Swimsuit Season

Large umbrellas up. Cocktails by the many. Sunglasses on bridge. It’s time to party! Strip- No wait, that’s too far. It’s summer. It might not be summer where you are but one little thing…it’s always summer in Seychelles. Grab a beach bag and throw that swim suit in with a few bottles of liquid courage and some top notch sunglasses because in Seychelles when it’s time to party, we say let’s go to the beach.

However there’s one thing you won’t really find in Seychelles. Seychelles doesn’t have a nude beach, it is not something that has been talked about or might be talked about, maybe in the farther, farthest future, but at the moment it’s considered indecent to expose everything and walk down the beach in your birthday suit. However there are moments when tanning, tourist decides to go topless, the locals understand that for tanning purposes this may be necessary.

In addition Seychelles is free from plastic bag. Yes you heard me right! The use of plastic bags in Seychelles is illegal, okay maybe you’ve seen some people with a plastic bag and thought. Oh well he has one. Well guess what? These plastic bags are degradable one’s which means the harm it will have to the environment will be almost nonexistent.

One of the main reasons Seychelles is free from plastic bag is because Seychelles is a touristic destination and plastic bags were pollutants and it was affecting the ecosystem in general from harming turtles to being an awful sight to see. This decision will ensure the purest air in the Seychelles and the purest environment you may ever experience.

Now grab a snack and your reusable bag and lay your towel under the shade of a Takamaka palm and look over the water because you’re in Seychelles and guess what? It’s always swimsuit season!!!

Souvenirs

 

 

Have you really been somewhere if you don’t have evidence to prove it? Nowadays even pictures can’t be trusted; with professional apps and Photoshop at anyone’s disposal. However what’s the best way to show that you just came from the Seychelles? You got it right! Souvenirs.

Souvenirs are available everywhere in the world however Seychelles takes it to another level because first of all Seychelles is a tourist destination and it is a country trying to promote culture and heritage. The souvenirs in Seychelles ranges from shark tooth to a Coco-de-Mer pillow. Most of the souvenirs are made out of natural resources such as corals, shells, wood and large majority is made out of fish bones or their teeth. These souvenirs are representations of Seychellois using the resources at our disposal and having a ‘give-and-take’ relationship with the ocean.

Where do you get the best souvenirs from Seychelles? There’s no such thing. Because they are all well thought out pieces of art, however some places that are more common; along the Francis Rachel street opposite the stadium or the buildings cable and wireless, chaka bros, or the mosque. The chain of shacks along the street is more than an attraction for a large majority of tourist and they provide one of the largest selections of souvenirs. Moreover, the shacks are painted in light pink, yellow and green colours, and the tone is a clear representation of the Seychelles culture.

In addition, if you are not in Victoria but in the south, don’t worry because one way or another you may find a souvenirs shack specialising in your desired jewellery, hat, t-shirt or any other creative selection.

The currency used in most souvenir shops are Seychelles rupees however there are instances where other currencies are accepted.

Now, I’m guessing you’re thinking about if you want to get a souvenir before you leave but you forgot to buy one around the island, well you’re in lick because whichever way you’re living Mahé, there will be a souvenirs shop nearby; from the airport, jetty to the port for the cruise ship.

You can say you’ve been to Seychelles and you took a piece of it with you!

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.

Connect

The first thing to check before going to another country is the location itself, if the trip will be worth the value of its currency demanded and if connecting to the family and friends I left at home will be possible. Although Seychelles is a small isolated island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there are ways to connect to your family and friends back home.

Getting off at the Seychelles airport, from the plane you have to go through customs first, obviously. And when you’re done you can simply walk out and you’ll see small booths selling SIM cards, the most common services here in Seychelles is Airtel and Cable and Wireless. Cable and Wireless was the first telecommunication company and this followed by Airtel and other choices such as Kokonet and Intelvision. These companies make it their mission to provide the highest quality of telecommunication services as possible.

International calls, internet data and local calls, these companies provide and they have attractive bundles of packages for however long your stay in Seychelles is. These companies are different and they all provide different forms of service but one thing I can assure you, they will make sure you connect with your loved ones at home. Most of their offices are in town however there are small branches in the districts around the islands and some mobile packages can even be purchased in retail stores and super markets.

