The Seychelles On a Budget
Top Tourist AttractionsUndeniably, the beaches are the big attraction, and what beaches they are: exquisite ribbons of pearlescent sand surrounded by gorgeous topaz waters and backed by lush hills and big boulders. Choosing your favorite beach is no easy chore. Hot favorites include world-famous Anse Source d'Argent, secluded Anse Marron, attractive Anse Takamaka and picture-postcard perfect Anse Lazio.
Seychelles is not well-known as culture destination, but those who spend their entire vacation on the beach do miss out on several interesting sights. The Arulmigu Navasakti Vinayagar Temple in Victoria is the center of Hinduism on the islands. The temple is beautifully decorated and the ceremonies of the temple are interesting to see. Visitors are welcome, and discreet photography is allowed. Footwear should be removed and left in the vestibule.
Seychelles Natural History Museum in Victoria is small, inexpensive and interesting. Visitors will learn about the unique nature and geology of the islands.
The ruined youth village of Cap Ternay is located at the end of a narrow one lane road on Mahe. This quiet and eerily beautiful place is best enjoyed by those who spend a bit of time beforehand reading about the site's history.
The Dauban Mausoleum is built in a serene and secluded spot of Silhouette amid luxuriant vegetation of mainly coconut trees. This imposing architecture, a special landmark of the island ranks high among the work of its kind in Seychelles. One of its most distinct features is a set of six proportionally massive columns which are aligned on the facade and on part of the lateral sides. Besides its appealing structure, the mausoleum gives an insight into a series of social and economic aspects highlighting both the status of the Dauban family and the level of economic prosperity of the island at that time.
Islands and Regional InformationBel Ombre
Discover the attractiveness of Bel Ombre-a haven for holiday lovers. Enjoy numerous outdoor activities like water skiing, snorkeling, wind-surfing, scuba diving, para-gliding and swimming while having the best hospitality from hotels and resorts like Daniella's Bungalows and Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove that offer packages, which include excursions and expeditions around the island.
Visit the beach of Beau Vallon that itself proves the popularity of the place. Find the most beautiful cities within the same proximity including Far Hid Machabee, De Quincey Village and Bel Ombre. Relax and enjoy the utmost services provided by Coral Strand and Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Beach Hotels.
Explore Cascade- a wonderful and breathtaking city of Mahe Island. See important sights of Cascade and enjoy the surrounding beauty and culture.
Takamaka, situated on Mahe Island, is well-recognized for water sports and relaxation on natural beaches. It is well connected to the rest of Seychelles' cities like Anse Royale with efficient and quick communication system. Stay in excellent accommodation facilities in a number of key and trendy hotels here including Takamaka Residence Hotel.
Victoria is one of the smallest capital cities in the world and the only major port in the Seychelles. Its courthouse and post office in the center of town have been virtually unchanged since colonial times. At first glance, it isn't really clear just how important the city is as the country's cultural and administrative center; there are only two dozen streets, which not only characterizes the cozy feel of the city but of the Seychellois way of life itself. Victoria has a small, lively market offering fish, fruit and vegetables, restaurants, offices, banks, and shops. At its eastern edge, Victoria opens up onto the harbor and the ocean, containing the Sainte Anne Marine National Park. The city's surrounding urban area contains numerous amenities and attractions, including the International Airport, the Botanical Gardens, a university, museums, places of worship, tourism offices, airlines, banks, finally a cinema and shops.
ActivitiesVisit the beaches. Many of the beaches are untouched by man's influence and are refreshingly uncrowded. They offer clear blue skies and a tranquility you will rarely find. A hike along the coastline from Beau Vallon to Anse Major will take about 1.5-2 hours and your reward will be a small deserted beach that's fit for a king. The scenery along the hike is breathtaking.
Enjoy watersports! The warm Indian Ocean waters make Seychelles the perfect place for water enthusiasts. Explore on board a yacht, power boat, catamaran or sailboat. Windsurfing is also popular and the best time for this activity is usually around May then in October, at the start and end of the trade winds.
Scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing are also extremely popular and can be done almost anywhere in Seychelles. Baie Ternay is superb and easily accessible by glass bottom boat tour from Beau Vallon beach. Snorkeling is popular, for those who bring their own gear or are staying at a hotel that rents them, and there are many great spots.
Golf, tennis, squash, badminton, horseback riding, biking and hiking are some of the recreational activities available on the Seychelles Islands. Bike rentals and walking tours are great ways to sightsee and since distances are relatively short and the scenery is beautiful, walking is probably the best way to see the smaller islands. Bird watching is also popular and the islands are home to many of the worlds most treasured and rare species of animals.