Seychelles holidays

Seychelles holidays

Seychelles holidays are so picture-perfect they’re almost cliche. But this is the real deal. It’s one of the world's last true natural sanctuaries, where half of the landmass is a protected reserve. It’s the tranquil and secluded paradise you’ve always dreamed of.

Instantly recognisable for its Jurassic-like boulders on talc-white sands, it feels like a lost world, where giant tortoises roam wild, black parrots fly amongst the extraordinary coco de mer and the world's smallest frog croaks deep in the jungle. 

And as you can imagine, this pristine ecological paradise teems with aquatic life. With regular sightings of the endangered Hawksbill Turtle and whale sharks. It’s also an idyllic spot for dolphin and whale watching. 

The weather is just as heavenly. Hovering around a toasty 24°C-30°C, you can expect warm waters, ideal for diving and snorkelling.

Layered on top of all this pre-historic beauty is a rich Creole culture. Blending African, European and Asian influences. Where the freshest tropical foods, rhythmic sega music and slow-paced village living will make it hard to leave.

Things to do

These 115 islands make up one of the smallest countries in the world, with a population of only 100,000 people. And while it feels secluded and sleepy, there are plenty of things to do on holidays to the Seychelles.  When you’re not unwinding on the dazzling shoreline, there are UNESCO-listed nature reserves, coral reefs and hypnotic forests to explore.

The best beaches

Seychelles' beaches are a sight to behold, with their gleaming white sands and azure waters. But what really makes them stand out? Those colossal granite boulders. Take Anse Lazio on Praslin Island, just a short boat ride from Mahe and inhabited by blue pigeons and endangered black parrots. 

Anse Source D’Argent in La Digue is also a must. It's one of the most photographed spots on the planet. It's easy to get to, paddle-friendly for families, and the water is so clear it looks like it's been poured from a bottle. 

Another beauty, but back on Mahe, is Grand Anse, the longest on the west coast, backed by the stunning Morne Seychellois mountain backdrop. And if you like to hike, it’s worth it to see Anse Major, a hidden sandy gem that will leave you speechless. 

Snorkelling & diving

The Seychelles is an underwater treasure trove of exotic fish, pretty much wherever you choose to swim. You can always just wander down to the shoreline from your hotel. 

But our favourite spots include Ansr Source d’argent, on La Digue Island, as seen in films like Castaway. Anse Lazio, on Praslin Island for its seclusion. Anse Badamier, hidden down rocky paths on the uninhabited bio-reserve, Curieuse Island. And if you want some of the purest sightings of the rarest green turtles, go further out to Bird Island. 

Your chances of spotting some incredible creatures are pretty high no matter what season you visit. But if you book your Seychelles holiday around April, October and November, the trade winds lull and the conditions are the calmest. It’s also worth remembering that whale sharks migrate from August to November. 

Colour-popping markets

In the capital of Victoria, Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke’s bazaar is a must-see. Wander through intoxicating sights and smells, with local spices, fresh fish and souvenir stalls. If you can, take home your own Coco De Mer, the voluptuous and giant buttocks-shaped nut, an emblematic icon of the islands. Just make sure it’s from a licensed gift shop, with a certificate, as these babies are very sought after. 

For couples

If you’re looking for romance, it doesn’t get more idyllic than the Seychelles. Honeymooners flock here all year long. Even William and Kate jetted here after tying the knot. You could dine under the stars with a candlelit dinner on the beach. Sample some rum at Takamaka. Take in the mountain-top views of Mahé at SeyFe Tea Factory.  Explore the scenery with a bike ride in LaDigue. Set off on a sunset cruise. Or unwind with some soothing spa treatments at a rejuvenating retreat. Check out the North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort. 

For families 

Most of the beaches in the Seychelles are paddle-friendly. With shallow waters, soft sand and palm trees for shade. For an exciting day out, hop over to Curieuse Island to feed giant tortoises, spot black parrots in Vallée de Mai, take a canoe out on the water, and see tiny Gardiner Frogs and rare terrapins. 

Best places to stay

Where to holiday in the Seychelles? Nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is all about preserving its natural habitats. So even the busiest islands aren’t dominated by its luxury lodgings. Instead, these world-class hotels blend into its irresistible landscapes. Wherever you choose to stay you’ll be met with paradise on your Seychelles holiday. 


The largest island, Mahé, is ideal for first-time visitors, boasting Victoria, the capital, famed for its market, and hosting 90% of Seychelles' population. Just a 30-minute drive from Victoria lies Port Launay Beach, famed for Takamaka tree shade and snorkelling along its reefs. Look out for whale sharks feasting on plankton. 

Avid hikers can hike through the towering mountains, mangroves and dense jungles of Morne Seychellois National Park, while snorkelers and divers will love Baie Ternay Marine Park's secluded beaches and diverse marine life.

You're also just a short boat ride away from the Islands, Praslin and La Digue. 