These package bundles are available for your phone, laptop or tablet. Whatever device you want to use it on, they have a solution. Your Instagram game will not be weak when you’re on this island beauty.

When you’re in Seychelles it’s not just about having a good time, but rather sharing your experience with your family and friends.

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!!!

Positive Vibes

Happy New Year everyone!

Just like every New Year I think it’s important to settle on some goals and resolutions for the following year. And yes maybe I forget these things after the first week but it’s still important to set them ahead of time to figure out the kind of year that you are going to have.

Now the usual type of resolutions people always have are “go to the gym” and “drink less” and “work hard”. I have been told that these shouldn’t be resolutions; they should be a normal task that you do every year!

Due to my busy schedule last year – of working and watching TV shows till I passed out of course – I couldn’t go to the gym as often as I wished. And despite hearing it should be part of my normal routine, I still make it my New Years Resolution.

What a lot of people don’t seem to be able to do is empathize with others, especially nowadays. When I told my friend that I couldn’t find the time to go to the gym every week, I was laughed at and asked what was so important that I couldn’t give a couple of hours to working out. Sure! I could’ve have taken the time I spent watching shows and reading books and spent at the gym. However, a lot of people don’t seem to realize is that not everyone is the same. A job that others might find easy and not tiring, can be seen as exhausting for others where all they feel like doing is shutting down once they reach home.

I am one of those people.

Now your personal goals or resolutions for the year shouldn’t be made in haste. You shouldn’t define your year based on the choices of others. Just because you see other people posting their gym selfies and their vacations doesn’t mean you have to do the same.

Don’t feel pressured into taking a new hobby or throwing your life savings away to have an amazing holiday.

Your goals should be your own.

What you wish to complete this New Year should be completely up to you and you alone.

What you should definitely do though, is make sure you continue living your best life. Be the best you can be and the happiest with whatever you choose!

 

New Year, New Events

New Year’s Eve is finally upon us and it is my duty to show you the upcoming events Seychelles has to offer on this fine day!

If you are looking for a quiet time and just feel like having a dinner with your family or significant other, check out Chatterbox on Eden Island. Here you can find a set menu of starters, main course and dessert that will fulfill your New Year cravings.

Also on Eden Island at Bravo, you can enjoy a Dinner Dance accompanied by a delicious gourmet buffet! Who wouldn’t want to get in on that?

From 7pm you can head to Boardwalk Bar and Grill for a yummy New Years buffet. or dress in all white and enjoy the various DJ’s along with Heineken giveaways all night long at the NYE All White Party!

If you can’t be bothered with a meal and just want to party then come down to Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort and enjoy New Year’s Eve under the stars with a guest DJ from Ukraine. You won’t be disappointed!

Fire and Ice Beach Club offers you the chance to countdown the New Year with Brick and Lace singer, Nyanda. The ‘Snow Party’ includes various DJs and a live performance from Nyanda herself. You won’t want to miss out on this one!

For more information check out the What’s Next In Seychelles page right here.

Wrapping Up The Year

Shopping at the last minute for Christmas is the most stressful activity concerning this holiday month that I can think of. The only thing that makes it easier is that I more or less know what I am going to buy for each of my friends and family.

The best thing that you can do if you know you will be late on shopping, whether you get paid late or you don’t have enough time, is to go around town and window shop. If you see something that sticks out or you know someone will enjoy, pop by and put it on hold. Another thing that helps with this dilemma is that town will be opening till late the closer we get to Christmas Day.

Now if you want to be super organized like me, I suggest getting a wrapping paper from Cosmorama that you can use for only the gifts you are giving. This helps to eliminate any confusion between who bought what when it comes to gift giving.

This year between my friends however is that we are going to try and do a Secret Santa gift giving; not only is it more affordable but also less stressful. When you only have one friend to focus on, you won’t end up messing up and buying the wrong gift for the wrong person.

My only problem is that I enjoy buying gifts for people. It is one of my favorite things. I know my friends so well that when I see something I know one will like, i get the impulse to just buy it, despite not knowing whether they reciprocate. I don’t mind not getting anything in turn, it’s the happiness that is enough for me.