Leave the bustle behind and island hop; green and palm-fringed islets, bird havens or private paradise…
A boat trip away from Praslin are the Seychelles Inner Islands of La Digue as well as Curieuse, Cousin, Aride amongst others…
La Digue Island
La Digue Island boasts some of the world’s most photogenic beaches. They come complete with sculptural granite boulders and tropical palms at the water’s edge. (If you’ve seen those impossibly beautiful photos of the Seychelles, they were probably taken on La Digue!) Inland the woods are full of rare and exotic plants. Indeed La Digue is the only nesting place of the rare Black Paradise Flycatcher.
Traditional Seychellois life continues here with bicycles and ox carts frequenting the dusty roads and picturesque plantation houses are glimpsed through lush foliage. We suggest you join them and hire a bicycle for an easy cycle round the island. Visit the beaches, perhaps stopping for a fruit smoothie at a roadside stall. La Digue is accessible by 30 minute boat trip from Praslin or by helicopter. Or it can be visited for the day from one of the luxurious resorts on Praslin.
Private Inner Islands of the Seychelles
Maybe you want greater levels of remoteness? Zero cellphone coverage and deep blue water separating you from the noise and bustle of the real world? Nothing beats a private island retreat on one of the inner islands.
If you have the right budget, a private island offers you the best of all worlds. Miles of powdery white sand, crystal clear warm water, rich marine life all backed by virgin bush. If you ever wanted to know how it feels to have your own tropical island, you can find out….
Choose between the away-from-it-all island retreats of Denis, Silhouette, Sainte Anne, Fregate, and of course, the superb North Island….
Denis Island is best known for its phenomenal diving, snorkelling and deep sea fishing. This is one of the most northern of the inner private islands. The flat coral island is covered with tropical bush, through which run a myriad of hiking and jogging trails which lead to deserted beaches. Just beyond the island, the Seychelles ocean shelf drops away suddenly. Sailfish, marlin and tuna prowl the deeper waters – a mecca for keen fishermen.
North-west of Mahé is the third largest island of the Seychelles, the virtually undeveloped Silhouette Island. Home to approximately 200 residents and no roads. Silhouette is one of the bio-diversity hotspots in the Indian Ocean and home to virgin rainforests and exotic orchids, the curious pitcher plants and incense trees. Here you can enjoy forest walks whilst its beaches are sheltered by coral reefs offering superb snorkelling and swimming with big game fishing beyond.
Sainte Anne Island
Only a short boat ride away from Mahé is Sainte Anne Island, the largest island in the Sainte Anne Marine National Park. This protected reserve ensures stunning marine life for divers and snorkelers. Its white beaches are also a favoured spot for nesting turtles.
If you are looking for the ultimate in private islands, and if you feel like pushing the boat out, then head to North Island. North Island is many people’s idea of the perfect tropical island: three mountain peaks covered in lush forest rise up out of the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. North Island offers the ultimate in luxury and pampering. Spacious villas, private pools, personal butlers providing unobtrusive and immaculate service and candlelit dinners on your private deck are the order of the day here. With a price tag to match.
Gloria DarvallAfrica Travel Specialist
Why you may love it
- Stunningly beautiful beaches with relaxed lodges rather than deluxe five star resorts.
- Slow relaxed pace of life within close proximity of Praslin and Mahé.
- A selection of inner island private retreats on offer. Private and secluded with white sandy beaches and clear warm water rich in marine life and untouched bush.
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- IslandsThere are 42 inner islands in the archipelago
- GeographyThe inner islands are mostly granitic