Here’s a sneak peek into a holiday to the Seychelles from a customer of Ponders Travel… it really does sound like the adventure of a lifetime!
Day 1. On arrival at the Seychelles airport we are met by our representative who provides us with cool towels and ice water before showing us our exciting week’s itinerary. After a half hour journey though towns and villages and some great views along the way, we arrive at our hotel, The Constance Ephelia Seychelles. The facilities are endless, ranging from children’s clubs to a wide selection of restaurants. There is a tortoise park that is home to the giant tortoise, the eldest being a mere 119 years old! Water sports are included and there are many beautiful white sandy beaches to enjoy. There is even a nature trail and you can zip wire through the tropical trees, not for the faint hearted but a great experience!
Following our departure from the hotel we decide to treat ourselves to a helicopter ride over the Seychelles Islands, this was remarkable! We had just 15 minutes to enjoy the diversity of this lush destination, its many beautiful beaches, rugged landscapes and tropical trees covering the many hills! A must do activity! We then head to the port and the Pegasus yacht, which is our home for the next week for the “Garden of Eden Cruise”.
The yacht has a lounge area with plenty of sofas for all to relax and a bar that leads into the dining room. There is an outside area on the main deck with loungers on the top deck and a spa with a range of treatments available throughout your journey. I did make use of the spa, and have to say the massages were excellent!
We set sail on our first adventure and are left with our first perfect view, a little island just off Mahe called St Anne where we can take advantage of a swim. Here we are moored for the night.
Day 2. We leave St Anne and reach Curieuse at 9am, the island lies about 1 mile from Praslin and is just 2 miles long. The island is a marine park and only a few live here, it is home to 259 giant tortoises! We arrive by zodiac straight onto the beach which in itself is an exciting experience! We have a while to enjoy the tortoise park at leisure then take an hours guided walking tour from one side of the island to the other following our first of many nature trails. We walk through extensive swamps that are home to eight different species of Mangrove and arrive at a beach with time for a swim before our first beach BBQ.
Day 3. We set sail to Cousin, a small granitic island that is a nature reserve protected by Seychelles law. The island is a bird haven and as we arrive by sea we already see so many exotic birds flying overhead. We then take an hours guided walk around the island and see so many birds, nesting, resting and flying. The Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Warbler, Madagascar Cody red male and brown female, Madagascar Turtle Dove Fody, White Tailed Tropicbird and Fairy Tern, to name but a few. We are taken back to our yacht for lunch and we sail to the island of Anse Lazio, it has clear pure waters that are perfect for snorkelling. After dinner the staff show us how to fish off the back of the ship, my husband caught a Bat Fish about 8kilos in weight!
Day 4. We visit the island of Aride. Here we are taken around the island to enjoy the fascinating wildlife in what I can only describe as tropical island paradise! We see truly amazing trees such as the Banyan tree (I even took a swing from one of the branches to prove their strength – Jane from Tarzan had nothing on me!). The Seychelles Magpie Robin appeared to be fairly tame and allowed us to get very close. A very beautiful island and the closest I can imagine to paradise you can get, the beach and the sea on this day of our cruise was my favourite! After lunch we took a short cruise to St Pierre, a tiny island with no beach but a snorkelling dream! Later we set sail again, this time to Baie Ste Anne jetty, we spend the night docked in the bay at Praslin. Here were the first shops we saw all week so we had the opportunity to stock up on sun cream and souvenirs!
Day 5. We have our breakfast, then take a trip to Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO world heritage site. For an hour we walk through what feels like a tropical jungle as we spot black parrots, tree frogs, many geckos, lizards and spiders. A fantastic view was gained by a step walk through the trees. We then set sail for Felicity island where we snorkel seeing a huge abundance of tropical fish including Emperor Angelfish, Sergeant Major, Powder Blue Surgeonfish, Moorish Idol, Sixbar Wrasse, Checkerboard Wrasse, African Coris, blue-green Chromic, Trumpet Fish and Redfin Butterfly Fish.
The Sea Life
Day 6. we take a tender to La Digue, the biggest port we have seen since we left Mahe but a cute little place alive with locals and tourists alike. We are taken to a vanilla plantation and also shown some interesting facts about the importance of coconuts to the island. We have fun ride on an ox-cart and then are given several hours to wonder and enjoy the beautiful beaches, these beaches are considered to be the most photographed beaches in the world! The back drop of tropical plantations, trees, sand and the granite rock is very striking! Whilst paddling in the sea we are greeted by several tropical Coloured Batfish, as we had a packed lunch from the boat we fed them, what a surreal moment to stand in the sea feeding beautiful fish! Again we were surprised at how tame they were and fed them by hand, just fantastic! We went to a few souvenir shops before heading back to sail to Moyenne Island.
Day 7. After a nice lazy breakfast we take a little time to enjoy the views from all around the yacht. Seeing the mainland of Mahe in the distance is almost sad as we realise this is our last full day on the cruise. A day to enjoy walking round the island, the beach and do some snorkelling again. Our last night on board was super! We enjoyed the Captain’s dinner and a great local duo sang for us. We made many good friends on board and were sad to be leaving them.
This is an adventure of some of the most beautiful beaches and islands that I have seen so far in the world.. We fell in love with the boat, the crew, the destinations and the way of life offered on board. Anyone wanting to know more should vist Ponders Travel, stand B7, at the Fair.