Reasons to Visit
The Seychelles are world famous for their beaches and in rightly so. They really are as picture postcard beautiful as you imagine. The islands of Seychelles are fringed with perfect white sands ideal for beach lovers.
Taking a sailing trip is an excellent way to see more of the Seychelles’ beautiful island coastline. Swimming in secluded coves and exploring Robinson Crusoe-style desert islands is the stuff of daydreams.
Snorkelling and diving in the Seychelles are fantastic ways to see the diverse coral reefs and marine life. The best time to snorkel with whale sharks is in August and between October and January.
There is a wide range of accommodation on the Seychelles including deluxe five-star hotels, Creole guesthouses, boutique hotels, plantation houses and exclusive private island hideaways (these have only one exclusive lodge). Accommodation locations range from the larger islands of Praslin and Mahé to sleepy La Digue and far flung Desroches.
The coral reefs and drop-offs are host to an array of marine life from the big game fish marlin, sailfish and tuna to the colourful reef fish which teem in schools around the coral.
The Seychelles is home to well over 200 species of birds that vary from residents that stay all year around, to migrants who pass through with the seasons. Bird Island, as the name suggests, is alone home to around 800,000 pairs of sooty terns.
Lying back with a cocktail and occasionally dipping into the turquoise Indian Ocean to cool off is a wonderfully relaxing way to spend a day, or even a few!
If you visit from Oct-Jan you may be lucky enough to be joined by the Hawksbill turtles. Now critically endangered, they come ashore to dig their nests in the sand and then lay their eggs. A couple of months later (Dec-Mar)the hatchlings scuttle back into the sea during the night. The rare Green Turtle can be seen from June to September.
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Green turtles nest on the islands
Bird Island is as its name suggests fabulous for birds: around 800,000 pairs of sooty terns nest on the northern tip of the island. Activities on the island include walking, snorkelling, diving and boat trips.
La Digue is ideal for relaxation, although there are gentle activities to enjoy as well, such as snorkelling or walking. You can also take boat trips to nearby islands which are even quieter!
Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles and home to the capital, Victoria. As you would expect there are plently of white sand beaches but inland there are unexpected granite outcrops and mountains to see.
The Lemuria Resort has been beautifully designed and provides every luxury. It above a lovely set of beaches and is ideal if you want a beach holiday with all the creature comforts and more.
Situated east of Praslin, the three contrasting islands will leave you enchanted. Sister Island's main features include huge granite boulders, forests of coconut palms and naturally fabulous beaches frequented by turtles.
The Seychelles live up to even the highest expectations. After a wonderful safari, this is the place to come and relax, as soft surf drifts onto white beaches where the only footprints will be your own.
11 Days from £2,010pp
Explore La Digue and Mahe islands, staying in self-catering guesthouses rather than resort-style hotels. This is ideal for independent travellers and a cost-effective way to see the Seychelles.
12 Days from £2,355pp
Combining Praslin and La Digue this itinerary is ideal for those who want to both explore as well as relax on the beach. Hopping between the islands by local ferry and exploring by car, bicycle and even ox cart this trip gives a real flavour for life in the Seychelles.
13 Days from £2,405pp
Relax on the beautiful Seychelles islands of La Digue and Praslin.
13 hours (via Dubai)
The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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