I try to explore Seychelles every two years.
I have family and friends who live out there and it is my heritage so I want to live and learn as much as I can. So, I thought if you were venturing to these beautiful set of islands that maybe you would appreciate some recommendations from me.
Gavin isn’t a big fish eater but he will happily eat fish every day over there due to how fresh it is (caught that day)! And how it is prepared, either grilled, baked or fried. It is just gorgeous.
Just off the beach you will find fisherman with their catch of the day. Parrot fish and snapper will be bound together and you will see the locals gather and buy them. You can find saltfish samosas at most grocery stores, along with breadfruit chips (eat them and you will always return to the Seychelles or so the saying goes!) fresh fruit and cold beer.
Each shop will have their own prices but they are much cheaper than the big supermarkets in town.
This is my favorite food in the world and no one makes it better than my dad! For you guys you will have to try the restaurants and hotels. Traditionally food is served in bowls in front of you and you help yourself. No waste.
This is how I was brought up.
Seychellois have a very healthy attitude when it comes to food, they eat pretty much what they catch and they live of the land. My favourite dish is octopus curry or fried octopus it is just delicate and meaty all at the same time.
My favourite places for food
- Café Solei holds so many memories, I told Gavin about this place on our first date. We visit every time
- Sunset Beach Hotel ( just ridiculously beautiful we basically we live here during the day) Cocktails and fish and chips is insanely good. The views are magical, I am hoping my sister will get married here!
- Carana Beach hotel, when we were there the waves are pretty big which was fun. It is so instagramable there!
- La Perle Noire (Black Pearl) —————- just yum. Hospitality is like coming home, I cannot fault this place at all
- The boat house great traditional food at a great price
- Pizza places on Mahe – honestly we haven’t had a bad pizza there
- For snacks we eat all the samosas we can find, fresh fruit. mmmm
English is taught in schools and you will often find someone who speaks German, Spanish, Italian and Russian. They are a very well-educated people.
Okay, tricky subject. Seychellois will help you if you need it but you may find the service a bit slow.
I like to visit hotels for lunch then eat at home with my friends and family.
On more than one occasion and in multiple places I have found the service very relaxed. Waiting an hour to get served a drink. Waiting 45 minutes for a cold beer then another hour before the pizza was served. Don’t get angry get used to it. My tip is order two drinks so you don’t have to wait.
Some places you won’t find any issues, but don’t expect the same over friendly help you get in other countries.
My dad has a little boat and we go across to Moyenne for lunch.
When we went with a group of friends we decided to do a boat trip to the same place. Because there were ten of us, we were the only ones on the glass bottom boat and it was great. They let us play our music, went really fast so we all got sprayed with water and were really fun guys! They dropped us off in the ocean where the swells were much bigger. There were a lot of boats bopping up and down and lots of people in the water but it was great.
The fish get bigger the further out you go. Then we waded to shore hand lunch then had a little walk round the island. Photographed the giant tortoises, visit the pirates grave and drank a fair few gin and tonics!
Explore and listen
Every islander will have their favourite beach so listen and explore. They will also know what the waves are like at that moment. I have been known to take my book into the ocean and just float along in the shallows.
There are plenty of walks in Seychelles so comfortable shoes are an absolute must! Anse Major is an impressive hike around the coast half way up the mountain you will see some incredible views the coral and sea life there is beautiful. I followed a family of squid around for hours. it is hot and sweaty and there are a few sketchy bits (I am terrified of heights). My top tip for this hike is to get a taxi back, a taxi boat that is!
Again the views just cannot be beaten.
There isn’t that much to do, sun sets around 6-7 depending on what side of the island you are on then it goes pitch black.
That chirping noise you can hear is the geckos, don’t hate them they eat all the bugs.
As there isn’t that much to do at night so be prepared to make or take your own entertainment! Beau Vallon often has little festivals with food and stalls which are great, there are a few clubs and Seychelles do great cocktails. We always bring gin to the island and get tonic and limes in the shops. If they don’t have limes then we get the Seychelles local oranges which are sweet and sharp and taste so good with gin!
Hotel do put on shows and event nights so you are welcome to attend those, I love a good Saga night.
This is a place ripe for relaxation. The pace is slow here so leave your city legs behind and go with the flow. If things take a while don’t worry you are on holiday not in a rush. I love a nice light beer Sey Brew and lovely rum Takamaka which I prefer with lemonade rather than coke!
You are on holiday/ vacation so relax sip your ice-cold dink and watch the sunset and its incredible skies.
Seychelles is full of beauty and magic so explore it.
If you have been to the Seychelles then let me know places you have been and loved!
I hope you enjoy!