flora and fauna that use to and still inhabits the Islands. History of Praslin and La Digue can be found on their respective islands as well.
    Check out more history sites here.


  2. SPA TREATS
    What’s a better way to enjoy a rainy day than in the spa? Treat yourself to one of the many spa’s Seychelles has to offer, no matter where you are on the island.
    If you’re staying at a hotel, be sure to check out their own services or step out and mix it up elsewhere. Relaxation is key on not so sunny days.
    Check out more spas here.


  3. ART FIX
    The many artists of Seychelles are diverse in both style and nationalities. Explore the different ways they express themselves at their studios found all over the island. You can begin by checking out Carrefour Des Arts located behind the National Cultural Center in Victoria, for a little taste.
    Check out more studios here.


  4. NIGHTLIFE
    Want to watch a movie? Feel like dancing? Or do you just want to have a good warm meal? The town of Victoria has several options to cater to your desires.
    Whenever it’s slightly cold on Mahé, I like to get warm and watch movies; Deepam Cinema has a new selection of films every weekend. But it’s even better to dance the night – and rain away – at a nightclub. For example, the Boardwalk Bar and Grill has food and music to offer it’s patrons and plenty of shelter from the rain.
    Check out more entertainment here.