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2. Find a Secluded Beach
One of the reasons why visitors flock to Seychelles is it's splendid beaches. With 115 individual islands scattered through the archipelago, it's no surprise that there are hundreds of hidden, islolated and private coves and beaches throughout the islands.
3. Enjoy the Creole cuisine
Echoing the grand assortment of people who populate Seychelles, Creole cuisine features the subtleties and nuances of French cooking, the exoticism of Indian dishes and the piquant flavours of the Orient. Grilled fish or octopus basted with a sauce of crushed chillies, ginger and garlic are national favourites as are a variety of delicious curries lovingly prepared with coconut milk and innovative chatinis made from local fruits such as papaya and golden apple. As may be expected, seafood dishes feature predominantly in the local cuisine, appearing alongside the national staple, rice. There are Indian, Cantonese, Thai and offcourse Creole speciality restaurants. Many other restaurants feature popular international specialist dishes.
4. Discover the Vallée de Mai
Explore the ancient palm forest of the Vallée de Mai on Praslin once said to be the original "Garden of Eden". This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to six endemic palm species, including the erotic-looking coco de mer. The coco de mer not only has the largest leaves in the palm family, but also the largest nut or seed in the whole plant kingdom, which is suggestively shaped like the rounded pelvis of a woman. Wander past exotic fauna and flora on paths through this pristine forest, keeping an eye out for the rare black parrot that is found nowhere else in the world.
5. Cycle Around La Digue
The small island of La Digue appears to have been caught in a Seychellois time warp with only one main road and bicycles being the main mode of public transport, the best way to explore this beautiful island. Discover the small harbour village of La Passe before going in search of one of the many small and secluded coves, complete with soft white sands, clear turquoise water and palm fronds, that dot the coastline of La Digue.
6. Rent a Car and explore Mahé & Praslin Islands at your own pace
Renting a car is one of the best ways to explore the Islands at your own pace enjoying all the delights the islands have to offer. Driving is on the left unlike in the US and Continental Europe. Road signs are similar, or the same as those in Europe. Speed limits are 40kph in towns and villages, and 65kph outside.
7. Explore Victoria
Spend a day exploring Seychelles' capital city of Victoria. It's a wonderful opportunity to interact with the friendly and diverse locals and get to sample a little of their culture. Stroll down the boulevards and explore the colonial architecture, visit the colourful market and fill your senses with the array of spices and exotic fruit on offer. Enjoy the local brew at the meeting point Pirates Arms and pop into O'Trou Lou Lou Boutique just next door.
8. Go Snorkeling and Scuba diving
A mask and flippers, and a T-shirt to guard against sunburn, are all the equipment needed. Just about anywhere in the Seychelles provides plenty of underwater entertainment, but some sites come especially recommended. Should the idea of getting wet simply not appeal to you, there's always the option of taking a glass-bottom boat out over the reef, admiring the underwater marine vistas from on board.
9. Go Sail boating or Yachting
There are sailboats as well as motor yachts that can be rented. They will take you on tours around the islands as well as take you island hopping. There are also liveaboard diving boats available.
10. Enjoy Land sports
Water sports are not the only thing that Seychelles offer as there are other land sports as well. Here, get to enjoy some good rounds of tennis or golf. This is surely a fun way to spend a day with your family or loved one.
11. Go Nature Tripping
This unique paradise offers some of the rarest flora and fauna in the world : the world's largest tortoise, the heaviest nut (coco de mer), the rarest tree (jellyfish tree), the largest fish (whale shark) and more. Seychelles offers great locations where you can go walking or hiking. Hire a bike on Praslin and La Digue and enjoy the wonderful scenery that the Islands have to offer. There is also bird watching and a variety of birds can be found on all of the islands in particular Bird Island.
12. Go Ziplining and Rock climbing
SMAC Adventures has created the next generation in adrenalin pumping excitement to hit the Seychelles – A series of aerial Ziplines, that suspended both within and above the forest that covers the hillside on Ephelia, allows the adventurer the opportunity to experience this pristine environment in breathtaking fashion.
