The city of Victoria, on Mahe Island, is the scene of the annual Creole Festival (Festival Kreole), the oldest of its kind in the world. Every October, the city celebrates the Creole heritage of its citizens, descendents of French immigrants and African slaves. While Praslin Island also joins in the festivities, Mahe Island is the main attraction. Art, crafts, literary events, music, dance, and best of all, samplings of Creole cuisine, are all part of the celebrations.

The National Fishing Competition takes place every April and pits fishermen from near and far against one another in a battle of the "gills" in the coastal waters around Mahe Island. If you wish to participate, you will need to charter a boat well in advance. The Bazar Labrin is a weekly event that takes every Wednesday, and features Creole food, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, and live music to accompany your dance of the dollars.

Subios (Sub Indian Ocean Seychelles) is the Seychelles Republic's annual Underwater Image and Film Festival held every March. Divers and underwater photographers and film makers come from all over the world to compete in the week-long event. The event features speakers, and highlights the underwater beauty of the silent world beneath the waves surrounding the islands of Seychelles. The community participates by conducting simultaneous events, including an educational program for the nation's schools. The Botanical Gardens in Victoria is worth a visit, featuring flora and fauna native to the island. Established over 100 years ago, the Garden's 15 acres is a great place for quiet reflection and contemplation of everything from your naval to your next Mahe Island expedition.

The new free weekly service online Seychelles this week is a compilation of events & entertainment. It can be found on www.facebook.com/Seychellesthisweek