Incredible and unspoiled, the Seychelles play out in countless fantasies of tropical islands. Few of the many attractions are beautiful rock-strewn beaches, pristine jungles, thriving coral reefs and UNESCO-listed nature reserves of the archipelago’s 115 coral and granite islands, which are the summits of a vast underwater plateau.
Seychelles is located near the equator in eastern Kenya. Popular things to do in Seychelles include basking on the lovely beaches, eating mouth-watering Creole cuisine, hiking the mountain trails, photographing unique flora and fauna, and rock climbing.
Aquatic activities abound in the clear azure water. The diving, snorkeling, surfing and sailing are all world class, and the Seychelles encompasses some of the richest fishing grounds in the world.
The largest inland granite islands of the Seychelles (mainly Mahé, Praslin and La Digue) are the most developed for tourists, with many luxury five-star resorts in the Seychelles.
Mahé is home to the small capital, Victoria, as well as the beautiful Morne Seychellois National Park, cruise port and the international airport.
On Praslin Island, you can explore the UNESCO-listed Vallée de Mai, while sleepy La Digue is home to some of the Seychelles’ most breathtaking beaches. The outer islands are mostly low lying uninhabited sand cays and small coral islands and atolls. Fishing is superb here, and fishermen will find exclusive fishing lodges on Alphonse Island and Farquhar Atoll.
No matter what you choose to do in these sublime islands, learn more about the best places to visit with our list of top Seychelles attractions.
1. Anse Lazio, Praslin
On the north shore of Praslin Island, Anse Lazio (Baie Chevalier) is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles. You have to walk up a hill to get to the beach, but it’s worth it.
Takamaka trees and coconut palms line the beach, providing shade areas to relax, and hungry bathers can refuel at the restaurants on both ends of the beach.
Early in the morning or late afternoon is the best time to visit Anse Lazio, when most of the tourist buses have left.
2. Anse Intendance, Mahé
One of the most beautiful beaches on Mahé, this small isolated sandy crescent on the south coast of the island is a favorite surf spot thanks to its frequent large swells and wild waves.
The lack of a protective reef makes swimming a bit difficult when the trade winds blow from the southeast, but swimmers, sunbathers and photographers will appreciate this picturesque strand surrounded by palm trees at any time. Turtles nest along the powdery coasts here.
3. Baie Lazare, Mahé
The pretty village of Baie Lazare on Mahé was named after French explorer Lazare Picault, who landed here to explore the islands when the French government sent him.
The neo-Gothic church of Baie Lazare is one of the main tourist attractions in the region, dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi, which offers panoramic views of the region.
The stunning beaches of Anse Soleil and Petite Anse are the best beaches in the Seychelles, with their striking azure water and dazzling white sands.
4. Island of La Digue
A nature lover’s paradise, La Digue is the fourth largest island in the archipelago. It’s also a great place to visit for anyone looking for a glimpse into traditional island life.
Stunning white sand beaches and granite rock outcrops line the coast, and beach lovers will find one of the most scenic stretches of sand and sea on the planet here: Anse Source D’Argent. You must pay to access the beach at the nearby L’Union estate, where your admission includes a visit to this former copra factory and vanilla plantation.
Diving and rock climbing are also popular activities on the island, and hikers will enjoy the La Pass to Grand Anse trail, which winds through French colonial houses through woods and marshes to beautiful Grand Anse Beach.