Day by Day
- Outbound Flight
- Train Journey
- Return Flight
Day 1London - Abu Dhabi
You will leave the UK today on your overnight flight to Mahe with a short stop in Abu Dhabi.
On landing in Mahe you will be met by an Audley representative who will welcome you to these beautiful islands and show you to the domestic terminal for your light aircraft flight over to Praslin. This flight is only about 15 minutes and you can enjoy the beautiful views over the islands as you go. You will then be taken the 10 minute drive to the port by private vehicle and driver for your 20 minute ferry crossing over to La Digue. You will be met on arrival and then taken to your hotel, just 10 minutes from the port, where you can relax after your journey and enjoy this stunning island.
Today I'd suggest walking down to the main street where you can hire a bicycle for a couple of days or for the duration of your stay. This is the best way to get around the island and gives you complete independence to go where you want, and when. They come with baskets in the front so you can pack a picnic, and snorkel masks and fins, and just head to a secluded beach!
Anse Source D'Argent is one of the most photographed beaches in the Seychelles and I would recommend a visit here at least once during your stay. The beach is just beautiful, with enormous granite boulders on the headlands at each side of the bay, and some superb snorkelling straight off the beach. It is a popular spot, so I would suggest either getting here early or in the late afternoon when it's less busy.
Today you have another day on La Digue to relax or enjoy exploring the beaches. The old colonial house at Union is worth a visit - there are giant tortoises here, and traditional boat building and wood carving which take place, which is fascinating to watch.
Today you will be taken back to the jetty for the ferry ride over to Praslin. Here you'll be met and driven by private vehicle and driver to L'Archipel where you will spend the next week enjoying the activities and beaches Praslin has to offer.
A day to spend doing as much or as little as you wish. If you want to explore Praslin independently, you can hire a car for the day, which is a really fun way to get out and about. If you do this, I'd recommend a visit to Anse Lazio beach which is one of the prettiest beaches in the Seychelles and if you get there in the morning before the crowds you can enjoy it all to yourselves!
You will no doubt wish just to relax some days. L'Archipel is well suited to this with an excellent beach, shady pool and very attentive staff.
One option for seeing more of the island is to arrange a visit to the Vallée de Mai World heritage site which is a 19.5 ha area of palm forest which remains largely unchanged since prehistoric times . Here a guide will show you some of the plants which are endemic to the Seychelles such as the Coco de mer, and if you're lucky you may even spot the very rare black parrot.
If you feel like getting out and about and doing some exercise today you could head out on the Glacis Noir walking trail. This is a clearly marked trail that leads to a fire tower built on a hilltop overlooking the East coast of Praslin, with great views of La Digue and surrounding smaller islands.
A visit to Aride Island is a lovely daytrip and something I think you will really enjoy. It is a breeding colony for more than 1 million seabirds including the lesser noddy, tropical shearwater and roseate tern amongst others. The island is also home to the greater and lesser frigate birds, and is one of the best places in the Seychelles to get a good view of these beautiful birds.
You will have some more time at leisure this morning before being picked up and taken to the airport for your short flight over to Mahe where you can check in for your flights back to the UK via a short stop in Abu Dhabi.