The Seychelles Islands are surrounded by coral reefs and white sand beaches. Pure paradise and a perfect location to unwind.
It’s hard to imagine how beautiful this setting is. Mahe is without question one of the most beautiful and spectacular places. The largest of the Seychelle Islands, this long, narrow, unevenly shaped island measures roughly 16 by 8 miles, very lush and mountainous with a striking coastline of large granite boulders punctuated with picture-perfect, palm-fringed beaches of fine white sand. The island's highest point, Morne Seychellois, soars to almost 3,000 ft above sea level, its top often shrouded by light cloud.
Praslin is the second largest of the Seychelles, but by any standards is still small at 7.5 by 3 miles. It is as close as you’ll come to an idyllic, unspoilt tropical paradise with exquisite, sandy, palm-fringed beaches, coral reefs and clear waters of changing shades of blue. Praslin is not as mountainous as Mahe, but has similar granite outcrops, red earth and lush tropical vegetation. There is a thick, unique palm forest in the centre of the island called the Vallee de Mai National Park. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretching over 150 acres. The park is home to the rare black parrot, as well as vanilla orchids and the renowned coco-de-mer palm.
Within a stone's throw is the postcard perfect La Digue is the smallest of the three main inhabited islands, with turquoise waters, diamond-white beaches, emerald green hills and a relaxed island vibe thanks to its lack of surfaced roads and motorised transport - the perfect Robinson Crusoe experience.
Island hopping is a great way of seeing the pristine miniature worlds of the Seychelles' outer islands, often untouched habitats for many species of wildlife and unparalleled opportunities for sailing, fishing and diving in places where few have gone before. The most northerly island in the Seychelles is Bird Island, a wonderful slice of paradise that is home to populations of tropical birds and an extraordinarily rich marine life, including Hawksbill and Green turtles, dolphins and even the occasional whale - perfect for nature lovers and for a few nights stay. 45km from Bird Island you will find Denis Island. Arriving by light aircraft onto its own grass airstrip, this exclusive private island is a stunning retreat featuring 5 Star lodges, gourmet cuisine and excellent facilities, ideal for a blissful romantic escape.
With its warm tropical climate and temperatures rarely falling below 24C or rising above 32C, you can visit the Seychelles all year-round. However, there are certain points throughout the year when conditions are best for spotting wildlife or avoiding high rain seasons.
What are conditions like through the year?
- November - February – Although high winds and thunderstorms are rare, heavier rain tends to fall mid-December to mid-January, with heavier showers extending from November to February
The Trade Winds:
- March- October – The Northwest trade winds create calm oceans and warm tropical weather. October is a great time of year for scuba diving, witnessing the bird migration and catching sight of whale sharks and hawksbill turtles nesting.
- September- May – The Southeast trade winds create choppy seas and drier and cooler weather conditions. But this is a great time to visit to spot nesting of Sooty Terns and enjoy hiking trails.
Although tropical islands, the Seychelles does not have many medical issues to worry you. Travelling from the UK there are no compulsory inoculations if you have not travelled to any high-risk countries in the past months. Will all our destinations we ask you to check with your local surgery or with the World Health Organisation for the latest requirements.
For details of entry requirement for the Seychelles we recommend that you check on the official GOV.UK website.
Some ideas of things for you to do whilst you are here – we have lots more tips and hidden treasures to share with you!
- Island hop in the Seychelles, to some of the world’s most beautiful locations – bird Island is a must!
- Visit the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island of Praslin, said to be the original Garden of Eden!
- The Seychelles is the only place in the world you can find wild giant tortoises outside of the Galapagos – a trip to Curieuse Island will get you up close and personal with them.
- Order lunch at the Bonbon Plume on Anse Lazio beach and go for a swim whilst you wait for it to be cooked!