How Many Days In Seychelles Is Enough? 11 Days Itinerary


Are you wondering how long you should stay on this paradise island, Seychelles? How many days is enough?

To enjoy your holiday to the fullest, you should stay between 10 to 14 days. It also makes sense when you have to pay for an expensive flight ticket.

Seychelles consists of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Seychelles is not only about beautiful beaches but there are many activities that you can do here.

You also need to count one day for your arrival and adaptation to the environment. Again, one day for your departure, so this is almost two days lost depending on the flights’ timings.

To give you an example, I will provide you with an 11-day itinerary in Seychelles based on our own stay.

How Many Days In Seychelles Is Enough? (11 Days Itinerary)

This itinerary is based on our holiday in Seychelles. 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.

We used organized tours and public transportation. We didn’t have a car.

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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 was 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 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. If you stay for longer, you can split your stay on other islands.

Beau Vallon Beach, Seychelles

Once we arrived at our hotel, 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 Beau Vallon Bay Resort, which is not a luxury resort, but rather a mid-range, however, we were satisfied with the choice. You can read my review here.

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. Victoria is one of the smallest capitals in the world. We walked through the streets, market, shops, and church.

Victoria Market in Victoria Town, Mahe Island Seychelles

Victoria is a very nice 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.

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.

Day number 3

On the third day, we took a whole day tour to visit Praslin and La Digue Islands. In case you don’t want to take a tour, you can go by yourself by taking a ferry.

TIP for the ferry: 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 to 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.

Me in Vallee De Mai, holding Coco-De-Mer nut

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.

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.

Here is a similar tour to the one we took.

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.

Day number 5

Another day we dedicated ourselves to visiting the Botanical Garden in Victoria City where we went by bus again.

Botanical Garden in Victoria Town, Mahe Island Seychelles

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

This 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.

Me after diving trip on Mahe Island Seychelles

I was a little bit nervous, but I got all my questions answered, received all the information, and went with the instructor to the shallow water for some basic training.

After the training, the instructors took our group of people by boat to the open ocean where we started our dive.

I highly recommend it to those who have never experienced diving 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.

In the end, we were gifted by a sea turtle swimming with us.

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.

Sunset on Sunset Beach, Mahe Island Seychelles

It is a very small beach with a hotel 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.

Port Launay Beach, Mahe Island Seychelles

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.

Day number 9

On the ninth day, we decided to be a little bit more active. 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.

Here is a similar tour to the one we took.

The view from the top of the mountain is really spectacular. As we took pictures and strolled around, we came across carnivorous plants, which I had never seen before in my life.

View from Morne Seychellois Mountain Seychelles

It was a nice hiking trail that I highly recommend for active and adventurous travelers.

If you stay on Beau Vallon Beach, there is a night market happening where local people sell food, souvenirs, and clothes. You can experience the local authentic atmosphere with fire, African music, and singing and enjoy 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. We spent the day basking in the sun, taking beautiful pictures, and occasionally taking a dip in the lovely water.

Secluded beach on Mahe Island Seychelles

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.

How Long To Stay In Seychelles?: FAQs

Here you have it. 11-day itinerary in Seychelles. For more questions about visiting Seychelles, check the FAQs below.

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.

Don’t walk at night on empty streets alone. Also, follow the rules on the beaches in case there are strong waves or currents, follow the sign, and don’t swim.

Is 3 days enough in Seychelles?

Definitely not. You could spend the time on one beach next to your hotel but you will not manage to explore the beauty that these islands offer.

The Wrap-up: 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 Seychelles.

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.

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