Come and find your island paradise in the Seychelles, an archipelago off the coast of East Africa. These islands were once host to pirates but are now home to beautiful blue waters, soft sandy beaches, rare plants and exotic birds found nowhere else in the world. Let this tranquil atmosphere sweep you away as you hop between the two largest islands in the archipelago, Praslin Island and Mahe Island.
Spending four days on Praslin Island, the second largest island in Seychelles, you can walk or bike your way around, discovering secluded beaches and vast national parks home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Vallée de Mai, or relax by the pool and enjoy a spa day at your resort. Enjoy a further six days on Mahe, the largest island in Seychelles, where you will experience the capital Victoria, be able to interact with the famous plant life on the island, and explore the cultural history of Seychelles.
Begin your ten-day luxury trip at Praslin Island, home to beautiful white beaches, crystal blue water and exotic wildlife. Your four-day stay on Praslin Island will open your eyes to the beauty of this island archipelago and you will have spectacular opportunities to witness some of the rarest creatures in the world. This trip has no planned activities, rather the power is in your hands to decide what you would like to see and where you would like to go.
All the activities listed below come at additional costs and it is recommended to book them in advance of your island adventure.
Excursions (offered through the accommodation at additional cost):
- Full Day Vallee De Mai/Anse Lazio
- Full Day La Digue boat / Bike
- Praslin National Park: The second largest national park in the Seychelles, Praslin National Park is home to a variety of native plants and the famous Black Parrot (only found in this region of the world). For an authentic experience within the park, you are recommended to take the less visited Glacis Noire trail, ending in some of the most spectacular views anywhere on the island.
- Vallée De Mai: A UNESCO world heritage site home to the rare and famous Coco De Mer palm tree that produces the biggest seed of any plant in the world. Vallée De Mai is considered a spot of extreme natural beauty.
- Bird Watching: For bird lovers Praslin Island offers the opportunity to spot some of the rarest species on the planet. Bird watchers can hope to spot the Seychelles Bulbul, Black Parrots and Swiftlets.
- Nature hike from Mont Plaisir to Anse Georgette: This nature trail takes visitors through a landscape of indigenous plants before opening with views across the bay.
- Praslin Museum: Showcasing the traditions of the island and medicinal plants, this museum is an interesting and refreshing culture stop that encourages visitors to get involved in local activities such as coconut husking and grilling breadfruit.
- Cinnamon Distillery Ruins: Located near Anse Takamaka these distillery ruins may not appear impressive however, the location they sit on creates fantastic photography opportunities. The ruins are a nod to the rich and vibrant heritage of Praslin Island as a producer and exporter of cinnamon oil.
- Boat Tours: With many different boat tours, individual hires and boat styles to choose from this activity is perfect for anyone. Explore the island drinking in the breath-taking coastal scenery either as part of a group or individually, and discover an alternative perspective to Praslin.
- Snorkelling, diving and swimming: These activities can be carried out at any beach or any body of water. Professional lessons and group sessions are available from the numerous instructors located across the island as well as the on-site instructor at the Constance Lemuria Resort. Experience first-hand the tropical waters and ancient coral reefs with these aquatic adventures.
The next stretch of your adventure takes you to Mahe Island, the biggest in the Seychelles archipelago. During your six nights on Mahe Island you will have endless opportunities to explore the island, meet the local wildlife, dine at some of the best restaurants in the area or simply relax in your island paradise.
This part of your island-hopping adventure doesn’t have any pre-planned activities, however, a list of recommended activities (at additional cost) is provided with a range of physical and cultural themes to ensure everybody is happy.
Excursions (booked through the resort at an additional cost):
- Full Day Reef Safari
- Full Day Discovery Tour
- Jardin du Roi Spice Garden: A plantation house and garden designed in the French 18th century style to reflect spices and other rare plants grown in the colonies. This garden is a haven for botany enthusiasts, features an on-site restaurant and has experts on hand to answer any questions.
- Morne Seychellois National Park: This national park is made up of coastland mangroves, jungle areas, and mountainous terrain. The national park is home to some of the rarest species of plants and wildlife with fantastic opportunities to spot wild vanilla orchids, the Seychelles Blue Pigeon and even the Seychelles white eye (so rare a bird it has been mistakenly labelled extinct before).
- Mission Lodge Lookout: originally a school for freed slaves it now serves as a tranquil place to view the surrounding landscape.
- Seychelles Trading Company Tea Factory: A unique tour opportunity to view a working tea plantation before relaxing with a cup of some of their best loved tea.
- Seychelles Natural History Museum: Located in Victoria this museum not only displays the unique flora and fauna found at Seychelles but also aims to educate visitors on the environmental threats to Seychelles and what can be done to reduce their impact.
- Takamaka Rum Distillery: For lovers of rum this distillery is a must. This local family run distillery prides themselves on making quality rum far away from other producers. The distillery offers tours with the opportunity for rum tasting at the end and is the perfect way to explore new tastes on the island.
- Victoria: The capital of Seychelles Victoria is often the first place visitors experience when they arrive in Seychelles and has many different sights, sounds, smells and tastes to offer. For visitors looking for architectural sites Victoria boasts a Victorian clock tower that has acted as a focal point of the capital since the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Victoria includes many houses of worship, the most unusual being the Hindu temple. The bright colours and carved figures of this temple make it a stunning addition to the capital. For travellers seeking local products the markets in Victoria are the place to be. You will find anything you could need from fish to local hand-crafted items. The market is the perfect place to stock up or to find the perfect present for loved ones.
- Boat Tours: View the island as the original settlers would have seen it on one of the boat tours that can be taken. Tour as part of a group or hire an individual boat and set sail around beautiful coastal scenery.
- Diving, Swimming and Snorkelling: These activities can be carried out from any beach or body of water on the island. Teachers are on hand for complete beginners or those wishing to improve their technique. The Constance Ephelia has diving instructors on hand for guests who wish to take part in the experience.