Places to Visit in Seychelles

Seychelles is pristinely gorgeous with its green tropical mountains, turquoise blue waters and sparkling white sands. With moderate temperatures prevailing all the year round and a cool sea breeze, Seychelles is always pleasant, warm and humid.  

Seychelles has some of world’s most beautiful beaches and spending a day relaxing on the beach, or swimming or snorkeling around can be an ideal way to start off with. The tropical mountain forests have quite a few marked trails to explore the island’s natural reserve. These forests have a wide variety of flora and fauna that are waiting to be discovered at every nook and corner. The trails may lead you to a mountain peak and give you a different view of the island altogether. 

On another day, you can indulge yourself in a dive or surf along or just climb a steep granite boulder if you are an adventure sport enthusiast. A glass bottom boat ride can be quite a stunning experience with a whole marine world opening up to you while you ride your way through. Each island has characteristics of its own and island hopping can be a part of the travel Itinerary. 

Exploring nature at its best can never end even if you stay in these islands for years at a stretch. Vallee de Mai which is home to the Coco de Mer trees is another treasure in itself. It all depends upon how much you are willing to explore, how much time you can afford for HER, how much do you love HER.

And as the sun loses its last ray to time, you can sip in a glass of wine and relive the day while a sumptuous Creole dinner is being garnished to perfection or you can groove to reggae at a famous nightclub and try your luck at the roll of a slot. As the music in Katiolo fades away and your footsteps give way to rhythm, you hear a warbler sing.  And then a two, and a three, and then the dawn chorus would be, and a new day begins.

Mahe is the largest and the most developed islands on the Seychelles archipelago. It is home to the country’s capital, Victoria and 90% of the country’s population. Mahe is diverse when it comes to Natural beauty. This island in the east coast of Africa has lush green jungle clad mountains rising from the Indian Ocean surrounded by beautiful pristine beaches and coves and sweeping bays of white powder sand. The island is divided into the East and the West by the Morne Seychellois National Park. The majority of the population is in the east coast between the Sychelles International Airport and the city of Victoria. Though crowded a day’s trip to Victoria can be worth the time with visits to the botanical gardens and markets and other sights that grace this city.

Driving along the road that rises over the hills to the west, you will reach the sweeping bay and shallow waters of the wonderful Beau Vallon. From here you can hike up to the stunning Anse Major. On the south of the international airport is a stretch of coastal roads, hidden cloves and stunning beaches starting from Anse Royal. Anse Louis, Anse Soleil, Intendance and Takamaka are some of the most important beaches of Mahe. As you head north, you reach the small village of Port Glaud. Further North lies the protected marine reserve of Port Launay.Morne 

The largest in Seychelles with an area of 3045 hectares, Morne Seychellois National Park is named after its highest peak Morne Seychellois (905m). This park is 10 km in length and 2-4 km in width and has a trail network of more than 15km. Excursions can be made on 12 different trails. 

The excursions may range between a half day and a full day one depending on the trail you choose. These trails can be most rewarding as the heart of the forest claded mountains can only be reached on foot. It’s always worth to take a guide to quickly glance you from the bustling city to the sublime and serene forests. This park opens to you an indigenous world of flora and fauna that make your trails look less tiresome and rewards you at every corner.

 

Location: Mahe

Known For:  The diverse trails that lead you to different peaks through green forest jungles. Hiking and trekking can be great day activities.

How to reach:  Bus from Victoria and then on foot

Type:  National Park and View points

The capital of the Republic of Seychelles and its only city, Victoria is the commercial, economic, cultural and political hub of the country. Guarded by the mountains and the topaz sea, this city boasts of quite a few intriguing sights and can be a more than satisfying worth a day’s walk. The city has two main cenres: one around the clock tower and the other around the Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market. These are the few places you wouldn’t like to miss when you are in Victoria.

 

Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar temple: A photographer’s delight and one of the most admired sites in Victoria, this temple is the abode of the Hindu God Vinaygar and a place of worship for 5000 Hindus living in Victoria.

Bel Air Cemetery: As the legend goes this cemetery has the grave of the mythical person Giant of Bel Air. He was 10 ft tall at the age of 16 and could carry large fishing boats all by himself and lift a bag of rice with one finger. This is the oldest cemetery and the citizens from the first days of Victoria were laid to rest in this place. Located on Bel Air Road, this cemetery is a Seychelles National monument.

Bicentennial Monument:  Created by the Italian artist Lorenzo Appiani, this monument commemorates the 200th anniversary of Victoria. It has three pairs of extended white wings that symbolise the origin of the Seychelles population and represents the three continents of Asia, Africa and Europe. It is located in the Freedom square, at the eastern end of Independence Avenue.

