A complete travel guide to the best things to do in the Seychelles. Explore the world-renowned beaches, fun activities, wild hikes, and off-the-beaten-path hidden-gems of this incredible Indian Ocean archipelago.
The Seychelles Islands has long been a premiere vacation destination, attracting beach lovers and tropical adventurers from all over the world. And for good reason.
From exploring white sand beaches lined with amazing granite boulders, to coming face to face with unique wildlife like giant tortoises and hawksbill turtles, there are just so many reasons why the Seychelles is one of the best places to visit.
After spending a long time photographing and documenting my own adventures on the islands I’ve formulated this ultimate travel guide, featuring 50 of the best things to do in the Seychelles! My goal is to inspire you to visit this amazing country and to find unique attractions and activities that will make it a trip to remember.
- 50 Best Things to do in the Seychelles
- 1. Visit Anse Source D’Argent – Best Things to do in the Seychelles for Beach Lovers
- 2. Meet an Aldabra Giant Tortoise
- 3. Stay on a Private Island
- 4. Witness the Beauty of St Pierre Islet
- 5. See Endemic Coco De Mer Palms at Vallée de Mai, Praslin (Unesco World Heritage Site)
- 6. Hike to the Highest Point on La Digue: Eagles Nest
- 7. Go Beach Hopping on Mahe
- 8. Sun Printing – Best Things to do in the Seychelles for Families
- 9. Snorkel & Explore Curieuse Island – Best Things to do in the Seychelles For Wildlife Lovers
- 10. Take Vacation Photos at the Famous Bent Palm Tree on Praslin Island
- 11. Hike the Morne Blanc Trail in Morne Seychellois National Park, Mahe
- 12. Swim in a Natural Pool at Anse Cocos, La Digue
- 13. Stroll Through the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens
- 14. Relax at The one-and-only Anse Lazio, Praslin
- 15. Go Island Hopping to Cocos & Felicity Islands
- 16. Adventure to Anse Marron on La Digue
- 17. Stay on Silhouette Island – The Ideal Place for a Honeymoon
- 18. Hike to Anse Major on Mahe
- 19. Island Hopping & Snorkeling At Sainte Anne Marine Park
- 20. Join in on the Iconic Crystal Kayak Tour
- 21. Spot Endemic Wildlife Species
- 22. Ride a Bicycle Around La Digue Island
- 23. Go Beach Hopping on Praslin
- 24. Chill Out at Grand Anse, La Digue
- 25. Grab a Bite at Belle Vue Restaurant on La Digue (Amazing View)
- 26. Visit the Mission Lodge on Mahe
- 27. Go Scuba Diving
- 28. Check Out Eden Island
- 29. Go Catamaran Sailing
- 30. Hike Mahe’s Mare Aux Cochons Nature Trail
- 31. Visit Sauzier Waterfall, Mahe
- 32. Stroll Through Victoria, The Seychelles Capital
- 33. Hike to the Ros Sodyer Rock Pool on Mahe
- 34. Explore L’Union Estate on La Digue
- 35. Visit the Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden on Mahe
- 36 Stay in a Historic Chateau on La Digue
- 37. Sip Rum at the Takamaka Rum Distillery, Mahe
- 38. Visit Anse Georgette on Praslin
- 39. Hike the Copolia Trail on Mahe
- 40. Snorkel Above the Coral Reefs at Port Launay National Marine Park
- 41. See More Amazing Beaches on La Digue
- 42. Visit Moyenne Island
- 43. Take a Local Bus to Port Glaud, Mahe
- 44. Stay at a Beachside Resort
- 45. Order Fresh Fruit at a Beach Bar
- 46. Learn About Traditional Seychelles Medicinal Herbs
- 47. Take a Scenic Flight From Mahe to Praslin
- 48. Spend a Day Hiking on La Digue
- 49. Sip Down a Cold Seybrew
- 50. Soak in the Iconic Indian Ocean Sunsets
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50 Best Things to do in the Seychelles
In this list, you'll find loads of activities and fun things to do for families, couples, and solo adventurers. This list isn't in any particular order and features attractions throughout the many inner islands.
If you're looking for detailed guides to the three main islands with more things to do, check out the blog posts below.
Okay, without further ado, let's begin,
1. Visit Anse Source D'Argent - Best Things to do in the Seychelles for Beach Lovers
Anse Source D'Argent is featured on almost every list of things to do in the Seychelles, as well as in international travel magazines and movies!
That's because it truly is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Located within the L'Union Estate on La Digue Island, Anse Source D'Argent is famous for its amazing granite boulder formations, powdery white sand, and crystal clear water lagoon.
2. Meet an Aldabra Giant Tortoise
Among one of the most unique experiences you can have in the Seychelles is to come face to face with an Aldabra giant tortoise.
Giant tortoises in the Seychelles can live up to 200 years and can weigh over 300 kilograms (660 lb)!
These tortoises are endemic to the Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles but are now found throughout the Seychelles archipelago and inner islands including Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue.
