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Whenever you have the opportunity to be surrounded by beautiful scenery and get to know the local flora and fauna of a new place, you should take it.  The Seychelles – with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters – is at the top of may peoples travel wish list.  Here are our top recommendations for what to see and do while you’re in Seychelles.

Natural Paradise

The main tourism hubs of the Seychelles are Mahé and Prasline, but if you fancy true seclusion, the private island of Frégate is definitely worth consideration.  About a 15-minute helicopter ride away from Mahé, it claims some of the world’s most rare and exotic life as well, from its giant endangered tenebrionid beetle to its namesake bird—which is marked by its huge wingspan and curious red-coloured gular pouch.  Our hands-down favourite though was the Aldabra Giant Tortoise, which weighs in at about 250kg and has a shell of about 120cm—an amazing site to behold up-close!  Plan an afternoon of walking, biking, or go-karting to see the land animals, then schedule a snorkelling or scuba diving excursion for the marine life.

The months of March through May and September through November are particularly good for walking, hiking, and diving.

Rest and Recreation

The main draw of the Seychelles islands is the opportunity to relax and be pampered.  You can spend some time enjoying the sun and the roar of the sea, and the best place to do that is at Anse Victorin beach, a fine white sand and clear water paradise. If you’re more of a fan of motorised water sports, head to Beau Vallon on the main island of Mahé instead.

As for Frégate, the island is also famous for its Rock Spa, where the waterfalls and freshwater pools create a truly tranquil ambience. We recommend one of the hot stone therapies while you are there, it’s a great choice for warming up your muscles and relieving tension. The customary glass of coconut milk post-massage isn’t a bad way to relax, either.

Health and Safety

As with any holiday abroad, there are certain precautions you should take before travelling to Seychelles.  Make sure you have comprehensive insurance and holiday compensation coverage in case you need to seek medical attention while abroad, especially since facilities are somewhat limited on the Seychelles and may require special travel arrangements to reach them.  Petty theft can happen on the touristy beaches of Seychelles, and piracy is a threat on the high seas of the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, and Indian Ocean.

Keep up with the latest travel advice and warnings for Seychelles on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website prior to and during your travels for the latest information.