From diving with whale sharks to having a romantic dinner at dusk on the beach, there are plenty of things to do in Seychelles. The island offers a range of outdoor and indoor delights to travelers.
Victoria on Mahé Island has a cluster of roads built around Creole-style houses. Take a selfie with the Little Ben clock tower, a silver-painted replica London’s Big Ben, which arrived here on Mahé in 1903. Don’t forget to taste the green vegetables, local spices, and fish in the Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market. No vacation to Victoria is complete without a stroll through this covered market which maybe small by African standards, but is just as bustling as a Moroccan souk. Once the sun is set, going for clubbing in downtown Victoria is the best things to do in Seychelles at night. Visitors to La Digue Island can see an ox-pulled oil extraction machine, the cemetery of the first settlers, and one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of sand at Anse Source D’Argent.
Exploring forest trails is also one of the best things to do in Seychelles. The 90-minute Copolia Trail curls through cinnamon and rubber tree forest before climbing higher to exposed “glacis” rock. The Morne Blanc walking trail starts near the tea plantation in north-central Mahé. At the end of the trail, hikers can enjoy views over the Port Launay Marine Park.
Two of the Seychelles’ most attractive beaches are on Praslin Island Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. A sumptuous stretch of white sand, Anse Georgette is surrounded by the characteristic granite boulders. More adventurous travelers can take the coastal path to Anse Lazio. This beach is a longer stretch of glorious sand and with more powerful waves. Water sports like snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving, glass bottom rides, and paddle boarding can be enjoyed here.
One of the popular things to do in the Seychelles islands is to walk in the Vallée de Mai. The region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the clusters of 4,000 coco de mer palm trees are found. Get away from classic tourist traps like beaches and discover the inner islands instead. On Curieuse Island, travelers can spend time with some of the biggest tortoises on the planet. Take a memorable shower near waterfalls such as Sauzier waterfall and the waterfall at Morne Seychellois National Park.
To get a bird’s eye view of the scenic islands, plan a day trip to climb the 905-meter tall Morne Blanc, the highest summit in Seychelles. If budget is not a constraint, enjoy helicopter flights with your better half or family to see the entire archipelago scattered in the Indian Ocean. Hire a private boat to discover the beauty of the outer islands and atolls. Fishing is a great pastime here and anglers can find exclusive lodges at Desroche Island, Alphonse Island, and Farquhar Atoll.