The islands of the Seychelles are often mountainous and covered in vegetation making for many beautiful hikes.
Most trails are short, day hikes which require an average fitness level while yielding magnificent views of the surrounds and a unique wildlife experience. The Islands are home to an exciting diversity of birdlife that can be discovered in the wild or in specially designated reserves.
Several well marked trails run through the mountains across spectacular scenery, where you will find yourself alone amidst pristine nature.
It is better to choose the time of lowest humidity and cool breezes, June to October, but any period of the year is possible.
DANZIL TO ANSE MAJOR
Follows the rocky coastline of Northwest Mahe to the secluded Anse Major beach, much of the trail is within the Morne Seychellois National Park. Graded as Easy it passes spectacular rock slopes and typical dry area vegetation of Mahe. It should take 13 hours to Anse Major and slightly quicker to return...an early start is suggested as there is little shade.
GLACIS TO ANSE ETOILE
Takes minor roads across Mahe's northern hills covered in coconuts, then a fairly steep climb to the hamlet of La Gogue with a gentle descent to the picturesque reservoir behind La Gogue Dam. Around 3 hours long and graded as Easy, buses are available from the Anse Etoile end point. Again, start early in the day to minimize sun exposure.
Travel both the main road and minor roads passing through the historical section of Victoria. Refreshments can be purchased enroute. This walk can be done in either direction, rated as Easy and should take about 90 minutes.
LES TROIS FRERES
The path leads through part of the Morne Seychellois National Park to the summit of the mountain overlooking Victoria. It is spectacular with some of the most beautiful views in the world. However, it is very steep, graded Medium to Difficult and care must be taken to stay on the path. It takes 2 hours to reach the summit and another hour for the return.
TEA FACTORY TO MORNE BLANC
Another walk through the fantastic foliage of the Morne Seychellois National Park, this shaded, steady climb takes about an hour. It is graded as Medium and an early start will avoid both the sun and the afternoon mountain mist.
LA RESERVE AND BRULEE
Containing one of Mahe's best remaining palm forest with 5 of the 6 unique Seychelles palm present along the walk. Rated as a Medium, rich tropical forests, granite cliffs and boulders can be seen from a choice of several routes; allowing 2-3 hours is recommended.
VAL RICHE TO COPOLIA
Walk through shady forest to the summit of Copolia with incredible views of the Mahe coast and of up to 14 other islands on a clear day. Some harder segments and some minimal climbing rate this a Medium. Allow 2 hours for the round trip.
ANSE ROYALE TO ANSE A LA MOUCHE
An Easy graded walk through historical Mahe gives you a glimpse of country life. Depending on the route you select you may pass an old chapel, two cemeteries and some startling vegetation. Why not pass by Tom Bowers Sculptor Studio on the road down to Anse La Mouche. Allow 3-4 hours to complete the walk and local buses are available to return you to your hotel.
VALLEE DE MAI NATIONAL PARK
Many believe this the site of the original Garden of Eden. It is by far the most famous of all Seychelles walks through one of the richest, pristine tropical forests in the world. Home to the famous Coco de Mer palm and its even more famous nut, this Easy walk can take from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on your route. There is a small fee to enter the park but it is worth it.
LA PASSE TO GRAND ANSE
This Easy yet stunning walk introduces the variety of La Digue's scenery. Either by foot or by bicycle it passes French colonial era houses, woodlands, a marsh to reach the spectacular Grand Anse beach. The return leads through small villages and the home of the Black Paradise Flycatcher bird; 2 hours should be allowed.