An island off the eastern coast of Africa, Seychelles consists of a series of islands in the Indian Ocean. From the great outdoors to enjoying local food and drink, here are 12 of the reasons why visiting Seychelles should be added to a places-to-go list. Some of the Best Beaches in the World
Why we love it
The beaches in Seychelles have so much to offer. The sand is super fine and blindingly white. The water is warm and every shade of blue imaginable. The best part, even the most popular beaches are never what most people would consider crowded. Those looking to avoid crowds entirely have countless options to choose from.
Dreaming of an octopus curry, the freshest-grilled fish straight from the Indian Ocean, or the ultimate sweet-coconut nougat? Book a trip to the Seychelles. Those looking for something a little more exotic, how about trying the local delicacy, fruit bat?
From street food to fine dining, tourists will find all varieties of the best Creole food.
Good to know
British and North American passport holders will require a visa to enter. This can be purchased on arrival or prior to departure from your nearest embassy.
You should get a Yellow fever if travelling to or via a country which is listed on the CDC.
Main language is French and Creole, however they do also speak English.
Seychellois rupee & USD
4 hrs +GMT
How to get around
The main islands you will use ferries, helicopter can be used but with the winds this can be unreliable.
How to get there
How do you reach the different Seychelles islands? Almost all visitors arrive in the Seychelles by airplane, landing at Mahé International Airport. The main islands of Seychelles (Mahé, Praslin and La Digue) are connected by ferry; there is also a flight connection between Mahé and Praslin.
Is it for you?
With 115 idyllic islands all offering their own version of a tropical paradise, you may not want to do much more than relax on the sand during your trip to the Seychelles. However, it’s well worth exploring further as this beautiful archipelago offers plenty of other things to do such as island-hopping to explore remote beaches, village visits to learn about local culture or jungle walks. The islands are surrounded by vibrant coral reefs, and swimming, snorkelling and diving in the warm, clear waters are some of the most memorable experiences for any visitor, with frequent sightings of boxfish, angelfish, Moorish idols and even turtles.
When is best?
The best time to visit the Seychelles is between April and May, or October and November, as these are the calmer periods between the two trade winds which hit the island each year. The northwest trade wind blows from November to March and the southeast wind from May to September. These winds cause seaweed to build up on some beaches, so it’s important to consider when choosing your hotel locations at different times of the year.
The temperature in the Seychelles is around 30°C (86°F) all year round, with a mixture of sunshine and tropical showers, and sea breezes which disperse the humidity. However, the Seychelles’ positioning, just seven degrees south of the Equator and away from large land masses in the Indian Ocean, makes it very hard to predict the weather or rely on online forecasts.
What should I combine it with?
Ideal for a beach flop on its own. Or makes the perfect add-on to a safari either in East Africa or Southern Africa.