The Seychelles is a cluster of small islands in the Indian Ocean, just off the east coast of Africa. The archipelago is an idyllic beach destination, complete with white sand beaches, warm waters and a tropical climate. Seychelles itself comprises of 115 different islands, the majority of which are uninhabited or dedicated as nature reserves. Mahè, Praslin and La Digue are the larger of the islands and are considered the main tourist destinations. Mahè is home to the island’s capital city of Victoria. Praslin boasts the Vallèe de Mai Nature Reserve, which is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site famous for harvesting the coco der mer. La Digue is known for its glorious beaches and superb aquamarine life, specifically Grand Anse and Anse Source d’Argent.
Owing to a long history of marine conservation, the reefs are among the best in the World. Home to over 1’000 species of different marine life, the island promises spectacular scuba-diving and snorkelling. The inner islands – such as Mahè, Praslin and La Digue – offer a world of submerged boulders, cliffs and peaks. On the other hand, the outer islands – like Alphonse and Desroches – boast remote reefs suitable for the more advanced divers.
As well as a multitude of tropical fish, the Seychelles is also home to the famous Aldabra giant tortoise. These creatures can be seen in a number of national parks and animal sanctuaries, but the best area to see them is in the Aldabra Atoll. Containing the World’s largest population of over 100’000 Aldabra tortoises, the atoll is the original home of these tortoises.
Why We Love The Seychelles
The Seychelles is an ideal beach holiday destinations for a number of reasons: its constant sunshine, marvellous beaches and natural beauty. The fact that it has been relatively untouched by mass urbanization and the usual chaos of city life only adds to its great appeal. Withonly 200’000 visitors per year, the Seychelles promises a truly exclusive stay. Its quiet beaches, private islands and smaller resorts are perfect for those wanting to escape to a peaceful paradise.
Seychelles has an international airport on Mahè and Air Seychelles offers flights from a number of different cities worldwide. A return ticket from O.R. Tambo Airport in Jo’burg costs roughly R7’600 per person, which is quite cost effective for local travellers. For foreign travellers, the flights are slightly more expensive. As such, we would suggest flying into South Africa first to spend a few days along the Garden Route or at the renowned Kruger National Park to make the most out of your trip.
Accommodation and Activities
Seychelles offers a great variety of both luxury and affordable hotels and resorts. Accommodation on the islands tends to be smaller, intimate and more opulent. Private islands, such as Denis and North Island, are exclusive to their guests while sole-use beachfront villas across the Seychelles promise total privacy and seclusion.
The archipelago contains a large number of marine parks, animal sanctuaries and nature reserves across the islands. View over 300’000 birds as well as a number of nesting hawksbill turtles on Cousin Island; experience some of the best snorkelling and scuba-diving in St. Anne National Marine Park; explore 15 acres of beautiful gardens at Seychelles National Botanical Gardens. No trip to the Seychelles can be complete without spending a few days on the beaches, of which Anse Intendance and Baie Lazare are considered the most picturesque.
Coral Strand, Mahè: Coral Strand is a four-star hotel located in Beau Vallon Bay and overlooking the Indian Ocean. Featuring four standards of rooms, three restaurants, a pool bar and a range of activities, Coral Strand is the ultimate in island-style luxury. The hotel is conveniently situated just a 20 minute drive from the airport and a 10 minute drive to the village of Victoria.
Giant Tortoises, Aldabra Atoll: The atoll is home to the biggest population of giant tortoises in the World. Weighing roughly 250 kgs, the giant tortoises are endemic to the island but have since been relocated to a few other islands in the archipelago. Other animals to be seen in the atoll include hawksbill sea turtle, green sea turtle and coconut crab.
Depending on a guests’ travel time, we usually suggest a visit to all three of the main islands. Of course, all of our packages are entirely customisable, ensuring no two trips are exactly the same.
Below is an example of our favourite trip:
15 Day Three Islands Seychelles: ZAR 24 600 / EUR 1 580 / GBP 1 350
Our 15 Day Package includes 6 nights on Mahè, 4 nights on Praslin and 4 nights on La Digue Island, with a variety of luxury accommodation.
Includes: Accommodation on a B&B basis, transfers from Seychelles Airport to Coral Strand, transfers from the Praslin Jetty to Anse Kerlan, transfer from Beau Vallon Beach at Treasure Cove.
Please visit our Seychelles website to browse our tried-and-tested itineraries and our recommended accommodation, or simply contact one of our Seychelles specialist consultants for assistance with planning the perfect holiday.