If there is an island of love on earth, then it's here!!! Dubbed as the most romantic place for honeymooners, Seychelles' picturesque beauty is surreal and best to enjoy a languid romantic getaway. A country comprising of more than 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is an exotic place to celebrate your togetherness. Its breathtaking beauty, soft sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and straddling nature trails makes for an unforgettable honeymoon. It is one of the most visited honeymoon destination in the world.
A) Must visit places in Seychelles -
I. Mahe Island - Endless nature trail surrounded by mountain range, Mahe Island is an idyllic place for newly married couples to spend some romantic time amid sunny weather, lush greenery and nature. The beaches over here are strikingly beautiful, painting a canvas of bliss and romance. A leisure tour with your partner on this island can be enjoyed all in a day's time. Best way to explore this island is through hiking. You can go for a hike to Morne Blanc Mountain, Trois Freres, and Copolia, to explore the tropical nature of this isle.
II. Denis Island - Largely untouched and unexplored, Denis Island promises a magical experience to newlyweds. A unique flat coral island showcasing white beaches and coral reefs, the isle is best for water sport lovers. You can enjoy diving, canoeing, windsurfing and other water sport activities over here.
III. Bird Island - One of the amazing treasures of Mother Nature, Bird Island is blessed with imperial peace and myriad species of birds. You can sport rare birds like black parrots. If you visit between April and October, you would be lucky enough to see the magic of this island.
B) Must do activities in Seychelles -
i) Island hopping ii) Horse riding iii) Nature tours iv) Bird watching v) Hiking to the Copolia Peak vi) Diving in Shark Bank vi) Snorkelling
C) Must know things about Seychelles -
i) Major airport: Seychelles International Airport (SEZ / FSIA) ii) Capital city: Victoria iii) Climate: Warm & humid iv) Languages: English, French v) Currency: Seychelles Rupee (SCR)
Don't Miss It
TRY A LOCAL DRINK: Eku or Seybrew are the beers. A lemon grass drink, Citronel, after dinner is said to aid digestion. Proceed with caution if you try kalu, baka, or lapire, the very strong local moonshines. Tap water is safe to drink everywhere.
TAKE A HELICOPTER RIDE from the Mahe Airport get an aerial view of the major islands and the beautiful Sainte Anne Marie Marine Park. Or, fly the national airline, Air Seychelles, to a handful of other islands.
BUY A SMALL PAINTING OR A PIECE FROM A LOCAL ARTIST to decorate your new home. It will bring back memories of your happy honeymoon for years to come. There are a number of galleries on Mahe, but you can find artists selling their wares elsewhere.
FIND YOUR FAVORITE BEACH: There are thousands to choose from. Almost all of them have pristine white sand bordered by unusually clear waters and sloping palm trees. Take a box lunch and make a day of it!
BE A SPORT: Cycling, sailing, game fishing, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding and golf are all available, but not all are on all islands. Check with your Travel Agent or your hotel.
TRY TO VISIT one of the two national parks or one of the seven marine parks.
SEE VICTORIA MARKET on Mahe. Local fruits, vegetables, spices and seafood are on display, and you can find an array of souvenirs upstairs.
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES & TOILETRIES: There are very few pharmacies in the islands, so bring your own medicines and toiletries. You'll also need plenty of sunscreen.
GETTING AROUND: There is ferry service from Mahe to Praslin and Le Digue. You have to take an excursion or charter a boat to other islands. Mahe and Praslin have inter-island bus service. A few taxis are available on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. Agree on the fare before entering. Car rentals are available on Mahe and Praslin but rates are high and breakdowns can be frequent due to the lack of spare parts.
TRY A CURRY WITH COCONUT MILK if you prefer mild flavors.
PACK A SMALL FLASHLIGHT: It will help find the paths at night!