Cable and Wireless: The administrative centre of the Cable and Wireless Company, this wooden house marks the place where the country’s first telephone connections were made connecting it to Mauritus, Zanzibar and Aden.

Kenwyn House:  Next to the Cable and wireless is this building displaying the French Colonial architecture. It has a souvenir shop of South African Jewellery and the art gallery displays Seychellois paintings.

Clock Tower: If you have heard the song “Going back to the Seychelles, where the clock chimes twice” it is here that it is inspired from. This clock tower built in 1903 as a replica of the Vauxhall Bridge clock tower in London. This clock actually chimes twice in an hour instead of once. It is situated at the juncture of the Independence Avenue and Albert Street and is one of the main centres of the Victoria city.

Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception:  Designed by the Seyhellois architect Gilbert Frichot and sculptor Egbert Marday, this is the largest Catholic church in Seychelles. Around 700 worshipers can pray together in this beautiful church. Brilliant colours glisten through the bright colourful stained glass windows. This church is surrounded by a beautiful garden and one of the most impressive buildings in Seychelles, La Domus. This is a two storey priest house built of granite in 1934.

National Museum of History: This Museum is a part of the National Cultural Centre and archives prehistoric maps, old firearms and governments records that date back to 1770,

National Botanical gardens: Founded by botanist Paul Dupont in 1901, this is a must visit and should definitely be a part of your trip. A brochure is handed over to you at the entrance of this garden which will give you a brief overview of the varied flora species in Seychelles. It has the famous Coco-de-mer trees apart from a comprehensive orchid garden with 150 species of orchids and a total of 500 plants with 40 species of palm trees. The tour ends with an enclosure of the giant Aldabra tortoises.

Seychelles Natural History Museum: The ‘Pierre de Possession’ or the stone of seizure installed in 1756 as a symbol of the possession of Seychelles by the French Royal family is the most important exhibit here. There is also a 180 million year old granite stone which is a proof of the theory that these islands used to be a part of the Gondwana supercontinent.

St. Paul’s Cathedral;-This is the oldest and the largest Anglican Church in Seychelles consecrated in 1859.

Sir Selweyn Selweyn Clarke Market: From Souvenir shops to craft booths to fruits, vegetables, aromatic spices and works of artisans this market was built by a Frenchman by the same name for local farmers and fishermen. Nowadays it is mainly run by merchants but the market has its own charm. You can browse through the shops and enjoy a delightful breakfast at the café while looking down at the market and its colourful hustle bustle.

Beau Vallon is the most popular and one of the longest beaches of Seychelles. It has a wonderful infrastructure and has a host of activities going around it to make it one of the the most sought after places in Mahe. Diving or snorkelling in these clear waters enrich you with the beautiful underwater scenery. Surfing, skiing and similar water sports is also a part of this resort’s activities.

 

Location: Mahe

Known for:  Beach activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, wind surfing, kite surfing, jet skiing etc

How to reach:  Taxi or Car hire from Victoria

Type:  Bay Resort

Located in the wild northern coast of Mahe, is this little bay, well known for its translucent cove with coral seabeds and extravagant underwater life. It’s a one hour hike through the Morne Seychellois National Park. This place is a snorkelling paradise.

 

Location: Mahe

Known for:  Snorkelling

How to reach:  Taxi from Beau Vallon or hiking.

Type:  Beach

A horseshoe shaped arc of white sands serve as the entrance to this marine reserve. This is the best place for snorkelling as it’s protected and you wouldn’t find people flocking here. The Constance Ephelia Resort has two restaurants and a beach bar. This resort lies hidden behind the trees and thus do not pose a threat to the otherwise picture perfect natural beauty.

 

Location: Mahe

Known for:  Marine reserve, snorkelling

How to reach: Bus or car Hire from Victoria

Type:  National park

Approximately 5km off the North-eastern coast of Mahe, is a National Park formed of 6 islands surrounded by a lagoon. The small islands are namely the Cerf Island, Ile Cachee, Moyenne Island, Round Island, Long Island and Saint Anne Island. This is a haven of about 150 varieties of fish and sea creatures. The reefs are colourful and the crystal clear water gives a glimpse of the underwater granite rocks and corals. Glass bottom boats provide an excellent view of the underwater flora and fauna apart from being part of a sport. Motorised sports are prohibited in this marine park.

