Currency: Seychellios Rupee
Capital City: Victoria
Official Language: Creole, English and French are the three official languages of the Seychelles
Paradise on earth can be a reality…and the destination is as simple as the Seychelles
Consisting of 115 small tropical islands, the Seychelles archipelago comes together to create one of the most magical and awe inspiring tropical destinations in the world. Just imagine; white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters with colorful coral reefs, abundant marine life, secret coves and exotic birds and tortoises to round it all off. Although the three main islands - Mahé, Psalin and La Digue - are the star attractions to the Seychelles, there’s actually a lot more worth seeing and exploring. Remote islands like Fregate and Bird Island are the adventurer’s dream come true with their secluded beaches, wildlife and breathtaking scenery.
With descendants from Africa, Asia and Europe, the Seychelles is also a melting pot of cultures that’s set to entertain and amaze even the most discerned traveler. On offer here is a fabulous fusion of food, luxury accommodation, mind blowing diving opportunities and a taste of true tropical island paradise…it might have you planning a return trip in no time if your bank balance can handle the punch! So it’s not a budget destination, but if you’re a honeymooner, celebrity or a high end tourist (even if you’ve just been saving for LONG enough), the Seychelles offers you the best opportunity for isolation and pristine environment that money can buy!
Must see places in Seychelles
Mahé is another sight hotspot in the Seychelles with attractions such as Anse Major where you can explore secret coves than trail along the prestige coastline. Close by there’s also the Sainte Anne National Park and Conception Island to explore. Mahé is also home to Bird Island where the hawksbill turtles lay their eggs. The main island of Mahé is another interesting destination with a vibrant market, the Botanical Gardens, Victoria (the capital city), colonial style buildings and the famous cinnamon and vanilla plantations. Another must see attraction in Mahé is the Morne Seychellios National Park, renowned for the fact that it takes up about 20% of the land area in Mahé. This is where you can feast your eyes on the highest peak in the Seychelles, Morne Seychellios, just don’t get lost, because the thick mangrove forest can instantly make real life see like a distant time and place!
The smallest of the three inhabited islands in the Seychelles, La Digue happens to be home to some of the most iconic beaches in the area. The village of La Passe is definitely worth visiting for some local fare and a stunning view over Praslin. Anse Severe and Anse Patates are two of the best beaches for swimming and snorkeling or just soaking up the tropical atmosphere. Anse Source D’Argent is undeniably the MOST famous beach in the Seychelles, so if you’re ready to embrace the REAL deal island life, that’s the place you need to get to.
Located just southwest of Praslin, Cousin Island is a fantastic bird reserve. With more than 300,000 birds on an islet less than a mile in diameter, you’re sure to have a ball of a time watching the spectacular showdown of feathered friends in their thick forest environment.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aldabra is the world’s largest atoll and is home to the giant land tortois. Consisting of 13 islands, Aldabra accounts for about one-third of the land area of the Seychelles.
Praslin is loaded with stunning sights such as Anse Lazio - rated one of the best beaches in the world. Then there’s also Vallée de Mai, which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can see the Coco de Mer trees with their massive fruits, which grows only in Vallée de Mai and Curieuse.
Frégate is a Robinson Crusoe island, and it’s the most easterly and isolated of all the islands in the Seychelles. Here you’ll find some of the best unspoiled beaches with postcard-like scenery surrounding you on beaches such as Anse Victorin and Anse Macquereau.
This island which is uninhabited by humans offers you the stunning experience of exploring the rock pools and the tortoise colony of the small islet. Located just off the western coast of Mahé, this islet is home to the iconic peaks which look like a giant’s staircase. Once you’re done exploring, you can kick back on the white sandy beaches or do a little water sport.
If you’re big on diving, then The Aquarium, Madam Zabre and Passe Tambi are the spots to head to in the Desroches area to swim with turtles, rays and colorful reef fish. Sea cliffs, tunnels and caves are in abundance in this area, and because Desroches is the largest of the Amirantes archipelago, you’re sure to be blown away by the watery wonder world.
Sainte Anne National Marine Park
On offer here is everything from snorkeling to scuba diving, glass bottom boat tours and luxurious ocean cruises. The Marine Park consists of 6 islands just off the coast of Mahé.
Things to do in Seychelles
Indulge in good old recreation
The Seychelles has no shortage of recreational activities, which means that you’re not going to run out of possible things to do. From golfing to biking, hiking and squash, there’s more to the Seychelles than juts lounging around the beach.
Be a beach bum
Because they’re uncrowded, unspoiled and undeveloped, the beaches of the Seychelles are there for one clear reason…doing nothing ad juts enjoying the views. With warm, crystal clear waters, swimming or snorkeling is always a good idea if you’re tired of just soaking up the sun.
Feast on the local food
The Seychelles offers some of the world’s finest cuisine, which naturally means you’ll be missing out if you don’t indulge a little. Seafood, coconuts and curry are the all-stars, and can be found on just about any menu. Some of the best restaurants to head to include Coco Rogue, Bonbon Plume, Tante Mimi and Café Ognibar.
Best time to visit Seychelles
Toursist visit Seychelles from November to April
With a warm, tropical climate year-round, the Seychelles is a great destination to visit any time of the year. The highest temperatures tend to peak at no more than 32°C, while it rarely drops below 23°C. Monsoon season runs from November through to April, with the rest of the year being a little hotter and more humid than the “dry” season.
Did you know?
- Coconut fish curry
- Chatini Requin is a shark curry, which might be for the more adventurous foodies
- Soupe de Tectec is a dish of cooked clams in tomatoes, garlic and ginger
- Bouillon Bréde is a Creole spinach broth
- Shredded green papaya salad
- Kat-Kat Banana, which is bananas cooked in a coconut milk
- Handshakes are the customary greeting form in the Seychelles, so always greet locals this way to avoid looking awkward.
- It’s expected that you give a gift when visiting the homes of locals
- It’s illegal to drink alcohol on any roads or in public here