Praslin hosts Vallée de Mai, dubbed the true ‘Garden of Eden’, Seychelles' most visited UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting the country’s largest intact forest of coco de mer palms. Spot the unique Black Parrot and hike the Glacis Noire Trail for breathtaking views of nearby islands. Curieuse Island, a 20-minute boat ride away, offers Coco de Mer souvenirs and Giant Tortoise encounters, with a nursery nurturing them for release into the wild.

La Digue

The laid-back, sleepier cousin of Mahé and Praslin, La Digue is the place to be for that island life like nowhere else. It’s almost completely free of cars and can only be reached by boat, 20 minutes from Praslin. Here you can explore the tiny villages of La Prasse and La Reunion, with its handful of seafood restaurants. Then wander through the La Digue Vevie Reserve to spot the rare paradise flycatcher. All before exploring the island’s most famous site of all, the Anse Source d’Agent.

A quick 10-minute boat ride transports you to Ile Cocos. Made up of three small islets, it’s a without doubt Seychelles' most premier snorkelling destination. 

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Map of Seychelles

24-30 ℃

The region boasts a tropical climate, with temperatures consistently hovering between 25 and 30°C, maintaining a warm ambiance throughout the year.

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10-11 hours
A flight from the UK to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) takes around 10-11 hours.

Seychelles is best for...

Nature lovers: People love the Seychelles for its untouched natural beauty. Those jaw-dropping beaches, vibrant coral reefs and wild jungles. 

Island hopping: Just a short boat ride away from Mahe, you'll discover the glorious gems of Praslin and La Digue. And if you venture even further, you'll stumble upon what feels like pre-historic lost worlds.

Foodies: From lip-smacking Creole curries to the freshest seafood, the cuisine is fragrant, spicy and packed full of tropical island flavours. 

Fast facts for the Seychelles

Language: The languages spoken in the Seychelles are Creole, English and French

Currency: The currency used in the Seychelles is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR)

Local time: The Seychelles is 4 hours ahead GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The Seychelles International Airport

Flight time from UK: 10-11 hours.

Tourist information: Further Seychelles tourist information can be found at Seychelles.

Getting around Seychelles

By bus: When you're on Mahe, give the bus a go! Just remember to bring the exact change (around seven rupees) and holler 'aret devan'—that's 'stop ahead' in Creole.

By bike: For a relaxing day out, explore the small island, La Digue, by bike. There are more bikes than cars here. On your visit, you can get a snap of what is said to be the most photographed beach in the world, Anse Source. 

By ferry: For a sightseeing adventure, why not hop on the ferry from Mahe to one of the main islands, Praslin and La Digue.

Taxi: You can get taxis around Mahe and Praslin, just be aware that they can be a little more expensive than other European cities. They also rely on taximeters, rather than pre-set fares.

By Car: Renting a car is a great way to explore Mahe and Praslin at your own leisure. 

Events in the Seychelles

FetAFrik: Experience a vibrant celebration of the Seychelle’s African roots, from June 25-27, with music, dance, art and food, on the island of Mahe. The festivities bring performers from all corners of Africa. 

Regatta: Don't miss out on the electrifying Regatta Music Festival at Beau Vallon Beach from August 25-27. A fusion of local and international music, tantalising cuisines, and cultural vibrancy.

Creole Festival: Dive deep into the soul of Seychelles at the Creole Festival for the full month of October. Your chance to sample fiery curries and fresh seafood on Beau Vallon beach.

Seychelles safety and security

Visa / health: Before your break to the Seychelles, visit The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office for recommendations and advice on visas and health.


Seychelles weather

Temperature: The climate is tropical and the temperatures don’t fluctuate much from 25-30°C, remaining toasty all year round. 

Best time to visit: Any time is a good time to visit the Seychelles as it’s always warm, but May to October is a little cooler and November to April brings more chance of rain. If you travel between April and May, or October and November you’ll avoid the trade winds. 

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Seychelles FAQs
Seychelles FAQs
What is better Maldives or Seychelles?

Maldives offers luxury overwater bungalows and vibrant marine life, ideal for snorkelling. Plus it's a little more accurate.

Seychelles offers more to explore. With its lush forests and secluded nature reserves, it's the one to pick if you’re an adventurous hiker and animal lover.


Best time to visit Seychelles?

The Seychelles boasts a tropical climate year-round, so expect temperatures to hover between 24°C and 30°C. The busiest season is from December to January. While the best time to visit the Seychelles is during April, May, October and November, when the crowds are quieter.

The monsoon season runs from December to March, and will bring occasional rainfall. June to September is drier cooler and drier, but also windy, so expect some choppy seas.

What to pack for a holiday to Seychelles?

Whether you're lounging on the beaches or snorkelling, your wardrobe choices can be pretty laid-back. It's always hot in Seychelles, so don't forget to pack your sunscreen and hat. And if you’re planning some nature trails, it’s a good idea to pack some hiking shoes.  

What’s the nearest country to the Seychelles?

The nearest country to the Seychelles is Madagascar.