The Seychelles archipelago has 115 islands in total, but only a few are inhabited full-time. These islands are home to tropical forests, giant tortoises, outstanding dive sites and some of the most photographed beaches in the world!
If you plan to stay on La Digue during your winter break, Anse Source d’Argent could be the first port of call on your itinerary. The picture-perfect location has graced the covers of numerous travel publications thanks to soft white sands, aquamarine lagoons and unusual boulder formations. During a day trip, you may encounter an Aldabra tortoise or two. These gentle giants are endemic to islands of the Indian Ocean and can live to be 200 years old!
Outdoor adventurers may enjoy hiking four kilometres to the highest peak on La Digue, Nid D’Aigle. The summit offers incredible views of neighbouring Praslin, Félicité and Marianne islands. Set off early morning to avoid the heat, take a picnic and don’t forget your camera.
On Praslin, meander through the magical forest trails of Vallée de Mai – one of the smallest UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Described as a veritable ‘Garden of Eden’ by those who visit, lush tropical landscapes are peppered with Coco de Mer palm trees, vanilla orchids and natural cascades. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the endangered Black Parrot, the resplendent national bird of the Seychelles.
Dive enthusiasts may consider staying on Félicité or Desroches islands. The ‘Secret Passage’ dive site off the coast of Desroches is brimming with underwater caverns, colourful reefs, lobster and barracuda, while Marianne Island near Félicité is great for beginners, with plenty of rocky subterranean landscapes and diverse species to discover including grey and whale sharks.