Our Trip To The Beautiful Seychelles Islands


Have you always dreamt of sitting on one of the most beautiful beaches on earth? Well, that's exactly what we always dreamed of. We are so grateful to say, we had the chance to set foot on the islands, called The Seychelles! This is a blog post about our 5-day backpacking trip to the famous archipelago of 115 islands!

 

For additional information about travelling to Seychelles islands, stay tuned! A guide will follow soon.

DISCLAIMER: English is not my mother tongue. In fact, it is my 4th language after Slovenian, German and Swiss German. Grammatical mistakes may occur. 

Beautiful Seychelles Islands

Before I'm going to share our adventures in the Seychelles islands, I'd like to have some forewords:

To be totally honest with you, I've never planned to visit The Seychelles islands.

They weren't on my "paradise bucket list", such as The Philippines and Bahamas. Now you're probably thinking, what? Sonja, you just told, you always wanted to hang out on beautiful beaches on the earth. I know, but let's say, I've kept saying, the Seychelles are a pricey and boring honeymoon destination (sorry..). Nevermind, while I was looking for cheap flight tickets to South Africa or Namibia, I stumbled upon this special-offer fare of 530 EUR for a multiple flight trip to India, Seychelles islands and South Africa, operated by Etihad Airways. This was very tempting to me! However, a 3-week journey to these 3 countries was a bit too much in my opinion. I decided to search for a cheap ticket only to Seychelles and South Africa. And LOOK, the offer was there and for the same price! After a while, I clicked on "Buy" and a couple of months later, we were sipping coconut water on breathtaking beaches!

Day 1 - Mahe to Praslin Island

After our 6-hour stopover in Abu Dhabi (I'm going to talk about it in my next blog post), we took our overnight flight to Mahe, the biggest island of the Seychelles' archipelago, with approx. 80,000 of inhabitans. 

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - First impressions of the Praslin Island
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - First impressions of the Praslin Island

After landing in Victoria, the capital city of the Seychelles islands, we were waiting for the Cat Coco shuttle bus to give us a lift to the port, from where our journey to the Praslin island would continue. We were so sleepy on the boat ride, trying to stay awake, but it was nearly impossible. Our heads were just falling in each directions and probably for the neighbours, we were a funny couple to watch. The drive itself is actually really bumpy but us being in our own worlds, prevented us from having any stomach issues :) Finally, we arrived to the main port of the most-known Seychelles island - Praslin. Taking a taxi to our property was the only thing we were able to conquer in our situation. It was a 20-minutes drive to our accommodation. The first impression of the stay was WOW! We actually realised, it is a villa! There were 2 apartments, the upper one with a balcony was ours. The property had even a special terrace for its guests to enjoy the views of the sea.

Our accommodation on the Praslin Island was so spectacular so ut has a blog post on its own. Have a look! We booked our stay for 3 nights but, literally we could have stayed here forever ;)

Our trip to the Seychelles islands - A sneak peak of our stay at the Praslin Island
Our trip to the Seychelles islands - A sneak peak of our stay at the Praslin Island
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Our trip to the Seychelles islands - Observing the beauty from above
Our trip to the Seychelles islands - Observing the beauty from above
Our trip to the Seychelles islands - Studying for the trip
Our trip to the Seychelles islands - Studying for the trip

I can guarantee you, it was one of the best stays so far! We were offered fresh fruits every morning: bananas, coconuts, mangos, limes, maracuyas.. and all fresh from the garden of our host! 

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Garden fresh fruits
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Garden fresh fruits

Due to our tiredness from the long-haul flights, we spent the day relaxing at the villa and having fun at the nearest beach (2 minutes!). Planning the activities for the next days was also a part of our day 1. 

Day 2 - Curieuse Island & Back to Praslin Island

All days in the Seychelles islands begun were early. At 6 am we were awaken and ready for our next adventure - visiting the neighbour island, called the Curieuse Island.

