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A country of white sand beaches and palm trees, the Seychelles is an exotic tourist destination. Just four degrees south of the equator, the 115 granitic and coralline islands of the Seychelles make up the world’s only granite-formed oceanic islands. We recommend hopping between the pristine islands during your holidays in the Seychelles.

Mahe, capital of the Seychelles and its beautiful beaches and hiking trails; La Digue Island enchanted by its Creole rhythm where one travels only by bike or ox carts in an authentic atmosphere and its small colonial village of La Passe; Praslin, the second largest island of the Seychelles, famous for its beautiful beaches and its primary forest; Aldabra Atoll, refuge giant tortoises; Silhouette, quintessential natural island and national park; The Seychelles has so much that you’re sure to always have some new place to visit while spending your holidays there. Do not hesitate to book your flight to Seychelles for your next holidays.

Mahe, Seychelles

Mahe from above

Patrimwann, cultural center of Victoria, Independence Avenue, the Champs-Elysées Victoria Clock Tower, Victoria’s Clock Tower symbol of the Hindu Temple Sri Vinayagar Navasakthi in honor of Ganesh, former Bel Air Cemetery and legends, the oldest site in the Seychelles built by man are few of what awaits you on Mahé. You will also come to the discovery of the St. Anne Marine park, ranked marine nature reserve.

You will also come across its ruins of colonial buildings, tombs of pirates and its famous snorkelling spot, the Bay and beach of Beau Vallon, the Seychelles Morne National park in an exceptional setting, the cove of Anse Major prized for its beauty, tranquility and views on Silhouette also remains must visit spots.  The beautiful beaches of Anse Soleil, Anse Takamaka and Anse Intendance are not to be missed along with the king’s spices garden.

Praslin, Seychelles

Praslin marine reserve boasts millions of colorful fish. Alone with the Vallée de Mai where the earth is red and where grows one of the largest seed in the world, coconut buttock (Coco de Mer – Coco Fess) the island beholds the treasures of the Seychelles archipelago. On Praslin, you will also have the chance to have a swim at Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

La Digue, Seychelles

Former colonial area with coconut trees, Union Estate, a real open air museum will surprise its visitors. The stunning beach of Anse Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world, will make you think you are dreaming and do not miss a stop at the Eagles Nest, the highest point of the mountain peak of La Digue. Experience easy-going island life on the island of La Digue. With a population of only 2000, the island itself is just 10 square kilometres, making it relatively easy to navigate by bicycle. La Digue is also home to the extremely rare Black Paradise Flycatcher bird, with only 100 in existence.

Inner and outer islands, Seychelles

The Inner Islands are mostly granitic and group mainly around the principal islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Together they are home to the majority of Seychelles’ accommodation facilities as well almost the entire population of the archipelago. There are 43 Inner islands in total, 41 granitic and 2 coraline.

The Outer Islands are those situated beyond the Seychelles plateau. They comprise 72 low-lying sand cays and atolls. Less visited than their granitic cousins due to their remoteness, these pristine miniature worlds offer untouched habitats for many species of wildlife.

The Seychelles blue waters

Must-Taste in the Seychelles

Here is everything you should taste while visiting the Seychelles: The shark’s flesh chutney is a mixture of minced shark, with saffron and bilimbi is a pure pleasure in the mouth; The Seychelles curry – rousette, zourite, chicken and other meats – in which coconut milk is added is pure bliss – a must eat; The Kat-Kat, a popular dish of green bananas and tuna served in the milk of coconut salt and pepper.

These accompanied with lemongrass tea or SeyBrew, the local beer simply makes it all perfect. If you have the chance to, do not hesitate to tests the Bacca Rum – local alcoholic beverage made with sugar cane and pineapple. The Coco D’Amour liqueur, with the remarkable shape of its bottle will seduce more than one. You will notice that practically all desserts in the Seychelles is linked with banana or coconut: banana or coconut pies, banana fritters, coconut nougat and many more.

Family activities in the Seychelles

Playing Robinson Crusoe in an idyllic setting, with a centenarian turtle as best friend and swimming with whale sharks which can be spotted near the west coast and north of Mahe from August to October, is a dream coming true for most. Admire the sea without getting wet aboard a glass-bottom boat, go in search of the rare “black parrot” in the Vallée de Mai, take the sea to observe dolphins, whales or watch the turtles nesting on the beach of Desroches Island and make snorkeling activities. You will always find something to do with your family in the Seychelles.

Seychelles: The ideal destination for lovers

Say “Yes!” in a unique and romantic location between sea and garden, fly to Seychelles in the turquoise vastness of the Indian Ocean, participate in a yoga class at sunset, get a massage facing the ocean, enjoy sports with a coach, marvel at the sublime view of the horizon, enjoy the beauty of the seabed and spend unforgettable memories with your loved one.

The Seychelles in a Nutshell

The Seychelles will conquer more than one with its many activities and spots offered on the pristine island. From young to old, everyone will find something to do. Come at the discovery of a wonderful culture with exquisite culinary practices and enjoy wonderful moments in unparalleled scenery. This is what the Seychelles is all about – adventure. Visit the hidden coves at your own pace, enjoy the moments and make memories. The Seychelles is the real paradise on earth.

