This place doesn´t seem real. When you see the pictures, it looks like it's right off of a postcard or something. It is one of the best beaches in the country, with lovely fine white sand and round granitic rocks and beautiful turquoise water. It's the most beautiful beach I've ever been to.
Victoria is the capital of the Seychelles. It is also sometimes referred to as Port Victoria or Mahé and is located in the northwestern region of the island Mahé. It is one of the smallest capitals in the world and the only major port of the islands. The main attractions of the city are the Clock Tower, the court HQ, post office (which has not changed since colonial times), the Botanical Gardens, the History and Natural History Museum and the market.
Although Mahe Island is very small, and the bus service is good, the best to visit its beaches, is to hire a "mini moke", which is a small all terrain that besides driving on the road, you can go into the dirt roads to go to any beach access difficult. One of the most beautiful beaches of Anse Mahe is the Takamaka, fine white sand, crystal clear water and a few changes with the tide. It is located in the southwest, to access it you pass some roads where there are orchards and some other hut. The beach owes its name to Takamaka trees, which surrounds and protects the Wind, as well as being a good option for shelter from the sun ... And even give you a good nap. Another one of the beach's attractions is the awesome restaurant is has there. It's called Chez Batista and they specialize in creole food that's typical of the island. You HAVE to try it out, it's phenomenal.
Rent a car and get lost on the island of Praslin in the Seychelles. It has a magical and a wonderful atmosphere, and it is incredibly laid back. In the center of the island there is a nature reserve with the famous sea coconuts, waterfalls, lush vegetation ... The coast is also incredible. The beaches are wonderful: Anse Lazio, Grand Anse ... No hotels or resorts. An absolute marvel!
One of the largest beaches in Seychelles and one of the most popular. It's just 3 km from Victoria and there are buses that take you to the capital. It has very clean white sand and almost no rocks. Palm trees almost touch the sea. The whole area is a great resort where you find the major hotels.
Anse Source d'Argent is located on the small island of La Digue and is among the most famous beaches in the Seychelles and even the world. I can safely say that it deserves its reputation. It's amazing...it's a huge lagoon with massive granite boulders shining in the sun...I'd never seen anything like it. Like all the beaches in the Seychelles, Source d'Argent is strongly influenced by the tides. When I went at low tide, the water was very low and you could snorkel in the surrounding reefs. By the afternoon, the water had risen considerably and the beach was practically empty. You can rent beach chairs and there are walking vendors who come by and sell fresh fruit. There's also a (pretty expensive) restaurant on the beach that's open for lunch. Note that it costs 100 rupees (around 7 euros) to enter since it's in a protected park. The upside is that I suppose that'll help keep the beach in beautiful shape for everyone to enjoy.
On the island of Praslin, Valle de Mai has the highest concentration of coconut palms, with nearly four thousand trees. The prehistoric forest in this valley is classed as a World Heritage Site. There are many different types of palm trees, such as banana palms, fan palms and other endemic species on the islands. In the valley, you can also find many other interesting plants, such as wild pineapple, wild coffee trees and allspice shrubs. If you plan to visit this place, you must not leave any marked trails. The Coco de Mer tree is very impressive. In fact, there are posters telling you to take care of the palm trees, the truth is that if one falls on you it´ll split your head open.
Walking the streets of Victoria, (the world's smallest capital) on Mahe, will take next to no time because there isn't a lot of traffic, and it is regulated by a singular traffic light, there are few monuments to see and tourists almost always prefer to bask and relax on its beautiful beaches. But an essential visit is to their varied market, Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke. The market was built in the early 18th century, but was renovated recently. It is in the city center and in it you can find all kinds of tropical products, spices, fish, fruits and flowers. Around the market and with a beautiful Creole houses you can see "The Market Street" where you can buy typical craft souvenirs in the Chinese merchant shops.
The Seychelles had no indigenous population, the current population was created by immigrants of French, African, Indian and Chinese people that came here. And it shows in the diversity of religions practiced in the islands, where you can find Roman Catholic Churches, Anglican, Hindu, Buddhist and even mosques. This diversity of religions is not a problem for the population. On Sundays it is very common to see people wearing their best clothes attending church. It's quite a sight to see the girls in their Creole costumes, starched lace and bows on their heads. On one of my visits to the churches, I was invited to participate in a parish festival, it was fun .. And I won a turkey! If you go, do not miss the Seychelles churches in Baie Lazare San Francisco and San Roque in Bel Ombre, French colonial style and the cathedrals of Immaculate Conception and Saint Paul's
Although detaching from the beaches here seems almost impossible, one of the most beautiful views from where you can see the lush vegetation as well as the coasts of the island is the climb to Morne Park. The route you can do from the city of Victoria (it is not painful, unlike .. A blast) to Sans Souci. Through full of vegetation marked trails going through forests and seeing several tea plantations and countless tropical plants very difficult to see on other islands. The best reward is that once you get on top ... a view that will never forget. It's positively breathtaking.