 

Location: Mahe

Known for:  Marine reserve and snorkelling and glass bottom boat rides

How to reach:  by sea from Victoria port

Type:  Marine National Park

Praslin is the second largest island in Seychelles about 45km northeast of Mahe. Praslin is considered as one of the most beautiful destinations in this world. It’s practically mesmerising with its white sandy beaches bordered by  rows of palm trees, green tropical forests and curving hills dripping down to crystal clear waters. Away from the bustling Mahe and more towards the sleepy La Digue, the Praslin Island is a perfect blend of a small population, a Natural heaven and laid-back feeling. The Praslin Island has the most prolific beaches vizAnse Lazio and AnseGeogetteor the Cote D’Or.These beaches often make it to the list of top ten most beautiful beaches of the world. The Praslin Island is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vallee de Mai. The Vallee de Mai is famous for its flora and bird life and has the largest growth of the famous Coco-de-Mer trees.

Praslin Island can also be considered to be a great base for trips to the neighbouring Cousine Island, Curieuseor to St.Pierre. There are three main settlements- Baie St. Anne, Grand Anse and Cote D’Or. These settlements are no more than small villages from where you can obtain your daily requirements. The rest of the island is hardly inhabited and gives you a feel of quite out of everything if you like to be alone and away.  You can get to Praslin from Mahe in speed ferries or you can fly down to the Praslin Airport which serves as a domestic stop. The ferry is less expensive. Inside Praslin you can easily move around in buses or you can get a bicycle on hire. Car hires or taxis are also available but a little more expensive.

Anse Lazio often referred to as the world’s most beautiful beach graces the northwest coast of the island. The perfect white sands stretching over the clear celestial blue waters surrounded by a thick fringe of palm and takamaka trees and granite boulders breaking the monotony will make you feel that it has been built with long precision by the perfect artists together.

 

Location: Praslin Island

Known for:  The pristine beach

How to reach:  By car and then afoot.

Type:  Beach

General Charles George Gordon of Khartoum was long convinced the Vallee de Mai was the “Garden of Eden”. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the two places on planet Earth where the Coco-de-Mer trees grow in its natural state. The Coco-de-Mer tree produces the largest seed and palm flower. The tropical forest is the abode of an array of endemic birds like the Seychelles bulbul, the blue pigeon, the Seychelles warbler and the black parrot. There are three hiking trails which lead through this primeval forest. Though it’s marked but it’s always recommended to take a guide. There is an informative centre, a café and a souvenir shop on site.

 

Location: Praslin Island

Known for:  World Heritage Site 

How to reach:  By road

Type:  World Heritage Site

This is a major tourist attraction for day trips. It is also called the Red Island owing to the red coloured soil on this island. Curieuse is the second place on Earth after Vallee de Mai where the Coco-de-Mer palm trees grow naturally. Curieuse is the breeding ground of giant Aldabra tortoises. A walk through the dense mangrove forests is one of the most enchanting sights past the giant granite cliffs. The Doctor’s house is a large restored colonial villa which doubles as the museum on ecology and history of Curieuse Island and can be an added attraction site. The green and hawksbill turtles nest in the beach in front of the Doctor’s house.

 

Location: Northwest of Praslin Island

Known for:  Marine reserve, mangrove forest, Aldabra Tortoise.

Type:  Marine National Park

A small island two km west of Praslin and the first internationally owned reserve, Cousin Island has been declared as an Important Bird Area and has been attracting ornithologists and bird enthusiasts from around the globe. The Seychelles magpie robin, the Seychelles warbler and the Seychelles fody, mapou, Indian mulberry are birds that can be easily sighted in this island. Dragonflies, moorhens and terrapins thrive in the fresh water wetlands while the wedge tailed shearwaters and bridled terns nest in the hills. 

This island is also the nesting site for hawksbill turtles and giant Aldabra tortoises. In all this island is a treat for nature lovers. Visitors are taken to the island on special boats that do not anchor to the dock. The visitors are then ferried to the island. This is done to avoid the entry of rats and other insects that can harm the natural ecology of the island. It is safe to swim or snorkel in these waters but visitors are advised to wear aquatic footgear to avoid sharp corals.

 

Location: 2 km west of Praslin Island

Known for:  Natural reserve and snorkeling

How to reach:  by boat

Type:  Natural reserve

Have you ever imagined being stranded in paradise? This is how you may feel when you come to La Digue. With very few or almost no tourists, a laid back island at your disposal, no airports and just around 2000 inhabitants in the entire island La Digue provides the perfect ambience for a secluded gateway. It gives you the feel of going back to nature. There are no airports hence you have to reach this island through La Passe which is on the east coast of the island. The best way to commute within the island is on a bicycle as there are almost no motorized roads. 

