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Title: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: damaxer91 on November 02, 2010, 05:39:49 AM
Has anyone ever been to Mauritius or Seychelles?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: aussiebochur on November 02, 2010, 06:04:48 AM
Has anyone ever been to Mauritius or Seychelles?
I doubt most people know which ocean they're in, let alone been there?
But you never know...
Plan on heading down there after the DDD (http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=3506.0;message=36958)?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Marco Polo on June 12, 2013, 10:30:12 AM
I know this is an old thread, but was wondering if anyone has been to Seychelles.
My initial plan of Bora Bora may not work and this seems like a nice backup.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Drago on January 06, 2014, 09:57:26 AM
FYI, Ethiopian is stopping their flight to SEZ in March.
Boo

Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: @Yehuda on November 21, 2014, 10:06:12 AM
Never heard of Seychelles until I noticed FTG talking about it:
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Mauritius hasnít been explored by points/miles addicts like the Seychelles and Maldives, but the island (and particularly the Intercontinental resort) offers an equally peaceful experience for guests looking to get away from it all.
It's interesting that he refers to Sychelles as a place that points/miles addicts have explored, yet no one here talks about them. Same goes with Mauritius and Fiji and many other places. The only "exotic" places really talked about here are HI, BOB, and MLE. Why is that? Is it because those places are really hard to get to with miles?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: aussiebochur on November 21, 2014, 04:05:06 PM
It is far but it's beautiful!
If you are all the way over there, you can do both, but if you're only doing one, go to Seychelles IMO.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: @Yehuda on November 22, 2014, 07:09:14 PM
It is far but it's beautiful!
If you are all the way over there, you can do both, but if you're only doing one, go to Seychelles IMO.
BOB, MLE are not far??
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on November 23, 2014, 04:42:59 PM
Neither SEZ not MRU have OWB, which I believe accounts for the majority of the reason they're not as oft-spoke about.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on November 23, 2014, 04:43:44 PM
BUT...

EK flies an A380 to MRU  8)
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: @Yehuda on November 23, 2014, 08:04:39 PM
Neither SEZ not MRU have OWB, which I believe accounts for the majority of the reason they're not as oft-spoke about.
One way booking?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on November 23, 2014, 08:05:26 PM
One way booking?

Keep guessing, young padawan.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: MC on November 23, 2014, 08:10:08 PM
One way booking? Over water bungalow
FTFY. You don't spend nearly enough time in the MLE thread.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: @Yehuda on November 23, 2014, 08:11:31 PM
Keep guessing, young padawan.
I'm clueless and Google didn't help. Whatever it is, how much worse can it be than the nearly-impossible-to-find available on the ever-so-long trips to BOB and MLE?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: @Yehuda on November 23, 2014, 08:12:13 PM
FTFY. You don't spend nearly enough time in the MLE thread.
HA

What?? THAT'S the reason?? Experience it once in MLE or BOB and then still enjoy OTHER destinations. No??
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on November 23, 2014, 08:22:53 PM
HA

What?? THAT'S the reason?? Experience it once in MLE or BOB and then still enjoy OTHER destinations. No??

How many people you know who have been to both MLE and BOB and now are "ready" to experience "other" destinations?  ::)



Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: @Yehuda on November 23, 2014, 08:42:30 PM
How many people you know who have been to both MLE and BOB and now are "ready" to experience "other" destinations?  ::)
Not even 1. :)
But, why once you've experienced an OWB once, why not just get to an easier destination before the next "big" trip?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on November 23, 2014, 08:45:49 PM
Easier? Who said its easier?

Both MRU and SEZ are harder to get to than MLE.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: @Yehuda on November 23, 2014, 08:53:13 PM
Easier? Who said its easier?

Both MRU and SEZ are harder to get to than MLE.
Oh, I thought they were. Okay gotcha. Thanks for the clarification! Still going to be HI next for me. For the others, maybe one day...
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on November 23, 2014, 08:58:31 PM
Mistake, IMO.

As an American, Hawaii will always be there. And it's also easier to schlep kids on an 11 hour non-stop flight (to HNL) then it is a 14 hour to a connection to a 4-6 hour flight (to MLE/MRU/SEZ).

Strike now while you have the chance.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: @Yehuda on November 23, 2014, 09:19:05 PM
Mistake, IMO.

