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Mahé

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215,787,32

Praslin

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85,308,34

Victoria

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37,213,3

Beau Vallon

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8,33,1

Curieuse

https://virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/Seychelles/Curieuse-2201850/TravelGuide-Curieuse.html

9,52,0

Anse Volbert Village

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17,75,1

La Digue

https://virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/Seychelles/La_Digue-2201836/TravelGuide-La_Digue.html

10,13,0

Félicité Island

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1,48,0

Saint Pierre Islet

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5,103,0

Cerf Island

https://virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/Seychelles/Cerf_Island-2201860/TravelGuide-Cerf_Island.html

0,0,1

Anse Royale

https://virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/Seychelles/Anse_Royale-2201876/TravelGuide-Anse_Royale.html

2,9,0

Mahé

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  • Cat Cocos ferry between Mahé and Praslin, Mahé

    Cat Cocos ferry between Mahé and Praslin

    Mahé Transportation

    When we visited the Seychelles for a week in March 2015, we decided to split our stay between the islands of Mahé and Praslin.We had two options for travelling between Mahé and Praslin. We could take an inter-island flight operated by Air Seychelles or we could take an inter-island ferry operated by Cat Cocos. The flights were quicker (a 15 minute...

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  • Banyan Tree Seychelles

    Banyan Tree Seychelles

    Mahé Hotels

    We stayed at the 2 Bedroom Beach front villa. We were 3 adults (all women) and 2 children. The...

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  • Shuttle bus: Airport to ferry jetty, Mahé

    Shuttle bus: Airport to ferry jetty

    Mahé Transportation

    Many visitors to the Seychelles will land at Mahé's international airport before transferring to the islands of Praslin and La Digue.Internal flights are available between Mahé and Praslin, while inter-island Cat Cocos ferries connect Mahé with both Praslin and La Digue.This latter option means travelling from the airport to the ferry jetty in...

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Praslin

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  • Day trip to La Digue, Praslin

    Day trip to La Digue

    Praslin Things to Do

    ...Continued from Part 1 due to exceeding VT's maximum character limit... Arriving back in La Passe, bustling by Seychelles standards, Emma took the opportunity to browse the gift shops for souvenirs. We purchased postcards and stamps from the post office and then grabbed a few snacks from the Bakery Shop. The Bakery Shop was probably the best...

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  • Chateau de Feuilles

    Chateau de Feuilles

    Praslin Hotels

    I recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a very romantic and unique honeymoon. You are treated...

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  • Kokosye Cafe, Praslin

    Kokosye Cafe

    Praslin Restaurants

    Kokosye Cafe is located at the entrance/exit of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve on the island of Praslin. It is a great place to enjoy a much-needed refreshing drink, before or after exploring this humid forest of unique coco-de-mer trees. We stopped off for cold glasses of iced vanilla tea (25 Rupees / £1.25) and a...

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Victoria

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  • Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market, Victoria

    Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market

    Victoria Things to Do

    Saturday morning is said to be the best time to visit Victoria's Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market as this is when you will find it busiest with local shoppers. Of course, if a quiet browse around the stalls is more your thing, you'd be better off avoiding Saturday morning! We made Selwyn-Clarke Market our first port of call one Saturday morning...

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  • Fregate Island Private

    Fregate Island Private

    Victoria Hotels

    Frigate Island 00000, Seychelles

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Victoria Botanical Gardens, Victoria

    Victoria Botanical Gardens

    Victoria Things to Do

    We visited the Botanical Gardens on a Saturday afternoon during our stay in Victoria in March 2015.The Botanical Gardens are located on the slopes of Mont Fleuri, a 20-30 minute walk south of the centre of Victoria. We walked there, but caught a bus (from a bus stop just outside the exit) back into town at the end of our visit.After the walk from...

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Beau Vallon

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  • Buy souvenirs, Beau Vallon

    Buy souvenirs

    Beau Vallon Shopping

    Ladies were so nice that I almost bought a coco de mer. But I did not have enough money (I was sleeping on the beach, during 2 weeks). Coco de mer fixed price

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  • Coco D'Or

    Coco D'Or

    Beau Vallon Hotels

    We stayed at the Coco D'Or for a week, the hotel rooms are ok but simple. Some of the personel are...

