Is It Time Yet?

When people think of Seychelles, they think of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. They think of a rich culture and traditions, food and art. What they forget about is the perfect time to visit. This doesn’t mean that it’s not beautiful all year round, but certain people prefer certain things.

The golden rule of traveling to anywhere in the world is that you make sure you know what the weather is going to be like. You need this information so you can pack accordingly of course.

Now just because we have gorgeous beaches doesn’t mean they can’t get a little rough at times, which is why it is important to take into account the wind patterns and their effect on the seas.

We have two opposing trade winds that are in charge of the weather here. From May to October you can get the south-east winds coming in that bring about a relatively dry period on the islands. The southern beaches of Mahé get rougher during this time as well and it is always advisable to be on the safe side when going swimming.

The north-westerly winds begin in November, making December to March the wettest times of year and April being the calmest month of the year. The northern beaches of Mahé tend to get rougher during these months.

Another factor that plays into the interests of tourists, is events occurring around specific months. Sailing and snorkeling are a year round thing that no one ever really misses out on. Diving however, is preferable around March to May and September to November. The fishing season becomes popular around October all the way to April and hikes are recommended during the dry season. The bird watching on Bird Island has a couple of popular times; April is the peak breeding season making May to September the nesting months followed by migration in October.

Find a selection of excursions here.

‘I Do’

Destination weddings are in high demand as of late, especially where islands are concerned! If you’re ready to tie the knot then you should check out the Seychelles Islands as your ideal wedding location.

These gorgeous islands have be a hot spot for romance among many celebrities who have fallen to the beauty of the white, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. As paparazzi snap their photos and magazines gossip on their vacations, Seychelles becomes more and more tantalizing to those who wish to get away with their significant other. The Seychelles Archipelago began gaining such endorsement when the newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to honeymoon here.

Where honeymoons on the various islands are popular among celebrities, so are the actual weddings; beach weddings to be exact.

Various hotels deal in special packages for those who are ready to commit, including seven nights stays for most. Depending on your budget, it is always important to check up on these things prior to booking a plane ticket.

The best time of year varies on Mother Nature. The weather in Seychelles varies due to trade winds. From the months of October to April, you can find the winds coming in from the North which allow for more gentle breezes and safer swimming in the South. The only downside is that these months are more susceptible to rain especially around November to January.

From May to September, expect a drier climate. The winds head in from the south east and normally affect the beaches on the Southern parts of Mahé, making the waters to rough to swim in. The northern coast is relatively calm during these periods. The seas also make boat trips rougher when crossing between islands so flying is more advisable to those with sea sickness during these times.

Depending on where you stay, a hotel can most definitely organize a hairdresser and florist for the wedding package. However, if you prefer to plan yourself you can find a list of Beauty and Hairdressers and Spas and Fitness.

One must always be aware of the legal requirements that are needed before getting hitched, especially in a different country. It is always important to be prepared so your wedding can go as smooth as possible. A full list of legal requirements and rules can be found here.

 

Top 3 Most Relaxing Beaches on La Digue

If you are looking to unwind your mind from a busy day then let me help you find the best way to relax on the perfect beach.

With maybe even a drink in hand.

My not so super secret list of the most relaxing beaches in the Seychelles Islands can help you in your time of need.

Anse Reunion

This small, narrow strip of sand may not seem like much but Anse Reunion has its qualities. For example, the shallow clear waters provide a perfect opportunity to snorkel your troubles away and make friends with the brightly colored fish. Once you’ve given that a try, you can lay back on your towel and bake in the sun or even snap a couple of pictures of Praslin from where you lay down.


Anse Severe

Despite the ‘severity’ of its name, this gorgeous small beach is actually perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Don’t let the fact that it’s surrounded by two hotels fool you; this beach is actually a lovely quiet spot that allows you time with your own thoughts.


Anse Union

This gorgeous beach is found in the plantation of the Union Estate and does cost to gain access to for tourists. The 10 euros entrance fee also gives access to Anse Source d’Argent, a more busy and popular beach.
From here you can lay your towel down and soak up some sun all while seeing the island of Praslin across the water. When you want to cool of you can dip into the clear water for some swimming or snorkeling. This is a perfect beach for relaxing.


Check out the Top 3 Relaxing Beaches on Mahé here and Praslin here.

Top 3 Most Relaxing Beaches on Praslin

It’s perfectly normal to just want to relax for a day or two from all your strenuous activities. If you’ve been exploring the island of Praslin and just want to take a day of repose then check out these three not so secret beaches to unwind.

