Summary: Seychelles is not just stunning beaches and luxury resorts. This beautiful paradise is a nature lover’s dream with many hidden gems that are waiting to be explored.
There are few places that invoke sheer luxury and R&R like Seychelles does. These islands have been a favourite of honeymooners and the Luxury Traveller for some time now and it is not surprising to see why. With an almost surreal natural beauty and idyllic beaches, Seychelles is as pretty as a postcard.
Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands, many of which are uninhabited. This makes it ideal for a leisure holiday. A number of luxury resorts have raised its bar as Luxury Destination. But there is more to Seychelles than lazing on the beaches. Here is our list of things you can see and do in Seychelles:
Explore Vallee De Mai: This national park is a World Heritage site. It is home to 4,000 coco de mer palms that are native to these islands. The palms also produce the world’s largest seed! For those of you who like their nature away from the madding crowds, hire a guide to go a bit deeper into the park. The forest canopy is stunning.
Visit the Aldabra Atoll: Seychelles is home to the world’s second largest coral atoll. It stretches across 22 miles and encircles a tidal lagoon. You can see manta rays and tiger sharks. It is also the original home of the giant tortoise.
Go Hiking: If you are feeling adventurous, take a hike on one of the hiking routes in Mahe and Praslin. These hiking routes are quite well maintained and you can easily get a map from the Seychelles Tourism office.
Go Island Hopping: The Seychelles is an archipelago and many of its islands are uninhabited. You can take a cruise and explore some of these. These deserted islands seem like idyllic spots, left there for your exploration.
Go Wildlife Spotting: Seychelles is often called the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’ and conservation is serious business here. There are also various nature conservation programs run on various islands that are worth a visit. The Cousin Island is a sanctuary for magpie robins, reptiles and terns. St Pierre islet has the perfect spot for snorkelling. Curieuse Island houses pens for giant turtles.