An archipelago nation of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is between Madagascar, the Maldives and Mauritius. The inner islands form the cultural, economic and tourism hub of the country, while 72 low-lying sand cays and atolls, which remain pristine habitats of wildlife, make up the outer islands. Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites--the legendary Vallée de Mai on Praslin and the fabled Aldabra (the world's largest raised coral atoll)--Seychelles offers many activities to those who love the outdoors. From fishing, diving and glass-bottom boating to horseback riding, island hopping, walking and trekking, your choices are limitless.
Walks and Trails
Walking is the best way to see the islands, thanks to 14 trails ranging from easy to difficult. Of the five easy trails, four are in Mahé and one is in Praslin. The Mission Lodge is one of the most famous vantage points in the Seychelles. People once believed Vallée de Mai, another local site, was the Garden of Eden.
There are seven moderate trails. The Glacis La Reserve trail winds through one of the most impressive palm forests on Mahé, while Cassedent boasts a long walk with continuous ascents and descents through trees leading to a waterfall at trail's end.
The Seychelles is home to two tough trails: the Dans Gallas and the Mare aux Cochons. The former features a number of panoramic views along its route while the latter has a series of interlinked trails deep in Morne Seychellois National Park.
A Day Out in Praslin
Praslin, home to lush jungles, exotic plants and several bird species, is a jumping off spot for one-day excursions offered by Labriz Silhouette. The company takes visitors to the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve and Anse Lazio Beach, which Condé Nast readers voted as one of the world's top 10 beaches. The package includes a mouthwatering Creole lunch and a tour of an oyster farm that cultivates exquisite black pearls.
PO Box 69
011 (+248) 293 949
A paradise for fishermen, the Seychelles boasts marlin, sailfish, rainbow-runner, dorado, yellow tuna and wahoo. The southeast area is known for its big game, while the northwest is a hot spot for bottom fishing. Elegant yachting excursions take tourists to big game, bone, deep sea and fly fishing locations. Several companies also offer overnight charters, day cruises and island hopping excursions.
The waters of Seychelles are also prime places for diving. The Underwater Centre is the Seychelles' oldest diving center and the only PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre in the islands. The center provides opportunities to join in on its marine conservation projects such as the Seychelles Whale Shark monitoring program.
Elegant Yachting (Pty) Ltd
Eden Island, Marina House,
PO Box 735,
011 (+248) 515 736
The Underwater Centre
Berjaya Beau Vallon Beach Resort & Casino,
PO Box 384
011 (+248) 247 165