Looking for untouched natural beauty, pristine beaches, lush tropical vegetation, and sea that is so blue it matches the sky? You’ll find it on holiday in Seychelles. Each of the 115 tropical islands that make up Seychelles is unique. Its capital, the island of Mahé boasts 65 beaches and lush inland forests. On the unspoilt island of La Digue, there are no cars – you travel by oxcart. You can enjoy solitude and privacy on the spectacular islands of Desroches and Silhouette. Then there’s Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve on the island of Praslin, home to the legendary Coco de Mer palm tree. And let’s not forget the excellent scuba diving on offer on stunning Cerf Island…
Seychelles is a paradise on earth and offers everything required for a perfect beach holiday. All-inclusive resorts, white sand beaches that are some of the best in the world, sapphire seas, perpetual summer weather, diverse landscapes, friendly people, and a variety of breathtaking natural locations.
Is there a best month to visit the Seychelles? We find that the best months for ideal temperature are April, May, October and November. These months are in-between the hot, humid months and the cooler months. The temperature in the Seychelles hardly ever falls below 24 degrees Celsius or goes over 32 degrees Celsius. Enjoy sailing and snorkelling all year-round.
We often get asked how many days do you need in the Seychelles. We recommend a week is ideal to ensure you get to see 2 - 3 islands.
Ideal for every type of holidaymaker and for every budget from luxury to cheap packages, especially honeymooners, the Seychelles islands are heaven on earth. Thompsons Holidays can take you there. Browse our 2021 holiday package deals from and get in touch with us.
What to do in Seychelles
Holidays in Seychelles are island paradise dreams come to life. Mahé Island, together with the nearby isles of Praslin and La Digue, are Seychelles’ most sought-after destinations. But there are many more remote islands to be discovered, each offering unique wildlife and unmatched scenery. With 115 islands to choose from, there are plenty of things to do – especially for beach lovers and watersport enthusiasts. From sailing, snorkelling and scuba diving to hiking, surfing and island hopping, you’re spoiled for choice.
Things to do in Seychelles
Discover rare palms in the extraordinary Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve on Praslin Island.
Seychelles offers a magical underwater world to discover while scuba diving or snorkelling.
Step back in time as you cycle around La Digue Island.
See the world’s heaviest seed, the sexy Coco de Mer, which resembles part of a woman’s torso.
Explore Victoria, capital of Mahé and one of the smallest capitals in the world.
Go snorkelling off the little island of St Pierre.
Go hiking at Le Morne Blanc on the island of Mahé.
Soak up the sun on Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Go scuba diving in Baie Ternay Marine Park.
Sail off from Mahé to enjoy deep-sea fishing.
Learn how to surf.
Go island hopping to explore some of the other islands in the archipelago.
Whether you’re keen to enjoy what your resort has to offer or wish to explore further afield and visit some of the magical islands around Mahé, a holiday package in Seychelles will be a journey of discovery. Only a short flight of 5 hours and 13 minutes away makes the Seychelles a very attractive island holiday option from South Africa.
It is not recommended to drink tap water in Seychelles. Bottled water is readily available.
No vaccinations are currently required but check with your travel clinic before you go.
What must I pack?
Seychelles enjoys a year-round warm, tropical climate, and you will spend most of your time in and around the sea, so beachwear is a must. Pack lightweight, breathable clothing with a dressier outfit or two for dinners – think laidback luxury.
Don't leave home without sunscreen, lip balm, hat, and sunglasses.
Mini first aid kit and regular prescription medication.
Camera – or just use your phone.
What can I do to be a responsible traveller?
In 2017, environmentally-conscious Seychelles officially banned plastic bags – and plastic straws! Be sure to pack fabric shopping bags and a reusable straw in your suitcase. While you're at it, pack a reusable water bottle too and choose to refill, not landfill.
When hiking, always stick to the trail. Many uninhabited islands are dedicated nature reserves and sanctuaries for threatened species, including the Seychelles black parrot, giant tortoises, and vast colonies of seabirds.
The reefs are one of the country's most important tourist attractions, but also one of the most vulnerable ecosystems in the world. Coral is not a souvenir.
It is prohibited to collect seashells in Seychelles' nature reserves and marine parks.
When diving, swimming or snorkelling, use reef-friendly sunscreen.
Wherever possible, buy local food and souvenirs and support local artisans.
Respect each other's cultures and customs and avoid imposing your beliefs.
Seychelles is considered a safe destination for travellers. Still, be safety conscious and don’t display cash or valuables. Leave jewellery and expensive watches at home.
Keep your belongings safe – use the hotel safe for passports and valuables and watch out for pickpockets and bag snatchers when out and about.
Always have a map (or app) on hand, especially when travelling at night.
What do I do in an emergency?
If passports or valuables are stolen, report the theft to the hotel/police immediately.
Contact the Thompsons Holidays 24-hour care line to assist.
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