Seychelles islands overview and travel advice

8 Incredible Seychelles Islands That You Can Easily Visit

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More than a hundred islands make up the Seychelles archipelago, but the vast majority of them are completely uninhabited. Only the selected few can call a private island their home, while the ‘regular’ Seychellois live on one of the three biggest islands – Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. Needless to say that the biggest and the easiest accessible island – Mahé – is also the most popular amongst tourists. But there is more to Seychelles than Mahé. More than warm weather, white-sand beaches, and luxury holiday resorts which most tourists never leave. In this post you can read not just about the three main islands of the Seychelles, but also about some of the most spectacular, easily accessible Seychelles islands that most travellers never set a foot on.

Seychelles is more than a honeymoon destination and it has plenty to offer for those looking for a different travel experience. It’s also a great destination for a family vacation as it has all you need to keep the kids happy and entertained: beautiful weather, amazing beaches with plenty of swimming opportunities, exotic wildlife, and good food.

If you wonder what’s the best way to visit Seychelles, you can find more information here: Island hopping in the Seychelles – the best way to discover the islands

3 Main Biggest Islands of the Seychelles

No trip to the Seychelles would be complete without visiting the three main islands: Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue.

1. Mahé

Largest and main island of the Seychelles, Mahé is the most popular Seychelles destination with a great variety of big hotels and luxury resorts. The island is 6 km (4 miles) wide and 26 km (16 miles) long and its highest peak rises to 905 meters (almost 3,000 feet).

Mahé is home to more beaches than you can possibly visit during your holiday, but it has much more to offer than that. You can visit the capital of Seychelles – Victoria – with the bustling local market and the Botanical gardens. Go hiking and explore the jungle, waterfalls, stunning viewpoints, visit the most famous beaches, go sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, or rent a car and tour the island in search for a remote beach and a perfect Robinson Crusoe experience…

Enjoy a couple of days of luxury at one of the resorts, explore Mahé, but don’t limit your Seychelles vacation to this one island only!

snorkeling with sea turtles in Seychelles

Snorkeling with sea turtles


2. Praslin

Praslin is the second biggest island in the Seychelles, but it cannot be compared to Mahé. While there are almost 80,000 people living on Mahé, only some 6,500 people live on Praslin. It’s far less developed, scarcely populated and much more laid back.

You will find some of the worlds most beautiful beaches on Praslin, like Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette, or Cote d’Or.

Don’t miss the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve UNESCO World Heritage Site, tropical rainforest and home to the worlds biggest nut – coco-de-mer.

Giant coco de mer nut in Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve UNESCO



Praslin is also the best base for day trips to neighbouring islands, but if you are looking for a more special experience, I can really recommend booking a longer tour and spend a few days exploring the islands by boat. Sailing is a great way to see the Seychelles! And no, you don’t have to own a private yacht or win a lottery in order to do that – sailing in the Seychelles does not necessarily have to be more expensive than staying at a hotel.

3. La Digue

The smallest of the three main inhabited islands, with a population of less than 3,000 people, La Digue is the perfect mix of local culture and beautiful white sand beaches. With an area of just 10 km2 (3.9 sq mi) La Digue is best discovered by bike or a traditional ox cart and it will give you the most authentic travel experience in the Seychelles.

Traditional ox cart in La Digue Seychelles

Traditional ox cart in La Digue


We spent a day at La Digue and enjoyed exploring the island by bike. The things that left the biggest impression was the old Copra mill which demonstrated the traditional method of milling the coconuts to produce the coconut oil, an old cemetery, and the beaches. We loved the quiet Anse Cocos Beach on the South side of the island, but if you only visit one beach in La Digue, make it the famous white sand beach of Anse Source D’Argent with the giant granite boulders (see featured image). It will take your breath away!

5 unique unspoiled Seychelles islands that should be on your itinerary

The next five islands are all within a pretty easy reach from Praslin and you will find plenty of local companies offering to bring you there. Despite that, the islands are not mass tourism destinations and you will have plenty of opportunities to see lots of wildlife, swim on desolate beaches, and enjoy a more authentic travel experience than on the main islands.

Snorkeling in Seychelles amongst colorful fish

You can see lots of colourful fish in the Seychelles, but most of the coral is dead


4-5. Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur

The sister islands are amongst the best preserved and unspoilt islands in the Seychelles as they escaped any form of development. The two islands are also home to a nesting sea turtle population.

