The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands that are located in the Indian Ocean, east of mainland East Africa. It is at the top of many people’s bucket lists in terms of must-see destinations and there is the common belief that the landscape and experiences here are unbeatable in terms of an island paradise. That is why this is such a common honeymoon destination. The great news for travelers is that there is more here than just sandy Seychelles beaches.
When to visit Seychelles
There isn’t an especially bad time to visit the Seychelles islands as the beauty and hospitality remain all year round. But, many would agree that the April-May and October-November periods are the best. This is because the weather is calmer and the temperatures are more tolerable.
Some of the best things to do in Seychelles
There are lots of great attractions, scenic tourist spots and hidden treasures around the islands of Seychelles. This means that visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to all the wonderful things that they can do here on a vacation. Some of the best things to do here include:
1) Scuba diving and snorkeling
There are lots of beaches and coves in the Seychelles islands that have beautiful calm waters and wildlife. Many of them are great for inexperienced snorkellers and scuba divers. Anse La Blague and Anse Volbert are especially good for beginners. There are many with great reefs that contain a surprising array of colorful fish. There is also the chance of an encounter with larger marine creatures in the area.
2) The Seychelles Underwater Centre
Those that don’t fancy adventuring off into the oceans by themselves can try out the Seychelles Underwater Centre. Here you can pay to dive in a safe, controlled environment with experienced instructors. It is busier but gives peace of mind to first-timers.
3) Denis Private Island
This is a holiday resort with a difference. Here visitors can head out to a beautiful little island and rent one of the handfuls of beachfront cottages. This is a great way to enjoy the luxury of a hotel with the authenticity of island life. There are great sites and activities a stone’s throw from the front door. There is also a more relaxed atmosphere than in other resorts.
4) Aldabra Coral Atoll
Then there are those that really want to get adventurous that can head out to this atoll. Aldabra is home to four coral islands a shallow lagoon. It is a paradise for those that want to escape civilization and explore the marine natural world.
5) Dolphin and shark watching
The snorkeling opportunities are all great for those that want to get up close and personal with some exotic wildlife. But, this is not the only way to do so. There are lots of boat trip providers across the islands that offer tours from the comfort of a vessel. This is a great way to see local dolphins and sharks in a safe, responsible manner.
6) Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve: Praslin Island
The natural landscape of Seychelles is actually quite diverse. Many visitors don’ t expect to find such a lush forest when they come to these islands. A walk through this nature reserve is like stepping foot into some ancient world. The coco de mer palms are stunning, as are the many birds that inhabit them.
7) Victoria: Mahe Island
When you visit Victoria, you will be forgiven for wondering how this qualified as a capital city. Yet, this quiet little town is indeed the capital of the Seychelles Islands. It is home to some great landmarks, temples and shopping experiences. Check out the clock tower and other great photographic opportunities.
8) Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden: Mahe Island
There are lots of tourist attractions that holidaymakers can enjoy as they venture away from the resorts and hotels. One that comes as a surprise to many is this garden. Many say it beats the botanical gardens for the interesting plants, views, and facilities.