During my visit to Victoria, I was directed at the tourist center to creole services where I booked my tour to the other two main Islands; Praslin and La Digue. The lady, Josette had told me they only ran the tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays and they require a minimum of 12 people to go on the trip. Lucky for me, I was the 8th person booking so the probability of them cancelling was very low (that day was a Monday so I booked for the next day). She later called me in the evening to confirm we would be going on the tour.
I was up the next day by 6am and got ready just in time to for the driver who came to pick me at about 6:35am. We headed straight to the port where we would be taking the ferry to the other two islands. We got to the departure port in about 25 minutes; I went into Creole services, presented my receipt and collected my voucher for the tour. There were other people with other tour operators going on the ferry as well and we were asked to wait for a few more minutes for the ferry to be ready before we started boarding.
After an hour ride on the high sea, we arrived at Praslin port. Praslin is the second largest Island after Mahé with a population estimated at 7,000. My group was gathered together and off to the Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s a valley where the threatened Coco de mer, a palm specie endemic to the island is conserved. There are only about a few thousands of the tree left so we weren’t allowed to eat the fruit-we were told it takes about 40 years for a true to mature.
We toured the forest for about an hour and half before heading to Cote D’or where we relaxed at the beach for a few minutes. There were some souvenir shops for people who intended to get something back home and a snack shop if you needed something to munch on.
We headed to La Digue at about 11:40 am on another ferry. It’s about 15 minutes from Praslin and has a population of about 3,000. There are no regular buses on the Island so we moved around in a truck.
The next item on our itinerary was lunch at a four star hotel, Lé Domaine de Orangeraie where we were treated to a 3 course meal. I took a few minutes to chat with a German teenager who was on the tour with me while we enjoyed our meal. The main course wasn’t as awesome as I expected but the appetizers and dessert were on point.
After lunch, it was time to go on a tour of the Coconut plantation and factory. Coconut production is one of the main industries on La Digue and we were given a history on it. Our tour guide showed us how the coconut was removed from its shell and asked for a volunteer to come try it out. To be honest, I wasn’t really interested in the whole coconut thing as it something I am familiar with. The guide offered us some coconut but I declined. He then asked where I was from:
“Oh….Nigerian girls are awesome. I’ve met a few Nigerian girls and they were great.”
I didn’t know if I should take that as a compliment or otherwise as he sounded like he had a really good time in the past if you know what I mean.
We were ushered on to a spice shop next. They also had coconut oil on sale and some souvenirs as well. I was drawn to a doll made out of coconut fibre and I just had to take a shot. We also stopped at a house that belonged to a famous photographer and was also the site of a french movie Emmanuelle released in 1974 before we headed off to see the Aldabra giant tortoise. These things are massive!
Our last stop on La Digue was Anse Source D’argent; the most beautiful beach I’ve been to till date. We relaxed and and enjoyed the waves and some people had their bathing suits with them so they dived right into the water but I was more interested in capturing this insanely beautiful and picturesque beach.
We left the beach after about an hour to take the ferry back to Praslin and then Mahé.
If you are planning a visit to Seychelles, I would recommend you go on this tour to get a bit more perspective of this archipelago. Asides from Creole services, there are other tour operators that offer tours like this. Do visit the tourist center to get more information on tours and places of interest.