Island Hopping in the Seychelles - how to easily visit the most beautiful islands of the Seychelles

Island Hopping in the Seychelles (+How You Can Do It Too)

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Seychelles has 115 islands scattered in the Indian Ocean. From big granite islands with surreal granite rock formations, lush rainforests, unique wildlife to an amazing variety of corralling cays, atolls, and uninhabited reef islands… Seychelles are wilder and more diverse than most other exotic island destinations, inviting you to explore and discover. Yet most Seychelles travellers never leave their luxury hotels and resorts and see Seychelles as a luxury beach destination only.

Island hopping – the best way to discover Seychelles

A great way to discover Seychelles is by sailing and island-hopping. Don’t worry, you don’t need to break the bank or own a private yacht in order to discover the Seychelles by boat. As a matter of fact, a sailing trip can be much cheaper than staying at some of the luxury resorts on the islands. And you can reach the truly remote areas and have a more authentic travel experience.

Seychelles is not a mass tourism destination and it’s not for everyone. But if you like remote places, unspoiled nature, diverse wildlife, desolate wild beaches and fresh food straight from the sea, you will absolutely love discovering the less known islands of the Seychelles!

A few years back we booked sailing cruise in the Seychelles (it’s more affordable than you think!) and spent eight days sailing around the Inner islands. We visited Mahè, Praslin, La Digue, Sainte-Anne, Cousin, Curieuse, Grande Soeur, Petit Soeur, and the tiny island of St. Pierre… Most of these islands are very close to each other, yet you will be amazed to see how different each of them are. You can find more detailed information about the Seychelles islands we visited in my previous post, but here is a short overview of what you can expect to see in the Seychelles.

How to easily visit the most beautiful Islands of the Seychelles

 

Seychelles is more than just a beach destination – 8 reasons why you should explore the islands

1. You get a chance to visit some of the worlds most remote pristine islands and picture-perfect white-sand beaches providing you a real Robinson Crusoe experience.

Grande Soeur island beach in the Seychelles

Desolate white-sand beach at Grande Soeur

 

2. You can discover jungle and lush rainforests, visit desolate islands with giant palm trees and impressive granite boulders. There are some places that make you think you are on the set of the Jurassic Park movie.

Giant palm trees and granite boulders. Grande Soeur in Seychelles

Giant palm trees and granite boulders in Seychelles

 

3. Unique opportunity to visit Marine Parks, Nature Reserves and UNESCO World Heritage sites with preserved and unspoilt nature.

Giant tortoises in Seychelles

Giant tortoises

 

4. Coco-de-mer – the biggest nut in the world is only found on several islands in the Seychelles.

Coco de mer in Vallée de Mai UNESCO heritage site on Praslin island

Coco de mer in Vallée de Mai UNESCO heritage site on Praslin island

 

5. Wide variety of wildlife. Seychelles are famous for their giant tortoises, some as old as 200 years. You can also expect to see sea turtles, more than 30 species of crabs, diverse lizards and amphibians. Seychelles islands are also known for the great diversity of birds, including some of the worlds rarest endemic birds.

A crab on the beach in Seychelles

You will see a big variety of crabs in the Seychelles

 

6. Diving and snorkelling with sea turtles and a great variety of colourful fish. If diving or snorkelling is the main reason to visit Seychelles, you might be a bit disappointed though. You will see plenty of colourful fish, but most of the coral is dead.

Snorkeling in the Seychelles

Snorkelling in the Seychelles

 

7. Creole heritage and local culture: drive the traditional ox cart, visit a local market (sometimes not bigger than a single table covered with fresh fish, straight from the sea), visit a vanilla plantation or see how coconut oil is made the old, traditional way. The coconuts are dried in a hot oven for a few days and then pressed in an ox-powered mill.

