18.07.2012 - 18.07.2012
I checked out of my guesthouse at 0830 and was collected by Octopus Divers again. There was only one other diver this morning. We were taken to Red Point where the dive was much better than yesterday's desert!
There was a school of what I thought were Napoleon Wrasses, but I was told they were humpback parrotfish (which are of the same family). There were about 20 of those ginormous creatures in the school. There were also quite a few octopuses, a black-tip shark and mantis shrimp (amongst plenty of other creatures).
After our dive and lunch, I had an afternoon to kill. So, there was a bit of swimming and lazing. One student was doing her Rescue Diver course so we watched a mock rescue from the beach.
The dive operator dropped me off at the jetty around 1630 for the 1730 ferry back to Mahe [Mahe-travel-guide-1308353]. I hopped on the free bus which took me to the airport for my 2355 flight to Dubai with a connection to Singapore (unfortunately via Colombo). Three flights of around 4 hours each isn't good; it means no sleep through the night. But I shouldn't complain as it is free ... the alternative would be a lengthy connection.
Here are my parting thoughts on leaving Seychelles.
1. Even though Seychelles is so close to the equator, the weather (at the time of my visit) was never oppressive. It was never too hot or too humid. Air-conditioning wasn't essential. It was a surprise that I found the sea was a bit cold; I had the shivers after my first dive (perhaps I was a bit off colour as I had puked up).
2. Nice, laid back atmosphere.
3. Very lush and unspoilt environment.
4. Beer and wine are cheap; it is a real bonus after Pakistan.
1. Generally, it wasn't as expensive as I expected (apart from taxis and excursions). The problem comes with being a solo traveller, and if I had twin-shared the accommodation, it would be quite reasonable.