Top 5 extreme sports in the Seychelles

 
Watersports in the Seychelles

Watersports in the Seychelles

The Seychelles is renowned for its tropical beauty and that enticing sense of getting-away-from it all. What this archipelago also offers in spades is extreme sports for thrill seekers and novices alike.

Here’s our top 5 pick of the crop.

1. Surfing

 

Excellent surfing conditions are on offer for beginners right through to those with years of experience. On Praslin, you’ll find beach breaks for all levels at Anse Georgette and Anse Kerlan. Experienced surfers should head to La Farine Reef and Villa Reef for reef breaks.

Surfing in the Seychelles

Heading out to catch a wave

On the largest island of Mahe, there are plenty of potential surfing spots. If you’re looking for a point-break, head to Anse Poules Bleues. There are also many reef breaks. Check out Anse Bourgainville, Anse Gaulette, Misfit Bay and North East Point. Beginners should head to Beau Vallon beach and Carana beach for gentle beach breaks.

For a more complete rundown of surf spots in the Seychelles, wave direction, skill level and frequency visit the great website Wannasurf.

2. Windsurfing

Clear and warm waters make the Seychelles idyllic for windsurfing. If you’re looking for stronger winds, head out there from May-September although it’s possible to windsurf all year round.

Windsurf boards are free to hire at both our beautiful resorts Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia.

3. Scuba diving

Scuba diving Seychelles

Amazing underwater world of the Seychelles

The Seychelles is one of the greatest places for diving in the world. Featuring an impressive 6 national marine parks, there’s an abundance of spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Our experts at Constance Ephélia have recommended their top 3 diving sites – Trois Bank, National Marine Park at Cap Ternay and Dredger Wreck.

Find out more about the top 3 diving sites in the Seychelles, and watch an video of diving in the Seychelles.

4. Mountain biking

There are a number of paths as well as rough terrain tracks for mountain biking in the Seychelles. While the islands are edged with powdery white sand beaches, the 42 granite islands in the inner area of the archipelago are hilly and rocky. Here, the hills can rise to just under 3000 feet, making for some thrilling mountain biking conditions.

5. Climbing

At Constance Ephélia, we’ve opened a climbing wall for guests of all climbing abilities from 6 years to 60+. The wall offers a beautiful climbing experience with both artificial and natural routes.

Instructors are at hand to teach you the basics or help improve your techniques, depending on your skill level.

Find out more about the climbing wall at Constance Ephélia.

Beauty tip: make your summer glow last longer

Sophie Demaret

Sophie Demaret

After the summer break, keep your skin glowing for longer with this easy beauty tip from Sophie Demaret, Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

To make your summer tan from your Mauritius trip last, I suggest you
combine delight and wellness with this home-made scrub recipe.

1. In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of coconut powder with a tablespoon of honey.

2. Apply to your face. Avoiding
the delicate area around your eyes, massage gently from the inside to the outside for 1 minute, then rinse in cold water.

3. Make sure not to forget your neck and cleavage.

4. Finally, apply your usual beauty products.

Top mid-priced diving fins – reviewed by Sport Diver

 

Crystal clear waters off Madagascar

Crystal clear waters off Madagascar

If you’re going on a diving holiday and want a new pair of fins for under £100, check out the reviews of mid-price fins on Sport Diver.

Their experts have reviewed 8 pairs of fins costing from £50-£99.

These are:

  • Aqualung Express
  • Beuchat Powerjet
  • IST Talaria
  • Mares Avanti Quattro
  • Northern Diver Coda
  • Oceanic V16
  • Scubapro Twin Jet Max
  • Soprassub Fusion

And if you think there’s a better pair of fins on the market in the same price range, let us know.

You can contact us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Top 5 temples and ruins in Mauritius

There’s a fascinating multi-cultural heritage on the island of Mauritius, with a religious mix of Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists.

On the road in Mauritius

On the road in Mauritius

If you want a day away from the beach, there’s plenty of culture to discover on the island. Here’s a quick tour of the top temples and ruins to visit.

