This small piece of paradise is one of Africa’s hidden gems. With its white powdery beaches and contrasting crystal clear waters, you will surely enjoy one of the best of holidays there. The resorts and villas in the Seychelles feature the best in sumptuous holidays – impeccable service and dream-like locations.
The Seychelles will have you speechless from the minute you step out of the plane… The beaches are so stunning that you have to see them with your own eyes to believe it. The dramatic rock formations and incredible sunsets will have you relentlessly snapping away with your camera. One obvious thing is: Mother Nature was kind to this island. Seychelles will definitely drag you away into another world.
Where are The Seychelles?
Seychelles Island is located to the northeast of Madagascar, and about 1640km east of Kenya. It is an archipelago nation of islands located in the Indian Ocean consisting of about 115 islands. The Seychelles has the smallest population of any African state and the principal islands are Mahé (55 sq mi; 142 sq km), Praslin (15 sq mi; 38 sq km), and La Digue (4 sq mi; 10 sq km). The Aldabra, Farquhar, and Desroches groups are included in the territory of the republic.
Life in the Seychelles islands differs by grandiose seascapes, incomparable beauty and temperate weather. These are few of the factors that make this nation such a preferred paradise for holiday seekers. Adding to the perfect, dazzling, white sands and welcoming, lapis-lazuli, waters, this spectacular country is also home to a vibrant diversity of cultures.
Top Attractions Of The Seychelles
With its azure oceans, Seychelles’ lagoons are world famous and provide innumerable opportunities for memorable sailing around its isles. The archipelago consists of a myriad of channels and safe quays at different spots, which means that opting for hiring a yacht will prove enjoyable. It is a perfect place for leisure cruises or boat tours.
With its incredible variety of marine life beneath the soft ocean surface, diving becomes a whole new and memorable experience. The warm safe waters houses a vibrant array of fish, turtles and coral, providing snorkelers and scuba divers with unparalleled opportunities to contemplate endemic species.
Seychelles hosts a number of well-attended annual fishing tournaments. Big-game and fly-fishermen opt for these waters as there is an affluence of marine life rich in prize catches without forgetting the beautiful and tranquil environment adding up to any angling adventure.
With its beautiful, peaceable and dream-like landscapes, hiking is a pure bliss in the Seychelles. The basaltic structure of the environment, with its lush dense forests makes it the perfect place for those nature lovers seeking adventure.
Seychelles is a melting pot of cultures and each one of its hundredth of landmasses has their own magical and unique allure. Be it architecture that fascinates you or be it nature, you’ll find a wealth of inspiring discoveries by visiting the different islands of the archipelago.
Sunbathing and Swimming
Having a walk along the many truly superb coastlines of these islands, relax on their soft sands or swim in those enthralling lagoons is one of the best experiences you will have in your life. Any Seychelles experience is incomplete without having a trip around those distinctive rocky shores and immaculate white beaches.
The Hidden Treasures Of The Seychelles
Restaurants you should not miss in the Seychelles
Restaurant La Perle Noir
If you’re looking for a romantic restaurant with great food on Mahé, this is the place to visit. Situated in the Beau Vallon area, you will enjoy your meal outside the restaurant after the reservation. Who wouldn’t want to sit outside in a tropical paradise? Its fresh catches are highly recommended- you will definitely enjoy an exquisite feast there.
Café des Arts
This place, situated on Praslin, has it all – a gorgeous setting, yummy food at a decent price and friendly service- quite a unique spot. Seafood is, of course, their forte! You should not miss having dinner or lunch there, you will certainly be conquered.
Found in Victoria, Kaz Zanana proposes delicious Creole seafood served in a former Seychellois house that’s been skillfully restored and ornamented with local artisans’ wares. Its location being a little off the beaten path makes it a perfect place if you are looking for tranquility.
Must Visits in the Seychelles
The atoll of Aldabra
The Aldabra atoll, situated in the most isolated part of the Seychelles is Made up of 4 main islands. It is there that you’ll find the largest raised coral atoll in the world – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its untouched coral reef and over 100,000 giant land tortoises, it’s a must-visit for those interested in ecology. You will also have the opportunity to come across frigate birds, giant crabs and the white throated rail, the only flightless bird left in the Indian Ocean.
Sainte Anne Marine National Park
Easily accessible and a boat-ride away from Victoria Harbour, this marine park is made up of 6 islands. The marine park offers superb snorkelling conditions in clear waters where you’ll see as many as 900 species of fish found in the Seychelles. Hawskbill Turtles are another big draw for visitors to these islands.
Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island
Lying in the heart of Praslin Island, Vallée de Mai is a national park, UNESCO World Heritage Site and houses the highly revered Coco de Mer seed. Vallée de Mai is the sole place in the world where you’ll come across Coco de Mer. You will be able to wander through the national park, beneath giant palm trees and do keep your eyes open for the rare Seychelles Black Parrot.
Most Idyllic Beaches in the Seychelles
Across the Seychelles, you’ll find stunning beaches complete with huge granite boulders, soft white sand and breathtaking views across the calm turquoise waters.
Some of the most praised beaches are:
1. Anse Source d’Argent (La Digue)with its dazzling powdery-sand beach framed by naturally sculpted granite boulders lapped by luxuriously warm waters.
2. Petite Anse (La Digue) which is the perfect place to to play castaway on a deserted beach.
3. Anse Georgette (Praslin) is the place for those sunseekers. You will definitely love this spot.
4. Anse Lazio (Praslin), one of the most idyllic beach in the Seychelles, with its long stretch of silvery sand framed by granite boulders and shaded by coconut palms and takamaka.
Top Diving spots in the Seychelles
1. Trois Bank
The maximum depth at this site is 23 meters. With nice granite rocks formation, coral formation raised nearly to 4 meters to the surface and a fantastic visibility; you will enjoy a great diving experience.There are grey reef sharks most of the time and groups of octopus, eagle rays, school of barracuda, bat fish, reef fishes and morays.
2. National Marine Park, Cap Ternay
A calm bay with beautiful coral reef with a lively marine life, starting from its shallow reef (about 1 metre) to a maximum of 24 meters. Beautiful reef fishes, morays, lion fish, turtles, humphead parrot fish, trumpet fish, clown fish, and many other species can be observed there. And during the period of August to September, you can easily get a glance of the giant whale sharks and sometimes also the dolphins.
3. Dredger Wreck
This site is better suited to divers with experience of open water diving. The ship was sunk on purpose for divers and lies at 27 meters depth near to a nice reef. The dredger wreck has created a nice hiding place for cat fish, morays, lobster, stone fish, lion fish, and scorpion fish. Sometimes giant puffer fish and school of bat fish can be spotted along with sting rays in the sand.