The Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean off East Africa’s coast. It lies between Kenya and Madagascar, closer to Madagascar, and consists of more than 100 islands varying in size. The largest island, Mahé, is home to the country’s capital city of Victoria which has a population of around 96,000 residents.
The Seychelles’ economy depends mainly on tourism and fishing. Tourism is the biggest industry in the Seychelles, contributing 40% of gross domestic product (GDP) and employing 80% of the working population. The other main industry is fish farming/fishing, which contributes 9% to GDP.
The islands are famous for their beaches, including some of the best in the world, but it’s not all about relaxation and sunbathing. In addition to the popular holiday destinations, there are also many “backpacking” destinations and budget beach resorts which offer a different experience.
So, if you are looking for a getaway, the Seychelles are the perfect destination for you. The islands in these Indian Ocean nation is an island paradise with pristine beaches, amazing coral reefs and warm tropical weather. But there’s more than just natural wonders to see here in the Seychelles, so read on to find out where in particular you should visit!
Some of the best things in life are free. And, the Seychelles are no exception. It’s child’s play to visit all seven of these islands for the price of a day trip if you want to sample the local flavors, but for all-inclusive luxury, you can stay at any of these seven amazing places for less than $100 a day. Here are the top seven places that you should put on your Seychelles itinerary.
Culturally, Mahe is the most traditional of all the islands of Seychelles. The capital city, Victoria, is also home to most of the population and it’s an interesting mix of Creole buildings and colonial architectures. The local French influence is felt here in its cuisine, too. If you want to try some amazing French food then Le Café, located at St. Julien, is a great place to have a casual meal.
If you want to escape the crowds on Mahe, then a spot on the other side of the island will do just that. La Digue is less crowded and it’s also known as “The island of tranquility” due to its more peaceful atmosphere. If you want to avoid the touristy traps, head to La Digue, a quiet island located on the east of Praslin. Be sure to check out the Veuve Nature Reserve, home to the near extinct beautiful black paradise flycatcher birds. You can take a trip on boat or allow the Veuve Nature Reserve tour guide to help you with the diving trip around La Digue.
With its abundance of wildlife, Praslin is one of the most popular islands in the Seychelles. It also plays host to many bird species, but if you’re more of a land-based creature then you can climb up Mont Azore for a better view. The summit of this scenic mountain allows you to spot some incredible views while enjoying the tranquility of the surrounding greenery.
Curieuse is one of the smallest of the islands, is also a favorite spot for diving enthusiasts. You can take a 35-minute trip from Praslin to visit the Marine Park and Aquarium here. Visit the Marine Park to see different species of plants and animals under its care while you can look around the aquarium to see some interesting marine life from the waters off Curieuse. The island is also known for its vibrant reefs that are perfect for divers.
Grand Terre Island
Otherwise known as the “Large Land”, Grand Terre Island is one of the islands with the most stunning beaches in all the country. There are many resorts on this island with coastline is covered by beautiful coral reefs. The island offers varieties of friendly service and delicious food. The island’s beautiful white sand beach is perfect for hanging out and enjoying a spot of sunbathing.
Fregate is a gorgeous island that consists of a number of smaller islands surrounding it. Besides its beautiful beaches, it’s also known for its historic picturesque scenery it offers both above and below the sea. It’s a favorite spot for snorkeling and scuba diving as well as other activities associated with the ocean. Some visitors even take up scuba diving lessons to see what lies beneath the surface here.
Anse Source d’Argent
Anse Source d’Argent is the perfect beach getaway. The beach here is long, lovely and very private, which makes it the ultimate location for having some fun in the sun. It’s also excellent for windsurfing, sailing, surfing or just simply relaxing by the shore. There are minimal facilities available on the island so you should bring everything that you need with you when coming here. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean make it a great place to cool off and enjoy the day, so pack your bags and head over to Seychelles to check out these awesome places that you definitely won’t want to miss!