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Best Things To Do in Seychelles

Seychelles's claim to fame is its beaches. The islands' soft, white shorelines — peppered with immense boulders and framed by the warm, clear Indian Ocean — are often seen gracing the fronts of postcards and the covers of magazines. And the best part about Seychellois beaches is that even the most popular stretches of sand (like Anse Intendance and Anse Source d'Argent) are never crowded. If you don't mind the company of critters, make your way to Curieuse Island to soak up the sun alongside giant tortoises, or dip below the waves off the Beau Vallon coast for a fishy encounter. Once you tire of the sand, the sea and the sun, cool down in the shade at the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens on Mahé, or stretch your legs in Praslin's Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve.

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#1
Anse Volbert (Praslin) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Also known as the Côte d'Or ("Golden Coast"), Anse Volbert earns rave reviews from sun-seekers, swimmers and snorkelers for ... read more»

#2
Beau Vallon (Mahé) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sitting opposite Victoria on Mahé's northwest coast, Beau Vallon is one of the island's most popular beach areas ... read more»

#3
Anse Lazio (Praslin) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Lying along Chevalier Bay on Praslin's north coast, Anse Lazio beach wins visitors over with its ivory sands, cobalt ... read more»

#4
Anse Georgette (Praslin) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Despite Seychelles' growing popularity as a tourist destination, Anse Georgette has maintained its sense of seclusion, making it an ideal ... read more»

#5
Anse Intendance (Mahé) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Mahé's famous Anse Intendance sprawls across half a mile of the island's southern coast — approximately 20 miles south ... read more»

#6
Anse Source d'Argent (La Digue)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're looking to spend the day on one of Seychelles' most famous beaches, complete with rustling palms and ... read more»

#7
Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden (Mahé)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Today, people flock to Seychelles for the soft white sands, but back in the 18th century, the islands were a ... read more»

#8
Victoria (Mahé) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: There's really no avoiding Victoria. Seychelles' tiny capital acts as the transportation hub for all of Mahé — the airport ... read more»

#9
Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve (Praslin)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The 48-acre Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its roughly 6,000 coco-de-mer trees. These ... read more»

#10
Seychelles National Botanical Gardens (Mahé)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Planted more than 100 years ago, the vibrant flora housed within the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens provides a pop of ... read more»

#11
Curieuse Marine National Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you have some time to spare, previous visitors recommend spending a few hours roaming Curieuse Island, home to the ... read more»

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