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“From Mahe to Praslin”

Marine Cat Seychelles
Reviewed 18 August 2013

The trip was pretty good but on the way back around 6 pm sitting on top deck in the open air it was freezing and way too windy. Next time I will make sure that I am seated downstairs. Cheap for locals but very pricey for tourists.

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Reviewed 7 July 2013

We used Marine Cat to get from Mahe to Prasline and La Digue and their vessels were comfortable and on time. Be prepared for a little roughness, even in July, so if prone to sea sickness take pills or magnet wrist straps. You cannot sit outside unless you are prepared to get wet, although many took the chance as the views are stunning (watch your phones and cameras as rogue waves can catch you out). Pay extra to go upstairs.

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Reviewed 26 June 2013

As a tourist, give this a skip and rather fly over to Praslin. Bumpy and noisy tourists that does not appreciate anything and the ride makes only for stong tummies. The staff on the other hand was extremely friendly and efficient, so give it a skip and go on a private charter, much more fun and memroble. Thanks to Roy and Capitan for every effort and good graces!

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

One of the BIG draws is a coconut tree, the nuts outer nuts being shaped like a derriere, and apparently only found in Seychalles. Not really too impressive. More interesting was a small red bird that looks almost like a moth in flight.
We took a bus tour of the more touristy part of the island, past some big homes and several resorts. The book rate at the resort we stopped at was $US350 per night which probably translates to $US150 via internet or travel agent. But, a beer was $9 and a light lunch started at $13. It would be worth it for a special occasion although the somewhat isolated resort was periodically inundated with tour busses stopping for bitter lemon soft drinks, bottled on the island by a Coke licensee.

The view from the road was magnificent. Usually we got a view of the sea which was every blue from aqua to dark blue. Apparently they are cleaned daily. Often, across the straits was an island, sometimes with a house, often vacant as there are 115 islands making up the Seychelles Archipelago. Most of them are in groups of 3 to 5 but where we stopped was the largest and the governmental center.

We learned that there were a variety of public and religion sponsors schools until about 10 years ago. When the government started providing free education, they banned the religious schools entirely—except, there are a few where the students get no government help. Going there is at the total expense of the family. The guide did not comment on the comparative quality of the education. As for college, most kids have to go to another country, often on scholarships. But, they do not return unless they went to India. Like farm kids in the US who go to the city.

I should mention that the busses in use were not the large ones we are used to. They were about half that size. And all the cars and taxis were small cars, mostly Asian made models. Even then, there was a curve on the main road where cars going in opposite directions had to stop and go one at a time thru the turn. And parking in town was very limited. There were large parking lots on the outskirts and most people walked the last few blocks. The tour guide said that a proposal had been made for installing a free local transit plan but the residents preferred to drive in the traffic jams. I didn’t get a gas price but the tour guide said that turning down the free transit was crazy.

Our major stop was the Botanical Garden which is still being constructed. Here we saw the famous coconut trees, lots of flowers, an aviary with one pheasant-sized bird and a few fishes. One of the best sights was a turtle compound. There were a dozen or so HUGE turtles. Their shells must have been 3-4 ft long. Our guide knew the type of turtles but didn’t even know there was a birdcage.

Then, there was the wind farm with 8 windmills, all in the port area. Even there, with all the ocean winds, only two were working in the morning and one as we left in the evening. Our guide offered no information about them and we saw no signs of Obama handouts.

We took a shuttle back to the city center for our usual walk-around. As we passed the courthouse, a judge walked by. If you’ve read any British books, you’ll be familiar with the black-robed, white wigged, stately figure who could only be a judge or legislator (about whom we learned nothing.)

We also passed a couple of police stations. There were over 30 little villages on this one island and each had a police station, a school, and some medical facility. Noemi had noticed the bars on windows and thought it might indicate a high crime rate. I thought it had more to do with the high monsoon winds than crime. We were told, however, that the prison, which had been on one of the smaller islands accessible only by boat, had recently been moved to the main island. So, maybe crime was decreasing.

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