Unspoiled and beautiful, the Seychelles is a country of endless private beaches and crystal waters, the ideal beach getaway. With ancient forests of supersized ferns, exotic birds and unique endemic plants, this country is a treasure-trove.
Sun-kissed Islands invite peaceful days spent relaxing or actively exploring. When the sun sinks below the horizon, it is time for romantic evenings. A bohemian mix of Creole, English and French, Seychelles is a little rustic, a little cosmopolitan. As you dine on Creole meals flavored to match the unique islands, bare toes curling in the sand, you reflect over a memorable day.
The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 islands, many of which are unpopulated. The islands are either low-lying coral islands or lush hilly granite islands full. All abound with fauna and flora and are surrounded by pristine beaches and seas teaming with marine life. Some of the most incredible private beaches in the world are found in the Seychelles – and it is easy to picture pirates of old gleefully digging their hiding places on Moyenne Island, while the look-outs stood guard from granite boulders. Leper colonies, slave traders and missionaries all form part of Seychelles history and now offer fascinating sites to visit and stories to hear.
Seychelles is a good beach extension which can be added on to an East or Southern Africa safari itinerary. Due to the tropical climate it is a year round destination.
Trade winds can bring rough seas and seaweed so the best side of the islands to stay on varies during the year.
Explore La Digue on a bicycle.
Rent a car on Mahe and find your own private beach!
Stay on a private island!
An exclusive beach destination with few travelers and a small population. Seychelles is the ideal luxury vacation spot for those who love diving, swimming, or fishing.
An archipelago of 115 islands, the Seychelles is an enormous area to explore. The two largest islands are Mahe and Praslin and these two islands are where many people stay. There are beautiful beaches, plenty to do and a wide range of accommodation on both, from 5 star resorts to quaint bed and breakfasts. From both Mahe and Praslin you can easily spend a day exploring a few smaller islands such as La Digue. You might chose to stay on La Digue for a more remote and rural experience (there are only 2000 people and a handful of cars on the whole island!). There are also a number of private islands including, North Island, Derosches and Fregate. These offer a more exclusive, luxurious experience and have the price tag to match.
The Seychelles is ideal for those looking for an active beach destination in a laid-back environment. It offers some of the world’s most beautiful natural beaches, lovely forests for hiking and waters teaming with fascinating marine life for divers and fishermen alike. Active travelers will find lots to do. Scuba dive and snorkel for a chance to see the coral fish, the mantas, dolphins, turtles and whale sharks or rent a bike and explore inland for an afternoon.
The Seychelles is also ideal for those looking for a polished, luxurious beach destination. The 5-star properties on Mahe and Praslin are excellent and the Seychelles is home to some of the best golf courses in Africa.The private island properties such as North Island, are some of the most remote and luxurious anywhere in the world. For serious divers and fishing enthusiasts, Alphonse Island is perfect.
The country is sparsely populated and the remoteness of some of the islands will have great appeal for those looking for an intimate vacation – especially visitors wanting the exclusivity of a private island. From the Mahe and Praslin you can island hop and explore other scenic locations. The country is particularly good for honeymooners; it is a truly romantic getaway with uncrowded beaches and exquisite scenery.
Bird lovers will find the Seychelles’ many endemic species fascinating, and the large tortoises and turtle breeding programs are a highlight for eco-tourists.
Culturally, Seychelles is a mix of French, English and Creole and this is evident in the cuisine and traditions. Food is of a high standard and the people are warm and hospitable. You will feel relaxed and safe in the Seychelles.
Seychelles is a comparatively expensive destination and not the best choice for budget conscious travelers.
It is in many ways the Seychelles offers a similar to the Caribbean, which might be off-putting to travelers who are expecting something different.
In order to travel around the islands you are obliged to fly or transfer by boat which may not suit those who are uncomfortable on boats, or in small planes and helicopters.
Although there is hiking and biking to be done, the Seychelles are predominantly a beach and ocean destination so travelers should make sure that is what they are looking for when considering the country.
Seychelles is a year round destination with consistently warm temperatures between 75 and 90 degrees. There can be short bursts of rain year round.
The most important factor to consider in deciding where to stay is the trade winds, which can bring rougher seas and seaweed to certain sides of the islands at certain times of year. Between May to October the northwest sides of the islands are best while properties on the southeast side are a better option between November and April, when the northwest trade winds blow.
Somewhat rougher seas and stronger winds between July and September may affect diving and fishing but it won’t have any impact if your priority is relaxing on the beach. Whale sharks migrate through the area between August and October and there is the fabulous Seychelles Creole Fesitval in October each year.
The Seychelles are a year round beach destination. You need to be careful which accommodation you book at certain times of the year as the trade winds affect different sides of the islands in different months, bringing seaweed and rougher seas.
December to February is the rainiest part of the year, although this typically means short bursts of rain, not all-day downpours. This it doesn’t mean you can’t visit over this period.
If diving and fishing are your priority rougher seas and stronger winds limit these activities somewhat between July and September.
Seychelles is an expensive destination and not suitable for budget-conscious travelers. What you get for your money however, is an uncrowded, stunningly beautiful and exclusive beach destination.
Mid-level accommodation on Mahe and Praslin costs in the range of $400 per night, but dinner could easily add $125-$200 per person per night. Travelers looking for a 5-star or private island option could pay anywhere from $1000 to $2500 per night.
Transferring from island to island will increase your costs.
Seychelles is a tropical beach destination with plenty of activities and ways to experience the country both on land and in the water.
Although most guests choose to stay on Mahe or Praslin, island hopping on day tours is a fantastic way to discover the true untouched beauty of Seychelles and to get out to remote, pristine, snorkeling and diving spots.
We recommend exploring the islands on bikes and there are a number of hiking trails available on Mahe, and the stunning jungle regions of Vallee de Mai on Praslin.
Although the diving is superb and suitable for all levels of experience, the best visibility is during April/May and October/November. Dive centers are located throughout the Seychelles, usually at the resort hotels and water activities and excellent snorkeling is available throughout the islands.
Markets, historic sites and national parks and marine parks provide a range of interesting places to discover.
The Seychelles is safe and easy to explore on your own. For guests staying on Mahe we often recommend they rent a car for day and drive around the island, you may very well find your own empty stretch of pristine beach!
The Seychelles are home to an enormous array of unique flora and fauna and holds special appeal for bird lovers, due to the islands' rare and endemic species.
In addition to being home to the Scop’s Owl, which was believed to be extinct until it was spotted again in 1959, it is home to the Indian Ocean’s only flightless bird, the white throated rail, greater flamingoes and the Magpie Robin and the Seychelles Brush Warbler, two of the rarest birds in the world.
The Seychelles are home to both the world’s smallest frog and the some of the world’s largest tortoises. The Seychelles have world’s largest population of giant tortoise; 150,000 inhabit the island of Aldabra alone compared to the Galapagos Islands’ population of 30,000.
Thanks to turtle breeding programs, green and hawksbill turtles are prevalent in the archipelago. Twenty-six species of terrestrial or semi-terrestrial crabs are found in the Seychelles including the world's largest terrestrial invertebrate, the coconut crab.
The marine life in the Seychelles, especially around the more remote coral islands is spectacular, more than 1000 species of fish have been recorded. Divers have the best chance of seeing whale sharks between August and October and mantas from October through January, but fish life is prolific year round and the snorkeling is spectacular.
Sainte Annes Marine National Park is home to Bottlenose dolphin and the green and hawksbill turtles, and La Digue is the only place where you will find the Black Parrot.
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