Our host Marie organised the private boat taxi to the island, famous for it's turtles. Already crossing the emerald-coloured sea was fascinating! After jumping off the boat, we had to pay an entrance fee for the Curieuse Marine National park. Some instructions how to walk to the hawksbill turtle rookery followed. It was a nice path, leading almost through a jungle, with thousands of different plants, such as Coco de Mer palms and a bunch of crabs! :=)

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Crossing the sea by boat to arrive to the Curieuse Island
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Crossing the sea by boat to arrive to the Curieuse Island

After 20 minutes of walking, we finally reached the turtle conservation center. Seeing all this turtles walking around and eating leaves was a great experience. Some of them even made some noises, that was fun! :=)

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - My first meeting with a turtle on Curieuse Island
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - My first meeting with a turtle on The Curieuse Island
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles - Path on the Curieuse Island
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles - Path on the Curieuse Island
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles - Vegetation on the Curieuse Island
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles - Vegetation on the Curieuse Island

Before we left the small Seychelles island to go back to Praslin, we had some joy in the waters. We couldn't say no to this nice beach and the turquoise water!

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Beautiful beaches on Curieuse Island
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Beautiful beaches on Curieuse Island

Day 3 - La Digue & Back to Praslin Island

The next day was reserved for a day-trip to the third smallest Seychelles island and with its one of the most beautiful beaches on earth, Anse Source d'Argent. This island is called La Digue.

Again, our day started very early, taking the taxi to the port, sailing by boat to the island..  and voila, at 7 am (imagine!) we were finally there :=). The next thing was to rent bikes. The island has no car traffic, and bikes are commonly used here. Which was great for us, we enjoy biking! Our first stop, of course, was the the beach Anse Source d'Argent. Since we took an early boat to the island, not many tourists were yet on the beach. It was nice and we even had a beach for ourselves! That was fun! After a while, we decided to take our bikes to the Anse Marron beach. It's more kind of a wild beach, but still, very nice to hang around. Oh did I mention, it was so HOT! Very hot! And what to do if you're sweating all over? Order a coconut! :=) And we did..yummiiiii...

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Sipping coconut water at La Digue
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Sipping coconut water at La Digue
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles - Stepping into crystal clear waters
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles - Stepping into crystal clear waters
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles - Beach at Anse Source d'Argent
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles - Beach at Anse Source d'Argent

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands  - Enjoying the beach at La Digue
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Enjoying the beach at La Digue

The first three days were almost over, when we decided to go for a beautiful view of the Seychelles islands. Actually, the original plan was to bring back the bikes and to ascend to this beautiful place. I wrote about it here...

However, Jerry was stubborn (pfff!) and wanted to see if it's possible to do the path by bikes! (don't do it!). So, with an angry face I decided to go for it. And it was...horrible! :) Imagine, 35 degrees C, very humid and a very very steep path! We couldn't even ride our bikes. I got a bit loud and pissed off, but Jerry helped me with taking my bike too and walking both to the top. After several emotional breakdowns (haha), we conquered the path and arrived to this WOW place. Amazing views, fresh fruit drinks..

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Stunning views at La Digue
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Stunning views at La Digue

Seeing all this neighbour islands was something unforgettable but we also wanted to explore what's the deal with Praslin, the world-famous Seychelles island. So far, we've seen just the near beaches and our property area. We know, there is this one beach on Praslin, which shouldn't slip out of our itinerary - Anse Lazio! Taking the 30-minute walk to this beach was easy, although it went a bit up and down. Definitely worth doing it! Seeing this beach was so cool - it had a relaxed atmosphere with only a few people. We took a swim in the Indian ocean and played with this huge waves! An awesome ending of a day! Oh except of the massive tropical rain shower on our way back. Luckily, after a while, we got a car lift by some friendly tourists..

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Crazy Anse Lazio beach at Praslin
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Crazy Anse Lazio beach at Praslin
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Walking to the beach
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Walking to the beach
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Anse Lazio
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Anse Lazio

Day 4 - Mahe Island

The last two days we spent on Mahe. It took us an hour by boat from Praslin. Our plan was to see as much as possible and this was only doable by renting a car. So we did! Our day started with the capital of Mahe, Victoria! It's a nice British colonial city with a market worth visiting, some amazing churches and a botanical garden. After sipping some coffee and a pineapple-passion fruit juice in the city center, we went on a walk through the many plants The Seychelles islands have to offer. It's a nice green garden with even some tortoises. 

