Upon arrival at Mahe island, go straight to your accommodation and relax at the property. I recommended a stay at the resort “Barjaya” on Beau Vallon. It is an excellent property with delicious Indian food option.
Beau Vallon is also a good location for sunset, also for swimming especially if you are traveling with kids, as the water here is mostly calm. In the evening, just relax at the poolside bar, have some Seychelles Beer, or just have a walk at the beach.
Day 2 – Mahe (Hiking, City Tour & Beaches)
If you love driving and interested in exploring the island like a local, hire a car and hit the mountain road (Sans Souci) and enjoy the early morning breeze. It’s a hilly road with many attractions along the way and you will see stunning landscape too.
If you love hiking; There are two trails worth exploring- Morne Blanc & Capolia. The Capolia trail is a fairly steep hike which will reward you with spectacular views of the east coast of Mahe. This trail takes 1 to 2 hours, depending on your fitness level.
Morne Blanc is a bit rocky and muddy but worth exploring it too. The total length of the trail is 3.2 km and approximately you can cove in 40- 60 minutes again depending on your fitness level.
“Don’t forget to carry lots of water & energy bars”
After the hike, while you’re coming back from Sans Souci road, you will find yourself on the west coast. There you have many beaches to swim, including Grand Anse, Port Launay, and Baie Ternay.
I am sure after hiking and swimming it’s time to have some of the local delicacies with chilled beer. There are many good restaurants along the coast offers delicious food with the great sea view.
After a fulfilling meal, you can explore the city by visiting their central market and the clock tower in the center of town. There is also a museum if you want to learn a bit about how the islands formed and their unique flora and fauna.
In the evening, head back to resort for stunning views of the sunset… Relax at the beach, hear the sound of waves and watch the night sky.
Day 3 – Mahe City (Meet with Locals, Craft Village, Takamaka Rum Distillery & Beaches)
It’s time to mingle with some locals & explore the south part of the island. You can visit Domaine de Val des Prés – Craft Village & Takamaka Rum Distillery. Craft Village is an ideal place to buy souvenirs, as the products are authentic, created by the local craftspeople & reasonably priced. You’ll find t-shirts, candles, hand-carved fridge magnets, etc. You can help locals by buying their products as the money will go straight into the hands of the crafter.
This is also a good opportunity to chat with the local people to know more about their lovely islands, their lifestyle, and their culture. Have lunch at one of the local restaurants at the craft village.
In the afternoon you can visit the Takamaka Rum Distillery, there you get a chance to learn how they made the Rum and probably do a tasting of all the varieties of rum. After that drive to the south of the island, down the Grand Police road, past Anse Intendance, and explore more beaches down here – Anse Bazarca, Anse Petit Police and Anse Grand Police. They are pristine & relatively untouched as not many tourists go there. It is the best area to enjoy virgin beaches (tranquil & serene, away from the crowds into nature)
If your time permits you can explore Baie Lazare, Anse Soleil, Petit Anse, and Anse Louis. They have many good restaurants offering delicious seafood.
Relax at the Resort in the evening.
Day 4 – Praslin, Seychelles (Mahe to Praslin Island & Anse Lazio (World’s Best Beach)
There are two ways to reach Praslin either by sea (around an hour) or by air (15 min). I feel to go via air and come via the sea to have both the experiences. If you want to take a ferry, then take the early morning ferry which leaves from the Inter-Island ferry port in Victoria. Make sure you check the schedule before planning your trip. (it is recommended to take seasickness pills as waves can be high at times) or take morning Charter plane/flight from the Inter-Island airport.
Once you get to Praslin, it is highly recommended to hire an open jeep/car (pre-book, or easily available at Praslin ferry terminal). Once you reach your resort, check-in and then hit the road for UNESCO world heritage site the “Vallee de Mai”, where you will see the world’s largest nut “the giant Coco de Mer palm (Coconut)”.
Once you have seen the Vallee du Mai, it’s time to visit Anse Lazio, one of Praslin’s most spectacular and famous beaches, which is regularly rated among the best beaches in the world. Anse Lazio is indeed stunning and worth a visit for a full day to capture different shades of Blue… It is just stunning!
There is an excellent seafood restaurant here (www.lechevalierbay.com) where you can have nice food. You can also stay there to check their website for more details.
Some of the resorts in Praslin organize bonfire & cultural activates for their guests and if you are lucky to have some in your resort than you can spend the night at your resort and enjoy the event.
Day 5 – Praslin / Curieuse Day Trip (Boat Tour, Giant Tortoise, Hiking & Snorkelling)
It’s time to take a boat tour around Praslin Island. Many boat tours agents operate from Praslin. Negotiate with them to get a good deal. Otherwise, let your resort arrange an excursion for you. Generally, most boat excursions include island visits of Curieuse, Cousin, Felicité, Coco, Sister, and the small island of St. Pierre. So it depends on your personal preference & time available.
Curieuse Island is the best place to meet the Aldabra Giant Land Tortoise. It also has a small trail into the mangrove forest where you will see many different birds, crabs, lizards, lobsters and many more (proper hiking shoes & insect replant spray are a must).
Cousine Island is great for bird lovers, an excellent place to see a number of the birds including the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Fairy terns, white-tailed tropicbirds, and more. You can also go snorkeling on the way of going to Cousine Island.
Relax at night at your beach resort in Praslin
Day 6 – La Digue: Praslin to La Digue (Cycling, Walking & Beaches)
Take the morning ferry to La Digue which takes just 15 minutes. La Digue is a very small Island with very different vibes, many visitors love to explore this Island by cycle, bike or on foot. I highly recommended to hire a cycle and explore many amazing attractions that make it worth visiting and have some romantic time under the trees laden with flowers.
The top beach in La Digue is Anse Source D’Argent. This is a beach at the south end of the island, surrounded by palm trees, turquoise waters and pale white sands. also, an excellent spot for watching the sunset is very much worth visiting.
Finally, while you’re on La Digue you should try to catch a glimpse of the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher. This endemic bird is critically endangered and native to La Digue. The best place to spot one is in the Veuve Reserve.
It is noteworthy that to enter this beautiful Island you need to pay some taxes that can be pay at the time of booking your tour.
Spend the night at your beach resort in Digue
Day 7 Return to Mahe
Take the ferry directly from La Digue to Mahe via Praslin, with a total journey time of around 60 to 90 minutes. Check-in at your hotel in Mahe. Free time to shop & relax.
Day 8 Departure from Seychelles
Checkout from your Mahe hotel after breakfast. You may use the hotel shuttle to Airport. Catch the flight back from Mahe to your Home.