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Victoria, the capital of Seychelles from the air.


Victoria's bustling marketplace.


Lorloz, or the Victoria Clocktower, is a local landmark.


will satiate your needs. Fishing, sailing, diving and snorkel- ing activities are in abundance as are excursions that will introduce you to the many secrets of the islands. Most of the 43 Inner Islands are granite, only two are


Oxcart and bicycle are the only way to travel in La Digue.


coralline, and each provides awe-inspiring scenery and a multitude of small private beaches. In fact, there are over 60 beaches on the main island of Mahé alone. Victoria, located on Mahé, is the tiniest capital city in the world, and the hub of the islands. Visitors will find that the popula- tion and tourism activities are shared between the three principal islands: Praslin, La Dinge and Mahé. If you think you will be restrained to the confines of three islands when there are 115 to explore, fret not. Between 15 and 20 islands offer accommodations, but don’t let that stop your need to explore. Planes, ferries and sailboats (charters or rentals) can take you anywhere you want to go. Locals are happy to share their culture and breathtak- ing lands; their Creole culture can be experienced through their native arts and crafts, food, and architecture. Mahé


On Mahé visit some of the plantation homes such as


‘Gran Kaz’ built in 1870, and the ‘Maison de Coco’ made almost entirely of coconut products. Te Kenwyn House is one of the most visited monuments in the capital city; the house is home to the luxury jewellery company, JOUEL, as well as the historic site itself, built in 1855. An authentic feel for island life can be experienced in the bustling and vibrant marketplace that has always remained the heart of the city. Te surrounding boutiques and shops are excellent spots to collect souvenirs and local art. One of the focal points of Victoria has been Lorloz or


Port Launay on Mahé. 52 • Spring 2017


the Victoria Clocktower. For over a century, this replica of London’s clock on the corner of Victoria Street and


The Hub


Photo by Gerard Larose.


Photo by Pascal Ohlmann.


Photo by Gerard Larose.


Photo by Chris Close.


Photo by Gerard Larose.


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