Beaming with breathtakingly white beaches, lush greenery, and gorgeous towering mountains, the magical Seychelles is well and truly one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. An island paradise in every sense of the word, the Seychelles is especially popular with honeymooners looking for an unforgettable getaway filled with relaxation and romance.
An archipelago country consisting of 115 tiny islands spanning the vast Indian Ocean, this peaceful nation’s attractions are incredibly diverse. From the magnificent Morne Blanc mountain to the white-sand beach of Anse Volbert – or even Victoria Market’s colourful atmosphere – the Seychelles has so much to offer. If you ever find yourself lucky enough to visit these islands of pure tropical bliss, make sure to check out these fun things to do in the Seychelles.
15. Beau Vallon[SEE MAP]
Located on the north-western coast of the Seychelles’ main island, Mahé, Beau Vallon is one of the country’s most popular beaches. What continually draws visitors to Beau Vallon is its multi-faceted appeal. Combining the classic ‘Seychelles’ aesthetic with its tall palm trees and soft sands, Beau Vallon is also a haven for divers and snorkelers because of its clear blue water and multi-colored coral reefs. Visitors will also be treated to a magnificent view of Silhouette Island while they enjoy their time in the Seychelles sun.
This famous beach is close to several established hotels and restaurants, making it easily accessible to families.
14. Anse Volbert[SEE MAP]
The stunning Anse Volbert beach can be found on the quaint island of Praslin Island and is probably the most popular beach on the island, and certainly the longest. Beach lovers have long loved relaxing and unwinding at Anse Volbert due to its long stretch of white sand, cool shallow waters, and quiet atmosphere.
Families traveling to Anse Volbert won’t find a shortage of shops and restaurants, as many of them fringe the outskirts of the beach. Anse Volbert is reachable by car, bus or bicycle from the small port district of Baie Sainte Anne, which sits only 4km away from Anse Volbert.
13. Curieuse Island[SEE MAP]
Visitors will get to live out their Robinson Crusoe fantasies as they dock at the alluring Curieuse Island. Isolated from the rest of the main islands, Curieuse Island is filled with sun-kissed beaches and rich nature, but what separates this island from the rest is its colony of adorable giant tortoises. These friendly, fascinating creatures are part of a breeding program at Curieuse Island; lucky visitors will be able to watch, interact, and witness how these wonderful animals are being conserved.
Previously a leper colony, Curieuse Island also holds an interesting past that curious visitors will want to learn about. With a little bit of everything on offer, this island is best enjoyed on an activity-filled day trip by boat from Praslin Island.
12. Tempio Hindu[SEE MAP]
It’s hard to stay away from the Seychelles’ alluring beaches, but the Tempio Hindu is definitely a good excuse to temporarily leave them. Often cited as an icon of the capital, Victoria, this famous Hindu temple has stood proudly for over 240 years. It was built when the first Indians made their way across the archipelago and has been impressing visitors ever since. With its intricate sculptures and stunning array of colors, the Tempio Hindu is one of the Seychelles’ few religious sites that rivals the beauty of this island nation’s world-class nature.
11. Anse Georgette[SEE MAP]
With a view perfect for a postcard, the idyllic and serene Anse Georgette is possibly Praslin’s most breathtakingly scenic beach. Featuring glaringly turquoise waters and seemingly sculpted boulders, Anse Georgette is tranquillity embodied. Isolated, exclusive and secluded, Anse Georgette is an ideal place for couples to unwind and soak in the Seychelles’ glorious nature.
Located close to the opulent 5-Star Lemuria Resort, Anse Georgette still somehow feels untouched and unspoiled despite its popularity. This is a must-visit if you’re passing through Praslin Island.
10. Copolia Trail[SEE MAP]
The Seychelles isn’t all about lazing around and relaxing on pristine beaches – if you’re looking to raise your heart rate, there’s no better way than scaling one of the Seychelles’ remarkable mountains. The Copolia Trail will take you through unique tropical flora and fauna, as you make your way to an unforgettable 360-degree view of Victoria, the nation’s capital.
The Copolia Trail takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, with a total length of 1.6km. Loved for its relative ease, hikers will be greatly rewarded with uninterrupted vistas of the Seychelles archipelago.
9. Anse Coco Beach[SEE MAP]
Boasting all the things we’ve come to expect from the Seychelles – white sand, glistening blue water and verdant greenery, Anse Coco Beach’s famous boulders and rock structures are among the most visually striking in all of the Seychelles. Because of this, taking a photograph at Anse Coco Beach will be an easy task, as it is ridiculously stunning from all angles.
Anse Coco Beach is often very secluded. In fact, on some days, you might only find 10 or so visitors laying on the beach’s fine sand. The beach’s surrounds, which includes a collection of abandoned buildings, further amplifies the beach’s enchanting atmosphere.
