We have concocted a special article featuring the 3 main islands of the Seychelles in a nutshell!
The most adorable island of Seychelles. The most photographed, the most fantasized too. True confetti of heaven fallen from the sky, this piece of land still relatively undeveloped – cars are counted on the fingers of the hand – full of beaches with poetic names, one more sublime than the others: Grand Anse, Petite Anse, Anse Banane, Anse Cocos … Not to mention the mythical Anse Source d’Argent. Access is via the Union Estate Nature Park. In the air floats the intoxicating fragrance of vanilla, frangipani and allamandas with lemony flowers. After greeting a few pairs of giant tortoises, we pass the majestic palm-roofed colonial house which served as a backdrop for the latest film in the Emmanuelle series. A long ribbon of sand licked by a translucent lagoon stained with corals and lined with colossal pink granite blocks, stranded here like meteorites fallen from the sky, the Silver Source is simply perfection made beach and rightly deserves to be considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
Praslin, second largest island of Seychelles, and home of Le Domaine de la Reserve. Praslin is also one of the most beautiful and endearing. More developed than La Digue but less agitated than Mahé, it represents an ideal compromise. There are of course unforgettable beaches, such as Anse Volbert or Anse Lazio (where was shot Pirates by Polanski), ideal for snorkeling or diving. But we also come to visit the Vallée de Mai, a splendid forest, the only place in the world where the coconut palm grows, an amazing tree producing gigantic nuts with erotic forms, emblem of Seychelles, beautifully named “cocos-fesses”.
This is where the first contact with the archipelago is made. There you will hear for the first time the amazing Seychellois language, exotic and jovial mixture of English and French. There, too, you marvel for the first time on the incredible turquoise blue hemmed shapes of the coast and on the finesse and whiteness of the sand, unparalleled. If Mahé cannot claim the charm of Praslin or La Digue, it deserves that we linger there a day or two. The beauty of the landscapes, massive granite and lush vegetation, sometimes reminiscent of the French West Indies is amazing, especially in the north of the island, around Glacis, where the rock plays with the ocean a fascinating symphony of colors and colors.
Postcard Beach: Anse Lazio
12 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide, Praslin is the second largest island in the archipelago. A coastal road runs almost entirely from Anse Kerlan to the northeast and Anse Lazio to the northwest. On the other hand, there is only one road between Baie Sainte-Anne (west) and Grand Anse (east).
After a jump by Anse Volbert, the most touristic part of the island, head northwest to the most beautiful beach, that of Anse Lazio.
But first let’s take a little height! 340 meters, here we are at Grand Fond near the place called Zimbabwe. The hill is occupied by telecommunication antennas but still allows some nice escapes on the north of the island and the surrounding islands.
And here we are on the famous beach of Anse Lazio … with its beautiful sandy strip lined with takamakas and coconut trees, turquoise water, granite blocks … everything is there!
Only shadow on the board, the memory that here two swimmers perished recently, devoured by sharks! It’s cold in the back and the subject is in every conversation. To reassure the tourists, the authorities installed nets delimiting bathing areas of 150 meters by 50 meters. Not sure it’s really waterproof but it’s better than nothing. Besides, the bathers do not linger in the water and stay on the alert.
Another mythical beach: Anse Georgette
It is located at the northeastern end of the island. Finally, after an hour and a half of walking, the beach known as one of the most beautiful in the world is ours! Its turquoise water invites you to swim but be careful, here without net, no question of getting wet higher than the knees.
Besides, several small sharks prowl around the edge in a few centimeters of water. Be careful, because if there are small children on the beach, it is not impossible that the mother is off! Also, stingrays on which it would be better not to set foot!
To top it all, a stormy sky accentuates the dramatic atmosphere of the place.
The complete loop (swimming and stopping on the beach included) will take you three hours.
The Seychelles archipelago, nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean, invites you to discover its unique landscapes and the richness of its culture. With its excellent hotel facilities, the Seychelles are a sure bet for holidays.
The Seychelles in a nutshell
For your trip to the Seychelles, you can choose between 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. In other words, your holiday will not lack variety. Whichever island you choose, you will always have beaches and an environment that will leave you speechless. In the middle of the Indian Ocean you will completely forget your daily life and enjoy your trip to the Seychelles to the fullest … A holiday in the Seychelles can not be summarized in a word as each island is unique with its own identity, its own population, its own Culture and activities!
