Everyone is always looking for that perfect island getaway and most travelers are seeking a destination that offers sun and fun, excellent food and nightlife options, and opportunities for some self-care and pampering. If these are things that motivate your travel decisions, then look no further than the Seychelles.
If you are willing to go a little further, then consider adding Seychelles to your travel bucket list. Here are three reasons why you should.
Home to the Most Beautiful Beaches in the World
The Seychelles are known for many things, and among them are its beaches. Over 100 islands comprise the East African archipelago, most of which are uninhabited and boast some of the most beautiful ocean habitats and beaches in the world. From crystalline waters, even at depth, to impressive waves for surfing, scuba, and snorkel enthusiasts, and white sand beaches.
The beaches of the three largest inhabited islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are legendary. It is worth making time to visit Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue for the powdery sand, soothing water temperature, shallow waters, and coral reefs. Anse Lazio on Praslin is the island’s most famous beach, known for its incredible and picturesque scenery, plenty of palm trees provide shade and yummy drinks. If you’re looking for more exclusivity, Anse Intendance is a well-known “wild” beach in the southern end of Mahé. Framed by granite boulders on the edges and white sand in between, this beach is one of the most beautiful in all the Seychelles, perfect for photography and sunbathing.
Delectable seafood and island cuisine
With many five-star resorts to choose from, the options for fine dining are endless. When on an island, why not opt for seafood or the fresh daily catch. For top-of-the-line local cuisine, book a reservation at Marie Antoinette in Victoria, the capital of Mahé. The restaurant offers the best of Seychellois creole food, a fusion of African, Asian, and French cuisine. For the foodies, there is no shortage of international cuisines available including Italian, French, Thai, fusion, and much more. And in our opinion, the best and widest variety of food options are found on Mahé.
Nature and Wildlife Tours and Art Classes
Nature and wildlife in Seychelles are abundant and the islands are home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. From private or glass-bottom boat tours it is very easy to reach some of the outer islands and islands used as a nature preserve like Curieuse. Located near the northern end of Praslin, Curieuse is home to the Curieuse Marine National Park, a beautiful tropical preserve established to protect native wildlife including giant tortoises which roam freely and are approachable.
For seekers of authentic cultural experiences, consider taking an art class, where you can learn about the time-honored traditional Seychellois art form Sun Printing, with local textile designers on Mahé. Through these art classes, you will learn how local communities use native plants to make colorfully painted fabrics and other textiles and handicrafts.