carnaval-2012The Seychelles 'Carnaval International de Victoria' 2012 is just around the corner! With the theme a ‘Melting Pot of Cultures,’ the carnival is all set to take place in the capital city of Victoria on March 2-4th. What better time to go and discover for yourself why Prince William and his wife Kate loved the islands so much. If Seychelles is fit for royalty, what are you waiting for? Legendary songstress Dionne Warwick loved Seychelles, too. She had a blast at last year’s carnival!

With representation from many countries all over the world, the Seychelles carnival is called the community of nations. Some of the best and most reputed carnival participants from all over the world will perform at the 'Carnaval International de Victoria' 2012. You must go to experience the diversity of the cultures and traditions of the countries participating. As Seychelles is home to several different ethnicities, you will also get to check out the traditions and lifestyles of the people that live there. Carnival-goers will be able to experience the various cultures all under one roof – I mean all on one island. This is your chance not to have to travel all over the world to experience cultural diversity. Seychelles 'Carnaval International de Victoria' 2012 is your ‘one-stop shop’ for the ultimate experience in multiculturalism.  

Last year Seychelles inaugural international carnival was a phenomenal success. During the three-day event, the islands’ capital city of Victoria was turned into an open alfresco restaurant-styled entertainment venue with music and food from around the world. That opening evening, singers, dancers and performers from the various visiting countries dazzled the audience with all types of entertainment. The next day during the parade, excitement was everywhere as the spirit of the carnival was upon the local islanders and visitors alike. The parade was too much to behold with all the exhilarating carnival music and dancing, and most of all the beautiful, unique colourful floats representing many countries including China, Korea, Indonesia, Tanzania, UK, France, South Africa, Italy, Brazil,  Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zanzibar and the US Hawaiian Islands, as well as the nearby Indian Ocean islands of La Reunion and Madagascar.

It was later confirmed that the parade had the largest gathering of spectators ever in Seychelles. When the parade was over, everyone socialized, just hung out and enjoyed the festivities, street parties and all kinds of musical bands. The partying and street fun went on throughout the night into the wee hours of the morning. The final day was Family Fun Day where carnival-goers got to relax, walk around the city, enjoy more festive activities, sample the different types of delectable island food and immerse themselves in the Creole culture of Seychelles. There were all types of games for adults and children, and also art shows, exhibits, vendors and culture  performances located all around the city for enjoyment. And of course, we got too enjoy the parks, beach scene and water sports.

This year’s 2012 Seychelles International Carnival promises even more fun. Most of the countries who came last year will return for all the excitement that has already started brewing. The organizers are anticipating a growing number of carnival participants for this year’s edition. Vacationing in Seychelles for the 2012 carnival is an ideal time to enjoy Creole culture, friendly people, and to get in on all the fun and entertainment. Make plans to attend because there’s so much to do and see in Seychelles in addition to the carnival.

After being blown away by the carnival, you can take the time to explore the peaceful, enchanting islands to see if you believe that it really could have been the legendary ‘Garden of Eden.’ Some people claim this, and I can see why.  The luscious greenery, wondrous terrain, pure sandy white beaches, clear turquoise blue seas all against a backdrop of lush green towering hills and incredible big glacis boulders all combine to make Seychelles a mystical island of splendid, unprecedented natural beauty. A visit just to take in the scenery and serenity would be well worth the trip. Seychelles

Seychelles is also a living museum of natural history, and a sanctuary for some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth.  With almost fifty per cent of its landmass set aside as national parks and reserves, communing with the island’s natural beauty is the best way to come down from the highs of the carnival and to unwind. And with the many fruit trees spread around the island, I can also see why ‘Adam’ and ‘Eve’ would have been unable to resist partaking of the fresh fruit, if Seychelles really was the “Garden of Eden.”  Whether it was or not, one thing for sure is that the tranquillity, peacefulness and natural beauty of the island is as pure as it gets, conjuring up experiences in mysticism and spiritual oneness.

In all of its exquisite beauty, you can enjoy this paradise island in many ways. And you will indeed feel like you are in paradise. I know you will want to spend some time on the beaches, which are some of the most beautiful in the world according to many vacationers. Seychelles is also a one-of-a-kind adventure in ecotourism. It is a top spot to watch rare birds, giant tortoises, exotic fish and beautiful sea creatures in their natural habitats. It is also home to the Coco de Mir, a unique type of coconut that has a legendary history and is unique to the islands here. Seychelles has two U.N.E.S.C.O World Heritage Sites: Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and Praslin’s Vallée de Mai, where coco de mir grows in abundance. Guided garden and nature tours which have been very popular with visitors are also available.

Seychelles is an ideal place for water sports, boating and fishing. One of the world's top diving destinations, you can go snorkeling and scuba diving to observe coral reefs, and marine life as visibility is excellent anytime of the year. Sightseeing is also available by helicopter and glass bottom boat tours. You must find time to visit the national monuments, beautiful Creole houses, national reserves and marine parks. If golf is your thing, you can get in a game or two at one of the islands’ beautiful golf courses, or you can go horseback-riding on a trail or along the beaches. For your shopping pleasures, there are many specialty shops and the Sir Selwyn Clarke Marketplace located in the heart of Victoria. Seychelles has a laid back, yet upbeat nightlife scene complete with a casino, local bars and fine restaurants where you can enjoy signature Creole and international cuisine.

emiratesSeychelles is the right vacation spot if you are looking for a real learning experience, but don’t like calling it that. You are welcome to call it an experience in multiculturalism, nature’s tranquility, ecotourism, or just plain beach fun, but it will still be a learning experience through all that Seychelles has to offer. Seychelles has something for everyone, regardless of your age, culture, and background no matter what type of vacation you are seeking. It is the perfect vacation spot for couples, families and groups. There are secluded resorts and hotels scattered all over, making Seychelles an ideal place for retreats, meetings and special events. The entire ambiance of the islands lends itself to a top choice for world-class festivals and of course, this international carnival.

If you are still not convinced that the Seychelles carnival is a must-attend event, I’ll offer one more incentive: Emirates Airlines is the official airline for the carnival again this year which means that you can visit Seychelles by way of Dubai. I did last year, and if you want to know about the fabulous Dubai leg of my trip on my way to the carnival, look for that in another article. Better still, why don’t you go and tell me about Dubai? Coupling a visit to Dubai with the Seychelles carnival is the once-in-a-lifetime vacation. I rest my case. With the carnival less than three months away, I guarantee that deciding to go will be the best last minute decision you’ll ever make. There is only one thing better than visiting Seychelles, and that is visiting Seychelles during the 'Carnaval International de Victoria' 2012 - by way of Dubai! I’ll see you there!

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