La Digue boasts of some of the best beaches of Seychelles including the Anse Source D’Argent, Grand Anse, Anse Cocos. Though La diguehas some of the most beautiful beaches most of them are not suitable for swimming. The famous ox carts are declining but if you are lucky enough you can sight one and enjoy a ride. The nature of the beaches vary from the shallow Anse Source D’Argent to the wild and beautiful Grand Anse. Grand Anse is a stunning beach for a sunbath.

If you visit this place just when the high tide is about to die down, you will witness the beautiful white dazzling sands along with the naturally sculpted granite rocks slowly coming to life from beneath the sea. This beautiful beach has blue shallow waters and if luck persists you may spot a turtle swimming away from the shore to glory. 

Though swimming is not convenient here but you can always walk alongside the marine life. With this beach being used as a favourite spot for filmmakers, people are crowding the beaches more often. But still you can find a little privacy in some part of the beach just beside a rock.

 

Location:  La digue

Known for:  The most beautiful beach

How to reach:  By bicycle or on foot.

Type:  Beach

Anse Cocos is a picture perfect beach with sparkling white sands sweeping down to rocky shallow waters and granite boulders, a la Anse Source d’Argent. But it’s almost serene and far less crowded. You can reach Anse Cocos on foot from Grand Anse. It’s a steep walk but it’s worth the effort. Ansecocos is not suitable for swimming but a natural pool formed by the boulders makes it the perfect place to have a dip after the long walk.

 

Location: La Digue

Known for:  Serenity 

How to reach:  Trek

Type:  Beach

20km to the northwest of Mahe, is the third largest granitic islands of the Seychelles archipelago. SilhoutteIsland has been a marine reserve and home to a five star resort, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and spa. A mountainous interior bordered by white sands, Silhoutte’s highest peak at 740m is Mount Dauban. Silhoutte is filled with rain forests, orchids and carnivorous pitcher plants. Mountain trails provide excellent ways to explore this island. La Passe is the only settlement in the Silhoutte Island. 

The village has an exceptional Creole restaurant housed at the restored Grand Case. The Grand Case belonged to the Dauban family from whom the peak got its name. Silhoutte has a barrier reef and provides exceptional dive spots. The granite cliffs allow diving down to depths of 35 feet. The best Silhoutte diving spots are Lascars, Grand Barbe, Etienne Rocks, Roche Mondon, Point Dauban, Roche Larai, Fusilier Bank and Ramasse Tout.

 

Location: 20 km Northwest of Mahe

Known for: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort, Diving, Water sports 

How to reach: By ferry

Type:  Island

The mere fact that this festival has been called the “Carnaval des Carnavals” tells us of the magnitude of this carnival. Termed as one of the biggest carnivals of Sychelles attracting participants and tourists from around the world it matches its theme of “Bringing the world to Seychelles”. This 3 day euphoric colourful fiesta held in April, draws inspiration from the fact that Seychelles is a ‘melting pot of culture’ and highlights street performances, floats and parades.

 

When: April

This festival marks the influence of French culture with a week longcelebrations of Film exhibits, French songs, fashion, food and literary readings in the island of Mahe.

 

When: Mid March

This has become an important national event. Spanning over a week in Beau Vallon this event features yatch races, tug of war, live performances by local artists and finally culminates with a hilarious ‘Greasy Pole Contest’.

 

When: Last week of September.

This festival aims at promoting conservation of marine life with three days of photography exhibitions and film screenings on the world beneath the waves on the Beau Vallon Beach. It is accompanied by lectures and special school programmes to educate the country’s youth.

 

When: Early October

One of the most important events in the Seychelles calendar, this festival is dedicated to preserve and promote Creole food, fashion art and music. The Kreol Institute also organises events to promote the Kreol-Seselwa language. This festival includes colourful performances, floats, musical shows, art exhibits and fairs in all the three principal islands.

 

When: Last week of October

This festival commemorates the Africa Day and is celebrated on the 25th of May every year with multi artistic festivities to mark the African influence on Seychelles culture.

 

When: 25th May

Most of the beaches in Seychelles have crystal clear water, experience moderate temperatures (about 28° C) all throughout the year and have maximum visibility (30m on an average) making the conditions ideal for diving. The reefs that encircle the islands are a plethora of fish and underwater life. This along with the different varieties of coral that grow in these waters will give you a diving experience that will stay with you forever. There are schools on Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and Desroches that cater to first timers as well as advanced divers. 

There are also chartered operators who will take you to the best dive spots although the entire area off coast is a diving Valhala.Desroches is the ultimate destination for divers. Experienced divers may know about the Desroches drop. The place where the topaz blue waters meet the deep blue Indian Ocean, there is a sheer drop off followed by 14 different sites of secret passages, caves and stunning reef walls.

 

Location: Desroches, Mahe,Praslin, La Digue 

Approximate Cost: 4320 INR per dive. 