If you're planning your travels and definitely want to see one of these amazing creatures, then the best places to see them are
- Curieuse Island (the best)
- Seychelles Botanical Gardens
- The Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden on Mahe
- L'Union Estate on La Digue
3. Stay on a Private Island
If you're planning the Seychelles vacation of a lifetime, then one of the best ways to do it is to stay on a secluded private island.
This is one of the most romantic ways to enjoy your getaway. Whether it's your honeymoon or that one family vacation you always want to remember, this is a great way to experience the Seychelles.
And, luckily, there are more than a few amazing private island resorts and villas to choose from.
Below are the best, with links to check the price and availability for your dates.
- Cousine Island: Cousine Island Resort
- Félicité (Felicity): Six Senses Zil Pasyon
- Silhouette Island: Hilton Labriz
- North Island: North Island Villas
- Round Island: JA Enchanted Resort
Tip: You can also stay on Cousin Island (next to Cousine)
4. Witness the Beauty of St Pierre Islet
This next island is truly one of the most beautiful in the world.
Imagine a tiny granite rock island surrounded by crystal clear water and coral reefs. From its center, dozens of long, stringy coconut palms reach out to the horizon.
That's exactly what you'll discover at St Pierre Islet.
Of course, you can't stay on this particular island. But, luckily, there are amazing day trips you can book from Praslin. The one I recommend is a glass-bottom snorkeling tour that also includes a visit to Curieuse Island to see the giant tortoise sanctuary.
5. See Endemic Coco De Mer Palms at Vallée de Mai, Praslin (Unesco World Heritage Site)
Seeing a coco de mer palm tree is one of the best things to do in the Seychelles for a unique natural experience. This tree is a big deal to the people of the Seychelles, and locals are very proud of it.
Grown exclusively in the Seychelles, the coco de mer palm produces the largest seed in the world. It's quite an impressive sight, and there are plenty of places to see them.
But, the absolute best place to see native coco de mer palms is at Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island. Here, you’ll find the best example of a protected coco de mer forest, as well as many other endemic palms, plants and wildlife species (including the black parrot).
Book: Praslin Island Highlights Tour (Vallée de Mai & Anse Lazio)
6. Hike to the Highest Point on La Digue: Eagles Nest
La Digue doesn't just have some of the best beaches in the Seychelles, it's also got loads of tropical nature trails and jungle hikes in its nature reserves.
One of the best hikes on La Digue is to the summit of its highest peak– Nid D'Aigle (Eagle's Nest).
This mountain towers 333 meters out of the Indian ocean and its summit offers one of the best vantage points of L'Union and all the way out to Praslin Island.
You can pick this trail up from the nearby Belle Vue Restaurant, which also serves as the best way to cool down after the hike!
7. Go Beach Hopping on Mahe
Mahe is the largest island in the inner island group and where you'll find the Seychelles capital; Victoria. What you might not expect is that the Mahe beaches are actually some of the most beautiful in the country!
From secluded, private bays with untouched, white sand and crystal clear water, to popular beaches with vibrant restaurants and epic water sports activities, you'll find it all here!
Some of the best beaches on Mahe include:
- Beau Vallon Bay
- Anse Major
- Anse Intendance
- Petite Anse
- Grand Anse
One of the best ways to explore the island and see the best beaches is to book this full-day customizable tour. This is one of the most booked tours in the Seychelles and gives you full flexibility to do and see the things you want.
Rental Cars on Mahé
If you're looking to explore the main island of Mahé, it's a good idea to rent your own vehicle. However, I recommend booking this well in advance if you want to secure a good rate as rentals are every limited during the peak season.
That's why I recommend using DiscoverCars to compare prices across different companies on Mahé.
8. Sun Printing - Best Things to do in the Seychelles for Families
Looking for a unique and cultural activity for the family to experience in the Seychelles?
Why not take an interactive class to learn the traditional art of Sun Printing? This unique and interesting art form involves using the sun to print patterns onto textiles. It has been used for centuries by local communities in the Seychelles, who use native plants to paint colorful fabrics.
If you're visiting Mahe, take the family to this workshop and bring home a meaningful keepsake from your travels in the Seychelles.
Book in advance: Sun Printing Class on Mahe
9. Snorkel & Explore Curieuse Island - Best Things to do in the Seychelles For Wildlife Lovers
I briefly mentioned Curieuse Island above but visiting this gem definitely deserves its own spot on this list of things to do in the Seychelles.
Curieuse Island is a small granitic island with a curious history. For several decades this island was used to house a leper colony. However, these days it's a wildlife sanctuary and nature reserve for the Seychelles giant tortoise.
In fact, this is the best place in the Seychelles to see wild roaming tortoises. There's an effective breeding program on the island, and the giant tortoises usually hang out on the beach or munch leaves in the jungle.
Additionally, this island offers some of the best snorkeling opportunities. There's a chance to spot friendly reef sharks as well as green and hawksbill turtles here!
You'll find Curieuse Island just off the coast of Praslin, and you can get here easily by booking a day trip.
