Located off the coast of East Africa, Seychelles is a haven of exotic white-sand beaches, picture-perfect islands and turquoise waters. This is one of the most travelled islands in the archipelago and is a territory to the endangered species of wildlife including the world’s biggest and heaviest free-roaming tortoise – Esmeralda.
If you are a nature lover and wish to experience the untouched and unexplored secrets of Seychelles, make sure you don’t miss out on any of the following places.
7 Best Secrets Of The Seychelles
Taking a soothing trip round this beautiful holiday destination will surely let you have a reviving experience with your loved ones! Scroll down to know all about it’s secrets.
1. Vallée de Mai, Praslin Island
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallée de Mai is one of the most beautiful Nature Reserve destinations embraced by tropical flora and fauna. This heritage site is famous for its rare species including the Seychelles black parrot, large-billed bulbul, blue pigeon, Sunbird and many more.
Insanely gorgeous with a variety of palm trees soaring to 30 metres and 50 other indigenous plants, Vallée de Mai is fondly called the “Garden of Eden” by tourists. One cannot leave this spectacular archipelago without having a look at some of the worlds biggest coconuts called “Coco de mer” available at various stores located in Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.
Well described as “the cathedral of nature” by Glynn Burridge a well-known tourism consultant, Vallée de Mai is truly one of the hidden gems of the Seychelles.
2. Anse Poules Bleues, Mahé Island
Blessed with rich marine life, gorgeous coral reefs and mighty mountains, Mahé Island is indeed an ideal place to enjoy a perfect tropical vacation. The island offers a host of exciting activities to indulge including snorkelling, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, diving and water skiing to name a few.
Because of its imposing beauty, stunning landscapes and mystical ambiance, Mahé Island is also one of the famous honeymoon destinations of Seychelles. Do plan a trip with your partner to this exotic island to add a magical touch to your precious moments.
3. Bird Island - Aldabra Atoll
Yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aldabra is the second largest atoll in the world and is home to the world’s biggest and heaviest free-roaming tortoise Esmeralda. Besides, you can also find nearly 100,000 wild Aldabra giant tortoises, reptiles and various seabirds.
If you are adventurous and love marine life, then you can snorkel or scuba dive to see colourful sea turtles, large eagle rays, colourful anemones, butterflyfish, harmless reef sharks, angelfish and clownfish.
4. Aride Island Nature Reserve
Aride Island Nature Reserve offers you the opportunity to spot some exotic species including five rare birds found only in Seychelles like warblers, Sunbird, blue pigeon, fody and magpie robin. If you are bird lover and wish to see the maximum number of birds, then the best time to visit Aride Island Nature Reserve is from November to February. You can also encounter some endangered species of plants here or walk along the beautifully lined banana plantations.
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5. Victoria Market
Seychelles is not an ideal shopping destination but there are a few exciting markets, craft shops and jewellery stores to buy some gifts back home. Exotic seeds, beautiful art pieces, essential oils, jewels, gemstones and local rum called Takamaka are some of the famous things to look out for.
Besides shopping, there are lots of tourist attractions in Victoria to explore during your vacation at Seychelles. Established in 1903 by the Seychelles Governor Sir Ernest Sweet, The Victoria Clock Tower better known as Creole is one of the national monument of Seychelles built in the honor of Queen Victoria who died in 1901.
Another most visited place of Seychelles is The Natural History Museum displaying traces of the evolution of flora and fauna. You can also see the skeleton of an extinct crocodile species here. From Monday to Thursday, the museum is open from 8.30am to 4:30pm whereas, on Fridays and Saturdays, the museum is open from 8.30am to 12noon.
Perched on the top of the hill with jaw-dropping views of the mighty ocean, ZEZ is one of the best restaurants of Seychelles to tantalise your taste buds with some exquisitely flavoured dishes. From authentic fish delicacies straight from the sea, this picturesque restaurant is heaven for seafood lovers. The signature dish Singaporean speciality which is served with chilli sauce and steamed bun will truly make your day.
7. Le Jardin du Roi
Yet another fine restaurant situated on the mesmerising island of Mahe offering scrumptious meals with a la carte menu to tickle your taste buds. The restaurant will truly leave you impressed with its colonial French architecture and stunning Seychelles plant species. Do not forget to tantalize your taste buds with a scoop of gourmet ice-creams flavoured with the spices.
Within a few minutes walk from Victoria’s main downtown area you can locate another beautiful wooden gallery and cafe called Kaz Zanana portraying amazing paintings by George Camille. His work includes pencil drawing, pastel drawing, silk painting, acrylic and relief collages reflecting the spirit of Seychellois life.
Perched on the mountains in La Misere is yet another hidden studio worth visiting showcasing the works of Egbert Marday. This famous artist uses oil, wood, metal, cement, sand, acrylic, charcoal, collage and resin to give life to his paintings.
If you are more interested in buying some local and traditional artefacts, then head down to the Seychelles Craft Village located on Domaine de Val des Près in Au Cap on the east coast of Mahé. This craft village is also famous for its handcrafted jewellery, batik clothing and handmade coconut products. Grann Kaz Plantation House and Camion Hall complex are some of the other popular shops selling locally made arts and crafts. So, plan your trip to Seychelles for a unique holiday experience like never before!
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