Water sports: The warm waters of the Indian Ocean make Seychelles the perfect place for water enthusiasts. Explore aboard a yacht, motorboat, catamaran or sailboat. Windsurfing is also very popular and the best time for this activity is usually around May and October, at the beginning and end of the trade winds.
Diving, snorkelling and fishing are also popular and can be done almost anywhere in the Seychelles. Baie Ternay is great and easily accessible by glass-bottom boat tour from Beau Vallon beach – leave yourself an empty day and walk the beach for a ‘last minute’ booking – great deals can be exchanged. Snorkelling (provided you have your own equipment – some hotels lend masks, snorkels and fins to guests) is FREE and there are many great spots. Often seen are a variety of tropical fish, sea turtles, eagle rays and more!
Land sports: A variety of recreational sports are available in Seychelles: tennis, golf, badminton, horse riding, cycling, and hiking are some. Bicycle hire and walking tours are great ways to see the sights. As the distances are relatively short and the scenery is beautiful, walking is probably the best way to see the smaller islands (La Digue, Praslin), while walking along the main road can be quite intimidating as the roads are narrow and the local cars/buses drive quite fast. Bicycles are discouraged on Mahe and there are no rental shops in sight. Birdwatching is also popular and the islands are home to many of the world’s most valuable and rare species. The best place for this is Cousin Island, which, although only 1 km in diameter, is home to more than 300,000 birds, but Mahe is also home to many unique species that can be seen in peace.
There are plenty of markets, art galleries and boutiques in the Seychelles, as well as a number of colonial Creole style plantation houses, 6 museums on the main island of Mahé, Botanic Gardens, and a number of national monuments. Downtown Victoria’s markets offer 100% authentic, locally produced agricultural products and spices.