Why you should do it: With the magical underwater world in Seychelles you would want to explore more.

For: People above 12 years of age 

Difficulty Level: Moderate 

Tips: Diving needs some professional schools and you can visit one of the schools here to get a beginners training and start diving but you need to be strict with the rules.

Seychelles Bank is the ideal place for fishing big game where many record breaking dog-booth tuna, marlin, sail fish and sharks have been caught. Fishing – big game or fly- is a very big business in these islands. The Bird Island and the Denis Island are the nearest islands but charters also sail from Mahe. The best months for fishing are November to April. Fly fishing is more common in the outer island of Alphonse. 

Schools of fish swarm in such numbers that even beginners get a handful of share. You can be a part of this game or just enjoy as a silent spectator. Fly fishers use a barbless hook. A strict catch and release policy is in force. The best time is September to June. Fishing competitions are held all the year round in some part of the islands or the other and can be a treat to watch.

 

Location: Alphonse; Seychelles Bank

Approximate Cost: 18,250 INR for a 3 hour fishing trip for two; 1200 INR for an additional person

For:  All people and ages

Why you should do it: If you want to bring out the Hemingway in you, this the sport to go for.

Difficulty level:  Moderate

Tips: Seychelles has a release policy. You have to give your catch back to the ocean. You should adhere to it.

There are a number of well-marked trails in all the principal islands viz Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. Hiking excursions for a day or half is usually a part of most travel itinery. It’s usually advised to take a guide for these hiking tours. Though the routes are mostly marked, a guide can explain the diversified flora and fauna while divulging into the details of the trail. The Copolia trail to the summit of Mount Copolia in the Morne Seychellois National park is one of them. Others include the Anse Major trail, Morne Blanc Trail, the trail to Morne Seychellois, the Vallee de Mai trail, Fond Ferdinand trail, Glacis Noire, the Coco-de-Mer trail and many more.

 

Location: Mahe,Praslin and La Digue

Cost: Hiking trails are free. Though you are free to tip the guide.

For:  Some treks can be done with the entire family if not otherwise mentioned.

Why you should do it: Hiking is one of those activities that are free on this island and the amount of nature you explore is unbelievable. 

Difficulty Level:  Moderate to high

Tips: Though most of the trails are marked yet it’s always advised to take a guide along.

The tropical beauty with the spectacular marine flora and fauna attract snorkelers from around the globe. The South point villas surrounded by the Sainte Anne National Marine Park is one of the best locations to snorkel with green sea turtles, bat fish, parrot fish around you. The majestic whale sharks often come here in search of food and sighting one can be quite an experience. Other popular snorkeling sites are the Vista Bay rocks in Beau Vallon Bay, Curieuse Island, AnseLazio,Coco Island, Anse Royal, BaieTernay National Park and Port Launay.

 

Location: Sainte-Anne Island,Vista Bay rocks, Curieuse Island, AnseLazio,Coco Island, Anse Royal, BaieTernay National Park and Port Launay

Approximate Cost:- 658 INR onwards plus 1000 INR for a marine park ticket

For: All

Why you should do it:- If you want to discover the marine world but do not want to be hectic you can just leisurely snorkel around.This activity doesn’t require much skill and can be learnt easily.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Tips:  Remain Calm, know your limits, do not overstay in water, do not snorkel alone, respect the natural habitat and always obey warning signs.

Apart from snorkeling and scuba diving, one can indulge in sailing, surfing, boat-rides. Sailing has some mooring limitations. Surfing is not very common but surfable waves are there and iSurf school in Mahe can guide you through. Boatrides are common in most parts of Seychelles and there are some places where you can ride on a glass bottom boat to be able to see the entire colourful life underneath while boating your way through.

 

Location: Mahe

Approximate Cost:- 13400 INR/cruise (for sailing); Beginner stand up paddle lesson -6000 INR; Beginner Surfing Lesson-16800 INR; 2100 INR, 9000 INR for a boat ride depending on the island you are going to; 8600 INR for a glass bottom boat ride.

Why you should do it:- If you are a watersport enthusiast then your trip would be incomplete without one. Also a glass bottom boat ride is a must if you can’t snorkel or scuba dive. 

For: Sailing- For all; Surfing – for adults and trained individuals; Boat Rides- for all

Difficulty level: Sailing-Moderate; Surfing- High; Boat rides-easy

Tips:- All watersports come at a price. Also it is not everywhere that you can do them. But if you can afford it’s always worth giving it a go. 

Specialized Multi Adventure Company (SMAC) is a group of adventure enthusiasts, located in Mahe.The crew has many years of experience in adventure sports behind them. They have established a Rock Climbing, Zipline and Abseiling facility within the Ephelia Resort.

