The most obvious attractions on these glorious, idyllic islands are the beaches. White sand is caressed by blue waters so clear you can see to the very bottom of the coral reefs below. Take a hike from Beau Vallon to Anse Major (a one-and-half hour walk) and experience ultimate solitude and bliss.
The destination is an unbelievably-beautiful tropical beach that you only see on postcards or travel advertisements. Note that during some parts of the year, the tides on some beaches can be far more treacherous than the tranquil waters appear to be, so pay particular attention to any warning signs.
If you thought plant seeds were tiny things, then a visit to the Vallee de Mai will change your perspective. This national park and world heritage site is home to a huge variety of plants and animals, including the largest plant seed in the world -- the coco de mer.
Divers and snorkel enthusiasts will probably make a beeline for Aldabra Atoll, the world's largest coral atoll. Spanning 22 miles in length, it encircles a tidal lagoon that’s home to tiger sharks and manta rays (so again, pay attention to local advice or warning signs and swim only where it’s safe to do so).
The main leisure activities during a trip to the Seychelles usually involve being on, in or near the water. Water sports range from leisurely cruises and island hopping to more adrenaline-fuelled jet ski fun and water skiing. Fishing is particularly popular for those travelling to the Seychelles, with big game-fishing a real favourite for trophy hunters looking for Marlin, sharks and rays.
However, if you prefer to conserve game fish rather than hunt them, you can go on guided dives to the coral reefs that surround the islands and meet these giants on their own terms.
If you prefer to stay on dry land then there are plenty of sporting activities, usually arranged by your hotel or resort. From tennis to hiking, cycling to Pilates, you can be as active or as relaxed as you want.
If you want to discover the island’s interior, then there are several well-marked hiking trails on the main island of Mahe, and a few additional paths and trails on Praslin too.
As you would imagine, the key ingredient in most Seychelles dishes is fish. Creole cooking is particularly popular, so you’ll find a lot of influences fused together to create a uniquely tropical cuisine that contains a lot of coconut! Curries are particularly popular, and of all the fish dishes the most iconic dish of the islands is fresh red snapper, simply barbecued and served with very little embellishment.
The best place for any type of shopping, whether for souvenir trinkets or something a little more refined, is the capital Victoria. For the best bargains and the best choice, head to the market in the city centre.
There are other outlets across the island chain, and in particular on Praslin. Larger hotels and resorts have their own boutiques, but these can be expensive.
The classic Seychelles souvenir is the Lodoicea coco-de-mer, or the sea coconut. Keep in mind that you will need an export licence to take one home with you. It’s probably a better idea to go for locally-made souvenirs such as jewellery, but make sure jewellery made from items like coral and pearls are supplied by trusted vendors.
Flights to the Seychelles arrive at the Seychelles International Airport. Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. Click here before you fly to the Seychelles for visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Seychellois rupee (SCR)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type G
Language: English / French / Creole
International dialing code: +248
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