There’s a reason the Seychelles are called “heaven on earth,” and you’ll see as soon as you arrive. Located off the east coast of Kenya, Seychelles consists of 115 coral and granite islands, the islands are lined with sparkling white beaches and surrounded by warm turquoise waters, making it hard not to fall in love with this tropical paradise.
What to see
The island of La Digue is also known for the Anse Source d’Argent beach. Here you will find a coast framed by picturesque granite boulders. If you need a break from the beach, the capital city of Victoria, on the island of Mahé, is home to amazing architecture, outdoor markets, museums and a vibrant nightlife scene.
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Anse Lazio Beach
An incredible mixture of turquoise water, golden sand, tall palm trees and imposing boulders make it one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
How to get to Anse Lazio beach
Anse Lazio is located about 11km northwest of Baie Ste. Anne where the Praslin ferry port is located and can be reached by car, bus or bicycle from the island’s main road.
Some hotels offer shuttle services to Anse Lazi because it’s so famous, so check where you’re staying.
There are public buses that go to Anse Lazio. You will need to get off at Anse Boudin and walk the rest of the way to the beach (about 20 minutes).
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Located just 1 km from Praslin Island, this place has lush mangroves, dense forests, rocky coastline and beautiful sandy beaches. The island is also home to around 300,000 birds, some giant tortoises that have inhabited the island for 100 years, as well as a small number of bird watchers. Be sure to bring water, mosquito repellent and sunscreen as they cannot be bought on the island.
The island is open to visitors five days a week (from Monday to Friday), no overnight stays.
How to get to the island
If you are staying on the island of Praslin, the best way to get to the island is by boat. The boat ride itself takes only 10 minutes.
Praslin also provides an excellent base for exploring the neighboring islands. Jump into Curieuse with its 500 Aldabra giant tortoises or perhaps travel to Cousin and Aride, both birdwatchers’ paradises.
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Coco de Mer
One of the most recognizable symbols of Seychelles is the famous Coco de Mer, the largest walnut in the world. It can take up to 40 years for a tree to reach adulthood! Then it takes another 7-10 years for the nut to grow and fall from the tree. Then it takes another 10 years to dry and put on sale. For those who want to take one home as a souvenir, you’ll find some great specimens in the Vallée de Mai gift shop, as well as in the Fond Ferdinand nature reserve.
Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden
The garden grows a wide variety of spices, including vanilla, citronella and nutmeg, as well as endemic plants – all of which feature in the meals served at the property. Learn more about the cultivation and use of plants and visit a small museum that bears witness to the lively spice trade on the island in the past. There is a restaurant here where you can taste their spicy food. Fish in a banana leaf, tuna steak, fish curry with green pepper, are some of the dishes on offer. Le jardin roi is open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. local Seychelles time.
Best time to visit Seychelles
The peak season in Seychelles is during the school holidays, from December to January and from June to August. This is when the prices are higher and you need to book in advance.
It should be noted that there are big events in the Seychelles calendar: the Victoria International Carnival at the end of April, the Kreol Festival at the end of October and the Seychelles Ocean Festival in November or December.