Swimming with the wild dolphins in Mauritius

Who hasn't dreamt of swimming with the dolphins at least at some point of their life? I most certainly did. Just before my husband and booked our flights to Mauritius, we found out this island in the middle of the Indian Ocean is one of the places where you can swim and observe the dolphins in their natural habitat. This seemed like an ideal opportunity to finally fulfill our childhood dreams. So, we didn't hesitate long before we decided to book a trip to go swimming with dolphins. Our experience was amazing. See for yourself in the video down bellow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-xhA3R0jew There are plenty of tours that would take you to see the dolphins. We opted out for a private tour on a speedboat run by a couple of locals - mainly because the price for our group of four people was just slightly higher than the price for a regular tour by the same operator. It was great decision as we had the luxury of tailoring our own itinerary. Also, smaller groups are supposed to be less disturbing for the dolphins. Our trip began early in the morning. We drove to Riviere Noire and meet our guides in the port. We've boarded little speedboat and drove to the Tamarin Bay. As soon as we entered the area where dolphins come to feed, the driver lowered the speed of the boat and we all looked for the signs of the dolphins. Soon we spotted the first one and then the second one and then the third one. Quickly as I can, I took my shirt and shorts off, grabed my snorkell and flippers and jumped into the water. I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I saw under the water exceeded all my expectations. The words can't describe the feeling when I finally saw those amazing animals, freely swimming in the crystal clear water of the Indian ocean. Seeing them in the place where they belong to was amazing, more than amazing, spectacular, superb. Dolphins soon swam away from us. We climbed up to the boat and we slowly drove around the bay until we found another pod. Another jump in the water, another amazing sight of dolphin family. This time, we also saw the baby dolphins. After unforgettable swim with the dolphins, our trip wasn't over yet. Our guides took us to the snorkelling spots just off La Morne beach where we saw plenty of colurful fishes. But more about this part of the trip in one of the upcoming posts and videos. If after reading about my experience you, I tempted you to book that ticket to Mauritius and a tour to see dolphins, you also need to read this. When going to swim with the wild dolphins, please be aware you're the visitor in their home. Observe them in a respectful way. I urge you to choose your tour provider wisely. Not all of them have the welfare of the dolphins in their first plan. Do your research and make sure they are reputable, responsible and knowledgeable about sustainable practices. We were generally happy to see the attitude of our guides towards the dolphins. They were very careful when navigating the boat around the bay, making sure to approach the dolphins in a way that won't neither hurt, nor disturbed them. However, one of the guides tried to catch the dolphin by his tail. I'm quite sure that's is not the right way to interact with the wild dolphins. But everything else was ok, so I guess I can overlook this tiny episode. To sum up, I really enjoyed our trip to see the dolphins. It was definitely one of the experiences I will never forget.

10 Photos That Will Make You Want to Travel to Mauritius

I have a confession to make. I have a bit of a writers block. I simply don't find neither motivation for writing, nor the right words to describe the beauty of Mauritius. Because they say a picture is worth a thousand words, here are ten of my favourite photos I took while exploring this beautiful island in the middle of Indian Ocean. I hope you'll enjoy them. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="501"] Snorkelling at Le Morne[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="501"] Observing wild dolphins in their natural habitat = amazing[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="501"] Panoramic views[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Inside Casela Adventure Park[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Chamarel Waterfall[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="501"] One of amazing sunsets[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="501"] Tamarin[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Another amazing sunset[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="501"] Seven Coloured Earth[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Sunsets at Mauritius were breathtaking[/caption]   If you want to see more impressions from my trip to Mauritius, head to my YouTube channel to see some videos I took while exploring the island.

