Back in 2002, I was lucky enough to be able to visit this remote paradise. If you don’t know where The Seychelles Islands are, you’re not alone. Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean just east of Kenya and lower Somalia. I stayed in the capital, Victoria, on the main island. Seychelles is pretty expensive, and it’s not cheap to get there either. The only reason I was fortunate enough to explore this paradise, which is usually reserved for celebrities, is because during Operation Enduring Freedom, my ship spent 90 days and nights straight at sea, and Seychelles was our reward. It is an extremely beautiful island, and it is inhabited with very generous people. The Seychelles may be remote, but it has all the modern conveniences of any island that you would visit in the caribbean.
We were only able to spend three days there, but in that time, I managed to make one of the best decisions of my life and try SCUBA diving for the first time. My friends and I were able to work a deal with one of the dive shops. The deal was for $80/each for 10 people to get a two-tank dive from our own private island, fresh swordfish, tuna, and chicken prepared over an open fire, and all the beer we could drink from the island’s local brewery. Not a bad deal! The next day was anchors aweigh, but I will never forget my stop in Seychelles as one of the most beautiful islands I have ever seen above and below the water.