As an American, Hawaii will always be there. And it's also easier to schlep kids on an 11 hour non-stop flight (to HNL) then it is a 14 hour to a connection to a 4-6 hour flight (to MLE/MRU/SEZ).

Strike now while you have the chance.
I told the idea to my wife tonight about basically flying for a day straight. She kinda rolled her eyes and didn't think it would be worth it. That's kinda why I was curious about the other places (again, because I thought they were easier to get to). I hear your point about kids and HI, but I can't imagine going with kids is anything close to going alone. Nonetheless, if something more exotic was available and didn't require a 24 hour flight route, I would probably go for that instead, but after our conversation, I'm not sure such a place exists -- which is why Hawaii will likely be the most "exotic" place we get to.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on November 23, 2014, 09:42:17 PM
Put your wife in EY F and see if she's still rolling her eyes.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: bubble347 on November 23, 2014, 10:28:09 PM
Put your wife in EY F and see if she's still rolling her eyes.
Ive heard that EY is pretty generous with their commissions but you must have some sort of epic arrangement  :D
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on November 23, 2014, 10:30:53 PM
Lol

Had to pick either EY or EK, and went the one we enjoyed slightly more.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Dan on November 23, 2014, 11:48:40 PM
Mistake, IMO.

As an American, Hawaii will always be there. And it's also easier to schlep kids on an 11 hour non-stop flight (to HNL) then it is a 14 hour to a connection to a 4-6 hour flight (to MLE/MRU/SEZ).

Strike now while you have the chance.
Agree and disagree.

It's true that you're more likely to bring kids to HI.
But it's also true that HI with kids can't possibly compare to HI without kids.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2014, 08:11:23 AM
Put your wife in EY F and see if she's still rolling her eyes.
Her response to that was "I'm not flying an Arab airline". (Not for safety, but for supporting them.)
Agree and disagree.

It's true that you're more likely to bring kids to HI.
But it's also true that HI with kids can't possibly compare to HI without kids.
I think I'll just keep saving up miles and then when the time comes, see where I can find availability.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 04, 2015, 01:06:34 AM
Mauritius is worth the travelling. A real vacation!
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 04, 2015, 01:52:37 AM
Mauritius is worth the travelling. A real vacation!
Now that you let us know you've been there we will be hoping for a Trip Report.  :)
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 04, 2015, 01:53:41 AM
We live here
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: TimT on January 04, 2015, 01:55:42 AM
Now that you let us know you've been there we will be hoping for a Trip Report.  :)
+1. From google images it looks otherworldly.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Marco Polo on January 04, 2015, 08:11:44 AM
We live here
Year round?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 05, 2015, 01:01:37 AM

Year round?
As of now, yes.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on January 05, 2015, 01:05:17 AM
Awesome.

What do you, if I may ask? I mean aside from living the dream? :)
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 05, 2015, 01:29:38 PM
Chabad
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on January 05, 2015, 01:49:58 PM
Awesome.

Have kosher food there?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: DMYD on January 05, 2015, 01:54:20 PM
Chabad
Your the only Chabad people living there?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Chapshnell on January 05, 2015, 03:24:53 PM
Chabad

Is the Chabad house a OWB?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 05, 2015, 04:19:04 PM

Awesome.

Have kosher food there?
We bring the kosher food in
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 05, 2015, 04:19:29 PM

Your the only Chabad people living there?
Yes
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on January 05, 2015, 04:19:48 PM

We bring the kosher food in

So no Chabad restaurant?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 05, 2015, 04:22:39 PM

Is the Chabad house a OWB?
Owb?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 05, 2015, 04:23:40 PM

So no Chabad restaurant?
Not as of yet, for now we provide kosher meals and food.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: DMYD on January 05, 2015, 04:24:13 PM
Not as of yet, for now we provide kosher meals and food.
OWB - Overwater Bungalow
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 05, 2015, 04:27:00 PM

OWB - Overwater Bungalow
We are on the beach, but that sounds like a good goal to be working towards
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: smart brit on January 05, 2015, 04:27:10 PM
for now we provide kosher meals and food.
I'm tempted
Let's start looking for flights
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 05, 2015, 04:28:02 PM

I'm tempted
Let's start looking for flights
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Dan on January 05, 2015, 04:28:25 PM
We bring the kosher food in
Probably can get folks from here to bring in orders from NYC to you.
You get a lot of free luggage when flying in business or first :D

I've brought in boxes of food to HI before.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 05, 2015, 04:33:39 PM

Probably can get folks from here to bring in orders from NYC to you.
You get a lot of free luggage when flying in business or first :D

I've brought in boxes of food to HI before.

