Seychelles: legends of the coco de mer

Anastasia Travelsia
Apr 29
Nut and tree of the coco de mer, a rare species of palm tree native to the Seychelles archipelago, is subject of various legends and lore. Coco de mer is endemic to the Seychelles islands.
Coco de mer

If you decided to go Seychelles than be ready that a border control officer stamps your passport with an image in the form of the Seychelle national honor, sea coconut Coco del Mar. It really looks like a coconut, but as for me, it looks like more something other.....

The nut of the coco de mer is very large (the largest seed in the plant kingdom) and is oddly shaped, being the shape and size of a woman's disembodied buttocks on one side, and a woman's belly and thighs on the other side. Not surprisingly, this nut was viewed by people in other parts of the world as a rare and fascinating object with mythological and even magical properties.

Malay seamen had seen coco de mer nuts "falling upwards" from the seabed, and so they had reasoned that these nuts must grow on underwater trees, in a forest at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Malay people believed that the tree was also the home of the huge bird or bird-like creature Rukh.

Where to stay

Where to stay in Seychelles? I recommend choosing the mayor island Mahe. It contains the capital city of Victoria and accommodates 86% of the country's total population.

A hotel which we chose was Coral Strand Hotel. Seychelles International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel and Victoria is just 10 minutes away by car.

Overall, the hotel offers modern cozy rooms, pleasant dining experiences, easy-going entertainment, water sports and six stylish restaurants are also available at the hotel itself.

So after spelled a few days on the beach we decided to rent a car and observed the Island by ourselves and found some interesting things: 

Hindu Temple - Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar

The Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple is the only Hindu temple in Seychelles. Built in 1992, the temple was named after Lord Vinayagar, the Hindu god of safety and prosperity.

National Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Garden is one of Seychelles’ oldest National Monuments, dating back more than a century. It houses a wide collection of mature, exotic and endemic plants within five acres of landscaped and beautifully maintained tropical gardens.

Apart from the palms, the garden is home to a wide variety of spice and fruit trees most of which can only be seen in this garden. An added attraction is the population of giant tortoises, some of which are over 150 years old.

You can try to feed them :)

Port Glaud Waterfall

The waterfalls in Seychelles are known to the locals and a few have been advertised as a ‘must-see’ when visiting the Indian Ocean archipelago. The water is inviting even from afar as it glistens downhill out of the rocks that has been turned into contours by the pounding water.

It is difficult not to jump in. It is so inviting, you feel like a child all over again there....

Beau Vallon Beach

The sheer choice of different activities at Beau Vallon is unique in Seychelles. The beautiful sand and shallow, clear water are well-suited to relaxing beach days under the sun; the beautiful underwater scenery lends itself well to snorkeling or scuba diving.

The widespread bay means that you can easily try out some surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, or jet skiing without disturbing others. There is often a lifeguard on duty, which contributes to the safe, welcoming atmosphere of the beach, and is a sign of just how popular Beau Vallon can be.