The Seychelles is made up of an archipelago of 115 granite and coralline islands, the last vestiges of Gondwana, the supercontinent
« This intimate journey will allow you to explore the three main islands of the Seychelles through various experiences: local discoveries, full-day cruises and various ports of call; and to also enjoy star-filled nights in a tropical environment through various hotels » - Yannick, Islandian Expert
The price includes:
- Meet & greet at the destination
- Transfer from Mahe airport to Bliss Hotel by private car
- 3-nights at the Bliss Hotel in Secret Garden Standard Garden View, on bed & breakfast basis
- 2 days car rental in Mahé, pick-up & drop off at the Hotel
- Transfer from Bliss Hotel to Mahe jetty by private car
- Boat transfer from Mahé to La Digue
- Transfer from La Digue jetty to Le Repaire Hotel
- 3-nights at Le Repaire Hotel in Standard Room, on Bed & Breakfast basis
- 2 days Bicycle rental in La Digue
- Half - day excursion at Coco Island, Sister and Félicité from La Digue
- Transfer from Le Repaire Hotel to La Digue jetty
- Boat transfer from La Digue to Praslin
- Transfer from Praslin jetty to Dhevatara Beach Resort by private car
- 3 nights at the Dhevatara Beach Resort in Standard Room, on Bed & Breakfast basis
- Transfer from Dhevatara Beach Resort to Praslin jetty by private car
- Boat transfer from Praslin to Mahé
- Transfer from Mahe jetty to Mahe airport by seat in coach
The price does not include:
- The entrance ticket to Tea factory in Mahé
- Lunch at Coco Island and Félicité from La Digue
- The entrance ticket to the black pearl factory in Praslin
- Car Hire at Praslin
- Trip to La Vallée de Mai in Praslin
- Meals and drinks not mentioned as included
- Excursions and activities not mentioned as included
- Cancellation / multi-risk insurance
- Personal expenses
Upon your arrival at the airport of Mahé, you will be greeted then taken to Bliss Hotel, where you will spend the first three nights of your trip. The small 24-room offbeat hotel combines traditional Creole architecture with a contemporary feel. Half the rooms are on Glacis beach while the other half are hillside, tucked away in nature. As a half-board guest, you may enjoy a breakfast buffet, high tea and Creole cuisine. At cocktail hour, be sure to enjoy the restaurant’s picturesque terrace. Bliss Hotel is without a doubt home away from home.
You have a full day to explore Mahé’s multiplicity: deserted beaches, villages of colored Creole-style houses and manicured flowered gardens, a pocket-size capital, hiking trails and endemic plants, creeks and fresh fish, the “Bourgeois.” In essence, a slow-paced island ambience. Rent a car and take a drive along the coastal road and pause at one of the many “Anses” - a palm-framed beach with granite rocks tinged with pink that rise above the limpid waters. Visit Victoria, one of the world’s smallest capital cities, which houses a fabulous market and the famous lorloz - a clock tower modeled after London’s Little Ben.
Drive up Sans-Souci, one of the most scenic winding routes, until you reach the Mission, a school built in 1875 by Anglican missionaries. There, at the top of the hill, is a tiny tea factory built in 1962. The plantation has what is undoubtedly the island’s most gorgeous views of the hillside and beaches below. Tea aficionados can learn about the history of the island and the tea-making process. Teabags are available for purchase and make great gifts to take back. In the afternoon, stop at Port Glaud for a dip.
Day 4 & 5
Disembark at La Digue, a picture-book island fringed with immaculate beaches and gigantic granite formations. The island and its village - echoes of a bygone era - have remained unaffected by a rampant tourism. Instead, La Digue has a laid-back island ambiance with its small pastel-colored huts, ox-driven carts (the local taxi) and copra exploitations. There are a few paved roads that wind around the island and on which you may ride your bicycle. Check in to Le Repaire, a charming boutique hotel that houses the island’s favorite restaurant - an italian trattoria. The hotel is walking-distance from La Passe village. There was a time when the main industry on La Digue was coconut farming, which took place on L’Union Estate, a plantation. These days L’Union Estate harbours the Old Plantation House, a boatyard, a colonial-era graveyard, and a pen of giant tortoises. You will need to cross the estate to reach Anse Source d’Argent, one of the most gorgeous beaches.
Take a day trip to Coco Island and Félicité - a snorkeler’s paradise. These granitic islands off the coast of La Digue loom above a natural aquarium: schools of fish with exotic names, coral gardens, and century-old turtles. Live the Crusoe-fantasy for a day, and snorkel in the limpid waters to see the aquatic life. A casual picnic-lunch can be organised upon request.
The next halt is Praslin, the second-largest island. Praslin - an habitué’s retreat - draws travelers seeking respite. Check in to the Dhevatara, a charming boutique hotel that pays tribute to island living. The inviting hotel consists of ten intimate suites that are tastefully and individually decorated. The surrounding nature steps off the beach complete its local tropical vibe. The hotel is evocative of the history of the Seychelles and blends African, Victorian and Indian influences. Once you’ve set down your luggage, sprint to Anse Georgette, an earthly paradise. The cuisine at the hotel is a métissage of Mediterranean, Asian and Creole influences, and on Sundays, a lovely brunch is served religiously.
Rent a car or bicycle and cruise around Praslin. The coastal road passes dozens of coves, secluded beaches, swimming spots and quaint Creole-style houses. Anse Lazio is a beach famed for its beauty but there are plenty of others to see as well, such as Anse Volbert. During the balmy days of summer, you may dine barefoot in the sand at the hotel.
As you leave the palm-laced coasts, you will notice the road winds uphill. The island’s interior is dense, luxuriant. Under the foliage of dark green leaves, you may glimpse a large brown nut: the coco de mer. La Vallée de Mai - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - is packed with coco fesse, native to Praslin. Walk through the forest shaded by coco de mer palms until you reach a viewpoint that looks out over the valley below and straight ahead, at a stroke of blue sea on the horizon. Read about the precious coco de mer along the red dirt path.
Transfer to the jetty where you will catch a ferry back to Mahé, then to the airport.