Situated on the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, Seychelles are a group of 115 islands that are actually the definition of paradise. White sandy beaches, warm turquoise water, humongous tortoises, and all the palm trees await you there.
And while Seychelles is most often connected with honeymoons (Prince William and Kate Middleton came here after their 2011 marriage), the truth is that there’s way much more to Seychelles than just romantic beach resorts.
In fact, to actually experience these islands to the fullest, you really need at least a week in Seychelles.
Lucky you, though, that we’ve put together the perfect Seychelles destinations for you to plan your trip.
Here’s a detailed guide of the places you can visit in Seychelles!
We recommend delving into the Mahe by either renting a car or hiring a taxi driver for the day. The top places to visit include:
- The capital city of Victoria, which holds the record of the smallest world capital.
- Beaches! The best on Mahe holds Anse Intendance, Anse Royale, Baie Lazare, and Beau Vallon which is a wonderful sunset point sunset.
- Morne Seychellois National Park if you are more of hiking person rather than sightseeing.
- The lookout at Mission Lodge, where Queen Elizabeth II once stopped for tea.
- One of the two, either the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens or the Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden
- An excursion to the tea factory or Takamaka Rum Distillery
I think a lot of people visiting Seychelles treat Mahe as the airport and that’s it, but the fact is that there’s a lot to see and do! Mahe has an exceptional mix of beaches and jungle and earns at least a full day of exploration.
Ferries run quite often between Mahe and Praslin, or you can also take a flight between the two. The ferry only takes approximately an hour, though, and is more of a thrill ride. Take a morning ferry from Mahe so you can catch the whole day to explore Praslin.
From the ferry dock, hire a rental car or taxi and get straight to the Vallée de Mai, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a nature preserve brimming with rare coco de mer palms – they are so scarce that they only grow in Seychelles! They also make the largest, heaviest seeds/nuts in the world, which are damn cool to see. It’s worth it to appoint a guide here so you can spot not only the coco de mer palms but also all the other exclusive flora and fauna like orchids and black parrots.
After the Vallée de Mai, get to Praslin’s most famous beach: Anse Lazio. This is usually recognized as one of the best beaches in Seychelles, and it’s not tough to understand why. Anse Lazio is characterized by white sand, aquamarine water, rusty-red boulders, and a tonne of shady palm trees.
Curieuse Island and Praslin Island
Now that you are done at Praslin, take a day or half-day commute from Praslin to Curieuse Island. Not only being the only other island in the Seychelles where the coco de mer palm grows, but Curieuse Island is also the center to a breeding program for giant Aldabra tortoises. The land giants are free to roam here, which is perfect if you wish to grab a tortoise selfie!
Many people club trips to Curieuse Island with St. Pierre Island, which is an awesome place for snorkeling.
Later, enjoy the rest of the day on Praslin in your hotel or on the beach.
La Digue Island
From Praslin, it’s just a short 15-minute ferry ride over to La Digue, the tiniest of the three most famous islands in Seychelles. Even though you’ll experience “island time” at every place in Seychelles, things are much more relaxed on La Digue.
There are virtually no cars on the island, and the prime mode of transport is by bike. Since you will be traveling with luggage, though, your hotel will most probably offer to pick you up from the ferry and transport you and your things. Later, though, be sure to get your hands over a bike so you can explore the island!
You would use your first-day beach-hopping to all the free beaches on La Digue. Grand Anse is likely to be the most popular (and undoubtedly the most beautiful), but you can also head over to Petite Anse, Anse Patates, Anse La Réunion, Anse Marron, and more! (La Digue is more of just one big beach!)
La Digue and ferry to Mahe
Everything on the La Digue is all about the island’s most popular beach: Anse Source D’Argent.
This beach is mostly said to be one of the most photographed in the world, and arguably wins my vote for a most beautiful beach in Seychelles. It’s an unskippable must-do for any Seychelles trip.
Anse Source D’Argent is located on private property, though. You will have to pay before entering L’Union Estate (your admission packs a tour through the old copra factory and vanilla plantation), but I think the $10 entry fee is less than the worth of the experience.
We recommend bringing in a picnic lunch so you can use most of your day here. Anse Source D’Argent is a really long beach – it’s actually like three or four beaches in one because of the different sections parted by giant granite boulders – so you can easily while away the hours delving, swimming, and napping in the shade.
Once you head to the beach, there is no food available for retail– but you will see the beach bars where you can get a coconut, fruit smoothie, or alcoholic cocktail.
In the later afternoon, get a ferry back to Praslin and then another back to Mahe. (Check with your La Digue hotel staff to see if they can receive you at the ferry dock with your luggage so you don’t have to carry it to the beach with you!)
Snorkeling tour from Mahe
You could surely spend your last day in Seychelles simply hanging around by the pool or on the beach, but if you crave for just one more adventure, consider planning a snorkeling/sightseeing tour from Mahe to the islands in nearby Ste Anne National Marine Park.
Tours to the marine park usually contain sightseeing and swimming in the reserve, a halt at Moyenne Island to grab a look at some giant tortoises, and lunch and cocktails on the boat. This would be a marvellous way to round out your time in Seychelles.
So these are top places for your trip to Seychelles and there many more things to explore there so plan your trip now and let us know your experience in below comments.