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Seychelles Travel Guide The Complete Guide to the Seychelles

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Top 10 Highlights

All This & More Awaits You!

The Seychelles are full of highlights just waiting to be discovered, including the beautiful Anse Source d'Argent beach on La Digue, the famous Vallée de Mai nature reserve on Praslin, or the smallest capital city in the world, Victoria! With so much to see, the Seychelles are the ideal candidate for an island-hopping holiday, with the three main islands being connected via ferry transfer, and many of the Seychelles' other smaller islands being reachable by boat as part of a daily excursion or a short stay.

 

1. Silhouette

The third-largest of the inner Seychelles islands, Silhouette, is a 20 km² granite island located north-east of Mahé, rising up to 751 m above sea level at its highest point. With undisturbed beaches, extensive nature, and absolute isolation, Silhouette has many attractive characteristics to capture your attention. The island's two small villages house approximately 150 people, most of whom operate the island's two accommodation options: the five-star Hilton Labriz Resort and the La Belle Tortue Lodge. Silhouette does not have any roads or streets, and no supermarkets, but this makes it the ideal spot to enjoy a few days of relaxation.

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2. Anse Source d'Argent

Anse Source d'Argent is a fantastic beach on La Digue. In fact, it's so beautiful that it has been used as the set of both films and advertising shorts. Shallow turquoise water, incredible white sand, and contrasting, imposing granite boulders create a postcard scenery that makes the beach one of the most-photographed in the Seychelles.

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3. Victoria

The smallest capital city in the world will automatically be on the agenda of anyone travelling to another Seychelles island by boat, as it is also home to Mahé's harbour. Victoria has many other things to make it worth a visit, however, including restaurants, shops, cafés, and the beautiful Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market, where you can buy freshly-caught fish and exotic fruits, as well as spices, herbs, and much more.

 

4. Vallée de Mai

This natural park on Praslin belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage list, and is one of the best-known sights in the Seychelles. Besides the endemic Coco de Mer coconut, which has the largest seeds of any plant in the world, there are many more floral species to see here. In total, there are around 5,000 different species that you can see here.

ImageVallée de Mai, Praslin
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5. Beau Vallon

This widespread bay ranks among the Seychelles best-known and most-popular beaches, for holidaymakers and locals alike. Numerous accommodation options, restaurants, and tour operators make this beach a real 'all-rounder' for your stay on Mahé.

 

6. Sainte Anne Marine Park

This environmentally-protected national park consists of six different islands, just off the coast of Mahé. The snorkelling grounds between the islands rank among the best in the Seychelles, so make sure to bring along your snorkelling gear!

 

7. Bird Island

This small island is the northernmost island in the Seychelles, and is a real natural wonder. From May to September, the island is home to millions of sooty tern birds, and is also home to Esmerelda, a 200 year-old giant tortoise, and the oldest of its species in the world!

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8. Anse Lazio

Anse Lazio is a picture-book beach on Praslin, the second-largest of the Seychelles' inner islands. The mixture of turquoise water, powdery white sand, and incredible granite boulders make this beach one of the most beautiful in the Seychelles.

 

9. Curieuse

This small island is right next to Praslin, and is a popular destination for day-trips and excursions. Besides Praslin, it is the only island where the well-known Coco de Mer palm tree grows naturally. The island is also home to mangrove forests and many giant tortoises.

ImageGiant tortoises like this one can be found on Curieuse Island
 

10. Morne Blanc

The 905 m-high peaks of Mahé are a treat for hiking fans. The Morne Blanc Tour (667 m) is an example of this, trailing through old tea plantations and tropical forests to the peak. The effort is definitely worth it for the view from the top, which is stunning.