Counting the days till trip to Mauritius

Where?
Mauritius
WHEN?
From 27th April to 6th May 2018
WHY Mauritius?
  • Stunning beaches
  • Underwater world
  • Wild dolphins spotting
  • Beautiful unique nature
My dad is turning 50 this year. As this is kind of a big deal anniversary, my mum, husband and I are taking him to Mauritius, a tiny island in the Indian ocean, situated east of Madagascar. Once described by Mark Twain with those words: "Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius." seems like an ideal destination for dad's 50th birthday celebrations. In order to make my dad's birthday trip even more memorable, I would like to ask YOU my dear readers for some assistance. If you have already visited Mauritius, what are your favourite places there? What attractions are must see? Which beaches did you like the best? Where is the best snorkelling? What activities would you recommend? Where do they serve the best food? What local delicacy must we try? Any suggestion would be highly appreciated!

Sunsets from all around the World - Part 2

Sunset is a gorgeous time of day. No matter where in the world you are, when the daylight turn to dusk, the sky glows in the most amazing palette of colours. Here are some of the lovely sunsets I've managed to capture on my travels around the globe: [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Tribunj, Croatia[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Maribor, Slovenia[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] La Digue, Seychelles[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Belgrade, Serbia[/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Luzern, Switzerland[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Siem Reap, Cambodia[/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Meggenhorn Castle, Meggen, Switzerland[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Ao Nang, Thailand[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Vurberk, Slovenia[/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Cairo, Egypt[/caption]

Video: Amazing Seychelles

After 14 days in warm tropical climate of SE Asia my body struggle to adapt to cold winter temperatures here in Switzerland. I feel miserable. In such state, I'm trying to lift my spirits by editing videos and photos from my trips to the warm and sunny places. I would like to share with you one of them: a video from my trip to Seychelles in December 2016. I hope you'll enjoy it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDJlk8qKeAM

Sunsets in the Seychelles

When the sun slowly set down into the Indian ocean the sky above Seychelles paints itself in the most amazing shades of orange, pink and red. It is hard to describe the beauty of those sunsets. They are incredible, stunning, wonderful. Here are some of the photos of those amazing sunsets. Hope you'll enjoy them. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Anse Source D'Argent, La Digue[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] La Passe, La Digue[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Grande Anse, Praslin[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Anse Source D'Argent, La Digue[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="499"] Anse Barbarons, Mahé[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Anse Source D'Argent, La Digue[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Anse Barbarons, Mahé[/caption]

2016 – A YEAR IN REVIEW

Another year has flew by and again it is time to look back and remember all the awesome things I've experienced in this past year. Here is a quick recap of my 2016:
  • I’ve visited 2 new countries, Iceland and Seychelles, biding goodbye to 2016 with total count of 26 visited countries.
  • I've visited Scotland for the first time.
  • I've swam in Indian ocean for the first time
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Brúarfoss, Iceland (May 2016)[/caption]
  • The longest time I’ve been away from home in 2016 was 14-days trip to Seychelles in November and December
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Anse Source D'Argent, Seychelles (December 2016)[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Vaduz, Liechtenstein (October 2016)[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="551"] Kleine Scheidegg slopes in Grindelwald, Switzerland (March 2016)[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="551"] Oeschinensee hike, Switzerland (August 2016)[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Skógafoss, Iceland (May 2016)[/caption]
  • I've been at 18 beaches: Portorož beach in Slovenia, Reynisfjara beach in Iceland, Anse Barbarons, Grand Anse (Mahé) Anse Source D'Argent, Anse Reunion, Anse Severe, Anse Patates, Anse Cocos, Grand Anse (La Digue), Petite Anse, Anse St. Sauveur, Grand Anse (Praslin), Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette, Anse Boudin, Anse Parnel, and Anse Intendance at Seychelles
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Anse Georgette, Praslin, Seychelles (December 2016)[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Iceland (May 2016)[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="503"] Rafting at the river Soča, Slovenia (August 2016)[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Adele concert, Zürich (May 2016)[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] UEFA Euro 2016 match at Lyon, France (July 2016)[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Edinburgh (March 2016)[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] I swam with the turtles at Seychelles (December 2016)[/caption] 2016 has been eventful year in which I've gathered some amazing memories. Hoping that 2017 will be even more wonderful year for all of us, I'm wishing you happy New Year!

