Seychelles – the Ultimate 8 Days Itinerary

Seychelles – the Ultimate 8 Days Itinerary

Nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean lies a paradise on earth known as Seychelles. Comprising 115 islands, this archipelago is a sanctuary of pristine beaches, lush tropical forests, and vibrant marine life. Planning a perfect itinerary in Seychelles can seem overwhelming with so much beauty to explore. In this article we’ll tell you how best to divide your time among the three main islands – La Digue, Praslin, and Mahe. It will allow you to experience Seychelles diverse landscapes and cultures. And maybe inspire you to say ‘I do’ in the most beautiful scenery?

La Digue

After landing at the international airport in Mahe, get a taxi and head to the port straight away. You’ll board a 1h15min ferry to La Digue, where your ultimate Seychelles itinerary will start. This tropical paradise island has a laid-back atmosphere and breathtaking natural beauty. Rent a bicycle to navigate the island’s small size, allowing you to discover hidden beaches and local life at your own pace.

After dropping the bags at your accommodation head to Anse Source D’Argent, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. It’s renowned for its striking granite boulders and turquoise waters. Rent a crystal kayak to cruise along the beach. Once the sun will start to set, garb a drink at the Robinson Crusoe Bar and wait for the sunset colours to appear on the sky. For dinner head to the Lo Lans Beach Bar– they serve delicious pizza.

Your second day will compose of beach hopping- hands down the best activity in Seychelles. Start by riding your bike to Grand Anse Beach. Leave your bikes by the Loutier Coco and continue on foot. After relaxing at Grand Anse Beach, take the path through Pointe Grand Anse to Petite Anse Beach. Here enjoy a refreshing dip in the Indian Ocean. The path behind the Plazovy Bar, will take you past the mangroves and tropical forest to Anse Cocos Beach. Grab a coconut at the Coco bar and chill at the natural swimming pool at the far end of the beach. Your last stop will be Anse Caiman. Here you can have a late lunch at the Caiman beach bar and chill for the rest of the afternoon. Make sure to stock up on (coconut) water for the way back.

Start your last day in La Digue actively by hiking to Nid d’Aigle. It’s the best view point on the island. We highly suggest you to do it early in the morning, as the day heat makes it very hard. The hike takes apx 1,5h which gives you plenty of time to return to your accommodation for breakfast. After that head to the port to catch the noon ferry to the next island.


The ferry from La Digue to Praslin takes roughy 15 min. Praslin is the second largest island in Seychelles, known for its soft sands. It’s also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. Spend your first day in Praslin exploring this prehistoric forest. Learn about the unique Coco de Mer palm and endemic bird species.

For your second day rent a private boat that will take you around the most beautiful beaches on the island. We did a private charter trip with Angel Tours and can definitely recommend their company. A 3h private boat costs 275 EUR. That includes soft drinks, snacks and the skipper. And of course unforgettable adventure during your Seychelles itinerary! Start the boat tour at 8am- this will allow you to be all alone at some of the most beautiful locations in Praslin. First – Anse Georgette, Anse Lazio and Petite Anse Lazio. Those are the island’s most exquisite beaches, offering ideal conditions for snorkeling and relaxation. Afterwards your skipper will take you to the nearby Curieuse Island to encounter giant Aldabra tortoises in their natural habitat. Finally your trip will end with snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of St Pierre Island.

Last day in Praslin spend relaxing at your lovely hotel. We highly recommend you to stay at the luxury paradise resort Raffles Seychelles. Don’t forget that Seychelles are heavenly wedding destination. Getting married barefoot on an idyllic beach in Seychelles is a dream come true.

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Conclude your Seychelles itinerary with three days in Mahe, the largest island of Seychelles. Pick up your rental car upon arrival at the port. Begin with a visit to the capital, Victoria, to immerse yourself in local culture at the vibrant market and historical sites.

Start your second day with scuba diving in the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. If you visit between the months of September to November, you have a high chance of spotting the endangered whale sharks. We dove with Atoll Divers and had a wonderful experience.

After diving you’ll surely be hungry so head to the Rock Pool Restaurant for delicious lunch. In the afternoon hike the Anse Major Trail. It leads through lush mountain terrain and breathtaking viewpoints overlooking the ocean, to Anse Major– one of the most beautiful beaches in Mahe.

On your last full day in Seychelles, take the W Coast Road to the southern part of the island. The views along the way are breathtaking. Stop at Anse Louis before making your way to Petite Anse. The second beach is hidden within the grounds of the Four Seasons Resort. However it is accessible to all. For lunch head to the nearby Deck Restaurant located on Anse Soleil Beach. Lastly end your day at Anse Intendance. Get couple of drinks at the Summer Bar and wait for your last sunset in Seychelles.

The following morning start early with a hike to the Morne Blanc. It’s the best view point on the island. The trail is short, but steep. It took us about 30 min to the top, but we saw a bunch of people give up half way. Make sure you are up for this adventure. Head back to your hotel for breakfast and a quick shower before your international flight back home.

Best time to visit

Normally the best time to visit Seychelles is during the shoulder seasons, from April to May and October to November. These months offer pleasant weather, with minimal rainfall and warm temperatures, ideal for outdoor activities and beach hopping.

Many locals told us that the best month to visit Seychelles is April. Undoubtedly next time we’ll definitely listen to their advice. Because we visited end of October, beginning of November (theoretically a great time to visit) and 6 out of 8 days were rainy. This happens due to the climate change- the seasons are no longer as defined as they used to be. Have that in mind when planning the ultimate 8 days itinerary in Seychelles.

How to get around

The easiest way to travel between the islands is by a ferry. It’s convenient and quick – although can be a bit unpleasant if the sea conditions are rough. Book your tickets in advance on Seychelles Bookings.

In La Digue, bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation, aligning with the island’s tranquil vibe. Your accommodation can provide them. It usually costs 10-15 EUR per day.

Renting a car is the most convenient way to explore Mahe and Praslin, offering flexibility and the ability to discover hidden gems. In Mahe we rented with Doffay Car Rental and had a positive experience.

Where to stay

We won’t surprise you when we’ll say that Seychelles are not a budget friendly destinations. Overall depending on the island, the accommodation prices vary from 100 EUR a night for 2 ppl to a few thousands per night. We stayed at the mid and high end hotels- since it was our wedding and a honeymoon in one, we decided to splurge a bit.

For La Digue we can highly recommend Cocotier du Rocher, a lovely property with self-service bungalows.

In Praslin there is no better place than the luxurious Raffles Seychelles.

In Mahe we stayed at the lovely Constance Ephelia.

What to bring for your 8 days itinerary in Seychelles

Pack light, breathable clothing suitable for the tropics, along with swimwear, a hat, and sunscreen. Additionally don’t forget to bring a good pair of walking shoes for hikes and a snorkel set to explore the vibrant underwater life. Lastly, a camera is essential to capture the breathtaking landscapes and memories of your Seychelles adventure.

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In summary embarking on a journey through Seychelles offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the diversity and beauty of this island nation. From the serene beaches of La Digue, to the lush forests of Praslin and the vibrant culture of Mahe, Seychelles promises a memorable escape into paradise.

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