Looking for a perfect Seychelles Itinerary to plan your trip? Read on.
Have you ever imagined, what are the ingredients of the magic potion for a perfect beach vacation? Throw in some breathtaking white powdery beaches into turquoise blue water teeming with marine life, punctuated with boulders, virgin forests brimming with diverse flora and fauna, fascinating tales of island life and add some warm and friendly locals. The outcome is a picture postcard tropical vacation.
To say every corner of Seychelles is out of Pinterest or Instagram is not an overstatement. Known to be favorite among celebrities, honeymooners for the luxury escapade, this tropical paradise is bound to charm even the most skeptical traveler with ease.
Seychelles is one luxe destination that should be on your bucket list no matter what. Legend has it that the stolen treasure by French pirates is still hidden on the shores of Seychelles and people are still in search of the treasure. Treasure or no treasure, the islands of Seychelles are captivating.
We present to you our itinerary to plan your trip to this beautiful island nation. Obviously, you could spend a lot longer exploring different islands of the archipelago nation based on your preferences. Pick and choose what tickles your fancy and tailor the itinerary that suits your budget and time.
Our Seychelles Itinerary & Travel Guide
Day 1, 2 – Mahe
Day 3, 4, 5 – La Digue
Day 6, 7, 8 – Praslin
Day 9, 10 – Mahe
– Explore Mahé & Relax at a Beachfront Resort –
( Day 1 & 2 )
Fly into the capital of the island nation. If you are short on time, we would recommend you, to either take a ferry/flight to Praslin or La Digue and return back to Mahe towards the end of your vacation.
Since we were there for 10 days, we stayed in Mahe for few days and then took a ferry to La Digue.
We would suggest keeping a day or two to explore the island. But if time is not a constraint, there are a plethora of activities that Mahé has to offer that can keep you going for weeks — hit the beaches, explore the vibrant local markets & art studios, hike the mountain trails,take in the views from the vantage points,go on a sailing trip, and last but not the least sample the delectable Creole cuisine.
If you want a secluded honeymoon experience stay in the south of the island at Kempinski Seychelles or Four Seasons, these resorts are an ideal choice for a secluded vacation. If you want to stay right next to the beach, market, restaurants and water sports activities, Savoy Resort & Spa is a great choice or you could stay in any of the resorts in and around Beau Vallon Beach.
You can also compare and book prices HERE
Paragliding, Snorkeling and diving trips are quite popular and there are numerous kiosks to book your choice of activities. Wednesday market at Beau Vallon Beach is also quite popular both with locals and tourists.
Victoria market is close to the pier so you can plan your itinerary accordingly.
Things To Do/ Places To Visit In Mahe
Hiking Trails – Morne Blanc, Copolia Trail (Victoria)
Beaches – Beau Vallon Beach, Petite Anse, Anse Intendance, Anse Takamaka Beach, Baie Lazare Beach
Sightseeing at Victoria – Victoria Market, Clock Tower, Seychelles National Botanical Gardens, Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden
Moraine National Park
Port Glaud Waterfall
Day Trips from Mahé – Praslin (if you are short on time), La Digue (if you are short on time), Silhouette Island, Bird Island, Moyenne Island, Cerf Island, St Anne National Marine Park
Getting Around: Renting a car is the wisest thing to do in Seychelles. Not just it gives you the luxury to explore places on your own but also you can save tons of money. Taxis are super expensive in Seychelles. You can rent a car from the airport itself or at the pier and drop location can also be at Pier or airport whichever is convenient for you.
Our first three days were all about relaxation, yoga, snorkeling, mountain trails and hopping from one beach to the other.
( Read a detailed post on – Things To Do In Mahe HERE )
– La Digue –
( Day 3, 4, 5 )
La Digue is one of the prettiest islands we’ve ever visited. We highly recommend staying on this island rather than going for a day trip. We had booked our stay at Chalets D’Anse Reunion via Agoda but unfortunately, they canceled it last minute and we had to end up staying at another hotel which was just okay. But there is no dearth of options here.
