Explore the Seychelles
The archipelago of 115 little islands just a few degrees south of the equator has always been known to romantics. But now several luxury resorts have exceptional kids’ clubs, activity programmes, carefully thought out mini-menus and even their own giant turtles, incredible beaches, clear waters and year-round sunshine make a natural adventure playground. There are few places where kids can enjoy as much freedom as the warm, friendly and welcoming Seychelles.
How to get there
There are no direct flights from the UK but, Air Seychelles from Heathrow to Mahé only stops for 1 hour and 20 minutes in Abu Dhabi.
- Right on the equator, the Seychelles are always warm and sunny with an average temperature of 27˚C.
- The islands are all malaria-free.
- The main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are connected by frequent ferries so you can choose to stay on one and easily enjoy the others.
What to see
Glass bottom boat tours
See the marine life and underwater world around Marine Park St. Anne, without getting wet.
Esplanade Craft Kiosks, Mahé
An enchanting parade of stalls and pretty huts where local craftspeople sell their work along the waterfront in Mahé.
This conservation island is where to see the most astonishing birds and plants up close – if you’re quiet.
Morne Seychellois National Park
Taking up more than 20% of Mahé, this 3045ha park has 12 well-marked trails with varying degrees of difficulty and there are several excellent guided tours.
Cousin Island Reserve
Over 300,000 nesting seabirds, more lizards than anywhere else in the world and a protected habitat for Hawksbill turtles, this is an amazing island hop from Mahé for over 12s.
Hire a bike on La Digue
There are places to rent bikes for a few hours, a day or several weeks on La Digue and the roads are quiet, safe and easy for kids.
Kids from 8 to 11 will love an easy introduction to scuba diving, with plenty of marine life to explore in a safe and friendly environment.
How to get around
Cycling on La Digue and round Mahé and Praslin’s flat, easy coastal roads is a good way to travel with older kids. You can hire a car, but the islands have excellent local buses and a ferry service operates from early morning to evening all year round. Private water taxis are also available and you can charter boats almost anywhere.