In these stressful times wouldn’t it be great to zoom off to the Seychelles islands for photogenic beaches, bright sun and time in nature?
Have you ever seen more inviting water?
In 1976, the Seychelles gained their independence from Britain and is now known officially as the Republic of Seychelles.
Of the 115 islands, Mahé, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette are the most popularly visited, although there are many more to explore. With so many beautiful options, it may be hard to pick which beaches to enjoy! Here are my favourites:
The Seychelles rocks!
Anse Lazio on Praslin Island – This palm tree shaded beach is home to many different marine animals and coral reefs.
Here’s a Pro-Tip: Anse Lazio is one of the best beaches for SCUBA diving and snorkelling. Try to arrive early to beat any crowds!
Anse La Passe on Silhouette Island – This pristine beach is part of the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa and is an ideal location for a quiet beach experience.
Although Seychelles holidays are known for relaxing on the beach, there is plenty of other activities to do around the islands. Here are my top recommendations:
- Birdwatching – There are over 250 species of birds that have been recorded around the islands.
- Watch Turtles Hatch –Turtles can be spotted between the months of October to April around the full moon. Make sure to practice responsible viewing!
- Water, Land and Air Activities – Parasailing, snorkelling, ziplining and rock climbing are readily available at multiple locations throughout the islands. Helicopter rides are also an exciting way to see the islands.
The world’s heaviest tortoise lives on Bird Island
- Nature Hikes – Bring your hiking shoes, because the natural beauty of the Seychelles islands is purely stunning and not to be missed! Some of the best hikes are Glacis Trois Freres Trail, Morne Blanc Trail, and Cassedent Trail.
Seychelles with an Italian twist!
Flights to the Seychelles arrive in Seychelles International Airport. It is about a 20 minute drive to Victoria city centre from the airport. Taxis and shuttles can be pre-booked at the airport, or the local bus departs about 2 to 3 times per hour. Once in the city, walking or taxi are the best options. To travel from island to island, boats or the Cat Cocos ferry are available.
Accommodations can be quite lavish on this tropical island paradise. North Island in Victoria is a lovely collection of 11 beachfront villas with unbeatable views. H Resort Beau Vallon is another location on Mahé with a luxurious atmosphere. Raffles Praslin and the alluring Hotel Le Duc de Praslin on Praslin are my top picks for the area. Airbnb is also an excellent option, especially for something more economical.
The nightlife in the Seychelles is fairly tame, island hopping is much more common than bar hopping. Bars like The Boardwalk Bar and Grill on Eden and Chill Out Tapas Bar on Praslin provide a relaxing atmosphere. The local beer, Seybrew, can be found almost anywhere and most restaurants have a selection of wine available as well.
Here’s another Pro-Tip: The East coast of Mahé produces some of the highest ranked rum on the Indian Ocean, Takamaka Bay. Take a distillery tours for samples, taste their sugarcane and while you’re at it, try the featured restaurant, La Grande Maison.
Sail away to this beautiful paradise!
Here’s a final Pro-Tip: Seychellois Rupee is the official currency of the Seychelles, although in some places Euros and U.S. Dollars are accepted. The exchange rate is about 14 Seychelle Rupees (SCR) to the US Dollar, 15 SCR to the Euro and 16 SCR to the Pound.
Relaxing is a top priority of the Seychelles and you are sure to feel it! Take the time to return to nature and unwind so that you can re-emerge serene, centred and tan!