Hiking in the Seychelles
Seychelles hiking or trekking as some might call it, is one of the most rewarding things to do in the Seychelles.
With over 40% of the land mass designated National Parks, Seychelles enjoys a rich diversity of flora and fauna to be discovered by organised excursions. See our dedicated section here to
Hiking in the seychelles
Hiking in the Seychelles - or trekking as some might call it - is one of the most rewarding things to do in the Seychelles.
With over 40% of the land mass designated National Parks, the Seychelles enjoys a rich diversity of flora and fauna which can be discovered by organised excursions. See our dedicated section to Seychelles Wildlife.
Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue are the main tourist islands of the Seychelles. These granitic islands offer quite a lot in the way of topography, with sea-level shores giving way to rising inland mountains, and there are a huge variety of walks to choose from. If you want to try something closer to home then the Cerf Island Conservation Programme offer the Cerf Island Trail – complete with signage – where you can look out for the wavy sharks, heron, bat, gecko, crab, and turtle as you make your way across to the other side of the island. This is a short trail so one of the perfect activities on Cerf Island for everyone to enjoy.
Mahé has a mountain called Morne Seychellois that is over 900 meters high and located in the Morne Seychellois Park. The Morne Seychellois National Park offers many different day hiking trails, where the enigmatic, central part of the park is virtually deserted and can only be reached by walking trails.
The most popular are:
- Danzil to Anse Major following the rocky coastline
- Glacis to Anse Etoile (buses are available from the Anse Etoile end point)
- Victoria/Beau Vallon passing through the historical section of Victoria
- Tea Factory to Morne Blanc (a fantastic walk through the beautiful foliage of the Morne Seychellois National Park)
- La Reserve and Brulee containing one of Mahé’s best remaining palm forests with five of the six unique Seychelles palms present along the walk
Vallee De Mai National Park is one of the most notable destinations for hiking in the Seychelles and one of the richest, pristine tropical forests in the world. Here, you will find the rare Coco de Mer palm tree and some of the rarest birds on the planet, among them the black parrot. There are three main trails that wind through the Vallee de Mai, providing hours of fun trekking and bird watching. These walks can take from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on your route.
La Passe is home to one of the largest of the island’s beaches, Grand Anse. Either by foot or by bicycle, the trail passes French colonial era houses, woodlands and a marsh to reach the spectacular Grand Anse beach.
The best time for hiking in the Seychelles 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. Guests should bring their own equipment and make sure you take plenty of water and some sunscreen. If you want further advice when you arrive please just ask our manager, Michel Estico, who will be happy to help and arrange your trip or excursion. For a reasonable surcharge he will take you to the other islands within the Saint Anne Marine National Park by boat which is a great way to travel!