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  • Beau Vallon market stalls - lunchtime..., Beau Vallon

    Beau Vallon market stalls - lunchtime...

    Beau Vallon Restaurants

    A line of market stalls selling tropical fruit, freshly cooked food and rum-based cocktails stand behind the beach at Beau Vallon, just a short walk from the Coral Strand Hotel. This is the ideal place to come for lunchtime snacks.It is the site of the popular Wednesday night "Bazar Labrin" – but it was also pretty busy (with stalls, if not with...

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Curieuse

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  • The Doctor's House, Curieuse

    The Doctor's House

    Curieuse Things to Do

    The Doctor's House is located just behind Anse St Jose beach on the southern shore of the island of Curieuse. It is a two storey Creole-style mansion, with a large verandah on the upper floor, and was built by Dr William MacGregor – a Scottish doctor who was posted to Curieuse to help treat leprosy victims who were quarantined on the island – in...

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  • Anse St Jose, Curieuse

    Anse St Jose

    Curieuse Things to Do

    The beach of Anse St Jose is located on the southern coast of the island of Curieuse.When you visit the island from neighbouring Praslin or La Digue you will either arrive at, or depart from, Anse St Jose. When we visited in March 2015, our small boat from Anse Volbert on Praslin (just 15 minutes away) arrived at Anse St Jose and departed from Baie...

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  • The Doctor's House, Curieuse

    The Doctor's House

    Curieuse Things to Do

    The Doctor's House is located just behind Anse St Jose beach on the southern shore of the island of Curieuse. It is a two storey Creole-style mansion, with a large verandah on the upper floor, and was built by Dr William MacGregor – a Scottish doctor who was posted to Curieuse to help treat leprosy victims who were quarantined on the island – in...

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Anse Volbert Village

  • Taxi to Baie Sainte Anne ferry jetty, Anse Volbert Village

    Taxi to Baie Sainte Anne ferry jetty

    Anse Volbert Village Transportation

    During our stay on the island of Praslin in March 2015, we only used a taxi on one occasion – the rest of the time we found that the local buses adequately met our needs.With the buses not taking passengers with large luggage items, we only required a taxi when travelling from our guesthouse (Villa Bananier at Anse Volbert) to the ferry jetty at...

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  • Villa Bananier

    Villa Bananier

    Anse Volbert Village Hotels

    My wife and I stayed at Villa Bananier for 5 nights during our visit to Praslin in March 2015. We...

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  • Excellent all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet!, Anse Volbert Village

    Excellent all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet!

    Anse Volbert Village Restaurants

    Les Lauriers was the restaurant that I was most keen to visit during our stay in Anse Volbert in March 2015.It was ranked #1 (of 10 restaurants in Anse Volbert) on Tripadvisor and was renowned for its all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet.The buffet costs 425 Rupees (£21.25) per person – but this is very good value by Seychelles standards, especially since it...

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La Digue

See all 10 La Digue Tips
  • Ferry, La Digue

    Ferry

    La Digue Transportation

    The only normally available option getting to La Digue is via a ferry from Praslin. Which means you will have to take the ferry from Mahe to Praslin. Which means you will have to pay the extremely expensive ferry cost for both, inconveniently priced in Euros. In the end, it is worth the hassle and expense, of course, and thankfully, the ships are...

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  • La Digue: At Their Pace, Not Yours, La Digue

    La Digue: At Their Pace, Not Yours

    La Digue Favorites

    The people of La Digue have a certain way about them. You have the island life mentality, so expect everything to be at a slower pace, but also go knowing that these people have an immense pride about their way of life, the care with which they are taking care of you, just done their way. Trying to force things to be done as you want them not only...

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  • Grande Anse, La Digue

    Grande Anse

    La Digue Things to Do

    If Anse Source d'Argent is too tame for you, then hop over to the other side of the island to Grande Anse. Here you will find the same perfect sand, but the waves here are anything but tame. You must be careful though, as with the undertow, its easy to get caught in the washer, tumbling and flailing about while the locals sit and stare at you....

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Félicité Island

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    Snorkelling trip to Félicité (and Ile...

    by SWFC_Fan Written Apr 11, 2015

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    A popular excursion from the islands of Praslin and La Digue is a snorkelling trip to the islands of Ile Cocos and Félicité.

    We undertook this excursion from Anse Volbert (Cote d'Or) on the east coast of Praslin.

