In our perspective, one week is enough time to see Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue. I always advise first-time tourists to explore a few islands to get a sense for the place. We recommend four nights on Mahe, two nights on Praslin, and one night on La Digue. If you want, you can spend your vacation touring the islands’ beautiful beaches. You can also relax by the hotel pool! This itinerary contains some of the sights and activities we think visitors to the Seychelles will appreciate. But don’t worry, there are lots of beaches here, too. For additional ideas, check out our list to the top Seychelles beaches. This 1-week Seychelles itinerary assumes you have a rental car, but you can also get around by taxi, public bus, or tour to see almost all these sites. See the section on transportation after the itinerary for more information on getting around, as well as the section on tours for specific tours we recommend.
Day 1: Mahe. Arrive, check-in, acclimatise and hit the beach
Mahe is the largest and most populous granitic island in the Seychelles archipelago. As the only oceanic granitic islands on Earth, the Seychelles are really one-of-a-kind.
The current islands of the Seychelles are the summits of mountains that were built 70 million years ago when the Seychelles plateau sunk. The earth fell slightly in those areas, and the sea now covers entirely flat coral islands.
OK, let’s get back to Mahe. Mahe is the largest and most populous island in the Seychelles, with a population of over 80,000. It is also the island where all international flights to and from the Seychelles dock.
Despite the island’s small size (it’s only around 17 miles long), we recommend spending the first three nights of your Seychelles vacation here so that you can explore its various sights and relax on its stunning beaches.
Depending on when you get here, the first day could be very different, but we recommend taking it easy so that you can adjust to the heat and humidity.
To kick off your vacation in style, we recommend that you check into your lodging, unwind for a while, pick up your rental car (if you have one reserved), and then visit one of the island’s beaches.
Depending on your location, you may want to visit Beau Vallon in the north or Anse Intendance and Anse Louis in the south for a relaxing day at the beach. Beau Vallon is a great place to watch the sun go down, and its tranquil waters make it an ideal swimming spot for families.
Day 2: Mahe. Explore Victoria, drive Sans Souci
We suggest you spend part of your second day in Mahe seeing Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles. It won’t take you long to see everything there is to see in the world’s smallest capital.
The town’s clock tower and vibrant center market are two must-see attractions. If you’re curious about the islands’ geological past or the wildlife that calls them home, you can visit the natural history museum.
We recommend you take the Sans Souci mountain road from Victoria to see the island from a new angle. There are many sights to see on this road that winds its way up into the mountains. Capolia is a moderately difficult hike that may be completed in 90 minutes to two hours, depending on your fitness level.
The massive granite rocks beyond Victoria are worth the effort of climbing them to take in the breathtaking panorama of Mahe’s eastern shore and St. Anne Marine National Park. Praslin and the surrounding islands can be seen on a clear day.
There is parking on the side of the road, and the trailhead is clearly designated with a large sign. However, if you are driving yourself, you should not leave any valuables in your vehicle.
The Mission Lodge, located further along the Sans Souci road, once served as a school for freed African slaves living on the islands. The landscape and vistas are stunning, but there is not much to see of the institution itself.
The route begins its descent from the Mission Lodge and winds past the Seychelles Tea Plantation before reaching the bottom of the hill. This was closed for renovations when we visited in 2018, but it will reopen to the public soon. If you’re interested in seeing some of the local flora and fauna, there’s a hiking trail not far away.
Once you reach the west coast after finishing the Sans Souci road, you can enjoy a swim and the beach. Grand Anse, Port Launay, and Baie Ternay are just a few of the beautiful beaches you’ll find in this area.
The latter option does involve a quick 10-minute stroll, but there are a few quiet, secluded beaches that you might have all to yourself if you take the time to travel to them.
Day 3: Mahe. Explore the south of the island
We recommend spending your third day in Mahe in the south, which is one of my favorite areas. The area is less developed than the rest of the island because of its distance from the capital, but there are still plenty of exciting sights to see. Geographically speaking, anywhere south of the airport can be considered to be in the south.
The “Craft Village” is the first location on our itinerary. A community where local artisans create and sell wares, located on a former plantation (where visitors can still see the plantation house for free).
