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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #75 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.

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #76 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.
« Last Edit: May 09, 2017, 06:24:13 PM by Saulius »

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #77 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.

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #78 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.

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #79 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?

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #80 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?
« Last Edit: May 10, 2017, 02:47:52 PM by Saulius »

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #81 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,

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #82 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,

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yeah it's the summer there

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #83 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 - ?

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #84 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

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #85 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

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #86 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?

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #87 on: August 01, 2018, 05:23:32 PM »
Yeah, this scares me. Can you tell us more about your trip?
Hereís a TR, if itís any help

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #88 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

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Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
« Reply #89 on: August 01, 2018, 06:04:29 PM »
Hereís 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.