Postcards From Paradise: Part Two
Here’s part two of Daisy’s diary of her time on the islands that make up the cruise line’s exotic Indian Ocean itineraries. If you missed part one, you can read it here.
The next two days were spent at sea, which gave us some time to explore the ship. Throughout the day we checked out all the other type of cabins, had a bridge tour, and attended various presentations about Fred Olsen and their ships. We had a beautiful traditional afternoon tea in the Observatory Lounge with panoramic views from the top of the ship; we even saw dolphins! In the evenings, as the weather was great, Boudicca provided a lovely BBQ on deck.
Early this morning, we arrived into Praslin Island, home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles. We had a tender service to the port and from there it was just a short drive to the Vallee De Mai Nature Reserve, a mystical UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for the coco de mer (double coconut). The magical forest is also home to the black parrot, one of the rarest birds in the world. Afterwards, we enjoyed a short stop at Anse Lazio, the most incredible beach. We had free time to relax and take a dip in the crystal clear, warm waters.
Sadly, this was our last night on board, so we booked into The Grill for our evening meal to enjoy something a little special. The Grill offers al fresco dining with a premium menu and it is definitely worth the extra charge. We arrived into Victoria on Mahé Island at around 9pm, just in time to explore the nightlife.
We had breakfast before disembarking Boudicca. Our flight wasn’t until late evening, so we had a full day tour of the south of the island planned. Our day started with a walk, exploring all the fascinating nooks and crannies of one of the world’s smallest capital cities, including Little Ben, the famous landmark clock tower in the design of our own Big Ben here in the UK. Later, we stopped off at Victoria’s bustling market for some last-minute souvenir shopping, before enjoying a scenic drive through the mountains and past picturesque villages with the most amazing views of the ocean!
The rest of the afternoon was spent at the spectacular Cap Lazare, a private resort where we had time to enjoy the grounds and enjoy a delicious buffet served right on the beach front. The resort is famous for its large population of giant land tortoises, endemic plants, scenic views and walking trails.
As our flight wasn’t until the early hours, we spent the evening at Eden Island, an artificial island just out of the centre of Victoria. We spent the final few hours of our trip at the amazing 5* Eden Bleu Hotel and definitely did not want to leave when the time came.
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