10. Take Vacation Photos at the Famous Bent Palm Tree on Praslin Island
While you can buy pareos (sarong) or a coco de mer souvenir, often the best keepsakes from a trip is a good old vacation photo.
Whether you're a couple or a family with kids, head down to the bent palm on the beautiful Cote D'Or Beach in Praslin. This is a place to take some awesome tropical photos.
You'll find this particular palm directly in front of “Galerie Passerose”.
11. Hike the Morne Blanc Trail in Morne Seychellois National Park, Mahe
Up for the best viewpoint hike on Mahe? Head over to the Morne Blanc nature trail, located on Sans Soucis Road.
Morne Blanc is one of the highest peaks on Mahe Island and offers arguably the best views of the west coast. The summit is reachable via a short but steep trail hike.
When you make it to the top, you'll be rewarded with panoramic coastal views over the west coast of Mahe. This is an excellent vantage point of Therese and Conception Island, running all the way down the coast to Petite Anse on the south cape.
12. Swim in a Natural Pool at Anse Cocos, La Digue
Anse Cocos is a breathtakingly beautiful beach found on the untamed, eastern side of La Digue Island. You can get here by walking the short trail from Grand Anse Beach.
The best spot on the beach is on the southern end, where visitors will find an amazing natural swimming pool.
Here, large, granite boulders converge on the headland to form a naturally sheltered pool. The water color here has to be seen to be believed. If the tide or waves are too rough on the beach, then the natural swimming pool is where you’ll want to swim!
13. Stroll Through the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens
Due to the remote location in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is abundant with unique and endemic species. One of the best places to see all of these amazing plants is the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens near Victoria (Mahe).
I'd say this garden is definitely worth visiting as you'll see excellent examples of tropical flora from the Seychelles and around the world. Additionally, there's even a giant tortoise enclosure, in case you didn't spot one yet.
14. Relax at The one-and-only Anse Lazio, Praslin
Narrowing down the best beaches in this incredible Indian Ocean archipelago is a difficult ask. But, if I had to choose a top three, then Anse Lazio would be on it every single time.
Nestled on a cove on Praslin’s northwest coast, the island's most famous beach is an immeasurably beautiful tropical paradise. Here, you'll likely find the bluest water you’ll ever have seen. The shore is lined with sparkling white sand and scattered granite boulders dot the edge of the sand.
This is a great place for swimming or simply relaxing in this true postcard scene.
15. Go Island Hopping to Cocos & Felicity Islands
If you're planning a trip to Praslin and wondering what to do in the Seychelles, I'd highly recommend booking a snorkeling boat trip to Cocos and Felicity islands.
These two beautiful islands are located just off the coast of La Digue and Praslin. They offer some of the best snorkeling opportunities in the Seychelles where you can spot some healthy coral reefs, plenty of schooling fish and the occasional turtle.
These trips run daily from Praslin and include fresh fruit lunch and Creole BBQ. In terms of bookable activities in the Seychelles, this is one of the best.
Book in advance: Cocos & Felicity Snorkeling Tour
16. Adventure to Anse Marron on La Digue
This next adventure is to the epic Anse Marron Beach which is quickly becoming one of the funnest experiences in the Seychelles.
Anse Marron is located at the very southern tip of La Digue Island. This is an isolated beach that has long been a hidden gem!
However, it has recently gained massive popularity and acclaim for being one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Everyone that makes the trip out here is blown away!
Unfortunately, the National Parks authorities and the local guides working on La Digue Island do not recommend tourists to make the trip out here by themselves. That’s because I was told that tourists are constantly getting rescued after getting lost on the trails.
Luckily, there is a guided hiking tour that leads through secret trails to Anse Marron. At the end, visitors will discover a truly perfect paradise. There's a sheltered, granite rock pool section and some of the bluest water in the country!
17. Stay on Silhouette Island - The Ideal Place for a Honeymoon
Silhouette Island is an absolutely breathtaking island paradise that is home to only 200 people. Life here is laid back and traditional, and you won't find busy hotel strips here.
Instead, Silhouette Island is a quiet, but undoubtedly beautiful island. Its jagged mountain peaks, lush jungle interior and unspoiled beaches make it one of the Seychelles' last untouched paradises.
If you're considering a wild and remote island in the Seychelles far from the crowds, book a night or two on Silhouette.
The main resort is the Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa. This amazing 5-star resort features private plunge pools, private tropical gardens and is located right on the amazing Anse La Passe Beach.
18. Hike to Anse Major on Mahe
I've already let you in on the fact that Mahe has some of the most amazing beaches in the Seychelles.
But, if I had to pick a number one favorite, it'd be Anse Major. The relatively short and easy hike to this remote beach on the isolated north west end of Mahe offers both jungle and coastal views.
Once you arrive, you'll discover deep, crystal clear water, perfect white sand and an unbelievable mountain backdrop. This is not one of the very popular beaches on Mahe, but I'd say it's easily the most beautiful.
19. Island Hopping & Snorkeling At Sainte Anne Marine Park
The Sainte Anne Marine Park is a marine protected area just off the coast of Mahe's capital; Victoria.
