SEYCHELLES – THE PERFECT 1O DAY ITINERARY
Thinking about Seychelles, the first thing that comes to mind are the gorgeous beaches. But the truth is there there is so much more to Seychelles than crystal clear waters and picture-perfect beaches. Lush rainforest hills, World Heritage sites, unparalleled biodiversity, friendly locals are all part of the incredible charm of Seychelles. The perfect destination for a romantic honeymoon, Seychelles is also great for adventurous couples, fun-loving friends, or families looking to relax. Located in the deep waters of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles 115 islands are far and remote so I would recommend spending at least 10 days exploring the islands. If you can do 2 weeks, even better. In this article, you will find the perfect Seychelles 10-day itinerary, including the 3 main inner islands: Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue. I included all the information I have on the best things to do, where to eat, and where to stay during your holidays.
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Alright, let’s get started with this 10 day Seychelles itinerary.
DAY 1 to 4 – MAHE
Coming from abroad, you will land at Victoria airport, so it is logical to start your Seychelles itinerary there. As the biggest, most populated island in Seychelles, Mahe has quite a lot to offer and some travelers even decide to stay there their entire holidays. In my opinion 3 to 4 days are enough to make the most of this beautiful island.
The best things to see and do in Mahe are:
- Visit Victoria, the Seychelles capital city. While in Victoria, don’t miss mingling with locals at the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market, check out the Victoria Clock Tower, learn about Seychelle history at the National Museum of History and say hi to some giant tortoises at the National Botanical Garden.
- Hike some of Mahe’s beautiful trails. I can personally recommend the Dans Gallas trail (the view at the top is absolutely gorgeous), but you could also check out the Morne Seychellois trail (probably the most challenging) and Copallia trail a beginner trek with rewarding views.
- Chill on the beaches: It goes without saying that lounging on some gorgeous beaches should also be part of your Mahe itinerary. Some of my favorite beaches are Anse Boileau, Anse a La Mouche, Petite Anse, Anse Louis, and finally the most beautiful of all: Anse Intendance.
- Check out the Mission Lodge viewpoint.
- Visit the Takamaka rum distillery and learn more about Seychelle’s very own (and only) rum brand.
For more details on what to do, where to stay and where to eat, check out my full Mahe travel guide here.
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DAY 4 to 7 – PRASLIN
The next step of your Seychelles itinerary can either be Praslin or La Digue, it doesn’t make much difference. Just decide base on your return flight timing, boat transfers, etc.
While in Praslin, here are a few things you could do:
- Visit the Vallee de Mai: A UNESCO World Heritage, the Vallee de Mai is a nature reserve knows for its endemic Coco de Mer trees. The Vallee de Mai is so lush and stunning that some refer to it as the actual Garden of Eden.
- Go diving: Your Seychelles itinerary wouldn’t be complete without at least half a day dedicated to snorkeling or diving. The flora and fauna are just as impressive underwater as they are on land. I recommend WhiteTips Divers, a friendly and professional diving center close to Anse Volbert.
- Check out some of Seychelle’s most beautiful beaches: The beaches in Praslin are next level. Two of my favorites are Anse Lazio: vast and wild, and Anse Georgette, small, intimate, and absolutely picture perfect.
- If you have a bit more time, organize a day trip to Curieuse Island or Cousin Island.
For more information on what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Praslin, check out my full Praslin travel guide.
DAY 8 to 10 – LA DIGUE
La Digue is what paradise holidays are made of: tiny island, stunning white sand beaches on all sides, only bikes to go around, and some great food too. Did I mention La Digue is also home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (I am not the one making the list, CondeNast Traveller is !). Most travelers only visit La Digue on a day trip, but I would wholeheartedly recommend spending 2 to 3 days there, to slow down and soak in this beautiful island vibe.
A few things not to miss while in La Digue:
- Visit Anse Source D’Argent: One of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The best time to visit is the end of the afternoon, once the day-trippers are gone and the sun goes down.
- Bike around the island: While on La Digue, do like the locals do and bike to places. The island is tiny, so it shouldn’t take you more than 30 to 40 min bike to go anywhere. The island is not really flat, so expect some small hill challenges 😉
- Say hi to the giant turtles of Anse Severe. About 10 min bike from the pier, Anse Severe is a pretty little beach, home to 2 giant turtles. They are always roaming around there, waiting for tourists to feed them with fruits (there is a local fruit stand there too).
- Explore the South beaches of La Digue: Bike to Grande Anse and then walk to Petite Anse and Anse Coco to enjoy some typical white sand, rose boulders framed beaches.
I gathered more details about what to do, where to stay and where to eat while in this complete La Digue travel guide.
HOW TO GET TO SEYCHELLES AND GO AROUND
There is only one international airport in Seychelles, so wherever you come from you should be landing in Victoria Airport, Mahe. From Mahe, you can reach the nearby island of Praslin and La Digue via ferry (fast, convenient, and comfortable), or local flights (more expensive, but more regular and offers an incredible view over the gorgeous Seychelles archipelago). Once on the islands, the best way to go around is to book a car. It cost around 30 to 50 EUR per day and really gives you the full flexibility to go everywhere at any time. Alternatively, a much cheaper option would be to use the well-developed bus network in Mahe and Praslin.
WHEN TO GO TO SEYCHELLES
Seychelles is one of those countries blessed with a warm and sunny weather most of the year, making it an almost round the year destination.
April & May – October & November are the hottest months of the year, with temperatures over 30°C, little breeze, and high humidity. It gets hot and stuffy but the lack of winds means exceptional underwater conditions for divers. Eventhough it is considered the dry season, short showers can occurs during the day.
From June to September, the wind picks up and the temperatures lower down. It is the perfect season for sunbathing, surfing, hiking, etc .. but the sea can get quite rough to swim in.
November to March is the rainy season in Seychelles, and I would recommend visiting at all then. If you are looking for a beautiful tropical destination to visit at this time, consider going to the Maldives instead, it is the best time to visit.
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Here you go, these are all my recommendations for a 10-day itinerary in Seychelles. For more information about each island, you can check my detailed travel guides: