You have 115 diverse islands of paradise and a host of activities and entertainment waiting for you. Now comes the tricky part, deciding what to choose. Luckily, we have put together this guide to help you! Find out which are the top three islands to visit, the attractions and activities that can’t be missed and key travel information.
Top 3 Islands
Mahé is the largest and main island of the Seychelles and has over 60 gorgeous beaches to choose from. Anse Royale is great for swimming and snorkelling or head to Anse Soleil for a more off the beaten track experience.
The smallest capital of the world, Victoria, cannot be missed! You can explore the republic’s business and cultural hub on foot in a day or two. Important landmarks include St. Paul’s Cathedral, La Domus and the Natural History Museum.
Ensure you visit the immaculate Botanical Gardens, Mon Fleuri, and Morne Seychellois, the Seychelles’ largest national park, where you can explore beautiful mountains and forests. From there head to Mission Lodge, the most famous vantage point in all of the Seychelles, offering spectacular sea and mountain views across Mahé.
With so many art galleries to choose from, Domaine de Val des Près is a craft village not to be missed. This collection of attractions captivates traditional Creole culture in form of Creole architecture, arts and crafts, craft workshops and gastronomy.
Praslin is all about exploring the Seychelles’ vibrant natural beauty. It is home to the legendary Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the rare Coco de Mer trees flourish.
There are so many walks and trails on offer, so you can completely immerse yourself in Praslin’s nature. Hike the Glacis Noire for striking views of the surrounding islands or from Anse Kerlan through the valley rivers to renowned Anse Lazio. Lazio beach is a high contender for the best beach in the world because of its postcard scenery.
An excursion to the surrounding islands, such as the Cousin or Aride National Park, is also highly recommended. For a unique 3-in-1 experience, head to the Giant Clam Farm, Pearl Farm and the Black Pearl shop – the only pearl farm in the Indian Ocean region. You can see and learn all about the giant clams and black pearls and buy beautiful high-class jewellery.
Laid-back and low-key, La Digue adds the ideal contrast to the Seychelles experience. Explore grand colonial houses, meet giant tortoises, and enjoy the sights on scenic cycling routes.
L’Union Estate is the place to step back in time and see a traditional copra mill, kiln and plantation house framed by granite boulders in landscaped gardens. You can also go horse-back riding and visit the stunning Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches on the planet.
The other top beaches to visit are Grand Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Coco. Apart from being impeccable beaches, they are also wonderfully quiet and peaceful. For the adventurous, it is great to hike between these beaches and visit all three via trails.
Key Travel Information
- There is NO risk of contracting malaria, yellow fever, cholera or other common tropical diseases. Therefore, NO vaccinations are required.
- Average temperatures: 27 °C from Nov – Jan, 28°C from Mar – May, 26°C from Jul – Oct.
- NO Visa is required from any nationality! All you require at immigration is a valid passport, a return or onward ticket and proof of accommodation, including contact details.
- Island hopping: Please visit http://www.seychelles.travel/
en/explore/island-hopping for details.
- Currency: Seychelles Rupees