 

Location: Mahe

Approximate Cost: The cost varies depending upon the attraction you choose.

Why you should do it:- If you love adventure sports then experiencing them in real wilderness is always a thrill.

Tips:- Though Smac takes good care of your safety, but it’s always wise to maintain the safety precautions while venturing into adventure sports.

Seychelles is “heaven” for bird watchers. Ornithologists have been flocking in groups from all parts of the world. Seychelles homes almost 12 endemic species of birds vizSeychelles black parrot, Seychelles blue pigeon, Seychelles black paradise flycatcher, Seychelles magpie robin, Seychelles warbler, Seychelles scops owl, Seychelles white eye, Seychelles sun bird, Seychelles fody( also called ‘toktok’), Seychelles kestrel, Seychelles swiftlet and the famous Seychelles bulbul. There are 20 Important Bird areas(IBAs) designated by Birdlife International in Seychelles. Apart from the ones near the principal islands, the outer islands are mostly not visited except for a few.

 

Location: Bird Island; AdrideIsland,Praslin; Praslin National Park;Cousin Island, Praslin;Cousine Island; La Digue; Silhoutte Island; Fregate Island; Montagne Glacis, Mahe ; Mahe highlands; Conception Island, Mahe; African banks; D’Arros Island; Etoile Island; Boudeuse Island; Marie Louise Islands; DEsnoeufs Islands; Islets of Farquhar atoll; Cosmoledo atoll and Aldabra atoll.

Approximate Cost: The cost varies depending upon the location you go to bird watching for.

Why you should do it: A nature lover cannot miss a birdwatching tours especially if you are in Seychelles as you get to see the most endemic species here.

Tips: It’s always important to take a licensed guide or you may miss all the fun.

For:  Bird lovers and enthusiasts and ornithologists.

Breadfruit chips are a favourite snack. Octopus curry and smoked fish salads are absolute favourites among locals and tourists. Chatini is a must have accompaniment, served cold and made of thinly sliced marinated vegetables and fruits, cooked or raw. It is less sweet than its Indian counterpart. 

Seychelles has some unusual local food too and one must know about them before ordering. So if you findRousettes on the menu, then you must know that you are ordering a dish made with fruit bats. A Shark Chutney is a dish of shark meat cooked and mashed with a small cucumber, bilimbi, and lime juice. It’s ideally served with rice, green papaya salad and lentils. A desert made from sweet potato and ripe plantain, boiled in coconut milk with nutmeg, sugar and vanilla is called Ladob.

Seychelles has a lot of local beverages made from the traditionally growing coconuts in this area. Palm Wine or Calouis made from coconut sap, Baccafrom sugarcane liquor and Coco d’Amour is the traditional tropical coconut liquor. Local beers available are Ekyu and Seybrew.

Seychelles has a lot of high end restaurants serving international as well as local Creole cuisine.

 

Boat House:  Located in the amazing Beau VallonBay, overlooking the sea, this Creole themed open air restaurant offers a traditional buffet of 20 different dishes which include Creole curries, salads and barbequed fish. 

Must have:- Creol buffet

Approximate Cost for two:- 6200 INR

Address:-Beau Vallon Bay, Mahe

Contact:-+2484247898/ +2484248888

Opening Hours: 09:00 -11:00(breakfast); 12:00-17:00(lunch);19:30-21:30 (dinner); 15:30-22:30 (bar) Monday to Saturdays

One of the oldest and the best restaurant in Mahe, housed in an over 100 year’s colonial mansion, the name “Marie Antoinette” refers to not just a restaurant but a culinary experience of a lifetime. It serves authentic Creole cuisine made from the fresh local ingredients and boasts of a tradition that it has maintained since 1972.This is the only place the serve bats. Don’t forget to visit the mansion backyard after your meal to see the giant Aldabra tortoises.

 

Location: Serret Road, St Louis, Mahe.

Must have: Sweet and sour tuna steak, tangy mango salad, light eggplant fritters, and grilled red snapper. Rousettes. 

Cost for two: 4800 INR approx

Address:-Serret road,Saint Loius

Contact:-+2484266222

Opening Hours: 12:00-14:30(lunch) 16:30-21:00(last order) Monday- Saturdays

This restaurant is a part of the Les Lauriers guesthouse. It gives you a fine dining experience in that the delicious Creole barbeques are made just before your eyes.

 

Location: Laurier Eco Hotel & Restaurant, Cote D’Or, Praslin Island.

