In The Seychelles…
Mahe Island is the largest island and the most frequented visited island of the Seychelles and it is where the capital city, Victoria, is located. Mahe, a granite island, consists of eighty percent of Seychelles population and it is often referred to as the hub of cultural and social activity offering more urban night life than surrounding islands. Mahe fuses beautiful natural scenery with culturally enriching experiences creating one of the most perfect holiday destinations on earth. The island has plenty of museums and historical monuments, depicting the history and culture of the Creole people that are native to the Seychelles as well as colonial influences.
The Seychelles Botanical Gardens is also situated in Mahe; it dates back more than a century making it one of the oldest national monuments on the island. There is an array of endemic plants and exotic plants throughout the brilliant gardens including a vibrant type of orchid that is native to the Seychelles. The garden also has a variety of spice and fruit trees.
Mahe Island has absolutely stunning beaches that offer an abundance of water sports, including paddle boarding, diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing. If you just want a tan, just relax along the beach and soak up the ever present sun, and get that ultimate ‘I’ve been on holiday’ look. Mahe is the most social island holiday you can get as it incorporates the pure, unblemished beauty of a tropical island, the culture of the native people, and the urban social buzz that all cities have.
Praslin Island is a granitic island and is the second largest island in the Seychelles after Mahe and lies just northeast of it. Although a large island, Praslin Island is home to just a small fraction of the Seychelles population and does not have as much infrastructure as Mahe. It is a very relaxed island, with some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world. Praslin Island is the home of the rare and endemic coco-de- mer tree, also known as the sea coconut. The only other part of the Seychelles that this tree grows is the neighbouring island of Curieuse Island, and is protected by the conservation efforts of the Seychelles government.
Praslin’s beautiful forest, Vallee de Mai is a UNESCO world heritage site and can be explored fully as it shows off the island’s vast flora and exotic birdlife. The rare species of both plants and animals that are found on Praslin Island makes it a truly unique ecotourism destination.
Anse Lazio is a beach on the northwest tip of the island and features in many lists of beautiful beaches in the world. Like most Seychelles beaches, Anse Lazio is absolutely picture perfect, with beautiful velvet sand and the takamaka and palm trees that fringe the island provide shade from the constant sun. The beach is not as crowded as the beaches on Mahe, but still has enough people to give off that island holiday vibe. If you are a nature lover or you’re just looking for a laid back island trip, Praslin is the perfect holiday destination for you. Less busy than Mahe, this sleepy island will draw you in with its fantastic beaches and unforgettable scenery.
La Digue Island…
La Digue has a range of fine hotels, villas, and group residences, and there is a variety of dining options all around the island. Whichever place you choose during your time on La Digue Island, know that a plethora of activities can be arranged through your respective accommodation. These can include snorkelling, island bicycle tours, ferry excursions, deep sea fishing and many others. For adventurers who prefer the freedom that catering for themselves allows, La Digue Island offers a range of bungalows and chalets with full kitchens. Each of these accommodations are in walking distance to many of the island’s beaches and attractions, although a scenic bike ride is the preferred method of transport. Bicycles can be rented from your respective accommodation.
From the Cocotier du Rocher to the Cabanes Des Anges, each self-catering accommodation promises breath-taking views, comfortable lodgings and a swimming pool if the beach isn’t your thing. These accommodations also offer a maid and laundry service as well as breakfast on request. Hiking, snorkelling, diving and boat rentals can all be organised through your respective accommodation.
The Seychelles should feature on any bucket list. Its perfect mix of unspoiled beaches, top-class accommodation, friendly locals and delectable cuisine all combine to make for an unforgettable experience in paradise. La Digue Island offers travellers the perfect base for such an adventure. Whether you enjoy self-catering holidays or prefer to stay in the lap of luxury, La Digue has the perfect accommodation for you.