You Could Travel list their must-see islands in the Seychelles
An archipelago of 115 islands, the Seychelles offers stunning natural beauty in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Mahe is the country’s largest and most populated island and offers visitors the most options. La Digue is the most serene and untouched, and Praslin, the second-largest island in the chain, is a bit of both: one side of the island offers seclusion while the other side offers a bit more civilization.
Located roughly halfway between Africa and India in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 picture-perfect islands. It’s a bit of cliché to describe islands as a “tropical paradise,” but the description is an apt one for the Seychelles. The problem with so much beauty is deciding which of country’s islands to visit.
The You Could Travel website recently visited the Seychelles in an attempt to do just that—decide which of the beautiful country’s islands were a must-see for visitors. The author chose the following islands as essential stops on a Seychelles itinerary:
Mahe is the largest and most developed of the country’s islands, and is home to roughly 90% of its population. As a result, tourists will find the most to occupy themselves here, particularly in the capital city of Victoria. Travellers will find the most options for accommodations in Victoria, and while there isn’t much in the way of shopping, there are plenty of other options. For those who simply want to relax and take in the incredible scenery, there is Petite Anse, Mahe’s stand-out beach. Nature-lovers will also have their choice of hiking trails in the lush tropical vegetation.
Praslin, the second-largest island in the chain, is also an excellent choice for travellers. You might say that Praslin offers the best of both worlds—it lacks the hustle and bustle of Mahe but has more going on than La Digue. Its natural beauty is breath-taking; the island is home to the UNESCO Heritage Site, Praslin National Park. The west side of the island offers relative seclusion, but the island’s east side, just across a small mountain chain, offers more options for accommodations and activities. All things considered, Praslin may be the best choice—on one island, travellers can be a part of civilization or they can be as cut off from the world as they please.
Of the three, La Digue is the most secluded and pristine, although it is generally far from deserted. It’s the most laid-back of the three as well, and home to a large population of tortoises. With plenty of trails, it’s the perfect place for walking or bicycling. La Digue boasts stunning beaches, although their beauty makes them popular with tourists and it’s unusual to find a beach to oneself. Oddly, however, given its relative seclusion, there are more shops and markets on La Digue than on Praslin and Mahe.
With 115 stunning islands to choose from, the Seychelles offers travellers incredible natural beauty and a laid-back, serene tropical atmosphere.
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