Hear about travel to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jennifer Dombrowski of luxeadventuretraveler.com about her recent trip to this island paradise.
Jennifer says, “The Seychelles is a really interesting destination. People who know of the Seychelles tend to group it together with the Maldives and Mauritius. All of these destinations are really known for stupendously gorgeous beaches. That’s absolutely true, but the Seychelles has a lot of unique things that I discovered on our trip and so much more beyond the beach.”
The Seychelles is home to the 2nd largest tortoise population on the planet (after the Galapagos Islands). These are a different breed and slightly smaller. They come from an island called the Aldabra island which you won’t be able to visit. But on Fregate island they have a population of 4,000 Aldabra tortoises.
Fregate Island is a private luxury resort where one of the beaches was recently named one of the best beaches in the world. It was also one of the places that Jennifer and her husband stayed during their visit.
While she loved the resort on Fregate Island, Jennifer also describes more affordable accommodations on the main island of Mahé, especially on man-made Eden Island.
Mahé also has a UNESCO World Heritage site: the Mission Ruins of Venn’s Town. Much of the native population of the Seychelles came from Africa. Their ancestors were brought as slaves to the Seychelles. When slavery was eventually abolished a mission was founded at Venn’s Town to prepare the slaves for life after slavery.
Jennifer describes some of her favorite beaches as well as some of the diving around the Seychelles. She recommends a couple of day trips from Mahé to nearby Praslin Island and the Vallée de Ma Nature Preserve as well as to the island of La Digue. Both can be reached by ferry.
Come hear why the Seychelles often makes the list of best beaches, but also hear what to do apart from the beaches on these beautiful islands.
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