Top Seychelles Attractions
14 Attractions You Can’t Miss in the Seychelles
Make your holiday in the Seychelles the trip of a lifetime with these top 14 things to see and do on your island getaway!
The Seychelles offer endless things to see and do! Every island has its own beautiful beaches, must-see attractions and can’t miss experiences. Plan your holiday with our list of the top 14 things to see and do in the Seychelles, including insider tips on how to get to some hidden gems on the islands.
1. Anse Source d'Argent (La Digue)
Anse Source d'Argent, a beach on the island of La Digue, is one of the Seychelles’ most famous attractions. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, thanks to its impressive granite rocks and calm, crystal clear waters. Snap some spectacular photographs, relax on the soft sand beach, go for a swim, or go snorkelling during your visit. The shallow, calm waters at Anse Source d’Argent make it a safe and relaxing place for kids and inexperienced swimmers to explore. After a morning in the sun, enjoy a fresh smoothie from the two stands near the beach and a delicious meal from the nearby restaurant.
Visitors must access Anse Source d'Argent through the L'Union Estate park, which charges a fee to enter. We advise to visiting by bike for easy, efficient transportation.
2. Beau Vallon (Mahé)
Beau Vallon is one of the most popular beaches in the Seychelles and undoubtedly the most famous and lively of Mahé, the main island. It is a beautiful, long beach lined by tall foliage that offers plenty of natural shade. Beau Vallon has wonderful white sand perfect for relaxing, and its waters are ideal for swimming and water sports. A promenade with food and souvenir stands flanks parts of the beach, and the surrounding area has many hotels, bars, and restaurants. This lively beach is a favorite of both locals and tourists, who go there to enjoy a relaxing day by the sea or to watch the sunset. Don’t miss the lively local market by the beach on Wednesday evenings!
3. Grand Anse, Petite Anse und Anse Cocos (La Digue)
Grand Anse, Petite Anse, and Anse Cocos are three incredible beaches of the island of La Digue. They’re connected by a path through the lush, tropical forest. Majestic rock formations flank the beaches’ striking blue waters and strong waves. Don’t miss the primitive beauty and wild atmosphere of these wild bays! Because of the strong currents, we don’t recommend swimming in the bays, with the exception of Anse Cocos. Its rock formations create idyllic natural pools safe for swimming.
To reach these beaches, cycle along a picturesque road in the inland of La Digue. Then put on some sturdy shoes for the trek by foot between the bays.
4. Vallée de Mai (Praslin)
Known as the Garden of Eden, the Vallée de Mai is a protected natural park and UNESCO World Heritage site located on the island of Praslin. This park’s ancient palm forest remains largely unchanged since prehistoric times, hence the Garden of Eden nickname. Hiking paths with varying difficulty wind through the Vallée de Mai. On your journey, you’ll see many rare birds, animals, and varieties of native plants, including the famous palm of Coco de Mer, the largest nut in the world. A visit to this pristine jungle transports you to prehistoric times where nature reigns!
5. Anse Lazio (Praslin)
Another world-renowned beach, Anse Lazio is the most famous beach of Praslin. Its turquoise waters and its fine white sand dotted with granite rocks create a breathtaking scene, and its palm trees offer wonderful shade where you can soak it all in. Some of the locals may even help you pick fresh coconuts to enjoy on the beach! We recommend bringing your snorkelling gear with you to explore Anse Lazio’s rich underwater world.
You can visit Anse Lazio at any time of day, but be sure to not to miss its breathtaking sunset. A bar and restaurant nearby make it easy to spend a day here! You can reach Anse Lazio by car, bus, and boat.
6. Anse Intendance (Mahé)
Anse Intendance is a picturesque, wild beach located in the south of Mahé. The island's southern tip is known for the tropical, primitive beauty this beach embodies. Anse Intendance is a very long beach with powdery soft sand and beautiful waters in the brightest shades of green and blue. High, strong winds stir up these waters, adding to the beach’s wild charm. An important note: The sea can get rather rough, and you should only swim if conditions are safe. Whether or not you go in the water, we recommend visiting Anse Intendance to admire its dreamy landscape, lie on its soft sand, and listen to the roar of the waves surrounded by tropical forest.