Trip to Seychelles: Overview

Do you know that feeling when you just got back home from the amazing trip and you wish to book another ticket and return back to where just came from. Well, I do. My birthday trip to Seychelles was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I want to book another ticket and go straight away. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Anse Source D'Argent[/caption] 14 days in Seychelles were enough to see and experience many things this tropical paradise has to offer: we swam and snorkelled at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, we saw countless number of colourful fishes, we swam with the turtles, we hiked, we cycled, we pet giant tortoises, we've visited the prehistoric tropical forrest, etc. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Giant tortoise at La Digue[/caption]
ITINERARY:
Day 1 & 2: We travelled from Zürich airport to Seychelles with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul. We arrived to Seychelles in early hours of the next day. For the first two days we've stayed at the largest island of the Seychelles archipelago - at Mahe. After we've arrived to our hotel at the west coast of the island, we spent the rest of the day resting and relaxing at the beautiful Anse Barbarons (Barbarons Beach). [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Anse Barbarons[/caption] Day 3: Second day at Seychelles was similar to the first one - dedicated to relaxation at the beach. We've spent the morning swimming, snorkelling, and relaxing at Anse Barbarons. In the afternoon we left our hotel and went exploring. We walked to the beach Grand Anse where we'd chilled for a bit before we returned back to our hotel and spend the rest of the day at Anse Barbarons. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Some of the fishes at Anse Barbarons[/caption] Day 4: After a quick jump into the ocean at Anse Barbarons in the morning, it was time to pack the bags and leave this lovely place. We checked out of our hotel and took a taxi to the capital of Seychelles Victoria. At its port we caught the ferry to La Digue - the third largest inhabited island of the Seychelles. After we arrived to the port of La Digue, we were greeted by the owner of our accomodation who took us to the guesthouse where we've spent next four nights. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] One of two ferries to La Digue[/caption] Day 5: On our first morning at La Digue, we've rented bikes and we went exploring the island. Our first stop was L'Union Estate - a former coconut plantation now turned to tourist attraction. We've explored the estate before we went to the famous beach Anse Source D'Argent. There, we found our spot in the shade of the palm trees and enjoy the scenic beauty of this place. After few hours we left and went exploring the rest of the island. We cycled to beaches Anse Severe and Anse Patates where we made a short stop for snorkelling. Then we continued our cycling tour following the scenic road past the beautiful beaches Anse Gaulettes, Anse Grosse Roche, Anse Banane all the way to Anse Fourmis where the road ended. We returned back to our guest-house the same way. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Anse Source D'Argent[/caption] Day 6: On the sixth day of our trip, I turned 30. I decided to spend my birthday at the beautiful beach Anse Cocos. To get there we had to cycle to the beach Grand Anse. There we've parked our bikes and hiked to Anse Cosos via beach Petit Anse. We've spent our day at Anse Cocos swimming and relaxing. In the afternoon we hiked the same path back to the Grand Anse, picked up our bikes and cycled back to our guesthouse. After we've talked to our families via Skype, we went for a Birthday dinner to the Italian restaurant nearby. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] My Birthday Beach: Anse Cocos[/caption] Day 7: The seventh day of our trip was to me the best day of our trip to Seychelles. We went on a snorkelling trip to Grande Soeur (aka. Big Sister Island) and Félicité islands. We didn't only see plenty of colourful fishes and corals, but we also swam with the turtles! After we returned back to La Digue, we went to the Anse Source D'Argent where we saw the most beautiful sunset I've ever witnessed. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Swimming with the turtles was unforgettable experience[/caption] Day 8: On our last day on La Digue we went hiking to the top of La Digue - Nid d'Aigle. After hike, we returned to our guesthouse, took a our luggage and then we caught our ferry to the island of Praslin - the second largest island of the Seychelles. After we've checked-in to our hotel, we went for a long walk on the beach Grand Anse. