13 things to do in the Seychelles

Constance Eph├®lia, Seychelles
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Dive into island paradise! The Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean isn’t just a beach bum’s dream (though it certainly delivers on that front).  

Sure, the pristine sands and crystal-clear waters are postcard-worthy, but these islands offer so much more. From exploring vibrant coral reefs to encountering giant tortoises, get ready for an unforgettable adventure.  

Fasten your seatbelt. We are taking you for a ride through our selection of the 13 best things to do to spark your Seychelles itinerary. 

1. Take a hike through the Morne Seychellois National Park

Whichever island you are staying on in the Seychelles, you will find the verdant interior criss-crossed with trails for walkers and unspoiled places to explore on foot.

Trek through stunning Jurassic forests teeming with exotic wildlife, from brightly coloured birds flitting through the canopy to giant tortoises lumbering across paths.

One of the most spectacular hikes is through the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé, the largest island in the archipelago. Here, the Morne Blanc Trail offers a moderate 45-minute walk that takes you to the summit of Morne Blanc, the highest point on Mahé at over 900 meters (3,000 feet).   

Prepare to be rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views across the entire island, stretching all the way to the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. 

Anse Lazio
Take a stroll along the beautiful Anse Lazio

2. Visit a local Seychellois market

Immerse yourself in the lively spirit of the Seychelles at one of its vibrant, bustling markets. Breathe in the intoxicating scents of fresh spices and tropical fruits as you navigate the colourful stalls. 

Victoria Market (Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market)

This daily market in the heart of Victoria, Mahé’s capital, is a must-visit.  

Here, friendly vendors display a dazzling array of fresh produce: rainbow-colored fish caught just that morning, fragrant vanilla pods, mountains of exotic fruits like rambutans and mangosteens, and pungent cloves and cinnamon sticks. 

Bazar Labrin (Beau Vallon Beach Market)

Every Wednesday evening, Beau Vallon beach on Mahé comes alive with the Bazar Labrin. This market is more than just shopping; it’s a social event.  

Mingle with locals, sway to the rhythm of live bands, and grab a bite from sizzling street food stalls offering fresh fish kebabs, savoury banana fritters, and local delicacies.  

Browse through the stalls overflowing with handcrafted souvenirs like pareo wraps, woven baskets, and jewellery made from seashells. 

3. Ride a horse down one of the world’s most photographed beaches

Visit the historic L’Union Estate on La Digue,  a beautifully preserved coconut plantation established in the 18th century that offers a unique and unforgettable experience: horseback riding along the breath-taking beach of Anse Source d’Argent.  

The adventure offers guided horseback riding tours for all skill levels. Experienced riders can enjoy a thrilling gallop along the beach, while beginners can take a more leisurely stroll, soaking in the scenery. 

Imagine yourself cantering along the shore, the powder-soft, white sand cushioning your horse’s hooves with every stride. Feel the cool spray of the crystal-clear turquoise waters as you splash through the shallows, the iconic granite boulders of Anse Source d’Argent forming a dramatic backdrop. 

The knowledgeable guides will ensure your safety and comfort while sharing fascinating stories about the island’s history. 

4. Eat traditional Creole food in a national monument

The Marie-Antoinette restaurant on Mahé proposes a truly unique dining experience. Not only can you taste some of the island’s most delicious and authentic Creole cuisine, but you’ll also be surrounded by the rich history of the Seychelles. 

Housed in a beautifully preserved colonial mansion, Marie-Antoinette is a designated national monument, recognised in 2011 for its architectural significance.  

Step back in time as you enter the restaurant. The elegant colonial architecture, dating back to the 1800s, remains largely unchanged. Admire the high ceilings, intricate mouldings, and expansive verandas, all whispering tales of a bygone era. 

While the building may be steeped in colonial history, the atmosphere at Marie-Antoinette is decidedly Creole.  

The warm hospitality and relaxed ambiance create a welcoming space to enjoy a delightful meal. 

