4 days of biking on Mahe
After finishing a 10-day project with Bike for Peace in Ethiopia, I was filled with anticipation as I embarked on my four-day bicycle tour on the stunning main island of Mahe in the Seychelles. My adventure began in the charming fishing village of Anse La Mouche, where I borrowed a bicycle from Ahmad Arissol, the national bicycle champion of the Seychelles.
With the salty sea breeze kissing my face, I set off from the village, pedaling through winding coastal roads. The shimmering Indian Ocean stretched out before me, its turquoise waters mesmerizing in their beauty. I couldn’t resist stopping at several pristine beaches along the way, feeling the soft sand between my toes and diving into the refreshing waves.
Leaving the coastal bliss behind, I ventured into the heart of Mahe’s tropical forests. The dense foliage provided a verdant canopy above, filtering the sunlight and casting dappled shadows on the forest floor. The air was thick with the scent of exotic flowers, and the symphony of chirping birds created a vibrant soundtrack.
The second day of my bicycle tour took me into the majestic mountains of Mahe. As I ascended, the landscape transformed dramatically. The winding roads led me through lush valleys, where emerald-green vegetation thrived, punctuated by vibrant bursts of tropical flowers.
The climb was challenging, but the reward was worth every drop of sweat. From the mountaintop, I marveled at the awe-inspiring vistas that unfolded before me. Rugged peaks stretched to the horizon, their majesty contrasting with the tranquil villages nestled in the valleys below. The panoramic views instilled in me a sense of awe and reminded me of the sheer beauty of nature.
Continuing my journey, I followed the coastal roads once again, this time hugging the shoreline of Mahe. The gentle waves of the Indian Ocean crashed against the rugged cliffs, creating a soothing melody that accompanied my bike ride.
I discovered hidden coves and secret beaches along the way, their untouched beauty captivating my senses. The pristine sand invited me to pause and soak up the sun’s warmth, while the azure waters beckoned for a refreshing swim. As I explored the coastline, I couldn’t resist stopping at small beachfront shacks, treating myself to fresh coconut water that quenched my thirst and revitalized my energy.
On the final day of my bicycle tour, I pedaled back towards Anse La Mouche, reflecting on the incredible experiences and breathtaking landscapes I had encountered over the past few days. The memories of Mahe’s tropical forests, majestic mountains, and pristine beaches were etched deep within me.
Before concluding my journey, I decided to indulge in the culinary delights the island had to offer. I sought out a local seafood restaurant, where the catch of the day was transformed into mouthwatering dishes bursting with flavor. From succulent grilled fish to fragrant seafood curries, each bite was a celebration of the island’s abundant marine treasures.
With a heart full of incredible memories, I returned the bicycle to Ahmad, grateful for his trust and the opportunity to explore Mahe in such an intimate way.
My four-day bicycle tour on Mahe’s main island had been a transformative adventure. It allowed me to connect with nature, experience the vibrant culture of the Seychelles, and indulge in the simple pleasures of coconut water and exquisite seafood. It was a journey that will forever hold a special place in my heart.