Top 10 tourist destinations in Seychelles
Seychelles is a cluster of Islands or sovereign state in Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar. Seychelles consists of around 115 Islands out of which only a group of 42 islands is used for living by its entire population (Around 98%) and rest are uninhabited. It’s an amazing destination for tourists with its coral islands,coral sand cays, jungles, coral reefs.
Here is a list of places you must include while planning a trip to Seychelles.
1. Mahe Island
Mahe Island is the popular most part of Seychelles being home to the capital, Victoria. This spot is popular amongst tourists for its azure beaches, dense rainforests, amazing food and drink. It has a lot to offer in addition to the natural mesmerizing beauty.
Special attractions: Morne Seychelles National Park, Mission Lodge, French Cultural Centre, Bel Air Cemetery.
2. Praslin Island
Praslin Island is another popular island of Seychelles and is one of the two rare island where coco de mar palm tree grows. Palm fruit,national symbol of Seychelles is found in Praslin market in abundance and is famous with tourists. Praslin Island is best if you want to watch varied birds of endangered species, plants. Anse Lazio is assumed to be the best beach on this island for adventure seekers as they will have to climb through the hill to enjoy a scenic beauty like this. Crystal clear water, white sands fringed with large granite rocks, Takamaka trees, Pine trees by the shore and food. What else do one need?
Specialattractions: The Vallee de Mai Park, AnseLazio Beach, Casino des Iles, Cote d’Or beach, George Camille Art Gallery, GrandAnse Beach, Praslin Museum, Vallée de Mai.
3. Silhouette Island
Silhouette Island is known for its rich bio diversity and has a park that preserves around 2000 species that includes birds, geckos,chameleons, turtles, and skinks. Apart from Mahe, Silhouette Island also contains dense forest and you can observe variety of plants, flora fauna like carnivorous pitcher plants, coco de mer palms, millipedes, slugs, and snails.
Special attractions: Swimming, Snorkeling,Cave exploring.
4. La Digue Island
La Degue Island is the fourth largest Island in Seychelles archipelago and is meant for those who want to live truly authentic beach lifestyle. Ox cart, bicycles are the preferred mode of transport. Granite boulders enhance the beaches and makes it perfect spot for photographers.
Specialattractions: Anse Source D'Argent, Veuve Nature Reserve, La Pass to Grand Anse Trail, Grand Anse beach.
5. Curieuse Island
Curieuse Island is the only other island that grows coco de mar palm tree apart from Praslin Island. The island is home to giant tortoises where they roam freely and feed themselves. You can reach Curieuse Island from Praslin through boat tours.
6. Cousin Island
Cousin Island lies 2Km afar of Praslin island and is home to many endangered and exotic Seychelles species. You can hit the trail to watch those exotic creatures like inter alia, Seychelles brush warbler, hawksbill turtle, magpie robin, turtledove, and wedge-tailed shearwater.
7. Morne Seychellois National Park
20% area of Mahe is covered by Morne Seychellois which is the highest point of this park. Morne Seychellois is 905 metres above sea level. Hikers travel through the park. It’s popular amongst adventure seekers.
8. Bird Island
Bird Island, earlier called Îles aux Vaches has dugongs (sea cows) and around 1,500,000 birds during the May to October breeding season. Photographers and bird lovers visit the place to watch different species of birds. You can see fairy and noddy terns, cardinals, ground doves, mynas, crested terns, and plovers in this bird Island.
9. Aldabra Atoll
Aldabra Atoll, UNESCO world heritage, is world’s largest coral atoll. Tourists get thechance to watch many animals and bird species on the island. You can spot tiger sharks, manta rays, white-throated Aldabra rail, dimorphic egrets, Aldabra sacred ibis, Malagasy kestrel, and giant land tortoises in Aldabra Atoll.
10. Victoria, Mahé
This port was named so after the coronation of Queen Victoria in her honour. And since then this is the capital of republic of Seychelles. Seychelles National Botanical garden, clock tower, Natural History Museum, Selwyn Clarke Market are a few historical places that you must visit in Victoria, Mahe.