Ah, the Seychelles; the shimmering, sparkling Seychelles. Hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful tropical destinations, this archipelago nation of 115 islets, cays and coral atolls pops its granite head above the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean some 1,600 kilometers east of Kenya and mainland Africa. Stable and sun-kissed, it’s become a predictable haven for honeymooners and luxurious resorts, while the rugged inland peaks and the forest-dressed hinterland draw those in walking boots too.
Like its (not-so) near neighbor of Madagascar, the destination is famed for its biodiversity, and you can expect to wander between rare palm blooms, black parrots and colossal tortoises alike. What’s more, the beaches are simply to die for, ranging from the boulder-spotted coves and coast of La Digue to the mangrove-fringed bays of Mahe island and Praslin. Add in a medley of Creole curries and some elegant French colonial style, and you’ve got yourself one darn awesome archipelago to say the least!
Lets explore the best places to visit in the Seychelles:
1. Beau Vallon
Beau Vallon is the Seychelles of the postcards and travel brochures.
Lined with sand so white you’d think it had been painted, dotted with the red-roofed villas of countless resort hotels, and washed over by a sea of such perfect blue, it’s a quintessential image of the tropical Indian Ocean.
It’s also really easily accessed from the capital at Victoria, and comes with countless beaches worth their salt: Anse Major with its cobalt shore; Baie Ternay, where sharks and manta rays flit through the water.
International eateries tout everything from pizza to haute French cuisine, watersports abound, and prices are reasonable to boot.