The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Seychelles

vallee de mai
vallee de mai | ©so seychelles/ flickr

You may think of the Seychelles as a tropical, luxury honeymoon destination – and it is – but it’s also so much more than that! Read on to discover the top 10 things to see and do in the Seychelles.

Mahé Island

Port Glaud Waterfall

Port Glaud is home to one of the best snorkelling sites in the Seychelles, but what you won’t see from the road is the waterfall. Park near the church and you’ll usually be offered a guided walk up there. While the journey itself isn’t difficult, it’s not so easy to find once you reach the jungle, so accepting the guide’s offer in exchange for a small tip is a good idea! When you reach the waterfall, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view and cool water to swim in. The waterfall pool is surrounded by large granitic boulders, which are a great place to stop and take a rest, have a picnic or just take in the great view.


The Seychelles Carnival is relatively new on the Seychelles calendar, having only started six years ago, but it has already become a huge event and one not to be missed. A three-day event celebrating the ‘melting pot’ that is Seychellois culture, it’s usually in held April.

1. Takamaka Rum Distillery


Visit La Plaine St André, the home of the best local rum
Courtesy of La Plaine St André
When you think of the island life, a good rum is probably not too far from your thoughts! Seychelles has its very own, and a trip to the distillery is well worth your time. Set in an idyllic old plantation-style house, a wander round the grounds alone is well worth a visit. But no one goes to a distillery just for the nice views; there’s a tour of the distillery, which, of course, comes with a tasting session. For an extra reason to visit, the restaurant is without doubt one of the best in the Seychelles, featuring some fantastic rum-inspired dishes and cocktails. Rum not your drink? No problem; there’s still plenty more on offer. With a wonderful history and exquisite food and drink, there really is something for everyone.

2. Zip Lining and Rock Climbing

Resort, Hotel

Want to up the pace of your island visit? Then a trip to the zip lines and rock climbing facilities at the five-star Constance Ephelia resort should be high on your agenda.

Set in and above the forest canopy, you’re sure to see some amazing views – and get an adrenaline rush at the same time!

Constance Ephelia, Port Launay Road, Mahe, Seychelles (+248) 4395 000

Praslin Island

3. Vallée de Mai

Forest, Natural Feature

Stunning views await you at Vallee De Mai
© so seychelles/Flickr
A visit to the Vallée de Mai makes it easy to see why Praslin was originally thought to be the real garden of Eden. A pristine natural rainforest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it really is one not to miss.

The Vallée de Mai is famous for the Coco De Mer, the world’s largest nut. Once thought to have grown in an underwater forest (hence the name), their old botanical moniker is Lodoicea callipyge, with the callipyge being Greek for ‘beautiful rump’. That sums up their appearance perfectly! The Vallée de Mai is also home to the Black Parrot and many other indigenous species.

4. Anse Lazio

Bar, Restaurant

Frequently appearing in lists of top beaches in the world, there’s something magical about this beach. While it’s undoubtedly one of the most popular locations on tourists’ itineraries, this beach never feels overcrowded or spoiled.

When you arrive at the beach, head to the left, and you can find the tiny ‘honesty bar’. There’s also the fantastic restaurant Bonbon Plume, which serves great creole food, the octopus curry being a must-try.

Anse Lazio, Seychelles

5. Golf at Lémuria Hotel

Luxury, Hotel, Resort

The award-winning, 18-hole championship golf course at the Constance Lémuria Hotel is simply stunning. Considered to be a challenging course for golfers of all levels, the back nine holes are particularly difficult. The challenge is well rewarded with fantastic views, particularly at the 15th hole, which has an elevated cliff-top tee position looking out onto the famous Anse Georgette beach.

If you aren’t staying at the hotel, call ahead to book your tee time. Regular competitions are held throughout the year, so contact the hotel for a schedule.

La Digue Island

Cycle La Digue

There really is no better way to get around La Digue. Step off the La Digue ferry and you’ll have plenty of options to hire a bike (usually priced at SCR100-200). If you’re staying, then many hotels will provide bikes for free – just hop on and ride.

A ride into the L’Union Estate (SCR100) is a must. As well as seeing a traditional copra mill and kiln, with a tour available, you can get up close and personal with giant tortoises and visit the plantation house. And you can check out Anse Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world.

The Eagle’s Nest

If you’re looking for that perfect picture, then consider a hike up Eagle’s Nest Mountain, the highest point on La Digue, at 333m above sea level.

The best time to head up is the early evening, so you can watch the captivating sunsets on view. There’s also a small restaurant up there that serves simple but fresh, delicious creole food.

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