Seychelles: Hiking Activity Holiday
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Hiking and trekking in Seychelles are terrific ways to experience the natural beauty of these unspoilt tropical islands. You'll find deserted beaches and spectacular view points without too much effort, although challenging routes do exist. A good way to start planning your Seychelles trek or hike is to peruse the "Nature Trails" guide published by the tourism authority. This guide describes the local plants and animals found on popular treks on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.
Mahé, the main island, is still a relatively undiscovered destination for trekkers. You will often find yourself walking alone along the marked mountain paths that traverse the lush interior forests, listening to bird song, spotting rare plants and scattering geckos.
The Seychelles archipelago has an abundance of fruit growing wild, so with a reliable field guide or local assistance, you'll be eating fresh star fruit, mangoes and other tropical treats as you wander.
On Mahé, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette, as well as on several neighbouring islands, there are well-marked nature trails. Visitors can learn about such natural curiosities as the rare Seychelles Scops Owl, insectivorous Pitcher Plant and Jellyfish Tree. One must-do hike involves a visit to Praslin's Vallée de Mer, a primordial forest that's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tangled, entrancing valley is home to the famous coco de mer, or double coconut, one of the Seychelles' cultural icons.
Seychelles hikers looking for a real challenge will tackle the nation's highest peak of Morne Seychellois (905 metres, located on Mahé). Note that tracks in the national park where the mountain is located may be overgrown and particularly slippery after heavy rains. Another challenging Seychelles trek is up to Nid d'Aigle, La Digue's 333 metre peak, offering spectacular island and sea views. For difficult treks in Seychelles, consider hiring a local guide and remember that night falls a half-hour after sunset in the tropics.