I’m a dreamer by nature and a traveler at heart. And as long as I can remember I always had the dream of one day visiting the Seychelles. Somehow this Indian Ocean island group of 115 islands and smallest country of Africa(by population) has always appealed to me, especially after many photos I had seen on the internet along with some travel documentaries.
Not only did I dream of one day visiting this tropical paradise, but I’ve always wanted to get married there. And in March 2014, this dream came true (well, not the marrying part…): I booked myself a one week trip of which 3 days in Abu Dhabi and 4 days in the Seychelles, and I have to say that these 4 days were probably one of the best trips I’ve made so far!
When most people think of a tropical paradise island like the Seychelles, they think of endless white-sand beaches, coconut palm trees and turquoise waters. All of that is true, but after my trip to the island I can honestly say that the Seychelles exceeded my expectations!
So with that said, here are 5 highlights of my trip to the Seychelles.
Mahé, the largest and most populated island of the Seychelles(besides Praslin and La Digue) was the starting point of my trip. Mahé island has actually a lot to offer, which I didn’t expect: Anything from your standard beach activities to mountain hiking. I don’t think you would get bored if you decide to spend your holiday just on Mahé alone.
That aside, I spend my time exploring Mahé by foot and by car(since I traveled by myself I didn’t want to rent a car, so I had a private driver ): I explored the beaches, visited the Seychelles National Botanical garden, shopped at local markets like Sir Selwyn Clarke Market(a small open market in Victoria-capital of Seychelles), visited the only Hindu Temple in Seychelles and did some hiking.
Watching over the Indian Ocean – Anse Etoile – Mahe, Seychelles
Island Hopping: Praslin
What I love about Seychelles is the variety of islands(note: Seychelles has 115 islands, but not all are inhabited) and every one of them is unique in its own way. The best way to explore Seychelles is by island hopping on a high-speed ferry(which I did).
Another island I visited besides Mahé and La Digue was Praslin, which is not only one of the 3 major islands of Seychelles, but it’s so special that it has a forest full of unique palm trees that can’t be found anywhere else on earth, except there. This unique palm tree is called “Coco de Mer”( Sea coconut) and can grow up to 34metres, plus the nuts can take like 7 years to grow. This nature park/palm forest is called Vallée de Mai, which is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site to preserve these unique and tall palm trees.
Praslin has in my opinion the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen in my life. This beach is called “Anse Lazio” and it’s just picture perfect(although my photo below doesn’t do it any justice, because it’s more beautiful in reality)…It’s like “heaven on earth”.
Speaking of “Heaven on earth”… Praslin is to believed the biblical garden of Eden where Adam and Eve used to live, not only because of the unique palm trees, but Seychelles in general is made of granite rocks that you can’t find anywhere else. Having seen the island myself, I almost want to believe it, because in my eyes all of Seychelles looks like paradise.
Island Hopping : La Digue
When I arrived in La Digue, I felt like I went back in time. This island is so unique that the only form of transportation is by bike or an oxcart. What’s also unique about La Digue is how the island has preserved its culture and history, which can be seen in many things like : the vanilla and coconut plantations, an old plantation house (L’Union Estate), an old cemetery(created by the first settlers of the Seychelles) and just the overall tranquility of the island(which I really loved!).
And when it comes to beaches, La Digue has got the most famous and most photographed beach in the world, called “Anse Source D’Argent, with its gigantic granite rocks!
Relax on Beautiful Beaches and Drink Fresh Coconut Water under a Palm Tree
The Seychelles are surrounded by the beautiful turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean so you can imagine the beauty of the island’s beaches! My time in Seychelles was far too short to explore all the beaches obviously, but the ones I got to visit were just beyond beautiful. The beaches I visited were: Anse Lazio, Anse Source D’Argent, Beau Vallon and North East Point and Anse Etoile.
I love how you can get fresh coconut , just right in front of the beach surrounded by beautiful palm trees.
Seychelles Flora and Fauna
Besides the beautiful beaches, the Seychelles islands are also full of unique, exotic animals(especially wildlife-birds) and beautiful plants. Not only can you spot Seychelles’ flora and fauna in nature parks like Vallée de Mai and the Seychelles National Botanical Garden, but also all around the islands(while hiking the mountains) and in the ocean(snorkeling, scuba diving). The animals that really stood out for me the most were the gigantic turtles, which I spotted on all 3 major islands.
Although the Seychelles islands are known as a luxury destination, I truly believe that the beauty of the Seychelles lies in its nature, people, culture and beautiful beaches which you cannot put a price tag on. I hope to visit the Seychelles soon again, stay a little longer and explore more of its beauty. All I can say for now is that my visit to Seychelles has left me with so many wonderful memories, which I will never forget: A dream come true!
Have you been to the Seychelles? Let me know ! xo, Jey.