The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It’s home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria. It also has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.
Seychelles is a cluster of charming islands found in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. While it’s true that the archipelago serves as a tropical, luxury honeymoon hotspot, this island nation also proves that it’s much more than that with its gorgeous landscapes, abundant nature, and rich culture. The waters here show off a sensational spectrum of blues, greens and everything in between. You’ll often find yourself reluctant to get out of the water and leave the beach.
Although it isn’t easy or cheap to make your way to Seychelles, the trip is certainly worth it, and you’ll leave with no regrets. Below are some of the best and most popular things to do around its islands.
Seychelles’ most famous market is in its capital, Victoria, known as the Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market, and more commonly as the Victoria Market. The market’s liveliness marks it as the true heart of the capital and shows a harmonious blend of the old and new Seychellois way of life. Seychellois love to share their enthusiasm for local Creole food and culture – don’t be afraid to ask questions as you dip in and out of stalls.
Souvenir stalls are also scattered throughout the market with sarongs, flavoured oils and art. The market is open Monday to Saturday from 4am to 5pm. Other markets worth mentioning are Victoria Bazaar every Friday on Market Street, and Bazar Labrin on Beau Vallon beach every Wednesday and on the last Saturday of the month.
A trip to Seychelles without seeing the giant tortoises would be a sore mistake. These gentle giants are a delight to meet and can be found on either Curieuse Island or Cousin Island. The only other place these tortoises exist is in the Galapagos Islands.
From Praslin, you can take a quick boat ride to Curieuse Island and from their hike your way to a conservation and rehabilitation centre where you’ll find tortoises with shells the size of bathtubs. You can see more tortoises on Cousin Island, as well as on the coral atoll called Aldabra. The atoll is more remote and requires booking in advance.
You can’t really go wrong with an island-hopping boat trip, so it’s without saying that this a must-do if you have enough time (and the money). For those with limited time, multiple boat companies offer full days with lunch where you can visit islands such as Cousin Island, Curieuse Island and St Pierre. Pricing usually starts at around £130 per person.
For those with time on their hands, we recommend picking a few islands and spreading out a few days amongst them so that you can really explore and get a feel of each of them. For the main three to visit: Cousin Island is brimming with diverse wildlife, Curieuse Island follows close behind with magnificent mango forests and St Pierre is popular for its amazing snorkelling spots.
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