Already booked your flight to the Seychelles or you are planning to visit the Seychelles? Here is everything you need to know about the Seychelles. Learn more about the climate, currency, food and culture choosing a hotel, renting a car, the top places to visit, which islands to see and the best beaches to enjoy!
Visiting the Seychelles is an authentic experience. An archipelago of 115 islands scattered, like gems, over the Indian Ocean- you will find no better place for holidays. With a lively culture, the Seychellois’ are famed for their warm welcome. Upon arrival, you might get stunned by the relaxed atmosphere. You will, without any doubt, get comfortable with this pace of island life.
Seychelles is a mixture of different cultures and there is no main religion on the island. The Seychellois culture is fed by the diversity of its population. African, Muslim, Tamil, Chinese, French and British all live peacefully despite their different origins.
Ocean derived foods play a prominent role in the Seychellois cuisine. While the country’s cuisine was largely affluence by European (British and French) cuisine, it is still a quite spicy combination. Fruits such as papaya, coconut and golden apple are also used to prepare the Seychellois curry. Restaurants in the Seychelles offer quite an assortment of dishes from Chinese to international as well as local creole cuisine. If you really want to taste the original creole cuisine, we recommend the “fish curry” (Carry Poisson) or the “salted fish rougay”(Rougay Poisson Salé) at the restaurant.
Seychelles is a year round destination for holidays. The country has only two season, summer and winter. Summer is between the months of October and April when the South East Trade Wind brings warm weather. The remaining six month are a little bit cooler. But due to its geographic position above the Tropic of Capricorn, the sun shines throughout the year. The Seychelles archipelago also lies outside the cyclone belt making the islands safe and secure from tropical storms.
The main islands of the Seychelles
The main island of Mahé is at the same time the gateway to the country with the international airport and the administrative centre hosting the nation’s capital Victoria. The island was named after Mahé de Labourdonnais, an important French naval officer and administrator during the island’s early days.
The island measures 28km long and is 8km wide. It is home to about 78,000 people which represents about 90% of the nation’s total population. The main revenue of the island is from tourism and though the island has evolved consequently over the past years, the island has well kept its pristine fauna and flora. There are also many endemic animal and plant species that live on Mahé.
Mahé is probably the liveliest of all the Seychelles islands. There is not less than 50 breath-taking beaches on Mahé itself and everywhere you will find operators which offer excursions within the island but also to the neighbouring islets. You can also rent a car to discover the island at your own pace. Mahé is the best place to start your visit of the Seychelles!
The island of Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles measuring 10km by 3.7 km. Located on the northern part of the archipelago, the island has a population of about 6,500 inhabitants. Its proximity in relation to Mahé is very convenient and easy for visitors.
Even if Mahé is considered to be the most complete island of the Seychelles, Praslin has got enough charm on its own to satisfy those who want to have a preview of heaven. Praslin is somewhat different to Mahé, less crowded, most of its beaches are deserted. It is ridiculously easy to find an isolated beach on the island, you just have to drive or walk, beaches are everywhere along the coastal road.
In fact, Praslin is a very natural island blessed with lush vegetation. The islands is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve (Mai Valley). Located at the heart of the island, the park is a natural heritage where primeval palm forest still live in a near-natural state. The island has a small airport which helps to bridge Mahé and the northern islands surrounding Praslin.
La Digue is a small Seychellois island regrouping a population of around 2,000 people. The island lies to the east of Praslin and there is no airport on La Digue. To go there, you have to reach Victoria (Mahé), travel by ferry to Praslin and then take another ferry to reach the island. But don’t worry, all these travelling is definitely worth it, once you reach the island.
La Digue is another world, peaceful, relaxed and uncrowded, the island is renowned for its natural state and raw beauty. The island has an area of 10km² and there you won’t find any cars, old ox carts or bicycles are used to travel within the island!
Despite being small, the island of La Digue has the most beautiful beaches of Seychelles and probably the world too. Yes, according to CNN, two of LaDigue’s beaches (Grand Anse and Anse Source d’Argent) ranked in the top 5 in the world’s 100 best beaches! La Digue is definitely a place not to miss when visiting the Seychelles!
Choosing a Hotel
With so many islands and places to visit, it can become quite a task to choose a hotel for your holidays in Seychelles! As we saw earlier, Mahé could be a great place to start your visit to the Seychelles as it links easily to the various surrounding islands. There are numerous hotels on Mahé, from affordable to world class hotels. ExclusivelySeychelles is a website providing the best deals in terms of accommodation in the Seychelles. You can choose from their vast selection of hotels across Mahé, Praslin and other surrounding islands.
Another good idea would be to find a hotel and stay on Praslin. This can be interesting because of the island’s ideal geographical location. You will be closer to the small pristine northern islands and at the same time close to Mahé and La Digue. While there can be many hotels on Praslin, one of them is beautifully located in the Curieuse Island Marine Park, the Domaine de la Réserve Hotel. It has a wonderful setting at the Anse Petite Cour private beach and is the most renowned hotel of Praslin.
If you really want to enjoy relaxing holidays in the Seychelles or you are here for honeymoon, the best choice would be to stay on La Digue Island. The island has its own hotel-island lodge-lying in a picturesque beach surrounded by granitic elevation. The hotel is surrounded by tropical garden of coconut and Takamaka trees, there is no better place for honeymoon than LaDigue.
Enjoy your holidays in the Seychelles!