Must have:  Barbeques

Approximate Cost for two:- 4300 approx

Address:-Cote D’OR,Praslin Island

Contact:-+2484232241

Opening Hours: 19:00-22:30 (except Wednesdays)

Coco Rouge:  Though mainly a take away road side restaurant, with very few seating arrangements, the Coco Rouge has carved a niche in the gastronomic world due to its authentic Creole dishes. On Fridays and Saturdays they do barbeque. It’s one of those very few places where you get bat curry and the best barbeque pork in Praslin.

Location: Coco Rouge, Baie St Anne, Praslin

Must have:  Barbeque pork and bat curry 

This place serves dinner in the form of grilled lamb chop, pork spare ribs and fish fillet and pizza and simple pasta dishes, but theGelateria de Luca is not famous for these. It’s famous for it’scoppatropicale, Fior di latte and Olio d’Oliva e Sale. And if you are still wondering what these are then you have to order one of them and take a stroll down the white sands to get the hang of it. Gelateria de Luca is famous for its gelato flavors and is the premium ice cream parlor of Praslin.

Location: Cote d'Or, AnseVobert

Must have:  Gelato

This eatery with a simple and rustic setting is a perfect place for lunch after a sunbath. It’s run by a gang of affable ladies and the food worth mentioning are the fish salad, the tender fish fillet and the banana or vanilla cake to end on a sweeter note.

 

Location: Anse Source D'Argent / La Digue

Must have:  Banana cake

Once again another Italian Chef creates his magic in this islands but this time it’s in LaDigue. He combines local ingredients and traditional Italian techniques to create his own culinary brilliance along with the classics. Chef Remo claims to import some key ingredients from Italy.

 

Location: Anse Reunion, La Digue

Must have:  Smoked octopus, Pasta, risotto. 

Cost for two:- 5700 INR

Address:-Anse Reunion, La Digue

Contact:-+2482530594

Opening Hours:-  07:00-09:30( breakfast); 12:30-15:00 (lunch);19:00-22:00(dinner)

Though mainly a take away road side restaurant, with very few seating arrangements, the Coco Rouge has carved a niche in the gastronomic world due to its authentic Creole dishes. On Fridays and Saturdays they do barbeque. It’s one of those very few places where you get bat curry and the best barbeque pork in Praslin.

 

Location: Coco Rouge, Baie St Anne, Praslin

Must have:  Barbeque pork and bat curry

Located in the amazing Beau VallonBay, overlooking the sea, this Creole themed open air restaurant offers a traditional buffet of 20 different dishes which include Creole curries, salads and barbequed fish.

 

Must have:- Creol buffet

Approximate Cost for two:- 6200 INR

Address:-Beau Vallon Bay, Mahe

Contact:-+2484247898/ +2484248888

Opening Hours: 09:00 -11:00(breakfast); 12:00-17:00(lunch);19:30-21:30 (dinner); 15:30-22:30 (bar) Monday to Saturdays

This is an open-air night club with an oversized dance floor.It is located in Anse Faure between the International airport and Anse Royal. It’s open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It’s free for ladies on Wednesdays.The club maintains strict dress code and there is no exception to the rule.The music is diverse and covers a wide range of genres – 70s, 80s up to recent hits, R’n’B, local tracks, and Rock’n Roll. It is also the only night club serving hot snacks.

 

Location: Anse Faure, Mahe

Must Try:- Fried Chicken, Burgers and fries. 

Operating Hours: 22:30-04:00 Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

This place is Katiolo's rival on Mahé. Ozone gives away prizes for best-dressed patrons and best dancers. Half-price admission on Sundays usually ensures a good house.

 

Location: La Plaine St. André, Au Cap

Opening Hours: Saturdays, from 10:00 – 04:00 Sundays 10:00 – 02:00

It’s one of the most happening night spots in Seychelles with local DJs mixing it up from around the world. It’s specially crowded in Fridays and doesn’t allow anyone in shorts. The inner area is a little small so it can be overcrowded at times. The outer area has a pool table and is more spacious and chilled out.

 

Location: Beau-Belle, Bel Ombre, Mahé.

Operating Hours: 22:30-04:00 Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.                                                                     

This is a spacious and well air conditioned discotheque.There are regular performances by professional Go-Go dancers. The DJs here play techno, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Reggae.This club has a VIP booth, but it has to be booked well in advance.

 

Location: Beau-Belle, Bel Ombre, Mahé .

Operating Hours: 22:00-05:00 Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

This place is a favourite among the locals. The club is underground and it plays local Creole music along with Hiphop, Dancehall and Reggae.

 

Location: Beau-Belle, Bel Ombre, Mahé

Operating Hours: 22:00-04:00 Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This has two bars, the Silhoutte Bar that plays live music and the Casino Bar. The casino here has 55 slot machines and 16 gaming tables plus there are private rooms for high-betting game tables. The minimum on gaming tables are two and five US dollars on Black Jack and Roulette respectively.

