Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue, Seychelles Islands

Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, © Can Stock Photo / Violin

Seychelles Islands Ferry Access

The islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the main attractions for tourism in the Seychelles. For ferry access between the islands, try:

Visit the Seychelles Islands – Praslin

Anse Lazio Beach, Praslin, Seychelles Islands

Anse Lazio Beach, Praslin, © Can Stock Photo / Violin

Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles Islands. The population of Praslin is less than 10,000 people. Praslin is best known for its hotels and resorts.

  • Vallee de Mai – a small UNESCO World Heritage site with coco de mer palms and great bird watching.
  • Anse Lazio – the best beach in Praslin.
  • Take a Praslin Day Tour. Visit the Vallée de Mai UNESCO site and Anse Lazio Beach.
  • La Digue Day Tour from Praslin. See Creole design in La Passe. Visit Anse Source d’Argent, one of the best known beaches in the world.
  • Anse Georgette – another nice beach.
  • Omusee Praslin – a museum and guesthouse.
  • St. Matthew Apostle Church.
  • Casino des Iles.
  • Biking
  • Travel to nearby Curieuse Island to see a grove of coco de mer palm.
Seychelles Giant Tortoise

Seychelles Giant Tortoise, © Can Stock Photo / photoroman

Savor the Creole Tastes of the Seychelles

  • creole style fresh fish
  • curries
  • mango
  • papaya salads
  • eggplant fritters

Seychelles  Weather

Seychelles weather is remarkably consistent throughout the year. Highs average 30 C (88 F) while lows average 25 C (77 F) regardless of the month of the year. The rainy season is December – February. June and July are the driest months, however there is really no bad time of year for visiting the Seychelles. The cyclones from India do not reach the islands, so winds are usually light.

Seychelles Island Hotels

  • Stay at the La Digue Island Lodge in the Seychelles Islands.
Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles Islands

Victoria, Mahé, © Can Stock Photo / 18042011

Visit the Seychelles – Mahé Beaches

Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles. The International Airport and the capital city of Victoria are located on Mahé. Visit one of the magnificent, uncrowded Mahé Beaches.  Hang out with the locals in Beau Vallon Beach in the north of Mahé. Head out on a Beau Vallon Snorkel by boat from Beau Vallon Beach. Or go diving from Beau Valllon Beach. Pick up and return to your hotel on Mahé is included.

Watch the sunset over Silhouette Island. The Anse Major beach is accessible only by foot, in the northwest of Mahé. Anse Major has excellent snorkeling.  Anse Royale Beach in the southeast is another of the popular Mahé Beaches because of its clear blue waters.

Mahé – Victoria Walking Tour

Create your own walking tour of Victoria of the Seychelles island of Mahé. Visit the Botanical Gardens, the Victoria Market and the Natural History Museum.  Also visit Kenwyn House, which is a restored colonial home with a jewelery shop and gallery. See the Victoria Clocktower – a miniature replica of Big Ben in Victoria.

Beau Vallon Bay Beach, Mahé, Seychelles Islands

Beau Vallon Beach, Mahé, © Can Stock / chbaum

Mahé – More Sights

  • Drive the North Coast loop.
  • Morne Seychellois National Park – Take San Soucis Rd in the early morning for great views. See the Jardin du Roi and Copolia Peak.
  • Mission Lodge Lookout.
  • Diving.
  • Sport fishing.
  • Take a day trip to Aride Island. There are numerous bird species on this uninhabited island that was donated to the public by Christopher Cadbury (Cadbury’s Chocolates).

Visit the Seychelles Islands – La Digue

La Digue, Seychelles Islands

La Digue, © Can Stock Photo / violin

La Digue is the least developed and smallest of the three major inner islands of the Seychelles Islands. There are very few vehicles on La Digue, because it’s small enough to walk everywhere.

  • Anse Source d’Argent – a common picture postcard for the Seychelles and often rated the most beautiful beach in the world.
  • Union Estate Park – includes a colonial style plantation home converted to a museum, the huge granite boulders called Union Boulders, Seychelles Giant Tortoises and a horse paddock. The park covers about 1/3 of the island.
  • Nid Aigle – viewpoint overlooking the island.
  • Visit the Veuve Reserve to see the rare Paradise Flycatchers.
  • Take an ox cart tour of the island or bicycle around it.
  • More great beaches – Anse Pierrot, Anse Severe Anse Cocos Beach, Spiagge di Anse Marron and Grand Anse.
  • Snorkeling trips to Ile de Cocos, Felicite Island, Sister Island and Marianne.

Seychelles – Visas Requirements

There are no Visa requirements for the Seychelles. In order to enter, you need a passport and proof of arrangements to leave the country. You can arrive by air at the Seychelles International Airport on Mahé or by cruise ship in the port of Victoria, which is also on Mahé.

Reaching the Seychelles from North America can be a major challenge. In recent years, non-stop flights to the Seychelles originate in the Emirates, Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya and occasionally from airports in Europe. That means it typically takes more than 24 hours of flights to reach the Seychelles from North America.

Visit the Seychelles – Background

The Republic of the Seychelles is located 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa, northeast of Madagascar. Although there are more than 100 islands in the Seychelles, most of the population of 100,000 live in the inner islands surrounding the capital of Victoria. The Seychelles has only had an international airport since 1971. Today the Seychelles are an independent nation in the British Commonwealth and a member of the African Union. Languages spoken include French, English and Seychellois Creole. Most of the islands are granite, which creates striking waterfront sculptures.

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