What to do in the Seychelles?
Diversity is really the word that defines your journey Seychelles: idyllic beaches, busy nature reserves of animals of all kinds or other environments … Your stay will pass too quickly. In addition to their beautiful scenery, these islands have a welcoming and warm population. The tasty gastronomic mix will complete your trip to the Seychelles in the most beautiful way.
A Seychelles trip to Mahé, Praslin or La Digue will be enough to make your trip unforgettable, but there are many other islands that will delight you! But you are not obliged to do everything in one faith. You are here for holidays in the Seychelles, not for a marathon! It is up to you to grasp the offer that appeals to you the most. But once again, no risk of deceiving you, you will come back enchanted from your trip to the Seychelles.
Enjoy your stay in Domaine de la Reserve and your trips around the Seychelles Archipelago!
You are wondering what to do during your holidays in the Seychelles? Well, those islands have so much to offer and we are pretty sure you will not be able to make a choice among this plethora of activities proposed on these jewels of the Indian ocean – this is why we have made a shortlist to facilitate this difficult task!
Rent a boat in the Seychelles
Getting a boat from one of the boat rental companies in Seychelles is one of the best way to experience a day of diving or a trip around Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. Why not go for a diving course or diving excursions … This is a great way to explore some of the islands around Praslin and Mahe all of which make up the 115 islands of the Seychelles.
Enjoy a few roulettes at the Casino
If you would love to try your luck at the casino and earn some money during your Seychelles holidays, try one of the local casinos. Try the Chalets d’Anse Forbans one of the lucky center with 200 slot machines and a bar. You can relax and enjoy the game or watch the others have fun while sipping on an exotic cocktail.
Love Dancing? Try the DISCO
If nightlife is something you would like to try in Seychelles, Katiolo is a must go. Katiolo is a unique outdoor nightclub on the island of Mahe which offers parties with a Creole touch and a lively atmosphere. Katiolo is some 10-minute drive from Seychelles International Airport.
Catch a Fish in Seychellois Water
Why not try and catch a fish and come back to the Hotel for a BBQ? Whether you want to go fishing or just relax on the high seas, local operators will be happy to help. There are also some great places in Seychellois lagoon for fly fishing. Another easier way to catch a fish is simply to sit on the beach with your cane. You will be able to fish while admiring the landscape and sipping your Seybrew (Beer Seychelloise)
Enjoy the underwater life
One of the must do excursions that we highly recommend: a tour aboard a glass bottom boat in the “St Anne National Marine Park”. You will have the impression of swimming with fish… You can also feed them, so do not forget to bring some bread with you.
Play Golf in the Seychelles
If you are a golf enthusiast, the “Seychelles Golf Club”, located in Anse aux Pins, is a nine-hole course built on an old coconut plantation. It is about 15 minutes from Seychelles International Airport. And if you are not into leaving The island of Praslin – no need to worry – there is a nice golf course there too.
Enjoy your holidays in the Seychelles
Before booking your flight to the Seychelles, you might be wondering about why everyone talks about these islands. The Seychelles has so much to offer on its many islands that form the archipelago. Enjoying the natural beauty of Seychelles is living and discovering most of the islands and secluded spots.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
This French-style Catholic church in the city of Victoria was built in 1874. It is the center of religious life for the majority of the population of the Seychelles and has a small garden with a charming statue of the Virgin Mary.
Explore the Seychelles underwater granitic rock formations. The rocks of Takamaka constitute one of the dive sites closest to the resort.
Situated a 15-minute flight on the island of Praslin, the May Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This untouched palm forest is 650 million years old and allows you to discover the majestic sea coconut palm, an endemic palm tree in the Seychelles.
Enjoy a lively and colorful Victoria market tour where you can find many items, including local craft items made from coconut, silk paintings or handmade jewelry. Fishermen sell their catch of the day at the fish market, and stalls offer fragrant spices, lemongrass infusions and local delicacies.
The King’s Garden
Stroll through this beautiful garden and gather information about the spice culture and the flora and fauna of the Seychelles.