As of now it's not much of a destination for people from the U.S. Tourists seem to be primarily from Europe, South Africa, Australia etc.
But anyone coming (first class or otherwise ) should definitely drop us a line
ChabadMauritius@gmail.com
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 05, 2015, 04:34:51 PM

Probably can get folks from here to bring in orders from NYC to you.
You get a lot of free luggage when flying in business or first :D

I've brought in boxes of food to HI before.

People who offer to schlep make life a lot easier!
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on January 05, 2015, 04:51:01 PM

Not as of yet, for now we provide kosher meals and food.

Can you elaborate a bit?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Emkay on January 05, 2015, 04:52:41 PM
Can you elaborate a bit?
Probably nothing more then face value meaning.
They don't have and there are no concrete plans in the pipeline but they would love to expand
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Drago on January 05, 2015, 04:58:29 PM
Hmm, you're making it more tempting to use my LM miles to fly ex-TLV. (35k Y)
Any *A routes?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Dan on January 05, 2015, 05:04:10 PM
Cat 6 S. Regis looks like a good use of points.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Emkay on January 05, 2015, 05:09:35 PM
Hmm, you're making it more tempting to use my LM miles to fly ex-TLV. (35k Y)
Any *A routes?
OW or RT?
Title: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: AJK on January 05, 2015, 05:37:15 PM
Probably nothing more then face value meaning.
They don't have and there are no concrete plans in the pipeline but they would love to expand

If you don't mind, I'm going to wait for her response on what she meant by "we provide kosher meals and food."

Your response only addresses the restaurant, not to mention your response even on that count is conjecture.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Yehuda57 on January 05, 2015, 06:24:24 PM
If you don't mind, I'm going to wait for her response on what she meant by "we provide kosher meals and food."

Your response only addresses the restaurant, not to mention your response even on that count is conjecture.

If I can add conjecture, mine would be, "I cook really well."
 
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Chapshnell on January 05, 2015, 06:46:08 PM
When did you guys open your Chabad house?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Drago on January 06, 2015, 02:31:53 AM
OW or RT?
RT
We've discussed this in the Discrepancy thread
LM is now cheaper to fly to S. Africa in Y than it is to stay in the Middle East region. (35 vs 40)
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Emkay on January 06, 2015, 07:01:28 AM


not to mention your response even on that count is conjecture.
thats what this entire forum is based on
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 06, 2015, 07:16:50 AM

When did you guys open your Chabad house?
2 + yrs ago
Title: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Mbarbz on January 06, 2015, 07:21:49 AM
Can you elaborate a bit?

We cater out and deliver meals.
Alternatively, our Chabad House is always open to any jewish travelers wanting to pop by for meals.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: damaxer91 on May 18, 2016, 08:07:31 PM
TK starting service to SEZ in the Fall

Great for redemptions from TLV

http://ftnnews.com/news-from-turkey/30142-seychelles-tourism-will-boost-with-new-turkish-airlines-istanbul-seychelles-service.html
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: @Yehuda on November 29, 2016, 11:47:17 AM
What's the closest place to SEZ that has a Minyan on Shabbos?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: damaxer91 on November 29, 2016, 11:55:38 AM
What's the closest place to SEZ that has a Minyan on Shabbos?

Nairobi Hebrew Congregation which I believe is now under the auspices of Chabad 
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: jomaster28 on November 29, 2016, 12:26:43 PM
Cat 6 S. Regis looks like a good use of points.