Enjoy your holidays in the Seychelles!

seychelles activities

In the Seychelles you will find the ideal place for your dream Holidays in the Sun … Indeed, with the 115 islands forming the Seychelles archipelago, your greatest desires will surely be fulfilled. These islands are a haven for relaxation and escape. The archipelago is full of Tourist attractions not to be missed during your stay. Apart from the beautiful beaches, there are plenty of activities to do in the Seychelles.

The Indian Ocean provides the possibility for scuba diving and snorkelling with mask. The mountains offer the possibility to make wonderful hiking and the beaches allow for wonderful relaxing possibilities. If you plan to leave for the Seychelles in the very near future, here are a few ideas for activities to do  on the island!

Hiking in the Seychelles

Discover Mahé, Praslin and La Digue trails crisscrossing the mountains and breathtaking landscapes where you will be most of the time alone with nature. Several Hiking of different levels of difficulty are available in the Seychelles. When leaving for a hike consider choosing good hiking boots, water bottles and a mobile phone can prove useful. Avoid leaving on your own, a professional guide will help you discover the hidden treasures.

Diving in the Seychelles

Discover the particularly colorful underwater world of the Seychelles! Scuba diving offers many opportunities to discover the Seychelles underwater flora and fauna, one incomparable beauty. Amateur of diving? Visit one of the most famous diving spots of the Seychelles on the Marianne island. You’ll discover fish of all colours wandering around beautiful alive corals. For snorkeling, Grande Soeur is the most popular island with visitors. In the Seychelles, diving is possible all throughout the year. Put on your fins, snorkel and mask and discover the world of silence: multicolored fish, manta rays, grouper, small sharks.

Fishing in the Seychelles

Fishing parties are among the favourite activities of tourists in the Seychelles. Why not give a try to a new experience and share good times with family, you lover or friends? Do not hesitate to bring your fish back to your hotel room or villa for a barbecue right. To be better prepared do inquire about operators offering that kind of service- fishing boat and equipment – and whether you want to relax on the high seas or spend some time fishing – you’ll enjoy to the maximum. Note that on Mahe there are some beautiful places ideal for fly fishing, which will remain an unforgettable experience in the Seychelles.

Golf in the Seychelles

Discover golfing during your trip to Seychelles – if you are not already an amateur of the game. The Seychelles are home to a 9 hole golf course on the island of Mahé and an 18 -hole on the island of Praslin covering 50 hectares of non-natural setting,. This is without any doubt one of the most heavenly places of Seychelles to enjoy a round of golf.

Visit the botanical gardens of the Seychelles

Botanical gardens were created in 1901 by Queen Victoria. They are home to a collection of Native palm trees and endemic plants and a small course in the heart of a tropical forest. AAR gardens are located in the heart of Victoria. Originally aimed for experimenting the growth of different species of plants during the colonial era. It has evolved since it is now open to the public. Enjoy admiring endemic bird species in those beautiful gardens.

Visit Victoria

Victoria is the main city of Mahé and the capital of the Republic of Seychelles. There you will surely come across the Seychellois living in Victoria. The number of residents accounts to 23,300 residents. Enjoy the capital of the Seychelles doing some shopping and visiting the Eden Plaza. This charming little town is ideal for anyone.

Visit the Rum Shack and organic farm

Sip rum while pecking on some local grilled fish on the barbecue at the Rum Shack, located in the Quartermaster Bay. Visit the organic farm or Join a cooking class so as to initiate yourself to the Seychellois gastronomy with its amalgam of origins and flavours.

Street Markets

The market offers great diversity of local products and handicrafts. On the occasion of a romantic ballad, watch fishermen carry their catches directly on the market, the stalls of fragrant spices and lemongrass, the sellers of teas and local specialties and discover the beautiful regional handicrafts. Omnipresent on the archipelago, the Coco de Mer (Coco Fess) is used to make a wide array of objects. The local craft is also renowned – its silver jewelry and silk painting.

Sea turtles nesting on the beach of Anse Intendance

Each year, turtles come to lay eggs on the dazzling beach of Anse Intendance. The season runs from October to February. This is where the baby turtles come out of eggs and spawn on their path until the shore to join the ocean.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

This Romanesque church of colonial French origin was erected in 1874 in Victoria. Center of religious life for most Seychellois of the islands, It Includes a small garden and a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary. It is a must visit for those couples visiting the island – one of the best romantic spot of the island.

A day trip to Praslin and La Digue

With a nonchalant atmosphere, his ancestral traditions and indolent lifestyle, La Digue is a picturesque island where you can refresh yourself with some coconut milk before discovering life on the plantations in L’Union Estate. Swim in the waters of the famous Anse Source d’Argent, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Then come and restore yourself with an exquisite Creole Lunch at one of the many hotels of the Seychelles. Visit the neighboring island of Praslin and embark for a guided tour of the enigmatic Vallée de Mai, where the legendary Coco de mer grows in the shadow of a secret valley. This site is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Some even think that it is the legendary Garden of Eden.

