the Seychelles, Portugal, Mauritius and Honduras – Lonely Planet’s travel blog

Anse Marron seashore is the definition of paradise © Matt Phillips

At Lonely Planet we’re merely obsessive about journey; not often per week goes by when somebody hasn’t simply received again from an epic journey. This month Lonely Planet employees share a few of their latest adventures, from fulfilling lifelong goals in Mauritius to munching a mega sandwich in Porto.

Scoping out secluded seashores within the Seychelles

Having spent a couple of weeks hopping between the islands of Mahé, Praslin, Desroches, North, Félicité, Silhouette, Fregate and La Digue, I’d thought it wouldn’t be doable to search out one other seashore that would go away me speechless. But, after a difficult 1¼-hour journey – half climbing, half crawling, half bouldering, half wading (chest deep with backpack above head) – alongside La Digue’s beautiful southeastern shoreline (full with nesting turtles), I discovered myself misplaced for phrases at Anse Marron.

An absolute gem of pure solitude (due to the hassle required to get right here), its white sands slid gently right into a pure pool of calm, crystal-clear water. Large granite boulders – wanting extra like they have been spawned from the thoughts of Antoni Gaudí than from the forces of nature – stood guard over the scene, defending it from the crashing waves past.

I used to be quickly swimming, sharing the surreal setting with some seemingly translucent fish. With a lot to marvel at, each beneath and above the floor, I used to be struggling to know the place to look. It was merely that lovely. The hike again out from Anse Marron took me alongside the southwest shore of La Digue, previous Anse Supply d’Argent. Regardless of this being the nation’s most well-known seashore, I couldn’t assist however assume that I most well-liked the peerlessly distant sands of petite Anse Marron.

Matt Phillips, Vacation spot Editor for Sub Saharan Africa. Comply with his tweets @Go2MattPhillips.

Orla tucking in to a traditional francesinha ‘Do I actually need to?’ – Orla taking one for the crew within the identify of journey! © Adrienne Pitts / Lonely Planet

Tackling one of many world’s hardest sandwiches in Porto, Portugal

I’ve by no means been scared by a sandwich earlier than, however then I’d by no means encountered the francesinha. Porto’s signature dish, the francesinha is a four-inch stack filled with ham, sausage and steak, served smothered with cheese, topped with an egg and beneficiant lashings of a tomato and beer sauce. Having been raised vegetarian, I’m nonetheless a little bit squeamish about very meaty issues so didn’t relish the considered sampling one, however determined within the spirit of culinary journey that I need to.

Arriving at Café Santiago – considered top-of-the-line francesinha joints within the metropolis – I used to be reassured by the tables stuffed with locals, cheerfully tucking in on their lunch hour. Each chef has their very own tackle the dish, and clearly this explicit sandwich – served, with laughable extra, alongside a portion of fries – had been lovingly ready. However, sawing via 5 dense layers of protein actually took the sting off my urge for food. Every meaty forkful solely dented it additional, till – having made it via a mere quarter – I downed instruments. I’d starred in my very own private episode of Man v. Meals, however was lady sufficient to confess that on this event, meals had gained.

Orla Thomas, Options Editor at Lonely Planet Traveller journal. Comply with her tweets @OrlaThomas.

Orla Thomas travelled to Porto with help from Go to Portugal. Lonely Planet contributors don’t settle for freebies in trade for constructive protection.
Dolphins at Black River in Mauritius Dolphins at Black River in Mauritius © shamsheed / Shutterstock

Swimming with wild dolphins in Mauritius

After I was a child, I had goals of being a dolphin coach. I wished to go to Florida so badly to see them within the marine parks, however (fortunately) my mother and father didn’t give in. On the time I felt duped, however wanting again I realised I’d have hated seeing such lovely creatures cramped in a pool, pressured to carry out tips. On a latest vacation to Mauritius I used to be nonetheless eager to swim with dolphins, however within the wild and on their phrases. We discovered an excellent firm run by educated (and most significantly, accountable) locals on the mouth of the Black River.

Each morning, pods of dolphins swim out to the reef to feed and play. Our captain was cautious to not hound the pod (that is the place it pays off to select a accountable firm); we moved away from the opposite boats and waited till the pod got here to us. Dolphins are extremely quick and by no means cease shifting so we donned snorkels and paddled as quick as we may, while nonetheless giving them loads of area. The expertise was unbelievable. The dolphins have been so curious and it was such an honour that they got here so shut. I received to attain my dream with zero Blackfish guilt.

Lottie Bell, Key Account Supervisor. Comply with her on Instagram @mrslottiebell.

A view across Lake Yojoa A view throughout Lake Yojoa © Alicia Johnson

Taking a gorgeous boat journey on Honduras’ Lago de Yojoa

With a stomach stuffed with rooster, rice and fried banana, hopping on a speedy boat didn’t look like the wisest choice. However there I used to be, entrance seat, swift breeze in my face and in utter awe of Honduras’ lovely mountainous panorama. Lago de Yojoa, nestled between forested mountains and plush rainforests, is Honduras’ largest lake. It lies in a despair shaped by volcanoes, and on this explicit December day the blue waters glistened beneath the early afternoon solar.

My fast boat tour took me to the centre of the lake the place I noticed a pair of tilapia fins (Honduras’ famed freshwater fish). Reality be informed I didn’t see any of the opposite fish my information identified, however the opportunistic birds hovering above certain did. Between the complete abdomen and beautiful panorama, my first journey to Honduras started in grand trend.

Alicia Johnson, Vacation spot Editor for Central America and the Caribbean. Comply with her tweets @Ajgoin locations

Alicia Johnson travelled to Honduras with help from Honduras Tourism Board. Lonely Planet contributors don’t settle for freebies in trade for constructive protection.

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