How many days in Seychelles is enough?
You made a decision to visit Seychelles for your holiday or honeymoon, however, you are asking how many days in Seychelles is enough. Stay for as long as you can. The longer you stay, the more you can explore.
I understand that Seychelles is not a cheap destination therefore the longer you stay, the more it costs. However, to enjoy your holiday to the fullest, you should stay between 10 to 14 days. It also makes sense when you have to pay expensive flight ticket.
Depending on your time of arrival and departure, you have to count you are losing almost two days. When you arrive, transfer to the island and hotel you are staying in, accommodate, and adapt, one day is lost. The same with departure when you have to pack, leave the room at a certain time, transport to the airport, and another day lost.
Seychelles is a beach paradise, however, there are so many things you can do and explore, that each of your days will be fully used. In this blog post, I will provide you with an example of 11 days itinerary for your Seychelles holiday.
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How Many Days In Seychelles Is Enough? (11 Days Itinerary)
This itinerary is based on our holiday in Seychelles and what did we do and see. Of course, you can totally adjust it based on your preferences and budget. Our holiday here was pretty relaxed, we came here mostly for the beautiful beaches, but we also did some island hopping and hiking.
Without further ado, let’s jump to each of the days of our stay.
Day number 1
The first day we arrived at this beautiful paradise early in the morning, watching the ocean and islands from the plane, I thought I am dreaming. When you arrive in Seychelles you will land in Mahe, the largest island of Seychelles where the international airport is as well as the capital city.
I do recommend staying on Mahe island if you are visiting for a shorter time as most of the activities can be done here, a lot of tours start on Mahe and can take you to other islands. Obviously, if you are staying for two weeks, you can split your stay on other islands.
Once we arrived at our hotel, which is located directly at Beau Vallon Beach, we accommodated and went straight to the beach and pool to relax after an exhausting long flight. The hotel we stayed in is Berjaya Resort, which is not a luxury resort, but rather mid-range, however, we were satisfied with the choice. You can read my review here.
As you can see, this was already day one when we arrived, so all we did was relax and adapt to the environment.
Day number 2
The next day we decided to stay at the beach in the morning and explore the capital city in the afternoon. Beau Vallon Beach is a long beach, so we walked from one side to another and took lovely pictures next to granite rocks which are so special for Seychelles.
In the afternoon we took a bus to the capital city of Victoria, which is one of the smallest capital in the world. We walked through the streets, market, shops, and church.
Victoria is a very cute city with the Clock Tower in the middle of the road. The market is a must-visit, where people sell fish, fruits, vegetables, clothes, and souvenirs which you can buy here to take back home.
As mentioned above, you can change the days the way it best suits you. You can visit Victoria in one whole day, go to the botanical garden for example, which we did another day.
When you want to explore Mahe Island, you can either rent a car or use bus transportation which is very convenient here. There is also the option to take a taxi.
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Day number 3
In case you don’t want to go on a tour, the transportation to the Islands is by ferry. All you need to do is buy your ticket and go by yourself.
My tip for the ferries. Be prepared with tablets against sickness in case the sea is rough. A lot of people got sick on our ferry, including me. Our guide managed to get us the tablets on Praslin Island, but we had to survive the whole journey.
Once we arrived on Praslin Island we went to visit Vallee De Mai, a natural reserve that belongs under Unesco site heritage. In this reserve, you will see the endemic palm tree Coco-De-Mer, which can be found only in Seychelles.
It was a lovely walk through the forest of palm trees, where other endemic species live. We took pictures with the nut from coco-de-mer, we could buy some souvenirs here and continued on our tour.
Our next stop was Anse Lazio Beach where we had free time to swim and enjoy the stunning white sandy beach. There are also giant tortoises in the enclosure that we could see, stroke, and feed. What an unforgettable experience.
From Anse Lazio Beach we went back to port to take the ferry to LaDigue Island, which is the smallest of all these three islands.
There is no car transportation, only a couple of privately owned vehicles. The traditional transportation of ox cart is used here as well as bicycles. I really loved this island as it was so minimalistic, authentic, and without noise and materialism.
Our first stop was in a restaurant where we had our lunch. Then we continued to L’Union Estate Park where we visited a vanilla plantation and a traditional copra factory where we saw how coconut oil was made, which we could also purchase as a souvenir.
We could see the Plantation house which has a rich history and of course giant Aldabra tortoises.
The tour finished at Anse Source D’Argent Beach, which is famous for its granite rocks and is the most photographed beach. We were given some leisure time to either swim or capture pictures before heading back to the port to catch the ferry back to Mahe.
This was an amazing tour where in one day we could visit two islands and see the most popular beaches and sites. I do recommend it when you want to do some island hopping.
Day number 4
On the fourth day, we decided to relax so we stayed next to the pool and beach. We swam and walked on Beau Vallon Beach from one side to another to explore the area.
We experienced a true island vibe as a local cut open a fresh coconut in front of our eyes and offered us its refreshing water. It was a delight to taste the pure and natural coconut water, which added to our overall beach experience.
Day number 5
Another day we dedicated to visit Botanical Garden in Victoria Falls. We again took a bus there as the transportation on Mahe Island was very good.
