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Plan Your Unforgettable Getaway to Seychelles

Off the eastern coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean, is an archipelago of more than 115 islands that you don’t want to miss. Seychelles is a picturesque getaway with landscapes that can transport you back in time. Mahé is the largest island in the archipelago and it's where you'll find the capital, Victoria, which is unlike many other first cities in the world. Imagine finding a hidden escape surrounded by lush greenery straight out of a famous movie, or walking around and not remembering the last time you even heard a car, much less saw one. Those looking to escape from the hustle will be surprised at just how decadent disconnecting can be and how many opportunities there are to get back to nature.

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01 Veuve Natural Reserve on La Digue

With a population of nearly 3,000, La Digue is the third most populous island in Seychelles. With a nearly 10-mile coastline, you can have your pick of any spot to enjoy the sand. Take some time out to visit the Veuve Natural Reserve, home to the rare Seychelles paradise flycatcher, which is considered critically endangered.

Seychelles La Digue Veuve Reserve Chen Liji / Getty Images

02 Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

Located in Victoria, the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens is a lush garden of amazing flora and fauna. You can enjoy a relaxing walk along the trails and just get lost for a few hours. If you’re lucky, you may see some fruit bats or even giant tortoises that are always up for some food and a few unforgettable selfies that will make friends jealous.

Victoria's National Botanical Garden in Seychelles Rytis Bernotas / Getty Images

 

03 Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve

If you remember one of the scenes from Jurassic Park, then you’ll enjoy Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island. It’s a nature preserve that helps you imagine what it was probably like to live around untouched greenery. There are many endemic plants to enjoy, but the coco de mer trees are the main attraction, as they can only be found in Seychelles. Remember to also check out the Praslin Waterfall, a natural attraction that’s classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Seychelles Praslin Island Vallee de Mai

04 Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden

On the east coast of Mahé is the white sand of Anse Royal Beach. Above that is Les Jardin du Roi Spice Park, which is a throwback to when Seychelles was considered a spice hub in the 18th century. You will be drawn to it by the sweet, warm smells of vanilla, nutmeg, and other spice plants as you wander through the garden for a couple of hours.

Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden Seychelles

05 Cousin Island

A little more than a mile west from Praslin is Cousin Island, which was designated as a Special Reserve since 1975. It used to be a coconut plantation, which required removing the native vegetation to make room for the coconut trees. This action drove the native warbler to near extinction. These days, the coconut trees have been removed, allowing the natural vegetation to return and swamp area with mangroves to thrive. The coast is rocky and home to about 1,300 feet of protected coral reefs.

Cousin Island, Seychelles Africanway / Getty Images

06 St. Pierre Island

St. Pierre Island is a little island that looks like a postcard. Located north of Praslin island, it boasts granite boulders and coco de mer palms that provide the perfect shade for a dip in the clear waters. Though uninhabited, St. Pierre Island is a frequent stop for sailors and snorkelers, who sometimes get to see sea turtles and stingrays.

Tiny island of St Pierre, Seychelles. JurgaR / Getty Images

07 Desroches Island

With a population of about 100 people, Desroches Island is a part of a group of coral islands called the Amirantes that are on the outer edge of Seychelles. It’s got wooded forests and a bevy of birds, that were introduced to Desroches, such as Madagascar fodies and grey francolins, making it a bird-watching haven.

Desroches Island, Seychelles Rebecca Reid-Johansson / Getty Images

08 Curieuse Island

Surrounded by sapphire-blue sea, Curieuse Island is just a 10-minute sea taxi ride from Praslin. It has massive boulders on the white sandy beaches that can give you a bit of shade when you need it. If you're up for exploring, you can check out the mangroves on the other side. But the real attraction is the free-roaming giant tortoises that visitors can interact with and feed.

Female tourist woman feeding and admiring big old Aldabra giant tortoises, Aldabrachelys gigantea, in National Marine Park on Curieuse island, close to Praslin on Seychelles. LRPhotographies / Getty Images

09 Morne Blanc

On the main island of Mahè, Morne Blanc offers a sweeping view of the island’s coast. From the San Soucis road, you head up the trail, passing through lush jungle with moss and ferns. It's a gorgeous walk up a mountain that is smothered in clouds a good part of the time, making it continuously damp most days. You’ll want to start your hike early to make sure you get a great view from the top.

Mahe mountains and ocean from Morne Blanc - Seychelles jovannig / Getty Images

10 Anse Source d’Argent

While there is plenty to enjoy on La Digue, you’ll want to make time for Anse Source d’Argent. Imagine pale blue-green waters continuously lapping white sandy beaches against a backdrop of coconut palms and massive boulders that give you just enough privacy. No wonder it's considered one of the most photographed beaches in the world.

Anse Source D'Argent beach, Seychelles alxpin / Getty Images
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