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Seychelles trip, part 1

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Just thought I'd post a report on our trip incase anyone is looking for info on the Seychelles.

We were there Feb 25 - March 11. It was hot and mostly sunny the whole time. A few days were really cloudy, but that helped keep the temperature down a bit. It only rained for about 15 minutes one day while we were there. The Seychelles are just below the equator so the sun is ferociously bright. Take a lot of sunscreen!!

We spent the 1st 4 nights at Le Petit Village on Mahe, on the beach west of Beau Vallon. It's a great little self catering hotel right on the beach. Each of the 8 rooms has a balcony or patio facing the ocean, a/c, satellite TV and a little kitchen. It's a really nice place. No meals so you have to either cook or go out. There aren't any big grocery stores so cooking for yourself could be a hassle. We took some supplies and ate out some. You can do without a car but it's much easier to have one. We hadn't planned to rent one but then did for 2 days (375SCR per day for a closed car with a/c). We used Echo Rentals and thought they were professional and friendly. At the time, we couldn't walk along the beach to Beau Vallon because the boulders in between were too slippery. It's about a 30 minute walk along a road with no sidewalks or shoulders but everyone does it. During the day, it's a very HOT and humid 30 minute walk on the asphalt and not especially scenic. At night there are stretches that aren't lit very well.

One day we went on a snorkeling trip with Teddy's Glass Bottom Boat to Baie Ternay. Teddy picked us up at the hotel and took us to the Coral Strand Hotel where his boat leaves from. That was fun! 200 SCR per person for a half day trip. On the way back we stopped at a little, remote beach and the boat drivers cracked coconuts for us while we hung out on the beach for a while. Another day we drove into Victoria and looked around and checked out the Botanical Gardens. The last day we walked from our hotel to Anse Major, a remote beach that can't be reached by road. The hike took an hour or so and went along the coast along a pretty good trail. If you do this, take a lot of water! The beach is really pretty.

The taxi from the airport to our hotel cost 125 SCR and was 150 on the way back. By the time we got out of the airport, there weren't any taxis around. There were some buses around for people who had arranged for transfers, and one of them was willing to take us. A taxi showed up and we took that instead. Just to let you know there's not necessarily a huge line of taxis waiting.

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