The Seychelles are a grouping of idyllic islands off the east of Africa. Still somewhat under the radar, these pristine beauties are scattered away at sea and numbering over a 100. While all boast their own special beauty, here are three to get you started.
If you’re on Mahe, the largest island in the archipelago, then you must visit the highest mountain, the Morne Seychellois. It’s found in Seychellois National Park, which is a thick-forested woodland, full of mangroves and civilization not seen for miles. Get the hiking boots ready and make your climb up to the top.
If you’re the city type, the you have to head to Victoria. Don’t expect too much from the city life considering this is the smallest capital in the world. With that said, you can still find some unique shopping in Victoria and you can take home some pretty stylish new garb along with souvenirs for everyone.
Perhaps shopping is your thing and you don’t want to stop. The markets in Victoria are fantastic to roam around for a few snacks, fruit for the road, or a place to collect some spices to bring home. There's plenty of souvenirs here as well.
This is the country’s second largest island and only a very small plane hop away from Mahe. The beaches here are unforgettable, and are even voted as some of the best in the country. Anse Lazio is the prime choice with its picturesque sands and crystal clear water. Speaking of clear water, snorkeling is a must.
To further explore your Seychelles holidays, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to the endemic forest of Coco de Mer along with a few other palms. This special tree grows a huge seed, the largest in the world. There are beautiful wildlife, such as the Seychelles Black Parrot, a rare bird, other reptiles, mammals, and snails.
Let’s move from the two largest islands in the country, to one of the smallest. La Digue is a stunning spec of sand of the over 100 islands that make up the Seychelles. Luckily, it’s not half as popular as the beautiful Praslin and Mahe islands. But don’t think you need to give up on beauty to get some exclusivity and peace. The pink granite rocks that spec the coastline, the white sand beaches flanked with palms, and the piercing blue water, make this a haven. The L'Anse Source D’Argent is ranked as one of the best beaches in the world, so that’s this little islands claim to fame, see it while it’s still hot, but not yet mainstream.
The snorkeling top spot is a Ile de Cocos, and the clear water here offers ultimum clarity. To get around, go old fashion and walk or bike. The rare Paradise Flycatchers are located at here deserves a wander over.