There are many gorgeous islands in the world but one which stands out the most and attracts millions of tourists every year is Seychelles. With white sandy beaches, turquoise colored clear ocean water, and an exotic marine life, Seychelles has become a popular place for couples on their honeymoon. But this doesn’t mean that you won’t find solo travelers here. So, if you are looking for a unique travel experience for your upcoming vacation and are bored of going to the same old places, then Seychelles is definitely a good choice. In this article, we will cover everything that you need to know about this place including the best places to visit in Seychelles and things to do here to make your trip smoother and more fun.
Seychelles, Where is This Place?
Now, a lot of you might not have heard of Seychelles or might be wondering, where exactly is this place?
Well, Seychelles is an island nation, consisting of 115 islands, is located in the Indian Ocean and lies near the Eastern coast of the African continent. It is surrounded by some really popular islands and countries like Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion, and so on.
How to Reach Seychelles
There is one International airport at Mahe Island, Seychelles International Airport which connects this island nation to cities all over the world. And multiple airlines serve this route every day, so you can easily get a flight from any continent like Asia, Europe, Africa, and so on.
Apart from that, there is no other way to really reach Seychelles unless if you are on a private cruise. There are several cruises from the African Eastern coast which allows you to explore the numerous small islands in Seychelles.
Also, people from the majority of the countries can enter Seychelles without a visa which makes planning a trip here easier and hassle-free. All you need to enter Seychelles is a valid travel document, sufficient funds, accommodation proof, and return/onward journey ticket.
How to Travel in Seychelles
Compared to other countries, traveling around Seychelles is quite easy and wonderful. And since most of the islands are small in size, Mahe Island being the largest, it is easy to cover the entire place in almost a day or two.
Here are a few travel options that you would find in Seychelles to explore the islands.
One of the cheapest travel options for exploring the Mahe and Praslin island is the public buses that are available here. These buses run from the morning till 7 p.m. in the evening and cover most of the important attractions in Seychelles.
However, it can often take a long time to reach your destination in the public buses so, if you are short on time then buses is not the best-suited option for exploring the islands.
Renting a Car
A great option for people who are short on time and have a driving license is to rent a car to explore the islands. You will find several car rental shops on Mahe island and a couple of rental shops in Praslin to hire a car for the time you are here.
And driving along the coast and between the mountains is a really amazing feeling so you are definitely going to enjoy it a lot. Also, this is a great way to make sure that you visit the best places in Seychelles in a short time.
If you are planning to cover a few islands apart from the Mahe island, then local ferries are the best way to do that. You have daily ferries running from Mahe to Praslin to La Digue and then back. So, you can book a ferry online or once you reach the Mahe island.
You can also go on short day tours on ferries to the Curieuse Island, St. Pierre Island, Cousin Island, and so on.
If you are a little short on time or don’t mind spending a little more in order to reach islands quickly and comfortably then taking helicopters is a great way to do that. You can use helicopters to visit the other islands which will barely take you half an hour for the journey and will also give you an amazing top view of the Seychelles archipelago.
Finally, for islands like La Digue, Curieuse, etc., the best way to explore the island is via cycling or on foot. Most of these islands are small in size and barely have a length of 5-6 km so you can easily walk to cover the entire island.
Best Time to Visit Seychelles
Ideally, the best time to visit Seychelles is the transition time of April, May, October, and November as this is when you will experience a milder and cooler temperature on the islands. As a result, you can enjoy lazing on the beaches, scuba diving, hiking, etc. and can explore the islands properly.
If you want to avoid the crowds in Seychelles then avoid visiting this place during the months of July, August, December, and January. The temperature is cool and not humid during these months which makes it the best time to visit Seychelles but the places can get really crowded during these months, so avoid this time if you can.
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Things to do in Seychelles
Chill on the Gorgeous Beaches of Seychelles
Seychelles is known to have the most beautiful beaches in the world so it is only natural to spend some time on them to enjoy. You can spend time on the beaches like Beau Vallon, Anse Fourmis, Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette, and so on.
Just take a towel, a pair of extra clothes, and some sunscreen and you are all set for a day at the beach.
Hike to the Viewpoints for a Beautiful Panoramic View of the Island
While Seychelles is most popular for its beaches and archipelago, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have adventurous activities to do on the land. There are a few amazing hikes here which can be done by anyone which offers some amazing coast and mountain views to the hikers. There is the Morne Blanc trail, Tea estate trail, Anse Major trail, Ford Ferdinand trail, and so on.
Some of these trails take you to a high vantage point to enjoy the coast and the ocean view. And there are some hiking trails which take you to offbeat and secluded beaches to enjoy some quiet time.
Enjoy the Beautiful Sunsets in Seychelles
Seychelles is the home to the most gorgeous sunsets in the world and with its 115 islands, you can never likely to get bored of the evening sky here. One such place is the Sunset beach in Seychelles which gives you a clear sunset view and is a great place to chill as well.
Another great place for watching a sunset is the Anse Reunion on La Digue island as you can actually witness the changing of the sky color in just a couple of minutes. So, make sure that you spend your evenings on the beach to witness the most colorful sunsets in Seychelles.
Go For Snorkeling/Scuba Diving in the Amazingly Clear Ocean Water
Seychelles is known for its clear blue water and exotic marine life so a visit to this country without scuba diving/snorkeling is a trip incomplete. There are several diving centers on all the three major islands so you can enjoy a dip in the ocean to watch the exotic coral life and the colorful fishes here.
And if you have your own snorkeling gear then you can always hit up the beaches and go snorkeling yourself. But make sure that you go only to snorkeling approved beaches to be safe while snorkeling.
