A comprehensive hiking guide with a list of some of the best hikes in the Seychelles! Discover some of the Seychelles’ best jungle trails and coastal vistas on your next visit to the archipelago.
While many people visit the Seychelles for the white-sand beaches and luxury resorts, the truth is that this archipelago has so much more to offer.
That’s why I hope to fill the gap and let you in on all the epic adventure opportunities available in the Seychelles.
After spending a lot of time hiking some of the best trails on La Digue, Praslin, and Mahé, I’ve formulated this run-down of 15 awesome hikes in the Seychelles. I hope it inspires you to get out and explore more of this incredible destination.
About This Seychelles Hiking Guide
Here are some quick things to know about hiking in the Seychelles.
- Hiring a local guide is the best way to experience the awesome hiking trails in the Seychelles. This way, you’ll not only get to enjoy the nature, but you’ll learn so much about the endemic plants and animals of the Seychelles. The guys and girls below are my great friends and awesome guides:
– Praslin: Medina
– La Digue: Henry
– Mahé: Roddey
- Internet & LTE connectivity is not great once you get out on the trails. If you plan to walk some of the more remote nature trails in the Seychelles, it’s best to know this in advance. You can pick up a sim card with Airtel at the Mahe airport or at Cable & Wireless Kiosks on the main islands.
- Hiking in the Seychelles is one of the best activities to do on your vacation. Most islands are mountainous with lots of untouched, jungle interior that is rich in biodiversity and has several maintained nature trails.
- The Granitic Islands of the Seychelles are very unique. This is the only place on earth where granite islands exist mid-ocean.
- Getting between islands is very easy. Read how to get to La Digue and how to get to Praslin. The most popular is to take the Cat Cocos ferry from Mahe Island to Praslin first.
- Endemic species are abundant in the Seychelles. La Digue in particular is one of the only islands where you can spot the illusive Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher.
- Individual hiking guides can be found throughout this post. These links go to detailed guides with a rundown of the specific nature trail with more photos.
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15 Awesome Hikes in the Seychelles
1. Anse Marron Hike, La Digue
La Digue comes to the top of my list of favorite islands to go hiking on in the Seychelles.
And, one of the best hikes on the island is the nature trail to Anse Marron. This secluded hidden-gem has long been an island secret but has recently blown up on an international scale. This is largely due to a few guides opening up guided walks to Anse Marron.
Once you lay eyes on this beach, you’ll soon discover why. This sheltered, private beach is one of the most breathtaking beaches in the Seychelles. It features incredibly blue water and a sheltered cove with amazing granite rock formations.
However, before you head out, it’s best to know that tourists are highly discouraged from commencing this Seychelles hike independently. Apparently, I was told that a lot of tourists get lost on this trail and require rescue and I was told I shouldn’t post directions for this reason.
Luckily, there are small-group, guided trips that are going to be your best bet. In fact, this particular trip to Anse Marron is one of the most-booked and highest-rated tours on La Digue Island. It has 5-stars on Viator– one of the world’s best booking websites, with a Badge of Excellence on Tripadvisor. Best of all, it only costs around €40 for a whole day!
Book: Anse Marron Guided Walk
2. Morne Blanc Nature Trail, Mahe
Mahé is another incredible Seychelles island for hiking. One of my favorite hikes here is the Morne Blanc Nature Trail. This track is located within the beautiful Morne Seychellois National Park (Morne Seychelles National Park).
This is one of the best hikes for amazing views over the west coast of the island. The trail begins on Sans Soucis Road, the scenic, cross-island road connecting Victoria to Port Glaud.
The Morne Blanc trail is a steep but short climb through amazing jungle to reach the viewpoint. It’s only 1.8 kilometers return, but you’ll need to hike up around 230 meters of elevation to the summit (667 m above sea-level).
From the top, you’ll get a vantage point of Therese and Conception Island, running all the way down the coast to Petite Anse on the south cape.
3. Anse Cocos Hikes, La Digue
There are two options to get to Anse Cocos on La Digue and both of them require nature trail hikes.