    There are no shortage of local youths on Cote d'Or beach attempting to persuade holidaymakers to get in their boats and travel to these two paradisiacal islands, just 30 minutes away, off the coast of La Digue.

    The excursion was sold to us on the basis that it represents the best snorkelling spot in the Seychelles, it is like swimming in an aquarium and there is a 99% chance of seeing turtles. We'll see if those claims are true!

    After speaking to numerous touts on the beach, and ascertaining their prices, we ultimately booked this excursion through our guesthouse for a similar price. We were keen to make this a half day trip, rather than a full day trip with lunch, as we wanted to get back to Praslin to visit the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve in the afternoon.

    We agreed on a price of €60 per person (it would apparently have been €70 per person had we wanted a trip that included a BBQ lunch) and for the trip to begin at 9:00am and have us back in Anse Volbert by 1:30pm. It was explained to us that we would have to pay a further 200 Rupees (£10) per person in landing fees to visit the two islands.

    We waited outside our guesthouse at 9:00am, but it was 20 minutes or so before our boatman (the same rastacap-wearing local who had taken us to Curieuse and St Pierre a couple of days earlier) arrived to walk us down to the beach and his wooden motorboat. There were 6 of us, but only Emma and I would be doing the Ile Cocos and Félicité trip; the other 4 were going to Curieuse and St Pierre.

    When we arrived at the beach, the boatman asked Emma and I to wait for "15 minutes" while he took the others across to Curieuse. Having already done this trip ourselves, we knew that he'd be a lot longer than 15 minutes. The crossing would take 10-15 minutes each way, and he would have to walk the passengers ashore, oversee them paying their landing fees and explain which way they needed to walk to reach the lunchtime BBQ spot. Sure enough, it was 40 minutes before he returned for us, and we finally got on our way around 10:00am.

    The boat ride was a very enjoyable one, with great views along the east coast of Praslin. We passed the island of La Digue and arrived at Ile Cocos around 10:30am.

    Ile Cocos

    Ile Cocos is a tiny, uninhabited, picture perfect island – the kind of deserted paradise that people get washed up on in films! It has a small sandy beach, giant imposing granite boulders and, of course, palm trees. There were a handful of people already on the island, or snorkelling in its surrounding waters, but it was quiet and tranquil. We climbed off the boat, waded through the clear, warm, knee-deep water and left our bags on a rock. After posing for photos and enjoying the secluded bliss, we donned our masks and fins and began to enjoy the snorkelling.

    The water was clear, visibility was good and there were plenty of colourful fish to be seen. It really was like swimming in an aquarium! We recognised many of the fish (by appearance, if not by name) from our snorkelling experiences in the Maldives. This was the closest that we had come to matching those experiences. It was mainly fish that we saw, although we did see a shoal of squid. There wasn't a turtle in sight, though! The coral, which had been damaged by tourism in the past, was regenerating. It wasn't spectacularly beautiful, but it was ok. The current was fairly strong when we ventured further from the island and I would recommend that non-confident swimmers stay close to the shore.

    We snorkelled at Ile Cocos for around 1 hour and 15 minutes. A few other small boats arrived during this time, but neither the island nor the waters became overcrowded. Even at its busiest, there were no more than 20 of us on the island/snorkelling.

    One of the boats that arrived was the one that was collecting the landing fees (there is nowhere on either of the islands to pay this fee), so we handed over our 200 Rupees each.

    We left Ile Cocos around 11:45am and made the short journey across to Félicité.

    Félicité Island

    Félicité is much larger than Ile Cocos and houses exclusive accommodation. A number of high-profile celebrities are said to have enjoyed stays on the island.

    The crossing from Ile Cocos only took around 10 minutes and so we were there just before midday. After cruising along its coastline, admiring its long beach, granite rocks and verdant vegetation, we were invited to jump into the water. Unlike at Ile Cocos, the boat couldn't get ashore here without damaging the coral reef. Instead, we would be dropped off 15-20 metres from the shore, would snorkel in the deep waters above the coral reef for an hour, and would make our way to a jetty at the far end of the beach when we were ready to be picked up.

    We left our belongings on the boat, checked with the boatman to see where we were most likely to see turtles (pretty much anywhere, apparently!) and then set about enjoying the snorkelling. Although we were tempted to swim ashore and spot celebrities, there was enough underwater action to keep us entertained.

