Situated in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago of 115 dazzling islands. Uninhabited until just 250 years ago, the collection of islands offers a paradise of unspoiled nature, gorgeous beaches, and endemic flora and fauna. The islands are characterized by their coral or granite structure. 41 inner islands were formed from mid-oceanic granite and feature mountainous structures, rainforest interiors, and unique boulder formations lining the beaches. 74 outer islands are comprised of flat coral atolls and reef islets with endless white sand. With opulent resorts set along the sandy shores or raised into the hillside, these utopian islands offer the quintessential beach getaway with some of the best diving and water sports activities in the world.
What’s To Love in The Seychelles
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
The best diving and snorkeling sights can be found off the coasts of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, catering to all levels of snorkelers and divers with superb marine life encounters that include green and hawksbill turtles, silver tip reef shark, whale shark, hammerhead shark, manta ray and stingray.
Cruise the Outer Islands
Island hopping is a must whether it be exploring the dense flora and fauna of an outer islands or sailing to a private beach for a blissfully secluded experience.
Get Lost in the Beauty of a Palm Forest
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vallée de Mai on the island of Praslin, housing the bizarre coco de mer an endemic palm whose seed bears a strange ‘double coconut’ shape and is considered the largest in the world with the weight to prove it.
Celebrate the Day and Enjoy the Sunset at Beau Vallon
Spend an enchanting evening enjoying the fabulous creole street food and local delicacies on the beach of Beau Vallon, watching the sun set to the sound of Moutya music as locals perform traditional dance and song around the fire.
Spend Some Time in Mahe Before or After the Beach
The largest of the islands and hub from which outer islands are accessed, Mahe houses a large majority of the local population and its mixture of European, African and Creole influences. The granite formation is best known for its vibrant markets, local delicacies, gorgeous beaches and interior island hiking.
Go Over the Top in North Island
Enjoy the splendors of tropical paradise in ultimate exclusivity and opulence in a selection of resorts that will offer otherworldly experiences, prominent among them are North Island, Fregate Island Private, and MAIA.
The atolls of Alphonse offer some of the best fishing in the world with thousands of acres of sand flats perfect for wading in crystal clear waters for fly fishing or try your hand at deep sea fishing where waters are abundant with Bonefish, Barracuda, Milkfish, Parrot Fish, Triggerfish, Snapper, and Trevally.
Marvel at the Resilience of the Turtle Hatchlings
Praslin is a famed breeding ground for green and hawksbill sea turtles who lay hundreds of eggs beginning in October, creating dozens of nests throughout the island which often hatch between January and March when you can find these tiny, fragile creatures fighting their way along the sand to the treacherous ocean waters where it is believed only one percent survive to maturity.
Take to the Calm Waters or Take to the Sky
Grab a snorkel, kayak, paddle board, windsurfer, or sailboat to enjoy the warm calm waters or choose a double parasail to share your flight with a friend.
Find a Private Spot for Lunch
Enjoy a private picnic on the beach. Romantic resorts as well as resorts that cater to families are plentiful.
The best time to visit Seychelles are the months of April, May, October and November, avoiding the humidity of the northwest trade winds that gust from November through March and the chill of the southeast trade winds that blow May through September. It is important to keep in mind that these winds not only disturb the sand and surrounds but often wash hordes of seaweed onto the shores, so be mindful of the beaches you are choosing when traveling outside of the ideal months.
If diving is on the top of your list, consider traveling between November and May when visibility is the clearest, with unobstructed sight up to 30 meters in depth.
Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in Seychelles can run from $600 - $1,500 + USD per person per day, primarily dependent upon destination, lodging, activities, time of year, and single or double occupancy. Quoted Tour prices include accommodations, guides, excursions, ground transfers. The higher priced itineraries are fully inclusive: all meals beverages and all activities. (Motorized water sports may be extra.)
Tour proposals exclude international flights, travel insurance, and gratuities. Each proposal will detail all inclusions and exclusions for clarity.