Seychelles - Top 5 things to see and do in April
At a Glance:
Where: Seychelles is an island republic in the Indian Ocean, close to Africa’s East Coast. Why: The Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 granite and coral islands, is famed for its magnificent natural beauty. Numerous beaches and nature reserves may be found here, as well as unusual wildlife such as Aldabra giant tortoises. When to go: April is one of the prime months to visit – dry spells are common throughout this month, and the sun shines strongly for lengthy periods of time. The daily temperatures range from 75 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
Explore the Seychelles’ pristine underwater environment. The Seychelles are one of the greatest destinations in the world for scuba diving and snorkeling thanks to their crystal-clear waters and beautiful underwater environment. Explore the glistening coral reefs and spot a variety of marine life. Taking a few steps into the clear water is often all it takes to be surrounded by swarms of colorful fish. Scuba diving is best near the three main islands: Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. Thanks to a varied terrain of spreading coral reefs, marine cliffs, and ravines, every dive offers a different experience. In April, the ocean tends to be calm and visibility is excellent.
Visit the Victoria Market for a taste of culture and cuisine and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere. This busy and charming marketplace is an ideal place to shop for local produce and souvenirs. If you work up an appetite shopping, there is no shortage of food outlets offering authentic dishes; or take a food tour that focuses on Creole cuisine. Creole cooking blends West African and European influences and is known for its vibrant flavors. Gather coconuts, cassava, cinnamon, sweet potatoes and locally caught fish at the morning market. Then learn how to prepare it in Creole style before enjoying the meal you have made together with your hosts.
Learn about enchanting flora and fauna at Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. This ancient palm forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famously known for the world’s greatest population of endemic Coco de Mer palms. The Coco de Mer has the largest seed of any plant in the world. The reserve is also home to many animal species – look for tree frogs, tiger chameleons and the black parrot, which is one of the world’s rarest birds and is exclusively found here.
View the islands from above. A scenic helicopter flight over the islands provides a lovely perspective of the archipelago. Enjoy stunning views and photographic opportunities of the mountainous green interiors framed by white-sand beaches and shallow turquoise waters that fade to deep blue. With luck, you may spot manta rays, turtles, and sharks gliding through the water. Scenic flights vary in length and fly over the main islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue, with the option of a sunset trip for the ultimate romantic date.