8. Moyenne Island[SEE MAP]
Seclusion and exclusivity are at the heart of a visit to tiny Moyenne Island. With an area of only 0.999 square kilometers, visitors to this dot-sized flora and fauna sanctuary will get to witness animals and plants only found in the Seychelles. Moyenne Island is a popular day trip from Mahé, not only for its unique collection of greenery, but also for its renowned underwater life – which includes colorful fish, distinctive corals, and rays.
Moyenne Island’s intriguing history can also be uncovered through an organized excursion. If you’re looking for a trip filled with little surprises, Moyenne Island is a good pick.
7. Grand Anse[SEE MAP]
The inspiration for many postcards and framed photographs, Grand Anse is one of the widest beaches on Mahé island. Not labelled ‘Grand’ for nothing – this beach is truly stunning. Through an aerial view of the beach, visitors will be able to see the striking juxtaposition of the pristine white sands, perched beside brilliant crashing waves.
Swimmers should note that being out in Grand Anse’s open waters from April to October can be particularly dangerous, as this is when monsoon season renders the currents to be especially strong. Conveniently, walkers can also use Grand Anse as the entrance point to the Chemin la Misére trail, which leads visitors all the way to the other side of the island.
6. Morne Blanc Trail[SEE MAP]
Another of the Seychelles’ most iconic hikes, the Morne Blanc trail is nothing short of splendid. A little more difficult than your average trail in the Seychelles, this trail is an uninterrupted uphill climb along Morne Blanc mountain that spans a grueling 3.2km.
A climb through lush forests, a tea plantation, moss-covered rocks and jackfruit trees, Morne Blanc should only be attempted by the moderately fit. Once hikers reach the pinnacle of the mountain, they will be rewarded with exquisite wide-ranging views of the Indian Ocean and the Seychelles’ many islands and atolls.
5. Anse Intendance[SEE MAP]
Unanimously considered one of the Seychelles’ finest beaches, Anse Intendance is a tropical extravaganza. Boasting crystal clear cerulean water, grand granite rocks, dense greenery, and immaculately soft sand, Anse Intendance has all the elements to make any beach lover fall in love. The waves also make it a particularly popular spot with surfers. The beach is home to the Banyan Tree Resort, and therefore is largely visited by guests from the hotel. Except for the resort, and a small beach bar, there are no other guesthouses or restaurants located nearby.
4. Victoria Market (Sir Selwyn Clarke Market)[SEE MAP]
For a little slice of culture and commotion, the Victoria Market is a fun stop where visitors can immerse themselves in the distinctive atmosphere of the Seychelles. A little bit celebratory, and with a whole lot of charm, this busy marketplace is an ideal place for tourists to shop for local produce, souvenirs and crafts.
The market is at its most bustling on Saturday mornings when stall owners proudly display a wide range of seafood from their catches of the day.
3. Vallee De Mai[SEE MAP]
Known as the “Heart of Praslin,” the Vallée De Mai is the best place for visitors to get lost in the Seychelles’ enchanting flora and fauna. Serving as an intriguing nature reserve with an array of unique fruits, flowers, and birds, the Vallée De Mai is also home to more than 4,000 original species of palm trees, preserved in a way that almost retains its original state.
Most famously, visitors will be able to learn about the coco de mar, a palm tree that, according to locals, found its origins under the sea. Essentially a living laboratory, a trip to the Vallée De Mai is sure to be a visually stunning, yet educational and informative experience.
2. Anse Lazio[SEE MAP]
Considered Praslin’s crown jewel of beaches, crescent-shaped Anse Lazio is paradise at its finest. With a view fit for a postcard, Anse Lazio is truly one of the best beaches in the world. Gaining access to this beach can be a little difficult: visitors will have to hike a little hill to reach it, but the effort will be worth it.
A stunning combination of exceedingly golden sand, glistening azure waters, and picturesque boulders, Anse Lazio’s incredible otherworldly beauty can mean it gets busy. Visitors looking to sunbathe in relative peace should head down to Anse Lazio early in the morning.
1. Anse Source D'Argent[SEE MAP]
With beauty that can hardly be described in words, Anse Source D’Argent is a jaw-dropping gem of a beach. Known for leaving visitors speechless because of its exquisitely beautiful qualities, the Anse Source D’Argent beach is a true testament to just how gorgeous the Seychelles can be.
As well as its dreamy blue water and powdery sand, the hallmark to Anse Source D’Argent’s fame lies in its one-of-a-kind display of impressive boulders that lie around the perimeter of the sandy bay. Located in the charming island of La Digue, visitors should note that Anse Source D’Argent is devoid of any restaurants or other establishments when visiting, making it all the more peaceful and secluded.