Seychelles is one of the most acclaimed world destinations which has gotten a lot of attention in the last years, ever since Prince Williams and his wife, Kate Middleton, visited the archipelago for their honeymoon. Tropical white beaches, lush vegetation, and constant high temperatures make the Seychelles a dream place for any newly wed couple. I couldn't resist the temptation and I too embarked on a journey to the Indian Ocean, where I found one of the most astounding places I've ever had the chance to visit. But what can you do in the Seychelles besides enjoying the exotic, unique surroundings? Here are 17 things you can do in the Seychelles in order to make the most of your stay and have an unforgettable experience.
Lounge on the beach
This may come as no surprise, but lounging on the beach is the number one sport in the Seychelles. It's hard to resist the fine, white sand and the crystal clear water which make the beaches in the Seychelles the most beautiful in the world. Lounging on the beach was by far my favorite part of my Seychelles stay. You will find many palm tree lined beaches, so you can even withdraw in the shadow for an hour or two and have an afternoon nap. Pure relaxation.
Swim in the Indian Ocean
The ocean temperatures in the Seychelles were above 25C which made these waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There is a lot of marine life in the Indian Ocean and you can enjoy swimming with colourful fish and even sting rays. The water is relatively shallow, but be careful as there are parts with strong currents. I've been to many beach destinations, but none compared to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
With such diversity of marine life, I couldn't miss the chance to dive and see the coral reef whilst in the Seychelles. It was my first ever dive and although it was a little weird at first, I managed to let go and really enjoy being able to breathe under water (it's amazing!!). Looking back, it was one of the best experiences ever. It was beautiful to finally see the coral reef in real life, in its natural habitat.
Visit all beaches
You know the Seychelles has the best beaches in the world? There is no reason why you shouldn't explore the islands and see each and every single one of them. I'm sure you will like some beaches more than others and the best way to find your favorite is by exploring and checking them all out. Drive around in the Seychelles and enjoy a road trip around the islands.
Hike in the Seychelles
The Seychelles are not just flat islands with beaches all around, but they have National Parks full of lush vegetation and impressive peaks which offer some of the most astounding aerial views. For the best hiking opportunities, head over to Mahé which has various trails, one better than the other. For chillout walks, La Digue is the best place and for checking out an enclosed UNESCO Heritage site, then Praslin is the winner.
Enjoy an amazing sunset
The most beautiful sunset I've ever seen was on the island of Mahé, on Petite Anse. It was simply divine because I got to enjoy the sun going down whilst still swimming in the Ocean. Yup, that's correct, the water temperature stays the same even during night time, which makes the Seychelles a prime place for adventure lovers who love the idea of swimming under a starry sky. It's hard not to love that.
Have a romantic walk
The Seychelles is a honeymoon destination and there is no better place to have a romantic hand in hand walk by the beach. Enjoy a spectacular sunset, have a sweet walk and allow yourself to just be. In the Seychelles, romance prevails.
Visit L'Union estate
Whilst on La Digue I loved exploring the L'Union Estate because it looked a bit like Jurassic Park. Throughout the walk, I enjoyed spectacular views of lush palms and massive granite boulders. The entry fee is 10 euro per person but I also got access to the famed Anse Source d'Argent. This is a great place to check out vanilla plantations.
Take pictures with tortoises
Sometimes you can just see a random tortoise walking around in La Digue. This was definitely one of the highlights for me whilst on this small island, as I love tortoises. It was amazing to just explore the island and come across one of these beauties once in a while. You can also see them in L'Union estate.
There is no visit to Mahé without a short walk around the capital city, Victoria. Did you know Victoria is the smallest capital city in the world? How cute! I love immersing myself in the local culture, hence visiting Victoria was an absolute must. I would recommend checking out the markets, entering a supermarket and just walk around from shop to shop. It's definitely an interesting experience.
Do island hopping
From Mahé, through Praslin, to La Digue, the Seychelles is an archipelago of over 100 islands. During my Seychelles stay, I couldn't resist visiting various islands, each offering a different beautiful scenary, incredible flora or fauna which worth the ferry travels.
Visit Valle de Mai
The Valle de Mai is home to the Coco de Mer, an interesting large nut in the shape of female genitalia. One single nut can weight 10+ kilos. Valle de Mai is a UNESCO heritage site located on the island of Praslin. It costs close to 25 Euro per person to visit Vallee de Mai, but if you are a nature lover, then you will absolutely love walking around this place. I loved the coconut trees, the spectacular views, and the interesting mangroves.
Rent a bike
I probably wouldn't recommend renting a bike on any other island but La Digue. Here, there are no cars really, just lots of locals and tourists alike pedaling about. I decided to walk most of the time and honestly, sometimes was a bit difficult to go back to the hotel after a long stroll in the hot sunshine. Bikes are definitely a brilliant idea on La Digue.
Have cocktails on the beach
There is no exotic holiday without sipping cocktails on the beach. If alcohol is not your thing, I've got great news: there are locals selling fresh coconuts which you can enjoy whilst lounging on the beach. They tend to cost about 50 Seychelles rupees (£3) and they are a much better hydration option than that Mojito full of rum.
Read a good book
Can you imagine a better way to spend an afternoon than by reading a great book in the shade of a coconut tree? Listen to the sound of the waves, fall in love with the view, then get lost in your story. I wish I could read on the beach all day, every day.
Do photo sessions
Let me reiterate this again: the Seychelles is a ridiculously beautiful beach destination and you won't resist taking the camera out every 5 seconds to snap everything around you. Snap pictures of yourself running around on the beach, or better yet, have some nice couple photo sessions. Who needs a photographer when you can put the camera on self-timer, on a tripod?
Enjoy an amazing dinner in a 5 star hotel
I'm not advocating for spending lots of money in the Seychelles but let's face it, you are here to spoil yourself a little, hence you should have that crazy beautiful dinner in a 5 star hotel. The prices will blow you away, but so will the quality of the food. In the Four Season on Mahé you can even enjoy fresh seafood whilst overlooking the ocean and the starry skies. Yup, it's all worth it.
How would you like to enjoy your stay in the Seychelles? Would you chill on the beach or explore the islands as much as possible? Let me know by leaving a comment bellow.