Lying in the lap of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is an incredible archipelago comprising 115 pristine islands. It is one of the smallest countries in the world which is located towards the east of Kenya. Popular as the most idyllic archipelago, Seychelles fascinates tourists with its gorgeous beaches, azure water, tropical environs, and exotic marine life. Brimming with myriad tourist attractions such as UNESCO-listed nature reserves, unique flora, and fauna, giant-sized Aldabra tortoise, beautiful coral reefs, the tropical paradise is an ideal place for vacationing and living your island fantasies.
Once a hideout for pirates, secluded Seychelles now boasts well-protected tourism amenities which marks it as a safe haven for tourists.
Once a hideout for pirates, secluded Seychelles now boasts well-protected tourism amenities which marks it as a safe haven for tourists. Check out the stunning places to visit and things to do in Seychelles.
Home to Victoria, the tiny capital city, and the International airport, Mahé Island is one of the most popular places to visit in Seychelles. It is the largest island of Seychelles that has more than 65 beaches, the highest mountain ranges, Morne Seychellois National Park, spectacular Beau Vallon beach, and many other attractions. Mahé is famous around the world for its stunning pink sand beaches and azure waters which draws a perfect backdrop for a photoshoot. Verdant forests and unique flora and fauna in Mahé make it an ideal place for bird-watching, photography, and basking in nature.
Known as Isle de Palme, Praslin Island is the second-largest island in Seychelles which is 50 minutes away from Mahe. Famous for iconic beaches -Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette, UNESCO World Heritage Site -Vallée de Mai, Praslin national park, black parrots, sea coconut -coco de mer, and whatnot. Vallée de Mai beach in Praslin Island is considered the Garden of Eden and is known for six species of palm and the biggest coral reefs. Apart from sunbathing on the pristine beaches of Praslin Island, tourists can explore wildlife and nature. Brimming with stunning beach resorts, tourists can expect heartwarming hospitality in Praslin.
Known for its rich biodiversity and mountainous topography, Silhouette Island is the third-largest granite island in Seychelles. With no cars on the island, tourists have to walk down to places on the island. The trek to Grand Barbe, exploring caves, and hiking on Mount Dauban are some of the things that people can enjoy on Silhouette Island. The island is named after the French minister, Étienne de Silhouette. The island was owned by the Dauban family from France who lived here till 1960. The cultural, environmental, and historical heritage of Silhouette island is preserved by The Dauban Family Foundation so that tourists can catch a glimpse of Seychelle's glorious past. Swimming, snorkeling, photography, bird watching are some of the things to do in Silhouette island.
The mini boutique island, La Digue is like a masterpiece of a renowned artist. Spread across an area of 10km, the entire La Digue can be covered on foot in 3 hours' time. The breathtaking beauty Anse Source D’Argent - a popular beach with granite boulders is one of the major attractions of La Digue. Grand Anse, Belle Vue, and Veuve Nature Reserve are the famous tourist places to visit in La Digue. There are plenty of accommodations and resorts on the small island. Tourists can enjoy commuting on ox-carts and bicycles along with thrilling activities like diving, hiking, boating which makes a memorable stay in La Digue.
Cousine Island is an untouched granite island that is known as the jewel of Seychelles. It’s an intimate private island with just four beachfront French Colonial-style villas. Cousine Island is the third most expensive private island in the world where you can get all the private moments with world-class amenities. The island is home to several endangered animals and exotic species of birds such as the hawksbill turtle, a turtledove, brush warbler, magpie robin, etc, and is known as the paradise for bird watchers and animal lovers.
A ring-shaped coral island, the stunning Aldabra Island is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is the largest raised coral atoll in the world that is volcanic in origin. Tourists don’t have an option of staying overnight on the Island but it is one of the most interesting places to visit in Seychelles. Apart from witnessing the largest raised coral atoll which is about 125,000 years old, tourists get an opportunity to spot and photograph some of the exotic birds and animals inhabiting the island. The only flightless bird in the Indian Ocean, white-throated Aldabra rail can also be spotted here. So be ready with your camera.
Known for the private luxury resorts, Fregate Island is a perfect place to have some cozy moments with your partner. Covered under the verdant and thickly forested area with tropical fauna, Fregate Island is a visual treat for tourists. Also, the pristine view of the sea, private jacuzzi, and world-class amenities make Fregate Island one of the amazing places to visit in Seychelles. Apart from basking in the splendid beauty of nature, travelers can take part in water sports activities such as yachting, scuba diving, snorkeling, and yachting. Having derived its name from frigate birds that nest on the island, the island is a beautiful place for bird watchers and photographers.
Managed by the Island Conservation Society of Seychelles, Aride Island is a treasure trove of nature brimming with wonders. It is one of the significant seabird colonies in the Indian Ocean that grabs the attention of nature lovers as the nature reserve has several endemic flowers and is the breeding ground of 18 exotic species of seabirds. Aride Island is not touristy as it is only inhabited by an administrator along with a few workers and biologists who live here to protect marine flora and the beauty of the island. The coral reef of the Island is one of the most popular diving sites in the Seychelles which can be covered in a day trip.
Formerly known as the Îles aux Vaches, Bird Island in Seychelles as the name suggests is a top-notch destination for bird watchers. Home to the largest land tortoise of the world, sea cows - dugongs and over a million migratory birds such as cardinals, ground doves, crested terns, fairy terns, etc, this idyllic island is where tourists come to enjoy the serenity of chirping birds and nature’s bliss.
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Popular for giant tortoises, unique fauna, ancient relics, museums, and graves of pirates, Moyenne Island is visited by tourists as a day trip. The island is located in Ste Anne Marine National Park, Northcoast Mahe. It's a small island spread over 1km of land which was a private property of Late Brendon Grimshaw - a famous Yorkshire editor who purchased it in 1960. He was an alone inhabitant of the island and after his death in 2012, the island was declared as the nature reserve of Seychelles. There is a certain eeriness about the island as guides escorting you to the island tell some paranormal excerpts from their guidebooks. Apart from the spectacular view of huge granite boulders and white sandy beaches, tourists also get an opportunity to feed giant turtles that roam freely on the island.
With a year-long tropical climate, Seychelles is open for tourists all around the year. However, April to June and September to early November is the peak season of Seychelles as during these months weather remains pleasant vis-a-vis other months that are rather hot and humid.
While sailing and snorkeling can be enjoyed all around the year, April to October is good months for bird watching. Surfing can be done in the months of May to September and diving is open from March to May and then from September to November.