Top 10 Things to See and Do
1. An inevitable one of course, but the beaches of the Seychelles truly do top any list! Each and every island is ringed by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, where powder white sands are lapped by topaz waters, and backed by lush rolling hills, shady palms and glacis boulders.
2. The spectacular Morne Seychellois National Park covers around 20% of the island of Mahe and encompasses a diverse array of landscapes and habitats, which range from thick mangrove forests to rugged stretches of coastline and the majestic Morne Seychellois mountain, the country’s highest peak. Explore the park via one of its seven official nature trails, or take the astonishing scenic drive over the mountains from Victoria to Port Glaud.
3. For golf enthusiasts, the Seychelles offers several excellent golf courses where you can tee off against a backdrop of views so stunning it almost doesn’t matter how good your game is! The courses are playable all year round thanks to the islands idyllic climate, and lessons from friendly and professional instructors are available.
4. Scattered across the clear, topaz waters of the Indian Ocean , the Seychelles offers world-class diving and snorkelling opportunities. Multiple dive sites offer the chance to explore the abundant marine life, and the professional diving companies scattered up and down the coast provide a wide range of different packages, lessons and facilities.
5. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, the Vallée de Mai nature reserve is one of just two places on earth where you can see rare coco de mer plants growing, in addition to 50 further indigenous plants and trees, and birdlife that includes the Seychelles warbler, the Seychelles bulbul, the blue pigeon and the black parrot.
6. When in the islands capital of Victoria, a visit to the bustling, ever-colourful covered market is a must. Browse everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, clothes and souveniurs; an early morning visit is recommended if you wish to have first pick of the amazing display of seafood at the fishmongers stall.
7. With 115 idyllic islands to choose from, the decision of which one to visit can be an agonisingly tough one! Ease the process by taking an island hopping tour, and gain a more comprehensive experience of the Seychelles endless natural attractions and breathtaking landscapes.
8. Visit the immaculately manicured Botanical Gardens in Victoria for a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city; alive with the sound of birdsong, they feature a pen of giant tortoises, a patch of fruit bat-inhabited rainforest, a main alley lined by coco de mer palms and a spice garden.
9. Experience the Seychelles spectacular coastlines from the sea, dropping anchor in choice spots for diving or especially magnificent beaches. Lose track of time as you serenely through paradise, sunbathing aboard the deck of a luxury catamaran.
10. The waters of the Seychelles are a fisherman’s dream, with some of the richest fishing grounds in the world and an abundance of tuna, rainbow runner, wahoo, sailfish and big-game trophies such as marlin and giant trevally. Both practiced and novice fishers will be bowled over by the variety of opportunities on offer, from deep-sea and big-game fishing to salt-water and blue-water fly-fishing.
Culture in the Seychelles
The culture of the Seychelles reflects the diversity of its inhabitants (from a variety of different races, cultures and religions) in its colour and charisma. Throughout their history, people from African, Asian and European backgrounds have all migrated to settle on the islands shore, each bringing their distinct customs and traditions along with them – you can see this melting-pot of different influences manifested in the vibrant local art, cuisine, music, dance and architecture.