Many people describe the Seychelles as paradise on earth. So if you like nature and the sea, place this destination at the top of your bucket list. There are 115 islands offering a taste of paradise and a host of activities and entertainment. However not all are created equal. The best islands in the Seychelles are Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.
Travelife Magazine has made traveling to the Seychelles easier for you by listing down the basic information and giving you the lowdown on these top 3 islands for sightseeing and relaxation.
THE BEST ISLANDS IN THE SEYCHELLES
Mahé is the largest and main island. It has over 60 beaches to choose from. Anse Royale is great for swimming and snorkelling while Anse Soleil is ideal for a more off the beaten track experience.
Victoria is the capital city of the Seychelles. It is smallest capital of the world. You can explore the business and cultural center on foot in a day or two. The most important landmarks in Victoria are the St. Paul’s Cathedral, La Domus and the Natural History Museum.
Holiday-makers can also visit the Botanical Gardens, Mont Fleuri, and Morne Seychellois. The Morne Seychellois is the largest national park, famous for its beautiful mountains and forests.
The Mission Lodge is another popular destination. It boasts of the most famous vantage point in all of the Seychelles, offering spectacular sea and mountain views across Mahé.
Tourists to Praslin can visit the legendary Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The rare Coco de Mer trees flourish there, and there are so many walks and trails on offer.
You can hike the Glacis Noire for striking views of the surrounding islands. Or you can walk from Anse Kerlan through the valley rivers to Anse Lazio. The Lazio beach is known as one of the best beaches in the world because of its postcard scenery.
You can also take an excursion to the surrounding islands of Seychelles. The most popular ones are the Cousin or Aride National Park. For a unique experience, head to the Giant Clam Farm, Pearl Farm and the Black Pearl shop.
The Black Pearl shop is the only pearl farm in the Indian Ocean region. You can see and learn all about giant clams and black pearls here.
Laid-back and low-key, La Digue offers a unique Seychelles experience. Tourists can explore grand colonial houses, meet giant tortoises, and enjoy the sights on scenic cycling routes.
At the L’Union Estate, you can visit a traditional copra mill. Visitors can also see a traditional kiln and a plantation house framed by granite boulders in landscaped gardens. You can also head the stunning Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world.
THE BEST BEACHES IN THE SEYCHELLES
Grand Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Coco are considered the best beaches in the Seychelles. These impeccable beaches are also wonderfully quiet and peaceful. The adventurous can hike between these beaches. Or they can opt to visit all three beaches. For island hopping, click here.