The easy option is to take the short coastal trail from Grand Anse. This is a very scenic, easy, and beautiful trail. It offers plenty of opportunity for wildlife spotting, including the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, the Bulbul, Giant Day Gecko, and the Seychelles Bronze Gecko.
If you’re up for more of a challenge, you could hike to Anse Cocos from Belle Vue Road, passing the Romeo & Juliette viewpoint (below).
4. Anse Georgette Hike, Praslin
Everybody knows about the amazing Anse Lazio on Praslin.
However, what many visitors don’t know is that its neighbor, Anse Georgette, is equally as beautiful. Best of all, it’s much quieter too!
To get to Anse Georgette, you’ll need to either stay at the Constance Lemuria Resort, or take the jungle trail over the hill from Anse Lazio.
This trail takes about an hour but is easy to follow for the duration. Start the hike from the west end of Anse Lazio beach.
5. Le Glacis Noir Trail, PRaslin
The Le Glacis Noir Trail is one of the best hiking trails on Praslin Island. You can begin this hike from nearby Vallée de Mai.
The trail leads through the dense, tropical forests and climbs to a viewpoint tower offering an amazing vantage point of the coast. The roughly 2.8 kilometre trail is mostly shaded throughout and should take about an hour for most people to complete.
This is one of the best hiking trails in the Seychelles for wildlife spotting. Most people see multiple black parrots here!
6. Anse Major Nature Trail, Mahe
To get here, hikers will need to take a relatively short and easy hike starting near western end of Beau Vallon.
The hike to this remote beach on the isolated north west end of Mahe offers both jungle and coastal views. However, it’s the view at the end that really takes the cake for the most stunning scenery.
Anse Major beach has crystal clear water, perfect white sand and an unbelievable mountain backdrop. Check out some of the images I captured of this beach from my drone.
7. Nid D’Aigle (Eagle’s Nest), La Digue
Fancy hiking to the highest point of La Digue Island?
This point is known as Nid D’Airlge, or the Eagle’s Nest. The summit is roughly 333 meters. However, chances are you won’t be beginning this trail from sea level.
The best way to hike Nid D’Aigle in the Seychelles is to begin from Belle Vue Restaurant. There’s a steep but short trail leading from this restaurant all the way to the summit in less than 20 minutes.
8. Copolia Trail, Mahe
If Morne Blanc offers the best views of Mahé’s west coast, then the Copolia has the best views of the east.
This trail begins on the same cross-island road, but this time closer to Victoria. The trail is also similar, being short, but steep. In total, expect just 1.9 kilometers return.
At the end, you’ll be greeted with incredible views of the east coast beaches, the village of Takamaka, Victoria, and Eden Island.
9. Salazie & Pasquière Track, Praslin
This next trail is one of the longest hikes on the Seychelles island of Praslin.This is a loop trail combining the Salazie Track with the Pasquière Trail.
The path is quite level, with little incline throughout. It features several great coastal viewpoints and an opoprtunity to walk through some of the island’s less visited areas. On this loop, you’ll see:
- Anse Volbert
- Anse Petite Cour
- Grand Anse
- Anse Possession
Its best to start this one at Grand Anse and continue into the interior from there.
10. ROMEO & JULIET VIEWPOINT HIKE (UNIQUE VIEWPOINT), La Digue
This next trail is a remote hike through La Digue’s dense interior. This one follows several random logging trails from Belle Vue Road and therefore, I recommend contacting Henry (above) to show you the way.
The Romeo & Juliet viewpoint is an epic rock vantage point over La Digue’s mostly untouched east coast.
The view stretches over the green, tropical jungle and all the way down to the Anse Cocos, Petite Anse, and Grand Anse. It’s by far my favorite view on the island.
After soaking up the views you can continue down to Anse Cocos. From here, it’s best to walk back via Grand Anse to avoid the steep climb back to the road.
11. Mare Aux cochons Trail, Mahe
One of the lesser known hikes in the Seychelles is the cross-island Mare aux Cochons trail.
While this one doesn’t offer as many spectacular views as some of the other hikes on this list, it instead allows you to experience the island’s interior. That’s because the Mare aux Cochons trail has some of the best plant and wildlife viewing in the archipelago.
