The Seychelles is certainly the most idyllic seaside destination on earth. Scattered in the Indian Ocean, most of its islands enjoy incredible landscapes where the beaches are hemmed with crystal clear water and lush vegetation. Nearly 50% of its territory is protected in nature reserves, allowing the observation of multicoloured fish, amazing birds, giant turtles and impressive whale sharks. To this, add an exceptional endemic flora such as the emblematic coconut of the seas with its generous shapes...
With its 25 km long and 6 km wide, Mahé Island is the largest, most populated and best developed island in the Seychelles. That said, this small natural paradise has remained wild and offers a great diversity of landscapes: from the Morne Seychellois mountain overlooking the Indian Ocean to tropical forests, passing by sublime beaches with crystal clear waters. The island has more than a hundred of them, most of them framed by granitic rocks that contrast with the golden colour of the fine sand. Due to its many natural treasures, Mahé was once called "the island of abundance".
Located on the island of Mahé, Victoria is the capital of the Seychelles, its colonial heritage and its streets coloured by many Creole houses give it a unique character. We stroll with pleasure in this timeless setting where we discover the Bazaar, its large market with stalls filled with fish, fruits, peppers, flowers... As well as the Clock Tower, an emblematic monument in the Seychelles. Its botanical garden is of great beauty and in the cultural section, you can discover several museums, two of which are absolutely fascinating: the National History Museum and the Natural History Museum
Located 45 km northeast of Mahé, Praslin is the second largest island in the archipelago: it is here that you will find the most beautiful tourist complexes. The northeast and west coasts of the island are protected by large coral reefs and hemmed with heavenly beaches including Anse Lazio. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it is surrounded by translucent water, gigantic rocks and lush vegetation of palm trees and takamatas. The second major attraction of the island is the May Valley, which alone deserves an article.
In the heart of Praslin, the May Valley is a forest, partly primary, composed of palm trees endemic to the archipelago: the coconut of the seas, whose shape could evoke those of a pretty pair of buttocks! The forest extends over 19 hectares, forming the largest plantation of the species on earth, it shelters specimens that can reach several meters in height with leaves 6 meters wide by 14 meters long. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park offers five trails to explore, each of which bears witness to the evolution of vegetation over time.
Beau Vallon Beach
The large beach of Beau Vallon is the most famous on the island of Mahé, it must be said that its 3.5 km of fine sand lined with clear water is a hell of an argument! But it is not the only one, because it has a diving centre and a water sports centre, the only one allowing motorised water sports on the archipelago. Sea scooters, diving, water skiing, paragliding, parachuting... There is no shortage of activities on this beach, which is as popular with tourists as with the Seychelles. In the evening, the atmosphere becomes magical and the party people have every opportunity to zouker until the end of the night!
La Digue Island
Small in size - 5 km long and 3 km wide -, La Digue Island is home to a wide range of all the natural beauties of the archipelago. Beaches surrounded by granitic rocks, hills covered with coconut trees, latan trees and takamakas, small roads where bicycles and ox carts pass through: it has almost preserved all its authenticity. Fans can go deep-sea fishing or opt for a nature safari in one of its two major sites: the Eagle's Nest, which rises to 333 m, and the Black Widow Reserve, which houses colonies of birds named after it
Bird Island, the Island of Birds, has not usurped its name: more than three million birds come to find refuge in this magnificent sanctuary. Terns, martins, swallows, hairy straws, noddis, white swans... About thirty different species have been identified, some of which come from Alaska or Siberia. The island is a private reserve, it hosts marine turtles that come to lay eggs between October and February. It is here that Esmeralda lives, the largest free-roaming turtle in the world with its 304 kilos and certainly the oldest in the world: she would be about 200 years old!
The turtles of Curieuse Island
Curieuse Island is a national park in the Seychelles that encompasses the entire island and part of its maritime perimeter. It is mainly involved in the protection of giant land turtles and marine turtles that come to lay eggs on its beaches. The most common are the Aldabra turtles, there are nearly 300 of them that live here freely. Not very shy, they are easily approached when they do not come to meet you themselves, especially at lunchtime!
Swimming with whale sharks
Seychelles is very involved in the protection of whale sharks, which are particularly present in its waters in September and October. Don't worry, despite their colossal sizes, they are totally harmless and quite playful, because it is a question of having fun with you during organized dives. Most of them are located near the west coast and the north coast of Mahé, where there are many centres authorized to accompany you on this extraordinary adventure.