5 Offbeat Backpacking Destinations In Seychelles

Seychelles is an archipelago and a country in the Indian Ocean, lies 1,500 kilometers east of Kenya, near the equator. Seychelles owns the world’s most beautiful beaches and many number of beautiful scenery and captivating cultural places. The islands are mainly made up of granite rocks. The island, said to be the oldest in the world, hold natural wonders that will captivate any nature lover. Seychelles is also famous for its lip smacking sea food. Beautiful boulder-strewn beaches, virgin jungles, thriving coral reefs, and nature reserves are beautiful attractions of the island.

Seychelles is also a home of wealthy indigenous flora and fauna to thrill visitors from around the world. Most of the economy of the region is mostly depend on the tourism sector. Therefore, the island is the most developed for the tourists with many luxury 5-star resorts and hotels. The majority of the islands are uninhabited, with many dedicated as nature reserves. Therefore, some of the Seychelles most beautiful and interesting locations are also the least known and a little unusual too.

So, Let’s Take An Overview Of Some Unknown And Astonishing Destinations Of Seychelles:

1. Anse Major, Mahe

Anse Major is a very renowned beach on the North West side of Mahe. The beach seems to be part of the Baie Tarney Marine National Park. Rated as one of Mahé’s best beaches, it is only accessible on foot or by boat. And it took 1.5 hour hike to explore the beach but the result are well worth the efforts.

This route has many beautiful scenic view which can fill anybody heart with charm.

Warm, shallow and calm water are also safe for swimming with small children. Visitors can easily find many hotels and restaurants lining the shores.

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2. Ste Anne National Marine Park, Mahe

Ste Anne National Marine Park is the first national park in the Indian Ocean, established in 1973.It lies about 5 km from Victoria, the capital city of the Seychelles, and encompasses eight small islands. The colorful underwater world attracts lot of tourists from around the world who are watching here the magnificent coral gardens, reef sharks and colorful tropical fish.

This island is one of the prime destination in the Indian Ocean for scuba-diving, snorkeling and glass-bottom boat excursions among coral reefs.

It has one of the largest area of the “seagrass meadows” in the Seychelles. It is very beautiful. Local tour operators offer day trips to Marine Park. It is also a home to a 5-star resorts and hotels. Enjoy a relaxing stay on island and discover the delicious Seychellois’ cuisine on Round Island.

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3. Victoria

A day on foot is more than enough time to see Victoria, one of the smallest capital in the world. Named Victoria in honor of the British queen after her coronation, the small capital of the Seychelles is the only seaport in the country. One of the main tourist attractions is the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens.The most bustling city of the Seychelles, is the home of the old colonial buildings.

The most prominent historical structure is the clock tower, erected in 1903, modeled on Little-Ben, a small version of Big-Ben in London.

Victoria Market is the local hotspot for the Seychellois people and the brightly colored fish and fruit markets are not to be missed. There are lot of museums, local art galleries and craft markets to soak up the city’s friendly charm. For an overview of the indigenous flora and fauna, visit the Natural History Museum, which also displays a few historical artifacts. This is the best place to grab last-minute gifts before heading home.

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4. Vallee De Mai National Park

Located on the granitic island of Praslin, Vallée de Mai National Park is a UNESCO World heritage site and preserves a prehistoric forest which contain more than 3500 of the coco de mer fruit palm, latanier, vanilla orchids and Chinese fans.

The area is rich in biodiversity and the habitat of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.

The park is a home to many rare species such as Seychelles bulbul, fruit pigeons, Lizards and the black parrot (national bird of Seychelles). Nature lovers and photographers will enjoy exploring this reserve where large prehistoric boulders are spread across the forest floor. There’s an informative visitor Centre, cafe and excellent shop on-site.

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5. Morne Seychellois National Park

The largest national park in the Seychelles, Morne Seychellois National Park created in 1979.It covers an area of more than 3000 hectares, more than 20% of Mahe and equipped extensively trail network covering more than 15 Km. Morne Seychellois is the highest peak in Seychelles, which is located in this park.

It contains a wide variety of habitats, from coastal mangrove forests up to the country’s highest peak, the Morne Seychellois.

Without any doubt, the best way to explore the area is a guided walk. The park allows visitors to experience the wonder of the indigenous fauna and flora of Mahé.The route offering many spectacular views of tea plantation and of the southwest coast of Mahé from the mountain slopes.

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