Isolated resort complex with the ocean view on Praslin island, Seychelles

Things to do in  Seychelles

Endless islands, endless exploration

Known for paradisiacal white beaches and tropical island charm, the Seychelles are the destination for exploration and relaxation. This Indian Ocean archipelago is composed of 115 islands—you’ll never run out of things to do, from snorkeling its shallow reefs, to wandering through the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, to lounging under a palm tree. The country has become a byword for luxurious travel, but a growing number of guesthouses and B&Bs has put the warm welcome offered by the Seychelles into the reach of more visitors.

Top 2 attractions in Seychelles

Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden

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High in the hills above Anse Royal, visitors enjoy the sights and smells of the Seychelles in the fragrant gardens of Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden. Wander the aromatic grounds filled with herbs, spices, and medicinal plants and marvel over endemic giant tortoises, before visiting the small planter’s house museum to learn more.More

Baie Ternay Marine National Park

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A hub for snorkelers and scuba divers, Baie Ternay Marine National Park is small at 198 acres (80 hectares) but mighty in ecosystems with wetlands, seagrass, mud flats, rocky shores, and coral reefs. Here crystal-clear water and white sands play against the dramatic backdrop of Morne Seychellois mountain—the island's highest peak.More

Top activities in Seychelles

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Seychelles Big Game Fishing

Seychelles Big Game Fishing

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Mahe Island tour

Mahe Island tour

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$130.77
Private Nature Trail (Hiking) (1-2 persons)

Private Nature Trail (Hiking) (1-2 persons)

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Half-Day Mahe private Tour

Half-Day Mahe private Tour

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Mahe half day tour

Mahe half day tour

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$85.00

All about Seychelles

When to visit

The Seychelles—located off of Madagascar—are subject to the winds and storms of the Indian Ocean. Between April–May and October–November, these seasonal trade winds die down. This makes for hotter weather, and it also increases visibility below the water if you’re hoping to dive and snorkel. Avoid visiting in the monsoon months of December to February, and base your trip around the activities you want to prioritize.

Getting around

Most visitors stay on the main island of Mahé, home to 90 percent of the Seychelles' population. It’s an easy island to get around—the capital city of Victoria is condensed and walkable, and the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation runs buses on Mahé and Praslin island. Otherwise, taxis are available (though pricey), and many resorts offer inclusive shuttle services for guests. Renting a car for a day is an option to see the island on your own.

Traveler tips

For the smells and tastes of the Seychelles, make a visit to the Victoria Market, (officially the Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market), which runs daily. Here, you’ll find tables piled high with locally grown spices—packets of cloves, nutmeg encased in brilliant red mace, and bottles of vanilla whose extract perfumes the air. You’ll also find plenty of fresh seafood, which adds a different sort of scent to things.

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People Also Ask

What activities are done in the Seychelles?

Things to do in the Seychelles include snorkeling, windsurfing, hiking, and boating. Visitors come to the islands known for its tropical beauty to spend time outdoors and enjoy the warmth of the Indian Ocean. Most of the islands are uninhabited and protected as national parks, offering nature-lovers plenty of destinations.

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What are the Seychelles popular for?

The Seychelles are popular for their sunny, warm weather and tropical setting. A favorite destination for romantic getaways, the country is filled with couples celebrating their honeymoons, anniversaries, and elopements. It's a place to relax and recreate on the water.

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How many days do I need in the Seychelles?

Due to the remote location of the Seychelles, at least five days in the country are recommended so you can recover from the long travel time. A week or so also gives you the opportunity to explore beyond the main island of Mahé and see more of the country.

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Are the Seychelles better than the Maldives?

It depends on what you're looking for—in the Seychelles, fewer islands are inhabited, and many of the main tourist destinations are centrally located on Mahé. The Maldives is composed of a mix of resort islands and locally inhabited atolls—the main island of Malé is densely populated with little nature.

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Are the Seychelles very expensive?

The Seychelles is more expensive than other Indian Ocean countries. To save money, opt for a guest house over a resort, and eat where the locals do, rather than at pricey tourist-targeted restaurants. Fresh fruit and seafood is affordable, so staying somewhere with a kitchen can save money for excursions.

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Do they speak English in the Seychelles?

English is one of the three national languages of Seychelles, along with Seychellois Creole and French. English is widely spoken in this former British colony. About 60 percent of the population speaks English, compared to 30 percent who speak French. Seychellois Creole, a French-based Creole, is the most common language.

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