I’ve been to a lot of beaches, and I’ve loved them all; but there’s something magical about the boulder-dotted coastlines of the Seychelles Islands. There’s a reason they call the Seychelles “paradise on earth,” and you’ll see as soon as you arrive. White sand beaches, crystal blue water, lush hills, laidback mood – dreams of a tropical paradise become reality in the Seychelles! Ready to discover it for yourself? Here’s my ultimate Seychelles Islands travel guide.
What to Expect in the Seychelles Islands
Language: The Seychelles actually has three official languages: French, English, and Seselwa. When you overhear locals chatting, it’ll usually be in their French-based creole language, Seselwa.
Currency: Seychelles rupees (SCR). $1 USD will give you 13.50 SCR.
Credit Cards: Many tourist spots prefer dollars and euros, so keep some of your own cash and exchange some for Seychelles rupees. Depending on your bank, you’ll likely get the best rate withdrawing rupees from an ATM.
Voltage: The Seychelles uses three-pin UK plugs.
Climate: The temperature rarely goes below seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit (twenty-four degrees Celsius) or above eighty-nine degrees Fahrenheit (thirty-two degrees Celsius). Conditions are best during March through May, October, and November, plus those are off-peak months.
Water: Tap water in the Seychelles is safe to drink, but it’s pretty heavy on the chlorine, so many people opt to drink bottled water. If you are there during the summer, you might also find that the water gets turned off for a few hours a day in an effort to conserve.
Getting Around Seychelles Islands
The Seychelles Islands are an archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. The islands are heavily-traveled during peak season, and I can see why! I was so excited to explore the picture perfect islands and dive below the crystal-clear, turquoise waters.
Mahé Island: This is the main island and home to the capital city, Victoria. You’ll fly into this island and it’s definitely a place worth spending some time. There are stunning beaches and lush rainforests alongside the country’s top accommodations, shops, and restaurants.
Praslin Island: You won’t want to miss this spot! One of my favorite islands, Praslin is home to the coco de mer palms and the famous UNESCO World Heritage site, Vallée de Mai.
La Digue: The most relaxing and “off the grid” island, La Digue has some of the best beaches in the world. If you want to dive, snorkel, swim, or just soak in the sun, this is the place to be.
Sainte Anne Island: Just two and a half miles off of Mahé, Sainte Anne Island was the first stop on my Seychelles yacht cruise. It’s the largest island in the must-see Sainte Anne Marine National Park, and the beaches are amazing.
Cerf Island: Part of the lovely Sainte Anne Marine National Park, this tiny island has a population of fewer than 50 people. It’s a quiet, peaceful spot with a few overnight accommodations.
Cousin Island: Cousin Island is a Special Nature Reserve, and it’s ideal for exploring mangroves and the dense tropical forest. It’s also a bird-watching heaven.
Curieuse Island: The harbor of Curieuse Island is filled with hundreds of giant parrotfish, and the landscape is breathtaking. In addition to Praslin, coco de mer palms grow on Curieuse as well. The island is also known for its giant tortoises, which took me back to memories of my Galápagos cruise.
Aride Island: Aride Island is one of most important seabird habitats in the Indian Ocean, and there are more species there than on any other island in the Seychelles. The island is very small, only 1 mile long, and the population consists only of rangers, conservation officers and volunteers.
Bird Island: Another sanctuary island, Bird Island is the perfect place to take in the local flora and fauna while you explore the wild beaches and turquoise waters.
Raffles Seychelles (Praslin Island)
Raffles Seychelles is located on the beautiful north-eastern tip of Praslin, the second largest granite island in the Seychelles. Raffles offers 88 contemporary and luxurious villas. Each villa features a private outdoor pavilion, plunge pool, and balcony.
Price Range: $$$
Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie (La Digue Island)
Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie has stunning views from the swimming pool and restaurants across the seas from Praslin. Enjoy the huge infinity pool, sip on a cocktail at the bar or enjoy breakfast in the buffet restaurant!
Location: La Digue
Price Range: $$$
Eden Bleu Hotel (Mahé Island)
Situated just off the capital island of Mahé, Eden Bleu Hotel Seychelles is the prime choice for a luxurious holiday, short getaway or conference.
Price Range: $$
Casa de Leela (La Digue Island)
Casa de Leela Guesthouse in La Digue Seychelles, is a perfect resort for your holiday. The bungalows are close to the famous beach, Anse Source D’Argent.
Location: La Digue
Price Range: $$
Acajou Beach Resort (Praslin Island)
The Acajou Beach Resort is a luxurious yet affordable hotel on Praslin. Its peaceful rooms provide memorable views of the nearby ocean, islands and sandy shores.
Location: Cote d’Or
Price Range: $$
Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa (Silhouette Island)
Staying in a five-star resort in the Seychelles was a dream come true for me. With stunning colonial-inspired villas, the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa on Silhouette Island is a beachfront resort with all that you’d expect from a luxury property (and then some).
Location: Silhouette Island
Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa (Mahé Island)
In the heart of Mahé Island, you’ll find a small, hidden paradise at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa. With perched villas offering panoramic ocean views, this is exactly what I had in mind when I pictured my dream tropical getaway.
Location: Mahé Island
Marie Antoinette (Mahé Island)
The Creole flair is pretty much everywhere at Marie-Antoinette. The mouth-watering menu is compromised of local dishes such as parrotfish, tuna steak, golden apple or pumpkin chutney, fish stew, chicken curry, aubergine fritters, garden salad and steaming white rice. There’s also a beautiful flower and spice garden plus tortoise and guinea pigs dens.
Fun Fact: This restaurant was designated as a national monument in 2011!
Bon Bon Plume (Praslin Island)
Bon Bon Plume is built of natural materials from the 40 hectare Anse Lazio Estate. It is situated on the water’s edge on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Lazio.
Relish their succulent Creole dishes in this unique feet-in-the-sand restaurant.
When to Go: After relaxing on the beach!
Chez Jules (La Digue)
This beachfront eatery specializing in fresh seafood brings a taste of Seychelles in every bite. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Anse Banane beach while sipping a Takamaka cocktail!.
What to Order: Stop in for a fresh juice and don’t miss the coconut curry octopus!
You can’t go wrong here taking a dip in the ocean . The snorkeling is incredible on all the islands, but especially at La Digue!
The Seychelles is a beautiful spot for golfing. Whether you are a pro or a total newbie, get to Praslin for a few holes.
Visit Curieuse Island
Just a quick boat trip from Praslin Island, Curieuse Island is home to giant aldabra tortoises.
The Morne Blanc trail out of Victoria (Mahé) is a great spot to snap some photos. Start early in the day, and take your time to explore.
Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
The Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve on Praslin is one of the Seychelles’ two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s the place to see the world’s largest seed from the famous coco de mer palm.
Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden
In Mahé, you’ll find an old French colony house on top of a hill. Wander through the lush gardens, smell the cinnamon trees, and visit the museum.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, check out the restaurant, and grab some homemade jams and spices from the gift shop!
One of the best views of the Seychelles is from the water! Spend at least one afternoon at sea.
A common way of getting around the islands is by a cruise ship or yacht. I explored on board the Crystal Cruises’ Esprit Yacht!
Of course, the greatest view of all is from above. The flights out of Praslin will give you unforgettable views of the islands.
Coco Islands (La Digue)
A popular spot for snorkeling and diving, head to the Coco Islands by ferry from La Digue. the crystal-clear shallow waters are the perfect environment for seeing turtles and an abundant array of sea life.
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