The best thing about the island is there are very few cars. La Digue is a heaven for nature lovers and those seeking a glimpse of traditional island life. The beaches dotted just to the north are calmer as compared to the ones in the east. Beaches like Anse Severe, Anse Patates in the north are easy to reach and are a great spot for snorkeling and swimming.
Other stunning beaches you must visit are — Grand Anse, next to it is Petite Anse which is only accessible by foot and next to it is the most isolated beach — Anse Coco.
For luxury seekers, La Domaine De L’Orangeri is the one of the finest resort on the island.
Things To Do In La Digue
Beaches – Anse Source D’Argent, Anse Cocos, Anse Union, Anse Banane & Anse Formis, Petite Anse, Grande Anse, Anse Severe, Anse Gaulettes & Anse Grosse Roche, Anse Patates
Snorkeling & Diving Trips
Grande Anse, Anse Severe or any of the beaches on the east of the island may be taxing due to the steep hills. Anse Severe & Anse Source D’Argent are closer to town. L’Union Estate which is next to Anse Source D’Argent has numerous giant tortoises and farm animals.
By Bike, electric golf buggy or on foot. There are very few cars on the island. Bicycles are usually provided free by the hotel.
( Read a detailed post on – Things To Do In La Digue HERE )
– Praslin –
( Day 7 & 8 )
After having an amazing time at La Digue we headed to the neighboring island and the second largest island in Seychelles — Praslin. A short plane ride from the capital city of Mahe or a ferry ride will get you to this incredible island in no time. Praslin is known for its stunning beaches across the world. Unfortunately, when we were there, it was cloudy and gloomy. We rented a car and had so much fun hopping from one beach to other in the rain. The drive was scenic.
In Praslin, you can while away your days lazing on the calm beaches or you can just strap your goggles and snorkel discovering the amazing marine world. Eat, swim, dive and relax – these are the four major ways to pass the time here. Our Airbnb host was super sweet and cooked us a lavish dinner on our very first day. The beaches of Praslin are very pretty but the famous ones are a bit crowdy.
If you’re planning to stay in Luxury – Raffles Praslin and Constance Lemuria are the best. But there are also plenty of budget options too. You can check Booking.com for more hotels and also compare the prices of hotels HERE.
We stayed in an Airbnb which was close to the beach near Constance Lemuria and also visited the gorgeous and the best beach in Praslin – Anse Georgette during our stay. The beach is stunning and is secluded most of the times.
Things To Do In Praslin
Visit Unesco-listed Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
Hop over to Curieuse Island which is just a 20-minute boat ride and is famous for 500 Aldabra giant tortoises.
Day trip to Cousin Island and Aride Island
Stunning beaches – Anse Lazio Beach, Cote D’or Beach, Grand Anse
George Camille Art Gallery
If you love gaming, head to Casino des Iles
( Read a detailed post on – Things To Do In Praslin HERE )
– Other Attractions –
For Private Island Experience
Silhouette Island ( Stay at Hilton Labriz Resort)
Denis Island ( Stay at Denis Private Island )
Round Island ( Stay at Enchanted Island Resort )
Bird Island ( Stay at Bird Island Seychelles )
Cerf Island ( Stay at L’Habitation or Cerf Island Resort )
For Ultimate Luxury –
North Island ( Stay at North Island Seychelles )
Felicite Island ( Stay at Six Senses Zil Pasyon )
Visit Aldabra Atoll
It is a raised coral atoll that consists of four islands surrounding a shallow lagoon. It has been also declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Though tourism is limited and permission has to be granted to visit the site.
Day Trip to St Anne National Marine Park
Park consists of six islands dotted in azure blue waters. These islands include Ste-Anne, Ile Moyenne, Ile Ronde, Ile Longue, Ile Cachee and Ile aux Cerfs.