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] View from Nid d'Aigle[/caption] Day 9: On the ninth day on Seychelles, we went to visit Vallée de Mai, Seychelles' UNESCO World Heritage site well-known for its well preserved palm forrest - the only place where unique Coco de Mer palms can be found. After a stroll through the "Garden of Eden", we returned back to our hotel and spent the rest of the day relaxing at the Grand Anse beach. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Coco de Mer palm tree at Vallée de Mai[/caption] Day 10: Tenth day was the day we went to visit famous beach Anse Lazio. Unfortunately, the weather turned bad that day - the sky was covered with tick layer of clouds and few times during the day it started to rain. But that didn't ruin our day. We still had a lot of fun swimming and snorkelling. In the afternoon, we returned back to Grand Anse via scenic eastern road. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Anse Lazio[/caption] Day 11: The gloomy weather didn't last long. In the morning sun came out and we decided to visit another beautiful beach called Anse Georgette. Our hotel kindly made all the arrangement with the Lemuria resort and we were able to walk through the hotel grounds to the beach where we'd spend the day enjoying the sun and the ocean. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Beautiful Anse Georgette[/caption] Day 12: Our time at Praslin island had come to an end. After the last morning stroll along lovely Grand Anse, we left our hotel and took the ferry back to island of Mahe. Our basis for the next two days was Anse Royale at the East coast of the island. After we've checked-in to our apartment, we went to nearby Anse Parnel where we spent the rest of the day at the beach. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Morning stroll at Grand Anse[/caption] Day 13: On the thirteenth day of our trip we drove to the capital of Seychelles Victoria. We strolled around the town and visited all the main attractions. After we did the last souvenir-shopping, we hit the road and drove the scenic road via San Soucis to the west side of the island, then we followed the road in direction of South. We stopped at the stunningly beautiful beach Anse Intendance for a swim in a clear turquoise water. Refreshened, we drove back to the East coast, to the Takamaka Rum Distilery where we've sampled the delicious rum that is produced there. Then we drove back to the Anse Parnel and spend the afternoon there. Soon it was time to return back to our apartment where we've spent our last evening packing. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Takamaka Rum Distilery[/caption] Day 14: Because our flight to Europe was scheduled at 7am, we had to wake up very early in the morning. While driving to to the airport, we've witnessed the most amazing sunset. It was a great farewell from this tropical paradise. With slight delay, we've boarded the plane and flew back to Europe. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Anse Intendance[/caption]

Counting the Days till trip to Seychelles

WHEN?
From 27th November to 10th December 2016
WHY SEYCHELLES?
  • Stunning beaches
  • Underwater world
  • Unique nature
Main reason for our trip to Seychelles is fulfilment of my wish to celebrate my birthday a bit different than usual. I wished to step into new decade of my life while enjoying the warmth of the sun, relaxing at the beach, under the palm tree, dressed only in bikini. That kind of birthday celebration that is impossible in Europe in December, but is possible in the islands of the Indian Ocean. When my husband and I found affordable plane tickets to Seychelles, we didn't hesitate much before we booked the flight and started to plan our trip. In order to make my birthday trip even more memorable, I would like to ask YOU my dear readers for some assistance. What are your favourite places in Seychelles? What attractions are must see? What beaches are the best? What restaurants serve the best food?  Any tip would be highly appreciated!

Blast from the Past: Cairo

It's time for the first Blast from the Past post in 2016! On this cold winter day, I'm remembering warmer days of September 2006, I've spent in Egypt. While on holidays in Hurgada, my boyfriend and I took a day-trip to Cairo and Giza. In the morning we've explored Egyptian archaeological heritage at Giza, in the afternoon we spent some time exploring Cairo. Here are some photos from that trip: