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Airview Of Seychelles

Sergey Dolya • 7 minutes read • April 15th, 2016
Before Britain invaded 

Seychelles

, picturesque islands in the Indian Ocean served as a haven for pirates. Today Seychelles is an island state and a popular tourist destination. The population is small, about 88 thousand people. As part of the republic, there are 115 islands, but only 33 of them are inhabited. 

Mahe 

is the largest island with Victoria city, which is the only city and a capital of the republic.
In the airport there is a company that offers helicopter tours above Mahe. When I went there for the first time, I didn’t book a flight: it turned out that I do not fit on the chair next to the pilot, but only there was a window that opens and allows to photograph not through the glass. I asked to remove the door, and guys agreed, but appointed a flight for the next day. A day later, I arrived at the site early in the morning. A pilot thoroughly tied me to the seat. I thought that if something happens to the helicopter, I wouldn't be able to leave it. However, I would do anything for good photos!
In this review, you can find juicy sunny images of the Seychelles and my commentaries...
This is the Seychelles International Airport:
The non-retained Eden Island, which I’ve already mentioned in my previous review. It was built by the South Africans, but now it belongs to the Arabs. In general, the Arabs are very active in the Seychelles, buying property there and equipping the island. The "Paradise Island" is a center of civilization and comfort throughout the state. Despite the fact that the Seychelles are associated with an expensive vacation, the country itself lives very modestly. Socialism prospers there, long time Seychelles were following the footsteps of the Soviet Union and China:
Seychelles always gets presents. For example, windmills for $37 million, gifted by one of the friendly countries. Although I do not really understand what for, because electricity within traditional resources is sufficient on the island:
From above one can see that there are no streets in the city. If you are going to write a letter, it is enough to indicate a name of the recipient and a city district:
We flew over the island counterclockwise, and started along the western part. This is another artificial island where locals live:
The houses are close to each other:
In the north the island ends with a kind of "fork". Here you can see its right part:
I took a few shots of large towns, and it can be seen that many of the islanders live quite well. Looking ahead, I shall note that I did not see an extreme poverty:
Here’s a ribbon of the road:
There is no agriculture on the island. Many fruits, such as pineapple, papaya, mango successfully grow here as wild plants and do not require any attention:
Even the city cemetery is quite compact:
This is a "fork" of the northern part of the island. The 

Beau Vallon bay 

is on the left at the bottom:
The best beach on the island is in the bay of the gulf. There is fine white sand, clear water, and dense greenery. There are no waves, no corals, the bottom is clean. A good sunset view opens from the bay, and most sunset photos of the Seychelles are taken there. It’s a real paradise:
A large complex of buildings in the center of the coast is Savoy Hotel, where I lived during this trip. It is an excellent five-star hotel, about which I will tell later:
A small and cozy Coral Strand hotel is situated on the beach to the right of Savoy:
Beau Vallon Bay is a tourist center. A new hotel is under the construction:
Locals also have their own marine. It is not as rich as on the Paradise Island, but it is still nice:
We cast a farewell look on the gulf:
We did not fly around the second fork on the coastline, but we swept over it. I wanted to look at the landscape of the island. Lonely houses are lost high on the hills. I cannot imagine how their residents get there, because there is no visible roads or paths:
Here’s the west side of Mahe. On the right there is a creek with yachts at anchor:
West Coast stretches far, far away. Generally, Mahe looks like a sausage broken-down in the middle with a fork at the end:
This is an abandoned hotel, formerly owned by Sheraton. When once it was very popular, the Government of Seychelles decided to take the business away. But the business success depends not only on the building, but also on a competent management. As a result, it failed after several years:
Sunbeams are breaking through the clouds:
Here’s a barge with a helipad. As it turned out, it belongs to a sheikh who flies there to swim and snorkel:
Four Seasons Hotel is built in the form of detached villas. One day of a stay there costs about $1,500, while in the five-star Savoy it is about $370:
Here’s a West Coast view:
In the south, we took a little shortcut and flew across the island:
The west was in the shade and the photos are not bright. The sun started shining again in the east: 
This is the south of Mahe:
I noticed a stadium. By the way, the Seychelles are involved in the Olympics, and they even won something. I think in javelin-throwing:
Here’s an islet:
Several shots showing how clean the water is:
Those dark spots are corals:
We began to descent and returned to the airport:
I liked the flight, and recommend it if you decide to try. And by the way, here’s our eurocopter:
Author: Sergeydolya
Source: sergeydolya.livejournal.com
Translated by: Gian Luka

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