Famous for its pristine white beaches, visitors will be doing themselves an injustice if they spend their entire time sampling the archipelago’s many beaches. From protected forests, unique geological formations, world-class snorkelling & scuba diving, heavenly hiking trails, some mouth-watering local cuisine, and much more, there is an endless list of reasons you should visit Seychelles. So please read on as we outline our top 3 list of what to do in Seychelles.
What is Seychelles Known For?
Seychelles is a collection of small islands famous for being the ideal honeymoon destination, especially among celebrities. The tropical island, filled with deep blue waters and clean white sandy beaches, is also home to many of the world’s rarest creatures. The island is also one of the least populated African countries, and is also home to one of the world’s largest fruit, the Coco de Mer, which takes a stunning ten years to ripen!
The capital of Seychelles, Victoria, is the world’s smallest capital. Conversely, the nation is known to be home to the world’s most gigantic tortoise: Esmeralda.
Where is Seychelles Located?
The African nation of Seychelles is located east of the African continent on the Indian Ocean. It is found northeast of Madagascar and South East of Somalia. The country consists of 115 islands and is one of the most scenic countries in Africa.
Do You Need a Visa to go to Seychelles?
Visitors do not require a visa to travel to Seychelles since it is a visa-free country. Visitor permits are issued to visitors with valid passports upon their arrival at the airport.
How Many Days Should You Spend in Seychelles?
The most concurrent opinion is that visitors should spend at least ten days on the islands due to the sheer number of islands to visit and explore. Of course, 14 days are more than sufficient, but some prefer to explore as many islands as possible at their own pace, which usually takes up to three weeks.
What To Do in Seychelles
When someone is considering a vacation to Seychelles, they are usually spoiled for choice and are hit with analysis paralysis due to the sheer number of attractions this country offers. In our list, we attempted to select some of the country’s most unique attractions and activities. Here is our answer to the question of “What To Do in Seychelles?”
Observe Rare Animals in the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé Island
The Morne Seychellois National Park is a wildlife reserve, but it also occupies an area rich in history and stories of slavery, plantations, and education camps. With over 15km of trail in this wildlife park, it is easy to get lost in it. Luckily there are many trails and paths to choose from to make the journey simpler.
In this park, you will find over 12 bird species that are exclusive to Seychelles and can’t be found anywhere else. These birds, amongst other mammals and creatures, are abundantly found confidently strolling through the wilderness of this park. Furthermore, the expansive lush, uncorrupted and mountainous realms of this park give visitors the feeling that they are on an expedition in one of the world’s less explored territories. Block out a whole day of your time in Seychelles to explore this gem of a park.
Visitors can choose from 20 seater planes, ferries, boats, or helicopters when choosing to island hop in Seychelles. Among visitor favourites is the island of Praslin, known for its laid-back environment and nature reserves, and La Digue, best known for its vibrant culture and people. With the latter, you can fully immerse yourself in everyday life of a Seychellian by enjoying your tour on a traditional ox cart.
Sample Famous Streed foods
Once again, when it comes to choice in Seychelles, we are at a loss for words, but alas, here are the top three foods you must try.
- Shark Chutney: We hate to begin with a side dish, but this delicacy is simply too brilliant not to be at the beginning of our list. Made from a mash of shark meat, fruits, garlic, and lime, this side dish goes well with anything in the local Seychellian menu.
- Coconut Curry: A creamy curry served with masala, chicken, onions, garlic, ginger, and saffron, the memory of its taste will linger with you for hours after you’ve left the dinner table.
- Bat Curry: Not for the faint of heart, this unusual dish is a local favourite and is made from the wings of fruit bats. Anyone who is squirming at the thought of eating a bat should know that this dish is served en masse in some of the country’s most popular restaurant chains.
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