11 Epic Places in Seychelles That'll Give You Wanderlust
The tiny but perfect Cocos Island | © BlueOrange Studio/Shutterstock
Seychelles has so much to offer and so many reasons to visit. In case you were looking for some excuses to go, here are 11 epic places in Seychelles that are guaranteed to give you wanderlust!
Tucked away in the grounds of the 5-star Constance Lémuria resort, Anse Georgette is a beach that is truly not to be missed – the colors alone of this beach really have to be seen to be believed. The best thing about Anse Georgette, however, is how different the water can be throughout the year. It can be crystal clear and ultra-inviting on one day, and stormy and intimidating the next. Whatever the weather, the beach is always breathtakingly beautiful, with natural shade provided by the trees.
Anse Georgette, Praslin Island, Seychelles
Curieuse Island is most easily reached from Praslin Island, via a very short boat trip. A former leper colony, there’s fascinating history along with fantastic nature. Take a boat over to Curieuse island with a barbecue included. For the barbecue, there’s a big covered area set back from the beach with benches – it’s a great experience and you’ll get some simple but delicious creole food. Take the trail from the remains of the leper colony across the island to Baie Laraie. On the way, you’ll experience paths covered in winding, knotted tree roots, stunning panoramic ocean views, and bridges over a mangrove forest. When you arrive at Baie Laraie, you’ll find loads of free-roaming Aldabra giant tortoises and an enclosure for their babies.
Curieuse Island, Seychelles
Arrive by plane in an adventure-style landing on the grass airstrip. The island itself is only 250 acres (100 hectares) and boasts over 5 kilometers (3 miles) of beautiful, white sand beaches. Located 104 kilometers (65 miles) away from Mahe Island, look out and you’ll have endless ocean views, no land in sight! Bird Island is also home to more than 20 Aldabra giant tortoises, including Esmerlada, the world’s largest giant tortoise, while there’s also stunning marine and bird life here too.
Bird Island Lodge, Bird Island, Seychelles +248 422 49 25
Bird Island | Image courtesy of Bird Island Lodge
Aldabra Atoll is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with ‘outstanding universal value.’ Despite this, it’s one of the least visited places on the planet. It’s not easy to get there, and visiting was impossible for a time due to the high risk of piracy, making it all the more desirable to many! There’s no accommodation on the atoll, trips require approval by the Seychelles Islands Foundation, and visitors must be accompanied by rangers. Aldabra Atoll is anything but a typical tourist destination, it is however a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
The world’s largest raised atoll and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aldabra | © Janos Rautonen/Shutterstock
While Vallee de Mai is the most famous nature reserve on Praslin, Fond Ferdinand is a spot not to be overlooked. You can feel well and truly off the beaten path here. There are well over 800 Coco de Mer trees in the reserve and you may also spot the black parrot, found only on Praslin Island. It’s estimated that there are less than 1000 black parrots left, so to spot one is very special. Walks are guided – the guides are fantastic and very knowledgeable – and the hike up to the top viewpoint will give unforgettable views.
Fond Ferdinand, Praslin Island, Seychelles, +248 4 233 716
Stunning views looking out from Fond Ferdinand | © MC1 photography
The Anse Major trail is one of the best hikes in Seychelles – with some insane panoramic views. With the beach being accessible only through the trail or by boat, you can be sure of a seriously uncrowded beach, which also happens to be one of the best in Seychelles.
The 2.4-kilometer trail is a scenic feast | © David Stanley/Flickr
Taking the inter-island flight is a wild experience in and of itself. The flights are accommodated by tiny, noisy propeller planes and, while the ride can certainly be a bit bumpy, it’s ever so exciting. You’ll get fantastic views over the ocean and of your upcoming destination!
First views of Praslin on inter-island flight | © Chantelle Howell
There are countless fantastic diving sites in Seychelles and the water is warm year round. If you’re looking for something a bit different, you’ve got to try the wreck dives. The wrecks are teeming with life, including several species of shark. Wreck diving sites in Seychelles are most easily reached from Mahe Island.
Wreck diving In Seychelles | Image Courtesy of Big Blue Divers
This tiny little island is so perfect. It’s uninhabited (by humans anyway) and you’ll find no accommodation, so it’s beautiful to spend a few hours there. The area surrounding the island itself is a marine park, so the waters are fully protected (no fishing), making it a fantastic snorkeling spot. Climb the giant granitic boulders to find Seychelles fruit bats swinging from the trees – you can get a rare, close-up glimpse of them.
Cocos Island, Seychelles
The tiny but perfect cocos island | © BlueOrange Studio/Shutterstock
Step outside on a clear night to be greeted by the most perfect of night skies. Seychelles is so remote, light pollution has very minimal effect on the view of the stars. For the ultimate stargazing experience, head to one of the private island resorts. You’ll get the lowest light pollution and, of course, romantic 5-star dinners under the stars!
Dining under the stars at North Island | Image Courtesy of North Island Resort