Have you ever imagined, what’s 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 islands and warm and friendly locals. The outcome is a picture postcard tropical vacation.
To say every corner is out of Pinterest or Instagram-worthy is not an overstatement for Seychelles. Known to be favorites among celebrities, honeymooners and for the luxury escapade, this tropical paradise is bound to charm the most skeptical of travelers.
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 these shores and people are still in search of the treasure. Treasure or no treasure, the islands of Seychelles are captivating.
We present to you our sample itinerary for 8-10 days that explores this beautiful paradise and to give you some great ideas of what Seychelles really has to offer you. Obviously, you could spend a lot longer exploring different islands of the archipelago nation based on your preferences.
Come join us as we virtually take you to the garden of Eden – Seychelles. 🙂
Pick and choose what tickles your fancy and tailor the itinerary that suits your budget and time.
– Mahé –
Let’s start with Mahé which is the biggest island of the 115-strong archipelago and Victoria (the smallest capital in the world) is your first stop when you land in Seychelles.
Whether you are looking to spend your days basking on a beach, hiking through the mountains, immersing yourself in the local culture or indulging on scrumptious Creole cuisine, it is all possible here in Mahé.
Beaches are lined with luxury resorts and home stays. It is very easy to drive straight to your hotel and spend an entire week on the island without even venturing out. But by doing so you could miss out to experience the charm of the island life.
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. Old French Victorian mansions, vibrant local markets, art studios, mountain trails, colorful gardens and cuisine that blends Indian, French, and African influences.
Hit the Beaches:
Believe us, there are just too many of them. From the happening Beau Vallon to the secluded Anse Major, chances are high that you will stumble upon the prettiest of the beaches dotted all along the coastline every now and then. The striking feature of all the beaches is they are pristine and mostly deserted.
Our suggestion, rent a car and go beach hopping. Don’t forget to pack your snacks or lunch with you along with your snorkeling gear.
Beaches worth visiting: Anse Intendance, Petite Anse (Baie Lazare), Anse Takamaka Beach, Anse Forbans, Beau Vallon and Anse Major
Check out the list of beaches in Mahe. HERE
Moraine National Park :
Overlooking the entire town of Victoria at a height of 905 m, Morne Blanc offers sweeping views of the southwest coast of Mahé. The hiking trail starts from the village of Danzil and can lead you to Baie Ternay, Port Launay Marine Parks, Bel Ombre and the isolated beach at Anse Major.
WaterSports & Adventure Activities:
Diving, snorkeling, paragliding are common water sports activities. Tours are organized on a daily basis and can be booked from the numerous kiosks at the beaches or also can be arranged by the resort.
Zip lining and mountain trail hiking are also quite popular.
Wander the Botanical Gardens:
The island is full of unique flora and fauna, so take some time and wander through the 15 acres botanical garden in Victoria which is home to some exotic plants, giant tortoises, and unique flowers.
Stroll around Victoria :
Victoria Market – Head to the local market where everyday life unfolds with bewildering variety, locals sell fish, vegetables and the many craft shops offer souvenirs, hats, soaps, jewelry, and clothes.
Art Studio & Museums – Explore the art studios and learn about the history and culture of the island. Don’t miss to visit The Kenwyn House which is famous for the French architecture.
Hindu Temple – Visit the only Hindu temple in the entire island which was set up in 1992 and is dedicated to the Lord Vinayagar.
Clock Tower – Take a snap of the mini version of Big Ben of London which is situated in the busy streets of Victoria.
Visit Port Glaud Waterfall :
Tucked in a sleepy village of Port Glaud, the waterfall is just 10 minutes walk from the road.
Takamaka Distillery :
Take your time, sip and savour the experience of different types of rums produced at the distillery. The locally produced Takamaka is the most famous rum sold in Seychelles.
Island Hopping :
There are many kiosks that offer island hopping trips from Mahe.
Day Trips from Mahé:
Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette Island, Bird Island, Moyenne Island, Cerf Island, St Anne National Marine Park
Beau Vallon Wednesday Market :
Beau Vallon is a popular beach in Mahe that hosts a lively Wednesday evening market. Stalls are lined up near the beach selling a wide array of stuff like sarongs, kaftan, fridge magnets, perfumes, soaps, and oil. Eateries are also lined selling seafood, chips, fresh juice, quail eggs and a lot more.
Based on our experience below are the three resorts that get our vote.
For all inclusive resort: Kempinski Seychelles & Resort
( Read: Luxury in Paradise: Kempinski Resort & Spa )
For ultimate luxury: Four Season Resort & Spa
( Read: Four Season Resort & Spa )
Accessible to Markets/ Attractions: Savoy Resort & Spa
( Read: Hotel Review: Savoy Resort & Spa )
Mahe is a large island with virgin forests and countless beaches.
The island is very well connected with bus service which is extremely affordable but the only problem is you need to keep of track of bus timings and plan things accordingly.
Taxis can be fairly expensive when compared with the price of a rented car. Hiring your own car is one of the best ways to enjoy Mahe. Nothing can beat the mood to discover it at your own pace.