This area has the richest marine life near the island, being home to over 150 species of fish and other magnificent underwater life. As a result, if you're looking to add snorkeling to your list of things to do in the Seychelles, make sure to book a day trip to Sainte Anne Marine Park.
Most of the boat excursion day trips will take a similar route, stopping by several snorkeling spots and islands including:
- Cerf Island Reef (various spots)
- Moyenne Island
- Round Island
My favorite spot was at Cerf Island Reef. Here, I spotted hawksbill turtles, thousands of schooling fish and healthy coral reefs.
20. Join in on the Iconic Crystal Kayak Tour
We all know that Anse Source D'Argent is a truly amazing beach on La Digue. But, did you know that the best views of this beach are from the water?
One of the most popular tours on La Digue is the Crystal Kayak Tour. This is a clear-bottom kayaking experience in the Anse Source D'Argent Lagoon. If you join in, you'll get to experience much more of this beautiful coastline, as well as a visit to Anse Pierrot.
This is the beach where the famous movie Robinson Crusoe was filmed. In my experience, this tour is one of the best in the Seychelles and easily the best way to see these world-class granite rock formations.
21. Spot Endemic Wildlife Species
One of the most exciting things to do for nature enthusiasts is to spot rare, endemic wildlife species. There are several animals and plants that call the nature reserves of the Seychelles home– and, are found nowhere else on earth!
Some of these include:
- Aldabra giant tortoise
- Black parrot
- Seychelles paradise flycatcher
- Seychelles blue pigeon
- The Seychelles Green & Bronze Geckos
- Seychelles bulbul
- Jellyfish tree
- Coco de mer palm
There are many great places to spot these iconic plants and animals. Some of the best places include Fort Ferdinand Nature Reserve (Praslin), Vallee de Mai (Praslin), Morne Seychelles National Park (Mahe) and the untouched La Digue east coast.
22. Ride a Bicycle Around La Digue Island
La Digue truly represents quaint island life. While there are a few more cars popping up every year, most people still get around by bicycle.
You can rent a bicycle for 100 SCR per day from almost every hotel or resort on the island. Once you've got your set of two wheels, one of the best things to do is to ride around the island!
While you can't do a full circumference, I highly recommend getting off the beaten path and visiting the east coast. The roads are all quite well-maintained, and there aren't too many hills!
23. Go Beach Hopping on Praslin
Just like La Digue and Mahe, Praslin also has some truly world-class beaches. If you're going to visit this epic trio of islands, you'll want to dedicate at least a day on each to beach-hopping!
From adrenaline-pumping water sports like jet ski riding and parasailing, to quite, untouched tropical paradises, these Praslin beaches are a must-visit:
- Anse Lazio (Above)
- Petite Anse Lazio
- Anse Georgette
- Cote D'Or (Anse Volbert)
- Anse Boudine
- Anse Kerlan
24. Chill Out at Grand Anse, La Digue
It seems that every Seychelles island has a Grand Anse. While all of them are impressive, the Grand Anse on La Digue is my personal favorite. In fact, I'd say it's my favorite beach on the entire island.
This beautiful stretch of white sand drops into the deep, aquatic-blue water. Along the shore, you’ll see tall coconut palms above some small local huts selling fresh fruits and cold drinks.
Additionally, behind the beach is a short nature trail that passes a small lagoon. This area is rich in birdlife and is very beautiful.
The rock formations at the ends of Grand Anse are truly spectacular. I climbed to the top of the highest point, which is my favorite sunrise spot on the island!
25. Grab a Bite at Belle Vue Restaurant on La Digue (Amazing View)
The Belle Vue Restaurant is the tallest establishment on La Digue Island and is actually the starting point for the Nid D’Aigle hike (above).
Getting to the Belle Vue Restaurant is a bit of an adventure in itself, following a very steep and winding concrete road nearly all the way up the mountain. When I say steep, I mean it. There’s no way you’re riding a bicycle up here!
However, once you make it to the top, you've discovered the best bar with a view in the Seychelles. They serve healthy juices, fresh meals, and of course, cold Seybrew.
26. Visit the Mission Lodge on Mahe
The Mission Lodge at the historic Venns Town is a UNESCO World Heritage listed cultural site. There are ruins here of a 19th century school dedicated to children dumped on the island following the abolition of slavery.
The school itself was built by the London Missionary Society but is now in rubbles. There are information plaques throughout the site which details the history. Furthermore, if you continue on you’ll find an amazing viewpoint overlooking Morne Seychellios National Park.
Entry to the Mission Lodge Venns Town costs 100 SCR for tourists.
27. Go Scuba Diving
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner looking to immerse yourself in the underwater world of scuba, the granitic Seychelles islands are a great place to go diving.
What makes the Seychelles dive sites unique is that you can dive a granitic rock site. As you already know, this geology is unique to the archipelago. And, let me tell you, the rocks are equally as spectacular underwater!
There are dozens of great dive sites on Mahe, ranging from 8 meters to 30 meters in depth.
