Deep-Sea Fishing
As in Mauritius and Madagascar, the waters around the Seychelles are home to marlin, shark and tuna which attract big game fishermen from all over the world as well as first timers and adrenalin junkies trying to land the big one. Fly fishing is relatively new to Seychelles but is growing in popularity.

Fishing tends to be seasonal, although some fish such as tuna and bonito can hooked all year round. Blue, black and striped marlin have also been caught throughout the year. Dorado are most frequent between January and September, kingfish (also referred to as wahoo) are encountered between January and March, whilst the best season for sailfish is during the southeast monsoon from June to the end of the year. The monsoon brings rough seas though so you’ll need good sea legs!

 

           

The majority of big game fishing charters depart from Mahé’ s Victoria wharf, Beau Vallon, and on the east coast. The boats vary in size but are all well-equipped. If you are going out during the monsoon season it is worth trying to get a group together to charter a bigger boat to minimise the impact of the rough seas! There are serious game fishing operations on Silhouette, Bird and Denis islands and also liveaboard options.

The best fishing grounds are at the drop off at the edge of the Seychelles Plateau about 30-40km off shore and within easy reach of all the inner isles. The waters between Mahé and Silhouette are good for sailfish. Hot spots from Beau Vallon include the Malgache and Stork Patch areas.

Hiking
Seychelles is surprisingly mountainous and there are some excellent hiking trails as well as more gentle forest and beach walks. The Ministry of Tourism produces informative brochures on the popular, longer trails in the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé. The best time for hiking is during the cooler, drier season from June to September when there is a bit of a breeze. It can get very humid and sticky during the rainy season – particularly in December and January – when the paths get muddy and slippery.

Mahé
For forest and mountain hikes head for the Morne Seychellois National Park, The strenuous Congo Rouge Trail leads through the mist forest encircling the summit, at 905m, the archipelago’s highest point. Other good trails include the Morne Blanc Walk, a steep climb to the summit of one of the smaller peaks and the Dans Gallas Nature Trail, a moderate trail through cinnamon forest, tall palms and Albizia trees which also affords great views. The La Reserve and Brulée walk is beautiful. It leads through Mahé’s best area of palm forest, which contains five of the six palm species unique to Seychelles (only the coco de mer is missing – head for the Vallée de Mai on Praslin to see this). A guide, to point out the interesting species as well as show you the route, is a good investment particularly if you are heading for the higher reaches.

The scramble along the scenic coastal path from Danzilles to the deserted beach of Anse Major is great. It’s a five kay, easy return trip along the stunning coastline to one of the island’s most picturesque beaches.
There are plenty of other excellent beach walks including those around the Baie Ternay and Port Launay Marine Parks.

Praslin
Praslin’s exotic Vallée de Mai is home to numerous beautiful and rare palms including the coco de mer, the erotically shaped nut of which is the national emblem of Seychelles. Much controversy surrounds the interpretation of the shapely fruit – the outline is indisputably of the female pelvis – but is it viewed from the back or the front? You’ll be able to judge for yourself by studying the immigration stamp in your passport or when you view the exhibit at the start of the trail. Either way history records the excitement that the early sailors experienced when stumbling on the coco de mer nut after enduring months at sea. A number of short nature trails lead through the reserve.
Otherwise there are plenty of opportunities for beach hikes, see Cote d’Or in the Praslin section.

La Digue
La Digue is a good place to walk; the island is small and there is much of interest. The best hike is from Grand Anse on a faint trail up and down over the headlands and along the beaches of the east coast. The sea is beautiful and wild and the beaches become less populated as you progress. It will take about an hour to walk to the furthest beach, Anse Cocos so bring water as there is none on route. There is not much shade, and the main beaches are unsafe for swimming, but it’s a dramatic coastline and at the far end of Anse Cocos there is a deep sheltered gully where you can swim safely and picnic in the little cove.

Veuve Reserve
The small forest reserve is great for nature lovers and you can enjoy a very short hike under the canopy listening to the sound of birds and the rustle of leaves.

Flora and Fauna
The dramatic beaches with their towering granite boulders and turquoise waters may be Seychelles major drawcard, but its birds, and exotic palms and plants are also a major attraction. The Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé has wonderful forests and full of interesting native species whilst Praslin is famous for the erotically shaped nut of the Coco de Mer palm – just one of the wonderful plants found in the Vallée de Mai. Bird lovers will find plenty amuse in the reserves and on the nearby sanctuaries of Cousin, Curieuse and Aride.


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