Anse Boudin

As you come along from behind the Raffles Hotel be sure to check out this mostly deserted beach for some good rest and relaxation. Here you can have a fantastic snorkeling session with some sea turtles if you happen to be lucky. When you feel like taking a break, stop by the shop nearby for refreshments and snacks to keep you going throughout the day. It’s perfectly calming and quiet and just what you need to step away from a busy week.


ANSE GEORGETTE

These turquoise waters may be difficult to access by foot but is available through the Lemuria Resort. The fact that it is well hidden means that it is even better to relax here without the worry of the outside world. Allow this hypnotic space to entice you into spending the day under the shade of the palm trees. Truly excellent for swimming, snorkeling and diving


Anse lazio

Now don’t let the fact that this is Praslin’s most popular beach deter you from coming to relax here; the lengthiness of the beach allows for the illusion of alone time. Because it is so spread out, you don’t have to deal with loudness and rowdiness.
The beautiful white sand plays its part in putting Anse Lazio into the top ten most gorgeous beaches of the world and swimming and snorkeling in the bright blue waters is a must!
Come watch the sunset here and bathe in the beautiful warm colors of the end of the day and forget all your worries.


Check out the Top 3 Relaxing Beaches on Mahé here and La Digue here.

La Digue Lounging

Get your luggage ready for some great activities to keep you busy while vacationing in the Seychelles Islands, specifically La Digue.

In this post I will be splitting up itineraries between three different holiday lengths on La Digue as well as appealing to people of all tastes.

4 DAYS LONG

Take it easy for your short holiday with these small suggestions.

  1. Beaches: Like every itinerary before, beaches are at the forefront of every trip to the islands. The pride of La Digue is Anse Source D’Argent and it’s not difficult to see why. This beach is an ideal spot for weddings and honeymooners. The clear turquoise water is relatively calm and perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
  2. Hiking: Get your hiking shoes on and head on over to the highest point on La Digue called Nid d’Aigle. You’ll be spending an average time of 3 hours on this trail, to and from, depending on how fast or slow you walk. Capture the most spectacular views of La Digue and neighboring islands from this point.
  3. Art: A definite must see on La Digue is the art gallery of George Camille, a famous artist here in the Seychelles Islands.

1 week vacation

One weeks seems like enough time to do some more activities and delve into the deep rich history of the island.

  1. Beaches: Go and relax on one of La Digue’s many secluded beaches for prime tanning and privacy.
  2. L’Union Estate: This piece of land covers over a third of La Digue and is a big tourist attraction. Here you can find an accumulation of local life activities and places of interest. The coconut farm which is found here shows demonstrations of extracting oil which is a staple in most Seychellois homes. Another tourist favorite is the tortoise park where you can take pictures with the giant land tortoises.
  3. La Digue Cemetery: Another small tourist attraction is the cemetery. This plot of land isn’t relatively spooky but it is home to many of the first settlers on the island.
  4. Ox Ride: Ride in style on carts pulled by large oxen, something that was very common for newly weds leaving the church back in the day. It may be a slow mode of transport but it is an experience, once you reach your destination you can carry on by foot or the preferred transport: bicycles.
  5. Eustache Sarde’s House: This beautiful house is one of the last remaining homes made out of timber in the whole of Seychelles.

2 weeks stay

Try different things while you extend your stay.

  1. Beaches: Lengthen your summer tan on the various beaches La Digue has to offer.
  2. Veuve Reserve: Find out more about La Digue’s endemic animals and plants at this small but beautiful nature reserve in the forest.
  3. Island Hopping: Find yourself a boat charter and check out the other islands that surround La Digue. Find out about their specific history and facts!
  4. Restaurants and Bars: Entice your taste buds with delicious creole cooking from a large variety of restaurants and bars.
  5. Helicopter Rides: See the island from a birds eye view with a lovely helicopter ride that takes off from La Digue.
  6. Lafet La Digue: This event more commonly known as the Feast of Assumption in English, is a major event that is marked in every Seychellois’ calendar from every island. On the 15th of August everyone comes down to celebrate the Virgin Mary and partake in the open-air mass and procession. The festivities continue with street parties, live music shows and food-stalls for both locals and visitors alike.

Find a full list of beaches here.

Find the Mahé itinerary here and the Praslin itinerary here.

Praslin Packing

Start packing your bags for some great activities to keep you busy while vacationing in the Seychelles Islands, specifically Praslin.

In this post I will be splitting up itineraries between three different holiday lengths on Praslin to keep you thoroughly busy.

4 days long

If you find yourself on Praslin for only a couple of days, then you needn’t worry; I’ve got your schedule covered.