Petite Soeur is surrounded by a reef and can only be accessed when the sea is particularly calm.

Grande Soeur is a private island allowing a small number of day visitors. It’s an exceptional place with an amazing pristine beach, tall palm trees, impressive granite boulders, and giant turtles roaming around. The interior of the small island looks like it could be a set from a Jurassic Park movie. It’s like being back in prehistoric times.

We spent a couple of hours on the Grande Soeur and had the best time ever. It’s an island with the very best of the Seychelles in one place. We went swimming in the travel-brochure-like beach, walked around the giant tortoises in the most amazing landscape one can imagine, had a bbq lunch on the beach, sat on a palm tree watching the passing boats, and paddled in the sea with hundreds of colourful fish swimming around our feet.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience, a day on Grande Soeur island was definitely the highlight of our trip to Seychelles.

Grande Soeur magnificent white sand beach Seychelles

Grande Soeur


6. Curieuse

Curieuse is a small granite island just a few kilometres from Praslin with a very unique biodiversity. Curieuse Marine National Park is a sanctuary to a big variety of flora and fauna including hundreds of giant tortoises, endemic birds, and coco de mer – the biggest nut in the world.

You can do a short hike on the island. One of the most interesting areas is the mangrove swamp which can be accessed by boardwalks. Look out for the giant crabs.

Seychelles Giant Tortoises on Cousin island

Some of Seychelles Giant Tortoises are 200+ year old


7. St. Pierre

St. Pierre is a tiny granite islet with a handful of coconut palm trees. It’s a picture-perfect miniature island in the middle of the ocean. St. Pierre is considered as one of Seychelles best snorkelling locations. Although, I have to be honest with you, if snorkelling is one of the main reasons to visit Seychelles, you will be disappointed as the coral is mostly dead. On the positive side, you will see a wide variety of colourful fish and sea turtles, and not too many sharks hopefully.

Picture-perfect tiny St Pierre island in the Seychelles

St. Pierre island


8. Cousin or Cousine

Cousin Island Special Reserve is home to some of Seychelles rarest endemic birds and it’s a real birdwatcher’s paradise. It’s also a nesting site for hawksbill turtles.

Not to be missed, but be aware that this island is also mosquito paradise…

Cousin is birdwatchers' paradise

Cousin is birdwatchers’ paradise


Practical information to help plan your visit

  • We explored Seychelles islands with a sailing boat tour. You can read more about it here: best way to explore Seychelles.
  • If you prefer to stay in a hotel and make day trips, the best base for exploring these islands is Praslin. You can find the best deals for Praslin accommodation here. Praslin can be easily reached by from Mahé by speed ferry (it takes about an hour).
  • There is also a day trip available from Mahé to visit Praslin and La Digue.

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8 Incredible yet easily accessible islands you have to see in the Seychelles


  1. Hi,
    I`m dreaming to visit Seychelles for 15 years and finally I saved money for that. That`s why I`m planing things to do very carefully.
    There are many of Islands and I want to see as much as I can. We are planing to go there for a three weeks or even a month.
    Maybe you know is it worth to go for more inner islands like bird Island, Felicite, Fregate and so on? Maybe things to do in those islands is the same like in your mentioned 8 islands here?
    For example I see that tortoises I can see in many islands, diving kayaking, fishing also. So there is no need to pay for expensive accommodation and flight to other islands to do those things.

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Author

      Hi Urtė, I’m not sure if I can help as we haven’t visited all these islands. And indeed, the more islands you go to, the more expensive it gets. Not just transportation, but also very expensive accommodation on the private islands, etc. And yes, many islands are similar to the others.
      Felicité Island with its incredible Six Senses hotel looks amazing. But it does look a bit like La Digue, which will be much much cheaper to visit and to get to. On the other hand, it’s much more exclusive and so you won’t have many other people, whereas La Digue is very popular and quite busy. If you have the money, I think I would definitely go there for a few days at least.
      Fregate and Bird Island look amazing as well, but so many other islands do too…
      I really don’t know what to say. Try to find a good balance between the time/ money you spend and actually enjoying the place. Often, it’s nice to stay somewhere for a few days and actually appreciate everything that the place has to offer instead of hop from one island to another and spend half of your time in transit…
      If you are looking to spend more time in Seychelles without spending more money, then you’ll have to go to the bigger islands where there is more choice of accommodation for all budgets. I think Praslin is a good option as it’s close to many other places, also La Digue. You can then take day trips to some of the islands that we mentioned in the article, but also just spend a few quiet days enjoying the beach and all the activities on the islands.
      Sorry, I can’t help more. Whatever you decide, I’m sure it will be a trip that was worth the wait!

