Travel to the Seychelles: tips for visiting the Seychelles

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The Seychelles archipelago is made up of 115 islands, located in the Indian Ocean, a true paradise surrounded by unspoiled nature.

The archipelago is home to two declared sites UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Vallee de Mai e Aldabra, the largest emerged coral atoll in the world.

Heavenly beaches, white sand, crystal clear sea and a relaxed pace of life make the Seychelles a dream place for your holidays.

Also known as the islands of love, they are perfect for sharing something unforgettable with someone special. This is why there are many married couples who choose the Seychelles for their honeymoon.



As we have said, the Seychelles are located in the Indian Ocean, just below the equator, off the African coast north of Madagascar.

The Seychelles archipelago is divided into two groups of islands, the “nearby” (Inner Island) granite and mountainous, and the “distant” (Outer Island), coral, flat and low.

Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, are the main islands of the Inner Islands, and the most visited by tourists.

Which island to choose in the Seychelles?

At this point the question is a must, where to stay in the Seychelles and which island to choose?

The variety and beauty is so great, that the ideal would be to combine several islands during the trip to the Seychelles. La Digue, with the beach Anse Source d'Argent, considered the most beautiful in the world, but also Mahé and Praslin, which can be visited by local bus or by rental car.

Mahé Island

The island of Mahé is the largest of the Seychelles, where the capital is located Victoria and the international airport. The scenery is dominated by granite mountains that reach 1000 meters above sea level and overlook splendid white beaches.



The island is a treasure of flora, a luxuriant nature, with unique plants in the world that populate the tropical forests of Mahé.

Definitely don't miss one walk to Victoria and a visit to the botanical garden of the capital.

The beaches are beautiful, but not all suitable for bathing, especially for children.

All means of transport depart from Mahè to visit the other islands.

Praslin Island


During yours holiday in the Seychelles from Mahé you will move to Praslin, the second largest island in the entire archipelago, located 45 km north-east of Mahé.

Here, too, what prevails is the beauty of nature, and of the beaches, famous for their fine sand and turquoise sea. Among the most beautiful there are Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette, which in recent years we have regularly found in the selection of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world!

On the island of Praslin you cannot get lost the enchanting Vallee de Mai, one of the two sites declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The valley is a natural park where the coco-de-mer palms, the heaviest walnut in the world, grow spontaneously, as well as 6 varieties of endemic palms.

Praslin is an excellent base for visiting the beautiful deserted islets that make up the archipelago, real nature reserves inhabited only by thousands of birds, turtles and other animals.


La Digue


La Digue is located near Praslin, only 15 minutes by ferry, it is the fourth largest island of the Seychelles. Here a relaxed and special atmosphere reigns, a small paradise for those who want to escape from the hectic life of every day.


Tranquility is the first thing you appreciate in La Digue, life here is characterized by serenity.

The main means of transport is the bicycle, with which you can explore the island enjoying breathtaking views and panoramas.

Speaking of breathtaking views, a visit to the beach is an unforgettable experience Anse Source D'Argent, famous all over the world, known for its huge granite boulders.

Don't miss the spectacular sunsets in the evening, with the sun hiding behind the island of Praslin!

How to reach the Seychelles

The Seychelles can be reached with excellent flights with the best Middle Eastern airlines Emirates, Qatar airways e Ethiad, passing through Dubai, Doha or Abu Dhabi respectively. You might even think about stopping for a few days in one of these cities.
Other companies with which you can find cheap flights to the Seychelles, even at 500 €, are: Air Seychelles e Ethiopian Airlines.


When to go to the Seychelles

To enjoy yourself to the fullest your holiday in the Seychelles it is crucial to understand their climate and choose the best time for visit the Seychelles.

Assuming that I would go to the Seychelles at any time, let's say there dry season runs from June to September, from a climatic point of view it could be a good time, in reality it is not recommended for the usability of the sea. In these months there are few bathing beaches, especially in July and August.


The best months to visit the Seychelles are March / April and October / November, with calm sea and no algae (or at least a few). Even the month of May is a good period even if wetter and with some rain.

However, certainties about time cannot be had, at any time and anywhere, it is also about luck.

Travel Seychelles: how to move between three islands

Now that we know better the three main islands of the archipelago, let's see what is the best way to move, especially from Mahè to Praslin.

There are two ways to reach Praslin from Mahè:

  1. The most comfortable is certainly a flight of about 15 minutes with Air Seychelles about 120 € per person round trip.
  2. The cheapest way to reach Praslin from Mahè is the ferry, which takes about 50 minutes. Important: I remember that in some months the sea is very rough, so if you suffer from the sea better take the plane. A good site to book the ferry is www.seychellesbookings.com

From Praslin to go to La Digue are 15 minutes by boat.

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