  1. Beaches: The first and most important beach Praslin has to offer is the beautiful Anse Lazio. This beach is considered one of the top ten most picturesque beaches in the world and it does not disappoint. Be sure to pop over and snap a couple of pictures of the crystal blue waters to show the family back home what they are missing out on!
  2. Snorkeling and Diving: Jump in the ocean and check out the beautiful sea life the Praslin calls its own. Become one with the friendly fish and spend the day cooling off and splashing around. There is a main diving facility on Praslin that can be found here.
  3. Vallee De Mai: This Nature Reserve is the Pride of Praslin and it is not hard to see why. The Vallee De Mai is home to the endemic Coco de Mer and is protected from harm by the reserve. Tourists are always welcome here to learn more about our various flora and if you’re lucky you may even be able to taste some delicious coconut meat! A tour guide is highly recommended for those who wish to get more interesting information about the are. Find a tour guide here.

1 week vacation

Lengthen your vacation and your leisure time with the following fun activities

  1. Boat Charters: When it comes to boat charters, Praslin is not lacking. Choose from a wide array of boat charters to whisk you away to different smaller islands for a day in the sun, sea and even barbecues.
  2. Island Hopping: Hop on over to different islands close by to Praslin and soak up some interesting information and history they have to offer. You can even feed giant tortoises that are probably older than you!
  3. Water Activities: Clear kayaks are now being introduced to the second largest island in the Seychelles archipelago. With these nifty canoes you can look down into the water without diving in. Be sure to bring some snacks with you in case you bump into any hungry fish!
  4. Bars/Restaurants: Find an array of bars and restaurants on Praslin to help you unwind from a busy, fun filled day. Taste local and international cuisine and delicious drinks while listening to live music in various locations.
  5. Black Pearl Farm: This farm is known for the beautiful Black Pearls which can be found in beautiful jewelry. Check out the way the pearls are created, collected and used here and even pop into the store in front to grab some souvenirs.

2 weeks stay

The longer the stay, the longer you have to accomplish more things

  1. Fishing: Flex those muscles with the help of fishing for big game. A fun activity in Seychelles is definitely fishing and it is an amazing experience when you are able to catch some various species that you may even be able to eat.
  2. Boat Charters: A fun past time would be to lounge about on a nice boat all day. You can get that done and more with all the boat charters Praslin has to offer. On certain boats you can fish for your own food to barbecue on another island where you can also feed giant tortoises. Snorkeling is also a featured option with charters and you can find yourself feeding the hungry fish that come up to say hello.
  3. Helicopter Rides: Book yourself a fun and fantastic helicopter ride where you can find yourself flying high above the islands. Feel like a bird and capture the beauty of Seychelles from above.
  4. Island Hopping: This activity is a fan favorite; why stick to one island when you can visit multiple? Each island has its own interesting history and facts that make it unique. Enjoy a sun filled day on one or more!
  5. Beaches: Spread yourself out on various beautiful beaches on Praslin. Find secluded quiet areas and even some big touristy ones to tan it up on.
  6. Local Food: Find local cuisine at various restaurants and feel just like a local when tasting spicy or unique dishes.

Find the Mahé itinerary here and the La Digue itinerary here.

Mahé Living

Get your planners ready for some great activities to keep you busy while vacationing in the Seychelles Islands, specifically Mahé.

In this post I will be splitting up itineraries between three different holiday lengths on Mahé as well as appealing to people of all tastes.

4 Days long

If you’ll be spending a short time in Mahé then don’t stress; you can do just enough to get a Creole experience.

  1. Beaches: The beaches of Mahé are a must see and should always be a focal point of a visit here. Depending on the time of year, you can enjoy a variety of beaches that range from small, quiet coves, to large, touristy areas. Check out our tips for safe swimming here.
  2. Market: Another place to visit is the local market; here you can delve deep into some Seychellois culture by watching the locals interact over fresh produce and get some spices and souvenirs to bring back home. Check out the location here.
  3. Bazar Labrin: Depending on the days that you are here, you can visit the Bazar Labrin that is every Wednesday evening along the Beau Vallon Beach promenade. Here you can find local handicrafts and food to keep you busy and intrigued. It would be wise to stay late to watch the Moutya show that surrounds the Bonfire for an extra cultural experience.

1 week vacation

For a seven day trip to the Mahé, your week can be spent lounging in the sun or going on adventurous escapades.

