The first thing that strikes you as you arrive on Mahe is the laid back and friendly nature of just about everyone you come across - taxi drivers, kiosk clerks and holiday makers seem perfectly content with being in paradise!
I took the 10 minute taxi trip to Eden Island from the Airport, signed in at reception and hopped on the golf cart to see what the island had to offer. I was greeted by a very friendly maid called Hilda at the apartment, who showed me the way around the kitchen and pointed out the fins, mask and cooler bag which all came in very handy for snorkeling trips to the beach.
The apartments balcony overlooks one of the basins where the yachts and expensive water sport toys are moored. There are countless charter companies all over the islands available for cruises, scuba & snorkeling, fishing excursions and the like.
The 3 bedrooms all have en suite bathrooms and are stylishly furnished and finished - It was always a pleasure to come home after a day in the sun to an air conditioned apartment for a braai on the balcony. There is also Bravo Restaurant on Eden, try the seared tuna steak!
Eden Island itself has a few beaches which are perfectly good for a dip in the sea or for lazing around in the hot sun. They are mostly quiet and uninhabited for the moment as there is still plenty of work being done on the Island, and if snorkeling is your thing the Mahe mainland beaches offer a far greater variety of options. I hired a car for 40 euros per day and travelled around Mahe stopping off here or there to swim, snorkel or to buy fruit from the local vendors. This guy was about as friendly as you might expect from a coconut seller brandishing a machete!
For the more energetic a trip to La Digue Island should not be missed. The only mode of transport around the island is by bicycle, but offer some of the most beautiful little beaches and some good snorkeling too.
Submitted by Justin Fletcher, a 106 Pinnacle Point Shareholders who exchanged through the ERP to Eden Island, Seychelles