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4 Islands to Visit in the Seychelles – Lose Yourself in the Silky Beaches and Tangled Jungles

With its secluded shores and crystal clear waters, it is no surprise that the Seychelles is at the top of everyone's bucket lists. But with 115 islands, it can be difficult to decide on the best.

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Mahe

Widely considered as the cultural hub as well as the economic hub, this is also the biggest island in the Seychelles. It houses the bulk of the population (90% of it) and hence is the most developed of islands. Mahe is home to a large number of resorts such as the AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa and has a variety of activities for everyone. The pristine beaches lay out an excellent atmosphere for honeymooners while the Morne Seychellois National Park gives unimaginable hiking experiences. Moving beyond the coastline, there are excellent diving and snorkelling regions where you can swim peacefully amongst a school of whale sharks.

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La Digue

Akin to something out of a fantasy book, La Digue offers jade green waters and mysterious bays that are littered with pink granite rocks; all of which are guaranteed to bewitch you. A short distance from the beach will find you in the midst of hills that are covered with trees and vegetation. If you are looking for a quiet beach with less people, La Digue is ideally suited for you. The island is easy to access and is well equipped in terms of accommodation. La Digue is relatively small while its location makes it easy for one to visit neighbouring islands such as Félicité and Grande Soeur.

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Praslin

The second largest island in the archipelago, Praslin has a multitude of features that are guaranteed to tempt you. If it is not the white beaches with swaying palm trees, then it will be the rolling hills with dense velvety forests that are just begging to be explored or the fantastic resorts over the coastline. Even though it is the second largest island, Praslin has only about six thousand five hundred people and is much quieter and calmer than Mahe. While the beaches of Praslin regularly appear on lists of the best beaches around the world, it has other attractions too. You can enjoy rounds of eighteen hole golf atop a championship course or hunt for the elusive sea coconut; activities you would not find elsewhere in the Seychelles. Accommodation is no hassle either and it is easy to find a beach resort in Seychelles on the island.

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Silhouette Island

Only about forty minutes from Mahe, Silhouette Island is every nature lover's dream. The third largest island, it is quite mountainous and is home to Mount Daubon, which soars up to a height of seven hundred and eighty meters. The mountain slopes are covered in lush vegetation that is sanctuary to a variety of animals and plants, some of which are endangered or endemic. One can easily find tortoises that over a century old prodding along over the island. Added to that, Silhouette Island has many well maintained hiking trails that make it ideal for hikers.