5 hidden corners of the Seychelles

Discover secret places in the Seychelles from secluded beaches and waterfalls to restaurants serving authentic Creole food.

Hidden gems of the Seychelles: Anse Georgette

Hidden gems of the Seychelles: Anse Georgette

Here’s our pick of hidden gems in the archipelago:

1. Anse Georgette

The competition for ‘most beautiful beach in Seychelles’ is a tough one but this beautiful, secluded bay with white sand sloping gently into clear water on Praslin has to be a contender. 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 it is closer, nature lovers will find the number of bird species on Aride, north of Praslin, breathtaking. 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 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.

3. The ancient mangrove forest of Port Launay

The mangrove forest in the coastal wetlands of Port Launay beside Constance Ephélia is considered by RAMSAR as the best on 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 nesting 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.

The fantastic Port Launay

The fantastic Port Launay

4. Marie Antoinette Restaurant

Immerse yourself in the authentic scents and flavours of Creole food at this popular eating-place on Mahé just a 10 minute walk from the centre of Victoria. From parrotfish and tuna steak to pumpkin chutney and aubergine fritters all the food is local and organic. Set in an old colonial wooden house unchanged for nearly 100 years, the building itself has been declared a national monument. But dining here is less about sightseeing and more about eating good Seychellois food while soaking up the lively Creole atmosphere.

5. 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 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.

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