July 2018


Stunning Seychelles
July 2018




Source d'Argent in La Digue is a famous location for films and photography

Blissful beaches, wild natural adventures and vibrant culture. The archipelago of Seychelles offers a delightful getaway.


Words: Laura A Sullivan


Located in the seas east of Africa, Seychelles is a picturesque archipelago of 115 islands. While a majority of the islands are uninhabited, or are either nature reserves or private holiday resorts; for the wandering traveller the chief attractions are in Mahé - the location of the capital Victoria and the country's airport, Praslin and La Digue.


Sun, sand and sapphire seas

The peaceful and picture perfect beaches are the most distinguished feature of Seychelles, where one can relax on soft white sandy beaches, swim in turquoise waters or engage in a vast array of activities such as surfing, fishing, sailing, snorkelling and diving.


Mahé, the largest and most populated island of the country, offers a variety of wonderful beach experiences interspersed with jungle walks. Anse Intendance is one of Mahé's famous southern beaches with half a mile of powder white sand and whopping waves, which makes a hotspot for surfing and sunbathing. Anse Lazio on Praslin island with its dreamy white and blue coast, is considered the most beautiful beach in Seychelles.


Georgette is another stunning beach in Praslin with its tranquil waters for swimming. Calm, shallow turquoise waters make the picturesque beach of Source d'Argent on La Digue isle much loved by photographers and filmmakers. The cosy beach of Anse Cocos on La Digue is only accessible by foot, making the journey to the blissful coast a memorable one.

From remnants of colonial history to the distinctive culture of Seychelles, there is much to encounter.


The beaches of Seychelles have unique characteristics, while some are perfect for swimming, others require more caution due to their strong currents.


Islands of the wild

With most of the islands protected for their unique biodiversity as well as endemic flora and fauna, the nature lover will find Seychelles to be a truly splendid getaway. Vallée de Mai in Praslin is one of the botanical wonders of the world, and thus has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Home to six endemic palms, the park has over 6,000 Coco-de-mer trees. Morne Seychellois National Park in Mahé is the largest reserve in Seychelles, with trails extending over 15 kilometres - perfect for either day long or half day long excursions. The sublime Bird Island has thousands of tropical birds and is an important nesting site for turtles.

Experience the country’s unique culture, crafts and architecture at the Domaine De Val Des Près (craft village) 
on Mahé.


Explore and discover

From remnants of the country's colonial history to the distinctive culture of Seychelles, there is much to encounter. Emerging amidst a backdrop of green mountains, the Bicentennial Monument in Mahé captures one's attention. It was built to commemorate the 200th year anniversary of the establishment of Victoria, the capital of Seychelles. The other notable feature in the capital is the Victoria Clock Tower, a memorial for Queen Victoria of England. The serene Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is an important site for the largely Catholic population of Seychelles and is one if the first churches in the country. Feel the way of life in Seychelles at the Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market; the best place to purchase fresh produce, souvenirs and local crafts. Experience the country's unique culture, art and architecture at the Domaine De Val Des Près (craft village) on Mahé.


On Silhouette Island is the quaint Dauban Mausoleum a historical landmark noted for its charming architecture. Belonging to the Dauban family who developed extensive plantations on this island, it signifies the economic prosperity that had been enjoyed by the family.


One of the most interesting cultural sites located in La Digue is the L'Union Estate, which transports the traveller back in time. The majestic plantation house is framed by lush foliage and beautifully landscaped gardens. From witnessing the island's traditional industries to horse back riding and serene walks along the trails on the estate, there is much to do. Seychelles is a heavenly holiday destination to make memories.

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    Anse Intendance is one of the famous beaches of Mahé

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    Anse Lazio on Praslin island is the most beautiful beach in Seychelles

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    The forest of Vallée de Mai is a UNESCO World Heritage site

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    Morne Seychellois National Park, the largest reserve in Seychelles

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    Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, one of the first churches in Seychelles

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    The historic Dauban Mausoleum on Silhouette Island

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    Bicentennial Monument in Mahé was built to mark the 200th year anniversary of the capital Victoria

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    The iconic Victoria Clock Tower

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    A craft workshop at Domaine De Val Des Près

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    The majestic plantation house at L’Union Estate in La Digue

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