Seychelles is very frequently called the honeymooners’ paradise and with good reason. Strings of exquisite pearly sand beaches wetted by turquoise blue waters with a backdrop of lush hills and big glacis boulders. Pair this with the fusillade of luxury hotels that Seychelles is home to and you have got yourself quite an endearing tropical getaway. Much like a region out of a fairy tale, this glorious archipelago consists of 115 islands and an array of beaches and sites that will give you the most amazing dilemma. Where all do you go? Home to everything that you may expect from an island destination, this beautiful set has amazing beaches, secluded coves, sunsets with a pinkish hue, world class restaurants and spas. Give up on choosing a favourite beach while visiting the best of the lot like Anse Source d’Argent and Anse Marron. Dubbed the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’, it is also a haven for wildlife spotters with a multitude of birds and animals that have made Seychelles their sanctuary. Visit the Vallee de Mai Nature Preserve to see the few remaining coco de mer trees or drop in at the coral formations of Aldabra Atoll where more than two-thirds of the world’s population of Giant Tortoises live. For the embracers of the weird among you, there is also Marie Antoinette’s, one of the oldest restaurants here, famous for their bat meat. Be it riding a bike around mesmerising La Digue or heading out to sea for a bout of diving, the sky’s the limit in Seychelles. Hop around catching glimpses of sooty terns and magpie robins, swim with tortoises and sea turtles, or just laze around on your luxurious hotel balcony while you apprehensively nibble on a bat on a stick. Honestly, picking out the best attractions here can be a nightmare what with your inability to choose a favourite among such amazing choices. So leave the work to us and enjoy the very best of Seychelles that we have handpicked for you. Whatever tickles your fancy, this place is guaranteed to sate even your deepest longing for a break from routine. Because this is where you realise that heaven is not that inaccessible after all.
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Anse Major is a secluded cove located in Mahe, Seychelles and the estimated elevation of this terrain is about 42m above sea level. A glorious beach bordering the National Park on the northern coast of Mahe, there are two ways to get to it. Either hike the nature trail along steep granite slopes or rent a boat from the Beau-Vallon Bay. Here, you take the more scenic route, strap on your walking shoes and take the 1.5 hour long hike to the beach. Starting at around 9 am, the hike begins from the Danzil terminus, the trail being clearly marked and easy to find.
Plenty of water and a picnic in tow, you trek past huge boulders overlooking the beautiful views courtesy of the Beau-Vallon Bay. After a tiring hike, infused with the smell of breadfruits which are found in abundance along the trail, you will reach the large secluded beach with two sides separated by large granite rocks.
Anse Boudin, Praslin
Disembark at Praslin from the catamaran for the first leg of your trip and visit the Vallee de Mai, an extraordinary primeval forest, harbouring the rare and endangered coco de mer palms which are some 7,000 in number. The island is also quite famous for the awe-inspiring black parrots, which are unique to this island. You get to drive along the coastal road with its spell bindingly beautiful coves and a cluster of fishing villages. The road ends up at Cote ‘Or, a haven for tourists with a cannonade of souvenir shops.
Apart from pristine beaches and everything that comes with beach area, La Digue also offers a real insight into the lives of the Seychellois people. Adding to the charm of these warm folk is that fact that the main transport here is an ox-cart or a bicycle. Watch coconuts being processed into copra and oil at the l’Union Estate with its majestic colonial house. Have a spot of relaxation while watching giant tortoises in their pen or with a bit of swimming at the lovely Anse Source d’Argent beach before heading back to Praslin.
You will be picked up from Victoria’s marina on a catamaran for a trip to the middle of the harbour. By the first stop, you will get the chance to hand feed the beautiful species of tropical fish here and discover the fascinating underwater world either by snorkelling or swimming. You will also be served a mouth-watering buffet lunch in the traditional Creole style which will make you bless your taste buds! After lunch though is when the wonderment really begins. You will be struck dumb by the beauty of the underwater reefs that you will discover through the windows of a semi-submersible vessel. It’s either this or the serenity upon the pearly beach off Cerf Island. Enjoy the sunset on the deck of the boat that will take you back to the marina.
This island group consists of two islands, namely, little sister and big sister. Yes, someone really put some thought into naming them. As they are more exposed to currents than their counterparts, they are less crowded but infinitely more beautiful. With sea beds alive with beautiful coral and crystal clear water, it is a sight to behold. Around the big sister, you will catch glimpses of the blue surgeon fish that are unique to this island.
Best time to visit Seychelles
As this cluster of fun-filled islands is blessed with a year-long tropical climate, it always seems a good time to visit! Just that some months are ideal for certain activities, whereas some are for others. For instance, May to September bring cooler and windier conditions ideal for sailing. March to May and September to November are the best times for diving while you could indulge a spot of fishing between October and April. If you’re the kind who would love to break a sweat, then May to September is your allure when you partake in hikes, nature trails, and surfing.