Must see attractions in Seychelles

  • Top ChoiceSights in Praslin

    Anse Lazio

    Anse Lazio, on the northwest tip of the island, is picture-perfect everywhere you look and often turns up in lists of the world's most beautiful beaches. The long beach has lapis lazuli waters with great waves, a thick fringe of palm and takamaka trees, and granite boulders at each extremity. There's some good snorkelling among the rocks along the arms of the bay and there's a beachside restaurant. Despite its popularity, it never feels crowded, but watch your valuables here.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Frégate

    Anse Maquereau

    Quite possibly the world's most beautiful beach, petite Anse Maquereau is flanked by granitic monoliths, backed by palms and caressed by waters of the deepest blue. But with so few guests on the island, it's often yours alone – and you can keep it that way if you simply turn the sign atop the steps from 'Beach free' to 'Beach in use' before heading down.

  • Top ChoiceSights in La Digue

    Anse Marron

    Perhaps the most stunning natural pool and beach combo on the planet, Anse Marron sits nestled behind Gaudíesque granite boulders at the remote southern tip of La Digue. The tiny inlet is truly a hidden morsel of tranquillity, with its sheltered, crystal-clear waters providing a surreal location for a swim or snorkel. The sand on this fantastically wild beach is blindingly white, and the fact that it's a difficult journey to reach by foot only adds to its allure.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Praslin

    Vallée de Mai

    Gorgeous World Heritage–listed Vallée de Mai is one of only two places in the world where the rare coco de mer palm grows in its natural state (the other being nearby Curieuse Island). It's also a birding hotspot: watch for the endemic Seychelles bulbul, the lovely blue pigeon, the Seychelles warbler and the endangered black parrot, of which there are between 520 and 900 left in the wild. It's a real slice of Eden.

  • Top ChoiceSights in La Digue

    Anse Source d'Argent

    Famed for being one of the most photographed beaches on the planet, Anse Source d'Argent is a sight to behold. Its dazzling white sands are lapped by shallow emerald waters, backed by some of La Digue's most beautiful granite boulders and shaded by craning coconut palms. Unless you want to wade through watery depths, you'll need to pass through the old L'Union Estate coconut plantation to access the beach, which means paying Rs115 (valid for a day).

  • Top ChoiceSights in Victoria

    National Museum of History

    Housed in Victoria's restored colonial-era Supreme Court building (1885), this terrific museum opened in late 2018. While the architecture itself is worth admiring, the museum's exhibitions are outstanding. Downstairs is an informative journey through 300 years of Seychelles history, with plenty of information to put the model ships, old cannons and other historical pieces in context. Upstairs focuses on Creole culture, with displays on music, clothing, fishing and architecture.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Victoria

    Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market

    No trip to Victoria would be complete without a wander through the covered market. It's small by African standards, but it's a bustling, colourful place nonetheless. Alongside fresh fruit and vegetables, stalls sell souvenirs such as local spices and herbs, as well as the usual assortment of pareos (sarongs) and shirts. Early morning is the best time to come, when fishmongers display an astonishing variety of seafood, from parrotfish to barracuda. It's at its liveliest on Saturday.

  • Top ChoiceSights in East Coast

    Takamaka Bay

    On this popular tour you learn the story behind the island's main distillery and about the rum-making process. The tour runs for between 30 and 45 minutes and concludes with a tasting and an opportunity to purchase bottles of rum. There is also a forest walk and a small stand of sugar cane. It features a highly regarded restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Praslin

    Anse Volbert

    This long, gently arching beach is among the most popular strands on the island. It's great for safe swimming and sunbathing, and it's also good for water sports. There are plenty of facilities, including restaurants and hotels. A small islet – Chauve-Souris – floats offshore. You can swim to it for snorkelling.

  • Sights in La Digue

    Anse Cocos

    This wonderfully scenic beach of salt-white sand and turquoise water curves gracefully between distant granitic outcrops. What sets it apart from others on this stretch of coast is the beachfront shade offered by casuarina trees and craning palms. It's a fantastic place to flop, and given the effort required to hike here, it's also one of the quietest options. Rip currents are an issue for swimming, but the northern tip of the beach has some protected pools for a dip.

  • Sights in Mahé

    Morne Seychellois National Park

    One of Mahé's highlights, the splendid Morne Seychellois National Park encompasses an impressive 20% of Mahé's land area and contains a wide variety of habitats, from coastal mangrove forests up to the country's highest peak, the Morne Seychellois (905m). Choked in thick forest formation, the enigmatic, central part of the park is virtually deserted and can only be reached by walking trails; you don't have to go far before the outside world starts to feel a long, long way away.

  • Sights in Morne Seychellois National Park

    Mission Lodge

    Close to the highest point you can reach on Mahé by road, Mission Lodge has a superb lookout with spectacular views of central Mahé and the west coast, and some low-slung stone ruins slowly returning to the forest (a school was built here by the London Missionary Society in the 19th century to care for slave children who had been dumped on the island after the abolition of slavery). Queen Elizabeth II took tea in the small pavilion in 1972.

  • Sights in West Coast

    Petite Anse

    This pristine curve of white sand is accessible via the Four Seasons Resort; wait at the gate and a buggy will take you down to the beach. Come late afternoon: as the sun lowers, the sky deepens to orange. This beach just might be heaven, despite the fact that it has been partly privatised by the hotel. Visitors can use the hotel's beach-restaurant for food and drink.

  • Sights in East Coast

    Fairyland Beach

    Most of the Seychelles' postcard-stunning beaches are on Praslin and La Digue, but Fairyland Beach when seen from the south is a real looker, with a lovely arc of sand fringed with palm trees and granite boulders. Sadly, it's not a great beach for swimming – waters are shallow and there's plenty of algae, Mahé's east coast curse. There's good snorkelling around tiny Île Souris, just offshore.

  • Sights in Praslin

    Anse La Blague

    Head to Anse La Blague on the east coast if you're after a secluded picnic spot. Very few tourists make it to this isolated beach, which feels like the world's end. It has no facilities, other than shady takamaka trees to hang your towel on. You might come across a few fishers with their catch of cordonnier (jobfish).

  • Top ChoiceSights in Beau Vallon & the North Coast

    Beau Vallon Beach

    A beautiful semi-circle of sand backed by palms and takamaka trees, Beau Vallon beach is Mahé's most popular. The swimming is excellent, but there can be strong waves from June to November. For day visitors, beach bed rental costs Rs 75/150/225 per one/two/four hours, or Rs 325 per day.

  • Top ChoiceSights in West Coast

    Anse Soleil

    The idyllic little beach of Anse Soleil is a pocket-sized paradise. You can pause here for lunch – there's a beach restaurant – but beware, you may never want to leave. It's accessible via a secondary road (it's signposted).

  • Sights in West Coast

    Grande Anse

    Grande Anse is an immense swathe of sand that glimmers with a fierce but utterly enchanting beauty. No other beach provides the same opportunities for long, solitary walks. It's not suitable for swimming, though, due to strong currents.

  • Top ChoiceSights in West Coast

    Anse Major

    One of the most beautiful beaches on Mahé, Anse Major is only accessible on foot from Danzil – few visitors to the Seychelles make it here. The setting is a match for any beach in the Seychelles, although swimming can be dangerous.

  • Sights in West Coast

    Anse Port Launay

    Close to the Constance Ephelia, just 50m beyond Port Launay Bus Terminal, this gorgeous circle of sand can feel like paradise with its overhanging trees, turquoise waters and lovely views.