General

Talcum-powder beaches lapped by topaz waters, lush hills, a sublime laid-back tempo; these dreams of a tropical paradise become reality in the Seychelles.

Splendid Beaches

Mother Nature was very generous with these 115 islands scattered in the Indian Ocean, and has spoiled them rotten. Undeniably, the beaches are the big attraction, and what beaches: exquisite ribbons of pearlescent sand lapped by topaz waters and backed by lush hills and big glacis boulders. And hardly a soul in sight. Choosing your favourite beach is like trying to pick a flavour of ice cream – they’re all so good! Hot favourites include world-famous Anse Source d’Argent, secluded Anse Marron, sexy Anse Takamaka and picture-postcard perfect Anse Lazio.

Luxury Resorts

White-sand beaches, secluded coves, coral-coloured sunsets, swish hotels, slick restaurants, hushed spas. With such a dreamlike setting, it’s not surprising that honeymooners and those seeking a glamorous tropical getaway have long had the Seychelles at the top of their wish lists. You too can live the high life at one of the country’s star-spangled hotspots, provided you have the cash. If you’re not a millionaire, fear not. This paradise is more affordable than you think. On top of ultraluxurious options, the Seychelles has plenty of self-catering facilities and family-run guesthouses that are easier on the wallet and offer local colour.

Ecotourism & Wildlife Spotting

Charge your camera batteries, people – the Seychelles is not dubbed ‘The Galàpagos of the Indian Ocean’ for nothing. Watching sea turtles nesting on Bird Island’s sandy beaches or giant Aldabra tortoises roaming freely on Curieuse is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. If you’re hoping to spot sooty terns, tropicbirds, warblers and magpie robins in their natural habitats, the bird sanctuaries of Aride, Cousin, and Bird Islands should figure heavily in your planning. And Praslin’s Vallée de Mai is a slice of Eden where you can see the very rare coco de mer palms in their natural state.

Why I Love the Seychelles

By Jean-Bernard Carillet, Writer
When I think of the Seychelles all the colours in my mind go electric. The sun reflecting off the white sand, turquoise water, green jungles and fiery sunsets make everything surreal, a tropical dream-come-true. No matter how many times I return to this bijou archipelago, its beauty still leaves me speechless. I love it as much on land as beneath the surface. I would happily spend my days lazing on idyllic beaches. Or riding a bike around La Digue, my favourite island. Or heading out to sea for a bout of diving or snorkelling.

Aquatic Delights

Diving and snorkelling are the most popular activities in the Seychelles, and rightly so. Healthy reefs, canyon-like terrain, shallow shelves, exciting shipwrecks, impressive granite outcrops and splendid coral gardens give divers and snorkellers almost instant access to a variety of environments. The water is warm and clear, and teeming with life from the tiniest juvenile tropical to the largest pelagic creature, including whale sharks. Whether you’re an experienced diver or slapping on fins for the first time, there are sites for all levels. And you’ll be welcomed by qualified, multilingual instructors in state-of-the-art dive centres.
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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrive Mahe Island

On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel by standard coach. Check‐in and enjoy your day at leisure. Overnight in Mahe Island.

Day 2: Mahe Island

Today, proceed for a city tour which begins with a transfer from the hotel for a stop in the colonial centre of "the world's smallest capital", Victoria. Highlights to visit are the court buildings, museum, post office, Clock‐tower [twin of the one outside London's Victoria Station]. A turn around the corner takes one to the 'Codevar' building where local crafts, including the renowned Kreol or [Creole Gold] are on display for sale. A walk across Albert Street leads one to the focal point of the town, its colourful market where stalls of fresh fish, tropical fruits & vegetables, herbs & spices, are displayed. This is followed by a drive across the Sans Soucis mountain pass, with a photo stop at the historical Mission Lodge, en‐route to a Creole restaurant for lunch. After lunch, the tour continues around the southern tip of the island to the restored colonial plantation of 'Jardin du Roi', which is steeped in the short history of the Creoles as well as the Georges family, whose family tree apparently carries a link to Louis XVII of France. A cold drink of home‐grown fruit welcomes visitors, before they tour the surrounding plantation of vegetables, exotic fruits, herbs and spices. Stop at the Craft Village on the way back to the hotel. Overnight in Mahe Island.

Day 3: Mahe Island

After breakfast, your day is free at leisure. In the evening, experience the mellow Seychelles nightlife where you can visit casino, some local bars and fine restaurants offering unforgettable Creole and international cuisine. Overnight in Mahe Island.

Day 4: Mahe Island - Praslin Island

After breakfast, get transferred to Praslin Island by boat. Praslin, the second largest island in Seychelles, lies approximately 1 hour by boat from Mahe. Check in to the hotel and enjoy your day at leisure. Overnight in Praslin Island.

Day 6: Praslin Island

After breakfast, proceed on day tour of Praslin Island. Visit the Vallee- de- Mai, the only place on earth where the giant Coco- de- Mer nut grows in its natural state. A walk along the tended paths of this primeval forest, listening to the trill of the rare black parrot, transports one to the beginning of time; giving credence to the legends of this world Heritage site being the original Garden of Eden. The tour includes a visit to the famous Anse Lazio beach, before 30- minute crossing to La Diuge, during which one has a good chance to spot the Dolphins. Overnight in Praslin Island.

Day 6: Depart Praslin Island – Mahe Island

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to International Airport in Mahe Island for your flight back home.