The Seychelles inevitably evoke paradisiacal beaches and azure skies. Come visit the Seychelles to discover its wonders!
They were discovered at the beginning of the 16th century by the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama, but owe their name to a Frenchman: Jean Moreau Séchelles, Louis XV’s financial controller. The Seychelles were classified as a French colony for 60 years, from 1756 to 1814, then a British colony until 1976. Since then, the archipelago of 115 islands has formed an independent Republic, member of the Commonwealth and of the Francophonie.
Today and always, the Seychelles are real gems, island beauties with reefs and beaches that we no longer describe. Preserved by this insularity, the Seychelles are admirable guardians of nature, offering refuge to many animal and plant species.
1. Aldabra Atoll
Aldabra Atoll is one of the largest atolls in the world. It alone comprises four large islands, and a shallow lagoon. These islands are home to a large coral population, and therefore, dense aquatic flora and fauna. You can see more than 150,000 giant tortoises there, the highest density in the world.
Its isolation protects it from any human degradation, but it is still possible to approach it. Prepare your mask, your snorkel and your fins and discover this protected area, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Vallée de Mai (Praslin)
The Vallée de Mai is a natural park, if not the most beautiful in the world. It is an important tropical and primitive forest, also classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. A true paradise for the senses, the Vallée de Mai will introduce you to animal and plant species that are sometimes endemic. The black parrot or the Seychelles coconut palm, for example, are Seychellois species. Also, there is the famous coco de mer, more familiarly called coco-buttocks, which takes its name from its unique shape …
The Vallée de Mai covers 19 hectares, you won’t be able to see everything there, but take the time to explore it.
3. Union Estate Park (La Digue)
You cannot consider visiting the Seychelles without going through the coconut grove of the island of La Digue. Magnificent space located on a former colonial plantation, the Union Estate is a wooden farmhouse cultivating coconut and vanilla. The tools are old and part of the harvest is still carried out according to tradition. It is a wonderful place that offers a window on the colonial past of the Seychelles and as we often imagine it.
Also, soak up the greenery and the smells that reign in the park. You will be able to greet a few land turtles who are enjoying life in their enclosure. The Union Estate Park authorizes the visit by bicycle, by following of course, the paths reserved for the practice.
4. Anse Source d’Argent beach (La Digue)
Probably one of the best known beaches in the Seychelles, if not in the world. Treasure of the natural world, it is a long, very calm beach which unfortunately can only be accessed through Union State Park.
However, if its access is restricted to those who agree to pay the entrance to the park, it is more and more visited. It attracts visitors who all dream of discovering this unspoiled space, with fine white sand. The beach certainly owes its name to the many gray granite rocks that dot its coast. Imposing and decorated with coconut palms and palm trees, the sun colors them from sunrise to sunset, varying shades to orange.
5. Victoria (Mahé)
The Seychelles capital, Victoria, is located on the island of Mahe. Like its archipelago, it is a very green and beautiful city. It is a must-see on the island because it offers a magnificent panorama of the colonial past of the Seychelles.
Some buildings have retained the architecture, with wood exteriors and raised terraces. Visiting the Seychelles is also about facing its past and discovering part of its history. Very interesting, insofar as it gives the city an appearance of an open-air museum. See the silver reproduction of Big Ben in the city center, called the Clock Tower.
In addition, the very dense greenery reminds you that Seychellois are committed to preserving what surrounds them. Stop at Port-Victoria: it looks like a pirate port, as you can imagine.
6. Denis Island
Denis Island is a coral island, of 1.3 km². Very small and very green, it does not house more than 100 people. It is a private property, exploited mainly for tourism thanks to the rental of wooden cottages.
However, it is one of the best places to visit the Seychelles from the coast via snorkeling. Denis Island is bordered by coral reefs. It therefore allows many aquatic species to live: sea turtles, rays, small sharks (harmless), butterfly fish or surgeons … This makes it one of the most beautiful places in the Seychelles, because on land as well as under the sea. water, you will be amazed!
7. Madame Zabre natural aquariums and the Passe de Tambi (Desroches)
On Desroches Island, there are two magnificent natural aquariums in which to swim and discover the fauna:
- Madame Zabre aquarium
- The Tambi Pass
The crystal clear water of the place will offer you a fabulous diving experience, incredibly crystal clear and luminous. Because the beauty of a place does not reside only on its land but also under the surface of its waters. Visiting the Seychelles is certainly the beaches, the forests, but also the exceptional, preserved and rich seabed.
8. Bird Island
Here is an island that has not stolen its name. Bird Island, or Île aux Oiseaux, is a protected territory sheltering and hosting several million birds. Swallows, terns, straw-in-tail, white gygis… there are hundreds of species that take refuge on this island. An immense beach of fine sand borders this island, the center of which is made up of a forest and green spaces: ideal for birds. It is a magnificent spectacle to be able to observe birds of all species, spinning, soaring or diving down into the water rich in fish.
It is possible to sleep there, but in a very basic comfort: respect for ecological balance takes precedence over the well-being of tourists
9. Anse Intendance Beach (Mahé)
This is another beach well worth a visit. On the island of Mahé, it is said to be the most beautiful in the area. Like many others, it is made of fine white sand and is bordered by naturally clear turquoise water. But, it has a peculiarity that makes it unique: its height difference. Importantly, it has the consequence of making the waves much more powerful than elsewhere.
In fact, surfers have made it one of their favorite spots. Anse Intendance beach has a long border of palm and coconut trees, giving it very large shaded areas. Ideal, therefore, when you need to rest for a moment and avoid redness!
10. Morne Seychellois National Park (Mahé)
The Mont du Morne Blanc and the Morne Seychellois culminate respectively at 667 meters and 906 meters above sea level. The park around them occupies 20% of the island of Mahé, covering 3,045 hectares. It offers hiking trails in the heart of a tropical forest, where you can meet wild animals of all kinds. Don’t be afraid to get lost there for a moment, gain altitude. The beauty of its places will make you visit the Seychelles in a new way, connected to nature.
11. Frigate Island
A tiny islet 56 kilometers from the island of Mahé, the island of Frégate is a concentrate of paradise. Its hills, dense forest and beaches are true to the reputation of the Seychelles.
Despite its small size, 2 kilometers wide over a single length, this islet is truly a nugget in the Seychelles Archipelago. It is the ideal place to relax with nature, thanks to the luxurious spa on the island, the Fregate Island Private. For those who prefer to indulge in fishing, the waters bordering Frégate Island are perfect. Uncrowded, they are rich in fish and their funds are fabulous!
If you stay in the hotel, the cooks will even prepare your freshly caught fish according to the local tradition!