I went diving with Big Blue Divers and was taken to three amazing sites. Each was unique, including a wreck dive, a coral reef dive and a granitic rock slope dive. Highlights for me were the dozens of turtles outside Beau Vallon beach, as well as spotting a huge Manta Ray on the northwest tip of the island near Anse Major.
If you’re visiting Mahe Island during the months of October and November, you can even experience a whale shark dive! Whale sharks are not stationary in the Seychelles but migrate here every year.
28. Check Out Eden Island
Eden Island is a man-made island just off the coast of Victoria. Seychellois call this island reclaimed land. Eden Island is a luxurious area of Mahe and is complete with boutique hotels, vibrant shopping complexes, and even a high-baller super yacht marina.
If you’re looking for things to do in the Seychelles before your departing flight at the international airport, go for a stroll at Eden Island and sit down at one of the restaurants. Alternatively, stay here a night or two at one of the amazing hotels.
I chose to stay at Eden Island at the incredible Eden Bleu Hotel overlooking the marina with the amazing granite peak backdrop. I couldn’t recommend this enough if you are looking for a Mahe resort or hotel near Victoria.
29. Go Catamaran Sailing
Did you know that one of the most popular ways to experience the Seychelles is to do so by catamaran?
There are dozens of charter companies and private hire companies that allow you to sail between the islands. The amazing Indian Ocean surrounding the Seychelles is prime for sailing, with many small islands reachable within hours.
One of the top-rated catamaran day trips is onboard the Starfish. This is a great way to enjoy a cruise through the Sainte Anne Marine Park and discover the vibrant marine life of the Seychelles.
30. Hike Mahe's Mare Aux Cochons Nature Trail
One of the less-known activities you can do on the Seychelles Island of Mahe is to hike the Aux Cochons Nature Trail. This is a trail that doesn't offer as many spectacular views as the Anse Major or the Morne Blanc Nature Trail.
However, this cross-island trails allows walkers to experience some of the best plant and wildlife viewing in the archipelago. This lightly-trodden trail is perfect if you want to see the real jungle interior and get off-the-beaten-path.
However, to make the most of the experience, I recommend booking a guide. My great friend Roddey took me on this trail. He knows absolutely everything about the history and nature of the Seychelles and will point out all the highlights.
Contact Roddey on Whatsapp: +248 259 6425.
31. Visit Sauzier Waterfall, Mahe
As if beautiful beaches, mountain hiking trails, healthy coral reefs, and abundant wildlife wasn't enough. The Seychelles even has some spectacular waterfalls! This is truly a nature-lovers playground.
If you're looking for a beautiful waterfall trail that allows you to swim in a natural jungle pool, make sure to check out Sauzier Waterfall.
Sauzier is located on the west side of Mahe Island, just near Port Glaud. The entrance fee is only 50 SCR and you can spend as much time as you like here.
Book: 6 Hour Island Tour (includes Sauzier Waterfall) - TripAdvisor Badge of Excellence.
32. Stroll Through Victoria, The Seychelles Capital
Victoria is the capital of the Seychelles and one of the smallest capital cities in the world.
Located on Mahe Island, this small but vibrant city is full of history and culture. Visitors spending some time on Mahe should definitely explore Victoria. Some of the best highlights and attractions in this city include:
- The Victoria Hindu Temple
- Victoria Market (Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market)
- Victoria Clock Tower
If you visit in the early morning, you make sure to drop by the market to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, souvenirs, and fresh fish. If you've never tried it, I recommend buying some breadfruit. This is a delicious fruit best eaten baked or charred on a fire.
33. Hike to the Ros Sodyer Rock Pool on Mahe
Another cool attraction in the Seychelles is the Ros Sodyer Rock Pool, also called the Mahe Rock pool.
This is an awesome, deep, and round natural tidal pool located on the west coast of Mahe. To get here, you'll want to head to Anse Takamaka, then take a short walk through the jungle to reach it.
Once you arrive, you can swim and enjoy the refreshing waters in the pool. Best of all, you'll get to experience a beautiful view over the Indian Ocean. I recommend visiting at low tide for the best experience.
34. Explore L'Union Estate on La Digue
The L'Union Estate is located on the southern end of La Réunion on La Digue's west coast. This estate offers a unique opportunity to learn about the colonial history of the Seychelles, complete with some of the oldest examples of French colonial architecture on the island.
L'Union Estate La Digue reflects a time in history when coconut farming was the primary source of income for the people of the island. The Plantation House is one of the main attractions and was once the home of a Mauritian Family who worked the estate.
Other attractions include:
- Historic Cemetery
- Traditional Coconut Mill
- Plantation House
- Granit Monolith & Tortoise Pen
- Vanilla Plantation
- Souvenir Kiosks
- Old Pier Cafe
- Crystal Kayaks
- Anse Source D'Argent
Tip: Anse Source D'Argent is the Seychelles' most iconic beach. You'll need to pay the 115 SCR entrance fee to the estate to access it.
35. Visit the Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden on Mahe
Due to the Seychelles geographical location between East Africa and India, the archipelago has long been part of an important trading route for spices. This, combined with a tropical climate that is perfect for growing crops like vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, means that spice gardens are very common.