5. Birdwatching on Aride Island

A trip to Aride Island Nature Reserve, north of Praslin Island, is like stepping back in time to a forgotten era.  

Designated as one of the finest tropical island nature reserves in the world, Aride offers a glimpse of the Seychelles as they existed before human intervention. 

Bird watching in the Seychelles
Bird watching in the Seychelles

This island sanctuary boasts an incredible diversity of birdlife. Aride is the undisputed champion of the Seychelles when it comes to avian residents.   

With over 1.5 million birds calling the island home, it’s a paradise for birdwatchers.  Be part of the spectacle of 18 different species of native birds nesting and thriving here, including five endemic species found nowhere else on Earth.  

Look out for the endangered Seychelles Warbler, the brightly coloured Wedge-tailed Shearwater, and the magnificent Red-footed Booby with its striking red feet. Aride is also a vital breeding ground for several seabird species, with frigatebirds soaring overhead and terns filling the air with their calls. 

6. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Vallée de Mai

Deep in the heart of Praslin Island lies the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a true crown jewel of the Seychelles. This stunning palm forest is a glimpse into a bygone era, surviving in its near-original state since prehistoric times.  

Remarkably untouched by human influence, the Vallée de Mai offers a sanctuary for a wealth of endemic flora and fauna, making it a must-visit for nature enthusiasts. 

Perhaps the most iconic resident of the Vallée de Mai is the coco-de-mer, a palm tree famous for its distinctively shaped double coconuts, once considered aphrodisiacs and even forbidden fruit. 

These giants of the plant kingdom can live for centuries, towering over the lush forest floor. 

7. Play golf on the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles

Play golf on the stunning 18-hole golf course at Constance Lémuria with views over three of Praslin’s most beautiful beaches. The terraced landscape of greens spanning the breathtaking scenery of Praslin’s hills and forests make this one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses.

Golf at Constance Hotels and Resorts
Golf in the Seychelles

Designed to be both challenging and scenic, the Constance Lémuria golf course caters to golfers of all skill levels to practise their swing.   

The layout offers a variety of holes, from forgiving fairways to strategic water hazards and dramatic elevation changes.   

After conquering the course, unwind and celebrate your round in style. The clubhouse restaurant boasts breath-taking views across the island and down to the beach below. Picture yourself indulging in a well-deserved glass of chilled champagne, reflecting on the day’s game while basking in the unparalleled beauty of Praslin. 

8. Explore the wildlife of Cousin Island Nature Reserve

Just a short 2-kilometer boat ride away from Praslin Island lies Cousin Island Nature Reserve, a paradise for nature enthusiasts and conservationists alike. This idyllic island sanctuary boasts a remarkable diversity of endemic wildlife and seabirds, making it a crucial jewel in the Seychelles’ crown. 

The protected marine reserve surrounding Cousin Island is every bit as impressive as the land. Divers and snorkelers can encounter a kaleidoscope of colourful fish, from graceful angelfish and butterflyfish to curious clownfish peeking out from their anemone homes. Look out for the imposing yet docile nurse sharks gliding along the seabed and keep an eye out for the flamboyant lionfish and the prized, red-banded grouper. 

Cousin Island is a shining example of successful conservation efforts.  Once ravaged by invasive species, the island has been meticulously restored, creating a safe haven for endangered wildlife. A guided tour with the knowledgeable staff is a fantastic way to learn about the island’s fascinating history, the ongoing conservation projects, and the incredible biodiversity that thrives here. Consider contributing to this vital work by booking your visit through a responsible tour operator who supports the nature reserve’s conservation efforts. 

9. Visit the beautiful Anse Lazio beach

Anse Lazio, consistently ranked among the world’s best beaches, is a dazzling jewel in the crown of Praslin Island. Towering takamaka trees, swaying with a tropical rhythm, provide pockets of shade, while massive granite boulders flank each end of the beach, adding a touch of dramatic grandeur to the scenery. 

