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!
If you are looking to unwind your mind from a busy day then let me help you find the best way to relax on the perfect beach.
With maybe even a drink in hand.
My not so super secret list of the most relaxing beaches in the Seychelles Islands can help you in your time of need.
This small, narrow strip of sand may not seem like much but Anse Reunion has its qualities. For example, the shallow clear waters provide a perfect opportunity to snorkel your troubles away and make friends with the brightly colored fish. Once you’ve given that a try, you can lay back on your towel and bake in the sun or even snap a couple of pictures of Praslin from where you lay down.
Despite the ‘severity’ of its name, this gorgeous small beach is actually perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Don’t let the fact that it’s surrounded by two hotels fool you; this beach is actually a lovely quiet spot that allows you time with your own thoughts.
This gorgeous beach is found in the plantation of the Union Estate and does cost to gain access to for tourists. The 10 euros entrance fee also gives access to Anse Source d’Argent, a more busy and popular beach.
From here you can lay your towel down and soak up some sun all while seeing the island of Praslin across the water. When you want to cool of you can dip into the clear water for some swimming or snorkeling. This is a perfect beach for relaxing.
It’s perfectly normal to just want to relax for a day or two from all your strenuous activities. If you’ve been exploring the island of Praslin and just want to take a day of repose then check out these three not so secret beaches to unwind.
As you come along from behind the Raffles Hotel be sure to check out this mostly deserted beach for some good rest and relaxation. Here you can have a fantastic snorkeling session with some sea turtles if you happen to be lucky. When you feel like taking a break, stop by the shop nearby for refreshments and snacks to keep you going throughout the day. It’s perfectly calming and quiet and just what you need to step away from a busy week.
These turquoise waters may be difficult to access by foot but is available through the Lemuria Resort. The fact that it is well hidden means that it is even better to relax here without the worry of the outside world. Allow this hypnotic space to entice you into spending the day under the shade of the palm trees. Truly excellent for swimming, snorkeling and diving
Now don’t let the fact that this is Praslin’s most popular beach deter you from coming to relax here; the lengthiness of the beach allows for the illusion of alone time. Because it is so spread out, you don’t have to deal with loudness and rowdiness.
The beautiful white sand plays its part in putting Anse Lazio into the top ten most gorgeous beaches of the world and swimming and snorkeling in the bright blue waters is a must!
Come watch the sunset here and bathe in the beautiful warm colors of the end of the day and forget all your worries.
Not so sunny in Seychelles?
Here’s a list of fun things to do when the weather gets a little gloomy.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.