Places of Interest in the Seychelles

Blessed with an ideal weather conditions for holidays almost all year round, Seychelles receives a significant amount of visitors yearly. Most of them come to the Seychelles for their holidays and look forward to the activities that the Seychelles offers them. There are several activities that are available for you to try in the Seychelles such as deep sea fishing, scuba diving, kite surfing, zip lines, quad bikes and many more.

There are three main islands in the Seychelles: Mahé, La Digue and Praslin. These are the three hot spots where you will find most of the activities to do in the Seychelles and many places of interest you should visit.

 

Mahe

Mahé is the main island of Seychelles. The capital of Mahé is Port Victoria. This is the place where the majority of Seychellois live, containing more than 86% of the population of Mahé.

Port Victoria

Its name is derived from the British Queen of 1837 to 1901, Queen Victoria. Being the only port owned by Seychelles, Port Victoria is one of the main tourist attractions of the archipelago. This one includes many sites where you have to go for a look! Here is a list of tourist attractions in Port Victoria:

 

Beau Vallon

Beau Vallon is the most popular beach on Mahe Island and is also the most visited by the locals! It is three kilometers from the center of capital. The bay of Beau Vallon includes a beautiful beach of fine sands and a clear lagoon filled with multicolored corals making it an ideal diving spot.

The beach of Beau Vallon is more than three kilometers long. There are many activities that are offered by hotels in the surrounding area among which includes jet skiing, water skiing, snorkeling, diving, paragliding and many more. You can also opt for boat tours.

 

Sir Selwyn Clarke Market

Sir Selwyn Clarke Market is the only market that exists in Mahé. So you can expect that all Seychellois who live in Mahé will stock up at Selwyn Clarke. It bears the name of the English governor who had it built in 1869.

Selwyn Clarke is the perfect place for those who are interested to get to know the Seychellois culture. The market is open from Monday to Saturday until four o’clock in the afternoon and closes on Sundays.

 

Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Garden makes more than 15 acres of exotic and endemic plants in the heart of the capital of Mahé. It is now over 100 years old. Initially, it was introduced as an experiment for the cultivation of several species of plants. Today, it has become a park where nature lovers can walk and enjoy.

 

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum of Seychelles includes numerous exhibitions on sections of zoology, botany, anthropology and geology! It also contains objects that are related to the interesting history of Seychelles.

 

Praslin

Praslin is the second largest island of Seychelles with an area of 38 square kilometers. It has a population of over 7500 people. Praslin is situated 44 kilometers to the northeast of Mahé. From Mahé, you can get to Praslin by boat or plane. It will take you around 45 minutes to get there by boat while by flying; you will get there in 15 minutes!

Beaches of Praslin

Praslin includes beaches which are not to be missed here as they are listed among the world’s best beaches. Two beaches located on Praslin are listed in the Top 10 list of world’s best beaches and are definitely worth a visit if you are already in Praslin. They are Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio.

Anse Georgette

Anse Georgette is a unique spot which you can access from Anse Lazio. Anse Georgette is surrounded by lush vegetation offering you a magnificent landscape view while the scenery of the turquoise water merging with the golden sand is just mesmerizing!

Anse Lazio

Located in the North of Praslin, it is one of the best spot where you can capture gorgeous pictures of the seaside!

 

The Vallée de Mai National Park

The Vallée de Mai National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It contains the largest amount of coco de mer fruit palm (around 4000 samples) which is a plant endemic to Seychelles. The reserve also includes several rare bird species such as the black parrot.

Vallée de Mai was founded in 1966 and was listed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1983. This tropical forest contains many species of animals and plants that are highly protected by the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF). The Vallée de Mai National Park is heaven for photographers and nature lovers

 

La Digue

The fourth largest island of the Seychelles is La Digue. As there are no airports on La Digue, the only ways of accessing the island is either by boat or helicopter. On the other hand, la Digue is the utmost romantic place in the Seychelles giving privacy and tranquility its rightful meanings. For your dream like honeymoons, anniversaries or just a special treat that you have work hard for, La Digue is the place for your little romantic escape in Seychelles.

 

La Digue is home to the five star hotel La Digue Lodge. The hotel offers the following facilities:

Le Veuve restaurant provides local Creole cuisine with remarkable professionalism. It also offers international cuisines and manages frequent themed nights for your entertainment.

There is also a restaurant near a pool which provides a wide variety of light-lunch options as well as more filling dishes for heartier appetites.

La Digue lodge offers a lot of activities for your Seychelles vacation. Below is a list of activities in the Seychelles that the five star hotels propose you:

Fishing

La Digue lodge also gives you the opportunity to try the oldest tradition of the Seychellois; fishing. Whether you are going for a private trip aboard the ocean using a motor boat, or a group vacation for seasoned reef fishermen; La Digue Island Lodge is disposed to meet your every needs and demands.

Excursions

 

The island La Digue is the perfect and ideal spot to camp and visit other islands of the Seychelles. You will get to try a variety of activities such as Snorkeling, fishing, diving and trekking on the islands around la Digue.