Sugar-white beaches, swaying palms and jewel-toned water make the Seychelles one of the most exotic destinations on the planet. The Indian Ocean archipelago is made up of more than 100 islands and is synonymous with barefoot luxury. When you’re not basking on postcard-perfect beaches, spend your time shopping at colourful African markets, savouring freshly caught seafood and exchanging smiles with friendly locals.
Things to do in Seychelles
Beaches are the main attraction in the Seychelles and will dazzle even the most seasoned sunseekers. From sweeping arcs of sand to secret lagoons surrounded by towering boulders, there are spectacular beaches around every corner.
On the island of Praslin, you’ll be enchanted by Anse Lazio, a palm-fringed beach considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Crystalline water, lush coconut palms and dramatic granite rock formations make La Digue’s Anse Source d'Argent a genuine pocket of paradise.
Throw on a mask and snorkel and you’ll uncover a whole different side to the Seychelles. Swim with giant Aldabra tortoises, marvel at rainbow-coloured corals, explore eerie shipwrecks and glide through emerald-green seagrass meadows. While beaches steal the spotlight, don’t miss gems like Morne Seychellois National Park. Hiking trails wind through the jungle-covered hills and take you to rugged peaks and scenic lookouts.
Most trips to Seychelles start in Mahé, the largest island in the archipelago. In the charming capital city of Victoria, you’ll find atmospheric cafes and restaurants housed in beautifully restored colonial buildings. Dive into the rich narrative of the archipelago at the National Museum of History, where you’ll find engaging exhibits on everything from colonialism to Creole culture. Shop for fresh produce and colourful souvenirs at Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market, then get lost in the palm alleys and spice groves of the Botanical Gardens.
Getting around Seychelles
Ferries are often the fastest and easiest way to island-hop in the Seychelles, with regular services between Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. More remote islands can be accessed via charter boat or private helicopter or seaplane. Victoria is well-serviced by local buses and taxis. Flights arrive at Seychelles International Airport on Mahe.