You can get everything from t-shirts to candles to custom-made refrigerator magnets here, and all at prices that won’t break the bank. In my opinion, this is the best place to buy a memento, as you can rest assured that you are purchasing a genuine, locally crafted item, and your purchase will benefit the artist directly.
This is a great chance to meet the locals, hear stories about the islands, and gain insight into daily life.
Another historic plantation can be found within two minutes after leaving the Craft Village. The Takamaka Rum Distillery may is found at the “Plaine St. Andre,” and it is responsible for making the island’s signature rum. We are confident that by the third day of your stay in the Seychelles, you will have seen numerous advertisements for this rum and may have even sampled some.
This is your lucky day, because you get to see it being built! Takamaka rum is the only rum produced on the island using sugar cane harvested on the same island.
There are two tours per day (the times appear to change, so it’s best to contact ahead to confirm), and not only are they reasonably priced, but they also feature a sample of all of the available rums!
In addition to seeing beautiful scenery, you may also learn about the plantation’s history and slavery in the Seychelles. You may, of course, also stock up on rum before you leave.
Now that you’ve seen the Takamaka rum distillery, it’s time to continue your journey south to see more of this beautiful region of Mahe. The three beaches of Anse Bazarca, Anse Petit Police, and Anse Grand Police are located in the far south of the island, accessible through the Grand Police road past Anse Intendance.
Due to their remote position, they see relatively few tourists (except from the residents on the weekends!), so you can enjoy the sensation of being the only person on a beautiful, deserted beach. Warning signs should be taken seriously, as swimming here during certain times of the year can be risky due to strong currents.
Other stunning beaches, such as Anse Soleil and Petit Anse, can be reached by following the island’s southern coastline.
Although the Seychelles Four Seasons is located at Petit Anse, the beach is still accessible to the public, with numbers strictly controlled by the hotel. You need only check in at the security gate, park, then make the short walk down.
Anse Takamaka, Baie Lazare, and Anse Louis are a few of the other lovely beaches in the vicinity. Surfers Cafe and the Anchor Cafe are two highly regarded restaurants in the area.
Day 4: Praslin. Ferry from Mahe to Praslin, visit the Vallee du Mai
You should take the ferry to Praslin in the morning of your fourth day (the primary ferry company is Cat Cocos). Departing from Victoria’s Inter Island Ferry Terminal, the trip takes around an hour.
Many additional options exist for vacationing on Praslin or dividing up your time there. Taking the afternoon ferry on Day 3 to spend an extra night on Praslin is an option if you’d rather do so.
Air Seychelles offers quick flights to Praslin from Mahe (just 15 minutes), and helicopter charters are also an option for those in a hurry. Day trips to Praslin are possible from Mahé if you’d rather stay on that island for your entire vacation.
If you just have one day to see Praslin, we recommend spending it at one of the best beaches in the world, Vallee de Mai. You can travel to most of the island’s attractions without a car by taking public transportation or by renting a car on Praslin. This sort of day trip is also available.
We will begin our exploration of Praslin with a visit to the Vallee de Mai. In addition to being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the island’s most popular attraction. The enormous Coco de Mer palm is native to the Seychelles and is a protected species.
A male or female of this kind of tree can produce the largest nut in the world. It takes up to seven years for the world’s largest seed, which is contained within the nut, to germinate.
Coconut of the Sea is a term given to these nuts since they have been found on distant coastlines for a considerable amount of time. Their origin was first unknown, thus they were simply labeled as “sea people.”
Eventually, the Seychelles islands were located, and the mystery behind the nuts was solved; still, the moniker lingered.
A stroll through this magnificent and calm valley of huge palms is a must on your trip to Praslin, as it is home to the bulk of the world’s Coco de Mer palm trees today.
Don’t try sneaking one of these nuts into your suitcase; if you want to do so, you’ll need to go through the proper channels and fill out the necessary papers first. Also, keep an eye out for the Seychelles black parrot, which lives in this valley and is easy to spot.
The beautiful beaches of Praslin await once you’ve explored the Vallee du Mai. Among these, Anse Lazio is a household name due to its consistent placement at the top of best beaches in the world rankings.
However, there are many other beautiful beaches in the Seychelles, many of which are less crowded because they are not as well-known as Anse Lazio. The beach in Anse Lazio is stunning, and the nearby Bonbon Plume is a great place to get a bite to eat.