7. Anse Takamaka (Mahé)
Anse Takamaka is a beautiful beach in the southwest of Mahé. This is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day by the sea, thanks to the shady plants, a gently sloping seabed great for swimming and playing, and a lovely restaurant at the end of the beach. The surrounding landscape is a mix of the Seychelles’ granite rocks, golden sand, and green hills. This is a wonderful place to watch the sun set over the ocean! Anse Takamaka isn’t far from the equally beautiful Anse Intendance, and we recommend visiting both on the same day.
8. Biking on La Digue
La Digue is a small island that’s only five km long and three km wide. There aren’t many motorized vehicles on the island, and biking is the main way locals and visitors get around; it's also the best way to reach La Digue’s most beautiful beaches and picturesque corners. Immerse yourself in the relaxed lifestyle of the island and enjoy a ride through its dreamlike natural landscape! Most accommodations offer bicycles for their guests, or you can rent them at several places on the island. Be sure to choose a bike with gears, as you will encounter a variety of climbs and descents on your ride.
9. Anse Georgette (Praslin)
Anse Georgette on Praslin is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! This beach’s striking blue water and breathtaking landscape enchant visitors and give the beach a desert island atmosphere. Waves can be quite strong at certain times of the year, and you should always be careful when going into the water.
Contact the Constance Lemuria resort in advance before your trip to Anse Georgette. You have to cross the resort’s golf course to get to the beach. The path has some ups and downs, and it takes about 20-30 minutes to reach the beach. Alternatively, you can take a boat, or for the truly adventurous, embark on a long, difficult hike from Anse Lazio.
10. Curieuse & St. Pierre (Praslin)
Curieuse is a small island off the coast of Praslin with an incredible main attraction – 300 giant turtles roaming freely on the island! Encounter the turtles, observe rare birds and other animals, and admire the picturesque vegetation of the island, including mangroves and the famous palms of Coco de Mer, along a path through the island. Make sure to also stop at one of the island’s beaches, which are considered among the most beautiful in the Seychelles.
Curieuse doesn’t have any hotels, but you can take a day trip there. An excursion to Curieuse lasts 4-5 hours and usually includes a barbecue. We recommend combining this destination with a stop at the islet of St. Pierre, where you can do some excellent snorkelling.
11. Anse Severe (La Digue)
Anse Severe is a very popular beach on La Digue with a beautiful tropical landscape. It’s the perfect hangout for visitors because it’s very easy to reach by bike, it has lots of shade, and it has several stalls selling drinks, smoothies, and juices. The bright white sand at Anse Severe and the underwater world rich with fish and corals make it one of the best snorkelling spots on La Digue. Visit the beach at high tide if you want to swim or snorkel – at low tide, the sea almost disappears. Sunset is another beautiful time to visit Anse Severe to see a spectacular sky tinged with a thousand shades of pink, red, and orange.
12. Sainte Anne Marine Park
The Sainte Anne Marine Park is a protected area of the Seychelles made up of a large marine area and six beautiful little islands. The waters host a rich and varied marine life, and it’s a popular spot for snorkelling. You’ll see many different species of fish, and if you’re lucky, even some turtles or a dolphin! Moyenne Island is home to a colony of giant tortoises, and you can see these prehistoric creatures and explore Moyenne’s fascinating history and nature on a path through the island. Reach the park by boat from Mahé or by staying on one of its islands, such as the beautiful Cerf Island.
13. Flight Mahé - Praslin
Flying between the islands of Mahé and Praslin is a breathtaking experience that will make your holiday in the Seychelles even more special. During this short flight, you’ll admire the islands of the archipelago and the ocean’s endless shades of blue. The flight takes only 15 minutes, but the memories will last a lifetime! If you’d prefer to see the two islands by water, you can take a ferry trip that lasts about an hour.
14. Victoria (Mahé)
Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, is located in northern Mahé. This is the perfect destination to explore city life in the Seychelles. Some of Victoria’s most popular attractions are the Clock Tower, the Hindu Temple, and Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke market, a true taste of Seychelles culture. The market attracts many locals and tourists alike who go there to buy fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, spices, other foods, souvenirs, and clothes. Spend a few hours discovering Victoria's monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, botanical gardens, and much more.
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