The Most Amazing Hiking Trails In Seychelles

Weathered granite outcrops such as these by the trail to Anse Major on Mahe Island are a characteristic feature of Seychelles.
Weathered granite outcrops such as these by the trail to Anse Major on Mahe Island are a characteristic feature of Seychelles. | ©david stanley / flickr

The majority of the inner islands of Seychelles are all made of granite, including Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, which are the three most populated islands. This means that although the beaches are stunningly white and sandy, the middle of the islands are mountainous.

There are some amazing hikes to be found in the rocky middles of these islands, so read on to find out more about the best hiking trails in the Seychelles.

Mahe

Mount Copolia

In the Morne Seychellois National Park, the summit of Mount Copolia is around 500m above sea level. The trail starts at a small and very missable green sign, simply saying ‘Copolia Trail’. It starts at around 300m, meaning the trial elevates by 200m. Expect the hike to take around 2 hours with some steep sections.

1. Anse Major Trail

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Weathered granite outcrops such as these by the trail to Anse Major on Mahe Island are a characteristic feature of Seychelles. |©david stanley / flickr

2. Morne Blanc

Park

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Morne Blanc | ©Jean-Pierre Bovin/Flickr

Morne Seychellois

The point which gives its name to the national park, Morne Seychellois is the highest point on Mahe at over 900m above sea level. The hike takes around 5 hours, and it’s definitely not one for beginners. You’ll find yourself cutting through thick undergrowth and on trails that are not well maintained.

Morne Seychellois, the highest point on Mahe.

Praslin

3. Vallee de Mai

Forest, Natural Feature

Stunning views await you at Vallee De Mai
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this one is really a must visit. There are three marked-out trails to choose from. The leaflets will tell you that they take 1-3 hours, but they really don’t take as long as that. None of the trails are particularly difficult, but it is still an enjoyable walk. Aside from the steps up to the viewpoint, the vast majority of your hike will be in the shade, a rare privilege for Seychelles!

4. Fond Ferdinand

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Fond Ferdinand with views of La Digue| ©MC1 photography

Glacis Noire

Park at the Vallee de Mai car park or get off at the bus stop there. Walk a little past the entrance (heading towards Baie St Anne, away from Grand Anse) until you reach a path that has a chain across it. This is the start of the Glacis Noire trail.

This is a free trail, so unless you hire someone privately you will not have a guide for this trail. It’s not an easy walk and the path is not particularly well maintained. There are some great views when you reach the old fire tower

5. Coco De Mer Trail

Hiking Trail

This trail is for guests of the Coco de Mer Hotel only. There are organised guided walks on their property. The walk takes around 2 hours. When you get to the top you’ll get a 360 degree view unrivalled on Praslin.
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