I wheeled with the stars
My heart broke loose on the wind
I thought of Pablo Neruda’s words often while exploring the islands of love in the Indian Ocean. Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 idyllic islands nestled in azure waters but I’m convinced it isn’t just the otherworldly beaches, luxury resorts, or alluring palms that make it special!
What makes Seychelles special are the sensory experiences that are unleashed on guests the moment they step foot on the islands – white powdery sand tickles your toes persuading you to stay a little while longer, the creaminess of a coconut curry seduces the palette, Seychellois sunsets work hard to give you goosebumps, and the sweltering heat seems to be there just to provide you with an excuse to take a dip in temperate waters that make your heart sing. So many sensations in one short evening – that’s how Seychelles makes its guests fall in love with itself!
Why choose Seychelles?
We’ve been to a fair few island destinations now and each one of them has its pros and cons. Maldives is ideal if you want an ultra luxurious holiday but it doesn’t offer local experiences per se. Mauritius is ideal for a road trip but doesn’t offer island-hopping experiences. This is where Seychelles comes in – the islands offer a mix of luxury, cultural experiences, and island-hopping opportunities. It is ideal if you enjoy indulgent beach holidays dotted with cultural experiences.
Best Time To Visit Seychelles
Seychelles boasts of a warm climate all year round. It is situated in a cyclone free zone, which makes it an ideal year-round destination. Having said that, the months between March and June are perfect to visit Seychelles. The weather is hot but waters are calm and ideal for sailing and water sports. The monsoons hit hard from November-January. Expect a lot of rainfall if you visit the country during those months.
Getting Into Seychelles
Air Seychelles offers convenient connections from both Asia and Europe. For instance – There are direct flights from Mumbai and Paris, which make it super simple to get into Mahe. Friendly service and a menu featuring Creole specialities makes sure your holiday starts the second you board the flight to Seychelles.
Budgeting for your holiday to Seychelles
The money you spend will depend heavily on the place you’re flying from and the hotels you choose in Seychelles. Having said that, expect to spend around £1500/INR 125,000 per person on accommodation, activities, and meals for a week if you choose to stay in luxury hotels. Add the cost of flights to this and you have your budget for Seychelles.
An Itinerary For Seychelles – An Overview
It’s possible to have a variety of island-hopping itineraries while visiting Seychelles. You could even stay only on one island like Mahe or Praslin and hop on a few day trips. But if you, like us, enjoy indulgent holidays laden with cultural experiences and water sports, then this itinerary is ideal for you
Day 1- Arrival in Mahe
Days 1-3 Explore Praslin and La Digue
Days 3-6 Explore Mahe and surroundings
Days 6-8 Experience Silhouette Island
Day 8 – Departure from Mahe
An Itinerary For Seychelles – Day by day breakdown
Here’s a day by day breakdown of the perfect itinerary for Seychelles with restaurant, tour, and accommodation suggestions along the way:
DAY 1: Transfer to Praslin and explore Praslin
You will fly into Mahe Airport. From here, you can take a short flight or hop on a ferry to get to Praslin, the first island on your itinerary of Seychelles. Praslin boasts of some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, so make sure you put it o your itinerary.
This is your first day in Seychelles, so take your time to acquaint yourself with the air of a new country. Once you arrive in Praslin, check into your hotel. We chose Hotel Le Duc de Praslin because of its proximity to the iconic Cote d’Or Beach and really enjoyed our stay. The boutique hotel has a laid-back and casual vibe and boasts of some of the most popular restaurants and bars on the entire island. You can read a detailed review of Hotel Le Duc de Praslin in our article on choosing accommodation in Seychelles. If you want to stay at a more luxurious property in Praslin, then look up Raffles Praslin. If you want something that is cheaper, then check out Acajou Hotel or AirBnB.
Irrespective of where you choose to stay, make sure you make your way to Cote d’Or Beach in the afternoon. Drink in the views and have a light lunch at the famous Cafe des Arts restaurant. Then make your way to yet another spectacular beach, Anse Lazio for sunset. After this, you could head back to your hotel for dinner. If you enjoy seafood, you could also try Les Rochers Restaurant for a special (but expensive!) meal. It offers a delectable range of crustacean delicacies – we loved their crab soup and grilled lobster. All this whilst you enjoy the sound of waves a few feet away from you.
DAY 2: Take a day trip to La Digue
The sylvan island of La Digue is just a short ferry ride away from Praslin. Have a relaxed breakfast and head out to the jetty to board the ferry. Once you’re in La Digue, rent a bicycle from Tati’s Bicycle Rental close to the jetty and explore the island’s bucolic by lanes and beaches. We suggest heading to the Northern side of the island and exploring beaches such as Anse Severe on your bikes if you want a gentle bike ride.
