The archipelago of the Seychelles consists of 115 islands in total. These islands are categorised into two distinct groups: the Inner Islands and the Outer Islands. We’ve compiled a list of our top islands for you to explore in this tropical paradise. Mahe
This is the largest island within the inner islands and is the entry point for travel to the Seychelles. This island is inhabited by more than 90% of the total populous of the entire country. If you’re looking to explore, this is the ideal start for your island hopping experience. Praslin
This is the second largest island in the Seychelles. Praslin is home to one of the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Vallée de Mai, which is a must-see for all travellers who find themselves here. This island is also renowned for its superb beaches, two of which are featured on the top-10 list of the world’s best beaches. These are Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. Silhouette
This mountainous island is a dominant feature in the landscape from Beau Vallon Beach on Mahe. Silhouette is a protected island which is a sanctuary and a living museum of natural history which features an array of species of flora and fauna. If you’re up for the challenge, why not try and summit Mont Dauban? La Digue
Named after the fleet sent to explore the islands in the 18th century, La Digue is the fourth largest island in Seychelles. This particular island is home to one of the rarest birds in the world – the black paradise flycatcher as well as many other species of the avian persuasion. Travelling here would be similar to going back in time as there are many traditions still being practised here such as the time-old tradition of travelling by ox-cart and the production of coconut products.Denis Island
Much like many of the islands in the Seychelles, this particular island was a plantation. What sustained the population was the harvesting of guano, coprah and fishing. If you’re an avid birder, this is the perfect piece of paradise to do your bird watching. It is a recent beneficiary of an endangered birdlife species project. Explore the island by foot along the many nature walks and see if you can tick off the tropical birds that you’re looking for. Alphonse
This is an idyllic island for a remote yet opulent romantic getaway. No larger than 1.2km wide, this triangular island really a private paradise. There is a single resort that offers many accommodation options, all of which will perfectly suit any traveller’s needs. If you’re a water baby, this is the perfect spot for you as it boasts incredible natural beauty and prolific marine life that can be experienced by boat, snorkelling or scuba diving.
Each of the islands offers something unique and is suited to even the most discerning traveller. From unspoiled beaches to the unique flora and fauna, there truly is something for everyone. Which island would you visit first? Share your ideal Seychelles retreat with us in the comments below.