25.01.2016 - 25.01.2016
Arriving in the Seychelles is like switching a bike gear from an intense uphill climb to a slow moderate pedal. Uganda was exciting, early rising, sensory-overload and cultural feasting. The Seychelles is like Indian Ocean Jamaica (in attitude), Hawaii (in safety) and Gili Trawanagan (in commercial styling).
We arrived into Victoria (Mahé), the largest of the islands airports on Monday afternoon. Our tour company (follow along now...); Seychelles is not a popular destination for Canadians, so I found a tour operator out of Virginia, USA, who seemed reputable. From there, New Adventures (thanks Tava!!) created our 8 day itinerary including airport pick-ups & transfers, inter-island connections (by boat and air) as well as coordinate half board (breakfast & dinner packages) with our hotels. Although I consider myself reasonably advised as a traveller, I was uncertain of anything Seychelles related as I don't have any friends or family who have visited the Seychelles that I could rely upon for making our travel plans. The great news is that upon arrival to Victoria we were pleasantly greeted by a Creole Travel agent who quickly whisked us off to our connecting flight (gahhhhh one more flight.......!!!) to Praslin Island- and they had changed our tickets to the earlier departure because we had arrived from Addis early.
Air Seychelles services the islands and, by my opinion, makes a killing. Our 15 minute flight from Mahé to Praslin was almost full and passengers had paid ~USD$200 each for their seat. The downfall to flying is that you rely upon the weather- we were delayed about an hour because of the rain- however the 15 minute flight versus the hour boat ride for a somewhat comparable price (USD$85) is what makes it worth it.
So, after we hopped on the Twin Otter for a skip north east across the ocean to Praslin. After an air conditioned ride to our hotel (L'Archipel) we unpacked our damp and heavy packs for our 4 night stay at L'Archipel. Despite the rain- we were super excited to have a room within 20 steps to the ocean, A/C, and a mosquito-net free bed!