The Seychelles completes the perfect “island checklist”, with its powder-white sand, azure lagoons, lush landscape, and beautiful accommodations. While it’s a perfect place to relax and unwind, there’s surprisingly quite a lot for visitors to see and do – from superb scuba diving, to leisurely bike rides.
Here we list our top 5 picks for things do in the Seychelles:
1. Take a Hike! Explore the Island by Foot
While the coastlines of the islands of the Seychelles are usually considered the main attractions, don’t overlook the incredible lush green, mountainous interiors! A top way to explore these stunning islands and their national parks is to embark on a self-guided walk along the numerous walking trails. You can hike to the summit of Mahe’s tallest peak, Morne (2,700ft high), which covers 20% of the island’s land area. Here you’ll be treated to incredible views of the Indian ocean. Expect to see a variety of bird life along the way!
2. See the Giant Tortoises on Curieuse Island
We highly recommend a guided visit to this island and marine national park, located near Praslin island. Curieuse is famed for its bare red earth and protected, Coco de Mer palms. You can go for a nature walk on one of the many walking trails and of course see the giant Aldabra tortoises and green sea turtle breeding ground. You can also see a lot indigenous flora and fauna, old ruins, and mangroves.
3. Explore the Island by Bicycle
Spend a day totally at your leisure, exploring the islands by bicycle (or if you’re feeling lethargic, by gold cart). Typically, cycling in Seychelles occurs on the mains islands (Mahe, Praslin), but they’re also available for rent on smaller resort islands like Denis or Desroaches.
4. Go Sailing
Get a taste for adventure on a guided sailing excursion by traditional schooner. We recommend visiting the island of La Digue where you can disembark and see L’Union Estate and the old Plantation House, as well make a visit to the beach of Anse Source D’Argent, one of the most beautiful and photographed beaches in the world.
5. See the Colourful Botanical Garden on Mahe
Near the centre of Victoria, on Mahe island, you’ll find these botanical gardens laid out in a beautiful setting, stretching across 5 acres. Spice and fruit trees are also found here and you’ll likely see animals like giant tortoises and members of the garden’s fruit bat colonies.