The Seychelles plays at many a romance seeker’s heart strings with its promise of splendid natural sights, nestling along a romantic island backdrop. The main islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue with their arsenal of luxurious resorts attract travellers from far and wide. The weather remains conducive to tourist activity all year around and easy connectivity of this idyllic island to major international destinations, including the UK, further builds a case in favour of taking a trip to this paradisiacal island. Need more reasons to plan your trip to the Seychelles? We give you five:
A huge chunk of the Seychelles’ worldwide claim to fame is owed to its mesmerising beaches; some of the world’s most loved and photographed beaches. The island’s awe-inspiring collection has a beach to match every interest – romance, adventure, beachcombing or wellness. Having featured in several Hollywood movies, Anse Source D’Argent is the star attraction. The beach remains a favourite with families as it is quite easy to spot fish and turtles in the shallow waters of the beach. For a lush tropical backdrop, Anse Intendance is your best bet whereas if you are on a romantic trip, you will appreciate the seclusion of the Honeymoon Beach. Anse Georgette, Anse Louis and Petite Anse are other popular beaches.
The Seychelles offers wildlife lovers a great opportunity to meet with rare birds and animals, some of which are native only to the islands. You can visit the world’s smallest frog -only 11mm long- on the Morne Seychellois hiking trail as well as meet the world’s largest tortoise at North Island, Cousin Island and Curieuse Island. Besides, the Seychelles are nesting grounds for both Green and Hawksbill turtles and also boasts a great diversity of bird life. The Seychelles Black parrot, the Seychelles magpie robin and Seychelles warbler are some of the rarest birds found here.
Beyond astounding beaches, the Seychelles is home to equally splendid hiking trails that reveal mind-blowing natural landscapes. Explore the giant granite boulders on an easy trek on the Anse Major trail in Mahé or cover the distance between two of the most stunning beaches to the north of the island on the Anse Georgette trail on Praslin. The hike is suitable for both beginner and intermediate trekkers. Some of the other popular hikes include Mare Aux Cochons, Morne Blanc Trail, Salazie-Pasquière Trail, Glacis Noire Trail and Glacis La Réserve Trail.
Rewarding Diving Opportunities
Between Mahé, La Digue and Praslin, the Seychelles hides several excellent diving spots. These range from stunning coral gardens to dramatic ship wrecks housing beautiful underwater wildlife. The Twin Barges, The Dredger and the Aldebaran hide sunken ships whereas L’ilot, Baie Ternay Marine Park, Chuckles Rocks and White Bank are excellent spots for reaching to granite rocks, colourful fish and diverse corals. The first time divers can pick St Pierre where it is possible to swim with turtles and reef sharks at just 10 metres of depth. Aldabra, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, must be visited for an encounter with the endemic green turtle and Hawksbill.