Again, this trail is a little remote and difficult to follow. Therefore, I recommend booking a guide. My great friend Roddey (above) took me on this trail. He knows absolutely everything about the history and nature of the Seychelles and will point out all the highlights.
12. Anse Songe Nature Trail, La Digue
Starting from Grand Anse, Anse Songe is another great short coastal nature trail on La Digue Island.
This trail begins just a few hundred meters before the access to Grand Anse beach on the southeastern end of La Digue. The track begins by winding through flat, sandy jungle before climbing over a short hill. In total, this Seychelles hiking trail should only take about 20 minutes and you could even ride your bicycle to the short hill, cutting down some time.
Anse Songe is a rocky beach which you’ll often have all to yourself. This beach is a little shallow and there is a small stretch of sand below a large granite boulder that is great for swimming (confident swimmers only) and cooling off after the walk.
13. Sauzier Waterfall Trail, Mahe
The Seychelles doesn’t just have great hikes– it’s even got waterfalls!
One of my favorites is Sauzier Waterfall, located just a short walk from Port Glaud, on the western side of Mahé.
The trail starts just a few hundred meters into the village from the church. There’s an entry fee for this one, which is just 50 SCR per person. The hike follows a scenic track for just five minutes before finishing up at a majestic jungle waterfall complete with a deep swimming hole.
Book: 6 Hour Adventure Tour (includes Sauzier Waterfall Trail)
14. Ros Sodyer Rock Pool Hike, Mahe
Another unique hiking opportunity on Mahe is the Ros Sodyer Rock Pool near Anse Takamaka beach. This is quite a distance from popular tourist hubs like Beau Vallon Beach and Eden Island. So, if you’re not too keen on organizing transport, then I’d recommend just booking an organized day trip to the pools instead.
The hike is roughly 45-60 minutes return at about 2.2 kilometers in total. It’s a relatively easy track following jungle trails before popping out onto the granite rock features on the coast.
The rock pool is very deep and is perfect for swimming in good weather. I suggest trying to line up your hike to arrive at low hide for the best experience.
15. Vallée de Mai, Praslin
The last trail on this list of the best hikes in the Seychelles is the one-and-only Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve.
Vallée de Mai is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best place in the Seychelles to see the endemic coco de mer palms.
There is a variety of loop trail options you can take, each with amazing opportunities to see the Seychelles endemic palms.
At the entrance, there are dried examples of the coco de mer (male and female), as well as a few other Seychelles endemic palm seeds.
There is an entrance fee of 350 SCR to enter Vallée de Mai. However, this money goes to maintaining the reserve, as well as the Aldabra Atoll.
Praslin highlights tour: Vallée de Mai & Anse Lazio
Where to Stay in the Seychelles
No doubt, picking the right accommodation for your trip is important. There’s nothing like relaxing in iconic Seychelles beachside hotels after a long day of hiking.
Below you’ll find great recommendations and resources when planning your visit to the Seychelles.
If you want island-specific breakdowns with more options, then also check out the guides below:
Best Accommodation Picks For La Digue
Since La Digue is quite a small island and you can get anywhere on a bicycle within 20-30 minutes.
You’ll find a lot of hotels on the west side of the island near the jetty but only a few along the narrow stretch of coastal road on the mostly inhabited eastern side.
Amazing Chateau: Hotel Chateau St Cloud (Mid-Range)
Chateau St Cloud is where I stayed on La Digue and I can personally recommend it as one of the best accommodation options on the island. This three-star hotel is perfect as a mid-range option as the location is excellent– just a little out from the main area on a quiet street that is close enough to both the incredible south-west beaches and the port. The staff are all very accommodating and the buffet breakfast is great. Rooms are very spacious and the hotel even has a pool and bar.
Waterfront Hotel: Le Nautique (High-end)
Rated as one of the best waterfront accommodations on La Digue, Le Nautique is a luxurious offering combining traditional Creole architecture with modern comforts including king-sized beds and rain-showers. Here, you’ll also discover an amazing outdoor restaurant and beautiful garden surrounds.
