5 Ideas For Seychelles
Ideas Seychelles: Seychelles is made up of around 115 beautiful islands, some inhabited, some completely isolated. It’s the perfect place to go for a laid-back break, but if you don’t fancy a whole week lying in the sun, there are still plenty of things to see and do! Here are some of the top recommendations while on holiday in Seychelles.
Ferries from the main island of Mahe head out to all the surrounding populated islands, including Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette Island, and the Inner Corallines. All of these large islands have smaller islets around them, ideal for an afternoon of exploring. You’ll find plenty of wildlife on the more uninhabited islands, especially on the Aldabra Atoll, a coral atoll which is home to over 100,000 Giant Tortoises as well as a number of hammerhead sharks, manta rays and barracudas.
Tour the Beaches
The beaches of Seychelles range from tourist-filled hotspots to remote areas of coastline, promising plenty of flora and fauna to discover. The scenery is beautiful across the islands, and although Seychelles can be prone to afternoon rain during the changing of the seasons, the view of the horizon with the different islands scattered across it is always an impressive sight. Take a walk along Beau Vallon, arguably the most popular beach in the region, or for a little more peace and quiet head to the Baie Lazare, a beautiful beach that is home to the fantastic Kempinski Resort and a huge stretch of shoreline to play on and explore.
Explore Port Victoria
Victoria is Seychelles’ capital city, home to the country’s only major port. It’s one of the smallest in the world, but still promises a bustling atmosphere and plenty to discover – including a courthouse and post office that has remained completely unchanged since colonial times. There is also a clock tower designed as a miniature version of London’s Vauxhall Clock Tower, and the beautiful Victoria Botanical Gardens are a real treat to walk through. For a true taste of authentic Creole culture, head to the marketplace first thing in the morning, where you’ll find crafts, local produce, and fresh coconuts – a Seychelles specialty.
Over 40 percent of Seychelles is protected as designated National Parkland, making it a fascinating destination for walkers and hikers. The most impressive areas can be found along the mountain paths through the forests of Mahe and Praslin, where you’ll see around 250 different plant species and beautiful views over the islands. The Val Riche Copolia Trail provides plenty of shade from the sun, and takes you through the gorgeous Morne Seychellois National Park, while on Praslin the Glacis Noire trail leads to a fire tower overlooking the east coast of the island, and comes past a large number of trees bearing Seychelles’ famous coco de mer fruit.
The best nightlife can be found in Victoria, which boasts a number of bars and clubs for tourists as well as a number of local haunts for the adventurous. The Lovenut Nightclub is probably the biggest, with the best light and sound system on the islands and a plush seating area for VIPs, who tend to frequent this bar in particular! If it’s too warm for the dance floor, do what the locals do and head to the beach with a case of beer or a bottle of whiskey. You’ll find a much more chilled out atmosphere, and a great opportunity to mingle with travelers and residents without spending on entry fees!