Sailing the Indian Ocean: the most beautiful places in the Seychelles

White sandy beaches surrounded by granite rocks, lush rainforests, turquoise ocean and an abundance of unique wildlife. Welcome to the Seychelles. Which places are worth seeing?

The Seychelles is a unique natural gem. Uninhabited until the 16th century, the flora and fauna remain well preserved and can't be found anywhere else in the world. Take a look at the highlights of this stunning archipelago that is a true piece of paradise — especially for sailors.

The infamous Anse Lazio beach: the most beautiful in the world

Small isolated beach in Anse Lazio Bay, Praslin, Seychelles

On the island of Praslin is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Lazio. From the first time you lay eyes on it, you'll be captivated by this sandy beach, lined with huge granite stones. Unlike other beaches, Anse Lazio does not have protected coral reefs, making it the perfect spot for snorkelling. Another attraction on Praslin is the Vallée de Mai, an UNESCO-protected rainforest with unique plants and palm trees.

The giant tortoises on Aldabra

A tourist feeding and admiring the large old Aldabra giant tortoises, Aldabrachelys gigantea, at the Curieuse Island National Marine Park near Praslin, Seychelles.

Aldabra Atoll is the second largest coral atoll in the world. Located in the Somali Basin between Madagascar and Africa, it is estimated to be 125,000 years old. It consists of four separate islands that surround an inner almost enclosed lagoon filled with salt water. It is home to the largest population of giant tortoises in the world. In 1982, this unique piece of nature was declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

Aldabra Atoll is beautiful, but unfortunately off-limits to people. Aboard a catamaran, you will have the unique opportunity to see what most people on Earth will never see.

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Paradise lost: the island of La Digue

A view through the vegetation of tourists sunbathing on the beautiful tropical beach of Grand Anse in the south of the island of La Digue, Seychelles.

La Digue — a small island of only 10 km² is bathed in mysterious beauty. This islet is home to less than 3,000 inhabitants and there is a small marina where you can stay overnight. Large land turtles roam freely here too, lazing around. You can see them up close and smaller children can even ride them. If you sail around the Seychelles, La Digue should definitely be on your list.

Morne Seychellois National Park

Aerial drone view of Morne Seychellois National Park at sunset with lush tropical vegetation

About 20 % of the main island of Mahé is covered by the Morne Seychellois National Park, including the highest mountain in the Seychelles of the same name. It is only 905 m above sea level, but if you hike up it on the tourist trail, it will give you a good workout and it's definitely worth the effort — you'll get a close-up view of the rainforest on the way, and at the top you'll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the capital city of Victoria with its local airport.

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What boat should you choose in the Seychelles?

Definitely a catamaran. Why? Because just like the Caribbean islands, you'll be in awe of the Seychelles from the first day you arrive to the day you leave (and for many days afterwards) and you'll want to admire the stunning scenery from a sizeable deck. So, we've selected some of the best catamarans for you but if you they aren't to your liking, call or email our sales team who will be happy to help.

Are you tempted by the exotic? We'll be happy to arrange a boat for you. Give us a call.