Some of the best beaches in the Seychelles
Praslin was voted one of the best islands in Africa by the well-travelled TripAdvisor set. That’s largely thanks to the wiggly coastline of beaches that tussle for the title of the best strip of sand in the Seychelles. North-westerly Anse Lazio is the most well-known, thanks to its silver-bright stripe of sand. For something a little quieter, try Anse Kerlan – a hideaway for sea turtles and peace-seekers.
Praslin National Park sits in the centre of the island; it's home to the red-beaked bulbul and black parrot. The Vallée de Mei carves out a path through the jungle, with footpaths trailing past towering groves of coco de mer palm trees and flowering tropical plants. Many of these are first growth, hardly touched by humans.
Meanwhile, dive centres give you the chance to go on safari in the Indian Ocean. Easy dives tick off the coral reefs (you could see rays and firefish gobys), while trickier trips head to the Outer Islands, where sharks and rays flicker through the waters.
Direct flights from the UK to the Seychelles take approximately 10 hours. You can also choose to fly via the Middle East.
Once you arrive in the Seychelles, Praslin is a 20-minute flight away.
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.