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Feed the Aldabra Giant Tortoises on the Island
Another popular activity in Seychelles is to feed the Giant Tortoises and play with them on the Island. There are small tortoise farms on Praslin and La Digue island where you can spend some time with these tortoises and learn about them.
But if you want to see them in their natural habitat then you can take a short boat tour to the Curieuse island where you would find the beach covered with these tortoises. So, you can touch them, play with them, and observe them which turns out to be a really amazing experience.
Enjoy the Nightlife in Seychelles
Finally, make sure that you venture out at night to get a glimpse of the nightlife in Seychelles. In Victoria, you have the Galle Face where most people drive at night to hang out with their friends while playing some happening music.
Apart from that, there is one open bar club in Victoria and one closed club where you can party all night long. Also, if you happen to be interested in casinos then there are a few on the islands here.
Best Places to Visit in Seychelles
Here are a few places to visit in Seychelles that you cannot miss out on if you want to enjoy a memorable trip on this island.
Morne Blanc Viewpoint, Mahe Island
One of the best places to visit in Seychelles is the Morne Blanc Viewpoint which allows you to watch the entire western coastline of Mahe Island. It is a 1-hour hike from the starting point and goes through a thick, dense forest but you don’t need a guide for this route. The trail is pretty clear and easy to follow and the viewpoint is a wooden platform where you can sit and relax while enjoying the coast view.
But make sure that you wear a good pair of hiking shoes as it often rains here so you might slip a lot in sandals and flip-flops. Also, do carry a good sunscreen along with some food and water else you might end up getting a heat stroke or a hunger pang once you reach the viewpoint.
Victoria, Mahe Island
Another place that you cannot miss in Seychelles is the Victoria city on Mahe Island which is also the capital of this island nation. There is a lot to see and do here and one can easily explore this entire area on foot. You have some beautiful buildings, Clocktower, shops, etc. to keep yourself occupied here. And there are 2-3 clubs here as well so if you are looking to enjoy the nightlife in Seychelles then this is your place to go.
And the Central Market here is one of the best places in Seychelles to purchase some local food products like fish, vegetables, etc. Also, this is the main hub for the buses so you can get a bus or taxi to any part of the Mahe Island from here.
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Beau Vallon, Mahe Island
Another popular attraction on Mahe Island is the Beau Vallon village which is known for its long, beautiful beach and numerous fancy hotels. Beau Vallon is located on the western coast of Mahe Island and is a great place to spend your entire day sunbathing on the beach or shopping souvenirs from the shops.
You also have a couple of Diving centers here so you can book a scuba diving session or a snorkeling session to experience the underwater wonders here. And you can enjoy the vibrant shopping stalls and the food stalls here as well which will take the better part of your day.
Sunset Beach, Mahe Island
Sunset Beach in Seychelles is definitely one of the best places here to witness the most gorgeous sunset on Mahe Island. There is also a private resort here so if you want to enjoy gorgeous sunsets and seaside views every day then you can stay here.
Sunset Beach is an offbeat destination and not so many people come here which makes it a good place to relax as well.
Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue Island
One of the best places in Seychelles for relaxing and chilling is the Anse Source D’Argent which also happens to be the most photographed beach in the world. This beach is located on the La Digue Island and sees several married couples coming here for their honeymoon and wedding photographs.
What sets this place apart from other beaches is its unique composition with fancy rock formations and palm trees lined beaches.
Vallee De Mai Nature Park, Praslin Island
One of the top places to visit in Seychelles is the Vallee De Mai Nature Park on Praslin Island. Here, you can explore the park to learn more about the local flora and fauna here. This park, you will see the famous Coco De Mer, which is a popular fruit in Seychelles that isn’t allowed for consumption as it is an endemic fruit. And you will also learn about how the Coco De Mer is grown and matured with the years.
Anse Cocos, La Digue Island
Another amazing place to visit in Seychelles, Anse Cocos is not easy to reach and actually requires a small hike which makes this place absolutely amazing to visit. You can reach this beach via the Anse Fourmis beach or the Grand Anse beach and have to walk around 30-40 minutes to actually reach here.
But all this effort is completely worth it because once you reach this beach, you have it entirely for yourself. So, you can hang your hammock from a tree and enjoy a full day here, relaxing without having to endure hundreds of tourists walking about on the beach.
Anse Georgette, Praslin Island
One of the best places in Seychelles for a beach lover, Anse Georgette is a complete paradise with its white sandy beaches and clear, sparkling blue water. And the best part is that this beach has rocks on both the sides and covered with vegetation so it resembles a small haven for anyone who is looking for some quiet time on the beach.
But this is why it is not easily accessible to the public and one needs to take a reservation to actually explore this beach. However, once you do arrive here, you forget about everything else because the views around here are absolutely mesmerizing.
Places to stay in Seychelles
Wondering where you can stay in this island nation? Don’t worry because we have covered your stay options below too.
As Seychelles is a popular island destination, there are many resorts and hotels where you can stay here. In fact, some of these smaller islands have been converted into a private resort which is a great way to explore these offbeat islands and see a different side of this island nation.
However, if you are looking to stay on the main islands like Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue, then you would find a few good hotels and resorts here as well.
Food Options in Seychelles
In Seychelles, you will find the Creole cuisine majorly which includes seafood, rice, etc. and can turn out to be a little spicy but delicious. There are many good restaurants on the three major islands (Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue) which will offer you Creole, Continental, Italian, and a variety of other cuisines as well.
You would also come across various takeaway shops and vans where you can purchase snacks when you are exploring the islands.
Seychelles can certainly turn out to be a good and unique experience if you plan well. At iTraveller you can customize your trip and choose anything and everything you want!
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