Seychelles is a great travel destination – These islands are the sole place where you will come across granitic and coral islands. 115 islands make up the archipelago and nature was very generous with these islands scattered in the Indian Ocean and has spoiled them rotten. The archipelago is located outside the cyclone belt, making Seychelles a year round holiday destination.
The temperature varies between 27 to 28 degrees Celcius year round, and there are never any rainy seasons or tsunamis. Dream about the Seychelles and imagine picture perfect beaches. But there is much more attached to this archipelago. Head towards this paradisiacal destination and you’ll discover of other delights. Undeniably, the beaches are the biggest attraction: exquisite ribbons of white sand lapped by topaz waters and backed by lush hills, big glacis boulders and virtually never a crowd in sight.
The easy sailing distances between the different Inner Islands will let you discover the hidden treasures that the Seychelles have to offer like myriad beaches of golden sands, hidden bays and secret coves. The Seychelles offers an array of possibilities and here are some things you can plan to do while enjoying a stay in one of the hotels or villas of the Seychelles.
Visit the most beautiful beaches in the world:
Anse Lazio Beach, Praslin
Considered by many vacationers to be the absolute king of all beaches on the island of Praslin, Anse Lazio is a stretch of perfect sugar-white sand boasting unsurpassed turquois blue waters; it is truly a hidden gem that’s just screaming to be seen! Shaded by takamaka trees and enclosed at each end by striking granite boulders the spot is simply perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Anse Source d’argent beach, La Digue
Anse Source d’Argent is one of the most popular beaches in the Seychelles, with pink sands and granite boulders that have been worn by time and weather as background. The ocean here is sheltered by a reef, providing calm and clear sea water that make a perfect spot to enjoy sunbathing and having fun on the beach.
Deep Sea Fishing, Seychelles
The Outer islets, mainly coral cays and atolls, are virgin territories featuring stunning lagoons and offers unique opportunities for big game fishing and fly fishing.
Seychelles have the richest marine life in the world with more than thousand of fish species surrounding the islands. The world records for pacific bonito and dog-tooth tuna both comes from they Seychelles. Outer Islands have become the epicenter of fly-fishing for the amateurs.
A variety of charter boats and fishing excursions allow for individual tailoring of fishing programs.
Wedding In Seychelles
Few places on earth can offer such romantic getaway “haven of love”. The idyllic ambience of the Seychelles have convinced more than one to enjoy their honeymoon on this lost paradise in time and beauty. It is obvisous why lovers are inspired to take their vows and wed in such a romantic islands.
Specialist tour operators, both local and international, offer wedding and honeymoon services featuring different types and styles of weddings, including traditional Creole, tailor-made to fulfill your fantasies.
Discover the Nature of the Seychelles
With virtually 50% of the country’s limited landmass protected, Seychelles remains a well-preserved sanctuary home to endemic species of flora and fauna … among which are to be found some of the rarest specimens on earth. Here are some ways in which you can come across the most incredible sceneries in Seychelles:
Take a hike
Whichever the island you are lodging on you will come across trails for walkers where you can trek through unparalleled Jurassic forests and spot tropical birds and wildlife. One of the most spectacular is through the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé where you can enjoy a 45 minute walk through the park which will take you to the summit of Morne Blanc with breath-taking views across the island and the Indian Ocean.
Morne Seychellois National Park
The magical Morne Seychellois National Park covers over twenty percent of Mahé and hosts the islands highest peak. The park houses thick tropical forests, coastal mangroves, unique flora and fauna and many species of wildlife. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views whilst driving through, or explore the land on foot via a network of hiking trails.
St Anne National Marine Park
The St Anne National Marine Park is home to around 150 species of marine wildlife. Designated as a protected area, the park consists of six small islands that teem with lively fishes and colourful corals. You can hire a yacht and sail the crystal clear waters or snorkel the crystal clear water of the park.
Adalbra Atoll Seychelles
The Aldabra Atoll is an outstanding example of a raised coral atoll. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, the atoll has remained largely untouched by humans for the majority of its existence. It is one of the largest atolls in the world and houses one of the most important natural habitats for studying evolutionary and ecological processes. It is home to the largest giant tortoise population in the world.
Diving near the Shark Bank
Those lovers of diving should definitely head to Shark Bank. Situated in between Mahé and Silhouette the site is comprised of a number of granite rocks towering over the sandy floor. Coral colonies blooming from crevices will marvel you. You will have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular arrays of creatures including turtles, giant barracuda’s, eagle rays and of course, sharks.
Birdwatching on Aride Island
A mecca for bird watchers, Aride is the breeding place for 18 different species of native birds, including five endemic to the Seychelles. A trip to Aride is like stepping back in time to the Seychelles before human habitation.
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Vallée de Mai
This splendid palm forest at the core of Praslin Island subsists in its original state from prehistoric times, virtually untouched by human influence. Its most famous palm is the endemic Coco-de-Mer with its distinct shaped seeds. Visitors will find it easily accessible through the forest with guides on hand to help and advise.
Vallée de Mai is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and provides sanctuary to a dense forest of Coco de Mer palm trees, some of whom are more than 200 years old and 30 metres high. The valley offers visitors an extraordinary slice of Eden that illustrates how some of our natural world once looked; towering canopies, roaring waterfalls, fragrant vanilla orchids and abundant wildlife.
Explore the wildlife of Cousin Island Nature Reserve
Just 2km off the shores of Praslin lies this idyllic island nature reserve. With a rich variety of endemic wildlife and seabirds it is also considered the most important breeding site for the endangered Hawksbill turtle in the Western Indian Ocean. The island is protected and boasts rich marine life including nurse sharks, lion fish and redbanded grouper.
Snorkel around Ile Cocos Marine National Park
This collection of 3 small islets off the coast of Praslin may look like classic ‘desert islands’ but in the waters off their shores you will come across a haven for the rare marine life that thrives in these waters: The paradise for snorkelers.
Meet the giant tortoises of Curieuse Island
Meet and feed the giant tortoises who wander free on this island nature reserve (Virtually more than 500), walk through the stunning mangrove forest and keep your eyes open for the hawksbill and green turtles which come here to breed. Visitors to the island are usually greeted off-shore by the hundreds of giant hump-head parrotfish which live in its waters and can grow up to 1.2 meters long.
Visit a local market
Dip into Seychellois’ life at one of its vibrant, busy markets. Visit the famous daily food market in Victoria and see colourful fish of all shapes and sizes, a fragrant array of local herbs and spices, and luscious fresh fruit and vegetables.
Eat traditional Creole food
A fusion of flavours from African, French, Chinese, Indian and English cooking makes up this unique and delicious cuisine: Seychellois’ Cuisine. With its broad ethnic diversity, the Seychelles will not only conquer you with its magnificent beaches but also with its mouth-watering delicacies.
Play golf in the Seychelles
Play golf in the Seychelles and enjoy panoramic views of the most beautiful beaches. Golf is a unique experience in the Seychelles. Merge relaxation with the magnificence of this incredible island and obtain one of the best holidays ever.
Breathe in the fragrant air of Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden
Hovering above the beautiful beach of Anse Royale on Mahé, this renovated plantation grows spices such as vanilla, citronella, cinnamon and nutmeg. Visitors will have the chance to buy freshly produced spices at the plantation shop or eat at the stunning outdoor restaurant with views over the plantation and the beach below.
There will always be something left to do or discover in the Seychelles, so grab the opportunity, hire a car and explore the depths of the islands and let your eyes be dazzled by the richness of these islands.