by Megon Venter on July 31, 2018
3 min read

Find yourself on a pure white sandy beach, surrounded by crystal waters with all the warmth of the Indian Ocean. This old historical island was at one time populated by members of the French East India Company who went on to define the local language. Later, it became a British colony with vast coconut farms and the creole-speaking slave descendants made up the majority of the population. Seychelles achieved its independence in 1976 and is now home to a fusion of cultures as well as grand beach resorts. Read on below for just six (of many) reasons why you should visit Seychelles.

1. Snorkelling

Head to Coco Island where you can swim with turtles. Tread carefully, as the turtles are not the only vulnerable species in the waters. Dive down to view the plethora of coral reefs that make Seychelles so special and spy over 1,000 fish species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Boats in a Seychelles bay

Photo Credit: Alf Altendorf

2. Hiking

Hike to the highest point on the main island of Seychelles, Mahe. The view from the top is breathtaking as all the neighbouring islands are visible. An easier trek is the Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, abundant with natural life and home to a nature reserve that invites you to make the most of your trip to Seychelles.

3. Island Hopping

Charter a boat and engage in some luxury island hopping. The locals know how to navigate the tricky inner and outer island reefs while you sip on some champagne and enjoy the radiant tropical views. Hop off the boat and absorb the local French colonial architecture or stop at a little eatery.

  • Praslin Island has a casino, art gallery and museum. It is also one of only two islands where Coco de Mer grows
  • Aride Island hosts a bird nature reserve where several endangered species have been willed from the edge of extinction
  • Cerf Island is a delightful picnic spot due to its quiet beaches and peaceful walks
A boast cruise through the Seychelles

Photo Credit: Raffles Praslin

4. Local Cuisine

When you visit Seychelles it is vital to try the local cuisine. Relish freshly grilled fish, octopus curry and a dessert of ladob, which is a sweet treat of either potato or banana cooked in coconut milk and spices. Seychelles also hosts several food festivals and Mahe island throws an annual carnival where you are invited to sample the best flavours.

5. Private Beaches

A striking experience endemic to the area is Anse a La Mouche where the organisms in the water glow after dark. A special chemical causes the effect of bio-luminescence, making for an intriguing midnight swim. Another option is Bombe Bay that you can only access on foot or by bicycle, meaning that it’s generally not too crowded.

A bay in Seychelles

Photo Credit: Jean-Marie Hullot

6. Rare Wildlife

Seychelles is a hub of biodiversity with around 115 islands of all sizes scattered across the ocean. These islands remained largely uninhabited until the 1600s, which provided ample time for life to flourish. Explore the many reserves and learn more about their conservation efforts with animals like the magpie robin and the hawksbill sea turtle. Seychelles also has the highest concentration of Aldabra tortoises in the world!

Inspired yet? Find out about adding a luxury safari adventure when you visit Seychelles for a beach getaway and live in the best of both exquisite worlds.

Featured Image: Raffles Praslin