Top Choice National Park 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 hot spot: …
Top Choice Church in Victoria

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

This imposing cathedral is noteworthy for its elegant portal and colonnaded facade. The extraordinary building immediately west of the cathedral is the Domus – it's the priest's residence and a national monument.
Top Choice Market in Victoria


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…
Top Choice Beach in Praslin

Anse Lazio

Anse Lazio, on the northwest tip of the island, is picture-perfect everywhere you look and it often turns up in lists of the world's most beautiful beaches. The long beach has lapis lazuli waters, a thick fringe of …
Top Choice Beach in Praslin

Anse Volbert

This long, gently arching beach is the most popular strand 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 h…
Top Choice Distillery in East Coast

Takamaka Bay

On this popular tour you learn the story behind the island's main distillery and about the rum-making procedure. The tour runs for between 30 and 45 minutes and concludes with a tasting and an opportunity to purchas…
Historic Site in La Digue

L'Union Estate & Copra Factory

At one time, the main industry on La Digue was coconut farming, centred on L'Union Estate coconut plantation south of La Passe. These days L'Union Estate is run as an informal 'theme park', which harbours the Old Pl…
Wildlife Reserve in La Digue

Veuve Reserve

La Digue is the last refuge of the black paradise flycatcher, which locals call the veuve (widow). This small forest reserve, which has been set aside to protect its natural habitat, is thought to shelter about 15 p…
Museum in Victoria

Natural History Museum

The rather ramshackle Natural History Museum is worth a quick visit to learn about the islands' geology, fauna and flora.
Gardens in Victoria

Botanical Gardens

The manicured botanical gardens, full of streams and birdsong, are about a 10-minute walk south of the centre. Star attractions are the coco de mer palms lining the main alley. There's also a spice grove, a pen of g…