Depending on your plans, you can either spend the remainder of the day here or visit some of the other beaches on the island.
Day 5: Praslin. Day trip to the islands around Praslin
The next day, on day five of your trip to the Seychelles, you should take a boat tour of the islands around Praslin (you can also conduct boat trips from Mahe). Each of the more than one hundred islands that make up the Seychelles archipelago has its own distinct character, so we recommend spending at least portion of your time there visiting the more remote outer islands.
Several boat tours depart from Praslin and travel to the islands in the vicinity. The islands and itineraries change, but most excursions are full-day affairs like this one, where you’ll get lunch, drinks, and transportation from your hotel to the dock at Baie St. Anne.
Two or three of the islands of Curieuse, Cousin, Felicité, Coco, Sister, and/or the little island of St. Pierre are typically visited on a boat excursion. St. Pierre is merely a small granite outcrop that is good to snorkel around (you don’t actually land on it).
As the best place to see the Aldabra Giant Land Tortoise, the island of Curieuse is a popular destination for tourists. Larger than 600 pounds, this Seychelles-only tortoise species can live up to 200 years.
The greatest site to see them on this trip is at Curieuse, where they are not confined and may roam freely. Cousine is a great spot to see a variety of Seychellois species, like the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Fairy terns, white tailed tropic birds, and more, so it’s worth considering a trip there if you’re a fan of wildlife.
You can choose from a variety of tours, such as this one on a speedboat or this one on a glass-bottom boat.
Take along swimwear, sunscreen, and bug spray regardless of the tour company you choose.
Day 6: La Digue.
Explore the island On your sixth day in the Seychelles, you should travel to La Digue via morning ferry. The trip takes around fifteen minutes, and both Cat Cocos and the Inter Island Ferry run regularly.
La Digue’s ambience is unlike anything you’ve experienced on other islands. Most people get around on bikes or on foot because there are so few cars. It takes around 30 minutes to cycle from one end of the island to the other, but the island’s many sights make the trip worthwhile.
Anse Source D’Argent is the first stop on most tourists’ itineraries and for good reason. At the island’s southern tip is a beach with palm trees, turquoise water, and white sands surrounded by otherworldly granite rock formations.
Although it can get crowded as the day goes on, it is well worth the trip if you have the chance. It’s also a great place to see the sun go down. You should know that the beach is privately owned, thus you will need to pay to access it via the L’Union Estate.
Place de l’Argent, Anse, SeychellesYou might as well check out the L’Union estate if you’re going to have to pay to get through it anyway. A wide variety of crops, including vanilla, are still cultivated on this historic plantation. Seeing the La Digue graveyard, where some of the early Seychellois are buried (La Digue was the first island to be settled in the Seychelles) and learning about the many items that were created here are all worthwhile activities for tourists.
Taking the road to the east side of the island will lead you to Grand Anse, another stunning beach, if you don’t mind a little of cycling. It can get crowded here, but if you go one cove over to Petit Anse, you can find some peace and quiet.
Or you might follow the road that circles the island’s northern tip and visit any of the several beaches there; we’re confident that at least one of them will appeal to you.
Finally, the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher is a bird you should look out for if you visit La Digue. Originally from La Digue, this indigenous bird is now in the end-stages of extinction. The Veuve Reserve, a protected wilderness area, is the greatest site to see one of these stunning birds in its natural habitat.
Keep in mind that you can also visit La Digue as a day trip from Praslin if that’s more convenient. You can take a day trip to La Digue from Praslin, or you can take the ferry across and explore the island on your own.
Day 7: La Digue / Mahe. Return to Mahe, relax!
Our recommendation for Day 7 is to head back to Mahe; the boat from La Digue will connect you with the Praslin service, and the whole trip will take around an hour and a half.
Whether you leave in the morning or afternoon is entirely up to you and is determined by factors including how much time you want to spend in La Digue, whether you want to spend any time in Praslin, and the time of your flight.
However, we recommend that you return to Mahe and spend the night before your departure so that you will have no trouble getting to the airport at the appropriate time. Your final day and night on Mahe can be spent doing whatever you like: visiting your favorite beach, checking out a museum or park, or just relaxing by the hotel pool.