Seychelles 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.
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!