More than a hundred islands, and God knows how many beaches; this is the Seychelles. A paradise archipelago for everyone looking to disconnect from the world for the time of a holiday. We often get asked; What is the most beautiful island of the Seychelles? Honestly, all of them! If you have the chance, visit as many islands as you can during your trip. But for the ordinary traveler, we’ve compiled what we think are the 3 unmissable islands of the Seychelles.
We recommend you do not limit yourself to just one of these enchanting islands but explore at least two islands to really feel the true spirit of the Seychelles. Whether you are looking for a family hotel, a romantic retreat or an idyllic hideaway, you will find it there. If you already booked your flight to Seychelles, here’s everything you need to know.
A combination of the two largest islands – Mahé and Praslin is the perfect option for those who want to experience the diverse landscapes of Seychelles and its spectacular beaches. If you are more for an authentic glimpse into the life of the island, visit Praslin before heading to La Digue, where life exists at a slower pace. Nature lovers will make the most of a holiday that includes Mahé and Silhouette, where outstanding national parks await them.
The largest island of Seychelles, Mahé is also its most active, with 90% of the country’s population residing here. The international airport is located on the north of the island, making it a great place to start and end your tropical adventure. Beyond the typical beaches, there is plenty to do. In the spectacular mountains of Morne Seychellois National Park. A hike on the Morne Blanc takes you through rare endemic plants, such as the Jellyfish Tree and the Seychelles Pitcher Carnivore Plant to the summit, where the view is breathtaking.
While the city of Victoria has its own unique colonial charm, there are also many pretty little villages to explore and colorful local markets to wander. Linked by winding roads, you can drive around the island in just two and a half hours, which means that you can easily venture along the coastal roads to find deserted beaches.
The second largest island, Praslin offers a more casual and rustic atmosphere. If you are looking for a balance between the hustle and bustle of Mahé and the drowsiness of La Digue, this is the perfect choice. For the more adventurous travelers, the May Valley Nature Reserve offers a slice of Eden Garden and is one of only two places on earth where you can see the sea coconut in its natural environment. If you are lucky, you can spot the elusive black parrot, rare endemic Seychellois bird.
If you like beaches, the island is also home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the region, including Anse Lazio, which has been listed in the 10 best beaches in the world. Just across the water to the north of the island, a trip to the small protected national marine park of Curieuse Island is a must. Here, the red color of the soil contrasts strikingly against the green leaves of the sea coconut and more than 300 giant Aldabra tortoises roam unhindered.
The pace of life is set to an amble relaxingly on the small paradise island of La Digue. There are very few cars here, with bicycles as the main mode of transportation and traditional carts used to get around. The old colonial buildings give a glimpse of the island’s past, while secluded beaches have been beautifully preserved and protected from development.
The natural environment is an integral part of island life and it is not difficult to understand why. Large smooth old granite blocks rest on the edge of the water, spreading the isolated bays and it’s easy to feel off the beaten track. Keep a look as you walk and try to spot the famous Seychelles flycatcher paradise, one of the rarest birds on earth.
Plan your perfect trip in Seychelles with our tips:
Here are 10 tips that can be helpful:
# 1 How to get there
Located in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is served by their national carrier – Air Seychelles – and by only a few other airlines.
# 2 Visa on arrival – and it’s FREE
No VISA is required to travel to the Seychelles. You just need a passport and a reservation proof of any accommodation, villas or hotel in Seychelles.
# 3 Currency
The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee, about 13 rupees per US dollar. The exchange rate is more or less the same, no matter where you change money. However, US dollars and euros are widely accepted everywhere.
# 4 Getting around
Taxis can be a bit expensive, but you can rent cars from 40 euros a day. You also have the options to rent motorcycles, bicycles, boats and even an ox cart. There are limited public buses on the big islands like Mahé.
# 5 Accommodation
There is an option for all budgets – especially those looking for prestigious resorts.
# 6 Activities
There is a wide range of activities that you can book with local operators, even at the last minute. The prices are quite similar, and most offer a high quality of service. So, little advice, plan your schedule well, so you can try everything.
# 7 It’s all summer time, be foreboding!
Temperatures range from 30-32 C (86-90 F) throughout the year, so pack your bags accordingly. It’s wet enough – you can take a shower more than once a day. Do not forget sun protection, hats, shades, etc.
# 8 Buy a local SIM for data and calls
You can stay connected during your stay in paradise and share your photos on Instagram. Free Wi-Fi is available in most hotels or you can use mobile data.
# 9 No worries about security
Crime and theft are almost unknown in Seychelles – you will rarely see cops around. You will always feel safe.
# 10 Enjoy the food
The food in Seychelles is a delight for gourmets – there is something for everyone. And usually, with sea and mountain views while you eat, in short, a pure moment of ecstasy.
Happy Holidays in Seychelles!