ADVENTURE IN SEYCHELLES
Lauren Hill, Felicity Palmateer, and photographer, Ming Nomchong of The Drifter Blog, chased the sun all the way to the Seychelles to experience Creole culture where French cuisine meets African beats and island vibes mingle with magical mist forests. They sunk their toes into the softest sand they could find, discovered the wonders of the native pink pineapple and got their hands on the planet’s largest coconut, the Coco-de-Mer. And, of course, surfed the warmest, most perfectly uncrowded waves. But we know you want to hear how it all really went down, so here’s an account, straight from the source - Lauren Hill.
Our trip was born of the pivotal question: Where’s the dreamiest place you can think of?
A thousand miles east of Africa and four degrees south of the Equator lay the oldest islands on the planet, where 700 million year old granite boulders erode into glittering quartz-pebble beaches. The Seychelles are the only oceanic granite islands on Earth, brimming with prehistoric palms and fauna, like the Aldabra tortoise, which lives for 100-250 years.
Felicity Palmateer, Ming Nomchong and myself chased the sun all the way to the Seychelles to experience Creole culture where French cuisine meets African beats and island vibes mingle with magical mist forests; to sink our toes into the softest sand we could find, to discover the wonders of the native pink pineapple and to get our hands on the planet’s largest coconut, the Coco-de-Mer. And, of course, to seek out the warmest, most perfectly uncrowded waves we could find.
We meandered in palm dappled light through the truly ancient Valle de Mai, home to species found nowhere else on Earth, dove head first into the most intoxicatingly beautiful Indian Ocean waters of lapis lazuli, chrysoprase and turquoise and traded waves for weeks. It was a seascape more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. We came home with the whitest sand still woven into our hair, our heads brimming with paradisiacal perfection.
Thanks to Billabong, Sanuk Footwear, Conner Hats, Yellowleaf Hammocks, Summersite.com, Tropic Surf, Seyvillas and Four Seasons Seychelles for making this adventure a reality.