Things to do in Seychelles
The diversity of the Seychelles landscapes rushes up to greet you the moment your aircraft begins its descent. Various excursions will introduce you to the pleasures of glass-bottom boating, or enjoying a choice of water sports and promises a list of exciting things to do.
Bag your own Beach: Mahe is the largest island in the Seychelles. Its finest beach has to be Anse Major, in the north-west, accessible only by foot (or fishing boat). It's an easy one-hour walk from the bus stop at LaScala (BelOmbre) through shaded valleys and across weather- beaten granite rock faces, ending in a pretty descent on to white sands.
There are several picturesque and often bays to investigate in the island's south. It's worth hiring a car. But beware there are treacherous currents and swimming here is not advised.
Take a Hike: The best way to explore is to take a half-day hike along one of the many trails within the MorneSeychellois National park. Look for many tiny frogs hiding in the pitcher plants, and harmless endemic wolf snake basking in the patches of sun. If you choose only to walk, spend 45 minutes reaching the summit of Morne Blanc. It has perhaps the finest view in the Indian Ocean.
Birds of Paradise: From Mahe you can easily see the smaller granitic islands of Praslin and La Digue lying side by side 25 miles to the north. Life is effortless on La Digue, where the boulder-strewn beaches are even prettier than on Mahe. Rent bikes and pedal to Grande Anse where turquoise breakers pummel the beach. Keep an eye out for the Seychelles paradise flycatcher, an endangered bird of which the locals are deeply proud.
Sunset strolling: Beau Vallon, in the northwest of Mahe, is a favorite bay for locals and tourists alike. But there is no need to fret about scuffles over prime territory. Even at its busiest, it is relaxed and unspoiled.
Several hotels and some good dive centers are dotted along the beach, and you can find a handful of humble but good restaurants. Watch the sunset into the ocean and then try Baobab Restaurant for an excellent pizza.