The beaches in the Seychelles are easily some of the best in the world, which is why it is understandable that visitors would like to spend hours upon hours sunbathing and admiring the clear waters here. But if you are interested in knowing the island nation better, and exploring other facets of its hospitality, we have put together a list of attractions that you visit in the Seychelles beyond beaches.

 

Morne Seychellois National Park

Spreading over 2,045 hectares, the Morne Seychellois National Park covers almost 20% of Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles. The park is not only the largest on the island; it also boasts the highest peak in the Seychelles archipelago – the Morne Seychellois Peak. Located in the mountainous interiors, the park is perfect for spending some time in isolation or amidst the nature. For activity-seekers, there are 12 walking trails that can be accessed on full day or half day excursions of the park. The park is also home to dense coastal mangrove forests as well as a plethora of bird species.

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Vallée de Mai

If you are looking for rare and precious in the Seychelles, Vallée de Mai is a destined step in your journey. A stunning palm forest preserved in its natural state, this World Heritage Site on the island of Praslin, the park is famous for the rare coco de mer, the largest seed in the plant kingdom. Among the other rare denizens of the park are the endangered black parrots that attract bird-watchers to this park. One of few parks in the world untouched till 1930, the park now offers free guided tours for its exploration. For hikers, there are three rewarding hiking trails in the park, the longest being 3 kilometres.

 

Takamaka Rum Distillery

Popular for producing eponymous rum, the Takamaka Rum Distillery in La Plaine St André is a mandatory step on your discovery of the Seychelles. About an hour long tour of this distillery set on a 200-year old estate are offered to the tourists on whom they can learn about the process of fermentation and distillation of these rums as well as taste them. You can pick out a bottle of rum from amongst their five main local varieties to be taken back as a souvenir. You can’t miss stopping by La Grande Maison, a beautiful colonial-style restaurant hosted on-site in a wooden cottage, one of the best in the Seychelles.

 

Bird Island

A private island in northernmost corner of the Seychelles, the Bird Island, as the name suggests, is popular for its great diversity of bird life.  Among the birds that one can easily spot here are sooty terns, fairy terns and common noddies. Hawksbill turtles and green turtles lying on the beach also make for an attractive sight for bird enthusiast, more so if they are able to spot the star tortoise, the 300kg Esmeralda. A private resort comprising of 26 bungalows, the bird island private resort also offers snorkelling and dolphin-watching encounters to patrons.

 

Tea Factory

The tea factory in Mahé draws lovers of tea to the Sans Souci Road from distant parts of the island and the world. Popular for its unique flavour of SeyTé tea produced locally with flavours of vanilla, orange, mint, lemon and cinnamon, the Tea Factory is a great place to learn about the tea making process of the Seychelles tea. Tea tasting sessions are offered and visitors can also purchase samples on the site. The surprise in store for the visitors comes in the form of breathtaking views of the western slopes of Mahé from the factory.

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