The beautiful island nation of the Seychelles is a dream destination with a wonderful laid-back vibe and pristine beaches. Spread over both the main and its countless smaller islands, the Seychelles are full of natural wonders and attractions.
From secluded beaches and waterfalls to restaurants serving authentic Creole food, the Seychelles have many hidden gems just waiting for you to discover.
Here’s our pick of hidden Seychelles attractions:
1. The gorgeous Anse Georgette beach
The competition for ‘most beautiful beach in the Seychelles’ is a tough one, but the striking natural beauty of this secluded bay on the Praslin Island will truly take your breath away. With its white sand sloping gently into crystal clear water, it’s easy to see why Anse Georgette ends up as many people’s favourite Seychelles hidden gem.
Despite the Seychelles’ growing popularity, Anse Georgette has maintained its sense of seclusion, making it an ideal place for relaxing and enjoying a slice of paradise.
Inaccessible by car the easiest way to access it is along a nature trail that runs through the grounds of Constance Lémuria.
2. Aride Island Nature Reserve
While many tour guides will advise you to visit Cousin or Curieuse Island because its proximity, we would highly recommend you to instead discover the unspoilt Aride Island. This Seychelles’ hidden gem is the northernmost of the inner granite islands and measures 1 mile in length and 0.37 miles in width. Nature lovers will particularly find the number of bird species on Aride breath-taking. The island is home to one of the most important seabird populations in the Indian Ocean with more breeding species than any other island in the Seychelles. A nature reserve since 1973, Aride is completely unspoilt with endemic flora and fauna not found anywhere else on earth. Tour operators run tours from Praslin, or a helicopter service is available. For more information on Aride and its attractions we recommend you to consult its official website.
3. The ancient mangrove forest of Port Launay
The mangrove forest in the coastal wetlands of Port Launayright next to Constance Ephélia is considered by RAMSAR one of the best maintained mangroves in Mahé. All seven species of mangrove can be found here offering a unique environment for the spawning, nursery and feeding of many endemic fish species as well as a nesting ground for birds and the endangered sheath-tailed bat. Guests at Constance Ephélia are able to enjoy a guided kayak tour through this stunning natural environment. So, make sure you don’t miss out on this secret Seychelles attraction!
4. Enjoy authentic Creole food
While on the Seychelles, you should definitely not miss out on immersing yourself in the authentic scents and flavours of Creole food. Freshly caught fish, locally grown fruit, spicy tasteful curries, sweet fried bananas – Seychellois cuisine has something to please every taste bud. There are a variety of great restaurants and street-food hubs where you can try local specialities. Some places have a long history, in others you can bath your feet in the perfect soft sand, while enjoying your meal. Try to find your favourite place among the best creole restaurants in Mahé!
5. The stunning Sauzier waterfall at Port Glaud
Signposted from the beach at Port Launay, adjacent to Constance Ephélia on Mahé, this stunning waterfall is about a 1km walk from the main road. Set in the heart of dense jungle, the hidden gem of the Sauzier waterfall tumbles into a clear, freshwater pool perfect for swimming in. After a refreshing dip you can lie back on warm granite rocks and breathe in the scents, sounds and sights of this leafy, tropical paradise.
We hope we could inspire you for your next trip with these 5 wonderful hidden gems of the Seychelles.