4 Seychelles festivals and events you can’t miss

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Beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, warm weather and sparkling seas – the Seychelles has it all. But aside from enjoying an amazing beach holiday on these beautiful islands, there’re so many events and festivals in Seychelles to be explored, too!

constance ephelia seychelles beach

A true melting pot of cultures, religions and cuisines brought together through the islands’ fascinating history, don’t miss the chance to venture beyond the boundaries of your hotel to experience vibrant Seychellois life.  

Festivals and events in Seychelles welcome visitors to take part too, so get out there and enjoy yourself!

1. Creole Festival in Seychelles: the authentic event of creole culture

The Creole Festival, or Kreol Festival, is a week of celebrations jam-packed with amazing music, dance and theatre performances, parades, art exhibitions, culinary experiences and fairs.   

Celebrations are held across the islands of the Seychelles, welcoming local people, and visitors alike to enjoy the rich Creole culture of these islands.   

Creole traditions draw on influences from many cultures, including African and European, and some music and dance is rooted in the islands’ history with slavery.   

The biggest celebration in the country’s cultural calendar, it’s a fascinating week of colours, music and flavours that any visitor to the Seychelles will enjoy. 

Where and when is the Creole festival in Seychelles?

The Creole festival in Seychelles takes place on the Mahé, Praslin and La Digue islands during the last week of October.

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Beautiful traditional Sega costumes Source: Shutterstock

2. Seychelles Ocean Festival: a celebration of priceless underwater treasures

The first Subios (sub-Indian Ocean Seychelles) Festival was held in 2005, a new annual three-days event launched with the aim of encouraging eco-tourism and celebrating the Seychelles’ “unique and priceless underwater treasures.”  

The amazing event has now been renamed as the Seychelles Ocean Festival. 

Diving centres from around the Seychelles as well as local people and visitors from abroad participate, sharing amazing films and photos of underwater worlds to inspire others to explore and enjoy them responsibly.   

Choose a hotel with excellent diving facilities like the 5 star resort Constance Ephelia on Mahé Island and you’ll be able to experience the wonders beneath the waves for yourself!    


Where and when is Seychelles Ocean Festival?

The Seychelles Ocean Festival is held on Mahé’s main beach (Beau Vallon) during the first week of December.


There’s so much marine life to discover!

3. Seychelles Regatta: a spectacular sailing competition

Let’s discover another festival in Seychelles: The Sailing Regatta! 

Being an island nation, the Seychelles has a rich maritime history. You’ll see all sorts of vessels during the Sailing Regatta, from yachts and catamarans to traditional pirogues. The major races are a spectacular sight to see, whether or not you’re taking part.   

There’s a deep-sea fishing competition that takes place as part of the event – the rich Indian Ocean seas are well known for their amazing seafood offerings. 

Where an when is Seychelles Regatta?

The Seychelles Regatta takes place on Praslin Island from the end of May to early June.


4. Bazar Labrin Market: one of the most authentic events in Seychelles

If you love experiencing local culture and cuisine while on holiday, a trip to the Seychelles isn’t complete without visiting a Bazar! 

Head to Bazar Labrin for a truly authentic Seychellois Creole ambience, with the opportunity to sample local delicacies and pick up some souvenirs.  

It’s a great day out and if you’re travelling with the whole family there’s something for everyone. There are always plenty of local Seychellois people around – a sure sign of fantastic food! 

Take your pick from local dishes such as banana chips, black boudin (sausage) and grilled fish and pick up a handcrafted item to remember your holiday by.   

Where and when is Bazar Labrin Market?

The Bazar Labrin Market is located in Beau Vallon, Mahé Island, and is held every Wednesday evening.

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The Seychelles has so much more to offer beyond a beach holiday. From intriguing wildlife to fantastic food. Stay at Constance Ephelia on Mahé Island or at 5 star hotel Constance Lemuria on Praslin Island for the chance to experience all that these wonderful the Seychelles has to offer 

What are you most looking forward to experiencing in the Seychelles? Let us know in the comments! 

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