– Praslin –
Praslin is the second largest island of Seychelles and well connected with Mahe and La Digue by ferry service and flights. Praslin is a smaller version of Mahe with jaw-dropping beaches, hilly terrains where life is slower and a little more laid back. A short plane ride from the capital city of Mahe or a ferry ride will get you to this incredible island in no time.
Here you can wile away your days lazing on the calm beaches or you can just strap your goggles and snorkel discovering the amazing marine world. Eat some authentic Creole food or meet some great local people. Eat, swim, dive and relax – these are the four major ways to pass the time here.
Explore Vallee de Mai
A UNESCO world heritage site spanning across 19.5 hectares and is home to diverse flora and fauna as well as the world’s largest seed – the Coco de Mer. You can also find rare species of birds, trees, and lizards in the national park strewn with boulders. Even the national bird of the Seychelles, the black parrot can be seen here. Make sure you don your trekking shoes while visiting the park as it involves a lot of walking and hiking the nature trail.
The entry fee for an adult is 300/- SCR.
On the north shore of Praslin Island, Anse Lazio (Chevalier Bay) is one of the island’s most stunning beaches and has been listed among top 10 picturesque beaches in the world many times. Anse Volbert is one of the island’s famous beaches where many resorts are lined up.
Anse Georgette is another stunning beach which is hidden behind mountain trails. You could either hike down to the beach through the trails of Mount Plaisir or take the easier route through Constance Lemuria resort as the beach is inside this beautiful property.
Other Beaches worth visiting: Grand Anse, Anse a la Mouche, Anse Forbans, Anse Citron, Anse Kerlan, Cote d’Or
The museum is a great place to experience the culture and know more about this beautiful islands.
Island Hopping Trips :
Take the whole day to get a bit of adventure with an island hopping tour from Praslin. You can either book packages online or buy it directly from the jetty.
Day Trip from Praslin:
Sister Island, Felicite Island, Cousin Island, Aride Island, Curieuse Island, La Digue and Coco Island
By Bus: If you need local transportation, the bus system is really cheap and easy to use.
By Car: If you need to do a lot of driving, rent a car—the best option.
By Taxi: If not by bus or car, you can hail a cab.
Driving around the island is a breeze as there is long U- shaped road that runs from Constance Lemuria to Anse Lazio in the northwest. And there is one road that intersects via Vallee de Mai, joining Grande Anse and Baie St Anne. This route via Valle de Mai is a bit easy while the other one is steep, winding and narrow.
It is well connected by ferry from Mahe. Fast Ferry operates every day and you can easily book your tickets at the jetty or online. You can check the ferry timings here.
Price: 50 Euros one way.
There are daily flights from Mahe to Praslin.
Air Zil chopper is another option to reach Praslin in style.
– La Digue –
If you are looking for a laid back island escape — speckled with beautiful boulder-strewn beaches, azure water, breathtaking sunsets, palm trees and on top of it all accessible by bike or foot; La Digue Islands fits the bill perfectly.
With no cars allowed on the island, a handful of restaurants, hotels & homestays, this is the perfect island to escape to do literally NOTHING.
La Digue is a heaven for nature lovers and those seeking for a glimpse of traditional island life.
Take it easy, relax on the picture postcard beaches of la Digue. Each one stunning from the other.
Rent a Bike: The best way to explore the island is by bike or on foot.
Hike Nid d’ Aiglo – The highest point on La Digue, this hike is a great way to spend a day. But a word of caution the hike is pretty exhausting and steep that even you cannot bike. But the good part either you can hide your bike in the bush and enjoy the sweeping views or head to the restaurant to watch the sunset and enjoy an amazing cocktail or dinner.
The picturesque beaches of Seychelles are in La Digue island where as soon as you hit the beach the worries of the modern life will melt away instantly.
Anse Source D’Argent is the most talked about and visited beach of the island, part of the L’Union Estate which is open to the public. The entry fee per adult is 100/- SCR.
The beaches dotted just to the north are calmer as compared to the east coast. Beaches like Anse Severe, Anse Patates dotted in the north are easy to reach and are a great spot for snorkeling and swimming.
Anse Cocos is only accessible by foot and to reach Petite Anse and Grand Anse there is a steep climb over a hill which goes through a mountain trail.
Day Trip from La Digue:
Sister Island, Felicite Island, Cousin Island and Coco Island.
Bicycles and ox-carts are also common mode of transport in the island. But oxcarts are no more in use and are used only during weddings.
There are only 5 taxis in the island so if you are planning to hire one, be ready to pay more.
Some Resorts also operate buggy services for their guests.
La Digue does not have an airport, so only way it is connected is by ferry from Praslin or Mahe. Praslin is just 15 minutes away on a fast ferry from La Digue.
Air Zil chopper is another option to reach La Digue. It lands next to L’Union reserve.
– Other Attractions –
Islands: Silhouette Island, Denis Island, North Island, Bird Island, Curieuse Island, Cousin Island, Cerf Island, Aride Island, Felicite Island
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.
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 and is open 365 days a year. Tickets can be bought in Victoria itself at the jetty or at the resorts. There are various day tours that are organized to 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 hotels 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 –
– 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 the 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 Reach –
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 jetty 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.
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Special thanks to CSIA Mumbai and Air Seychelles for making this trip possible.