If you want a longer bike ride or a guided tour, then head to the amazing beaches and reserves that are further away from La Digue’s Pier. Grand Anse and Anse Source d’Árgent have sparkling blue waters and white powdery beaches dotted with Seychelles’ characteristic black rocks. Lunion Estate offers visitors the opportunity to visit a plantation house or make friends with giant tortoises. If you’re into bird watching, then make sure to visit Veuve Reserve.
Return your bikes and have a quick meal at the adjacent Fishtrap restaurant (they do amazing salads and curries!) before heading back to your hotel in Praslin.
DAY 3 Visit Fond Ferdinand and transfer to Mahe
It’s time to hop onto yet another island with your luggage in tow. But not before a pitstop at Fond Ferdinand’s nature trail. The infamous Coco de Mer is rare and precious. You can see it in its natural habitat and learn more about it at Fond Ferdinand. Don’t miss this opportunity as Coco de Mer is native to the Seychelles archipelago and can only be found in Seychelles. You can take a short walk in the plantation or hike all the way to the top for a gorgeous panoramic view. This takes about 3 hours.
Once you’re exhausted head back to your car. You will reach Praslin’s jetty within minutes. Take the ferry back to Mahe. Once you are in Mahe, check into your hotel. There is a range of hotels to suit both mid-range and luxury travellers in Mahe. We chose Hilton Northolme Resort and Spa. The intimate hotel is built at a historic site and has a gorgeous infinity pool and scenic restaurants. We had an amazing time there and were reluctant to leave ;-). Check out our article on accommodation in Seychelles for a detailed review. If you prefer a mid-range hotel, you should check out Coral Strand Hotel in Mahe.
DAY 4: Relax in Mahe and indulge in water sports
All the day trips and plantation visits are bound to leave you exhausted. Spend a relaxed day walking by the beach, snorkelling, or diving in Seychelles’ gorgeous waters. Most hotels can arrange water sports for guests. Spend the evening lazing around the pool as you sip on cocktails. If you really want to unwind, get a rejuvenating massage.
DAY 5: Go on a long hike and explore Victoria
Brace yourself for an early wake up call. Day 5 is reserved for a quick breakfast followed by a long and scenic hike. There are a number of nature trails in Mahe and you can choose one based on your fitness level. We chose the challenging Copolia Trail. On a sunny day, the hike to the top is strenuous and rewarding in equal measures. You might sweat bucketloads on the way up but fret not – stunning panoramas await. Take your time to absorb the gorgeous view of tiny islands, ringed by cerulean waters. Count the shades of blue as you gather your breath for the hike back to the starting point.
Spend your afternoon exploring Victoria, the capital city of Seychelles – walk by colourful houses, pick up conversations with locals, buy tidbits from tiny shops crammed with wares, or just observe locals go about their lives as you sample a creole curry or two at a local restaurant. Spend a relaxed evening and make sure you opt for a romantic dinner overlooking the Indian Ocean.
DAYS 6 & 7 Transfer to Silhouette Island and enjoy island life
Seychelles is ideal for honeymoons and romantic getaways. Spend the last two days of your holiday in Seychelles in a luxurious oasis. If you’re celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime occasion and want something supremely special, then look up the private island resorts such as North Island Luxury Lodge or Six Senses Zil Payson.
But if you want a popular yet luxurious stay, then Hilton Labriz Resort and Spa is ideal. We chose it because it has won several awards for being the best island hideaway in the Indian Ocean. You can read details about our stay at Hilton Labriz in our article on where to stay in Seychelles. Irrespective of where you choose to stay, spend days 6 & 7 biking around tiny islands, snorkelling and diving in crystal clear waters, sailing in the Indian Ocean on a sunset cruise, and devouring flavourful creole meals. This romantic island utopia will leave you sun-kissed and blissed out
Day 8 Transfer to Mahe and flight back home
I know we all hate it when holidays end but end they must. It’s time to take the ferry back to Mahe and hop on the flight back home. If you have some time to while away before your flight just take a cab to Eden Island – the man made island is home to a host of great eateries and cafés. Chatterbox offers a range of smoothies and coffees in a hip setting. For a scrumptious sea facing meal, try Bravo. The open-air restaurant offers some delicious salads and grilled meats.
Visiting Seychelles? Check out our detailed article on Where To Stay On Your Holiday In Seychelles with a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets
And finally, to tempt you into booking your flights to Seychelles, here’s a little video about our time there 🙂