Staying here in January next month for my honeymoon. booked via SPG Platinum with cash and points, 6.7 cents per point.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: @Yehuda on November 29, 2016, 12:57:27 PM
Nairobi Hebrew Congregation which I believe is now under the auspices of Chabad
Thank you
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Emkay on November 29, 2016, 01:02:05 PM
What's the closest place to SEZ that has a Minyan on Shabbos?
Planning to go?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: damaxer91 on November 29, 2016, 04:49:08 PM
BTW I had no issue at all bringing food into SEZ though hotel warned it could be an issue
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: @Yehuda on November 30, 2016, 08:11:51 AM
Planning to go?
Researching warm winter destinations that don't have Zika. The HH has availability for when I could go, but I just found out I'm limited to Sun-Sun total travel time so it likely doesn't make sense to go so far.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Saulius on December 01, 2016, 03:18:41 PM
I am planning on a trip to Seychelles on the 11th of December. Wondering if it's worth it as well to fly to Mauritius, particularly Rodrigues Island.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: damaxer91 on December 01, 2016, 05:18:13 PM
I am planning on a trip to Seychelles on the 11th of December. Wondering if it's worth it as well to fly to Mauritius, particularly Rodrigues Island.


If you have the time... But SEZ is def nicer
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Dawie on December 01, 2016, 05:32:11 PM
Thank you
JNB isn;t much further and has many more options flight and accommodation wise
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Saulius on December 01, 2016, 09:06:40 PM
Any advice how many days should I spend on each islands? Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue?
Solo adventurer here.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Saulius on December 21, 2016, 02:29:41 AM
I flew Turkish to SEZ. The Istanbul to Seychelles leg was 8 hours, and the plane was for the most part empty. Immigration asked to see proof of accomodations and my return ticket, which I showed on my Smartphone. Just the 9 hour time difference from EST is a killer. Jetlagged all week. Suggest those visiting to bring snorkeling gear, and head straight to the island of La Digue. There is plenty of budget self catering accomodations
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Luvtotravel on December 21, 2016, 10:50:01 AM
I flew Turkish to SEZ. The Istanbul to Seychelles leg was 8 hours, and the plane was for the most part empty. Immigration asked to see proof of accomodations and my return ticket, which I showed on my Smartphone. Just the 9 hour time difference from EST is a killer. Jetlagged all week. Suggest those visiting to bring snorkeling gear, and head straight to the island of La Digue. There is plenty of budget self catering accomodations
pictures?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Drago on December 22, 2016, 08:15:00 AM
I flew Turkish to SEZ. The Istanbul to Seychelles leg was 8 hours, and the plane was for the most part empty. Immigration asked to see proof of accomodations and my return ticket, which I showed on my Smartphone. Just the 9 hour time difference from EST is a killer. Jetlagged all week. Suggest those visiting to bring snorkeling gear, and head straight to the island of La Digue. There is plenty of budget self catering accomodations
Details on the trip? It's on the bucket list.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: jomaster28 on May 09, 2017, 05:23:14 PM
I went to Mauritius for a week in January and had an amazing time. Stayed at the Westin Turtle Bay & the St Regis. Both hotels were amazing but of course the St. Regis is better.

My wife and I ran into a couple traveling all across Asia/Africa and they went to Seychelles before they came to Mauritius. They said without a doubt Mauritius is much better than Seychelles.

That is about all i can help with the debate between the two countries.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Saulius on May 09, 2017, 06:08:06 PM
Say what??? "Mauritius much better than Seychelles"??? Somebody must be smoking crack here!!!
Either that couple didn't step out of the airport or didn't tour the islands of Seychelles at all.  (And yes,
I have landed many times before in Seychelles just to change planes because from Johannesburg
to Abu Dhabi, there is a codeshare with Etihad Airlines and Air Seychelles).

I spent a week in La Digue, Seychelles last December. Praislin Island and La Digue are absolutely stunning.

If one does go to Mauritius, I would highly recommend that one should head straight to Rodrigues Island. (Airport code RRG)

I went to Mauritius for a week in January and had an amazing time. Stayed at the Westin Turtle Bay & the St Regis. Both hotels were amazing but of course the St. Regis is better.

My wife and I ran into a couple traveling all across Asia/Africa and they went to Seychelles before they came to Mauritius. They said without a doubt Mauritius is much better than Seychelles.

That is about all i can help with the debate between the two countries.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: astrophy on May 09, 2017, 11:49:45 PM
Say what??? "Mauritius much better than Seychelles"??? Somebody must be smoking crack here!!!
Either that couple didn't step out of the airport or didn't tour the islands of Seychelles at all.  (And yes,
I have landed many times before in Seychelles just to change planes because from Johannesburg
to Abu Dhabi, there is a codeshare with Etihad Airlines and Air Seychelles).

