The 6 best activities in the Seychelles
You may find that some of the descriptions and comments I make on my activities in the Seychelles sound brochure-like ... that's because the islands really are quite stunning. Rest assured that as usual, all of the documented activities are based on personal experience. Which is why there are alternative suggestions to the beaten track … because … there are many ways to enjoy the Seychelles!
1. ) Boat trip to Curieuse Island and St. Pierre
Curieuse is a small island off the coast of Praslin with an incredible main attraction – 300 giant turtles roaming freely on the island! Encounter (not harass as many tourist unfortunately do) the turtles, observe rare birds, giant crabs and other animals, and admire the picturesque vegetation of the island, including mangroves and the famous palms of Coco de Mer, along a path through the island. Make sure you also hike the 1h detour to Anse Badamier, which is considered among the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles and is certainly worth the effort. Allow 3-4h for the visit. Most tour operators offer this trip as a package with a barbecue. For me, the best way to visit the two islands is to book a water taxi to escape the crowds.
For example at www.bellavitacharter.eu, or directly via WhatsApp +248 2883463. Simone Lesperance, Swiss but married to a Seychellois, speaks German and English. Transfer to Curieuse and snorkelling at St. Pierre including equipment for two people 50€ + national park fees. There are other providers on the beach in Côte d'Or.
2.) Hike through the Coco de Mer jungle at Praslin
The so-called heart of Praslin is home to numerous palm trees, and looks a little bit as you would imagine the "Garden of Eden". In 1966, the park was first designated a nature reserve thanks to its unique nature, with over 1,400 Coco de Mer palm trees.
This plant produces the largest seed in the world (one Coco de Mer can weigh up to 45 kg), and it is for this reason that the park was later incorporated into the UNESCO World Heritage.
You can enter the park at Vallée de Mai, or less famous - and therefore less crowded and cheaper - at the 2012 opened Nature Reserve Fond Ferdinand at Baie St Anne. The guided walk normally takes about 3h.
3.) Cycle on la Digue
La Digue is a small island that’s only five km long and three km wide.
There aren’t many motorized vehicles on the island, and biking is the main way locals and visitors get around. It's also the best way to reach La Digue’s most beautiful beaches and picturesque corners.
Most accommodations offer bicycles for their guests, or you can rent them at several places on the island.
Be sure to choose a bike with gears, as you will encounter a variety of climbs and descents on your ride.
The rent is usually about 8€ per day.
4.) Hike from Mont Plaisir to Anse Lazio and return via Anse Georgette
(see also my blog 5 most beautiful beaches) This hike combines the two most beautiful beaches on Praslin as well as a beautiful walk along the coast and through the jungle.
The biggest challenge is the heat, so be sure to wear sun protection, proper shoes and to bring enough water. On the way back from Anse Georgette you can also walk through the golf course, which is quicker and easier (going there through the golf course requires a difficult-to-get special permission, there are guards at the gate!).
2:30h without beach breaks, 7km, 230m in altitude. I saved our tour on Komoot so you can check it out there, download it and save it on your mobile phone for the trip.
5.) Kayak with a transparent boat along the coast of La Digue
Kayak with a transparent boat around the most spectacular rock formations of the islands. You'll see corals and stingrays through the bottom of the boat - it works like a personal glass-bottom that you steer yourself.
Anis, the owner of Crystal Kayak Tours, has the vision and ambition to give his visitors more than just a perfect Instagram post. His mission is to also tell them abut the environmental challenges the islands are facing. You will hike along the beach and crack coconuts, before you paddle back in the setting sun …
The three-hour Crystal Kayaks tour in a transparent kayak on La Digue can either be booked online for 40€ at https://tourbookers.com or directly with Anis Jakob via Whatsapp +2482747457.
There's also an admission fee of 8€ for the L'Union Estate Park, in which the dream beach Anse Source d'Argent is located.
6.) Challenging hike to the south of La Digue Anse Marron
The hike to Anse Marron is certainly one of the more adventurous tours on La Digue.
The path leads through the wild south of the island, where there are no roads or paths. The destination is the wonderful Anse Marron, an impressive, isolated beach, which is divided into two distinct sections.
One is wild with large waves, while the other consists of natural pools, protected from the open ocean by granite boulders.
Please note that it is highly inadvisable to attempt the hike without a Seychellois tour guide, as the path is very hard to find and is really challenging. I did it on my own and got pretty lost (even with my komoot map) squeezing through caves and climbing over rocks. Guides can be booked at every accomodation.
www.seychelles.travel/ is the official website of the Seychelles.
EU citizens do not need a visa to enter the country, only a valid passport.
Condor flies non-stop four times a week from Frankfurt to Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles. From € 450
Between the main islands, two providers offer ferry connections several times a day. From Mahé to Praslin (approx. € 50) the crossing takes one hour and from Praslin to La Digue (approx. € 15) 15 minutes. http://www.catcocos.com/ and www.iif-catrose.com( La Digue - Praslin only).
There is a well-developed bus network on Mahé and Praslin. Each trip costs the equivalent of 50 cents. The bus timetables can be downloaded here: http://www.sptc.sc/schedule/
On La Digue, with a few exceptions, only bicycles are allowed, these can be rented for around € 8 per day from any accommodation or on the street around the boat launch.
The best way to visit the island of Curieuse is to book a water taxi to escape the crowds. For example at www.bellavitacharter.eu, or directly via Whatsapp +248 2883463. The Swiss Simone Lesperance speaks German. Transfer to Curieuse and snorkeling at St Pierre incl. Equipment for two people € 50 + national park fees.
There are other providers on the beach in Côte d'Or.
The three-hour crystal kayak tour in a transparent kayak on La Digue can either be booked online for 40 € at https://tourbookers.com, or directly with Anis Jakob via Whatsapp +2482747457. Plus. Admission of the equivalent of € 8 for the L'Union Estate Park, in which the dream beach Anse Source d'Argent is located.
Praslin:The self-catering apartments located directly on the beach offer the best place for romantic sunsets. There is a bus stop, shops and a restaurant nearby. Islander Apartments, Anse Kerlan. Apartment for 2 people from € 88 per night
La Digue:Chez Michelin's bungalows are located in a tropical garden only separated from the sea by a barely used road. Optionally with kitchen or only bookable as a room - from 80 €. The very beautiful beach of Anse Severe and the jetty can both be reached in about 10 minutes on foot.
Eating out is not cheap in the Seychelles. If you have to pay attention to the budget, it is best to take care of yourself or with one of the numerous take-away options. Everything is offered, from pizza to Creole seafood curry.
La Digue: The Rey & Josh Café Takeaway is on the way to Grand Anse. Here you can also eat the delicious Creole food on beer banks. Per dish about 5 €
Praslin: The Capricorn Restaurant belongs to the Islanders Guesthouse. Here you can enjoy authentic, local cuisine at reasonable prices.
Anse Kerlan, +2484233224