Home to 115 islands, the beauty of Seychelles makes it hard to believe it’s an actual destination in the world.
The islands are split into the Inner Islands and the Outer Islands, and thanks to their ideal location it makes them an ideal year-round destination with temperatures rarely dropping below 24 degrees.
Whether you’re dreaming of this tropical paradise or planning your trip here, we’ve got some handy tips and top things to do!
When is the best time to visit?
As they are blessed with perfect year-round weather, any time of the year is a great time to visit. However different times of the year may be better suited depending on what you’re looking to do while you’re there.
There are two opposing trade winds that tend to dictate the weather pattern. From October to March you’re looking at average wind speeds of 8 to 12 knots, whereas from May to September it reaches 10 to 20 knots which makes it ideal conditions for sailing.
An ideal time would be April and October for fairly wind-free conditions, as well water temperatures around 29 degrees means it’s the perfect time to get out swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Follow in the footsteps of Pirates and head to Anse Forbans Beach, where swimming here is ideal in the most part, just avoid the southern part that leads to Anse Marie Louise. Marie Laure beach is perfect for those seeking a quieter day, it provides a more tranquil, island-style atmosphere that sets it apart.
If you’re looking for some great snorkelling, Anse Soleil is the place to be. It provides a wide stretch of sandy beach surrounded by shady trees. It is quite literally, off the beaten track, but it is well worth it. You’ll also find a small beach cafe serving up excellent seafood.
Flora & Fauna
Nowhere else on Earth will you find such unique endemic species such as the incredible Coco-de-mer, the largest seed in the world, and the jellyfish tree, with only 8 surviving examples.
Seychelles is also home to 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Aldabra, the world’s largest coral atoll and Praslin’sVallée de Mai, once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden.
You’ll find the islands are a living museum of history and a sanctuary for some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth. Almost 50% of its landmass is set aside as reserves and national parks.
Things to do
It’s easy to think that Seychelles is only ideal for relaxation and lazy days, but you’ll be surprised to know it certainly packs a punch with how to spend your days.
From guided island tours with your own well-equipped car and tour guides, that allow you to explore its history and heritage along with stunning beaches, to custom boat charters with excursions to the island around Praslin. You’ll get a chance to sightsee via snorkelling, island hopping fishing and a chance to swim.
To turn up the tempo, head to Oxygen Night Club when the sun goes down and a whole new world comes alive. For a more low-key affair, The Boardwalk Bar & Grill offers scenic views of the ocean and yachts, perfect to sit back and relax with a cold beer.
If you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, SMAC Adventures offers up zip-lining and rock climbing, allowing you to gain perspective from a new height.
Where to stay
You’re spoilt for choice here, from bed and breakfast guesthouses to self-catering accommodation and island resorts, you’ll find something to suit every requirement.
Constance Epehelia is located on one of the most pristine beaches on the island of Mahe, overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay. It prides itself on a unique spot set within 120 hectares of land with lush and rare tropical vegetation. Considered a large hotel on the island, this 5* resort dishes up 5 restaurants and bars, each with its own concept and design. Take a break in their U Spa by Constance, and surrender to the pleasures on offer.
Coco de Mer Hotel, named after the unique Coco de Mer Palm tree delivers beauty, peace, tranquillity and quality surrounded by nature. This modern 4*star hotel lies in over 200 acres of natural beauty on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Spacious grounds, comfortable rooms, private location and a friendly atmosphere offering spectacular views of the surrounding islands, forested mountainsides and glorious sunsets.