Seychelles Travel Guide

The Complete Guide to the Seychelles Book accomodation
Fancy a Seychelles holiday?

Configure your personalised island hopping package!

from €1,600/person
(14 days, 3 islands, incl. flight)

Create your island hopping

The North of Mahé

Discover Beau Vallon Bay

The northern region of Mahé, shaped like a thumbs-up on the map, is home to the island's tourist hotspot, Beau Vallon Bay. Stretching over several kilometers, this pristine beach is a paradise for visitors. Here, you'll find a plethora of hotels, holiday accommodations, shops, and restaurants. The area is also famous for its array of water sports centers and top-rated diving schools.

Image: Beau Vallon, Mahé

A short 15-minute drive from Victoria along Revolution Avenue takes you through the scenic St. Louis Pass. The journey reveals a fascinating blend of modern apartments and vibrantly painted wooden houses, complete with quaint terraces and traditional décor. Once past St. Louis Pass, the bustling city noise gives way to serene tranquility—a perfect moment to breathe in the beauty and peacefulness of the surroundings.


The Northern Tip of Mahé

Exploring the northern tip of Mahé starts at Beau Vallon and circles around the island, showcasing its diverse landscapes and breathtaking coastal views. This scenic drive is dotted with hidden bays and lush greenery, culminating at the island's northernmost point before looping back southeast.


In Glacis, a village en route, European settlers once dreamed of tropical paradises, establishing beautiful homes in the 1950s. Today, the area features luxurious villas and resorts offering memorable stays. It's also where British author Ian Fleming found inspiration for his James Bond novels during the 1960s.

La Bastille

Visit La Bastille, an old colonial building and now the Seychelles Ministry of Culture and Information. Open to the public, it serves as a captivating historical site (Mon - Fri: 8.00 - 16.00).

Kreol Fleurage

Further along the route is Kreol Fleurage, the sole fragrance company in the Indian Ocean. A detour here offers a chance to explore their workshop and gardens, where essential perfume ingredients like lemongrass and ylang-ylang are cultivated.

Image: Photo: Abspires40 (CC BY 2.0)

Eden Island

Traveling south from Victoria, Eden Island appears as a marvel of modern engineering. This 56-hectare marine complex, accessible only by bridge, houses exclusive residences, upscale eateries, boutiques, and private beaches, all surrounding a 16-hectare waterway system.

Nearby, the Roche Caiman urban wetland reserve serves as a vital ecological site, supporting diverse wildlife and offering excellent opportunities for birdwatching and nature observation (Mon - Fri, 9.00 - 15.00).

Don't miss the La Misere Viewpoint for panoramic views over Eden Island and beyond. The viewpoint is an ideal spot to take in the surrounding islands and distant coastlines, enhanced by an informative display board.

A visit to La Misere Viewpoint is highly recommended for a breath-taking aerial perspective of the islands, an unforgettable addition to your travel itinerary.


Sans Souci Road

Embark on an adventure along Sans Souci Road, traversing Mahé's western coast. This route promises stunning sea views and a close encounter with the island's natural splendor. Make sure to take breaks along the way to fully appreciate the views and sounds of the local wildlife.

At the top, the former Mission Lodge, a site steeped in history as a home for freed slaves, offers spectacular views of the west coast. A visit here provides a unique glimpse into the island's past.

Image: The Mission Lodge, nestled in the green peaks of Mahé

Tea Factory

Discover the local tea culture at the Tea Factory. Explore the lush tea gardens and enjoy a selection of local brews at the Tea Tavern café. This immersive experience offers a deep dive into the rich agricultural heritage of Mahé (Mon - Sat: 9.00 - 16.00).

Image: The Tea Factory on Mahé
Image: The Mission Lodge, nestled in the green peaks of Mahé


Port Glaud

Following the scenic route from the Tea Factory, Port Glaud offers stunning views of turquoise waters and distant islands. For thrill-seekers, zip lining at the nearby Ephelia Resort provides an exhilarating descent over a lush jungle valley.

Continue to Baie Ternay for some of the best snorkeling on the island, before following a footpath back to Beau Vallon.

Image: Port Launay Bay is excellent for snorkelling

Grand Anse

Head south to Grand Anse for a stunning display of natural beauty, where granite cliffs and a turquoise sea create a breathtaking landscape. Nearby, the Vacoa Nature Trail offers a delightful short hike through unique ecosystems.

Image: Grand Anse, Mahé


As you explore further south, Barbarons awaits with its rich natural and cultural offerings. The Seychelles National Biodiversity Centre, a recent addition, showcases the island's commitment to preserving its unique environment and endemic species.

Image: Barbarons Beach, Mahé

Anse Boileau

Anse Boileau's coastal road reveals more secluded bays and breathtaking views. At Anse Louis, the tranquil beach and luxury accommodations at Maia Luxury Resort make for an unforgettable escape.

Image: Anse Boileau, Mahé

Thérèse Island & L'Islette

Explore Thérèse Island and l'Islette, accessible only by private boat, for exclusive views and the mystery of naturally-formed rock stairs at Stair Point, which stir imaginations with tales of hidden treasures.


Ile aux Vaches

While Ile aux Vaches may not attract many visitors, the surrounding waters offer fascinating marine experiences, highlighting the challenges and importance of environmental conservation in the Seychelles.


Bel Ombre

Bel Ombre offers a quieter side of Mahé with picturesque beaches, granite outcrops, and luxurious accommodations, such as the Fisherman's Cove Hotel. Don't miss the chance to dine at 'La Scala,' reputed to be one of the best Italian restaurants in the Seychelles.

Image: Anse Major in Bel Ombre is a real insider's tip for hiking fans!
Image: Anse Boileau, Mahé
Continue to The South of Mahé