Left to imagine Seychelles – an archipelago with 115 specks in the Indian Ocean, anyone with an idea about the country will return a picture of paradise. ‘Exquisite ribbons of pearlescent sand lapped by topaz waters and backed by lush hills and big glacis boulders’ is how someone described it. A friend fondly says the Seychelles mirrors for him what heaven will look like. While Prince William and Kate Middleton found nowhere more luxurious, with a dreamlike setting for their honeymoon than in this country. With beaches, so pleasant that making a choice of which to laze on is like picking an ice-cream flavour, loads of diving and snorkelling spots, luxury resorts and plenty of ecotourism experiences, it’s easy to see why those seeking a glamorous tropical getaway rush to Seychelles – a country now famously dubbed ‘The Galàpagos of the Indian Ocean’.

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Hotel Cote D’Or Seychelles

If you haven’t got the gist, make a simple Google search for images from the country and I bet you’ll almost not believe they are real. Well, rather than test with images, why not treat yourself to a lifetime experience with a trip to this gem of a country—good news; it’s well within time to add it to your bucket list (or do it again) even as this year unfolds – find the best offer here.

Mahe Island, Seychelles | Credit: Globetrotting

But let’s start with the home—if bitter, truth.  Good things don’t come cheap, so don’t expect a holiday in this paradise to be on your usual backpacker’s budget. To start with, don’t contemplate camping and Couch-surfing as alternative accommodation when travelling there. Food is relatively cheaper—outside hotel; for transportation, you’ve got to be ready to rent a bike.

MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa

That’s not to terminate your dreams. Airbnb provides relatively cheaper accommodation, while a travel deal like the one here can really save you a good sum. But if you choose to do it yourself (DIY), that’ll be fine too.

While it’s hard to fix a specific budget for any traveller to Seychelles, data from vastly experienced travellers suggests that a daily budget of 200-400 SCR / $150-300 USD could do if “you’re staying in an Airbnb, eating out at the cheaper restaurants, limiting your drinking, diving activities, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation” – See alternative budget.

Castello Beach Hotel, Seychelles.

So why do people love Seychelles?

Hmm! That’s quite hard to tell, but its beauty is, no doubt, a lure. I’ll add its nature-rich ambience to the pull factor as well as the opportunities to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, doing different activities.

Snorkelling In Seychelles | Photo by Alf Altendorf

Talking about activities, most honeymooners come here to relax and plan their lives together, but they also spice up the moment gazing at and enjoying the promises that the islands hold, including: stunning beaches with picturesque backgrounds, healthy reefs, canyon-like terrain, shallow shelves, impressive granite outcrops, splendid coral gardens – which make diving and snorkelling a dream-come-true, and a slice of Eden with unique wildlife and interesting experiences.

If you are coming, plan to cycle around the Island. This will allow you to see different places and possibly explore La Digue, and Vallee de Mai, a World Heritage Site. Vallee de Mai has a stunning array of flora and fauna, and it is where you’ll find the world’s largest seed—the Coco de Mer. There is a great, though challenging, hiking opportunity at Morne Seychellois National Park. Here, you can climb Morne Blanc for a panoramic view of the island.

Coco de Mer

 

You don’t also want to miss a chance to see Whales and Sharks, and dive in some of the Islands’ incredible diving sites: e.g. Sunset Beach and Sainte Anne.

Praslin Island Tropical Ocean Travel Seychelles

And when all is said and done, no one who visits Seychelles misses a chance to relax on the beautiful beaches such as world-famous Anse Source d’Argent, secluded Anse Marron, sexy Anse Takamaka and picture-postcard perfect Anse Lazio – these are some of the best beaches in the world.

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Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

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Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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