  2. Hello from Spain!
    Not sure if this blog is still live but great reading on the Seychelles. We’re looking at holding our wedding there – just a small family wedding on a beach. We were thinking September/October time – are those months good weatherwise? We don’t want to stay on a big resort if possible – any advice on the best island? My 4 year old grandson will be with us and we want to snorkel, kayak and sail! Any advice welcome
    Thank you! x

    1. Author

      Hi Mogsy, yes, this blog is still very much alive, which you could see by checking our newest articles 🙂
      As for Seychelles, I don’t have any experience with places for a wedding, so I can’t really help you there. I believe that there are plenty of hotels that can arrange that, but you’d have to do some more research yourself. A lot will also depend on your budget.
      The nicest smaller island that’s easy to get to (and therefore more affordable) is La Digue. Check out Le Nautique Waterfront Hotel. I think it’s perfect for what you are looking for, also because the island is really beautiful, with some nice spots to explore.
      There are many smaller islands in Seychelles with much more exclusive luxury resorts, so if your budget allows it and you want something more exclusive, try to search for those.
      As for the weather, Mahé island seems to get more rain than any other islands (because of the clouds getting stuck against the mountains there). From what I see, September generally gets a bit less rain than October, but both months are quite comparable and are both also among the drier months of the year. But you never know 100%, of course.
      Hope this helps. Good luck with your search and congratulations!

      1. Thanks Jurga! Sorry I only read this article and couldn’t see any dates on comments – will check out your other articles 🙂 Thanks for the tips – great help
        All the best x

  3. That’s a useful list. My kids love sandy beaches and turtles are a plus!

    1. Author

      Glad you found this useful, Primoz. And yes, I think Seychelles is a wonderful destination to visit with kids. Enjoy it!

  4. Dear Jurga
    Thank you for sharing your travel experiences, which I follow regularly.
    This time I focus on the Seychelles story.
    It’s a destination I’ve been thinking of visiting since a while .
    This year my husband will turn 50, so it’s an “excuse” to finally make this trip!
    Although his birthday will be in December and I happened to read that is not the best period weather wise to travel to Seychelles.
    What do you suggest about that.
    I’d be very grateful for your kind answer.

    1. Author

      Hi Paola, I really don’t know what to say, as nobody can control the weather. I know some people said they spent the whole vacation indoors when they visited in November, and we were also there in November and didn’t get any rain at all. December is supposedly about the same…
      One thing that I remember hearing is that it rains much more on Mahe than on the other islands. I think it has to do with the altitude and the clouds getting stuck against the mountain. So if you decide to go in December, maybe try one of the other islands instead? Praslin is a great home base for many day trips to the smaller islands nearby (read about island hopping in the Seychelles). But there are also so many other places of course…
      Another problem with December, especially around Christmas, is that it’s very expensive. So you could also postpone it for a couple of months and maybe go in April or May, when it tends to be drier. Once again, nobody knows how the weather will be. In general, it will be nice and warm and I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time.

  5. i would love to visit this places sepcially mahe & grande soeur.syechelles looks like heaven.

  6. Very nice information about seychelles.

  7. Thanks Jurga, I love the wonderful islands of Seychelles. Will be visiting with my family in the near future. Thanks Again

  8. Thanks for the detailed post. It would really help me in planning my itinerary.
    I would be traveling with my husband and a 23 months toddler. I was wondering if all these day boat trips would be safe. Is it a catamaran or a ferry boat. What about sea sickness? Really looking forward to your answers in order to finalise a safe and enjoyable trip. Thank you again.

    1. Author

      Hi there, it depends where you base yourselves I guess. Mahe is not ideal for these islands, it’s best to stay in Praslin. As to what kind of boats you have for day trips, I think a lot depends per trip. I don’t see why it would be unsafe, just don’t let your toddler unattended and walking around alone on the boat. We never felt sea sick in Seychelles (even though I often had it on other occasions), but you can always take some medicine before you go on boat if you are worried.

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    1. Author

      Hi Nadine, I’m glad to help and filled in both the questionnaires. I deleted the links here to avoid spam for you. Cheers, Jurga

  10. Pinned this! Wow.

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