WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO SEE
Take a tour around Mahé, one of the three main islands in the Seychelles. The main one, Eden Island, is separated from Mahé by a 100m-long bridge. A few kilometres into Mahé there’s a peak that offers a magnificent view of man-made Eden. Then drive to the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens to see the indigenous palm trees.
Mission Ruins of Venn’s Town
Drive to the ruins, which are a World Heritage Site, on the highest peak in Mahé. As you drive back to Eden Island, stop at Villa Chez Batista restaurant for a sumptuous lunch of traditional cuisine. When visiting the Seychelles, don’t forget to have the octopus curry, a mango or millionaire’s palm salad and red snapper fish marinated in ginger, garlic, soy and honey. These dishes are traditional Creole fare and once you’ve tasted them, you’ll want more.
Shopping in Eden or Victoria Market is not that exciting unless you’re looking for beachwear. Downtown Victoria has a number of Chinese shops selling the same sort of stuff you’d find in malls around South Africa. But the big difference is that they are far more expensive in the Seychelles. The Eden Plaza shopping mall is more up-market but the variety is limited. Rather go for lunch at one of the island’s eateries.