True Paradise on Earth
by Phil Carta
Main Tourist Islands.
(MAH-hay) The main island of the country is one of the granite
islands resulting in a backbone of mountainous hills surrounded
by innumerable coves and bays with white sand beaches and upscale
facilities. The most popular bay, Beau Vallon, has several hotels
along it's six or seven mile length with every type of activity
imaginable, including just relaxing in solitude. Two National
Parks, Morne Seychelles in the hills and Sainte Anne Marine NP
help the Seychelois to keep much of their environs as pure as
they ever were. Mah╚ boasts Creole restaurants, craft shops, art
galleries, and colorful fruit and vegetable markets.
of Victoria, on Mah╚, is the capital of the country. Outside Victoria,
Mah╚ is simply loaded with coconut palms and towering peaks which
offer unparalleled views of neighboring islands.
(PRAZ-lin) The largest nut in the world, from the Coco-de-Mer
Palm (photo) is found only here. The central portions of the exotic
island are almost primeval and a nice little National Park has
excellent annotated walking trails. There is a lot of rare animal
and plant life, almost as if nobody has ever visited.
(La-DEEG) With something like only two dozen motor vehicles, but
innumerable bicycles and ox carts, La Digue is even more remote
than Praslin. It is a spectacular place, with lowering boulders
strewn around the white sand beaches and gorgeous waters. Much
world class fashion photography takes place here as wherever you
turn there's another spectacular setting. This is a place to get
away from it all.
its combination English, French, African and Indian heritage,
the Seychelles is a fantastic oasis of upscale civility. The hotels
are uniformly clean and well kept (well, most of them at least!)
and the food everywhere is awesome. I've probably had a greater
percentage of terrific meals there than most anywhere else. When
people ask about a memorable destination for their honeymoon,
the Seychelles is always my first thought.
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Carta is the owner of Phil Carta's New Adventures, a travel firm
specializing in tropical islands and destinations around the world.
Originally a specialist in scuba diving travel (Phil is a NAUI,
TDI and PADI scuba diving instructor) New Adventures provides
both tours and vacation packages primarily to places Phil has
personally visited. In the Indian Ocean and South Pacific that
includes the Seychelles, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Micronesia,
the Maldives and Egypt and the Red Sea. In the Caribbean you may
see Phil almost anywhere, although his favorites are Aruba, Bonaire,
Cura┴ao, Dominica, Jamaica, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands,
the Cayman Islands, and the islands of Belize and Honduras. New
Adventures has an excellent and informative web site at http://www.newadventures.com
and Phil can be reached at email@example.com