    The coral here was more impressive than at Ile Cocos and there was far more of it. The abundant variety of colourful fish was similar to what we'd seen at Ile Cocos....and the complete absence of any turtles was also familiar to us!

    Both of our camera batteries died (after taking more than 600 underwater photos!) about 10 minutes from the end of our trip. This at least gave us the opportunity to better appreciate the fish without constantly photographing them.

    We left Félicité around 1:00pm and, despite a brief stop to view a pod of dolphins that were swimming alongside our boat, arrived back at Anse Volbert just before 1:30pm.

    The excursion to Ile Cocos and Félicité can be made from both Praslin and La Digue islands.

    The excursion to Ile Cocos and Félicité offers a wonderful snorkelling opportunity – reportedly the finest in the whole of the Seychelles! It really is like swimming in an aquarium full of tropical fish! If you are luckier than we were, you might even see some turtles! We would definitely recommend this excursion.

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Saint Pierre Islet

  • Day trip to St Pierre (and Curieuse), Saint Pierre Islet

    Day trip to St Pierre (and Curieuse)

    Saint Pierre Islet Things to Do

    One of the most popular day trips from Anse Volbert is to the neighbouring island of Curieuse and the small rocky islet of St Pierre.The former was a leper colony until 1965 and is now famous for its hundreds of free-roaming giant tortoises and for being the only place in the world, aside from Praslin's Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, where the Coco...

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  • Be prepared, Saint Pierre Islet

    Be prepared

    Saint Pierre Islet What to Pack

    Bring a small backpack or bag with everything you will need for the day. Wear your swimsuit if you plan to swim, there is no where to change when you get there.You will also need a towel. Bring tissue, insect repellant, and sunscreenThere are mites and mosquitos on these islands and the sun is very bright reflecting off the water and sand. Bring...

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  • Boat tour, Saint Pierre Islet

    Boat tour

    Saint Pierre Islet Transportation

    You can make arrangements at most of the hotels on Praslin or Mahe to come here for a short stop to snorkel or you can come out for a day of diving.You will come on a boat from the hotel.

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Ile Cocos

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    Snorkelling trip to Ile Cocos (and...

    by SWFC_Fan Written Apr 11, 2015

    A popular excursion from the islands of Praslin and La Digue is a snorkelling trip to the islands of Ile Cocos and Félicité.

    We undertook this excursion from Anse Volbert (Cote d'Or) on the east coast of Praslin.

    There are no shortage of local youths on Cote d'Or beach attempting to persuade holidaymakers to get in their boats and travel to these two paradisiacal islands, just 30 minutes away, off the coast of La Digue.

    The excursion was sold to us on the basis that it represents the best snorkelling spot in the Seychelles, it is like swimming in an aquarium and there is a 99% chance of seeing turtles. We'll see if those claims are true!

    After speaking to numerous touts on the beach, and ascertaining their prices, we ultimately booked this excursion through our guesthouse for a similar price. We were keen to make this a half day trip, rather than a full day trip with lunch, as we wanted to get back to Praslin to visit the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve in the afternoon.

    We agreed on a price of €60 per person (it would apparently have been €70 per person had we wanted a trip that included a BBQ lunch) and for the trip to begin at 9:00am and have us back in Anse Volbert by 1:30pm. It was explained to us that we would have to pay a further 200 Rupees (£10) per person in landing fees to visit the two islands.

    We waited outside our guesthouse at 9:00am, but it was 20 minutes or so before our boatman (the same rastacap-wearing local who had taken us to Curieuse and St Pierre a couple of days earlier) arrived to walk us down to the beach and his wooden motorboat. There were 6 of us, but only Emma and I would be doing the Ile Cocos and Félicité trip; the other 4 were going to Curieuse and St Pierre.

    When we arrived at the beach, the boatman asked Emma and I to wait for "15 minutes" while he took the others across to Curieuse. Having already done this trip ourselves, we knew that he'd be a lot longer than 15 minutes. The crossing would take 10-15 minutes each way, and he would have to walk the passengers ashore, oversee them paying their landing fees and explain which way they needed to walk to reach the lunchtime BBQ spot. Sure enough, it was 40 minutes before he returned for us, and we finally got on our way around 10:00am.

