This post was most recently updated on April 20th, 2018
Seychelles is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and one of the smallest capital cities in the world. Find out why a trip to Seychelles is not only a journey into paradise but also a journey back in time.
Anse Volbert (Praslin)
Seychelles is one of the most popular beach destinations in the world, and Anse is the most popular beach in Seychelles. It is easy to see why Anse is so popular. It is a sprawling length of beach lined by different hotels and resource. If you are staying at a hotel on the beach, access is easy. If you stay further away, it is still possible to access it by car or bus.
The upside of a popular beach is that it is easy to find fun things to do. Besides the usual swimming and snorkeling, visitors can enjoy sailing, surfing, windsurfing, fishing, and scuba diving. Find a licensed boat tour operator if you are interested in a boat tour.
Beau Vallon (Mahé)
Compared to other places of the word, Beau Vallon seems small and quiet, although it is busier than some parts of Seychelles. The bay is big and beautiful. The water is cool and mild mannered. The sunsets are breath-taking, and the beach is perfect for families. From Beau Vallon it is easy to make your way to Anse Major, or Victoria, Baie Ternay, or St. Anne Marine National Park. It is easy to find nice resorts near the beach.
Anse Lazio (Praslin)
Visitors love Anse Lazio in Praslin island for it’s wild, uncontaminated nature and beautiful sandy beaches. The island is located conveniently close to both Zanzibar and Madagascar. Here, there are more than 200 sunny days in a year.
Sunsets are always golden, and the water is always nice and warm.
Anse Georgette (Praslin)
Also on Praslin island, Anse Georgette is lesser known than Anse Lazio. Without any coral in the bay, the sea is the most amazing shade of blue. Strong sea currents make it riskier for swimming. Tourists looking for a quieter getaway will love this place because there are no crowds. On the downside, it is necessary to book early because authorities try to limit the number of visitors.
Anse Intendance (Mahé)
Like Anse Georgette, the waters of Anse Intendance can get too deep for swimming sometimes. Visitors come here for the wild, breathtaking beauty of its beaches. On each side of the beach, there are awesome granite formations. Behind the beach, there is a mountain, densely populated with indigenous trees. Locals love surfing here, and visitors love to sunbathe. This beach compares favorably with any other beach in the world.
Anse Source d’Argent (La Digue)
La Digue island is the place where Anse Source d’Argent is found. A reef protects holidaymakers from deep waters, making it safe for swimming. Visitors get here by helicopter or ferry. You can spend endless hours exploring the lovely beaches and their surroundings. Ox carts are a popular means of transport here. You can choose between renting a bike, or hop on to an ox cart.
Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden (Mahé)
In this spice garden, you will find vanilla, nutmeg, citronella, and cinnamon growing together with other spices. Tour the fragrant garden, absorbing its sights and sounds. Shop at the spice shop. Visit the museum to learn more about Seychelles’ long history with spices. Eat at the restaurant which serves tasty Creole food.
Victoria is the capital city of Seychelles, and one of the smallest capitals in the world. Victoria is served by an international airport, and flights come in from all over the world. A giant clock tower sits in Victoria city, modeled after Vauxhall clock tower in London. Move around the city cheaply and easily by renting a bike.
Tour the local market where vendors sell fish, fruit, and vegetables. Dine at a local restaurant. There are 42 of them, which is plenty to choose from. The curries, grilled meats, and salads are excellent.
Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve (Praslin)
Rumor had it that Valleé de Mai was once the site of the garden of Eden. The beauty and sheer abundance of this nature reserve make it quite easy to see why. The main attraction here is 6,000 coco de mere trees. Trees that are said to have sprouted from the ocean floor.
For a more meaningful experience, take time to learn more about the place before visiting. Hiring a guide is a good idea if you don’t want to wander aimlessly.
Seychelles National Botanical Gardens (Mahé)
It has been a century since these gardens were planted. They are found just outside Victoria. Measuring just five acres, these gardens contain a surprisingly wide array of plants. The gardens are well maintained and they provide sanctuary to a population of giant Aldabra tortoises.
Rare fruits and spices grow here too. An orchid house was recently added, to showcase orchids native to Seychelles.
Curieuse Marine National Park
Visitors arriving at the Curieuse National Park are normally greeted by many giant hump head parrotfish and giant tortoises. They hang around the ranger’s offices. On the island is a thick mangrove forest, near what used to be a leper colony. Sea turtles arrive at the beach to lay their eggs, in front of the local museum.
Ancient coco-de-mere trees dot the landscape of the island with green. This is a good place to hike, swim, dive, snorkel and more. Dive at the Coral Garden or Pointe Rouge.