From Mahé to La Digue, where to go, what to do and the stunning beaches you can’t miss on your Seychelles trip!
On your Seychelles trip, you have 115 diverse islands of paradise and a host of activities to choose from. Now comes the tricky part, deciding what to choose. Find out which are the top three islands to visit, the attractions and activities that can’t be missed and key travel information.
Top 3 Seychelles Islands
Mahé is the largest and main island of the Seychelles and has over 60 gorgeous beaches to choose from. Anse Royale is great for swimming and snorkelling or head to Anse Soleil for a more off the beaten track experience.
The smallest capital of the world, Victoria, cannot be missed! You can explore the republic’s business and cultural hub on foot in a day or two. Important landmarks include St. Paul’s Cathedral, La Domus and the Natural History Museum.
Visit the immaculate Botanical Gardens, Mon Fleuri, and Morne Seychellois, the Seychelles’s largest national park, where you can explore beautiful mountains and forests. From there head to Mission Lodge, the most famous vantage point in all of the Seychelles, offering spectacular sea and mountain views across Mahé.
With so many art galleries to choose from, Domaine de Val des Près is a craft village not to be missed. This collection of attractions captivates traditional Creole culture in form of Creole architecture, arts and crafts, craft workshops and gastronomy.
Praslin is all about exploring the Seychelles’ vibrant natural beauty. It is home to the legendary Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the rare Coco de Mer trees flourish.
There are so many walks and trails on offer, so you can completely immerse yourself in Praslin’s nature. Hike the Glacis Noire for striking views of the surrounding islands or from Anse Kerlan through the valley rivers to renowned Anse Lazio. Lazio beach is a high contender for the best beach in the world because of its postcard scenery.
An excursion to the surrounding islands, such as the Cousin or Aride National Park, is also highly recommended.
Laid-back and low-key, La Digue adds the ideal contrast to the Seychelles experience. Explore grand colonial houses, meet giant tortoises, and enjoy the sights on scenic cycling routes.
L’Union Estate is the place to step back in time and see a traditional copra mill, kiln and plantation house framed by granite boulders in landscaped gardens. You can also visit the stunning Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches on the planet.
The other top beaches to visit are Grand Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Coco. Apart from being impeccable beaches, they are also wonderfully quiet and peaceful. For the adventurous, it is great to hike between these beaches and visit all three via trails.
3 Dreamy Seychelles beaches
Often listed among the world’s top ten beaches, Anse Lazio is a bucket-list beach not to be missed. The long winding yet scenic drive from Côte d’Or to visit Praslin’s most famous beach is really worth it.
Picture-perfect Anse Lazio is framed by idyllic granite rock formations and has soft porcelain white sands. Its calm, warm turquoise waters and gentle gradient make it ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
There are small shops and a handful of restaurants at each end of the beach as well a curious bar called the Honesty Bar, where instead of table service customers can help themselves and just pay at the end.
Anse Source d’Argent
Anse Source d’Argent is arguably the Seychelles’ most Instagrammable beach. With its aquamarine ocean lapping the pristine white sand against a backdrop of huge chiselled granite boulders and lush palm trees, it is no wonder it’s one of the most photographed beaches in the world!
As the sea is sheltered by the reef it is extremely calm and shallow, and with only sand underfoot, Anse Source d’Argent is an ideal place for families with children.
A restaurant, toilets, and parking are all located near the entrance to the beach. A number of fruit stands can be found at the far end.
Beau Vallon Bay
Beau Vallon adds the perfect contrast to the mix. In perspective of most Seychelles beaches, Beau Vallon is on the larger side and is ideally located to explore Mahe island. You can walk to Morne Seychellois national park or easily explore the capital.
The main highlight of Beau Vallon is the great variety of activities. From kitesurfing to fishing and scuba diving to enjoying some nightlife, you won’t run out of options! There aren’t many other bays in the Seychelles that are as vibrant as Beau Vallon, so it is definitely a ‘must-visit’ for anyone.
As well as extensive rental opportunities for most imaginable water sports, Beau Vallon has plenty of local restaurants and bars. It’s worth visiting just before the evening to see the incredible sun set over the water.
Source: Seychelles Travel