Anse Lazio caters to a variety of beachgoers. The calm clear waters are ideal for swimming, offering a refreshing escape from the tropical heat.  For those seeking underwater adventures, coral reefs teeming with colourful fish lie just offshore, making Anse Lazio a perfect spot for snorkelers. 

10. Connect with Creole culture at the Domaine de Val de Près

Nestled amidst the lush hills of Mahé lies Domaine de Val de Près, a charming recreation of a traditional Seychellois village.  This open-air museum offers a fascinating glimpse into Creole history, culture, and way of life. 

As you wander through the Domaine’s grounds, you’ll be transported back in time. Explore meticulously recreated Creole houses, each showcasing a different aspect of island life. Learn about traditional cooking methods in a beautifully preserved kitchen, complete with its age-old tools and utensils. Wander through a replica of a colonial-era schoolhouse and imagine the lessons echoing through the halls. 

11. Snorkel around Ile Cocos Marine National Park

Don’t be fooled by their seemingly deserted appearance! The three tiny islets that form Ile Cocos Marine National Park, just off the coast of Praslin Island, hold a hidden treasure trove of marine life.   

While the islands themselves may appear unassuming, the surrounding waters boast some of the most spectacular snorkelling in the Seychelles archipelago. You’ll quickly understand why this place is a top diving destination

The shallow reef system here thrives thanks to its protected status. Strict regulations limit fishing and tourist activity, ensuring a healthy and vibrant underwater ecosystem. This commitment to conservation creates the perfect environment for marine life to flourish. 

Whether you’re a seasoned snorkeller or a curious beginner, Ile Cocos Marine National Park caters to all levels. The shallow reefs offer a safe and accessible environment for novice snorkelers to explore the underwater world. For more experienced adventurers, deeper sections of the reef system offer a chance to encounter a wider variety of marine life. 

12. Breathe in the fragrant air of Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden

Perched on a gentle slope overlooking the idyllic Anse Royale beach on Mahé lies Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden. This beautifully restored plantation offers a unique opportunity to discover the fragrant world of Seychelles’ spices. 

Step back in time as you explore the 35-hectare orchard-crossed-with-forest. Originally established in the 18th century by French colonists eager to cultivate exotic spices, Le Jardin du Roi has been carefully restored to its former glory.   

Wander through meticulously maintained gardens overflowing with a vibrant array of spice plants. Breathe in the intoxicating scents of vanilla pods, cinnamon sticks, and citronella leaves as you learn about their history and traditional uses in Seychellois cuisine. 

13. Meet the giant tortoises of Curieuse Island

Curieuse Island, just off the coast of Praslin, is a nature reserve home of diverse wildlife and fascinating history. This island paradise offers a unique opportunity to encounter giant tortoises, explore untouched ecosystems, and witness the wonders of the underwater world. 

Curieuse boasts a population of over 500 of these gentle giants, roaming freely amongst the island’s vegetation. Approach these prehistoric marvels lumbering along paths, munching on leaves, and basking in the tropical sunshine.  You can even feed them a special diet provided by the rangers, creating a memorable encounter with these gentle giants. 

Keep your eyes peeled for the endangered hawksbill and green turtles that grace Curieuse’s shores.  These magnificent creatures visit the island’s beaches to lay their eggs, ensuring the continuation of their species. See them nesting on the beach is a truly unforgettable experience. 

Curieuse Island also boasts a fascinating human history.  Explore the ruins of a leper colony established in the 19th century and learn about the island’s past as a quarantine zone. Visit the restored Doctor’s House, a historical landmark offering a glimpse into this bygone era. 

These 13 best things to do in the Seychelles prove that the island is a splendid paradise on unlike any other, offering something for every type of traveller. 

From thrilling water adventures and breath-taking natural landscapes to fascinating cultural experiences and luxurious relaxation, this archipelago leaves a lasting impression.  

Whether you’re seeking an active adventure, a romantic getaway, or a luxurious escape, the Seychelles promises an unforgettable experience. So, start planning your trip today and discover the magic of this island paradise for yourself! 

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