The serene pace of life, secluded spots and exceptionally beautiful landscapes are just a few characteristics that make Seychelles a top couple’s destination. Whether you’re a pair of adventure-seekers, a nature-loving couple or a more peaceful partnership, Seychelles has got it all. With the help of Seychelles Travel, the islands’ official tourism website, here are 6 IDEAL romantic activities in Seychelles.
TAKE A HIKE THROUGH PARADISE
When you hear the words ‘Garden of Eden’, forbidden lust comes to mind, but in the Praslin park of the same name, love is very much celebrated through an appreciation of the beauty of nature.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallée de Mai, is a must visit, and is home to the legendary coco de mer palms that can only be seen here or on Curieuse island. Choose from three hiking trails that have remained untouched since the 1930s and stop for a break to admire the waterfall.
SNORKEL WITH SEA TURTLES
Warm and transparent waters, well-preserved coral formations and blockfields; the small satellite islands and rock crops surrounding Praslin and La Digue have some of the best snorkelling hotspots in the region. Here you’re likely to come across hawksbill sea turtles as well as many other colourful species. After sharing the amazing ocean world with your loved one you can admire the striking granite rocks framing the porcelain sand beaches. Romantic stuff.
TAKE TO THE SKY IN A HELICOPTER
Nothing beats a bird’s eye view of Seychelles than one enjoyed in the privacy of your own helicopter. Extravagant? Maybe. But worth the extra effort for such a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. A 75-minute package with Zil Air that takes you on an aerial tour of Mahé, La Digue, Félicité and Ile Coco as well as giving you a prime view of the giant palm trees of Vallée de Mai. Perfect.
STROLL DOWN AN IDYLLIC BEACH
To feel as though you have a slice of paradise all to yourselves, head to the undisturbed beaches of Curieuse island; the only greeting you’ll likely receive is from a freely-roaming giant tortoise. Red earth mountains and sculpture resembling granite rock formations make it a bucket-list worthy backdrop. Curieuse is inhabited and has no bookable accommodation so you can only visit the island as part of a day excursion. It’s just a 20-minute boat ride from Praslin though, no stress, so it’s great for a day trip.
ENJOY A ROMANTIC SUNSET DINNER
Taking the time to enjoy your partner’s company, sampling authentic Creole cuisine and seafood dishes in a romantic setting; what’s not to love? Providing an atmosphere of intimacy on the seashore, Del Place Restaurant in Mahé’s district of Port Launey is a great spot to enjoy a sunset dinner with your other half.
Since the archipelago is in the middle of the Indian Ocean with low levels of light pollution and warm nighttime temperatures throughout the year, the conditions for stargazing are just right. And what could be more romantic than that?