Home to pristine beaches, coral reefs, rainforests and rare fauna such as the Aldabra Tortoise, Seychelles is paradise. The Seychelles archipelago is made up of 115 islands, the three most-popular are La Digue, Praslin and Mahé which is the largest of the islands.
When to Go
Seychelles has two distinct seasons, the cool season and the hot season. Aside from the obvious temperature differences, the water is clearer during the hot season and there are infrequent but heavy rainstorms. Therefore, the optimal time to visit Seychelles is in either November or April as these months are on the cusp of Seychelles’ two seasons. Seychelles experiences its peak season in August and the Christmas holidays.
Where to Stay
Seychelles has a good selection of accommodations which ranges from small but charming hotels to luxury 5-star resorts with every comfort and convenience desired. Most of the hotels in Seychelles will include breakfast in the room rate and some of the hotels on the private islands offer an all-inclusive or full board option. However, if you are staying in a destination with plenty of restaurant choices such as Côte d’Or or Beau Vallon, it is often cheaper and more enjoyable to opt for just breakfast and dine in a restaurant in the evening. Guesthouses and self-catered accommodation are a great alternative to traditional hotels. Guesthouses are often cheaper than hotels and are typically housed in former plantation houses. Self-catered accommodation can be found on the La Digue, Praslin and Mahé in the form of villas, apartments and lodges.
Things to do in Seychelles
No guide to the Seychelles would be complete without first mentioning is stunningly secluded beaches. Although some are rife with tourists, there are others which offer pristine views of the Indian Ocean. One lesser-known location is called Anse Intendance. This is found on the main island of Mahe and is a popular surfing spot. However, the lack of coral reefs allow the water to be quite choppy. It is for this reason that swimmers are not likely to visit the area. Beachcombers and those who simply wish to enjoy the sun should not miss out on the splendours that Anse Intendance has to offer. Anyone interested in nature will also love this area. Every year, sea turtles will nest and lay their eggs within the sand. Keep in mind that this is a protected species, so approaching too close is not permitted.
Morne Seychellois National Park is the largest park within the archipelago. In fact, it comprises more than 20 per cent of the total area of Mahe. This park is unique in the fact that it also houses the largest mountain peak on the island. With heights up to 905 metres, hiking here is an excellent way to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire island chain. There are numerous trails to be encountered while guided tours are another possibility. The park can be accessed through the nearby village of Danzil. During your ascent, you will have the privilege to pass through quaint farms and even a few tea plantations. Still, some of the hiking can be quite challenging; you should give yourself an entire day to complete the course. This is especially important if you plan to arrive with younger children.
Victoria is the largest city within the islands as well as the capital. Victoria is also the only port city. During recent years, there has been much renovation and construction. So, you will be able to experience all of the amenities from home should you decide to stay here. The Seychelles National Botanical Gardens are found here while there are preserved colonial buildings to visit. Sir Selwyn Clarke Market is another must-see attraction within Victoria. You will be able to purchase fresh fish, locally grown meats and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Also, there are a number of tourist-centred kiosks to pick up special gifts and keepsakes during your stay.