WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO SEE

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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

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.

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