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Visiting the botanical garden in Victoria, Mahe
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Visiting the botanical garden in Victoria, Mahe
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Visiting the Victoria markets
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Visiting the Victoria markets
Our trip to the Seychelles islands - Nice flowers at the Botanical garden
Our trip to the Seychelles islands - Nice flowers at the Botanical garden

Beau Vallon was our next goal to reach. It is one of the best beaches to explore on Mahe. Situated on the northern coast of the island, it is very popular among tourists. The beaches are nice but in my opinion, it can't compete with the ones on Praslin and La Digue. We spent 2 hours there, putting our feet into water and taking a nap. 

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - The Beau Vallon Beach in Mahe
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - The Beau Vallon Beach in Mahe

The road trip from Beau Vallon to the western coast continued through the world famous Morne Seychelles National Park.

It was a scenic drive with some stunning views and with a visit to the tea factory! At the factory they offer tours, which we wanted to attend, but hey we missed the opening hours.. well, there was this wonderful view of the hilly landscape of the Seychelles islands, which we won't forget. 

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Visiting the Tea Factory
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Visiting the Tea Factory

Day 5 - Mahe Island

Driving the west coast of Mahe offered so many nice views of the coastline. The views just screamed: Take a picture of me! We got the impression that this part of the island is not that popular among tourists. We actually don't know why, as it's so picturesque! 

If we had more days to explore the Seychelles islands, we would probably spend it here swimming, sunbathing, eating out in restaurants and visiting the waterfalls. 

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Exploring the western coast of Mahe
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Exploring the western coast of Mahe
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Exploring the western coast of Mahe
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Exploring the western coast of Mahe

Look at that beautiful church below! There were so many nice buildings along the western coast of Mahe. After taking million of photos of this part of the island, we knew, our vacation in the Seychelles islands is literally over and it's time to drive back to our accommodation, having one more night on the island and next day catching the early morning flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Beautiful church along the western coastline at Mahe
Our trip to the beautiful Seychelles islands - Beautiful church along the western coastline at Mahe

And, do we still think, the Seychelles islands are a pricey, boring honeymoon destination, as we thought it would be? Well, the prices are high (I'll write about saving options too), but you're definitely not going to be bored and it's not only for honeymooners! We will remember the Seychelles as islands with very friendly people, lots of activities to do, best beaches on earth, a diverse vegetation and colourful buildings.

A small paradise on earth! Have a look at a short video of the Seychelles!

Would you consider going to the Seychelles islands? Or have you already experienced the paradise? How long did you stay and what did you see? Tell us more in the comments below!

 

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Check the accommodation possibilities in the beautiful Seychelles - we recommend to stay at the Villa Jardin Marron:

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Comments: 28
  • #1

    Jeannine (Monday, 22 June 2015 12:28)

    Glad you enjoyed your stay in my beautiful Seychelles :)

  • #2

    Sonja (Monday, 22 June 2015 12:30)

    Of course, Jeannine!! How wouldn't I...you live in a paradise! Lucky you!! ;)

    Such a nice country..

  • #3

    Stephannie (Monday, 22 June 2015 13:31)

    Lovely post about beautiful Seychelles! I too fell in love with the islands--so much so that I moved there! Hope you'll be back soon!

  • #4

    Sonja (Monday, 22 June 2015 13:48)

    Thank u Stephannie. Glad to hear that!
    Wow! You moved there? So cool! Was the procedure easy or complicated?

  • #5

    Stephannie Souffe (Monday, 22 June 2015 14:30)

    Hi Sonja!
    Moving across the world (from the US) to Seychelles was pretty complicated. There are strict laws about expats living and working here and one needs to get an approval to set up a foreign business which is what I did. It has been two years now that I've called Seychelles home and it has been an amazing experience! I also found the love of my life here and we were married at sunset on a gorgeous beach :) It hasn't been easy living on a remote island but it has been the best decision I've ever made.

  • #6

    Sonja (Monday, 22 June 2015 14:56)

    Such an inspiring story! I'm glad it did all work out for you! I wish you all the best living in a paradise!

