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The Best Islands in Seychelles – Choose Your Favourite

Ah, Seychelles! An archipelago of sunny islands. A vibrant culture and nature's best. But which island is right for you? While you can't explore them all on one holiday. You can decide which ones to explore by reading this article on the best islands in Seychelles!


Mahe Island - Overview

While Mahe is the largest of the Seychelles Islands, you can drive around the entire island in under 2 and a half hours! So, it's not really the kind of place you can get lost in. But it is home to exotic resorts you can quite happily get lost in; the Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas, for example! It's located on Anse Louis – a gorgeous little bay on the west of Mahe. It has the perfect wind conditions for water sports and crystal-clear waters for swimming.


Mahe Island – The Allures

But apart from enjoying the comforts of all inclusive resorts, Seychelles has to offer; staying on Mahe lets you experience the culture and the fascinating locals. The colonial-style capital, Victoria is fascinating. Browse the vintage markets and explore the Morne Seychellois National Park home to lush walking trails and hidden bays. Oh, and Mahe is a great spot for letting loose the foodie in you and experimenting on those fab Creole dishes! Yes, Mahe resorts are the best for a comprehensive experience of Seychelles!


Praslin Island – for Day Excursions

Praslin is one hour via boat from Mahe. This island is loved for its gorgeous beaches and stunning sunsets. While it is not as action-packed and diverse as Mahe, the place is good for a day's excursion and beach hopping safari. Praslin is a rugged island best known for Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Apart from its bountiful surrounding, the reserve is home to the giant Coco de Mer palms.


Praslin Island – Things to Do

Praslin is also great for bird watching. So, take along your binoculars for spotting the Seychelles blue pigeon, bulbul, and also the very elusive black parrot – all endemic birds of Seychelles. Take along the cameras too for those Instagram updates since Praslin is home to some of the most photographed beaches in the world. You may want to check out nearby Curieuse Island too, which is home to the huge Aldabra tortoise.


La Digue – for Nature's Best

Slow down, unwind, and relax on laidback La Digue Island. La Digue seems to be stuck in a time loop, successfully avoiding development snares. Hence, you get to experience an island in all its virgin glory. La Digue does not have proper roads, and in fact, the island doesn't really have that many cars too. Yes, it's an authentic rustic little mass of land offering you nothing but sultry island vibes and a sense of escape. You can walk around the island in about an hour. But to add to the entire time-warp experience, you can hire a bicycle or hop in one of the local ox-carts used for transport on the island! While the island boasts lovely secluded little beaches and hidden coves, there are a few colonial buildings, adding to the charm of the place and serving as a reminder to the archipelago's past as a colonial station.