    The boat ride was a very enjoyable one, with great views along the east coast of Praslin. We passed the island of La Digue and arrived at Ile Cocos around 10:30am.

    Ile Cocos

    Ile Cocos is a tiny, uninhabited, picture perfect island – the kind of deserted paradise that people get washed up on in films! It has a small sandy beach, giant imposing granite boulders and, of course, palm trees. There were a handful of people already on the island, or snorkelling in its surrounding waters, but it was quiet and tranquil. We climbed off the boat, waded through the clear, warm, knee-deep water and left our bags on a rock. After posing for photos and enjoying the secluded bliss, we donned our masks and fins and began to enjoy the snorkelling.

    The water was clear, visibility was good and there were plenty of colourful fish to be seen. It really was like swimming in an aquarium! We recognised many of the fish (by appearance, if not by name) from our snorkelling experiences in the Maldives. This was the closest that we had come to matching those experiences. It was mainly fish that we saw, although we did see a shoal of squid. There wasn't a turtle in sight, though! The coral, which had been damaged by tourism in the past, was regenerating. It wasn't spectacularly beautiful, but it was ok. The current was fairly strong when we ventured further from the island and I would recommend that non-confident swimmers stay close to the shore.

    We snorkelled at Ile Cocos for around 1 hour and 15 minutes. A few other small boats arrived during this time, but neither the island nor the waters became overcrowded. Even at its busiest, there were no more than 20 of us on the island/snorkelling.

    One of the boats that arrived was the one that was collecting the landing fees (there is nowhere on either of the islands to pay this fee), so we handed over our 200 Rupees each.

    We left Ile Cocos around 11:45am and made the short journey across to Félicité.

    Félicité Island

    Félicité is much larger than Ile Cocos and houses exclusive accommodation. A number of high-profile celebrities are said to have enjoyed stays on the island.

    The crossing from Ile Cocos only took around 10 minutes and so we were there just before midday. After cruising along its coastline, admiring its long beach, granite rocks and verdant vegetation, we were invited to jump into the water. Unlike at Ile Cocos, the boat couldn't get ashore here without damaging the coral reef. Instead, we would be dropped off 15-20 metres from the shore, would snorkel in the deep waters above the coral reef for an hour, and would make our way to a jetty at the far end of the beach when we were ready to be picked up.

    We left our belongings on the boat, checked with the boatman to see where we were most likely to see turtles (pretty much anywhere, apparently!) and then set about enjoying the snorkelling. Although we were tempted to swim ashore and spot celebrities, there was enough underwater action to keep us entertained.

    The coral here was more impressive than at Ile Cocos and there was far more of it. The abundant variety of colourful fish was similar to what we'd seen at Ile Cocos....and the complete absence of any turtles was also familiar to us!

    Both of our camera batteries died (after taking more than 600 underwater photos!) about 10 minutes from the end of our trip. This at least gave us the opportunity to better appreciate the fish without constantly photographing them.

    We left Félicité around 1:00pm and, despite a brief stop to view a pod of dolphins that were swimming alongside our boat, arrived back at Anse Volbert just before 1:30pm.

    The excursion to Ile Cocos and Félicité can be made from both Praslin and La Digue islands.

    The excursion to Ile Cocos and Félicité offers a wonderful snorkelling opportunity – reportedly the finest in the whole of the Seychelles! It really is like swimming in an aquarium full of tropical fish! If you are luckier than we were, you might even see some turtles! We would definitely recommend this excursion.

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Anse Royale

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  • Jardin du Roi, Anse Royale

    Jardin du Roi

    Anse Royale Things to Do

    Jardin du Roi / the King's garden is a farm in the south of the island of Mahé high up in the hills above the village that is called Anse Royal. The view from up there is terrific and you will be able to find tropical fruits, plants and spices there.This farm was built by Pierre-Louis Poiret,who was said to be the missing son of Louis XVI and Marie...

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  • How to get to Jardin du Roi, Anse Royale

    How to get to Jardin du Roi

    Anse Royale Transportation

    Jardin du Roi is in the south of the island Mahe, high above the village called Anse Royal. Drivingtime from Victoria to Jardin du Roi is about 30-40 minutes and I got there by a halfdaytrip organized by our cruiseship for 40 euros, including a tour of the island of Mahé. The entrance-fee for jardin du roi is 5 euros already so these 40 euros for...

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