Top 5 Things to Do in the Seychelles

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!

View of Morne, Mahe's tallest peak
View of Morne, Mahe’s tallest peak

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.

Giant Aldabra tortoise
Giant Aldabra tortoise

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.

Admiring La Digue beach at twilight
Admiring La Digue beach at twilight

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.

Anse Source D'Argent beach
Anse Source D’Argent beach

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.

Water banana plants in Mahe's Botanical Gardens
Water banana plants in Mahe’s Botanical Gardens
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Bronwyn Hodge
Bronwyn Hodge

Idyllic Islands General Manager - Growing up in a family travel business, Bronwyn has been travelling from a very young age. Her favourite experience was 3 months spent backpacking through India and Southeast Asia. She counts many countries among her ‘favourites,’ but is especially fond of Australia for its lifestyle, Cambodia for its culture and resilience, and Japan for its contrasts. She holds the proud distinction of being Goway’s only former Bollywood star – having once starred in a Coke commercial in Mumbai.

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