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With 115 islands making up Seychelles, the things to see and do in this island nation are endless. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for five of the best things to see and do in Seychelles, which will take you to the most populated destinations and give you a taste of island life.
1. Anse Source d’Argent. A series of small coves on La Digue, this spot is most recognized from its granite rocks, which are probably the most recognized landmark for this country. Listen to the ocean while taking a walk — and, of course, take your own photos of this natural beauty.
2. Scuba Diving. Some of the most spectacular sites in Seychelles are under the crystal blue water. Unless the trip is a surprise, it’s best to get certified prior to arrival. See a rainbow of tropical fish and explore the reefs and rocks around many of the islands from the best vantage point: underwater.
3. Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. The UNESCO World Heritage Site provides a glimpse into the forest of Seychelles. The naturally occurring palm forest on Praslin Island contains the world’s largest population of the famous coco-de-mer palm tree. Walk the trail and you might just catch a glimpse of the rare black parrot, an added bonus.
4. Anse Lazio. It’s known as one of the world’s best beaches and Anse Lazio, located on Praslin, never disappoints. With a sheltered cove, it’s a great spot to do some snorkeling as well as sunbathing. Shark nets protect this beach’s waters, which means you can swim without worrying about who else lurks in under the surface.
5. Visit the capital. Victoria, which houses over a quarter of the country’s population, is the bustling city that keeps life in Seychelles moving forward. In addition to the many markets, see Little Ben, the replica of London’s Big Ben, built in 1903, and the botanical gardens.