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The 10 largest islands of the Seychelles and when to visit them


The Seychelles are among the most beautiful islands in the world. Famous for their transparent waters, a fabulous climate and a beach so fine that you can hardly hear it, these islands are the ideal place for a relaxing holiday. Travel with us to discover them and enjoy the beauty of an archipelago that is more unique than rare.

Index

  1. Mahé
  2. Praslin
  3. Happiness
  4. Cerf Island
  5. Bird island
  6. Arid
  7. La Digue
  8. Cousin Island
  9. St. Pierre
  10. Silhouette
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Mahé

From an administrative point of view the island is divided into 5 different regions: Greater Victoria, Northern Mahé, Western, Eastern. With an area of ​​145 sq km, Mahé is made up mostly of granite and measures 27 km in length and 7 km in width. Here are the largest airport on the island and Morne Seychellois, the highest mountain on the island, which reaches 905 meters above sea level.



  • Connections: the island hosts the Seychelles International Airport, served by the airlines Air Seychelles, Condor Flugdienst, Emirates, Etihad
  • Best time: spring, especially the months of April / May, and autumn during the months of October and November
  • Flight + Hotel Offers: 1 week in a 3-4 star hotel starting from € 997,00 - - Compare hotels and b & b

2 - Praslin

Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles. Located 36 km north-east from Mahé, it is divided into two different districts: Baie Sainte Anne and Grand'Anse Praslin. Its name, which was originally Isle de Palme, derives from the presence of the Vallée de Mai, one of the only two places in the world where the coco de mar palm grows naturally. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this valley is now one of the island's major attractions, thanks to its flora and fauna, which include vanilla orchids, cedars, mangoes, crabs, chameleons and much more.



  • Connections: Praslin has a small airport dedicated to travel to and from Mahé, in addition to that it is necessary to move with ferries to reach the other islands.
  • Best time: spring, especially the months of April / May, and autumn during the months of October and November
  • Flight + Hotel Offers: 1 week in a 3-4 star hotel starting from € 1.063 - Compare flights - Compare hotels and b & bs

3 - Felicité

Felicité is a real gem located a short distance from La Digue. This island, 3 km long and 1,3 wide, is mainly flat and it is one of the favorite islands for excursions in the middle of nature, thanks to its position that makes it easily reachable in a few minutes by ferry. It is a true paradise where coconut palms reign supreme, which has allowed it to be one of the favorite places for celebrities to spend days of absolute relaxation.

  • Connections: the island can be reached in 20 minutes by ferry from La Digue
  • Best time: spring, especially the months of April / May, and autumn during the months of October and November
  • Flight + Hotel Offers: 1 week in a 3-4 star hotel starting from € 4.933 - Compare flights - Compare hotels and b & bs

4 - Cerf Island

Located in the center of the natural reserve of Saint Anne Marie Park, this small island is famous for its unspoiled nature and an almost intact coral reef that surrounds the island. Particularly popular with snorkelers and marine animals, Cerf Island does not offer many conveniences other than its nature.



  • Connections: the island can be reached from Mahé thanks to a water taxi service
  • Best time: spring, especially the months of April / May, and autumn during the months of October and November
  • Flight + Hotel Offers: The island is only a destination for day trips from the other main islands, and does not offer accommodation.

5 - Bird Island

Bird Island is the northernmost island of all the Seychelles. Natural habitat of millions of seabirds, some of which are very rare, it measures about 1,5 km in length and 750 m in width. Discovered only in 1756, it was purchased in 1960 with the aim of making it the favorite habitat of the seabirds that are still found there today.

  • Connections: the island can be reached from Mahé thanks to a flight service lasting 30 minutes, which however depart only once a day
  • Best time: spring, especially the months of April / May, and autumn during the months of October and November
  • Flight + Hotel Offers: The island is only a destination for day trips from the other main islands, and does not offer accommodation.

6 - Arid

Aride is the northernmost island among the granite rocks and it is really small: 1,7 km long by 500 m wide, but it is a real wonder. The reef here is the best preserved in all of the Seychelles and you will also find more seabirds here than on any other island. There is talk of over 30 species that regularly live on the island.



  • Connections: the island can be reached thanks to a ferry service
  • Best time: spring, especially the months of April / May, and autumn during the months of October and November
  • Flight + Hotel Offers: The island is only a destination for day trips from the other main islands, and does not offer accommodation.

7 - La Digue

La Digue is the fourth largest island in all of the Seychelles. Located east of Praslin, it combines pristine nature with modernity that visitors to the archipelago often seek. The island, just under 10 sq km, it is inhabited by just 3.000 people and is completely surrounded by coral reefs.

  • Connections: the island can be reached from Mahé thanks to a ferry service
  • Best time: spring, especially the months of April / May, and autumn during the months of October and November
  • Flight + Hotel Offers: 1 week in a 3-4 star hotel starting from € 883,00 - Compare flights - Compare hotels and b & bs

8 - Cousin Island

Cousin Island is located 2,5 km from Praslin. In this island the highest number of plants and animals of the territory is recorded. This 29-hectare island is now protected by the environmental organization Nature Seychelles, which keeps an eye on the island's nature reserve. On its surface there are more than 300.000 birds, giant tortoises and much more.

  • Connections: the island can be reached from Mahé thanks to a ferry service
  • Best time: spring, especially the months of April / May, and autumn during the months of October and November
  • Flight + Hotel Offers: The island is only a destination for day trips from the other main islands, and does not offer accommodation.

9 - St. Pierre

St. Pierre is one of the smallest islands in the entire Seychelles archipelago. Located off the bay of Cote d'Or, it has an area of ​​5.000 square meters. Particularly loved by snorkelers, it is also one of the islands on which you will find sea turtles.

  • Connections: the island can be reached from Mahé thanks to a ferry service
  • Best time: spring, especially the months of April / May, and autumn during the months of October and November
  • Flight + Hotel Offers: The island is only a destination for day trips from the other main islands, and does not offer accommodation.

10 - Silhouette

Silhouette is the third largest island in the entire archipelago. Located 20 km from Malè, is famous for its rainforests on the summit of Mount Dauban, 740 m high. Here you will also find several carnivorous plants, bats called flying foxes and a wild nature that you will hardly find in other areas.

  • Connections: the island can be reached in 15 minutes by helicopter
  • Best time: spring, especially the months of April / May, and autumn during the months of October and November
  • Flight + Hotel Offers: 1 week in a 3-4 star hotel starting from € 1.813,00 - Compare flights - Compare hotels and b & bs

Where are the Seychelles located

The Seychelles are located north of Madagascar, in the eastern part of Africa. To make up this archipelago are 115 islands, divided into granite and coral. A further division sees them divided into Inner and Outer islands, but what makes the difference is above all their size. In fact, of all these islands only a handful are inhabited.
Divided into 25 districts, Seychelles is a presidential republic, with a president who is both head of state and head of government.

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