  • #7

    BeachLover (Monday, 22 June 2015 15:52)

    Inspiring. Try visiting Sri Lanka too. Ull be amazed by da beaches they have!

  • #8

    Sonja (Monday, 22 June 2015 16:37)

    Thanks! Sri Lanka is on my bucket list! My parents visited the island a couple of years ago and came home with stunning photos. Well, there are so many beautiful places on this earth! :=)

  • #9

    BeachLover (Monday, 22 June 2015 19:39)

    Sonja, I'm so happy to hear it. I am a Sri Lankan too. I explore nice beaches. And phuket, krabi islands are some dat u shud add to ur bucket list. He he!

  • #10

    seychelles.cc (Thursday, 25 June 2015 20:49)

    Seems like you had a great trip and also that we have been there at the same time. It was our 8th visit to these amazing islands. Feel free to visit our website on www.seychelles.cc and tell us what you think or look at our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/seychelles.cc.
    The flower from the botanical garden in Mahé is a canon tree flower btw. and it is one of only two trees of that kind in the Seychelles.

  • #11

    Sonja (Friday, 26 June 2015 12:29)

    Oh wow, thanks for the info about the flower! You are truly an expert :)
    Your page looks cute - so many stunning photos! Let's connect via Facebook, yes. I just liked yours. I would appreciate your return.
    Have a nice day!

  • #12

    Shikha (whywasteannualleave) (Friday, 26 June 2015 14:46)

    I visited Seychelles last month for the first time and completely fell in love with it! We stayed in Praslin too and I just found the gorgeous beaches so breathtaking. Your photos are beautiful :)

  • #13

    seychelles.cc (Friday, 26 June 2015 16:15)

    Hey Sonja, thanks for the like - just returned ;). Thanks for the nice words. Regarding the plant - that was just a coincident. The other one is in the garden of a Hilton Hotel we just shot recently - and the marketing lady told me exactly that - looked it up, there you go.

  • #14

    sabina (Friday, 27 November 2015 09:49)

    Hello. We have a 2 days stopover in Mahe. We will be on the Costa cruise. Would anyone please advise which are the best places to visit in such a short lapse of time? Thanks.

  • #15

    Kim redmond (Saturday, 16 January 2016 21:39)

    Hi Sonja, thanks so much for all the info on your trip to the seychelles, so helpful. I am travelling to the Seychelles for 10 days in June this year. We are planning on stayingoing on praslin, la digue and mahe. Just wondering what part of Mahe would you recommend for us to stay in? We would like to be somewhere where we can walk to restaurants? Also,quite worried about costs ofor taxis, we're your taxis expensive in praslin?
    Thanks Kim

  • #16

    Sonja (Saturday, 16 January 2016 21:51)

    Hi Kim!
    If you wanna stay more in the touristy part of Mahe where all the restaurants are, consider booking your stay in the Northern part of the island - at Beau Vallon or Bel Ombre. However, I would really recommend to book a car on the Mahe Island to have the chance to drive around and to explore the island! My favourite part of the island was the Northwest - where we had a great dinner at the restaurant called Del Place! Well recommended ;) To answer your question about the taxis - yes, they are expensive - therefore, I would recommend, once again, to book a car - but be aware of narrow, no public enlighted roads..
    Have a nice stay and feel free to contact me if you have further questions..

  • #17

    Kim redmond (Saturday, 16 January 2016 21:55)

    Thanks Sonja for coming back to me so quickly. ☺ what was name of the place you stayed in praslin? It's looks fab. Thanks, Kim.

  • #18

    Sonja (Saturday, 16 January 2016 21:59)

    It was called Jardin Marron - the BEST place we've ever stay in! No joke! Sooo worth the money.. the host is incredible friendly and the views are incredible! If you go, let me know how it was ;)

  • #19

    Kim redmond (Saturday, 16 January 2016 22:01)

    Sounds great, will definitely book there for a for nights, can't wait!! Thanks again for your help, have fun on your next adventure. ☺

  • #20

    Sonja (Saturday, 16 January 2016 22:03)

    Soo cool!! Enjoy and thanks for visiting my site! ;=)

  • #21

    Discoversey (Thursday, 18 February 2016 08:31)

