Beach areas & islands to visit in Seychelles
The northernmost island in the Seychelles archipelago, Bird Island is a 170 acre coralline paradise. Just 60 miles from Mahé Island, its striking sandy beaches and surrounding turquoise seas are idyllic, yet these is not the primary reason to stay here. Instead, wildlife viewing is its trump card.
Originally called 'Ile aux Vaches' after the once numerous dugongs (sea cows) that lived nearby, it was renamed in the mid-1960s for its phenomenal birdlife...
Denis Island is a relaxed island retreat with lovely cottages and villas. It edges are dotted with beautiful beaches, and beyond them coral reefs – with excellent scuba diving and snorkelling.
Desroches Island is a smart private island with some lovely suites, some very large, promising, new villas and even a small, working coconut plantation. It's fringed by stunning beaches, and beyond them coral reefs – with excellent snorkelling and diving.
Fregate Island is one the larger private islands in the Seychelles, and home to a very smart retreat with stunning villas. Come for beautiful beaches and top-class comfort, service and food – and perhaps also for its interesting forests and great coral reefs.
La Digue Island
The fourth-largest inhabited island of Seychelles, La Digue covers only 10km² and its population of just over 2,000 people enjoy a decidedly unhurried existence. A trip to the island, just 6km east of Praslin, and accessed only by daily ferries, is like stepping back in time.
Mahé is the largest island in Seychelles and home to the capital city, Victoria, as well as the international airport and around 80,000 people. Dense cloudforest covers large parts of the mountainous interior, and drops down to a coastline strung with sweeping sandy beaches and picture-perfect coves.
North Island is almost certainly the most exclusive island in the Seychelles – and one of the world's top island hideaways; expect to see few other people, stunning beaches, serious luxury and excellent service. It's very difficult to fault, and reassuringly expensive.
Although it is Seychelles' second largest island, Praslin is still small. It occupies just 38 km² and has around 6,500 residents; it also has a more laid-back vibe than nearby Mahé and a stunning coastline.