1. Balaclava Ruins

On the northwest coast of Mauritius, between Port Louis and Grand Baie are the Balaclava Ruins, just a few metres away from the Bay of Turtles.

The foundations of the fortress estate were laid down by the first French governor Mahé de Labourdonnais.

The ruins are set amidst tropical vegetation, and you can see the original sea walls of the fortress within the grounds of the Maritim Hotel.

2. The Triolet Shivala

The largest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath, is found at Triolet Shivala in the North of Mauritius. Built in 1819, the temple honours the gods Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Brahma, Ganesha and Muruga.

The Maha Shivarathri festival is celebrated here in February/March each year. There’s also a traditional early-morning Sunday market every week at the village.

3. Dutch Ruins

Set on high ground at Vieux Grand Port, you’ll find the oldest settlement in Mauritius, where the Dutch built their first fort. It’s regarded as a key part of Mauritian history and work is under way to further excavate the site.

Ganga Talao, Mauritius

Ganga Talao, Mauritius

4. Martello Towers

Five martello towers were built by the British in Mauritius, to defend their colony against the threat of attack by the French. In the early 1990s, the tower at La Preneuse in Black River was restored and protected as a national monument.

5. Ganga Talao at Grand Bassin

Ganga Talao is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites on Mauritius. Each year locals make their pilgrimage here during the Maha Shivaratri festival.

How to take great photos

When you’re on the holiday of a lifetime, we know how important it is to have some fabulous photos to share with your family and friends when you return home.

Fisherman at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Fisherman at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

There’s a whole industry out there, telling you how to capture the best images whatever time of day, with any type of camera.

Getting out of auto

To save you time researching, check out  ‘Getting out of auto’ by Bethany Salvon. This newly published book gives tips in an approachable and easy-to-follow way and includes sections on exposure, depth of field, lighting and general advice for getting the best frame.

Read more about ‘Getting out of auto’ in a review by journalist and photographer, Abi King.

While you’re there – if you love great writing and insider travel tips – Abi’s website Inside the travel lab is a treasure trove for travellers and anyone who wants to discover the world.

Send us your photos

We’ve got a great Constance Facebook community who love sharing their holiday photos. Take a look to see what’s up there, or send us your photos from recent holidays with Constance Hotels Experience.

Top 5 beach beauty-bag essentials

Beauty products

Beauty products

Here’s our beach beauty hot list for head-to-toe fabulousness this summer.

1.  Bobbi Brown Beach Sunscreen SPF 15

Bobbi Brown’s Beach range is hugely popular for its light fragrance, reminiscent of the sand and sea. Recommended by The Sunday Times Style magazine, this lightweight, non-greasy water-resistant sunscreen contains Vitamin E and a blend of Grapeseed, Olive and Castor Oils. Grab it while you can. £18. Find out more about Bobbi Brown Beach Sunscreen SPF 15.

2. Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm

According to London’s Evening Standard magazine, Clinique’s after sun has the last word on minimising redness and preventing peeling. You just need a tiny amount to soothe your skin after a day on the beach. £17.50. Find out more about Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm.

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1

3. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

One of the best lip balms on the market. A beach must-pack for Emma Smith, ELLE and ELLEuk.com Beauty Director, Kiehl’s lip balm soothes sunburnt lips. £9.50. Find out more about Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1.

4. This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle

Great name, great product. Red magazine hails this as a wonder product that lives up to its name. It should give your skin an instant glow, and help improve your skintone long after you’ve come home from the beach. £36. Find out more about This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle.

5. Indigo eyeshadows

When it comes to eyeshadow, blue is the hit colour of S/S 11. Blue eyeshadow has shed its 80s image, and the fashion pack are working it with their tan this summer. Stylist magazine dedicated its ‘Trends on trial’ to blue eyeshadow recently. Try Bourjois Smoky Eyes in Bleu Jeans (£7.99).