Almost half of the total land area of the Seychelles is protected and most of its islands are designated marine sanctuaries, which goes some way to explaining why the archipelago is so pristinely well preserved. Naturally, Seychelles is a dream destination for aquatic pursuits like diving, snorkelling, sailing and fishing, but visitors will also find that the virgin jungles and granite peaks provide a playground for hikers, bird-watchers and rock climbers.

The islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the most developed for tourists, with many luxury hotels, some cultural attractions, and myriad activities on offer. Here travellers will find stunning beaches, the Morne Seychellois National Park, and the UNESCO-listed Vallee de Mai.

Keen fishermen should head to Desroche Island, Alphonse Island and Farquhar Atoll, while surfers will love Anse Intendance. Some of the best islands for birders include the aptly named Bird Island, the Aride Island Nature Reserve and Cousin Island. Nature lovers will also relish the wildlife on Curieuse Island, Silhouette Island, and the UNESCO-listed Aldabra Atoll, to name just a few.

Victoria's centrally located clock tower


Having the dubious honour of being the smallest capital city in the world, Victoria may also be considered one of the most charming, and this quaint capital is easily explored on foot. The best place to soak up the friendly atmosphere is at...  see full details

Giant tortoise in the Mont Fleuri Botanical Gardens

National Botanical Gardens

The century-old Botanical Gardens at the south end of Victoria extend for six hectares (15 acres), and are planted with a wide variety of indigenous and exotic trees, including the Seychelles islands' unique 'coco de mer' palms. For those staying on the island of...  see full details

Sea Turtle, Seychelles

St Anne Marine National Park

A treat for nature lovers, guided tours are offered from Victoria harbour to the St Anne National Marine Park, which covers six islands off the coast of Mahé, near the city. The islands included in the park are Ste Anne, Ile Moyenne, Ile...  see full details

Diving in Seychelles

Dive Sites

With crystal clear waters and wonderful underwater reefs, wrecks, boulders and sea life, it is no surprise that one of the main activities in the Seychelles is exploring this underwater world. The islands have a selection of dive sites ranging from those suitable for...  see full details

Beau Vallon Beach

Beau Vallon Bay

The mile-long beach encircling beautiful Beau Vallon Bay on the northern coast of Mahé Island is the most popular beach resort area in the Seychelles, boasting several hotels, a casino, and a selection of scuba diving and water sport centres. Beau Vallon also has...  see full details