Home to the capital and Morne Seychellois National Park
The central island of Mahé is the cultural core of the Seychelles, bundling most of the country’s population between its shores.
This is where you’ll find the capital, Victoria – a north-easterly city that clings to a harbour busy with a mix of seafaring locals and island-hopping holidaymakers. A whistle-stop tour here should include the Seychelles National Botanical Garden, which lays out five acres of tropical gardens – ancient Aldabra giant tortoises and fruit bats included.
Out of the city, wildly beautiful beaches are the theme. Anse Intendance Beach rolls out gleaming white sands between the turquoise ocean and green jungle, while peach and lemon villas squeeze between the coconut palms of Beau Vallon Beach.
The scenery takes a turn for spectacular as you head inland. Morne Seychellois National Park is the mountainous interior of Mahé. Hiking trails trickle through the thick jungle, roving between secluded sandy bays, Morne Seychellois peak, rocky granite lookouts and watery mangrove forests.
Direct flights from the UK to the Seychelles take approximately 10 hours. You can also choose to fly via the Middle East.
Transfers from Seychelles Airport take between 35 and 45 minutes by car.
The Seychelles keeps a steady temperature all year round, with the mercury usually hovering between 24°C and 32°C. April marks the end of the rainy season, warming up in time for May – the sunniest month of the year. July is the coolest month, with temperatures dropping down to a comfortable 24°C. November is the beginning of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, so the temperatures rise and the number of rainy days slowly start to increase.
The Seychelles is completely visa-free. Officials will just hand you a visitor’s permit when you go through customs. Just make sure you have your passport, details of where you’re staying and proof of onward travel (i.e. details of your flights back home).
A 5-10% service tax is added to bills in most hotels, restaurants and bars. Feel free to increase this if the service exceeds your expectations.
English and French are the two most commonly spoken tongues, but Seychelles Creole is the official language.