One of the best examples of a Seychellois spice garden can be found at Jardin Du Roi.
This is a beautiful colonial-style plantation and gardens is open to the public and tourists are free to wander through the fruit and spice gardens. At the Jardin Du Roi, you’ll find everything from bananas to breadfruit trees, and even a giant tortoise pen! I highly recommend making the trip to Jardin Du Roi if you're looking for educational things to do in the Seychelles.
36 Stay in a Historic Chateau on La Digue
The Seychelles is full of amazing historic buildings and quaint french-colonialist style chateaus.
For travelers who prefer accommodation with a history to brand new luxury hotels, check out the Chateau St Cloud. This historic chateau is one of the first buildings on La Digue. It was first constructed as the plantation house of a large vanilla farm during the Napoleonic Wars.
These days, it’s been reinvigorated and expanded to serve as one of the best accommodations available on the island. While it still has its historic touch, you can still expect modern luxuries like a swimming pool and fine-dining restaurant here.
I stayed at the Chateau St Cloud for three nights and was really blown away by the hospitality.
37. Sip Rum at the Takamaka Rum Distillery, Mahe
Would it really be an island vacation without a bit of rum?
They say that if you’re visiting the Seychelles, you have to drink the local Takamaka variety. While this is available in almost every Mahe Island resort, bar, and liquor store, visiting the Takamaka Rum Distillery is easily one of the best things to do in the Seychelles for rum enthusiasts.
A guided tour of the distillery is a great way to learn about the history of the famous Seychelles rum and includes free tastings.
The distillery is located on the east coast of Mahe, just south of Victoria. The site where locals distill the rum is called La Plaine St. André, which is an iconic heritage site. Here, you’ll find a museum, medicinal garden, historical ruins, and even two Giant Aldabra tortoises– Taka and Maka.
38. Visit Anse Georgette on Praslin
Anse Georgette is another impeccably gorgeous beach located on the northwest side of Praslin island. As an alternative to Anse Lazio, Georgette is a much more quiet and laid-back beach. But, many consider it equally, if not more beautiful!
However, to get to Anse Georgette you’ll either need to stay at the Constance Lemuria Resort, or take a scenic 1-hour trail through the jungle. This trail picks up from the west end of Anse Lazio beach and climbs a hill before dropping back down to Anse Georgette.
39. Hike the Copolia Trail on Mahe
Similarly to the Morne Blanc Nature Trail, the Copolia Trail is a steep but rewarding hike on Mahe with an excellent view.
The trail picks up on the same road (Sans Soucis Road) as Morne Blanc. This time, the viewpoint faces the east coast, with spectacular views over Victoria and Eden Island,
If you’re game, I highly recommend heading up the Copolia trail early for sunrise for an incredible view. This is easily the best viewpoint on this side of the island. The trail is not too long, at just 1.9 kilometers return. But, just be prepared for a steep incline and subsequent return. Don't worry, the views at the end of this Seychelles highlight is easily worth it!
40. Snorkel Above the Coral Reefs at Port Launay National Marine Park
Tropical Seychelles life is all about the underwater world! While you can certainly get some great snorkeling in at Sainte Anne Marine Park, make sure to also visit Port Launay Marine National Park on Mahe.
This is a quieter alternative and offers great snorkeling on coral reefs right off the shores of Port Launay Beach. Since this side of the island is much more relaxed with much fewer people. Expect to find healthy coral reefs, plenty of fish life, and even a cruising turtle or two!
Tip: Also visit Baie Ternay Marine National Park, located just beyond Port Launay.
41. See More Amazing Beaches on La Digue
I've already suggested a few beaches on La Digue you should visit during your trip. But, the truth is that there are just so many spectacular beaches that it's hard to include them all.
In saying that, these top 8 beaches on La Digue definitely deserve at least a mention in this article. Check out my guide for more photos and to narrow down your perfect beach!
- Anse Source D'Argent
- Anse Marron
- Robinson Crusoe Beach (Anse Pierrot)
- Anse Cocos
- Petite Anse
- Anse Songe
- Grand Anse
- Anse Banane
42. Visit Moyenne Island
Moyenne Island (Ile Moyenne), off the coast of Mahe in the Sainte Anne Marine Park. This is a very small island, but it has a very interesting history.
Moyenne has been made famous by its most notable occupant and owner, Mr. Brandon Grimshaw. This man was an unmarried newspaper editor from the UK. After discovering this island beauty in the Seychelles, Mr. Grimshaw purchased the island (for £10 000), and packed his life up to spend the remainder of his days here.
During his occupancy, Mr Grimshaw terraformed Moyenne Island. He brought in several fruit trees and native flora to serve as his private oasis. Interestingly, Mr. Grimshaw also imported several Aldebra Giant Tortoises onto the island, most of which are still there today.
A visit to the Sainte Anne Marine Park is a must when visiting Mahe. Most boat trips and tours stop by Moyenne, where you can see what life was like living on a tiny tropical island in the Seychelles.
