One of the most stunning and unspoiled island vistas of the tropic region, Seychelles are a joy to behold. This archipelago of 115 granite and coral islands features a number of pristine boulder-strewn beaches, thriving coral reefs, and virgin jungles. In addition, the islands also feature UNESCO-listed nature reserves, which is the reason why many of the atolls and islands come within marine sanctuaries. That said, you can have some of the most amazing experiences exploring the island landscape. You can hike mountain trails, rock climb, bask on the gorgeous beaches, enjoy the sumptuous Créole cuisine, and explore the unique flora and fauna. Likewise, you can indulge in diving, snorkelling, sailing, and surf in the clear, azure waters. Without further ado, here are the five most popular tourist attractions to explore in Seychelles. Take a look.
Anse Intendance, Mahe
Often regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Mahe, this secluded crescent of sand is an amazing sight. Anse Intendance is located on the island’s south coast and features frequent wild waves and big swells – ideal for surfing. In addition, the southeastern trade-winds blowing here make swimming in the rough waters, an enthralling experience. All year round, this picturesque palm tree-framed stretch of land beholds sunbathers, photographers, and beachcombers. Therefore, if you want to experience tranquillity in the vicinity of resting turtles, Anse Intendance is the place for you.
Anse Lazio, Praslin
Anse Lazio or the Chevalier Bay lies on the northern shore of Praslin island and features an amazing curation of picturesque beaches. Flanked by granite boulders, this expanse of soft blonde sand and dreamy blue-coloured crystal waters, is definitely one of the prettiest sights in the entire region. While coconut palms and takamaka trees fringe the entire beach length, there are several laid-back restaurants on both ends of Anse Lazio, where hungry bathers can enjoy the local cuisine.
La Digue Island
Simply put, La Digue is a haven for nature lovers. The fourth largest island in Seychelles, although seemingly unassuming and simple, features stunning vistas of white-sand beaches and granite rock outcrops jutting out of the sea around the coast. That said, the island is also home to Anse Source D’Argent – probably the most mesmerizing stretch of sea and sand, on the entire planet. Among the popular sights here, you have the Veuve Nature Reserve, which houses the endangered species of black paradise flycatcher. In addition, you can indulge in adventure activities such as diving and hiking through woodlands, French colonies, and the famous La Pass to Grand Anse Trail.
Baie Lazare, Mahe
The quaint, yet picturesque village of Baie Lazare in Mahe takes its name after the famous French explorer from the 18th-century, Lazare Picault. The place is dotted with some of the most iconic architectures in the entire region, such as the neo-Gothic Baie Lazare Church. Set amidst panoramic landscape views, this church is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. Likewise, the village is also home to the beaches of Petite Anse and Anse Soleil, among others. If you want to know more about Seychelles, please refer to “Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Seychelles – Part 2″.
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