The Seychelles has 115 diverse islands of paradise and a host of activities and entertainment. But Travelife Magazine has made traveling to the Seychelles easier for you by listing down the basic information and identifying the top 3 islands for sightseeing and relaxation. These are Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.
THE TOP 3 ISLANDS
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 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.
You can also visit the Botanical Gardens, Mont Fleuri, and Morne Seychellois. The Morne Seychellois is the largest national park. You can explore its beautiful mountains and forests. From there, head to Mission Lodge, the most famous vantage point in all of the Seychelles, offering spectacular sea and mountain views across Mahé.
Seychelles has many art galleries to choose from. The Domaine de Val des Près is a craft village offering traditional Creole culture. Creole culture includes architecture, arts and crafts, and gastronomy.
Praslin is home to the legendary Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the rare Coco de Mer trees flourish. 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, such as 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. Explore grand colonial houses, meet giant tortoises, and enjoy the sights on scenic cycling routes.
At the L’Union Estate, you can see a traditional copra mill, a traditional kiln and a plantation house framed by granite boulders in landscaped gardens. You can also visit the stunning Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world.
THE BEST BEACHES IN THE SEYCHELLES
The other top beaches to visit are Grand Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Coco. These impeccable beaches are also wonderfully quiet and peaceful. The adventurous can hike between these beaches and visit all three beaches. For island hopping, click here.
TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR THE SEYCHELLES
- There is no risk of contracting malaria, yellow fever, cholera or other common tropical diseases. Therefore, no vaccinations are required.
- Average temperatures: 27 °C from November to January, 28°C from March to May, and 26°C from July to October.
- Visas are not required from any nationality. You only need a valid passport, a return or onward ticket and proof of accommodation, including contact details.
- Currency: Seychelles Rupees