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Seychelles

Travel agency, $1395 each
"Among the 115 islands of the Seychelles you will find the luxuriant, tropical paradise that appears in countless advertisements and glossy travel brochures. But however seductive the images, they simply can’t compete with the real-life dazzling beaches and crystal-clear waters.
There are more shades of blue and green in the Seychelles than it is possible to imagine. Forming a backdrop to the relaxed tropical image of the Seychelles are the rhythms, colours and flavours of Africa and gris gris, the local brand of black magic."

1-2 Mahe (Allamanda Hotel)
Upon arrival of your international flight into Mahe, you clear immigration and customs, before being met in the arrivals hall and transferred to your hotel. The Seychelles... Exotic proof that there are islands set like equatorial jewels in the warm heart of the Indian Ocean, that are as unspoilt as when the first French navigators beat their siren songs two hundred years ago. Today you too can discover the pure sways of white beaches, forests rich as emeralds and turquoise seas brimming with marine magic. The Allamanda Hotel is an elegant little plantation-style hotel of mellow charm and character situated beside a pretty beach at Anse Forbans on Mahe’s south-east coast. The hotel has a pleasantly relaxed family mood - enhanced by a high standard of accommodation. There are 10 air-conditioned rooms, located upstairs in the main building, with ceiling fan, fridge, private bath and shower, hair dryer, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities. There’s a lounge, beach bar, beach view restaurant serving International and Creole cuisine. Your days are at your leisure to relax or explore your surrounds.

MAHE ISLAND
A ride around Mahe passes tea, vanilla and cinnamon plantations (a very long day of sightseeing). The sunset cruise, which departs Victoria and lasts between two and three hours, is highly recommended. It sails north along the coast, offering a sensational view of the island. Other island activities include excellent deep-sea fishing (wahoo, dogtooth tuna, marlin, bonito and others) and horseback riding. Anse aux Pins (just south of the airport) has a nine-hole golf course, and several hotels offer tennis. There are casinos at Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort (at Beau Vallon) and the Plantation Club (at Baie Lazare).

3-5 Praslin (L'Archipel Hotel)
After a leisurely tropical breakfast, you are taken to the airport for your scheduled domestic flight to the island of Praslin. A tour representative will meet you and escort you to the jetty for your boat ride to your home for the next two days, L’Archipel, set amongst palm trees and a countless variety of flowers. Praslin is not as mountainous as Mahé the highest point rising to around 330m, but it has similar granite outcrops surrounded by the most beautiful beaches and a coral reef. Anse Volbert or Cote d’Or, to the west of the island, are particularly beautiful and there are many other places where you can enjoy an entire beach to yourself. Diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and fishing are possible both from Grand Anse and Anse Volbert. L’Archipel hotel is set in a large private estate totally dedicated to your enjoyment. The rooms are laid out in an amphitheatre of coconut trees and flowers facing the ocean. Two restaurants and a cocktail lounge await you on the beach and in the main building. Room service will make breakfast on your verandah, or any other wish possible. As for the cuisine, the chef adds his own personal touch, which he learnt from a famous French chef. The Creole buffet is another memorable experience, exquisite local dishes, accompanied by a violinist who may surprise you with his spirited sega interpretation of “Jingle Bells”! Your days are at leisure and you may wish to explore some of the island on foot. There are some lovely forest tracks, which traverse the island, notably the 5km Salazie Track running from Anse Volbert village to Grand Anse village, and the 3km Pasquiere Track connecting Anse Possession with Grande Anse. The Seychellois are a wonderfully friendly people and will no doubt give you some other suggestions as well!

PRASLIN ISLAND
The main attraction on Praslin is the Vallee de Mai, home to the extremely rare coco-de-mer palms that produce the world's largest nuts—they can weigh as much as 40 lb./18 kg. The nuts got their name—"fruit of the sea"—hundreds of years ago when they washed up on the islands. When its outer shell is removed, the nut looks amazingly like a woman's pelvis, both fore and aft, which explains the nut's status as collector's item. (The "male" part of the tree looks appropriately phallic, leading to predictable iconography to signify ladies' and mens' restrooms.)

Praslin is also home to some of the world's rarest birds, such as the black parrot, fruit pigeon and Seychelles bulbul. Take the self-guided walking trail to tour the Vallee de Mai (in the south-central part of the island), allowing at least two hours for the stroll (it can take a full half-day if you walk every trail).

6-7 La Digue (La Digue Island Lodge)
After breakfast you are transferred back to the jetty for your boat ride to the tranquil island of La Digue. This island is of primitive charm, where transport is mainly by oxcart or traditional bicycles. Arriving at La Digue, you are driven to your island paradise, where nothing but tropical sunshine and relaxation fill your days… Snorkeling and swimming in crystalline turquoise waters, siestas on the finest beaches beneath picture postcard palm trees… you will agree that La Digue is indeed a rare paradise. Situated on the beach front of Anse Reunion, the lodge is built with local timber and has 60 rooms in different styles from Junior Suite and A-Frame Cottages to Rondavel Chalets and the restored colonial Yellow House offer the best accommodation on the island. Each room has a shower or bath, fan or air-conditioning, IDD, telephone, hair dryer, mini-bar and an extra bed/cot can be provided on request. The main area is made up of restaurants, bars, a snack bar, a swimming pool for your enjoyment, a TV & games room, boutiques for the shopaholic.

Fly in and out of Mahe SEZ

Info
Yahoo
List of Seychelle operators, things to do- primary site I'm using to compare tours
Atevo Travel- Seychelles highlights, suggested itins
Trip Advisor- Seychelles

Articles-
Outside Magazine 12/04- "Spledid Isolation"
"In search of: a brisk walk in the Seychelles"
The Seychelles: My Honeymoon Hell"
National Geographic Traveler
"Probably the best beach in the world"

Movies-
Castaway and Bo Derek's Tarzan

http://www.africa-adventure.com/safari/8_day_island_hopping_to_the_seychelles

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