I spent a week in La Digue, Seychelles last December. Praislin Island and La Digue are absolutely stunning.

If one does go to Mauritius, I would highly recommend that one should head straight to Rodrigues Island. (Airport code RRG)

We've booked our flights and will be doing 12 nights in the Seychelles. We were looking at La Digue and Praslin. Do you have a suggestion on how many days to do in each and if Mahe is worth a few nights? La Digue seems to be more affordable with Airbnb's. We also weren't sure what part of each island to stay on. Hard to find good trip reports.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Saulius on May 10, 2017, 04:39:20 AM
We've booked our flights and will be doing 12 nights in the Seychelles. We were looking at La Digue and Praslin. Do you have a suggestion on how many days to do in each and if Mahe is worth a few nights? La Digue seems to be more affordable with Airbnb's. We also weren't sure what part of each island to stay on. Hard to find good trip reports.

I hope you are not flying straight from San Diego to Seychelles, as you would be extremely get lagged. (Seychelles is GMT+4 )
I prefer to skip Mahe, or stay there on the first day of arrival (especially if you are arriving late), or stay there on the night before
as well if your departure is early. When I arrived in Mahe early in the morning, I took the shuttle to the ferry dock in Victoria,
and took the ferry to Praislin. (From Praislin to La Digue is a short hop). The ferry ride is quite long, over an hour, and if you
are going the Winter months, June-September, I would highly recommend taking the 15-minute flight instead, as many people get extremely seasick. (There are staff standing there with vomit bags).

On La Digue, everybody rents bikes - and also there are day excursions to various islands like Cousin, Curieuse, St.Pierre, Felicitť, Isle Coco, etc. Curieuse is very popular for their Giant Tortoise Sanctuary. Where to stay depends on the month you are coming, as during the Winter months, some areas are not suitable because of the wind and sea-weed. On Praislin you might want to rent a car for a few days. On La Digue, everybody rents a bike. I did look at airbnb, but I ended up finding self-catering accommodations at good prices.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: astrophy on May 10, 2017, 11:40:24 AM
Thanks!

We are flying into AUH and are going to do some nights in Dubai and then I think it's a 4.5 hour flight to SEZ.

I've thought about adding on the 15 minute flight to Praslin with a separate ticket. The issue is that we plan to bring two bags each since we will be gone for a month and I've only read one report that Air Seychelles will allow two bags when coming from an international flight. We've done a similar speed boat ride from Bali to near by islands and you are right... after about 30 minutes you are ready for it to be over. Though, I thought there was a direct ferry to La Digue that was offered less frequently each day?

I think the biggest complaints I've heard about La Digue is the lack of food options and things to do. I think possibly the excursions could take care of that? The lack of food options is a downside, but we've been in places in the Philippines that were similar and it wasn't bad.

Do you think its worth spending any days on Mahe if we are planning days on Praslin and La Digue?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Saulius on May 10, 2017, 02:43:13 PM
The ferry is a 36-metre catamaran, and between Mahe and Praislin it's about 25nm sailing distance. It's no speed boat - the schedule says
about an hour, but it took much longer. The "direct ferry" from Mahe departs at 10:30am and makes a stopover in Praislin,
so direct means, you don't have to switch boats. From Praislin to La Digue is about another 4nm. Note, you should book your ferry online in advanced on http://www.seychellesbookings.com/ as upfront it costs significantly more, and they do get sold out last minute. The ferry also has baggage limitations, business class allows 40kg combined checked-in luggage, and 7kg to take on board. As far as the inter-island flights, they are 18 passenger DHC-6 Twin Otter, with no overhead compartment. They didn't weigh my hand luggage. I managed with my 20kg duffle bag on my knees for the short hop.

