When you think of the Seychelles Islands, perhaps your mind drifts to the heat-beating sun, luscious white sands and aquamarine waves kissing the beach. And you’d be right; this ethereal spot is something like near-paradise. But there’s so much more that meets the eye; with sublime diving spots, incredible walking trails and numerous art galleries, the Seychelles could be your next favourite destination.
Local-born artist Donald Adelaide has used the seaview and coastlines as inspiration for his paintings for over two decades. Based on Mahe Island, the Adelaide Studio provides visitors with the opportunity to buy his original watercolour and print paintings, which makes for a perfect souvenir to remember your trip by.
Aride Island Nature Reserve is one of the world’s most significant of its kind, and makes up a lush island in the northern-most point of the Seychelles. Ten different species of seabirds call it home (all one million of them), as well as various endemic birds such as Magpie Robins, Fodies and Blue Pigeon. And that’s just on land; there are also turtle beaches and a thriving marine life waiting to be discovered. The Reserve makes for one of the most secluded things to do in Seychelles, as only reserve-approved vessels are allowed to moor on the Island.
Wondering what to do in the Seychelles that gets you away from Mahe Island? Head to Silhouette Island, to the northwest of Mahe. Amid the coconut trees and serene vegetation stands the 19th century-built Dauban Mausoleum, its neoclassical architectural style a striking sight against its location. The once-prominent Dauban Family are buried here, but today it is more frequented by the tortoises nosing around the quiet area.
While not all of the granite boulders in the Seychelles are necessarily must-sees, there is one on La Digue island that truly is. Yes, really; this natural wonder even bears National Monument status. The monolith formed roughly 750 million years ago, and its formation is something even researchers struggle to understand. It’s believed that the boulder was pushed up and out from the earth, and its long exposure sculpted its shape; today, it forms part of the L’Union Estate on the west coast of the island.
Anse Takamaka is one of Mahe island’s most serene beaches; its combination of mountain landscapes, crystal-clear waters and swathes of sand makes it an idyllic place to chill out and soak up the rays. That said, if you are looking to pump up the action, it’s equally a brilliant spot for swimming, snorkelling and paddleboarding. If you’re browsing Seychelle holiday packages, this is a beautiful area to base yourself.
Perhaps it goes without saying that Seychelles offers some of the best beaches in the world; and with that, sprawling across the award-winning Anse Victorin beach is one of the best things to do in the Seychelles. With its white powder-like sands, lush vegetation and lumpy granite boulders, the view stretches out to the glittering sea ahead of you. Thanks to its location, it’s another fab spot for swimming and snorkelling.
Not only does the Seychelles boast beautiful beaches, but its waters are just as mesmerizing. ‘Submarine’ tours are available across Mahe Island; explore underwater reefs from the above-water viewing platform, so you get to stay nice and dry. Life jackets are provided and it’s suitable for children, so it’s fun for all the family!
Not sure where to start – or end – in the Seychelles? It can feel like there’s almost too much choice of places to explore; so a guided visit around certain areas of the islands can be a good shout. Expert guides will tell you all you want to know about the beaches, endemic plants and historical sites; even if you have a particular route in mind you'd like to take, there’s no doubt that you’ll learn something new about this fascinating archipelago of islands.