My Seychelles Experience...
Highs: Anse Source d'Argent; the gorgeous sunsets I can see from my hotel room; scuba-diving;
Lows: Sandflies; how expensive everything is; the pouring rain in La Digue; food selection at the
markets; lack of restaurants; not arranging for transportation upon arriving and having to pay for a
night at a hotel in Mahe (in addition to the that I was a no-show at in Praslin).
Best Moment: Relaxing on Anse Source d'Argent.
Smells: Ocean; Creole cooking.
Sounds: Tortoises mating; pouring rain; Seychellois music; people speaking in Creole; American
country music on the radio.
Sights: Vallee de Mai ($19); coco-de-mer nut; L'Union Estate ($5) - this includes Anse Source
d'Argent (on La Digue); Cote d'Or beach on Praslin; Beau Vallon (on Mahe); Victoria (the capital).
Tastes: Creole food; octopus curry; breadfruit; soursoap (a delicious white fruit); tropical fruit;
coconut; banana bread; banana jam; saltwater from the ocean; fish samosas; SeyBrew (beer); SeyTe
Activities: Diving in the Indian Ocean ($60).
Purchases: As if I could afford to purchase anything in this country...
Street Food: Fried breadfruit (almost just like potato chips).
Fun Food Finds: Did not see any.
Western Companies Out Here: None that I saw.
Other General Info...
Visa needed? No.
Type of currency? Seychelles rupees. About 5.5 equals $1.
Wallet Friendly? No. Not at all. Meals were EXPENSIVE ($25 for a main at a dive with no
atmosphere; $60 for a main at a casual place near the beach)! I ended up buying bread products from
the market and eating that during the day. Hotels were not that expensive, though, considering the
cost of food (could find a nice, decent place for under $100/night).
Things Seychelles Is Known For: The coco-de-mer (a double coconut only found here); the
gorgeous beaches; how expensive it is.
Costs: With airfare, hotels, transportation, food, activities: Approximately $1800