Famed as one of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the country, St Anne National park is a mix of everything – stunning beaches, wildlife, hilly terrains, dazzling marine life. It takes 20 minutes to reach by boat from Mahe and is open 365 days a year. Tickets can be bought in Victoria itself at the pier or at the resorts. There are various day tours that are organized for the national park stopping for snorkeling, diving and offers a prepared lunch during the trip.
Pick up for the day tours are from the resort or hotel itself. Don’t forget to join in for a Glass bottom boat trip which is quite popular in the national park. There are high chances to swim or snorkel in the company of hawksbill turtles.
Overnight stay on the island is also another attractive option.
– Fact File –
Official name: Seychelles [/li]
Capital: Victoria (sometimes called Port Victoria) [/li]
Official language: French, English, Seselwa [/li]
Currency: Seychelles Rupee (SCR) [/li]
International dialing code: +248 [/li]
Credit Cards: Many vendors prefer cash. Most credit cards, especially Visa and MasterCard, are widely accepted. [/li]
Climate: Seychelles has two seasons: the cool southeast monsoon (May–September), and the hot northwest monsoon (October–April). High season- August, and Christmas to New Year time. [/li]
Best Package Tour & Travel: We recommend to blaze your own trail but if you are not interested in driving and exploring on your own, then there are two very good travel and tour companies that can arrange everything for you.
Mason Travel [/li]
– Getting Around & Planning –
The islands are interconnected via ferry.
Air Seychelles flies regularly connecting Praslin to Mahe and vice versa.
Air Zil chopper connects to most of the islands from Mahe. Check out their website for more info and details.
Sample Itinerary 1:
Fly to Mahe then take a ferry to La Digue stay for a couple of days and then take a 15-minute fast ferry to Praslin. From Praslin, you can either fly back to Mahe or take a ferry back.
La Digue -> Praslin -> Mahe
Sample Itinerary 2:
Fly to Mahe then take a ferry to Praslin stay for a couple of days and then take a 15-minute fast ferry to La Digue. And then from La Digue, take a ferry back to Mahe.
Praslin -> La Digue -> Mahe
– What to Shop –
Seychelles is not a shoppers paradise. There are small shops selling locally produced stuff like soap, perfumes, oils, and artifacts.
Since most of the products are imported, the prices are exorbitantly high. But don’t forget to bring back home few souvenirs like Coco De Mer Jewellery, Fridge magnet, Coconut oil, soap, perfumes, and artifacts.
– What to Pack –
You can easily survive in Seychelles packing light, just pack a few bikinis and sarongs and you are done, as most of the time, you will be on the beach or in the water. But there are few essentials that you should pack that can make your life easy whilst your time in Seychelles.
Check out our detailed post on packing for Seychelles. We have tried to cover almost everything.
( Read: Packing for Seychelles )
– How to get to Seychelles? –
Air Seychelles has direct flights from all major cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkatta and New Delhi to Seychelles. And if booked well in advance you can easily get a bargain.
( Read: Tourist Visa Seychelles )
- While planning your trip to Seychelles, try to keep Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue as a base to stay and explore all the tiny islands around these three islands. Plan at least 2 – 3 days on each island to explore in a more relaxed way, stopping by each and every beach.
- Make sure you take your snorkel gear and a good book to retire quietly to the beach, swim and get the perfect tan.
- Pack plenty of food and water while exploring the islands. Keep yourself hydrated whilst exploring the island.
- Island hopping tour starts at 9:00 am and can be booked easily at the pier or by the resort/homestays itself. Depending on the tours, pick up & drop can also be arranged from the hotel.
- Renting a car is one of the best options in Mahe and Praslin.
- For more secluded and private escapade, Silhouette island, Dennis island or North island are an ideal escape destination.
- We would highly recommend renting a car from the airport/port itself as renting a taxi can create a dent in your wallet if you are on a budget. And moreover, driving has its own charm in this stunning country.
- Last but not the least all the beaches of Seychelles are open to the public, so enjoy, relax and discover your piece of paradise.
Special thanks to CSIA Mumbai and Air Seychelles for making this trip possible.