43. Take a Local Bus to Port Glaud, Mahe
I always say that one of the best ways to immerse yourself in a destination and truly experience local life is to take public transport.
Luckily, the island of Mahe has a very cheap and convenient bus network. These public buses run all the way across the island and to several remote spots like Anse Takamaka and Port Glaud.
Port Glaud has beautiful beaches and is considered as one of the best places in the Seychelles for snorkeling and relaxing. Furthermore, you’ll find a beautiful small island just off the coast called L’Islette that is great for photos.
44. Stay at a Beachside Resort
If you've come to the Seychelles, chances are you're a fan of the beach. In saying that, who isn't?
One of the best parts about staying in the Seychelles for many travelers is the opportunity to book beachside accommodation. There's nothing like waking up and stepping straight out of your resort villa onto the white sands of one of the world's best beaches!
Visitors to the Seychelles are in luck. There are hundreds of amazing beachside villas, resorts, and hotels available to book. Skip to my accommodation guide below to find the best recommendations.
45. Order Fresh Fruit at a Beach Bar
One of the funnest parts for many people traveling in the tropics is to try exotic fruits they might never have heard of. If you head down to almost any beach on La Digue, Mahe, or Praslin, you'll likely find bamboo-style beach huts.
These little huts are bars, where you can order fresh fruit, cocktails, and even Creole BBQ lunches.
Treat yourself and support small local businesses!
46. Learn About Traditional Seychelles Medicinal Herbs
One thing I love about the Seychelles is that using traditional medicinal herbs and spices is still a huge part of local life. This seems to be a consistent feature of Indian Ocean Islands, and something that I discovered for the first time in nearby Sri Lanka.
In the Seychelles, you'll find most locals growing herbs and spices like ginger, ginseng, lemon grass, aloe vera, and more. Some endemic examples include Bilendbi Baron, Palmis, and the Lantanier fey.
You can learn all about the benefits of these natural herbs and spices by visiting a medicinal garden. Two of the best examples I saw in the Seychelles was at the Takamaka Rum Distillery and at Jardin du Roi.
47. Take a Scenic Flight From Mahe to Praslin
As you'll read more about in the Seychelles travel guide section below, hopping between the inner islands is very easy.
However, if you want to turn that transport time into an experience, then I highly recommend booking the scenic flight from Mahe to Praslin.
This is operated by Air Seychelles and only takes 10-15 minutes. Let me tell you, the view is easily worth the extra cost over the ferry!
48. Spend a Day Hiking on La Digue
Besides the Anse Cocos and Nid D'Aigle hikes that I've already mentioned in this Seychelles must-do list, there are a few more you might want to check out.
La Digue is my favorite island for hiking and there are great network of jungle trails. Make sure to add these to your list if you're a keen hiker.
- Anse Marron Hike
- Eagle’s Nest (Nid D'Aigle) Trail
- Romeo & Juliet (Unique Viewpoint)
- Anse Cocos Trail
- Anse Songe Trail
La Digue Hiking Guide: Best Hiking and Nature Trails
49. Sip Down a Cold Seybrew
While you’re traveling in the Seychelles, you have to try a locally-brewed Seybrew Lager. This beer is sold in almost every resort, restaurant and bar in the country.
I don't know what it is about this beer, but it seems to always go down a treat on the islands!
50. Soak in the Iconic Indian Ocean Sunsets
To wrap up this huge list of the 50 best things to do in the Seychelles, let's take a deep breath and take a moment to enjoy those iconic Indian Ocean sunsets.
The warm waters and tropical climate of the Indian Ocean produces some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world. So, head down to your favorite beach, climb up to that amazing viewpoint and soak in nature's nightly display of grandiose art.
Where to Stay in the Seychelles
No doubt, picking the right accommodation for your trip is important.
That's why I've written this detailed accommodation guide to the Seychelles. This includes all the best areas, the best islands, and the best recommendations for every accommodation budget.
If you want island-specific breakdowns with more options, then also check out the guides below:
Otherwise, continue reading to get some narrowed-down suggestions.
Best Accommodation Picks For La Digue
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.
On La Digue, there are a wide variety of hotel and resort offerings ranging from relatively "budget friendly" self-catering lodges to incredible luxury resorts.
Below is a quick summary of the best picks.
- Amazing Chateau: Hotel Chateau St Cloud (Mid-Range) - This 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 southwest beaches and the port.
- 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) -located on the northern end of the island very close to the ferry terminal. 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.
- ...9+ more top hotel picks on La Digue
Best Accommodation Picks for Praslin
Praslin is the second largest of the inner islands and flaunts some incredible hotels and resorts. Being a little sleepier than Mahe, Praslin caters to the more relaxed crowd.
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 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 offers 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 center complete with a hot tub and sauna set in a palm and bamboo forest.
- Budget Self Catering: Treasure Island Retreat - Those looking to enjoy 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 a fully-equipped kitchen, and a furnished terrace or balcony.
