Seychelles is said to be among one of the most beautiful tropical island in the World with some incredible & mind-blowing places. The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 islands spread over 1.3 million km² of the western Indian Ocean off East Africa, with a total land area of 444 km², making the island nation just about the size of Andorra, or 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC.
Among the many beautiful features of the nation of Seychelles, here are our 9 reasons why you should visit the island on your next vacation.
1 • Vallée de Mai, Praslin
This is a unique spot on earth where you will be able to see the towering Coco de Mer trees with their enormous fruits shaped like a pelvis on one side and a human bottom on the other. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visiting the reserve is a must for every visitor. Explore the three trails of this prehistoric forest and witness endemic palms and birds such as the shy Black Parrot.
2 • Seychelles’ Outer Islands
Visiting the outer islands of Seychelles is usually encouraged since each of them is unique in their own ways. Bird Island has numerous hatching sites, where you might have the chance to watch the hawksbill turtle lay her eggs here.
Take pictures of rare species in Cousin. The brush warbler, the Seychelles toc-toc and the fairy tern are among 1.25 million birds that nest here during April and May. On Bird island, millions of sooty terns breed between May and October, while colonies of seabirds visit Aride from October to April.
You can also enjoy big game fishing off Denis, where Marlin may be caught from October to December. The location of Bird island, at the edge of the Seychelles continental shelf where the sea floor drops rapidly to 2,000m (5,000ft), also makes it a favoured destination for deep-sea fishing. The best spots for salt-water fly fishing are Alphonse and Desroches islands.
Also in seychelles outer island, you find Fregate, Robinson Crusoe Island, the most easterly and isolated of the granitic islands, is home to the almost extinct magpie robin and many other bird species. Wander inland through unspoilt vegetation and visit beaches such as AnseVictorin or AnseMacquereau which have remain unspoilt and maintained their natural magnificence. Another is Thérèse, uninhabited by humans, is simply mind-blowing. Discover the rock pools and tortoise colony of this small islet off the western coast of Mahé. Explore its two rocky peaks which resemble a giant’s staircase and take some minutes to relax on the white sands or enjoy snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing and fishing.
3 • Aldabra Atoll:
One of the world’s largest atoll and listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Aldabra Atoll is the place to see giant land tortoises (Around 150,000 tortoises in all). The atoll consists of 13 islands making up about one-third of the Seychelles’ land mass. The atoll’s islands nurture a vast array of both unique flora and fauna as well as the world’s largest population of giant tortoises. For those divers and snorkelers, its lagoon will definitely conquer you since it boasts the most vibrant marine life of the entire archipelago.
4 • Eden Island
The exclusive Eden Island development is located just off Mahé and is home to a finite number of luxurious villas, sophisticated maison sand stylish apartments. The development also boasts a full-service, deep-water marina with private moorings for each residence in the resort. In addition to exceptional accommodation, Eden Island is also well equipped with secluded beaches, restaurants, bars, swimming pools, a gymnasium, child-friendly play areas and a world-class shopping centre.
Eden Island’s central location makes it the most convenient place to stay for anyone who wants to explore the wonders of the Seychelles islands. Property investors find endless opportunities to rent their accommodation out to affluent tourists, and permanent residents live enviably, in supreme comfort and safety
5 • Denis Island
Denis Island is located 85 km north of Victoria, Mahe and 28 miles away from the bird island which makes it one of the islands which is most northerly of the Seychelles. Once in a plantation of coconut growing, is housed with 25 charming cottages recently renovated Island is perfect for a honeymoon retreat offering the comfort with excellent cuisine. For fishermen, it is ideally located for fishing trips deep sea on the edge near the bank of the Seychelles, where marlin, sailfish, barracuda, wahoo, dorado and tuna delight beginners and seasoned anglers .
With its lush vegetation Denis Island is a nice house for roaming turtles and seabirds. Denis Island offers an excellent view of nature for walking and for tennis, diving, windsurfing, canoeing and of course the sun on its white sandy beaches.
6 • Praslin
With a population of 6,500 people, is the second largest island of Seychelles. It lies 45km northeast of Mahé and measures 10km by 3.7 km. Praslin is the site of the famous Vallée de Mai (one of two sites Seychelles World Heritage Site). The island features truly exquisite beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette … both on the list of top-10 best beaches in the world in recent years. A leisurely tour around the island by car will take about 2 hours. Praslin is at the forefront of the tourism industry in Seychelles with a strong tradition of hospitality and a wide range of accommodation. It also provides a base for excursions to nearby islands, some of which are important sanctuaries for rare species of flora and fauna endemic
7 • La Digueis Island
This is an island where time stands still and immemorial traditions such as travel by ox cart and bicycle are still king. Close neighbor Praslin and its satellite islands of Felicite, Marianne, and the sister islands, La Digue is the fourth largest island in the Seychelles. The warm atmosphere of this island with its intimate languid rhythm of life, traditional architecture and breathtaking beaches as legendary Anse Source d’Argent, is an absolute must for visitors. Traditional methods of boat building and refining of coconut products (copra) are still practiced on La Digue. The island is home to the pied flycatcher rare paradise of Seychelles. The picturesque islands around are ideal for excursions to snorkeling and diving.
8 • Aquarium area, Desroches
.The Aquarium, Madam Zabre and PasseTambi are the best spots for seeing turtles, stingrays and colourful reef fish. Diving is sublime there. With 14 classified sites such as the amazing ‘Desroches Drop’ or ‘The Canyon’ and mysterious labyrinths of unusual caves and columns, you will, without any doubt, enjoy unforgettable diving experiences. Desroches is the largest of the Amirantes archipelago.
9 • Nid d’Aigle
For those who like to do the incredible, a hike to Nid d’Aigle cannot be missed. Astounding scenery surrounds every step, and as the highest point in the area, you’re given an incomparable view of the entirety of the Seychelles.
The African Island of Seychelles offers an experience close to paradise and these are just a few fascinating reasons why you “must” visit Seychelles on your next vacation.