Sights

Top ChoiceMuseum 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....

Top ChoiceMarket in Victoria

Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market

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...

Top ChoiceDistillery in East Coast

Takamaka Bay

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...

Top ChoiceBeach 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,...

Top ChoiceBeach 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...

Top ChoiceBeach 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...

Top ChoiceBeach in West Coast

Anse Takamaka

The gently curving Anse Takamaka is a gorgeous strand for walking unfettered on white sand and gaping at sunsets. Facilities include Chez Batista's bar-restaurant.

Top ChoiceGallery in Victoria

Kaz Zanana

This gallery, in a traditional Creole wooden structure built in 1915 and restored in the 1980s, exhibits the work of George Camille, one of the Seychelles' best-loved painters. It's a short uphill walk from the...

National Park 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...

Historic Site 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...

Beach 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 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...

Beach 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,...

Beach 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.

Farm in Morne Seychellois National Park

SeyTé Tea Factory

At the working tea factory, about 3km above Port Glaud, 20-minute tours take you through the tea-making process. It's best to visit before noon, when you can see the whole process from drying to packing. There's...

Gardens in East Coast

Le Jardin du Roi

Le Jardin du Roi

Located 2km up in the hills above Anse Royale, this lush spice garden owes its existence to Pierre Poivre, the French spice entrepreneur. There is a self-guided walk around the 35-hectare...

Church in Victoria

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

This imposing cathedral is noteworthy for its elegant portal and colonnaded facade – the interior nave is long and airy with some stained-glass windows. The extraordinary building immediately west of the...

Church in East Coast

Église Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours

Consecrated in 2009, this graceful church is simplicity itself and is all the better for it. Instead of stained-glass windows, the massive windows are slats that catch the sea breeze and lend the whole structure...

Beach in West Coast

Anse Intendance

A top-end resort lines the northern portion of this high-profile beach. The southern end is almost deserted and offers good swimming and snorkelling. The sunset views are some of the best in the Seychelles. From...

Gardens in Victoria

Botanical Gardens

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...