 

Location: Beau Vallon, Mahe

Opening Hours:  Gaming tables open at 20:00 and close at 03:00 Slot machines are functional from 12noon till 03:00. 

Gran Kaz offers the best gaming experience in slots and table games in a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.GranKaz exhibits more than 150 technologically advanced slot machines. With low minimum bets ranging from 1c to SCR100, Gran Kaz slot machines encourages smart cashless gaming.GranKaz offers a Table Games area where you can play Roulette, Black Jack, Stud Poker, Russian Poker, Casino Hold ‘em Poker, and Texas hold ‘em Poker. The Mercury Bar in the Slot Area, offers the most competitive prices on all drinks including signature cocktails and a small but unique bar menu for small bites.

 

Location: Mercury House, Francis Rachel Street, Victoria

Opening Hours:  16:00-02:00 (Sunday-Thursday) 16:00-04:00 (Friday, Saturday)

The Amusement Centre has 200 slot machines and gives away the maximum jackpots every day along with a fully licensed bar.

 

Location: Oceangate House Extension, Independence Avenue, Victoria

Opening Hours:  daily 22:00-02:00 

This is considered to be the best night club in Praslin. Local artists perform live regularly. Dancers flock this night club in masses.

 

Location: Grand Anse, Praslin

Opening Hours: 22:00-04:00 (Friday, Saturday)

This is the only casino in Praslin. It can hold over 300 guests who can indulge in slots. Roulette, blackjack and blackgammon.

 

Location: Cote D’Or, Praslin

Opening Hours: 00:30-3:00 (Daily).

Anse aux Pins on the east coast of Mahe is another shopping area. A craft village is located here. Each shop is like a Creole bungalow where artisans can be seen to work on coconut oil scented bath soaps, paintings on silk and coconut shell handicrafts to name a few.

 

Location: Mahe

Timings:-09:00-17:00

Known for:-Coconut shell handicrafts, coconut oil bath soaps, silk paintings

Bargaining:- Bargaining cannot be done in this craft village.That means you have to pay the price you are asked for.

Antik Colony in Victoria is well known for its souvenir collection.Local artwork can be bought from Campion Hall.

 

Location:- Room46, Second Floor,Kingsgate House,Victoria Mahe

Timings:-09:00-17:00(Monday-Friday);09:00-13:00 Saturday

Known for:-Pareos, bags, batik accessories, soap bars, processed vegetables and flowers, perfumes and Seychelles pocket map

Bargaining:- Bargaining cannot be done in this store.

At La Kaz you can add to your collection of hats, baskets and bags. Handmade ceramic pottery authentic to Seychelles is available at the Seypot Factory. 

Praslin Island also has its own shopping areas with small retail outlets selling locally made products

Black Pearl (Seychelles) Ltd sells locally collected pearls and unique gold and diamond jewelry.

 

Timings:  09:00-16:00 (Monday to Friday) 09:00- 12:00 (Saturday)

Location:  Black Pearl (Seychelles) Ltd., Amitie, Praslin

Known for: Unique pearls and jewelry

Bargaining: Bargaining cannot be done in this store.

The Cap Samy Art Gallery in Praslin displays the artwork of Sheila Markham. They are reminiscent of the Seychelles people and are on for sale.

 

Timings: 10:00-17:00 (Monday – Saturday) (closed from 11:30-13:00)

Location: Baie Sainte Anne, Praslin 

Known for:-Art works

Bargaining: Bargaining cannot be done in this store.

The Art Gallery at Café des Arts showcases the works of some of the best artists along with coconut and wooden artefacts, jewelery and sculptures.

 

Timings:  09:00-17:00 (Monday to Friday) 09:00- 15:00 (Saturday)

Location: Cote D’Or, Praslin Island  

Known for:-wooden artefacts, jewellery and sculpture

Bargaining: Bargaining cannot be done in this store.

This place is famous for its relief collages, silk paintings, pastel and pencil drawings and water colors. Only some of them are on for sale.

 

Timings:  09:00-16:00 (Monday to Friday) 10:00- 13:00 (Saturday)

Location:  Casino de Iles, Cote D’Or, Praslin

Known for:-Collages, Silk Paintings, Pastel and Pencil Drawings

Bargaining: Bargaining cannot be done in this store.

 

All the major hotels and resorts have their own souvenir and curios shop. A bottle filled with colorful sand is a common souvenir from most beaches. Bargaining is not very much encouraged in Seychelles. Although a little hackling over prices can be done but restricted only to the local markets.

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