A cluster of 115 islands, Seychelles offers a bouquet of experiences to the avid traveler. Serene white-sand beaches hem the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean at this tropical paradise. Seychelles has plenty of touristy things for travellers of all age groups. sIf you seek a novel experience, there are also a number of offbeat experiences in this island nation to surprise you. Here is a short list of some things you can try out if you want to spice up your trip!
Anse Source D’Argent
Being an archipelago of over a hundred islands, there are plenty of beaches to be found in Seychelles. What makes the Anse Source D’Argent special, is the crystal clear emerald waters gently lapping the smooth, sandy beach framed by characteristic granite boulders in their naturally sculpted grandeur. It is a perfect spot for some snorkelling and fun in the sun.
Timing: 8 am to 5 pm
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a raised coral atoll and is one of the largest in the world. It has remained unchanged over thousands of years making it a natural wonder. Comprising of four main islands of coral limestone, Aldabra is accessible only by boat. It is also home to around 100,000 giant tortoises, varied species of crabs, and a rare flightless bird known as Aldabra Rail.
Timing: Fixed times with special permits.
Valle de Mai
Valle de Mai is one of the two places in the world where you can see the rare coco de mer palm and a great place for bird watching. The endangered black parrot, the Seychelles bulbul, the blue pigeon, and the Seychelles warbler can all be spotted here. There are well-marked hiking trails with the longest being 2 kilometres and plenty of endemic palms and plants along the route.
Timing: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Takamaka Distillery and Rum-Tasting Tour
Discover the story behind the distillery and the finer details of the rum-making process at this unique distillery. There is also a rum tasting after the guided tour and plenty of bottles of rum available for purchase. A forest walk, as well as a bar and restaurant, are available on the premises.
Timing: 11.30 am and 1.30 pm – Mon-Fri
Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market
A trip to this market which was started in 1840 is a must if you wish to experience the Seychellois way of life in the true sense. A bustling hub of activity, you can buy anything from fresh fish and produce to spices, souvenirs, and clothes here.
Timing: 7.00 am to 5.30 pm (Mon-Fri)
6.00 am to 2.00 pm (Sat)
Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden
Reminiscent of the 18th-century spice gardens cultivated by the French to promote the spice trade, this current day example lets visitors experience life on a Seychelles plantation. Situated in the hills above Anse Royale, this garden owes its origins to French spice entrepreneur Pierre Poivre. The 35-hectare property includes a planter’s house which has a one-room museum, a café restaurant offering wonderful views, and a gift shop selling homemade jams, marmalade, and spices.
Timing: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Dig a little deeper, and you are sure to find quite a few more places and experiences to add to this compilation. Whatever be your requirements, contact us at GoFro and leave the planning to us for the journey of a lifetime!