Seychelles, an island that appear as tiny dots in the Indian Ocean, is counted among the top beach holiday destinations of the world where unique isolated bays, translucent warm waters, soaring mountains and lush green areas are a treat for sore eyes. While there’s no end to beauty and adventure in the island, these are some of the exciting events reflecting the rich culture, tradition and history of the nation and capturing the attention of travellers from different parts of the globe.
Seychelles Ocean Festival
Held every year during the month of December, Seychelles Ocean Festival is a week-long underwater festival celebrated to promote marine-based tourism in Seychelles. There’s a lot for the visitors to explore during the event ranging from photographic competitions and presentations by famous visiting speakers to events at hotels and special school programmes. The festival also takes care of adventure seekers with an array of daytime diving and snorkelling activities.
The most significant and colourful cultural event of the nation, Creole Festival is the time when visitors get a chance to actually celebrate in the spirit of the Creole way of life. The festival is held for a week at the end of October every year and takes place in multiple locations on the island of Mahé. Visitors can enjoy a number of colourful performances including a float event, art galleries, musical shows and various fairs during the celebration. Many artists from all over the Indian Ocean team up to bring a unique excitement to the festival. Besides, food lovers get a chance to try various luscious cuisines served at various food stalls.
Bazar Labrine – Dusk Bazaar Festival
Drawing food lovers from all corners of the world, Bazar Labrine – Dusk Bazaar Festival is a cultural event in Seychelles held at Beau Vallon – Mahé Island. The festival is celebrated every Wednesday all throughout the year and is cherished by Seychellios as well as travellers with great zeal. You can visit here with your family and friends and have a great evening trying local delicacies and buying souvenirs. The major highlight of the bazaar is a performance of the traditional “moutya” music played by a group of locals.
Seychelles ECO-Healing Marathon
Seychelles plays host to the Seychelles Eco-Healing Marathon every year against the backdrop of its surreal splendour. The marathon is recognised internationally through the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) label. The event is held every last Sunday of February and provides a unique opportunity for marathon runners to have the experience of running through some of the most amazing countryside on earth. The race starts and finishes at Beau Vallon, and is attended by a number of racing fans from all around.