Seychelles: Add These East African Islands To Your Travel Bucket List
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Whether you are planning your honeymoon or simply need a tropical getaway, Seychelles is an island paradise in the Indian Ocean that should not be overlooked. Its breathtaking beaches boast turquoise waters and backdrops of lush hills, boulders, and palm trees. Mahé is the largest, and busiest, island with luxury resorts, first-class restaurants, and a small capital city, Victoria.
Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands and a country of its own. One of the smallest countries in the world, it’s largest islands, Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, is located about 1,000 miles east of Kenya and about 700 miles northeast of Madagascar. Many of the islands are not inhabited, created isolated paradises that feel otherworldly.
The larger islands are home to populations of mixed descent including French, Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian. Under the constitution, Creole, English, and French are recognized as national languages.
If you have the chance to visit, here are a few spots you can’t miss.
An island with no motor vehicles, few paved roads, and unspoiled beaches, La Digue is a paradise for those looking for a quiet escape back to nature and seemingly back in time. Biking is the best way to explore the island including Anse Source D’Argent or Anse Coco beaches and Veuve Nature Reserve to search for one of the rarest birds on earth – the Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher.
There is little information about the Praslin Waterfall. You won’t find much on Google and most guide books seem to leave it out. Located less than a mile from the UNESCO site Vallée De Mai, this waterfall is simply beautiful and worth the hike to have it all to yourself.
You won’t be able to miss all of the small creole restaurants throughout the islands that offer incredible food and inexpensive prices. Eat like a local and enjoy traditional dishes of fish curries, lamb stews, savory rice, and more for less than $5 per person.
Snorkel Anse La Blague
Seychelles is known for its incredible wildlife and the best way to experience it is underwater. Head to the shallow waters for Anse La Blague for an up-close and personal experience with the fascinating underwater world.