The Seychelles remains one of the most stunning island holiday destinations in the world. The country offers a lot to the tourists, in terms of sightseeing and adventures. Read on and find out the top draws of this beautiful island nation.
Baie Lazare Village
Named after the French explorer Lazare Picault, the small village of Baie Lazare is famous for its turquoise water and white sand beaches. The best ones on the island include the charming Anse Soleli and the beautiful Petite Anse beaches. Take a leisurely walk to the neo-Gothic Baie Lazare Church for a glimpse of some classic French architecture. The surrounding vistas from the church are simply stunning.
Curieuse Island, with its auburn-toned earth, sandy coves and tall Casuarina and Takamaka trees, is an ideal place for travellers seeking solitude. Giant tortoises roam freely on the island. Travellers can also explore the ruins of an old leprosarium and the doctor’s office (a preserved national monument) located on the island’s south shore. It is one of the only two places on earth where Coco De Muer (giant sized edible nuts) grows naturally.
Christened Port Victoria in the honour of the British Queen, it is the only seaport in the Seychelles. The beautiful Seychelles National Botanical Gardens, located here, are spread over an impressive 15 acres and are home to tortoises, flying foxes, exotic plants and an orchid garden. Other tourist attractions in Victoria include the clock tower, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Natural History Museum and Sir Selwyn Clarke Market. This seaport city and capital of Seychelles is a must visit.
La Digue Island
La Digue Island, the fourth largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, is dubbed as an excellent place for tourists seeking a peek into the traditional way of life. You can visit the L’Union Estate where the copra factory, some old Creole houses and vanilla plantations are located. Veuve Nature Reserve, home to the endangered black paradise flycatcher bird, also makes for a terrific tourist attraction. The island is best explored on a hired bicycle or on an oxcart.
Touted as the world’s largest raised coral atoll, Aldabra Atoll is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sit by a beach facing the central lagoon and you will be able to treat yourself with the magical view of the lagoon getting filled and emptied naturally through four channels. If in luck, you will also be able to sight manta rays and tiger sharks scavenging the shallows. However, it would not require luck to spot one of the many tortoises on the atoll!