Trek through a forest wilderness
With its exuberant nature, the north-west coast of Mahé will undoubtedly win you over. As soon as you get there, settle in at the cosy little Les Lauriers Eco Hotel. This environmentally friendly establishment is located just a stone's throw away from the lush Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve on Praslin island.
As part of your quest for exotic adventure, take on the 906 metres of the Morne Seychellois, the archipelago's highest mountain. Your sporty trek will lead you through a dense forest where hundreds of different plants coexist in an incredible verdant labyrinth. When you reach the summit – four or five hours later, depending on your pace – enjoy your hard-earned reward of exceptional panoramic views. In front of you is the Saint Anne Marine National Park in all its splendour.
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Sail the turquoise waters like a pirate
After waking up in your cosy room at Les Lauriers to the sweet sounds of tropical birds, a second fascinating excursion is ready for you with the cruise operator Silhouette Cruises. In the port of Praslin, the Sea Pearl, a gorgeous schooner from the early 20th century, is ready to hit the high seas. On board, the captain will get you situated with all necessary safety instructions before taking you to your air-conditioned cabin. The white sails are raised and ready to catch the winds: your six-day journey can now begin around the paradisiacal Seychelles islands. Every day brings with it a new discovery. Enjoy scuba diving, water skiing and even canoeing with the Sea Pearl's instructors while the idyllic views of the Cousin, Petite Sœur and Curieuse islands provide a beautiful background for your sporty activities. You will feel like a fledgling buccaneer aboard this old rig as it makes its way through the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean.
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Glide above the canopy
After this magnificent cruise, a ferry will take you to Mahé Island. Overlooking the Port-Launay Marine Park, on a 120-hectare estate bordered by two glorious beaches, is the Constance Ephelia hotel. Built in wood and stone, the small villas blend into the surrounding natural environment in perfect osmosis. If you can, tear yourself away from this exclusive retreat for just a few minutes to take a stroll down the coastline. Along the beach of Port-Launay, the takamaka and badamier trees create a jungle setting opposite the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
The Seychelles might be an ideal destination for those looking to get lost in their thoughts, but it is also a perfect playground for adventure junkies. You can even add another adventure to your collection without leaving the complex.
In the northern part of the estate awaits a course with eight zip lines and other rope courses managed by SMAC Adventures. Ready to glide through the treetops on a cable strung between two rocky cliffs? Before you do, take a few minutes to listen to your expert guides who will tell you about the local plants, birds and other inhabitants of this dense forest. Once buckled into your harness, you will zoom over a deep ravine that will surely get your adrenaline pumping. Around you, the vegetation is so thick that you can nearly touch the leaves of the trees. Move from one course to another, gaining a bit more confidence with each one, as you revel in the thrill. As you approach the landing platforms, be sure to smile – a souvenir photo will immortalize the experience.
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Climb a granite cliff
Before leaving Port-Launay, a towering granite cliff in the nature park beckons for you to scale its 18 metres. Dust your fingers with chalk, slip on your climbing shoes and choose one of five vertical itineraries according to your skill level. A specialist guide from SMAC Adventures will help you find your holds hidden in the rocky wall to reach the top.
Still looking for more adventure? Experience the rush of rappelling down the wall to come back to earth. After this sport-filled programme, your body will be begging for rest. How about a nice massage at the hotel spa? There is nothing like it to relax and recuperate after your exciting stay in Mahé.
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