White sand beaches, crystal blue water, lush vegetation and unspoiled paradise are all words that describe the Seychelles. The Seychelles are a cluster of 115 islands situated 4 degrees south of the Equator off of the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. When my husband (STT) told me this is where we would be going on our honeymoon, I couldn't be more excited. I couldn't imagine a more romantic, relaxing place for my husband and I to spend our honeymoon. It was the best 10 day vacation I have ever had being able to discover these beautiful islands. If you are getting married or a newlywed trying to decide where to go on a honeymoon, here are 6 reasons why the Seychelles should be at the top of your list for your honeymoon destination.
1. Pristine White Sand Beaches
Can you imagine lounging on a white sand beach, overlooking striking boulders, azure blue water and palm trees swaying in the background? This is life in the Seychelles. The islands are a more undiscovered paradise due to the remote location, so the beaches are relatively uncrowded and at times you may have the beach to yourselves!
2. Island Hopping
The great thing about the Seychelles is being able to island hop. Each island has their own character and offers different activities, so why not experience this! The 3 main islands are Mahe (the main island), Praslin and La Digue. Also, there are smaller islands including Denis Island, Moyenne Island and Ste Anne. The islands are accessible by boat or some by small plane. Information about getting from island to island can be found here.
3. Abundance of Wildlife and Nature Preserves
Seychelles is home to several national parks and nature reserves. There are many types of birds, fish, tortoises and sea turtles that call Seychelles their home. The best way to see them is to travel to Moyenne Island National Park, travel to Cousin Island and/or take a glass bottom boat through the Ste Anne Marine National Park. Also, each island has its own wildlife that visitors can see. Most of the smaller islands have limited accommodations in order to preserve the wildlife in their natural habitat.
4. Quiet and Relaxing
If you are looking for peace and tranquility, the Seychelles offers just that! There is not a lot of nightlife, other than in most of the major hotels located on the larger islands. Some of the accommodations on the smaller islands do not even have televisions. This is truly a place to get away from it all!
5. World Class Resorts
The Seychelles has many 5 star resorts to choose from, primarily on the islands of Praslin and Mahe. Hotel options include the Four Seasons on Mahe, Raffles Praslin on the island of Praslin, Constance Ephelia on the island of Mahe and the Banyan Tree on the island of Mahe. These resorts have wonderful restaurants, water activities and beaches!
6. Outdoor Activities
For the outdoor enthusiast, this is a great place to visit! A wide range of outdoor activities are offered and include snorkeling, diving, hiking, swimming, fishing, golf, biking, windsurfing, water skiing, and paragliding.
How to get to the Seychelles?
The main airport is located in Victoria, on the main island of Mahe. Airlines that fly into Victoria include Air Seychelles, Ethiad and Emirates. Plan your trip to the Seychelles here.
Where to stay?
STT and I stayed on the island of Mahe at the Banyan Tree and we also stayed at the La Digue Island Lodge on the island of La Digue. Other fantastic hotel options include the Four Seasons on Mahe, Raffles Praslin on the island of Praslin and Constance Ephelia on the island of Mahe.
Where to eat?
Most hotels offer excellent restaurants to choose from. It is recommended to try a local restaurant that serves more traditional local cuisine such as Chez Batista's on Mahe and Bonbon Plume on Praslin.
What to know before going?
The main language on the islands is Creole, however, English is also widely spoken. Make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen due to the proximity of the islands to the Equator!
This was a trip of a lifetime and I will never forget the serene beauty of the islands and how peaceful and relaxing it was to be there. I hope to go back sometime soon!
Check out this travel guide for more information about the Seychelles and planning your next trip!