Head for the Hills
The undulating landscapes are calling to be explored. There are different levels of difficulty depending on where you choose to climb, but you’ll be rewarded with exceptional views everywhere. Pack your hiking boots and plenty of bug spray and set off on an adventure — catch the morning sunrise or watch the sky turn various shades of pink at sunset.
Silhouette Island is one of the larger islands, and approximately 95 percent of it is jungle and wildlife. It has five peaks soaring over 1,600 ft, but there is also a relatively short one-hour hike on the island. Head off with your expert guide from the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa to see the vegetation and stand on the only volcanic rock in the Seychelles, while learning about the island’s history.
On Mahé, the two trails to hit are both in Victoria, the small capital. The Copolia Trail takes the best part of two hours to reach the summit and is fairly easy. The view is breathtaking; you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. The Morne Blanc trail is more challenging: It begins at a tea factory and winds up to a peak where you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a spectacular panoramic view.
Perhaps the biggest draw of the Seychelles is its pristine beaches — but every picture you’ve seen doesn’t quite do them justice. On La Digue Island you’ll find one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world: Anse Source d’Argent. Imposing boulders, lush palm trees and crystal waters will have you feeling suitably Robinson Crusoe-esque, hardly surprising as the 1988 movie Crusoe was filmed here. Those after something more active should head to Anse Intendance on Mahé Island — it’s not safe for swimming but has excellent surf conditions.
Take a 60-minute seaplane ride from Mahé to Alphonse Island, a remote hideaway in the Outer Islands that is one of the country’s fishing hot spots. The atolls of the Alphonse Group provide a heavenly setting for any serious fly fisher: 10,000 acres of
hard white-sand flats make for easy wading and unbeatable sight-fishing. The atolls are home to the largest bone fisheries in the world, as well as various species of triggerfish, barracuda, snapper, grouper, permit, parrotfish, eight species of trevally (including the giant trevally) and milkfish. Alphonse Island has eight full-time fly fishing guides who have an incomparable wealth of knowledge. You can also opt for a game fishing adventure and hunt for sailfish, wahoo, dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna and dorado —
if you succeed, the chef will prepare your catch for your dinner.