The translucent blues of the Indian Ocean lapping at the beguiling white sands of the shore, lush green jungles rising atop mountains, and intense fiery sunsets make the Seychelles one of the world’s most deeply beautiful and sizzlingly romantic honeymoon destinations. You can choose to experience the Seychelles exactly as you want it, whether from the luxurious privacy of a private beach or villa, trekking on the inland peaks or swimming side by side with giant sea turtles. Everything about the Seychelles enchants.
Time difference: GMT +4 Hours
Flight time: Approx 13 hours
Visa Required: No (Seychelles is a visa-free country meaning that there are no visa requirements for any person wishing to travel to this country. However … a valid passport or other travel documents recognized by Seychelles to be awarded entry into the country)
Currency: Seychellois rupee
Tel Code: +248
Population: 89,173 (approx)
Official Language: English, French, Seselwa
Recommended Airlines: Emirates, Etihad, Air Seychelles.
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The Seychelles offers a stunning cocktail of luxury, perfection and serenity – spread across some 115 islands – each with its own personality – some inhabited, many not. It is an island-hoppers paradise located in a bed of heavenly blue just beneath the equator to the northeast of Madagascar. The main island of the Seychelles is Mahé – home to the country’s capital, Victoria, and a gorgeous topography of mountains, private bays, rugged national parks and pristine sandy beaches such as Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka. You’ll find the country’s largest selection of resorts here as well as some of the best hiking routes on the archipelago, particularly at the lush Morne Seychellois National Park. If you’re hoping to do some diving then Mahé is a good option too – with whale sharks and gloriously transparent waters to indulge in all along the west coast. If you’re staying in Victoria then be sure to visit the pretty St. Paul’s Cathedral, the vibrant Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market and the islands of Thérèse and Conception which are easy to explore with a day trip from the capital. Take a glass bottomed boat to add a little more magic to the journey. Alternatively take a trip to the nearby St. Anne Island which is home to the largest marine park in the Seychelles and hike 250m to its highest peak for breathtaking views of Mahé and the rest of the islands.
The second largest island in the Seychelles is Praslin – a perfect base for island-hopping and enchanting sandy beaches, such as Anse Lazio, which is consistently voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Praslin is within close proximity to a number of uninhabited islands – making it the perfect choice for couples in search of a little privacy during their honeymoon in the Seychelles. Nature lovers will adore St. Pierre and Coco – both teeming with wildlife, while Curieuse is a perfect option for those in search of a serene, private interlude away from the main islands, where it’s easy enough to find an entirely deserted white sand beach to call your own.
La-Digue is one of the Seychelles’s sleepier inhabited islands, perfect for romantic honeymoons and idyllic beach holidays. The waters here phase from shimmering turquoise blue to jade green, while the beaches, never too full, are studded with arching palm trees and laid back resorts that look out to sea. The island doesn’t rely on motorised transport – instead favouring ox-cart and bicycles so choose La-Digue if you want to get back to nature and simpler times, away from the rush of the modern world.
Seychelles is the quintessential honeymoon destination – a curation of the world’s most beautiful charms – where stunning 5-star resorts are blended into thick jungle hillsides and placed atop the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean – giving each visitor their own little slice of island heaven.
The beaches of the Seychelles invite bikinis and generally skimpy clothes – and while lazing on the beach and in the ocean this is fine, but avoid showing too much skin in the cities, towns and villages and remember that nude bathing is entirely forbidden.
It’s polite to shake hands with both men and women when saying hello, and always try to ask for permission when photographing people. A virtue of living on an island is island time – and we suggest you get used to it, and go with the flow.. or the tide. Impatience won’t get you anywhere, but taking things as they come might just help you to relax.
Most restaurants, resorts and taxis already include a service charge so tipping is not obligatory, though giving a little extra for exceptional service where it’s given might just go a long way – especially if you plan on returning.
- Bird Island
- Denis Island
- Mahé Island
- North Island