Must-see sights in the Seychelles
The Seychelles is a place of outstanding natural beauty and, as such, many of its main attractions are its landscapes, beaches, mountains, forests and wildlife. It's impossible to come here without appreciating the stunning surroundings.
One absolute must on a holiday in the Seychelles is exploring the Vallee de Mai National Park on Praslin. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's protected because it is home to an area of primeval palm forest and is the only place in the country where its six endemic palm species are still found together. These include the coco de mer tree, which produces the world's largest nut.
Another top attraction in the Seychelles is the Botanical Gardens in Mahe. You'll find it just outside the capital, Victoria, and it's been here for more than a century, making it one of the country's oldest monuments. It's home to a wide range of endemic species, including spice and fruit trees, as well as a number of giant tortoises and fruit bats.
The beaches are another top attraction and there are hundreds dotted along the shores of the isles. Large granite boulders feature on many of them, providing a wonderful contrast to the white sands.
Top water sports in the Seychelles
A holiday in the Seychelles gives you the perfect opportunity to try a host of water sports, with sailing, scuba diving, wind surfing, fishing and surfing among the options. Sailing is a particularly popular choice, because the conditions off the coast of the islands make it possible to sail all year round.
The strongest winds typically come between May and September, so this is the peak season for sailing in the Seychelles, as well as being the best time to have a go at surfing and windsurfing. For surfers, there are several breaks on Mahe (Anse Gaulette and Anse Forbans), Praslin (Anse Kerlan) and La Digue (Anse Patate and Anse Coco).
Scuba diving is another popular pastime for people on holiday in the Seychelles, with the best periods for this sport being April to May, and October to November. There is a wide variety of dive sites around the Seychelles from sheltered bays and beautiful coral reefs to stunning wrecks and impressive walls.
The abundance of fish and other marine life around the Seychelles also makes it a prime spot for fishing, with tuna, wahoo, rainbow runners and sailfish all being regularly sighted in its waters.
Activities to try on land
In addition to lounging on the beaches and soaking up the sunshine, there are some more active pursuits open to you if you don't fancy getting involved with (or you get tired of) the water sports on offer. One of the best options if you want to see more of the Seychelles' stunning scenery is hiking.
There are numerous hiking trails across the islands, many of which will take you through national parks like Vallee de Mai (on Praslin) and Morne Seychellois (on Mahe). For something gentle, follow the trail along Mahe's north-western coastline to the beach of Anse Major, or take the circular route around the Dauban River and through its mangroves.
Horseback riding is another option if you'd like to cover a little more ground and see some more of the beautiful scenery that the Seychelles is famous for. Imagine cantering along a white-sand beach just after sunrise, enjoying the feeling of the wind in your hair and the sound of waves gently crashing on the beach - magical.
Relax and unwind
There's no better way to truly relax than by lying back on the white sands of one of the Seychelles' beautiful beaches - and there are certainly plenty of these. Among the most picturesque spots are Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette on Praslin, as well as Beau Vallon and Anse a la Mouche on Mahe.
Many of the top hotels in the Seychelles have their own spas, where you can truly unwind with a host of pampering beauty treatments and massages. Spend a morning making use of facilities like jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms before indulging with a relaxing massage or rejuvenating body wrap to get you ready for the rest of your holiday.
Excursions and Attractions
This fascinating tour of Praslin and La Digue, two of the most beautiful granitic islands in the Seychelles, will introduce you to the extraordinary diversity of this stunning archipelago, located in the heart of the Indian Ocean. As well as visiting...
A holiday in The Seychelles conjures up images of paradise – powdery white-sand beaches, swaying palms and sparkling, crystal clear waters. Scattered like jewels in the middle of the Indian Ocean, stretching from the East coast of Africa to India,...
This unforgettable evening tour on the beautiful granitic island of Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles, is a spectacular, colourful celebration of Creole tradition. This famous dinner and show Back to your Roots combines delicious,...
If you want a day of pure relaxation on deserted paradise islands during your holiday in the Seychelles, this trip is the perfect choice. Hop over to two of Praslin’s most beautiful neighbouring islands – Sister Island and Coco Island –...
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