1 The rainy season in Seychelles is truly rainy.

As there is not a direct flight from Japan to the Seychelles we had to take a seven-hour flight to Singapore first. There is only one flight to the Seychelles from Singapore a week. To my surprise, flight crew brought in a large amount of duty-free goods for themselves when they got on the plane. Since this is their only chance in a week to visit an industrialized place, they would go on an extensive shopping spree and stock up souvenirs. It also takes about 7 hours from Singapore to the Seychelles.  As the flight of the small jet plane across the Indian Ocean was bumpy the gfasten seat belth light was turned on almost all the time.

It was quarter past three in the morning when we arrived in the Seychelles in the pitch-dark. I noticed it was pouring down when coming down the ramp. The islands were in the middle of the rainy season. Some Japanese tourists were on board however everyone but my husband and I went to some resort hotels. The inn we stayed at was over a mountain pass 4km away from the central part of Mahe Island, Victoria, where the airport is located. Around here there are some resort hotels standing solitary from each other but our inn was a cheap motel that was not popular for Japanese tourists.

After breakfast when we were about to rent a car we realized we were in a difficult position. In this resort island there were many Mokes available which are open sided cars with canvas tops but there were no sedans left. We asked travel agents for help, and the staff of the inn also helped us but in vain. So we had no choice but to rent a Moke but that day big drops of rain blew against the doorless car and sometimes we had to put up umbrellas in the car.

On top of that, as this car didnft have a trunk we couldnft leave the car even for a minute or two with the camera and other equipment in it. It was inconvenient for us and limited our activities.

Imagine driving in a golf cart in torrential rain!
We found the rainy season in Seychelles is truly rainy.

The Zebra Dove was introduced and is common anywhere in the Pacific and the Indian sea area It stopped raining at about 9:30 in the morning. Many beautiful vivid red Madagascar Fody came to the garden, full of tropical flowers. They pecked at the flowers and hunted for spiders that stretched webs between power lines above the garden. The Seychell Sunbird which is plain indigo with yellow parts on the flank and the non-native Common Mynah and Zebra Dove came to the the garden. The latter two are very common anywhere in the Pacific and the Indian sea area.

Seychell style lunch boxWell, then we went to the capital, Victoria, and bought some guidebooks and picture books of birds in the Seychelles. The shopping district was not large but at the centre of it there were many small streets crossing each other and the streets were crowded with people. There were few restaurants and people would rather take lunch away with styrene foam packages in plastic bags. We bought grilled fish and fried rice beef at 40 rupees. Officially one rupee is about 20 yen. Grilled fish was served on a large quantity of long grain rice so that the package was full to bursting. Rice is the staple food in this island although the island does not seem to produce any rice of its own. By the way the rice was cooked well.

We also saw the Madagascar Turtle Dove and the Seychelles Cave Swiftlet downtown.

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