The botanical garden is a beautiful garden with a forest, lake, many different kinds of flowers, and palm trees, also Coco De Mer palm tree was planted there for visitors to see it.
The best thing for me was the giant tortoises. We could come close to them, stroke them, and take lovely pictures.
Day number 6
Day number 6 was a big day for me as I decided to go diving for the first time in my life. The diving school was just a few meters from our hotel at Beau Vallon Beach.
I was a little bit nervous, but I got all my questions answered, received all information, and went with the instructor to the shallow water for some basic training.
I have to say it was not easy for me and I was going to give up, but in the end, I decided to go for it. After the training, the instructors took our group of people by boat to the open ocean where we started our dive.
I highly recommend trying diving for those who have never experienced it before. The sensation of swimming beneath the water’s surface and witnessing the incredible array of sea life, including various corals and fish, is truly breathtaking. Ultimately, our group was graced with the sight of a sea turtle – an unforgettable encounter.
The instructors were professional and supportive, even assisting those who were nervous by holding their hands. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience.
Day number 7
On the seventh day, we took a bus and went to another beach on Mahe Island, called Sunset Beach. This beach is not far away from Beau Vallon Beach, it took us a few minutes by bus and just a short walk from the bus stop.
It is a very small beach with a hotel located on the rock providing a stunning view. We swam, snorkel, sunbathe, ate coconuts, and really enjoyed spending the day here on this beach. There is a high rock we went to from which we had an amazing view of the ocean.
The best thing was waiting for us at the end when the sun started to settle down. This beach is rightly called Sunset Beach and you should definitely not miss it.
Day number 8
The next day we continued exploring the beaches of Mahe. We took a bus to Port Launay Beach which is part of Port Launay National Park.
This beach is popular for guests of Constance Ephelia Resort, however, due to great access by car or bus, this beach can be visited by non-guests too.
It is a great beach for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. The water is shallow, therefore it is a good choice for non-swimmers and children. There is also an option for other sports like kayaking, surfing, fishing, and sailing.
We spent a whole day at this beautiful beach with white soft sand and I do recommend visiting it when you are in Seychelles.
Day number 9
On the ninth day, we decided to be a little bit more active instead of relaxing on beaches all the time. Therefore we book a tour to the highest mountain of Seychelles, Morne Seychellois.
With this tour, we were picked up by car from our hotel and taken to the point where the hiking trail started. We were walking up the hill through the lush rainforest. We saw different kinds of trees, plants, and spiders.
At the top, we were gifted with a stunning view of the Seychelles islands and ocean. As we took pictures and strolled around, we came across carnivorous plants, which I had never seen before in my life.
It was a nice hiking trail that I highly recommend for active and adventurous travelers.
In the evening we participated in the night market on Beau Vallon Beach where local people sell food, souvenirs, and clothes, there was a fire, African music, and singing and we really enjoyed the traditional Seychelles vibes.
Day number 10
On day number ten, we decided to explore some more beaches on Mahe Island. We checked a map, took a bus and went to spend the day on one of the beautiful beaches.
We stumbled upon a secluded and completely empty beach. The sand was soft and warm as I walked along the shore, marveling at the turquoise water and the lush green trees that lined the beach.
It was so peaceful and serene that we couldn’t believe our luck in discovering such a hidden gem. We spent the day basking in the sun, taking beautiful pictures, and occasionally taking a dip in the lovely water.
When you want to explore some beaches on Mahe, I recommend Anse Royale, Anse Forbans, Anse a la Mouche, Anse Boileau, Anse Soleil, and Grand Anse among many others.
Day number 11
As we really loved Sunset Beach, we decided to spend our last day there. To relax, swim and witness the extraordinary sunset to say goodbye to one of the most amazing places on earth, Seychelles.
Of course, if you feel like you want to explore more than relax, I recommend taking a tour around Mahe island, or you can visit other islands. Whatever you choose, I’m sure you will not be disappointed.
Conclusion – How many days in Seychelles is enough?
In conclusion, Seychelles is a stunning destination with so much to explore and discover. After spending 11 days in this island paradise, I can confidently say that it’s worth every minute and every penny, and staying for less than 10 days will not be enough to explore all that Seychelles offers.
From the crystal-clear waters and stunning beaches to the vibrant culture and friendly locals, Seychelles has something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking relaxation and tranquility or adventure and excitement, you’ll find it all in this beautiful country.
I hope this itinerary has given you a glimpse into what Seychelles has to offer and has inspired you to plan your own trip to this breathtaking destination.
Is Seychelles worth it?
Seychelles is definitely worth your trip and money. It is a great destination for honeymoon, relaxation, or adventure.
When is the best time to visit Seychelles?
Seychelles has great and warm weather all year round. When to visit Seychelles really depends on the activities you would like to do. However, if you want to avoid more rainy months, then December to April is not the right time to go.
Is Seychelles safe to visit?
Seychelles is a very safe place. Of course, there is some crime happening, like everywhere in the world, but it is very low. If you are sensible, don’t walk at night on empty streets alone, you are safe. You should also follow the rules on the beaches in case there are strong waves or currents, follow the sign, and don’t swim.