5 natural attractions in Seychelles

Constance L├®muria, Seychelles
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Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, over 1000 km from the East African coast, the Seychelles are spread out over 115 islands full of incredible natural wonders.

Sculpted from granite, adorned with coral jewels, the Seychelles archipelago basks in a sublime tropical embrace. Here, reefs pulse with vibrant life, and atolls cradle turquoise havens. It’s a tapestry of life woven with ancient forests, where its unique wildlife like giant tortoises roam and exotic birds paint the air with song.

The Seychelles

The Seychelles

Thousands of years of evolutionary isolation have created this treasure map of miniature worlds in the Seychelles, each with its own unique biosphere found nowhere else on the planet.

With two UNESCO World Heritage sites, six marine national parks and countless areas of outstanding natural beauty it could be argued that the entire archipelago is a natural wonder.

Here is our list of 5 natural wonders of the Seychelles

1. Atoll of Aldabra: A world apart


The Giant Aldabra Tortoise of the Seychelles

Rising like a turquoise crown from the Indian Ocean, the Aldabra Atoll reigns supreme among the natural wonders of the Seychelles. This colossal cluster of coral islands, one of the largest in the world, embraces a shallow lagoon bristling with life and is encircled by a vibrant coral reef exploding with colour.

With its location in a remote area of the Seychelles it has assured that the Aldabra Atoll has remained largely untouched, a fact now protected by its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

But Aldabra’s magic extends far beyond its breath-taking scenery. Within this emerald paradise thrives a rich tapestry of life, largely unique to the atoll.

Wander along white sand beaches and encounter the iconic Aldabra giant tortoise, the undisputed king of the island and the largest tortoise population on Earth. Witness their ancient grace as they munch on succulents, their shells etched with stories whispered by the ocean winds.

2. Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve: A prehistoric Eden

The second UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Seychelles is the legendary Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve on Praslin.

Towering coco de mer, the iconic “double coconut,” dominate the landscape, their ancient forms whispering tales of the past. But the magic extends beyond these enigmatic giants.

Look out for the flash of colour as the endemic black parrot soars through the canopy or catch a glimpse of the agile Seychelles kestrel hunting its prey. Sunbirds dart among the vibrant blooms, while geckos, both green and bronze, cling to the weathered bark. Even beneath the earth, life thrives, with six unique species of caecilians wriggling through the damp soil.

Vallée de Mai is more than just a collection of rare plants and animals; it’s a living museum of biodiversity, a window into an ecosystem untouched by time. Explore its winding paths, breathe in the scent of ancient palms, and feel the whisper of legends brush against your skin.

3. Grand Anse, La Digue: Perfection personified

There are so many beautiful beaches in the Seychelles that it is difficult to pick one above the others.

The Grand Anse beach on La Digue (a short boat ride from Praslin) does, however, epitomise what visitors are looking for when they come to a Seychellois beach. With its perfect white, powder sand, softly shaded granite boulders and clear, shallow waters it looks as if an artist has created a vision of a perfect beach and brought it to life. La Digue itself has many beautiful and rare species including the paradise flycatcher or ‘veuve’, swiftlets and sea turtles.

But La Digue’s magic extends beyond this iconic beach. Explore further and encounter a treasure trove of rare beauty. Watch the vibrant paradise flycatcher, also known as the “veuve,” flit amongst the trees, witness the graceful acrobatics of swiftlets, and keep an eye out for majestic sea turtles gliding through the crystal-clear waters. La Digue is a haven for nature lovers, offering a glimpse into a world teeming with unique and fascinating creatures.

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4. Port Launay National Marine Park: Underwater wonderland

Port Launay National Marine Park

Port Launay National Marine Park

Dive into a unique treasure trove at Port Launay, the only marine park in the Seychelles accessible by both land and sea.

Including 8 stunning beaches on the island of Mahé, the Port Launay Marine Park offers fabulous snorkelling opportunities as well as the chance to spot whale sharks as they pass through the waters attracted by the rich plankton which accumulates here.

And after your underwater adventure, unwind in luxury style at Constance Ephelia offering breath-taking views of this island paradise. Port Launay isn’t just a marine park; it’s an unforgettable experience waiting to be discovered.

5. Aride Island Nature Reserve: A birdwatcher’s paradise

Calling all birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts! Aride Island isn’t just an island. It’s a hidden gem in the Seychelles. It’s a symphony of life conducted by over a million breeding seabirds. Imagine the air alive with the calls of endemic magpie robins, fodies, brush warblers, and blue pigeons – a breathtaking chorus unlike any other.

Protected from human interference since 1973, Aride is the largest nature reserve in the granitic Seychelles and a sanctuary untouched by time. Here, you’ll witness rare reptiles basking on sun-drenched rocks and witness nesting turtles laying their eggs on pristine beaches. This island is a living museum, showcasing a truly untouched ecosystem bursting with biodiversity.

And it’s not just birds that steal the show. Aride is the only natural home of Wright’s Gardenia, a beautiful and endangered flower. Wander through lush vegetation, spot geckos camouflaged on ancient trees, and breathe in the fresh air filled with the sweet scent of nature.

Where to stay in the Seychelles in style

Indulge in the epitome of luxury amidst the tropical paradise of the Seychelles. Discover the exclusive retreats and lavish accommodations of Constance Hotels & Resorts that redefine opulence, promising an unforgettable stay in style. Visit our website for detailed information on staying in the Seychelles at Constance Ephélia or Constance Lémuria, or to make a booking.

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