If there’s one place that can give complete justice to whatever notion you ever had of a ‘tropical paradise’, it has got to be Seychelles. A mystical sprinkling of about 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, the sublime archipelago of Seychelles gets ‘tropical paradise’ right in more ways than you can imagine. Be it the pearly beaches, the lush mountains, sapphire waters, the exotic flora and fauna, or the blazing, fiery sunsets, Seychelles is that happy place where paradise becomes a reality.
Here is a list of things to do in Seychelles that will make your journey to this paradise all the more memorable.
Explore Victoria, the vibrant capital city of Seychelles
If you’re visiting the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, Mahe, there’s no way you can miss dropping by one of the world’s smallest capital cities – Victoria. This quaint little city seems perpetually abuzz with its bustling markets, beautiful botanical gardens, and a fascinating mish mash of modern shopping avenues and building sprouting out alongside traditional creole style houses. All this, against the most dramatic setting of hills disappearing into the ultramarine seas!
A mere hour or two can be sufficient take a stroll across Victoria and explore its collection of attractions such as the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens, St Paul’s Cathedral, Freedom Square, Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, the Clock Tower, and more.
Take a stroll at the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve on Praslin
When it comes to the top things to do in Seychelles, enjoying a stroll at the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve is a must! Home to a staggering 6000 odd unique, prehistoric Coco de Mer trees, the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve on Praslin Island is rightfully declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Legend has it that these spectacular trees which sprung out from the ocean bed, date back to the prehistoric times, and haven’t evolved much since then. Owing to its breathtakingly beautiful setting, the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve is also referred to as “Garden of Eden”.
Traverse across the nature reserve’s path, through the dense forest outcrop, admire the swaying Coco de Mers, and if you’re a bird lover, watch out for the rare black parrot.
Visit the Curieuse Marine National Park on Curieuse Island
Hop into a ferry and sail away to the idyllic Curieuse Island, nestled off the northern coast of Seychelles’ second largest island, Praslin. Home to the Curieuse Marine National Park, the island is renowned for its breeding program for giant tortoises – some of the largest to roam the planet. Watch the lazily zig zag around the sandy coves and the unique coco de mer palms. Curieuse Island once served as a leper colony, and still offers glimpses of the leprosarium ruins to visitors. Visiting this beautiful island is one of the top things to do in Seychelles.
Laze around on La Digue Island
There is something truly magical about the fourth largest island of the archipelago – La Digue. Whether it’s the mesmerising natural setting of the island, or the traditional, laidback island life, La Digue beckons to nature lovers and tranquillity seekers alike. While powdered white sand beaches and granite rock adorn the coast, the inland offers a local, traditional vibe with just a handful of surfaced roads, virtually no motorised vehicles, and an abundance of modes of transport like oxcarts and bicycles. Don’t miss checking out Anse Source D’Argent – the island’s best beach (accessible only by bicycle)!
Enjoy a hike or two in Mahé
Put on your walking shoes, and unleash yourself amidst the jaw-dropping hiking trails of Mahe, that meander through tea plantations, thick forests, cinnamon and rubber trees, secluded bays, cascading waterfalls, and rare botanical gems like orchids, carnivorous pitcher plants, and endemic palms.
Some of the most sought after hiking trails like Anse Major, Copolia, Morne Blanc, Vacoa Nature Trail, Glais Noire, and Glacis Trois Freres, are definitely one of the top things to do in Seychelles.
Feast on the local Seychellois cuisine
An absolute delight for foodies, Seychellois cuisine offers a tantalising blend of French, African, Indian, English, and Chinese flavours, topped with an assortment of fresh spices. Get ready to indulge in an array of mouth-watering delicacies, in tastes ranging from tangy, sweet, to spicy!
The main ingredients of Seychellois cooking comprise of seafood, chillies, locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, and coconut. Some of the unmissable treats that you need to feast on while visiting Seychelles, include grilled fish, octopus curry in coconut milk, shark chutney, fish curry, Ladob (a desert that consists of banana cooked in coconut milk), and smoked fish salad.