Seychelles is the destination a painter would love to paint, a writer would create a poem about, a photographer would capture through his lens and wandering souls like us would love to explore! The beauty of its pristine white sand, sparkling clear water beaches can’t be given justice by merely mentioning in words. Here is a list of the best things that can be done on the Islands comprising this Indian Ocean beauty:
1. Surfing in Anse Lazio Beach
Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Anse Lazio Beach often turns up in the lists of the world’s most beautiful beaches. It is picture-perfect everywhere you look and has a thick section of palm and takamaka trees outlining its shores with granite boulders at each extremity. You can indulge in surfing and snorkeling in the beach. Most of the resorts on the island offer complementary non-motor water sports equipment. So, just check with your resort, pick up the surf board and get going! The waves here are not too rough but not as calm also. So, it offers a pleasant surfing spot.
Anse Lazio Beach
Address: NW tip of Praslin Island, Seychelles
2. Anse Source D'Argent Beach
Easily the post-card beach of Seychelles this is truly where heaven lies. A spectacular white sand beach with naturally sculpted granite boulders, crystal clear shallow waters; this is a dreamy destination. If you are traveling with kids, then the shallow waters here make up for an ideal destination for kids to play or swim around here and spot some fish without any snorkeling equipment as the water is so clear.
Anse Source D'Argent Beach offers you ample colors for perfect no-filter photos. So, relax with a couple of refreshments by the beach, watch the fabulous sunset and bask in the serenity of the place. To access the beach you have to purchase a day pass which is not that expensive.
Anse Source D'Argent Beach
Address: La Digue Island, Seychelles
3. L'Union Estate Coconut Plantation
Historically, the main industry on La Digue was coconut farming. This plantation was one of the key aggregators back then. Now, it has been turned into a park which houses the Old Plantation House, a boatyard, a graveyard and a few giant tortoises. You need to purchase a day pass to walk around and also access the Anse Source d'Argent beach through it.
L'Union Estate Coconut Plantation
Address: La Digue Island, Seychelles
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4. Anse Royale Beach
This serene beach is located on the south-eastern coast of the Mahe Island. It has a stretch of small rock-fringed coves along its coast. The reef here has colorful corals and lots of fish. So, this is a good place to go snorkeling. Drive up here conveniently and spend your day leisurely by the beach!
Anse Royale Beach
Address: Mahe Island, Seychelles
5. Beau Vallon Beach
Beau Vallon Beach is located on the North western coast of Mahe. It has lavish resorts in near proximity and also one of the oldest hotels in the area. Enjoy its warm wavy waters and smooth white sand.
Beau Vallon Beach
Address: Beau Vallon, Mahe Island, Seychelles
6. Snorkeling in Baie Lazare
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A secluded beach in the Baie Lazare is a great place to watch the sun set and snorkel off the shore amidst various corals, small fish and pristine waters. The water around the Kempinski resort is generally calm and good for taking a dip. Some of the corals around here can be spiky and the reef is rocky, so you can borrow reef shoes from your resort.
7. Shopping in Victoria
Victoria is the capital of Seychelles, probably also one of world’s smallest capital cities. It has a very old-worldly feel that doesn’t fail to capture you. There’s a little big ben also known as Clock Tower at a roundabout, be careful while clicking pictures as there can be plenty of traffic in the area. With beautiful hills on one side and clear blue sea on the other, a walk down its main market will be enough for you to shop around for gifts. While you may not find the biggest of brands, you will still find everything. The local speciality consists of coconut made products, spices, hand made paintings and sea shell arts.
I bought an exquisite hand-made photo album to treasure my beautiful vacation memories forever here, along with artistic souvenirs for family and a couple of hand made coconut bath products. It was worth spending a couple of hours walking around in Victoria and grabbing lunch in one of the deli’s. There’s also a Hindu temple (tempio) close to the market, so head over there to find some inner peace and tranquility (avoid peak tourist hours and go a little early).
Address: Market St, Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles
8. Sainte Anne Marine National Park
The Sainte Anne Marine National Park can be accessed via boat excursions offering day trips to one of its magnificent islands. There are also resorts on some of its islands that offer luxurious accommodations. You can indulge in scuba diving & snorkelling and explore the wide variety of coral gardens, reef sharks, seagrass meadows and colorful tropical fish in the area.
Sainte Anne Island, Seychelles
Address: The park comprises 6 islands off the coast of Mahe near Victoria: St. Anne, Long, Beacon, Round, Cerf and Moyenneb Islands
9. Cousin Island
Cousine Island & Cousin Island form a part of a secret paradise amidst the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. This pristine heaven is one destination where you will be closest to nature in one of the most private places on earth. Visit Cousin Island from Praslin and be enamored by its Aldabra giant tortoises, beautiful birds and serene coast line. There are four beach front French Colonial style villas (the maximum number of guests allowed is 10) on the island so it is a favored destination by most celebrities.
Address: Cousin Island, Accessible via Helicopter, Seychelles
Website: Cousin Island
A beachy paradise awaits!
While most of the beach destinations across the globe see herds of travelers and can get busy during peak seasons, so you might not even get space to lie down for sun bathing; Seychelles is the tiny hidden gem in the Indian Ocean away from all the madness of crowds. Even during peak season there are so many beaches around here, that you will easily find one beach with hardly any people and bask in the glory of nature. One important tip is to keep that camera handy, mobile cameras are going to run out of storage space and you wouldn’t want to miss capturing a single one of these impeccable sights.
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