Employing a beautiful 18 meter high natural granite rock face within the Resort at Port Launay, SMAC Adventures have developed a rock climbing facility whereby everyone, from beginner to accomplished, can experience the exhilaration of this sport in a safe and comfortable environment.
Sights, sounds and tastes of Victoria...an experience not to be missed!
Ziplining...the next generation in adrenalin pumping excitement to hit the Seychelles
Anse Lazio, Praslin North
Anse Georgette, Praslin South
Anse Volbert (Côte d’Or), Praslin North
Anse Petit Cour (Curieuse Marine National Park), Praslin North
Grand Anse, La Digue
Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue
Anse Patates, La Digue
Anse Cocos, La Digue (strong currents at certain times especially June - September)
Beau Vallon Beach, Mahé North
Sunset Beach, Mahé North
Port Launay, Mahé West
Anse Intendence, Mahé South (strong currents at certain times especially June - September)
Anse Takamaka, Mahé South West
Anse Soleil, Mahé South West
Anse Royale, Mahé East These in no particular order as all our beaches are unique and there are so many more.
Anse Royale, Mahé East
These in no particular order as all our beaches are unique and there are so many more.
IMPORTANT: Please check with your hotel reception before proceeding to any beaches for safety notifications. Please take note of No Swimming signs on any beaches in Seychelles which may be unsafe for swimming due to strong currents, especially during the south-east tradewinds.
Laurier Guesthouse & Restaurant, Cote d'Or, Praslin (buffet) : Tel. +248 4232241
Bon Bon Plume, Anse Lazio, Praslin (beach restaurant, à la carte) : Tel. +248 4232136
Loutier Koko, Grand Anse, La Digue (beach restaurant, buffet lunch only) : Tel. +248 2514762
Lanbousir, Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue (beach restaurant, à la carte lunch, buffet on request min 10 pax) : Tel. +248 2518308
Pink Salt, Kaz Zanana, Mahé Victoria (breakfast, lunch & teatime) * : Tel. +248 4324150.
Marie-Antoinette, Mahé Victoria (Creole speciality) Creole architecture, creole cuisine and giant tortoises. An experience for the whole family. Tel. +248 4266622
La Scala, Bel Ombre, Mahé North (dinner, fine-dining, à la carte) * : Tel. +248 4247535
La Perle Noire, Beau Vallon, Mahé North (dinner, à la carte) * : Tel. +248 4620220
Mahek Indian Restaurant, Coral Strand Hotel, Beau Vallon, Mahé North (speciality cuisine) * : Tel. +248 4621000
Lounge 8, Vista do Mar, Mahé North (dinner, fine-dining, à la carte) * : Tel. +248 2746808
Baobab Pizzeria, Mahé North (cheap and open til late last serving 9.30pm) : Tel. +248 4247167
Boat House, Beau Vallon, Mahé North (buffet dinner, best for affordable birthday celebrations) : Tel. +248 4247898
Del Place, Port Glaud, Mahé West (beachfront, all day dining 11am to 11pm, à la carte) * : Tel. +248 4814111.
Chez Plume, Anse Boileau, Mahé West (dinner, à la carte) * : Tel. +248 4355050
Chez Batista, Anse Takamaka, Mahé South (lunch & dinner, beach restaurant à la carte and sunday Creole buffet) : Tel. +248 4366300
The above information is intended as a guideline only of what's popular with visitors and locals alike and what's new too. Restaurants are individual and therefore not all of our choices above may be shared by everyone.
Dinner is served from 7.30pm to 9pm in general. Last serving by 8.45pm. Reservations are required at the restaurants indicated with an asterix *. Long trousers are also required to be worn by gentlemen, with collared t-shirt/shirt (no tie!) after 7pm at these restaurants.
The remaining restaurants are less formal and shorts can be worn during the evenings as well.
Beachfront ... Del Place Restaurant & Bar offers fine-dining at excellent value in a stunning location.
Decadent desserts are a treat to complement the more healthy menu option of Pink Salt distinctive lifestly cafe downtown Victoria.