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With dreamlike scenery made up of powdery white beaches lapped by warm blue waters, and a verdant interior filled with palm trees, the Seychelles offers an idyllic retreat. Anchored in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa, the archipelago – formed of 115 islands – is home to a rich and diverse natural landscape. On a holiday to the Seychelles, you can expect to discover everything from rainbow-like coral reefs and turquoise waters, to coastal mangroves and mountain rainforests.

But visitors don’t just flock to these islands to admire their natural beauty. There’s a whole host of things to do here, whether you want to hurtle over the waves in a speedboat, hike across rocky mountainsides, or snorkel alongside shoals of vibrantly-coloured fish.

On your Seychelles trip you can explore some magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites, too. The Aldabra Atoll showcases one of the finest examples of raised coral atolls in the world, and is home to an exceptional variety of tropical marine life. On the island of Praslin, meanwhile, Vallee de Mai boasts a unique palm rainforest that has remained largely unchanged since prehistoric times.

While a holiday to the Seychelles undoubtedly caters to nature-lovers and high-octane adventurers, it’s also the perfect choice for a lazy, relaxing beach break. If you simply want to unwind and soak up the sun, there’s no better place to do it. The Seychelles has every type of beach imaginable, ranging from vast sandy stretches to rocky coves backed by thick tropical rainforest. Whether you’re looking for a romantic break or an action-packed getaway, our experts will help you plan your ideal holiday to the Seychelles.

Things to do

Best beaches

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Things to do in the Seychelles

A holiday to the Seychelles offers countless things to do, from reclining on hypnotic white-sand beaches and wading through lush rainforests, to watching exotic birds and snorkelling in crystal-clear waters. Couples and families alike will find plenty of activities on offer here, either for a relaxing retreat or an action-packed adventure.

The capital city of Victoria is the ideal spot for a mini shopping spree. You can wander the colourful streets on your way to an open-air market, where you’ll find all sorts of souvenirs, ranging from vibrant scarves to spiced cooking oils.

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For cultural experiences, head over to Grann Kaz on Silhouette Island – the former residence of the Dauban family, who owned the island until 1960. The museum takes you on a journey through time, starting with the island’s discovery in 1742. After learning more about Silhouette Island, you can then head downstairs to enjoy a plate or two of traditional Creole cuisine.

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Best beaches in the Seychelles

It may sound like a bold claim, but the beaches in the Seychelles truly are some of the most beautiful in the world. Anse Source d’Argent is a beach where glimmering emerald waters meet pearly-white sands, dotted with swaying palm trees and distinctive granite boulders. It’s one of the Seychelles’ most idyllic spots and, unsurprisingly, one of the most-photographed. If you book your Seychelles trip for peak season, make sure you go down early to nab a great spot for the day.

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If you can bear to tear yourself away from the sand, Anse Lazio offers fantastic snorkelling. The underwater visibility is excellent, so you can expect to see a fine array of colourful sea life, from damselfish to checkerboard wrasse. Anse Intendance, meanwhile, is a famous turtle-nesting area, where there’s a rehabilitation centre that carries out daily monitoring of these gentle creatures.

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National parks

Beaches might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a holiday to the Seychelles, but these islands are also home to an envious collection of national parks. Morne Seychellois National Park, on the island of Mahé, is made up of dense forests, mangroves and crumbling cultural sites. It also offers some of the country’s best hiking trails, thanks to its range of rugged mountains, where the 900-metre Morne Seychellois promises sensational views from its peak.

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Similarly, Praslin National Park is dissected by a number of winding walking trails, taking you past an impressive array of native plants, rocky ravines and unique wildlife, including the black parrot.

Sainte-Anne Marine National Park is a treasure trove of white-sand beaches, luxury resorts and tasty Creole restaurants. Comprising six islands, it provides one of the best spots for dolphin watching in the Seychelles, and it’s not uncommon to see turtles feeding in the abundant seagrass meadows.

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Best time to visit the Seychelles

The tropical climate means temperatures in the Seychelles don’t vary much, and tend to hover between 24°C and 32°C, no matter the time of year. But, being an archipelago, the Seychelles’ climate very much depends on the wind.

