With the most exotic beaches in the world, great food, and an amazing climate, Seychelles is one of the best places to visit in the world and these are some of the best things to do in Seychelles when there.
And the best part is that there is so much to do and explore in Seychelles that you can easily plan a 2-week vacation or longer to this island paradise.
Seychelles is an archipelago of 155 islands and during my solo trip to Seychelles, I was able to experience Seychelles like a local. Since I was on a budget, I usually stuck to things that were free or low priced while ensuring that I make the most of my time here.
So, if you are also planning a trip to Seychelles and are looking to enjoy your time here, then here is a list of a few best things to do in Seychelles.
I have also included a few low-cost or free things to do so, if you are on a budget trip, this guide is perfect to help you experience Seychelles in the perfect manner.
Things to do in Seychelles
Explore Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue
Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue are the three main islands here and offer a plethora of activities and places for you to explore. If you are flying to Seychelles, then you will reach Mahe Island first as this is where the International airport resides.
In Mahe, you have a lot to keep you occupied such as the Victoria city (capital of Seychelles), Morne Seychellois National Park, Eden Island, La Misere viewpoint, and a lot more.
So, you can spend a couple of days exploring this island which also happens to be the largest island in Seychelles. If you wish to enjoy some peace and solitude, then La Digue Island is perfect.
It is also home to several beautiful beaches and is just 25 km in the area. As a result, it is easier to cycle around to explore the island and make the most of your time here.
Praslin Island is also known as the ‘Garden of Eden’ as this is where the native plant, Coco De Mer, was initially discovered. You can visit the UNESCO Heritage Site – Vallee De Mai National Park here to learn more about the local flora and fauna.
Sunbathe on the Beach
Of course, when you are travelling to Seychelles, you cannot miss out on spending time on the beaches here. With so many beaches to explore, you won’t run out of things to do or even relax in the sun if that’s what you want.
In Mahe, Beau Vallon beach is perfect for sunbathing and swimming and has several great souvenir and clothing shops nearby to engage you later on.
Generally, you will find at least 4-5 good and secluded beaches on every island in Seychelles where you can sit, relax, and enjoy the ocean views.
One of my favourite things to do in Seychelles was to watch the sunset from different viewpoints and beaches around here. And let me tell you, each sunset was unique and as glorious as I dreamt it to be.
The entire sky would turn a beautiful shade of pink followed by red, orange, blue, and so on and you would see the sun setting down in the ocean.
If you love watching sunsets too, then you can even take a sunset cruise from Mahe Island. This is a romantic activity and ideal for couples to experience together.
On this cruise, they feed you delicious food, give you wine to drink, play beautiful music, and you can enjoy the views around you. Plus, you might just end up seeing dolphins dance around your boat on this cruise, doesn’t that sound amazing?
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Seychelles
Seychelles is surrounded by clear, blue water and the ocean around here has rich marine life. This is why Seychelles is a popular scuba diving and snorkelling spot in the world too.
There are several diving sites around different islands that will give you a chance to explore the colourful coral reefs and fishes underwater.
If you know swimming or snorkelling, then you can even head to the snorkelling spots around the beaches here with your own gear.
Saint-Anne Marine National Park near Mahe Island is one of the best places for scuba diving and has colourful marine life for you to explore.
A tandem scuba diving trip will cost you around 100 Euros in Seychelles while a guided snorkelling trip will cost around 25 Euros.
Hike to Good Viewpoints
Another great and free thing to do in Seychelles is to hike on the various trails around here to explore secluded beaches and gorgeous viewpoints.
Due to Seychelles’ geography, there are many good hikes around here that will offer you amazing views of the coastline.
One such hike to do around here is the Morne Blanc View trail that is a 1-hour hike and offers beautiful views of the west coast of Mahe Island.
If you love unexplored beaches, then you can even go on a hike to the Anse Cocos beach in La Digue Island and spend some time here, without getting disturbed by the crowds.
And if you want both views and beaches, then the hike from Anse Lazio to Anse Georgette beach on Praslin Island.
You will not only get to spend time on the two most beautiful beaches in Seychelles but can also enjoy a short hike with amazing island and ocean views.
Enjoy the Takamaka Rum
For alcohol connoisseurs, one of the best things to do in Seychelles is to try the local Takamaka rum. Prepared in the local distillery, this local rum is available in different flavours – chocolate and coconut and has a smooth taste.
The rum is prepared from the coconut trees and has a distinct taste. You can easily get a bottle of rum from the local stores for 180 Seychellois Rupees and can have a nice party in your hotel.
Watch the Endemic Birds
Did you know that Seychelles is home to over 200 bird species? Yes, that’s correct! And most of these birds are endemic and can be found on the islands of Seychelles only.
So, if you are a bird watcher, then you should explore the rich fauna here and spend time spotting the native birds around here.
From Seychelles Flycatcher to Black Parrot, you will find it all here. A few popular places for bird watching in Seychelles are Veuve Reserve in La Digue, Vallee De Mai in Praslin, Fond Ferdinand in Praslin, Bird Island, and so on.
Learn about Coco De Mer
Seychelles is best-known for the Coco De Mer plant which is known to have the heaviest seed in the world. Coco De Mer is a unique species of coconut and is found in Seychelles only.
This plant was discovered in the 1700s and its fruits are often assumed to be the forbidden fruit mentioned in the Bible due to the shape and the size of the fruits.
The most interesting thing about Coco De Mer is its shape. The female fruits of this plant are in buttock shape while the male fruits have the shape of the phallic.
This exotic plant is forbidden for eating and exporting as well and you will be charged a hefty fine if found in possession of it.
Go on Island Tours
While it is fun to explore Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue islands, there are numerous other islands that you can visit here as well. Although most of these islands are not developed and have a natural habitat, you can still plan a day tour to these islands to explore at your leisure.
You can either take a cruise covering a few islands together or you can opt for day boat tours. A day tour in a boat will ideally cost you 45 – 60 USD to these islands and will include a barbecue lunch along with the drinks.
From Mahe, you can explore islands such as Cousin Island, Curieuse Island, St. Pierre Island, and so on. You can even enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, etc. on these island tours and experience Seychelles in all its glory.
Meet the Giant Aldabra Tortoises
Finally, if you are planning a trip to Seychelles, then you just have to meet the Giant Aldabra Tortoises that are endemic to this region. You can easily find these majestic creatures on Curieuse Island, La Digue Island, Praslin Island, etc.
If you wish to watch them in their natural habitat, then plan a visit to the Curieuse Island. Here, you will find hundreds of tortoises and can easily walk or interact with them.
However, if you don’t have the budget or are short on time, then you can simply visit the Fond Ferdinand Park in Praslin or the L’Union Estate tortoise farm to meet these beauties.
In L’Union Estate, you can even feed the tortoises green leaves and spend some time with them here. There is also a nursery next to the tortoise pen where they keep the baby tortoises and you can watch them cuties go about their day.
Rachita Saxena is a travel blogger from India who has been travelling full-time for 3 years now. She shares her travel stories on her blog – Meanderwander and loves trying new food and experiences in a new destination. When she isn’t travelling, she loves reading about new places and plan her next trips!
Seychelles are a beautiful place to visit and if you like island getaways then put it on your bucket list.
For a good guidebook to Seychelles check out Bradt Travel Guides Seychelles.
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