Any Seychelles travel guide is sure to mention the Seychelles carnival. The Carnaval International de Victoria, together with the annual Kreol Festival, is the largest outdoor celebration in the Seychelles and undoubtedly the highlight of the Seychelles' cultural calendar.
Aiming to become a focus of international attention, the Carnaval International de Victoria features a procession of multicoloured floats and vibrant dancing displays, followed by a bevy of carnival-themed activities and exhibitions, designed to promote and celebrate Creole culture and the Seychelles' multinational diversity. One of the greatest aspects of the Victoria Carnival is that it not only provides entertainment for many people around the world but also offers travellers the opportunity to learn about the true culture of the Seychelles.
This euphoric display takes place in October each year. The procession makes its way from the Seychelles National library, past the clock tower to the Bicentennial Monument at the end of Independence Avenue. Attendance is open to the public, however it is advisable to reach Victoria early, as the capital becomes very crowded on this occasion.
How to get there: A taxi from the hotel costs roughly EUR 50* and will take roughly one hour. There is a bus stop on the West Coast Road, just 10 minutes from the hotel’s main gate. A ticket costs EUR 0.30*.
*Prices are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change and fluctuating exchange rates. Images © Alvin Abel Photography