  1. Nature Trails: On Mahé, there is a variety of nature trails for tourists and locals alike and every single hike can vary between easy and strenuous. It is very important to pay attention to your surroundings and always have the essentials for outdoor activities.
  2. Water Sports: Some other things to do on Mahé can be water sports or boat excursions, where you can enjoy the clear blue oceans in a multitude of ways.
  3. Art and History: The art studios, museums and monuments would also appreciate a visit from those who want to learn more about Seychellois culture through history and art. These various places can show true hidden beauty and depths.
  4. Island Hopping: By finding a boat excursion or boat tour company, you can find yourself visiting several small islands in one or two days. Hop on over to these quaint outer islands for a tasty barbecue and interesting history lessons.

2 weeks stay

The longer you stay, the more time you have to enjoy yourself. For the fourteen day trip you can visit a variety of things and maybe even be around for some local events.

  1. Beaches and Water Sports: The beach is always open and more than often, you can find water sport activities to entertain you. Such as jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and banana boating to name a few.
  2. Another Island: Something that is always recommended is visiting Praslin and La Digue which you can do by taking the usual ferry or by organizing a boat charter activity through hotels or locals.
  3. Diving and Snorkeling: Diving and snorkeling is also heavily recommended for a whole day activity and can be achieved through diving companies or glass bottom boats.
  4. Events: Events that may take place on Mahé could be local concerts or mini culture festivals that are held in various areas around the island. You can also find live music playing at select restaurants and hotels in the evenings.
  5. Tours: If you want to traipse around the island but are afraid to get lost, then find yourself a tour guide and head on out. Depending on the guide you can end up in different nooks and crannies of Mahé. You can find out little facts and small business that help Seychelles flourish.
  6. Fishing: If big game is what you are looking for, then fishing is your must do activity. With various fishing agencies you can be taken anywhere in Seychelles to find as much fish as you can under the guidance of your boat guides. You may also be able to eat your catch of the day depending on your charter.
  7. Spa Day: Relax your weary head with a pampered day at any spa. You can find full body massages, facials and mud baths at various locations. Check out our full list here.

Find a small list of essential items here and the Top Three Relaxing Beaches on Mahé here.

Full lists:
Art Galleries
Boat Charters
Dive Operators
Events
Excursions

Leisure
Places of Interest
Tour Guides

Safe Swimming

The most common leisure activity to do in Seychelles is definitely swimming and although it is thoroughly relaxing and fun it can also be a bit dangerous.

A huge thing to be aware of is currents and the wind patterns during the year; either side of the island can be calm while the other is rough depending on the months.

It is extremely important that tourists and locals alike are aware of the dangers that might befall them and how to avoid them. Be sure to check out a list of various beaches here.

  • Always check in with your hotel or travel agent representative about any sea conditions before heading to said beach
  • Be on the look out for warning signs and lifeguards
  • Pay close attention to children and the elderly in the water if you are with your family
  • Avoid swimming alone
  • If caught in breaking waves, duck under them and allow them to pass over you while you maneuver yourself into calmer waters
  • Never go swimming under the influence of alcohol or any mind altering substance.

Emergency Numbers

Police: 999

Hospital: 151

Life Guard: 252 99 76

List of embassies here.

Essentials

List of essentials for Seychelles

beach Essentials
  • Water
  • Food
  • Sun protection
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Snorkeling kit*

    additional Essentials for hiking
  • Insect spray
  • Extra clothing
  • Sensible shoes

    Car ride essentials
  • Driver’s license
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Maps
  • Camera
  • Swim gear

*for snorkeling appropriate beaches

Top 3 Most Relaxing Beaches on Mahé

Feeling stressed? Don’t know how to unwind from a busy day? Just need to relax?
Finding the most perfect way to cool down from the stress of the week is an absolute must.

My super secret list of the most relaxing beaches in the Seychelles Islands can help you in your time of need.

Anse Major

Hiking is the best way to take your mind off of work and strengthen your body. Take a trip down to the North and make your way to one of the most beautiful beaches on Mahé.
The walk to Anse Major is filled with beautiful views of the ocean and interesting spots such as a mysterious cave and a hidden river. Once you reach the picturesque beach, enjoy the stretch of sand and the clear blue sea.


anse du riz

Located in the Baie Ternay Marine Park, Anse Du Riz is a quiet and secluded beach only accessible by boat. With a fresh water lagoon and large granite rocks, this uncrowded beach is an absolute gem for the everyday explorer.


ANSE TAKAMAKA

Need a quick escape from the same old routine? Then Anse Takamaka is the beach for you. Perfectly sunny and great for swimming, this family friendly beach can take your relaxation to the next level. Don’t forget your snorkeling kit for a more enjoyable experience in the ocean.


 Check out the Top 3 Relaxing Beaches on Praslin here and La Digue here.