What To Do
For many people the Seychelles offers a glorious week on the beach - you have many choices depending on how long you have and your budget.
The main island of Mahe is incredibly lush and the southern half of the island is very beautiful, less developed and has some stunning beaches including Anse Intendance and Anse Louis. We loved the south in particular. The island has a lot of character and is very easy to explore on your own. There are superb walking trails around San Souci, up in the mountains - you will be rewarded with incredible views - try the Copolia Trail for instance. We think Mahe really beckons to be explored with a hire car. The southern loop can be explored in one full day although 2 days car hire will give you a chance to visit the northern beaches like Beau Vallon as well. There are some good beachfront cafes and restaurants like our favourite, the cool Del Place at Port Glaud, perfect for a lesiurely lunch overlooking the water. There is lots of choice when it comes to accommodation on Mahe - you can opt for a simple 3 star guesthouse and a hire car or you can go for a resort like the Constance Ephelia or if you're after five star luxury then go for an upscale hotel like Four Seasons, Banyan Tree or Maia - all of which have superb locations on the best beaches in Mahe. Personally we wrestle with spending this sort of money on Mahe - we would rather sacrifice some of the luxury and go for a private island experience - Dennis Island if you're interested in wildlife or Six Senses Zil Payson on Felicite Island as a more luxurious option. Whatever you decide, we can arrange everything for you from transfers to day trips which include guided tours of the island, car hire, snorkelling boat trips - please ask for details.
Praslin and La Digue
Praslin can be accessed by a 20 minute domestic flight or a ferry journey of 90 minutes. Anse Lazio and neighbouring Anse Georgette are the island's star beaches and the Vallee De Mai is well worth a visit - you can see the famous Coco de Mer nut and walk in the deep shade. One of our favourite excursions was to nearby Curieuse - the snorkelling was absolutely superb and the water crystal clear. We also snorkelled around the islet of St Pierre just off Anse Volbert. The snorkelling was notably better here than in Mahe and there were plenty of water taxis to take you out. You can also book boat trips which go out for the day and include a BBQ lunch. The charming smaller island of La Digue does not have an airstrip so is best accessed by boat from Praslin. Everyone gets around on ox carts and bicycles - there's a lovely cycle across the island to the wild Grand Anse and no visit to La Digue is complete without walking the sands of Anse Source D'Argent and seeing the land tortoises.
Silhouette and Cerf
Cerf island is just off Mahe within the St Anne Marine Park which was established in 1973 and includes six islands, coral gardens and sea grass meadows - all just 5km from the capital Victoria. The park is accessed by boat transfer to one of the island resorts or a day trip - there are half day and full day excursions. A full day with lunch costs in the region of £100-£120. Wilbur Smith lives on Cerf. Silhouette is an incredibly beautiful island with dense forested slopes, stunning white sand beaches, huge Seychelles boulders on the beaches and is reached by a 35 minute boat transfer from Bel Ombre jetty on the north of Mahe - a half hour transfer from the airport. The resort on the island, though quite large by our standards, is run very well by Hilton. It is well worth opting for a half board deal as food tends to be rather expensive in the Seychelles! These islands don't have anything like the price tag of the private islands, and they offer more affordable transfers too making them a good half way house between staying on Mahe or opting for a more far flung island.
For a real barefoot experience try a stay on a private island - we offer North, Fregate, Felicite, Denis and Bird Island.
Many of the private islands are accessed by helicopter or boat, while some are linked by flights (Denis and Bird). Timings are key - some flights do not connect which means in most cases people will combine nights on Mahe with another island which we think would work really well.