Nothing feels quite as adventurous as a trip where you hop, skip and jump taking in several islands. The Seychelles archipelago has 115 islands, each with its own charm. Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the main, most-visited of the bunch with granite mountains which thrust high into the sky, dense jungle and pretty sandy beaches. To the north lie Bird and Denis islands, flat coral outposts that teem with nature, such as the rare paradise flycatcher. For real Robinson Crusoe types, the far-flung outer islands of Desroches and Alphonse will make you feel like a castaway, albeit with more creature comforts than Crusoe.
With a reputation for some of the best scuba diving anywhere on the planet, divers can expect to frolic with dolphins, rays, turtles and neon flurries of fish on underwater jaunts
Air and sea connections on-the-ground make travel between islands a breeze, and no matter which you visit, your tastebuds are in for a treat. Feast on local Creole cuisine – a fusion of French, Indian and Chinese influences – freshly cooked fish and impeccably spiced coconut curries take centrestage.
Just say neigh
Horse-riding is a memorable and eco-friendly way to see the sites, with Turquois Horse Trails’ motto being ‘Leave only hoofprints’.Plan a holiday
Motion of the ocean
If you ever played with a toy yacht in the bath, you will be able to live out a fantasy in the Seychelles archipelago, where travel by boat is the best way to experience the delights of remote outer islands.Explore Seychelles
Hit the water
With its turquoise waters and perpetual-summer climate, partaking in watersports in the Seychelles is a no-brainer. The dilemma is which to try first. Mahé Island’s Beau Vallon bay is a hotspot for ocean pursuits from paragliding and water skiing to windsurfing. While surfing and kitesurfing are on the rise here, they’re not well established, so bring your kit for boardsports. Some of the best scuba diving on the planet can be found in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, and with both granite and coral reefs to explore, divers can expect to frolic with dolphins, rays, turtles and neon flurries of fish on underwater jaunts. Especially lucky sub aquanauts might even catch a glimpse of a mighty whale shark in the big blue. Deep-sea fishing is also popular; reel in big-hitters such as marlin, sailfish, dorado and barracuda on a trip with local outfit A1.
A little bird told me
The wonderfully appropriately named Bird Island is among the many spots where you might catch a glimpse of rare and wonderful species such as the paradise flycatcher.Seychelles travel guide
Cantering through the surf on Grand Anse Beach on the back of a gorgeous Appaloosan steed is the stuff equestrians’ dreams are made of. Turquoise Horse Trails operate stables on Mahé’s west coast; choose from lessons and hacks through lesser-explored countryside. An eco-friendly philosophy abounds and focus on a quality experience rules supreme – owner Damien Dreyer employs bit-less bridles, the best American saddles and ensures rides always avoid any nesting turtles on beaches.
Whizzing along 80-120m long aerial ziplines suspended in the canopy of a pristine forest is a truly epic experience. Try it with long-established SMAC Adventures that run a one-stop adrenaline shop offering rock climbing, zip lining and abseiling at the Constance Ephelia hotel on Mahé’s north-west coast. If scaling up 18m-high craggy granite cliff faces in lush Port Launay National Park doesn’t get your heart racing, nothing will.
Moorings in secluded bays, breath-taking panoramas and relatively uncongested waters, sailing in the Seychelles archipelago is an all-round dreamy affair. The south east trade winds which blow from May to September make for rougher seas at this time, but, by and large, conditions allow for sailing year-round. State-of-the-art single hulls and catamarans can be hired, either skippered or bare-boat. While the waterways of the inner islands won’t disappoint, voyagers to the remote outer islands will be rewarded by astonishing deserted sand cays and sparkling sapphire lagoons.