We hope that you now know what to do during your holidays in the Seychelles!

Have Fun!

Seychelles dreamSeychelles is known for its fabulous sea with fantastic seabed. It really is a paradise for scuba diving. Over 850 species of fish and hundreds variety of corals make its sea a must see attraction. Besides the beautiful beaches, there are also over 81 species of endemic plants and flowers on the Seychelles. The Seychelles has so much to offer that you won’t know what to do and where to go when you reach those small gems of the Indian Ocean.

The largest island: Mahe

Mahé is the most beautiful and the largest island of the Seychelles. Among the places worth visiting on this island, there are the waterfalls of Port Glaud and many beautiful beaches with stunning scenery. There is also equipment installed specifically for the practice of aquatic and nautical sports. Followers of diving, skiing, windsurfing or fishing will be well served.

Seychelles : Praslin

Praslin Island is great for living extreme adventures. The roads are in very bad conditions. One can easily find a field to practice motorsports. Travelers often rent a jeep to explore the various places of this fabulous island. The beautiful beach of Anse Lazio and the spectacular Vallée de Mai are the most attractive places of Praslin. It is in these areas that we can admire the famous sea coconut nicknamed “Coco Butt.” You have to see the evocative forms of this type of coconut to know why is it called so.

Seychelles, the destination of delight

The Seychelles cuisine is a blend of French, Chinese, Indian and African culinary art. Seychellois dishes are seasoned with aromatic and spicy taste of cinnamon mixture, nutmeg, ginger or cardamom. For delicious results, the Seychelles dishes are often accompanied by fruit, vegetables or sweet potatoes.

Top Things to See and Do in the Seychelles

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Get sporty – There is plenty to do in terms of recreational activities. Golf, squash, badminton, tennis, biking, and hiking are all great ways to spend the day if you are tired of the beach. It is pretty cheap to rent a bike for a day and ride around the islands. There are also plenty of centers where you can rent sports equipment as well.

Nature Seychelles – Just over a mile southwest of Praslin, on Cousin Island, lies this great little reserve. There is a bird population here that exceeds 300,000 on an island that is less than a mile in diameter. It’s awesome to walk through the thick forest here and check out all the different species.

Do nothing on the beach – The beaches here are uncrowded, untouched, and void of any structures. They are beach heaven. The water is clear and bathtub-warm, so it’s always a great place to go swimming or snorkeling. The hike from Beau Vallon, along the coastline to Anse Major is awesome – it only takes about two hours and the beach at the end is magnificent and deserted.

Visit Aldabra Atoll – Stretching at over 20 miles in length, this is one of the largest raised coral atolls in the world. At the western end, there is a massive tidal lagoon, which is home to manta rays, tiger sharks, and thousands of sea birds. Aldabra is also considered the original habitat of the giant land tortoise.

Explore Vallee de Mai – This is a national park and world heritage site. It is home to a stunning array of flora and fauna, as well as the world’s largest seed—the Coco de Mer. This is one of two places in the world where the seed can be found. You can also see several varieties of latanier palms and screw pine.

Hike Nid d’ Aiglo – The highest point on La Digue, this hike is a great way to spend a day. The views of La Digue and of the neighboring islands are so magnificent, it is almost surreal. Remember to pack plenty of snacks and water.

Do some watersports – The Indian Ocean is known for warm water, and it is popular among watersports enthusiasts. Try anything from windsurfing and fishing to snorkeling or SCUBA diving. There are even glass-bottom boat tours available.

Dine – The food in Seychelles is delicious, and you will find an abundance of food here. Seafood, coconut, and curry are among some of the main ingredients on which you will feast. Coco Rogue is considered a ‘secret spot’ by locals and offers some of the best food around. Bonbon Plume, Tante Mimi, and Café Ognibar are also popular places to go.

Visit L’Union Estate – Back when coconut farming was the main industry on La Digue, this was the center of production. Just south of La Passe, this estate is now run as a sort of informal ‘theme park’. There are some interesting demonstrations to see and you can explore the Old Plantation House, the colonial-era graveyard, and the boatyard. There is even a pen housing giant tortoises.

Search for the Veuve Bird – La Digue is home to a wildlife reserve which was set up to protect the Veuve, AKA the black paradise flycatcher. There are under 20 pairs of birds in the reserve, but you can arrange guided tours which are supposed to guarantee a bird sighting.

Check out the Natural History Museum – If the weather is less than perfect (unlikely), you may want to get a break from the beaches and do something more educational. The Natural History Museum in Victoria is very small, but worth a stop if you’d like to learn a thing or to about the island wildlife. Entry is 15 SCR.

Wander the Botanical Gardens – Also in Victoria, the Botanical Gardens give you a deeper look at local flora and fauna, with the infamous coco de mer palms as one of the highlights. You may also see some animals, such as fruit bats or giant tortoises.

Have fun in the Seychelles!