Seychelles Mahé Nature Travel Photography
Seychelles Mahé Nature Travel photographed on the largest of the four main granite islands. Further, the archipelago is in the eastern Indian Ocean, part of the African continent, just south of the equator. Also, the archipelago has many other much smaller granite islands. And ten times as many outlying coralline islands. Moreover, the equatorial climate is hot and humid year-round, with most rain falling from October through to April. At the start of the rainy season, showers are short, sharp, sometimes heavy but not prolonged.
The north Mahé photo album includes galleries of the capital Victoria, Mont Fleuri Botanical Gardens, short scenic walks in north Mahé and coastal landscapes featuring Anse Nord D’est, Anse Major Beach, the northwest coasts Port Launay Beach (Marine Park) and Port Glaud and Anse L’islette.
The photo album for east Mahé comprises Anse Les Pins, Anse Royale, Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden, a short scenic walk, and coastal landscapes. The latter features Eden Island, Turtle Bay, Anse Royale Beach, Anse Forbans and Anse Marie Louise.
The south and west Mahé photo album comprises galleries of coastal landscapes: Petite Police Bay, Anse Bazarca, Anse Intendance, Anse Takamaka, Anse Lazare, Anse a la Mouche, Anse Boileau and Grand Anse.
The photo album includes photo essays and galleries of the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). They come ashore during daylight hours to nest in the undergrowth at the back of Mahé Islands sandy beaches.
Mahé flora and fauna are not extensive but have some endemic genera. The photo album includes nature and wildlife galleries that feature endemics such as the indigenous pitcher plant, palms, fruit bat and striated heron, a sub-species endemic.
Seychelles Mahé Nature Travel Accommodation
Seychelles is one of the ultimate paradise destinations for sun, sea, and sand. Some hotels are expensive, especially on the smaller privately owned islands. However, there is reasonably priced accommodation on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. One of Seychelles’ main attractions is its fine white sandy tropical beaches. And Mahé has several top-notch ones while others have coral formations left exposed at low tide. Rocky Coraline shores are no problem since we go for the scenery, wildlife, and photography to swim or sunbathe.
On our first visit in November 2011, we based ourselves in an apartment near the Golf Club in Anse Les Pins. Unfortunately, it has few local restaurants, and the beach is not the best. But it is centrally located on the east coast near the airport.
On our second visit in October 2012, we stayed at Au Fond de Mer View apartments in Anse Royale on the southeast coast. The location is central to most places; even Victoria is only 20 km away. Therefore, car hire is essential to access the best wildlife places, secluded beaches, restaurants, and other attractions. Furthermore, it is easy to drive around the island, except for some raised narrow country roads with sharp drops to the sides.
We were not disappointed with Seychelles as it had attractive secluded beaches, spectacular seascapes, and magnificent wildlife. Finally, the highlight of our first trip was watching and photographing Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) come ashore in daylight to nest at the back of the sandy beaches.
Seychelles Mahé Nature Travel References and Bibliography
Printed Resources (Books)
1. Mair, L., & Beckley, L. (2008). Seychelles (3rd ed.). Chalfont Saint Peter, England: Bradt Travel Guides.