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Between June and September, the southeast trade winds usher in cooler, drier weather with stronger winds, while accommodation prices hit their peak. But, due to the timing of school holidays, this is also the busiest time to go to the Seychelles. Alternatively, consider planning your trip for April, May, October or November. These months are typically warm, calm and windless, so you’ll be able to explore the islands in comfort – or simply lie on the beach.

It’s best to avoid visiting between December and March, as this is when tropical trade winds bring warmer and wetter airstreams, causing large amounts of rainfall.

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Essential travel information for the Seychelles

Visa: Visas are not required for British passport holders
Language: Seychellois Creole, English, French
Currency: Seychellois rupee (SCR)
Time difference: GMT +3 hours
Flight duration from London: A direct flight takes 10 hours
Capital city: Victoria

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Things to do

Things to do in the Seychelles

A holiday to the Seychelles offers countless things to do, from reclining on hypnotic white-sand beaches and wading through lush rainforests, to watching exotic birds and snorkelling in crystal-clear waters. Couples and families alike will find plenty of activities on offer here, either for a relaxing retreat or an action-packed adventure.

The capital city of Victoria is the ideal spot for a mini shopping spree. You can wander the colourful streets on your way to an open-air market, where you’ll find all sorts of souvenirs, ranging from vibrant scarves to spiced cooking oils.

Show More
Show Less

For cultural experiences, head over to Grann Kaz on Silhouette Island – the former residence of the Dauban family, who owned the island until 1960. The museum takes you on a journey through time, starting with the island’s discovery in 1742. After learning more about Silhouette Island, you can then head downstairs to enjoy a plate or two of traditional Creole cuisine.

Show More
Show Less

Best beaches

Best beaches in the Seychelles

It may sound like a bold claim, but the beaches in the Seychelles truly are some of the most beautiful in the world. Anse Source d’Argent is a beach where glimmering emerald waters meet pearly-white sands, dotted with swaying palm trees and distinctive granite boulders. It’s one of the Seychelles’ most idyllic spots and, unsurprisingly, one of the most-photographed. If you book your Seychelles trip for peak season, make sure you go down early to nab a great spot for the day.

Show More
Show Less

If you can bear to tear yourself away from the sand, Anse Lazio offers fantastic snorkelling. The underwater visibility is excellent, so you can expect to see a fine array of colourful sea life, from damselfish to checkerboard wrasse. Anse Intendance, meanwhile, is a famous turtle-nesting area, where there’s a rehabilitation centre that carries out daily monitoring of these gentle creatures.

Show More
Show Less

National parks

National parks

Beaches might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a holiday to the Seychelles, but these islands are also home to an envious collection of national parks. Morne Seychellois National Park, on the island of Mahé, is made up of dense forests, mangroves and crumbling cultural sites. It also offers some of the country’s best hiking trails, thanks to its range of rugged mountains, where the 900-metre Morne Seychellois promises sensational views from its peak.

Show More
Show Less

Similarly, Praslin National Park is dissected by a number of winding walking trails, taking you past an impressive array of native plants, rocky ravines and unique wildlife, including the black parrot.

Sainte-Anne Marine National Park is a treasure trove of white-sand beaches, luxury resorts and tasty Creole restaurants. Comprising six islands, it provides one of the best spots for dolphin watching in the Seychelles, and it’s not uncommon to see turtles feeding in the abundant seagrass meadows.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit the Seychelles

The tropical climate means temperatures in the Seychelles don’t vary much, and tend to hover between 24°C and 32°C, no matter the time of year. But, being an archipelago, the Seychelles’ climate very much depends on the wind.

Show More
Show Less

Between June and September, the southeast trade winds usher in cooler, drier weather with stronger winds, while accommodation prices hit their peak. But, due to the timing of school holidays, this is also the busiest time to go to the Seychelles. Alternatively, consider planning your trip for April, May, October or November. These months are typically warm, calm and windless, so you’ll be able to explore the islands in comfort – or simply lie on the beach.

It’s best to avoid visiting between December and March, as this is when tropical trade winds bring warmer and wetter airstreams, causing large amounts of rainfall.

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Show Less

Essential Info

Essential travel information for the Seychelles

Visa: Visas are not required for British passport holders
Language: Seychellois Creole, English, French
Currency: Seychellois rupee (SCR)
Time difference: GMT +3 hours
Flight duration from London: A direct flight takes 10 hours
Capital city: Victoria

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