Anse Source d’Argent
L’Anse Source d’Argent on Seychelles is a paradise. Moreover, the photographers were not mistaken since it is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. After having paid an entrance fee (the beach is located in an ecomuseum), having said hello to the giant tortoises in their enclosure and made the tour of the ecomuseum (vanilla plantation, former “mills” with nuts Coconuts, etc.) you will finally arrive at Anse Source d’Argent: a crystal clear water, big granite rocks with very soft shapes and superb palm trees.
Have fun visiting the Seychelles!
The Seychelles are an archipelago of more than 110 islands in the western part of the Indian Ocean. These islands enjoy an ideal location and protected natural treasures. The tourist policy of the country has for years restricted the number of visitors annually, thus protecting the destination from too much tourist influx.
This desire for protection allows the Seychelles to maintain their good-natured atmosphere while preserving their natural beauty. So, it is not uncommon to find yourself alone on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Unique landscapes in the world, endemic species of fauna and flora, a plethora of sports activities and discoveries, the Seychelles are the guarantee of an exceptional trip. The only risk is not to want to leave.
Diving in the Seychelles
Reef sharks, innumerable turtles, moray eels, colorful fish, shrimps and porcelain, the thousand colors of diving in the Seychelles will dazzle you long after your return.
Non-divers can indulge in snorkeling since the beauty of the seabed is accessible from the very first meters. Here the Indian Ocean abounds with life and the dives are done in small committee.
The dive sites are mostly accessible at all levels. The conditions are ideal to enjoy the maximum of your dives in Praslin, without stress, and just enjoying the pleasure of exceptional underwater encounters.
The highlights of a diving trip to Praslin
• The diversity of dives accessible at all levels
• The sublime landscapes of the Seychelles
• The most beautiful beaches in the world
• The “big” and the macro mix in exceptional dives
Diving around these gems of the Indian ocean is a must – you will, nowhere else, see such an affluence of marine life. You will surely not want to leave the water after indulging in either diving or snorkeling.
Have a good dive in the Seychelles!
Explore the unique islands of Seychelles aboard comfortable catamarans and visit this wonderful ocean – Indian Ocean. Be pampered by your crew and discover unforgettable islands, the unknown paradise of the Seychelles.
The itineraries are so varied and each route will reveal a different jewel of the archipelago: wild bay accessible only by boat or small picturesque port living at the Creole rhythm. On board, you can enjoy the comfort of your cabin with private bathroom. You will also have the chance to taste the tasty dishes based on fresh local produce, especially fish and tropical fruits.
Fan of diving? Experience an amazing session of diving in the paradise islands of the Seychelles, cruising conveniently from one island to the next aboard a charming catamaran, seeking out the archipelago’s most prolific underwater sites.
The Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage and famous for its palm trees, its Coco de Mer and black parrots, Anse Lazio with its crystal clear waters, La Digue Island and Curieuse with the colony of huge turtles. Aride and Cousin Islands with their fascinating bird life. Felicité and Coco Islands for some of the best snorkelling in the Seychelles. All of these are some spots you can see during your cruise in the Seychelles! Here are some itineraries we advise if you are planning on cruising around the Seychelles!
7 nights / 8 days cruise:
Mahe Inter Island Quay – St. Anne Island – Curieuse – Cousin Island – Anze Lazio – Aride – St Pierre – Baie St. Anne/ Praslin – Felicité – La Digue – Moyenne Island – Mahe Inter Island Quay.
4 nights / 5 days cruise:
Mahe Inter Island Quay – St. Anne Island – Curieuse – Cousin Island – Anze Lazio – Aride – St Pierre – Baie St. Anne/ Praslin.
3 nights / 4 days cruise:
Baie St. Anne/ Praslin – Felicité – La Digue – Moyenne Island – Mahe Inter Island Quay.
Up to you to choose where you want to head off, but do not forget to stop by at Domaine de la Reserve for an authentic stay in an authentic island! Happy cruising in the Seychelles!
The magnificent setting of Domaine de La Réserve is located in Anse Petite Cour bay on Praslin Island in Seychelles. The beach is private, covered with fine sand, lined with large rocks and gives a breathtaking view of Curieuse Island located in the National Marine Park.
With its Villas “feet in the water”, it is the perfect place to relax. The Domaine de La Reserve will fulfill your desires, with its underwater activities. Snorkeling will take you to a splendid coral reef, full of life, a few meters from the beach. The Domaine de La Réserve is composed of 40 rooms in the style of the Creole houses. Its welcoming rooms have two floors, sheltering the warm atmosphere Seychelloise.
