Snorkeling & Hiking in Seychelles
Located in the Indian Ocean, east of Kenya and Tanzania, Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands. Made up of three main islands, Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. The sparkling blue waters, lush plantations, and scenic hikes are a honeymooner’s paradise or a family-friendly adventure.
Mahé is the main island where the international airport is located. Taxis, public transport, and ATMs are widely available across the island. There are also small supermarkets selling everything from groceries to alcoholic beverages and souvenirs. In my opinion, Car rentals are the best way to explore the island. Plenty of rental agencies are scattered on the island, making it easily accessible at around €50 per day.
There are so many beaches in Seychelles it is tough to choose just one. The majority of the beaches are idyllic with soft white sand, glistening turquoise waters and an average temperate of 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
The best swimming beaches on Mahé include Anse Royale and Beau Vallon. Anse Royale beach has a more local feel. It has fewer tourist attractions along the coast but it has more small beaches to enjoy. Beau Vallon is Mahé Island’s longest beach and offers several cafés and restaurants along the coastline.
Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa, as well as the DoubleTree by Hilton Allamanda, has introduced coral reef nurseries to help the coral reef recover from bleaching. Guests are able to take part in this remarkable project by adopting coral and having the chance to snorkel along a coral trail. Book a tour with the marine conservation specialist to visit the coral nursery.
Besides being blessed with world-class beaches, Seychelles offers some of the best places for easily accessible snorkeling tours. All you need to do is buy a snorkel, mask, and fins to hit the coastline. Once you head into the lukewarm tropical waters beyond the crashing waves, you will be surrounded by a picturesque undersea garden teeming with tropical marine life, blossoming coral, fish, sea turtles, and more.
The perfect idea of an island vacation might involve more lazing around on beaches and less exploration. However, Seychelles is home to many picturesque hiking trails with unbeatable ocean views.
The majority of the inner islands of Seychelles are all made of granite, including Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Although the beaches are stunning swimming spots, the middle of the islands is rocky and mountainous.
Insider’s tip, pack hiking shoes, a backpack, bottled water, snacks, a camera, swimwear, and a snorkeling kit if desired.
The islands are infamous for the Coco de Mer tree which produces a unique double coconut weighing 35 pounds and is only found in Seychelles. The trees can be seen at the Victoria Botanical Gardens or in the wild on La Digue and Praslin Islands. Day tours can be booked to these islands and allow visitors to wander through the plantations, swim, snorkel and drive bicycles along the island. Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island is one of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Seychelles and is home to one of the world’s most famous tropical forests featuring over 6,000 Coco de Mer trees.
From locally grown fruits to freshly caught fish, there is something to satisfy every taste bud. Creole dishes usually include traditional ingredients such as grilled fish, fried bananas, and curries but you will also find pork, beef, chicken, and even bat.
If you’re looking for a new twist on a personal favorite, Baobab on Beau Vallon beach serves the best pizza on the island. This local hot spot has been serving fresh pies for over 50 years. The restaurant fills up fairly quick and boasts soft, sandy floors with booths overlooking the beach.
If you’re looking for traditional street food visit the Beau Vallon street bazaar along the beach. You’ll find vendors selling creole buffet dinners, burgers, fish, kebabs, cocktails, and coconut drinks. The Beach Shak bar on Beau Vallon beach is the perfect setting to watch the sunset over the islands.
Beau Vallon Beach on Mahé Island is the biggest beach where you can enjoy all of your favorite watersports including, jet-skis, parasailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, tours to other islands, and fishing charters. Beau Vallon beach also highlights a 180-degree view of the colorful sunset glistening over the calm ocean waters.
If you ever needed a good reason to switch on your “out of office” email notification, you have definitely found it in Seychelles. Hop from island to island or find your spot on the Beau Vallon Beach and soak in the sun.