There are few better beach destinations than Seychelles, with endless talc-white crescents and stretches hemmed by granite boulders seemingly dropped by giants. This is one of the world’s smallest countries, with a population of just 100,000 across its 115 remote islands, so expect peace and space, but adventure also awaits those who seek it.

Nestled in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles offer a sanctuary for unique flora and fauna. Spot giant tortoises and the indigenous Coco de Mer palm on the many walking trails around the islands. Picture perfect beaches are in abundance, many encircled by coral reefs teeming with marine life.

The beaches are a huge draw card in Seychelles, along with its raw natural beauty and the simple, sleepy lifestyle of this remote country.

When to visit

There’s a tropical year-round climate with sunny temperatures averaging between 24C and 30C. Rain, sometimes heavy, is common December-February. During the drier months between May and September, the southeast trade winds can bring breezy relief, but will also mean rougher seas.

  • Walk in the Eden-like environment of Vallee de Mer on Praslin
  • Enjoy a touch of the Robinson Crusoe lifestyle but all the home comforts, with a stay on a private resort island
  • Marvel at the incredible nature on Curieuse, teeming with rare birds and roaming giant tortoises
  • Cycle around La Digue, a mini-Mahe that’s home to the stunning Anse Source d’Argent beach
  • Fall in love with the Creole culture and fabulous mix of people across this relatively young nation