Main Seychelles islands
1: Mahé island – Capital of Seychelles
The majority of visitors to Seychelles start out on the main island, Mahé, because that’s where most international flights land. Travellers not on luxury honeymoon packages tend to enjoy the convenience, multitude of ‘reasonably’ priced facilities and broad beach of Beau Vallon Bay and get some transport to explore less busy parts of the island – especially the west and northwest coasts – including some fine, empty beaches.
Beau Vallon beach, Seychelles. Photo Hansueli Krapf
2: Praslin island
The next step is a flight to Praslin where the beaches are seriously dreamy, though not significantly better than some of the Caribbean’s finer offerings.
Probably the Seychelles’ #1 tourist attraction apart from sand dotted with granite is Praslin’s Coco de Mer nature park, a lovely tropical walks place humming with wild things, though it’s expensive and won’t deliver anything startlingly new to experienced tropical travellers. Hotels on Praslin tend to be overpriced.
A quick look at the Seychelles’ shapely and exciting Coco de Mer, aka The Love Nut, the world’s largest seed, found in Praslin island’s Vallée de Mai nature park, not far from the beach. The nut is now protected so don’t plan to take one home. That huge and erotic seed comes generally from female trees while the reciprocal male tool looks unattractively like a spotted dick. The pollination process is still not understood. Photo by Brocken Inaglory.
3: La Digue island
A ferry from Praslin finally delivers travellers to the unanimous favourite Seychelles island, La Digue. Little, relatively undeveloped and hosting some gorgeous beaches, La Digue is tranquil, interesting enough for a few days and bike-friendly, but don’t expect to be alone unless you’re prepared to walk or bike a bit.
Grand Anse on La Digue island, Seychelles. Photo by Tobias Alt