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Seychelles Travel Guide
The breathtakingly beautiful Seychelles Islands are surely the most romantic holiday destinations in the world. Holidays to the Seychelles promise warm waters, a crystalline turquoise sea, pristine coral reefs and powdery beaches. The enchanting beauty of the islands cast a siren-like spell over visitors to this paradise on earth.
The Seychelle Islands stretch for nearly one million square kilometres of the Indian Ocean east of Kenya. Only a few of the 115 islands are inhabited, most of the local population (known as Seychellois) live on the main island, Mahé, around the capital city of Victoria.
The Seychellois are an eclectic mix of African, Arab, Indian and Chinese descendants, as well as British and French settlers and seafarers. Once a thriving pirate's haven the Seychelles now serve as a luxury holiday destination for sunseekers, honeymooners and nature lovers who congregate in the top quality hotels and resorts on the main island shores.
Whether you come to dive among the more than 800 species of fish in the island waters, marvel at flocks of colourful birds flitting among rare jungle trees, soak up the equatorial sun on silver sands or to cement your marriage vows, a holiday to the Seychelles archipelago will be just about as close to paradise as it is possible to get on earth.
Holidys To Seychelles - Things To Do
Mahé exudes liveliness, with the musical hum of the Creole language acting as the back track to your getaway. Victoria itself has several sights that you won’t want to miss! Discover the aromas and flavours of Victoria Market. Hire a bike and check out the much-loved clock tower that resembles a mini Big Ben and has acted as the capital’s focal point for generations. Mission Lodge was a school where underprivileged children were schooled by missionaries. The lookout point at Mission Lodge is spellbinding, with views of the surrounding forests and the beaches of the South Coast of Mahé island.
Praslin boasts some of the world’s most photographed beaches and is definitely worth a visit. If you would rather take to the seas, book a 45 minutes catamaran boat ride from Mahé, sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery that floats by. Praslin is home to Vallée de Mai, a palm forest and UNESCO World Heritage Site where Coco du Mer is grown. This delicious fruit is similar to a coconut and is the national emblem of the Seychelles. Its cream is a local delicacy.
As a general rule – the further you travel from the main airport in the Seychelles, the more pristine and lush the landscape is. Home to a population of just 2,000, La Digue has no airport. It is a 15-minute ferry ride from Praslin. In keeping with the laid-back Seychelles lifestyle, the main mode of transport on La Digue is bicycle, perfect for exploring the island and seeing all it has to offer.
One of the most alluring characteristics of the Seychelles is the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The stunning underwater world of expansive reefs, wrecks and canyons make for an extremely diverse marine environment, teeming with both fish and coral life. For this reason, the Seychelles is an extremely popular spot for scuba divers. The good news is there are options for both beginners and experienced divers to enjoy, so diving in the Seychelles really is an opportunity not to be missed.
There is no doubt about it – honeymoons to the Seychelles are all about the beaches. Located on the Island of La Digue, Anse Source D’Argent is the most famous beach in the Seychelles and said to be the most photographed beach on earth. On the south coast of La Digue, take your pick from the pristine golden sands of Grande Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Cocos. As the only large luxury hotel on the island, La Domaine De L’Orangerie is the perfect place to unwind after your day’s activities.
Anse Intendance is a spectacular wild beach in the south of Mahé Island. It ranks among the most beautiful spots in the Seychelles. The soft white sands of the strand are framed on each side by incredible granite formations. Numerous palm trees offer protection from the sun, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic day lounging in the sunshine!
One of the most beautiful beaches on Praslin Island is Anse Lazio, located at the north-western end of the Island in the Bay Chevalier. Anse Lazio is picture-perfect from every angle and it often turns up in lists of the world's most beautiful beaches. Stay at the 5* Constance Lemuria for its gorgeous secluded beaches and renowned 18-hole golf course.
Best Time To Visit Seychelles
With a climate of 26 degrees all year round, you can happily island hop your way around no matter what season you visit. If you want to avoid the rain the best time to visit the Seychelles is between May and September, with the wettest weather experienced in November, December and January - but even during the wet season there will be plenty of sunshine before and after the showers.
It is possible to dive throughout the year in the Seychelles – however waters are calmest during the months of March, April and May and September, October and November.
Seychelles Holiday Offers
The Travelmood team includes several destination experts who can create a bespoke itinerary for your holiday to the Seychelles. Our travel experts have all visited the Seychelles and have personal experience of the resorts, beaches, destinations, attractions and tours that they recommend. As well as creating custom holiday itineraries, we have a great selection of all-inclusive honeymoon packages to the Seychelles to choose from, so why not call us today and get your romantic holiday to the Seychelles started!