- ...7+ More Top Picks in this Praslin Accommodation Guide
Best Accommodation Picks for Mahe
Mahé is the main island and home to Victoria, the capital city of the Seychelles. It's the largest of the inner islands and has several great places to stay. Here is a quick area guide with the top 4 accommodation recommendations below.
- Victoria and Eden Island for nightlife
- Beau Vallon for beaches and restaurants
- Private islands for the ultimate island experience
Top Accommodation Picks
- Top pick on Mahé: 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.
- 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, a fitness center, PADI diving center, and a tennis court.
- Budget self-catering Studio: Precious Residence - If you want to explore Mahé on a budget, then 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).
- Ultimate getaway: JA Enchanted Island Resort - Looking for the ultimate Indian Ocean getaway? JA Enchanted Island Resort is an impeccably beautiful resort located on a tiny private island on the footsteps of the St Anne Marine Park.
- ...10+ More Top Recommendations in this guide to where to stay on Mahé
Seychelles Travel Guide & Tips
After reading that massive Seychelles must-do list, you might have some questions. Or, you might be interested in finding out some tips and insights to making your trip planning easier and more affordable.
Below I'll give you just that, and hope to answer any questions you have about traveling in the Seychelles.
What Are the Best Places & Islands to Visit?
Most first-time visitors to the Seychelles tend to stick to the three main islands; Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue.
Here's a quick breakdown of each.
Mahe - The Capital of the Seychelles
Chances are, if you’re flying into the Seychelles, you’ll land on Mahe, the largest island in the inner island group. That’s because Mahe is where you’ll find the Seychelles International Airport.
My advice is to spend at least a couple of days here exploring all of the great beaches and hiking trails. Victoria, the capital, and Eden Island are also worth stopping by.
Praslin - Quieter alternative to Mahe
Praslin is much more laid back than the main island of Mahe. And, you’ll find the same amazing turquoise waters, relaxing beaches and snorkeling opportunities here.
With beaches like Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio, and awesome island hopping opportunities like those to St Pierre and Curieuse, you'll want at least two to three days here.
Get to Praslin by taking the Cat Cocos ferry. This is the most cost-effective and popular way to get to Praslin. It departs from Mahe and takes roughly 1 hour to arrive at Baie Sainte Anne and it costs €50.
Alternatively, take the scenic flight from the Mahe Domestic Terminal (same as the international airport). The plane is tiny, accommodating about 12 people. What’s great about this option is you’ll get to see the islands from the air on a scenic flight that lasts about 10-15 minutes.
More: How to Get to Praslin
La Digue - Smallest & Most Relaxed
La Digue is my personal favorite island in the Seychelles. It seems to have created the perfect balance of adventure opportunities, relaxed vibes, and tourism infrastructure.
From amazing beaches like Anse Source D'Argent, to hiking trails like Nid D'Aigle, you'll want at least two to three days here as well.
To get to La Digue, I suggest taking the Cat Cocos (fast ferry) directly to the island from Mahe, which costs roughly €60 and takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. Alternatively, make your way to Praslin first, then take the ferry from Praslin to La Digue (Cat Rose).
More: How to get to La Digue
How Many Days In the Seychelles?
This is a difficult question to answer and one that will depend on what you will want to do in the Seychelles.
Most people typically spend 10 days in the Seychelles. This will give you a solid amount of time to check out the three main islands.
However, if time and money permits, I'd recommend spending at least 2 weeks on a Seychelles vacation. As you can see from this travel guide, there are so many things to do in the Seychelles, and ticking off all fifty will be a long task!
Best Time to Visit the Seychelles
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, you can generally expect sunny weather year-round with no risk of cyclones. However, 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 as you can see, I enjoyed great weather.
Essential Things to Know About Visiting the Seychelles
- Currency & ATMs: Seychellois rupee (SCR), at the time of writing, 15 SCR is equivalent to approximately 15 Euros. You'll find ATMs on all islands including Praslin, La Digue, and Mahe.
- Internet: Wifi is notoriously slow in the Seychelles. However, LTE (4G) connection is surprisingly quite fast and reliable on all the main islands. There are two main operators; Airtel and Cable and Wireless. You can pick up a sim card when you arrive at Mahe airport at the stall outside arrivals.
- Language: The three official languages of the Seychelles are Seychellois Creole, English, and French. Almost everyone speaks great English which makes travel very easy.
- Clients: One interesting thing that I discovered is that Seychellois call tourists "clients". This isn't that important to know but something I found quite funny and made me feel a little bit fancy.
- Cost: The Seychelles isn't a very budget-friendly place, favoring the honeymoon and luxury crowd. However, it is possible to travel in the Seychelles on a decent budget if you stick to self-lodging accommodation and pick things to do that are free like hiking and beach-hopping.
More Seychelles Things to do & Guides
That is a wrap for this mega travel guide to the Seychelles. I hope you've discovered some awesome attractions, activities, or generally all-round fun things to do!
If you enjoyed this article, make sure to check out some of the other blog posts. I've spent a great deal of time photographing and documenting my own adventures around the Seychelles islands and I'm sure you'll find something you didn't know about before!