Seychelles is home to beautiful beaches, granite islands, giant tortoises and luxury resorts. But being such a remote destination with over 115 islands, it can be overwhelming to plan an itinerary when visiting Seychelles. Luckily we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of the top things to do in this tropical paradise!
You can also see our top tips for visiting Seychelles in our Seychelles Travel Guide.
1. Visit Anse Source d’Argent
Anse Source d’Argent has been voted one of the best beaches in the world! For this reason it’s a must when visiting Seychelles.
You will find the famous Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue island. Upon arrival you’ll explore several little coves that are hugged with the iconic ribbed granite boulders and palm trees. It is honestly breathtaking. Make sure to visit at different times of the day during your stay on the island, to experience different lighting and crowds. And high tide is the best for swimming and photos too.
2. Meet the giant tortoises
The giant tortoise can only be found in a few places in the world. Apart from the Galapagos Islands, Seychelles is the only place left to see these ancient beauties in the wild. This is even more reason to visit and a must-do while travelling to this country.
We saw the giant tortoises on Desroches Island while staying at the Four Seasons Resort. They just wonder the largely untouched island, coexisting with the small population. There’s even one named George that’s over 100 years old! They are so cute and the daily sight of them slowly moving around the island never got old.
You can also see the giant tortoises at the Tortoise Sanctuary on the island of Curieuse (off Praslin Island). There are tours that you can organise to see the tortoises from most major islands in Seychelles. Just make sure to read the reviews and respect these beautiful animals. We also saw plenty of tortoises on La Digue island in the L’Union Estate Park (at the famous Anse Source d’Argent beach). Unfortunately all these tortoises were in an enclosure and so, personally, we chose not to stop by this attraction.
3. Indulge in a Luxury Stay
If you are looking for the ultimate luxury stay in Seychelles with iconic landscapes, look no further than Six Senses Zil Pasyon.
The Six Senses resort is set completely among nature on the otherwise untouched granite island of Felicite, a short boat ride from La Digue Island. You can see the best of Seychelles’ natural beauty while having a breakfast picnic on the beach, sundowners on the top of the island, or kayaking over to the tiny nearby Coco Island (our fav place!).
You can also get pampered at one the must luxurious spas here at Six Senses. The spa is literally built into the boulders, completely secluded and overlooking the turquoise ocean. Bliss!
4. Fly to a Remote Island
If you want to see a white sand & blue water coral island, then take the short flight out from Mahe to the island of Desroches. Here on this lush palm island you will find the Four Seasons resort surrounded by nothing but pristine nature. Four Seasons Desroches is “wild luxury” at its best and with no wifi and complete privacy, this was a completely indulgent stay for us in Seychelles. Get lost exploring secret beaches and riding your bike down completely empty jungle paths.
5. Visit iconic boulder beaches
The iconic granite boulder beaches were probably our main motivation for visiting Seychelles.
Apart from seeing the famous Anse Source d’Argent beach on La Digue island, there’s plenty of other magical beaches in Seychelles. You can check out Grand Anse, Anse Cocos and Anse Patates, also on La Digue island. Depending on your preferences of beach size, crowds and travel time, there’s so many options for everyone.
Another amazing beach is found on Coco Island. This tiny uninhabited island can be reached on a tour from La Digue or Praslin. We were lucky enough to stay very close to Coco Island at the Six Senses Zil Pasyon resort. And this meant we could kayak ourselves over to the tiny beach and explore the rocky island all to ourselves.
The other major rival to Anse Source d’Argent for Seychelles’ most popular beach is Anse Georgette, on Praslin island. Although we didn’t have time to visit Praslin, we’d love to head there next time!
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