Self Catering: Dream Holiday (Budget)
Dream Holiday Self Catering is located on the northern end of the island very close to the ferry terminal. This location is great as you’ll be close to bike rental shops, snack stores and even supermarkets on the main strip on La Digue. Dream Holiday offers queen rooms with air-conditioning, TV, private bathrooms, and even a balcony. This is a great option if you’re visiting La Digue on a budget while comfort and location are still a priority for you.
Best Accommodation Picks for Praslin
The main area to stay in Praslin is along Cote D’Or Beach. This is the main tourist strip with plenty of hotels and beachside resorts. However, there are also great resorts and accommodation options all over Praslin, including near the famous Anse Lazio.
Amazing Beachside Resort on Cote D’Or: Acajou Beach Resort
Acajou is a beautiful resort offering 4-star accommodation right on the doorstep of the white sands of Cote D’Or. I had the pleasure of staying here and honestly, it was one of the best resorts I’ve ever stayed at. Acajou offer ocean views rooms, a swimming pool and some of the best fine-dining on the island.
Luxury Honeymoon Suites: Constance Lemuria
Tucked away between 3 of the best beaches on Praslin, this luxury, 5 star resort is ranked as one of the best honeymoon resorts in the Seychelles. Attached is a luxury spa centre complete with hot tub and sauna set in a palm and bamboo forest. There’s even a 18-hole golf course.
Budget Self Catering: Treasure Island Retreat
To be fair, I wouldn’t call any of the hotels on Praslin “budget”. However, for those looking to enjoy the nature and save a few pennies on accommodation and food, opting for a self-catering stay on Praslin is a good bet. The best one you’ll find on the island is Treasure Island Retreat. This hotel offers seafront apartments on Anse Kerlan, each complete with king-sized beds and fully-equipped kitchen and furnished terrace or balcony.
Best Accommodation Picks for Mahe
Considering Mahe is the main, and largest island in the Seychelles, you’ll have more variety when choosing where to stay. Here is a basic area guide with suggestions.
- Victoria and Eden Island for nightlife
- Beau Vallon for beaches and restaurants
- Private islands for the ultimate island experience
Top pick on Mahe: Eden Bleu Hotel (Eden Island)
The Eden Bleu Hotel is one of the best places to stay if you’re looking to be close to the Victoria and on Eden Island. It’s an amazing contemporary hotel on the foreshore of Eden Island’s prestigious marina.
Visitor’s love the infinity pool, clean, modern rooms and world-class restaurant. I stayed at the Eden Blue Hotel for 3 nights and it was my favorite accommodation in the Seychelles!
Mid-range resort: Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort
This beautiful, beachfront resort and casino combo offers elegantly furnished rooms with all the facilities you could ever want. Here, you’ll find a large pool, three restaurants, a pizzeria, fitness centre, PADI diving a centre, and tennis court.
The location is great as it’s away from the hustle and bustle of Victoria with plenty of beautiful beaches and restaurants around.
Budget self-catering Studio: Precious Residence
If you want to explore Mahe on a budget, then a self-catering accommodation is your best bet. Precious Residence is an apartment with excellent reviews (9.5/10), offering budget apartments equipped with free WiFi, air conditioning, and a kitchenette on Grand Anse (west coast).
Best time to Visit the Seychelles for Hiking
The Seychelles sits near the equator within the subequatorial climatic zone. What this means is that the islands enjoy a tropical and mostly-stable climate with a constant temperature between 25-35°C.
As a result, the Seychelles has great weather for hiking. However, just remember to pack plenty of water on the hot days.
Furthermore, there are periods of seasonal rainfall which tend to begin in December and finish in March.
Many sources say that the best time to visit the Seychelles is during the months of April and May and October and November. However, don’t be too worried about visiting in the wetter months. My recent trip was in December and I had great hiking weather almost every day!
Beyond the Trails: More Seychelles Travel Guides & Inspiration
That’s a wrap for this rundown of the best Seychelles hikes and nature trail walks. Before you go, stick around for more detailed guides and inspiration for planning your trip.
Below are three island-specific guides that cover everything you need to know on Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue.
Alternatively, check out some of the below guides for more inspiration!