The supermarket in La Digue is quite basic, but I got my necessities such as eggs, cooking oil (OU), bottled water, etc. from there. You can
also buy fresh fish from the fisherman, just majority of what they have is not kosher, e.g. Red snapper, Groupers. Although the fruits there are quite nice, the place I stayed served locally grown papaya, starfruit, and soursop each morning. My trip to Seychelles was solo, and arriving in Seychelles and going straight to La Digue, it's extremely peaceful but feels like millions of miles away from civilization. When I travel, I go with the flow, only booked my stay for La Digue beforehand. If you decide to do Mahe, I would schedule it for the final days, but you would want to rent a car to get around, and Mahe can be time-consuming to get around due to the traffic. On Mahe, you have the Victoria Market, Saint Anne National Marine Park, botanical garden, hiking / beautiful mountain excursions, and you have stunning beaches as well.

On La Digue, visiting the Anse Marron is a must - just you either need to hire a guide for the 2-hour walk through forest and granite boulders. Or if you are adventurous like me, you could purchase the Wikiloc outdoor navigation GPS app, and download the trail on your smartphone.

Also, most of the day trips to the various islands are either from Praislin or La Digue, although they are not cheap either.


Thanks!

We are flying into AUH and are going to do some nights in Dubai and then I think it's a 4.5 hour flight to SEZ.

I've thought about adding on the 15 minute flight to Praslin with a separate ticket. The issue is that we plan to bring two bags each since we will be gone for a month and I've only read one report that Air Seychelles will allow two bags when coming from an international flight. We've done a similar speed boat ride from Bali to near by islands and you are right... after about 30 minutes you are ready for it to be over. Though, I thought there was a direct ferry to La Digue that was offered less frequently each day?

I think the biggest complaints I've heard about La Digue is the lack of food options and things to do. I think possibly the excursions could take care of that? The lack of food options is a downside, but we've been in places in the Philippines that were similar and it wasn't bad.

Do you think its worth spending any days on Mahe if we are planning days on Praslin and La Digue?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: HDS on August 01, 2018, 02:53:33 PM
I know this is an old thread, but interested in any experiences with Mauritius in the winter (Dec/Jan).

Thanks,

--HDS
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Dawie on August 01, 2018, 03:01:38 PM
I know this is an old thread, but interested in any experiences with Mauritius in the winter (Dec/Jan).

Thanks,

--HDS
yeah it's the summer there
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: HDS on August 01, 2018, 03:05:44 PM
yeah it's the summer there

LOL, thanks - this much I know! Too hot, rainy, 1500% humidity?

Activities, experiences - ?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Dawie on August 01, 2018, 03:18:31 PM
LOL, thanks - this much I know! Too hot, rainy, 1500% humidity?

Activities, experiences - ?
hot humid and rainy
but gorgeous
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: mochjas on August 01, 2018, 03:59:07 PM
hot humid and rainy
but gorgeous
I dont see how you can have Hot, Humid, and rainy be gorgeous but to each their own
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: HDS on August 01, 2018, 04:50:11 PM
hot humid and rainy
but gorgeous

Yeah, this scares me. Can you tell us more about your trip?
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: TimT on August 01, 2018, 05:23:32 PM
Yeah, this scares me. Can you tell us more about your trip?
Hereís (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=84963.0) a TR, if itís any help
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Dawie on August 01, 2018, 06:02:10 PM
Yeah, this scares me. Can you tell us more about your trip?
nothing to tell
For South Africans it's like going to the Caribbean from NYC
there are good times to go and better times (no bad times)
I know it would suck to go along way and have not such good weather but thems the breaks in the tropics
You can have that problem anywhere tropical
November is better than December and December is better than January (and like  the Caribbean with Hurricanes, it's cyclone season)
that said its not Miami in August
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: HDS on August 01, 2018, 06:04:29 PM
Hereís (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=84963.0) a TR, if itís any help

@TimT - amazing of you to track this stuff down for me, you are the best - thanks!

@Dawie - appreciate the perspective, and the advice about going earlier than later is well taken.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: ludmila on August 01, 2018, 10:46:21 PM
I dont see how you can have Hot, Humid, and rainy be gorgeous but to each their own
+1, I can't stand this kind of weather.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: Drago on December 08, 2018, 05:43:00 PM
I know this is an old thread, but interested in any experiences with Mauritius in the winter (Dec/Jan).

Thanks,

--HDS
Did you end up going? Crossed my radar as well, but booked to SEZ due to award space on dates needed.
Title: Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
Post by: shmebeble on December 08, 2018, 07:10:10 PM
I loved SEZ. You must see La Digue. enough said