Once you set foot on the near-perfect powdery beaches that hug the Seychelles islands‘ shorelines, you may scoff at the idea of spending your days anywhere else! On the other hand, when you’re surrounded by so much beauty you might just find yourself compelled to explore the rest of this stunning destination and its beautiful surrounds. Here are our top recommendations on how to have an adventure in paradise.
When someone says “take a hike”, it’s usually not intended as something positive… but this time it’s something we stand by. Take a hike in the exquisite Morne Seychellois National Park’s rugged interior where you can enjoy the diverse habitats which range from mangrove forests, the country’s highest peak (for which the National Park is named), thick forest and a mountainous interior. You will never feel closer to nature than you do in this piece of heaven. Private guides can treat you to an incredible tour of Mahe on a whole in just four hours.
While exploring the Morne Seychellois National Park, be sure to visit the SeyTé Tea Factory located on a little farm where you can enjoy free tours and a glimpse into the incredible tea-making process. This will also provide you with a lovely memento to bring home as tea is available for purchase (they say smell is one of the biggest memory triggers, so can you imagine the true calm you will enjoy when sipping on some tea back home, the aromas filling your nostrils and calming your senses?). You can also enjoy the spectacular view of the west-coast from the factory’s parking lot.
Port Victoria is the perfect place to witness the true hustle and bustle that locals of the Seychelles enjoy. Take a trip to the colourful market and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables prepared in flavourful dishes, or browse the unique souvenirs such as beachwear and even local spices and herbs. Stop at La Pause, a popular cafe home to chocolate fondants (do we even need to say more), crepes, pastries and light meals. Actual tourist sites include the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the Sunstroke art gallery (home to George Camille’s lovely paintings), the Natural History Museum and the Clocktower (all just some of the incredible spots to visit while in Port Victoria).
One of the Seychelles’ outer islands, Aldabra Atoll is part of the “Aldabra Group” of islands, which are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to more than 150,000 of the famed giant tortoises. You can also enjoy some of the best fly-fishing in the world at these islands and the sight of thousands of migratory birds flying in. The islands are often off-limits but special tours can be organised. Scuba diving is unsurprisingly some of the best in the world given how few people have dived the reefs but it is recommended to go with a skipper and dive master who are familiar with the area.
The Seychelles also has some of the best diving and snorkelling spots in the world, especially since all motorised water sports are banned for conservation reasons. Turtles, whale sharks, dolphins and tropical fish are some of the incredible ocean creatures waiting to greet you, and the colourful arrays of coral are reason enough to give diving a change in and around these islands. If you’re keen to get out on the water (but not under it), you can always give kayaking, windsurfing or sailing a try.
All-in-all, the Seychelles is a pretty remarkable place, whether you choose to explore or just lounge the day away, you can be sure of an unforgettable holiday.