A trip in The Seychelles
First Praslin, the red island. The Valley of May is a veritable cathedral of palms, the natural sanctuary of the largest seed in the world. Just find yourself a sublime shaded beach, fine sand, a calm sea, sun loungers to keep an eye on the toddlers and enjoy paradise. Then Mahe and his stories of pirates. Do you know the Buse, a legendary pirate, who amassed an enormous booty by seizing the Portuguese ship of the Virgin Cape? The diamonds, precious stones and gold bars on board would have been buried around Victoria … To your shovels! One settles in the wild south on Lazare Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches of Mahé.
On your agenda – By car, by boat, on foot or by bicycle, we will put you on the trail of the most beautiful places of nature to explore. A day by bike is planned on La Digue, as well as a cruise to the islands Curieuse and St Pierre. In Mahé, you will enjoy a rental car for two days to radiate on the island in freedom. Relaxation, detox massage and aperitif at the setting sun are already registered on the agenda. Not forgetting the pristine, deserted beaches since the dawn of time, and their translucent waters inviting snorkeling or kayaking for adepts.
Happy Holidays in the Seychelles
Are you dreaming of a cruise on a sailing yacht in the Seychelles?
Before choosing which monohull or catamaran you are going to sail, you are definitely questioning the best time to discover these islands paradisiac.
Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands and islets, some of which are preserved from all human activity. Located in the Indian Ocean, just over 7,800 kilometers from France, about 9 hours of flight. The Seychelles Islands enjoy a tropical climate, with air temperatures well above 20 ° C throughout the year, and water temperatures varying between 27 ° C and 30 ° C. The Seychelles is a very popular navigation area, which has the advantage of not being on the road of cyclones.
Climate in the Seychelles
The influence of the monsoons on Seychelles’ weather is far from negligible and there are two distinct seasons: a cooler and dryer season, called “austral winter”, which runs from May to October and a wetter season, marked by torrential rains of short duration, between November and April. During the rainy season, temperatures are higher, and the atmosphere is particularly humid, under the influence of the north-west trade winds. During the cool season, it is the southeast trade winds blowing, making the temperatures more bearable, 22 ° C on average. These southeast monsoon trade winds can blow strong and make the sailing conditions tricky, with rough seas.
When to sail?
There is no really bad time to sail on a sailing yacht in Seychelles, but the off-season from March to May, and from September to November is often appreciated as the islands are less crowded, deserted beaches and sailing becomes even more enjoyable. Everything depends on your interests: Botanic lovers will prefer to go to Seychelles in January or February, while dive enthusiasts will find their happiness with even more clear seabed and a particularly calm ocean between October and March .
The good period for renting a sailboat in the Seychelles archipelago is most certainly May, October, as well as at the beginning or end of trade winds.
There are taxis on the island of Praslin since the island has a road infrastructure unlike most other islands. It will be easy to find them at the bay of Sainte-Anne and of course in each village.
A car can be useful to travel more freely on Praslin. Car rental in the Seychelles is however quite expensive. 40 or 45 EUR / day for a small car. Fuel must be added to your budget (same price as in France). There are only two petrol stations on Praslin: one at Baie Sainte-Anne and the other at Grand’Anse. A French driving license is sufficient, but it is always preferable to have an international license. Be careful, driving is on the left and the steering wheel is on the right. Road conditions are fairly average and there are very few road signs. Difficult all the same to get lost because there are few roads and a small road map is enough. Be careful not to crush the many large land crabs that cross the roads during the day and especially at night.
The island of Praslin is not very large and traffic is small; The rental of a bike can therefore prove interesting on this island. To be known all the same: the differences in altitude are important and are not necessarily easy to face in the heat! The rental can be done mainly at Anse Volbert, Baie Sainte-Anne and Grand’Anse.
A public bus network exists on the island of Praslin which allows to reach most places of the island. These are usually old Tata Indian vehicles. The cost is 0.30 EUR / pers. Whatever the route.
The boat is a good way to get around the archipelago. For this, you can negotiate a private boat. Nothing could be simpler: just go to the beach of Anse Volbert to (usually) get accosted by someone who will offer you this type of transport. A sailing trip on a catamaran can also be a great way to discover the outskirts of the island.