From a non-honeymooner’s point of view


The Seychelles are a cluster of stunning islands with breathtaking views and delicious food. The country experiences beautiful tropical weather all year round.

February 09, 2022 at 12:10 p.m

Last modified: February 09, 2022, 15:03

The Seychelles has beautiful resorts and lodges that offer panoramic views of the blue sea and sparkling white sand. Photo: Collected


The Seychelles has beautiful resorts and lodges that offer panoramic views of the blue sea and sparkling white sand. Photo: Collected

Perhaps the greatest irony of my life is that I’m both a hopeless romantic and a hopeless single. That’s not to say that I don’t get into relationships, but perhaps to emphasize the fact that I’ve always been primarily interested in romanticizing myself.

With that in mind I figured why not visit the Seychelles – a renowned honeymoon destination to celebrate my 26th birthday and his Masters degree on the same day (20th January 2017 was an eventful day for me and the world – Donald Trump it was sworn in as President of America).

I will be honest about my intentions in choosing Seychelles as a travel destination. It is one of the few countries in the world that allows Bangladeshi passport holders full and uncontested entry as long as they can show proof of accommodation you have booked.

My mother kindly offered to meet me on this honeymoon island, so in February 2017 I made my way to this tropical island to meet her.

I bought a flight from Kathmandu to Seychelles with Jet Airlines. When I arrived at the airport, I found that an error in the system had resulted in my entire trip from Kathmandu to Seychelles being upgraded to business class.

I was waiting in the business class lounge with anticipation of this upcoming journey when the airlines announced they were delaying the flight.

Photo: Courtesy

Photo: Courtesy

Photo: Courtesy

After a few hours of waiting, I boarded the plane only to be taken back to the airport terminal as the flight to Mumbai had been cancelled.

Much chaos ensued but somehow I managed to get Jet Airways to put me on the earliest flight to the Seychelles – which happened to be through Etihad Airlines.

As luck would have it, the travel gods took pity on me once again and upgraded me to business class!

I was essentially floating to the Seychelles and when I arrived on the island of Mahé the weather was a balmy 28 degrees with a beautiful floating breeze and I was greeted by the smiles of the wonderful Seychelles immigration officers.

I was out of the airport and on my way to the beautiful resort I had booked for us.

Interesting facts about the Seychelles —

Smallest capital in the world

The capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, is the smallest in the world. If you want to explore it on foot, you can do it in less than a day.

Home of the famous breadfruit

As the name suggests, breadfruit tastes like bread after cooking. But it can also be eaten as puree, fries, etc. According to legend, someone who eats breadfruit while visiting Seychelles will one day return here.

Pirates used to hide here

The Seychelles used to be a hideout for pirates. Some believe the islands still have treasures hidden by pirates.

Home of rare bird species

This archipelago is home to many rare bird species such as the green-tinted Seychelles warbler and the Seychelles sunbird.

The Seychelles experiences beautiful tropical weather all year round with intermittent rainy seasons.

It’s one of the smallest nations in the world – there are two main islands (and several other small ones); Mahé – where the capital Victoria is located – and Praslin. We made it our mission to visit both places during our trip.

The country’s history is quite interesting as it lies on the migration route between Africa and Asia. First a French colony, it was later taken over by the British.

Creole, also known as Seselwa, is the native language of most Seychelles. Creole, English and French are recognized as national languages.

On Mahé, we spent a lot of time lounging in front of the turquoise waters that lapped our beachfront rooms and eating delicious seafood dinners under the stars.

We also explored the capital city of Victoria and walked its beautiful streets. We visited museums, markets and chatted with the locals.

Photo: Courtesy

Photo: Courtesy

Photo: Courtesy

We then ventured to Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles. To visit it you need to buy a boat ticket at the pier.

On Praslin we stayed at a lovely B&B called The Mango Lodge which had panoramic views of crystal clear waters.

True to its name, the lodge is home to dozens of lush mango trees and its floor is covered with ripe mangoes that have fallen from the trees.

From Praslin we decided to do a day trip to La Digue – a beautiful island just a boat ride away. It is home to vanilla farms, rocky sandy beaches and excellent seafood restaurants.

We sat under a thatched roof and ate fish to our heart’s content before taking the boat back to Praslin.

Back in Mahé I decided to go scuba diving. My grandfather, who was in the Navy, always told us that there is far more beauty to life under water than the human mind could conjure up, and he was right!

Underwater life in the Seychelles far outstripped anything else that was on land. For the first time in my life I saw a shark swimming freely – only a few meters away from me.


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