What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear ‘Seychelles’? Beaches, it must be! And this country in the Indian Ocean has loads of them. It is instinctive for travellers to flock the famous beaches and other hotspots of this nation. However, if you’re looking to do something unique and out of the box while visiting this archipelago, here’s an introduction to the hidden gems of Seychelles that are visually stunning and easily worth your travel itinerary.
1. Anse Major
Mahé’s Anse Major is a small, beautiful bay that can be reached after an hour of hiking through the Morne Seychellois National Park. You can arrive here by a taxi boat as well. The glittering beach has granite rocks at both ends, making the waters of Anse Major apt for snorkelers. You can spot corals that play home to colourful fishes. Travel Tip: Carry a bottle of drinking water with you.
2. Morne Seychellois National Park
Morne Seychellois National Park, in Grand Anse Village, is a charming green space home to over 10 hiking trails that can be enjoyed by full-day or half-day excursions. Admire a wide variety of native flora and fauna in this national park. The endemic birds found here include Seychelles scop owls, Seychelles Kestrel and Seychelles Bulbul. Don’t forget to take pictures of Morne Seychellois, the highest peak of Seychelles’.
3. Police Bay
Police Bay, located along the southernmost coast of Mahé, is an unmissable place for travellers seeking something atypical of Seychelles. The waters of the Police Bay are deep and rough, and thus not ideal for swimming. Nevertheless, this also means that the bay is good for surfing. Amateur surfers can master their skills here. Scuba-divers must explore the gorgeous underwater landscape that’ll surely amaze them.
4. Domain de Val des Prés – Craft Village
Situated at the St Roch Au Cap, Domaine de Val des Prés – Craft Village is the point for you to savour a glimpse into the local Creole culture. It features Gran Kaz Plantation House (a historic plantation house converted into a restaurant), La Kaz Roza (a former traditional house, used by senior citizens of Seychelles for their social and economic daily activities today), Maison de Coco (a house built of coconut products) and a bunch of art shops. The art shops present an assortment of paintings, model boats, pottery and clothing items to visitors. Buy souvenirs for your loved ones in the Domaine de Val des Prés – Craft Village.
5. Port Launay Mangrove Forest
Among the hidden gems of Seychelles, you can count Port Launay Mangrove Forest in! Port Launay Mangrove Forest is one of the last and best remaining mangroves in Seychelles. More than 80 types of mangrove trees have already been identified and they are quite valuable to the zone. The mangrove forest was in abundance, but after the French settlement in 18th and 19th century, it has reduced in size.