Known the world over for its magnificent coastlines, pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, the Seychelles is rightly famous as a beach-lover’s paradise. Although this reputation is well deserved, the Seychelles has much more to offer than its beaches alone. This group of islands, located in the Indian Ocean, is a perfect destination for all sorts of vacation goers, from those looking for a spot for adventure to nature enthusiasts.

The largest of the Seychelles islands at a mere 4 miles wide and 16 miles long, Mahé Island packs an awful lot into its small square footage, as deckhand and traveller Oliver Mills-Nanyn has discovered. It is by far the most inhabited, with 90% of the country’s population calling it home, and travellers looking to soak up everything it has to offer are guaranteed not to be disappointed.

A Wonderful Destination for Nature-Lovers

The magnificent landscape of Mahé Island has to be seen to be believed. Hiking is one of the best ways to take in the stunning scenery, with trails forging their paths through tropical jungles and mountainous terrain. Those who are physically fit and wish to test themselves should try the Morne Blanc Trail; completing this demanding hike is well worth it to take in the picturesque views of the island’s western coast.

The island is also teeming with diverse plant and animal life. The region is home to the jellyfish tree; once thought to have become extinct after disappearing from the landscape for 70 years, it was rediscovered in the 1970s, and 86 of these unique trees can now be found in the Morne Seychellois National Park. Another equally beautiful location, the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens in Victoria is an excellent spot to visit giant tortoises.

Naturally, the waters around these islands are home to a large assortment of marine life; perfect for nature enthusiasts who wish to take in the splendour of coral reefs and admire the diverse species of fish.

An Ideal Spot for Sunworshippers

For those who love the indulgence of lounging on a beach in the sun, Mahé Island is a perfect destination. With an abundance of beautiful beaches, it’s extremely difficult to nominate just one. However, for tourists who enjoy a spot of sunbathing, snorkelling in crystal-clear waters and trying their hand at windsurfing, Anse Royale Beach on the southeast coast should not be missed. 

Travellers who appreciate a calmer location with less tourists would be wise to visit Anse Major. This beautiful beach can be found on the northwest coast of the island and is set against the backdrop of green granite mountains.