5 reasons you'll fall in love with the Seychelles28/01/2019
Intricate coral reefs, exotic wildlife, picture perfect beaches and rustic culture awaits. If you are dreaming of an Indian Ocean tropical island getaway it doesn't get much better than the Seychelles. So with each island holding its own unique charm, take an island-hopping adventure as you prepare to fall in love with this stunning barefoot paradise...
With its warm tropical climate, temperatures in the Seychelles rarely fall below 24C making it the perfect Indian Ocean destination to visit all year-round for sun worshippers, beach lovers and nature enthusiasts. Although the islands are graced with an enviable climate there are certain points throughout the year when its best to visit to spot exotic wildlife and embrace the beautiful beaches.
Visit in October when the Northwest trade winds create calm oceans and warm tropical weather ideal for scuba diving, witnessing the bird migration or catching sight of the awe-inspiring hawksbill turtles nesting on the sandy beaches. If you feel like being more active during your holiday visit in May when the cooler weather conditions are ideal for hiking. To learn more about Seychelles weather click here.
Home to arguably some of the best beaches in the world, if we were ranking the top reasons to visit the Seychelles this would grab the number one spot! Bask on picturesque soft powdery white sands fringed by lush tropical jungle landscapes. Every 'Anse' (Creole for bay) is postcard picture worthy and offers your own little slice of paradise, but here are just three of our favourite beaches to visit in the Seychelles:
One of the most photographed beaches in the world Anse Source d'Argent, with its imposing granite boulders. This beach is the famous backdrop for the iconic Hollywood Tom Hank films 'Cast Away' and 'Crusoe'. It's reef-sheltered shallow waters make this the perfect beach on La Digue for families with young children to spot turtles and tropical fish without a snorkel!
Rated Number 15 by Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Awards 2018 for the top 25 beaches in the world - Anse Lazio stretches just half a kilometre and is very popular with both locals and tourists. Nestled between two forested boulders, you can choose to explore the small intimate coves or dive into the coral-rich waters for a snorkelling adventure.
As one of the most visited beaches on the island, Beau Vallon isn't perhaps the secluded paradise you may have been dreaming of, but this crescent-shaped coastline is the ideal place to visit to immerse yourself in Creole culture. Jam packed with restaurants and bars why not stay a while and soak up the lively atmosphere with the locals.
After you've relaxed on the beautiful beaches why not get your adrenaline pumping with some adventurous activities in the Seychelles.
Zip along the 120-metre route at Constance Ephelia. Suspended above the forest canopy experience the pristine environment and stunning landscape from a totally different perspective and in true breath-taking fashion. Or head to Beau Vallon for an unforgettable parasailing adventure. If you'd rather keep both feet firmly on the ground how does hiking through the tropical jungles and encountering wildlife sound? In the Seychelles you can do as much or as little as you please!
If you'd rather spectate than participate make sure you head to Seychelles in late August to early September for the hotly anticipated Seychelles Regatta. With live music, sports competitions, food stalls and thrilling yacht races - this is one event not to be missed! And the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down with sega dancing and bonfires taking place under the canopy of the sparkling skies.
The Seychelles is famed for its unspoilt natural beauty and exotic wildlife. Trek through the garden of the UNESCO World Heritage site - the legendary Vallee de Mai National Park on Praslin Island. This untouched dense forest is home to the native black parrot and the world's heaviest seed - the Coco de Mer palm. Here it's likely you will spot the endemic black parrot, Seychelles kestrel and tropical geckos.
Grab your snorkel and dive into the stunning horseshow shaped arc of Port Launay National Marine Park when you stay at the beautiful Constance Ephelia. Famous as the home for whale sharks, the crystal blue waters are teeming with an abundance of marine life will you spot an emperor angelfish or a Hawksbill sea turtle?
Home to some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world, take a walk on the wild side in the Seychelles and discover exotic and unique flora and fauna. Visit between October to April to catch sight of Hawksbill turtles nestling on the pristine beaches, prepare to be amazed as the hatchlings emerge at night around full moon navigating their way to the ocean by moon and star light.
A wonderful mix of influences from all over the world including France, Africa, India and China there is something in the Seychelles to suit everyone's tastes, including freshly caught seafood, locally grown fruit and fragrant curries. Why not try breadfruit chips during your visit, somewhat of a staple snack on the islands this lightly salted delicacy can be found in many local shops, whilst the Ladob banana and coconut desert is simply delicious! Or perhaps you feel like trying something adventurous during your trip - the very popular Octopus curry or a delicacy that divides many; Bat curry.
Every year the Seychelles National Day in June celebrates its anniversary of independence with sparkling firework displays and streets adorned with twinkling lights.
Before you return home make sure you visit one of the smallest capital cities in the world, Victoria on Mahe island. Where you can wander around traditional boutique shops and colourful markets admiring vibrant Creole style buildings. Meet the locals at the daily market and learn traditional recipes, its the perfect opportunity to experience true Seychellois culture. One of the largest outdoor celebrations of Creole culture the Carnaval International de Victoria is held during October, head to the capital early to witness the procession of vibrant floats and multi coloured dancing displays.
Have you fallen in love with the Seychelles? To learn more about these exquisite islands give our reservation team a call or request a quote to plan your paradise getaway.