Seychelles

The Seychelles is a collection of islands that come together to form the independent nation of the Republic of Seychelles, a tropical paradise so beautiful, it looks as though it’s been hand crafted for the perfect Instagram shot. The glistening waters lap against the sandy shores, creating a slow and laid-back rhythm that acts as the Seychelles’ heartbeat. No one’s ever in a hurry here, and that might just make it that little more difficult to leave.

The Seychelles is made up of 115 islands strewn across the Indian Ocean, most of which have been blessed with gorgeous beaches and lush, green hills. It’s been a holiday spot for centuries, and now that the islands are starting to focus more on eco-tourism we don’t see their popularity waning anytime soon.

It’ll be tough to pick your favourite beach in the Seychelles, but we really like Anse Source d’Argent, Anse Marron and Anse Lazio. Spend a few hours lounging in the sun and swimming in the warm waters. Or, take it one step further by snorkelling and diving among the colourful coral reefs, deep canyons and ancient shipwrecks. The crystal-clear waters will ensure you see all the marine life perfectly – including the whale sharks that are known to glide by around October time.

There are great spots for on-land wildlife watching, too. Sea turtles regularly nest on Bird Island, there are hundreds of giant tortoises on Curieuse and most of the Seychelles is ideal for birdwatching. To get close to nature, head to the Vallée de Mai, a beautiful nature reserve that’s home to the bizarre looking ‘coco de mer,’ the national symbol. Here you can hike through the lush green hills, discover waterfalls and see what you else you can find during your time here.

If you want to learn about the history of these islands, visit the coconut plantations on La Digue, and the tiny museums on Mahé and Praslin, but don’t expect anything large-scale. A visit to the Seychelles can feel a little like being stranded on a desert island (in a good way). There’s barely anyone around, so it’s incredibly peaceful, and the locals live off the land using as little electricity as possible. It really feels like an adventure!

There’s undeniably a more luxurious side, too; if you’re staying in one of the resorts you can indulge in almost every whim, the hotels are extremely well-equipped to help their visitors have the holiday of their dreams. Between the spas, glass-bottomed boat tours and island adventures, it’s hard to know where to begin.

Plan your trip to Seychelles today.

Flag of Seychelles
  • Capital city: Victoria
  • Language: Seychellois Creole, English, French
  • Currency: Seychellois Rupee
  • Time Difference: UTC + 4
  • Flight Time: 9h to Mahe via London Heathrow
  • Visa: Stamp on arrival (UK passport holders)
  • Peak Season: April to September

Did you know?

The native Coco de mer, also known as the sea coconut or double coconut, produces the heaviest and largest seed in the world, weighing around 15 kilos.