Seychelles - Tuesday 2010/11/30
Getting up in the morning we noticed that it was very cloudy outside. We sat on the balcony for a while hoping for the sun to come out. It remained cloudy and we went to get some breakfast, where we were welcomed by one of the hotel's managers.
After breakfast the clouds started to disappear and we started our hike to the water reservoir La Gogue. For that we first had to get to Glacis which is a short walk along the street to the north. On the way we got some snacks at a shop and also found a ripe mango next to the street. From Glacis there's a steep, paved road going up into the mountains, to a height of about 200 meters. The sun was shining very strong by then, which didn't make the ascent any easier.
There were still houses every now and then, but there was also a lot of nature between the houses, especially banana plants. On one banana plant we found a gecko sitting on the banana flower, which we didn't notice until we wanted to take a photo of the flower.
From the highest point of our hike it was a bit downwards again before we reached the water reservoir, which was rather empty. We were told before that there were problems with water supply because there wasn't enough rain for this season.
At the reservoir we met a nice local, called Jude, who offered to us follow him back to the Sunset Beach Hotel on a "bushy" path. It turned out to be a non-visible path straight down through the jungle, which was more like we hoped our hike to be, it was great. Along the way we came across a jackfruit tree, and when we mentioned that we haven't tasted this fruit before, Jude quickly climbed up the tree to get one for us. He opened it with a rusty machete and explained us how to eat it. It tasted delicious.
Many of the trees were full of fruit bats and sometimes also the sky would be full of them, which was amazing to watch.
We reached the Sunset Beach Hotel rather quickly that way. Jude offered us to contact him in case we wanted to take some more trips into the jungle before we parted way. Before going back to the hotel we went to the shop to buy some water.
After resting a bit in our room we went to the beach for some bathing and snorkelling. Unfortunately the waves were so strong that one of them snatched away Gerwin's diving mask while trying to get into the water and it had disappeared before we were able to retrieve it. We could save the snorkel though and we borrowed a new diving mask from the hotel later on.
We spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach, bathing in the high waves and resting. The sunset was once again not visible due to clouds.
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