Seychelles is an island paradise located off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. With 115 islands to choose from, there are a lot of things to do in Seychelles for beach and water lovers. Ben Reeve shares his picks from his time spent on the island of Praslin and day trips to other surrounding islands.
- The Three Main Islands of Seychelles are Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.
- Mahe is the largest island of Seychelles where the majority of the populations lives and is the main point of entry for tourists.
- Praslin is the second largest island in Seychelles and makes for a great base to explore with beautiful beaches and a selection of resorts and hotels. It may be a large island in size, but the relatively small population makes it the perfect island paradise.
- Islands are not too far apart in the Seychelles and tourists can get around from the Inter Island Ferry Services. Mahe to Praslin takes about 50 minutes and Praslin to La Digue is about 15 minutes.
- Island hopper flights take only 15 minutes from Mahe to Praslin.
- To get around the Islands. It is recommended to rent a car in Mahe and Praslin and you will only need a bicycle for La Digue.
1) Go Back in Time – La Digue
La Digue island is like a fly caught in amber, forever preserved for the world to see. It is an island with barely any motor vehicles, very few paved roads and some of the most unspoiled beaches in Seychelles.
Hire a bike from one of the many sellers at the harbour and make your way to the idyllic Anse Source D’Argent or Anse Coco beaches and after that pop into Veuve Nature Reserve in search of one of the rarest birds on earth – the Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher.
2) Find a Secret Waterfall – Praslin
No one seems to talk about Praslin Waterfall. It’s not mentioned in the guidebooks; a quick Google search only reveals some vague details and there’s no signage by the road. Maybe they’re trying to keep it a secret because it’s so beautiful, I’m not sure!
3) Visit Another Country
Ok so I may be stretching the truth here a little but Grand Fond (known as Zimbabwe to the locals) is still a fantastic place to view the north-east of the island.
The highest point on Praslin Island it has panoramic views over Anse Possession and Curieuse Island.Plan your vacation
4) Eat like a Local
There are numerous creole takeaways dotted around the islands and they offer an incredible double deal: great value and fantastic food!
Sample fish curries, lamb stews, savoury rices and a host of dishes that change daily for less than £4 a head!
5) Chill Out
If you’re on Seychelles there’s a very high chance that a part of your plan was relaxation! It’s almost hard not to on these chilled-out islands, the pace of life seems to change down a few gears.
The epitome of relaxation is beach time and Praslin Island certainly doesn’t disappoint. Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette are favourites with the guidebooks but our top pick was Anse Volbert.
Its size means you can carve out your own space without feeling crowded and the bay is filled with shallow clear waters for splashing around when lying in the sun gets too much for you!