A Vacation in Seychelles with Your Family
A place which is full of joy and cherishment.
Seychelles is a tiny island country located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean. It is an archipelago comprising of more than a hundred islands.
Offering pristine beaches, stunning natural scenery, friendly locals, delicious food, and a vibrant cultural mix, Seychelles is one of the better island destinations in the world to visit for a family.
Fun things to do -
a Relax at Beau Vallon Beach -
Being an island nation, Seychelles has a number of beaches. In Mahe, the most pristine beaches include Anse Intendance, Anse Takamaka, Petite Anse, etc. But the one which is a notch above the rest is Beau Vallon. Blanketed with white, soft sand, the beach welcomes its visitors with lapping waves and a soothing environment.
a Wander around the capital -
Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, is quite small. It is always bustling with locals as well as with tourists. The vibe of this place is unmatchable. The picturesque city is sandwiched between hills on one side and waterfront on the other. Victoria offers a variety of fun activities for a family. There are museums, shopping centres, theme parks, religious sites, colonial architectures, and much more.
a Visit Praslin Island -
If time allows, consider visiting Praslin Island. Since it is located a little far from Mahe, it is an offbeat tourist destination. The island is home to some serene beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. VallAe de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also located on this island.
a Trek at Morne Seychellois National Park -
Morne Seychellois National Park covers nearly a fifth of Mahe. Here you can see a variety of Seychelles flora and fauna. Unless you are with toddlers, a trek to this national park should not be missed. Since Seychelles is a tropical country, carry plenty of fluids with during the trek.
a Explore the botanical garden -
The sweet little botanical garden in Seychelles is a nice visit for a family picnic. One can spot giant tortoises and a rich variety of plants and flowers.
a Go Scuba Diving or Snorkelling -
Two of the most popular activities among tourists visiting Seychelles are Scuba Diving and Snorkelling. Are Anne Marine National Park is home to a wide range of aquatic animals and colourful coral reefs. There are plenty of dive shops around the location. In case if Scuba Diving or Snorkelling is not your thing, you can go for a 'glass bottom' boat ride.
a Indulge in street food -
Like most tropical travel destinations, Seychelles is known for its food. Home to people belonging to several religions, the country has something to please every taste bud.
a Visit La Digue -
If you want to escape the crowd, head to La Digue. La Digue is Seychelles' third largest island and also one of its best-kept secrets.the island has plenty of attractions to offer. Grande Anse, Anse Marron, and Anse Source d'Argent are three ethereal beaches on this island. Explore the tiny little island on foot or on cycle.
a Ride a horse -
If there's one activity around the globe which is equally loved by adults and kids alike, it has to be horse riding. The reason why it is a highly recommended activity in Seychelles is that you don't just get to ride a horse on the land, but also venture into the sea. The activity is deemed safe in Seychelles as all the precautionary measures are taken care of.
Where to stay -
Being an ideal family destination, Seychelles offers a number of ethereal options for family stay. While the hotels and resorts are pretty expensive, most of them assure a good value for money:
a Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel -
Located right next to Beau Vallon Beach, Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel is one of the best family-friendly hotels in Seychelles which is not too expensive. Although most of the rooms are pretty basic, the activities that it has in store and its location makes it an ideal choice.
a Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino -
This resort has something for everyone. With more 200 rooms, the resort is one the most popular family resorts in Mahe. There is a park for children, a casino for adults, a private beach, two swimming pools, restaurants, and a game centre.
a Le Duc de Praslin -
Le Duc de Praslin is a gorgeous boutique hotel providing a perfect mix of a natural and a sophisticated environment. Situated on the Praslin Island, the family-oriented hotel has a euphoric garden where you can see a pond full of fishes, flowers, giant tortoises, and waterfalls.
a Le Repaire Boutique Hotel -
Le Repaire Boutique Hotel is a tiny family-friendly hotel, located in the heart of La Digue's main village. It has a private beach and is surrounded by rosewood trees on one side.The elite hotel gives a natural feel.
a Villas de Jardin -
If you want to stay away from a touristy spot, Villas de Jardin could be a perfect place for you. The complex houses nine self-catering villas, nestled on a hillside. The vast garden inside the premises is home to two giant tortoises.
There are a lot of restaurants and roadside stalls in Seychelles. Whether you are a seafood lover or you are a vegan, you will always have plenty of eateries serving your preferred food.
Following are some of the best eateries in Seychelles:
a La Perle Noire -
La Perle Noire is one of those restaurants in Seychelles which is totally worth the price you pay for the food. The quality is excellent, the food is delicious, and the service is spot on.
a Del Place Bar and Restaurant -
Set in the vibrant environment of Victoria, Del Place Bar and Restaurant is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. The staff members are genuinely welcoming, and the food is prepared with love. Located near the Indian Ocean, guests can have their meals in absolute peace.
a La Grande Maison -
For vegans, La Grande Maison is arguably the best restaurant in Seychelles. The food is made of locally grown products and the recipes have a local touch to them.
a Les Rochers -
Located in Praslin, Les Rochers is a sublime restaurant, specialized in seafood and drinks. You get to sit by the side of a beach, overlooking a stunning landscape.
a Chez Jules -
If you would like to indulge in local and Caribbean cuisine, Chez Jules is the best place for you. Their menu is full of a bevy of seafood, snacks, and smoothies. It is a must visit to have an evening meal.
Getting Around -
Although Seychelles is a small country, it is not too easy to visit from one location to another due to the lack of roadways. However, most of the places are accessible by various forms of transport.
a By bus -
Buses run between the most popular places in Mahe. Bus tickets are cheap but not really advisable when travelling with family. Buses in Seychelles are slow and often get crammed with people.
a By taxi -
Taking a taxi in Seychelles is still a better option than taking a bus. However, if you want to take a taxi for a long journey, it can be pretty expensive. Do watch out for scams.
a By car -
When travelling within the main island, hiring a car is the best way for getting around. Although not inexpensive, cars are way more comfortable for a family vacation.
a By boat -
To move from one island to another, you can easily take a boat. There are different types of boats available, including speedboats and ferries.
a By helicopter -
Helicopter services are available from Mahe to Praslin and in Seychelles and vice versa.
a On foot -
There are quite a few places in Seychelles that are worth visiting, but no mode of transport is available. In such cases, get going on foot. It is, after all, the best way to explore a new place.
By no mean is Seychelles a budget destination for a family vacation. Transportation and accommodation are fairly expensive.
For a family of four, comprising of a couple and two children can cost around INR 16,000 per day with a comfortable stay at a three-star hotel.
Indian passport holders can get a visitor's permit on arrival to Seychelles. A visitor's permit is valid for three months.
How to Reach -
Regular flights go from every tier-1 city in India to Mahe Island in Seychelles. The cheapest return flight ticket will cost you INR 22,000 per person. The drawback for opting for the cheapest return ticket is the time factor. On average, for two 12 hour one-way flights, you may have to spend INR 27,000 per person.
When to go -
Seychelles can be visited during any time if the year. If you want to do some bird watching, April to September is the best time to visit. If you plan to explore the marine life, then from March to May and from September to November are perfect. If you want to do some trekking, then May to September is the best time.
Overall, the ideal time to visit Seychelles is from April to November.
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