Moutya: A Dance Rooted in the Flames of the Past

by Alexandria Faure

Created 200 years ago, forbidden by the church, and bursting with African influences; the drums of Moutya awakens a vibrant energy!

The Seychelles is a paradise unlike any other – with the world’s most beautiful beaches and unique coralline and granitic islands, there are more to these tropical islands than meets the eye. There are very few material objects or written documentations that can testify for the life of the slaves during the colonial era of Seychelles. The existing testimonies are kept alive through the Oral traditions; Songs, Stories, Riddles and Dances. (more…)

Seychelles: Nature’s last sanctuary

by Glynn Burridge

The Seychelles Islands were first discovered by the brave Arab mariners of the 9th century B.C. who first began to chart the unknown waters of an ocean they called the ‘bahr al zanj’’ or ‘sea of the blacks’, leaving traces of their presence in the names they gave to certain of the islands such as Aldabra which is appropriately translated from Arabic as ‘the rock.’ (more…)

Interview: Seychellois travel photographer living in UK

“…The onus is always on the photographer to find the magic of a destination, and to find out how to really bring that to the audience.”advice given by a Seychellois travel photographer.

Laurence Norah who left Seychelles at the age of 16 to Study in the UK has been working as a full time travel photographer since 2010.

The Seychelles Diary blog caught up with Norah, who opens about his love for travel and capturing moments of wilderness with his camera, while giving us a few tips on how to get the perfect shot.
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Papaya Cake Recipe

Source: Sesel Sa! Magazine

This cake has a dark orange glow with a moist, dense and chewy center. It is softly aromatic and a lovely accompaniment with tea or a scoop of ice cream. Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients. So for those health puffs you can exchange the sugar ingredient to 3 tablespoons of honey and the cake transforms into a nutritious treat to promote health.

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Beaches of the Seychelles

By Glynn Burridge 

A thousand miles from anywhere, the Seychelles archipelago was born in the distant past in the turmoil of a massive geological upheaval.  This scattering of islands was so remote that it was left untouched by mankind until relatively recently – left alone to develop into the unique microcosm it remains today. (more…)

History of Seychelles

History of Seychelles

If one single factor has determined the course of Seychelles colourful history, then it is the fact that, as a country, it was settled relatively recently, in the mid-18th century, by French colonists and their retainers or, as the story goes, by a prophetic assortment of ‘15 whites, five Malabar Indians, seven Africans and a negress’.

So much for settlement, but the unrecorded history of the islands that appear on a number of the earliest maps, predates this by many centuries and has also coloured the character of the islands and their evolution into the nation state that we know today as Seychelles. (more…)