Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Birdman from Chesham

October 2019 in The Seychelles

On this trip, I visited Seychelles between 12-Oct-2019 and 31-Oct-2019 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


First and foremost we enjoyed our trip immensely and have no regrets about having gone to The Seychelles.

The comments we have made above are therefore intended to be constructive. We did however feel that, like so many other places, we were visiting about 30 years too late and that what we really wanted to see, like the wildlife, peaceful places and the real Seychelles, had been overtaken by events, tourists and tourist facilities. We are not beach people. Knowing what we know now, we would have revised our itinerary somewhat. But for the poor food, we could have stayed on Bird Island for at least one more night but would definitely have added two days to the Coco de Mer on Praslin. We would however have excluded any nights on La Digue and just covered that island by a day trip from Praslin and a taxi tour.

Mason's Travel had made all our local arrangements and these generally went well and efficiently as did the local trips we booked through the good island representatives. The one hiccough was caused by our delayed Bird Island to Mahe to Praslin flights. We were supported well at Mahe Airport but no message from there to Praslin with our revised details seemed to have got through and we, a French family and a French group were kept waiting at the Mason's desk for some time until staff eventually arrived and transportation or hired cars were sorted out. The staff member at the Praslin Jetty could also have been more helpful and friendly on our last day on that island. Trips to Aride did not seem to be operating while those to Cousin were heavily booked. We did not attempt to go because of my mobility problems, the number of noisy participants, and a major mosquito presence. Chris had already reacted badly to sandfly bites on Bird Island and we didn't want a further similar occurrence. We made quite detailed lists of the wildlife we did see and those I shall send separately to Lucy soon.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

None. I shall use Expert Africa again.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Eden Bleu Hotel
13-Oct-2019 review: Eden Bleu Hotel review
Bird Island Lodge, Seychelles
14-Oct-2019 review: Bird Island Lodge review
Coco de Mer Hotel, Seychelles
18-Oct-2019 review: The Coco de Mer Hotel : a holiday highlight
Le Domaine d'Orangeraie, Seychelles
22-Oct-2019 review: Le Domaine d'Orangeraie in brief
Le Sans Souci, Seychelles
26-Oct-2019 review: Le Sans Souci is exceptional