The main islands of the Seychelles

The Seychelles is a group of 115 exquisite islands in the Indian Ocean. It’s a country known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and unique wildlife with the islands’ natural beauty an ideal holiday destination for those seeking a tropical paradise. There are plenty of islands to explore and experiences to be had, but if you haven’t yet had an opportunity to visit this wonderful part of the world then choosing where exactly you should stay can be quite tricky. But that’s where we come in.

In this article, we will take a closer look at the three main islands of the Seychelles, highlighting their unique characteristics, top attractions, and activities that will make your trip unforgettable, as well as of course our favourite resorts so you can start planning your perfect island holiday.

Mahe Island

Mahe Island is the largest and busiest island in the Seychelles, with a population of over 70,000 people. It is the main tourism hub, with a variety of accommodations, dining options, and activities. The island is also home to the capital city, Victoria and the island’s international airport. Choose to stay at a resort here and you can be on the beach in no time at all, without the need for a boat transfer to your resort.

Top attractions include:

  • Beau Vallon Beach: One of the most popular beaches on the island, with a wide range of water sports and activities.
  • Morne Seychellois National Park: A protected area that covers over 20% of the island, with hiking trails and stunning views of the island.
  • Victoria Market: A bustling market that sells local produce, handicrafts, and souvenirs.
  • Mission Lodge: A historical site that offers stunning views of the island that provides insight into the Seychelles’ past.

Our favourite hotels:

  • CaranaBeach Hotel: Located on one of the most picturesque bays on Mahe, this hotel exudes a casual yet chic atmosphere in an exquisite setting.
  • Constance Ephelia: Situated on two of the most beautiful beaches on Mahe, overlooking a marine national park with a variety of activities including land and watersports and even its own zip line experience.
  • Fisherman’s Cove Resort: Situated right at the southern tip of Beau Vallon, this stunning boutique hotel is the place to head for a romantic getaway or honeymoon.
  • Kempinski Seychelles Resort: Set on the south-west coast of Mahe, this indulgent retreat is family friendly while still being upmarket, peaceful and relaxing with an amazing beach.
  • Mango House: Rooted in the south of Mahe, this contemporary and intimate once private home offers the ultimate luxury in a wilder, more untouched part of the island.
  • Story Seychelles: This boutique resort is located in the heart of Beau Vallon. Here every room is just steps from the sand of this beautiful beach while various dining options cater to all ages and tastes.

Praslin Island

Praslin Island is the second-largest island in the Seychelles and is located 44km northeast of Mahe. The island has a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, making it perfect for a peaceful getaway and boasts some of the best wildlife and nature experiences in the Seychelles. There are plenty of things to do on Praslin Island, from water sports and hiking to exploring local culture and cuisine.

Top attractions include:

  • Anse Lazio: Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with crystal clear water and soft white sand.
  • Curieuse Island: The home of giant tortoises and mangrove forests. Located very close to Praslin and easily reached for a day tour.
  • Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve: An eco-tourism attraction with hiking trails and a panoramic view of the island.
  • Praslin Museum: A small museum showcasing the island’s history, culture, and biodiversity.
  • Vallee de Mai: A UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the famous Coco de Mer palm tree. You can take a guided tour of the park and learn more about the unique flora and fauna of the island. The park also offers hiking trails and stunning views of the island from the top of the palm forest.

Our favourite hotels:

  • Constance Lemuria: Occupying an utterly beautiful setting on the north coast of Praslin with spectacular restaurants, stunning beaches, an amazing kids club and the Seychelles’ only 18-hole championship golf course.
  • Paradise Sun: Situated along the beautiful beach of Anse Volbert on Praslin, Paradise Sun offers an idyllic Seychelles holiday with a wide variety of services and facilities to please the whole family.
  • Raffles Praslin: Raffles enjoys a magnificent location on Praslin’s North East coast, with 500 metres of soft white sand leading into the crystal-clear waters of the Curieuse National Marine Park.

La Digue Island

La Digue Island is a small island located 43km northeast of Mahe. The island is known for its unique rock formations on the beach. It has a laid-back atmosphere and is perfect for those looking for a tranquil and natural escape. La Digue Island is known for its natural beauty, and visitors can explore it through various outdoor activities, such as hiking, snorkeling, and cycling. In fact, it’s possible to cycle the entire circumference of the island and with a no car policy here the only traffic you’re likely to encounter is a horse or donkey drawn cart.

Top attractions include:

  • Anse Source d’Argent: One of the most photographed beaches in the world, with towering boulders and clear waters.
  • L’Union Estate: A former plantation that showcases traditional Seychellois life and culture.
  • Veuve Nature Reserve: Home to the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, a rare bird species.
  • Nid d’Aigle: A stunning viewpoint that offers panoramic views of the island and surrounding ocean.

Choose to stay at a resort on Praslin and you can be at La Digue in just 20 minutes – the perfect day trip. If you’re based on Mahe, the ferry takes a little longer at 90 minutes but it’s still worth it for a visit. Or better yet, choose to split your stay over 10 days or two weeks between a number of properties and discover everything this beautiful country has to offer. Email us on info@theholidayfactory.co.za or give us a call on 011 233 2300 to start planning now.