    Hi there, so glad you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful Seychelles. The images you captured are a true refection of our unique beauty. We now offer a free map & guide of the Seychelles at the Seychelles International Airport, which you can pick up on arrival. Here you can find the list of best beaches to visit, restaurants to eat in, places to hike and snorkel, advice on road-trips and island hopping. Even a bird, fruit and fish guide to all our indigenous growth. Perhaps could mention this for all your followers, as an added gem of advice? Our map and guide is also free to download from www.discoversey.com

  • #22

    Daania Fazal (Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:47)

    Thanks for the lovely post. I will be visiting Seychelles in August this year and I was wondering where you rented a car from? Do you have any recommendations of car rental places because everyones been talking about how expensive taxis are!

  • #23

    Sonja (Thursday, 02 June 2016 20:53)

    Hi Daania
    Thank you! Indeed, taxis are very expensive so I would advise you to rent a car. We rented ours at our stay in the southwestern part of the Mahe island. I think this is the best way - just ask at your hotel if they can organise a car for you.
    Enjoy!!

  • #24

    Paul D. (Tuesday, 12 July 2016 14:49)

    Good morning, my name is Alexandre,
    I write on this blog because I need some information on a society that stole my money and those of my colleagues. the name of the society is GREEN GALAXY INTERNATIONAL S.A. INVESTMENT FIRM - registred of Mahe, Sheychelles, 1st floor, Dekk House, Zipporah street.
    This society possesses the following site OPTIONBIT.COM, where they put in place the scams.
    We're trying to get in touch with the society at the above address but we are failing.
    If please someone who lives or works near this address, we could check the'd be eternally grateful.
    Please, for any information you can send an email to the following contact: no.scam.option@gmail.com
    thank you very much
    Paul D.

  • #25

    Ticking the Bucketlist (Sunday, 14 August 2016 12:15)

    Did you do the snorkelling tour to the Sister Islands? We haven't had a better experience till date!

  • #26

    Christine (Thursday, 13 October 2016 17:03)

    Really enjoyed your blog! I got married in the Seychelles, on Mahe in 2008, we spent our honeymoon on the idyllic Denis Island. Unfortunately my husband died 2 years later but with my new partner and a yearning to return we went back this year, in February 2016 and enjoyed it so much we are returning in February 2017. The people are lovely, friendly once you have broken the ice with them and love to chat. Yes, it is hot but so long as you have plenty of sunscreen, a hat and water you will be okay. We stayed on Mahe and La Digue, which is our dream destination, few cars, secluded beaches plenty of fish in the ocean, swimming is an experience as the fish swim around you. The tortoises are wonderful, especially when you find them strolling around the beaches searching for food. We will stay on Cerf island for a while this time,looking forward to that. We found that you can eat cheaply if you do your homework and there are cheaper style guest houses as well as glamorous 5 star establishments. Can't wait to get back!

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  • #28

    Michele (Friday, 27 January 2017 16:24)

    Innanzitutto complimenti per il post!!!

    Sono qui ad approfittare del tuo tempo per chiederti qualche informazione perché io il volo per le SEYCHELLES l'ho già prenotato. Parto ad agosto e stop!!!

    Io mi voglio occupare direttamente di tutto e in questo ci trovo anche il bello.
    Partendo dal presupposto che ho intenzione di girare tutte e tre le isole principali e anche sulle isole stesse diciamo che non starò immobile.
    L'informazione che vorrei è avere giusto una indicazione sulla zona in cui andrestI a creare il tuo "Campo Base" su ognuna delle tre isole tenendo conto di due variabili principali: spiagge adeguate per il periodo di agosto e della presenza di "Take Away" e/o Ristoranti fascia media. Diciamo che vorrei trovare il giusto compromesso...
     Io avrei raccolto queste tre info:
    - Mahé: zona nord est (anche se la sud-ovest sembra stupenda ma non adatta per la stagione).
    - Praslin: zona nord est
    - La Digue: zona nord ovest

    Qualsiasi altra informazione naturalmente è gradita ma non vorrei approfittare troppo...

    Ringrazio in anticipo per la gentilezza.
    Michele
    michele.sporting@tiscali.it