Exotic fruit for sale at a local market in Seychelles

Exotic fruit for sale at a local market

 

8. Food. Don’t expect familiar Western food when sailing in the Seychelles, but you will have plenty of opportunities to taste the traditional dishes. Your menu onboard will often include fresh catch of the day. The grilled, fried, roasted or raw fish is served with traditional chutney or cooked vegetables like pumpkin, eggplant, or green mangoes… The fusion of flavours from all over the world makes the Seychellois cuisine a not-to-be-missed experience in itself.

Seychelles food - fish bbq on Grande Soeur island

BBQ in the Seychelles

 

You can travel to the Seychelles, spend a week on the beach or by the pool at a luxury resort and you will probably have a good time. But if you are looking for a more authentic experience and want to discover the islands, sailing and island hopping is the very best way to do it.

There are several possibilities when it comes to island hopping in the Seychelles. We joined an 8-day catamaran cruise starting and ending in Mahé. If you are short on time, you can also consider a similar 4-day Seychelles cruise, starting from Praslin and ending in Mahé.

Sailing in the Seychelles at sunset in the evening

Sailing is not only the best way to discover the islands of the Seychelles, it’s also a great experience in itself

 

Praslin island – best alternative to island hopping in the Seychelles

There is also a good alternative way to discover the Seychelles for those who don’t want to spend day and night on the boat.

You can stay at one of the many hotels on Praslin island and make day trips to the nearby islands. Praslin can be best reached from Mahé by the fast ferry boat.

Praslin is the second biggest island of the Seychelles and there are many hotels and resorts on the island. And since Praslin is centrally located, you can easily visit several other islands from there by taking day trips. It requires more organisation than booking a sailing tour, but it’s perfectly doable.

Here are some day tours that you can book from Praslin to the nearby islands:

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Comments

  1. I don’t know why I didn’t think this was an option – island hopping. How long did you take to island hop on a boat and how many islands did you visit?

      1. Thank you for the response. None of those options seem to be available in Feb 2019. Do you know if there is a reason behind that?

        1. Author

          I see that. No idea why several months in the beginning of the year aren’t available… Try this website for similar tours – they have a lot of options, also for February, maybe you’ll find something suitable.

  2. I loved read your blog about it and now we really want to go next January. We absolutely love sailing and I was wondering if you can pass me the contact or the name of the sailing cruise you did. Thank you so much

    1. Author

      Hi Allison, you can now find the links to the cruise that we did in the post. It would be interesting to know your experience if you end up doing it. Enjoy it, island hopping in the Seychelles is a wonderful trip!

  3. hey I love your posts of seychelles.I am travel blogger as well and I want to visit private islands is it accessible for Day trips??

    also let me know when you visited it ?? April is good time to go or not? i want to see picture perfect beaches

    1. Author

      Hi Mayuri, the islands that we visited and that I mention here and in the other post (8 Incredible Seychelles Islands That Are Easy To Visit) are somewhat close to Praslin. So in principle you could visit some of them as day trips. But I have no idea of the cost. And then you would also still need to get to Praslin from Mahe and also look for accommodation that is quite expensive.
      That’s why if you really want to do sightseeing rather than stay at one place, I would suggest going on a sailing trip like we did. It’s the best way to see a lot without having to break the bank.
      As for the time to visit, we went beginning of November and it was great. We didn’t have any rain at all. April should be very good as well.

  4. I’ve been hearing so much about the Seychelles islands lately! They look like an absolute dream! What was your favourite island when you went?

    1. Author

      It’s really difficult to pick just one island since they are so different. I guess it depends on what you’re looking for. My absolute favourite would probably be Grande Soeur – it’s just so pristine, tiny and yet very diverse. It’s not an island you can stay on though – it’s a private island than can only be visited as a day trip.
      If you’re looking for an island to stay on, Praslin is probably the best choice since it’s centrally located for day trips and has good infrastructure. La Digue is probably the most authentic of the inhabited islands and definitely one to visit, but it has very limited accommodation options. If you like a bit more hustle and bustle and big resorts, then you don’t need to go any further than Mahé. Hope this helps to plan your trip, Deni.
      If you haven’t done yet, check my other post about 8 easily accessible Seychelles islands that are most worth visiting.

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