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Best Hiking Trails in Seychelles

Overview

Seychelles is a string of more than 100 islands above Madagascar in the Indian Ocean and is known for its exquisite beaches, but has some beautiful mountains to hike.  Divided into two main groups: the ‘Inner’ (or ‘Granitic) and ‘Outer’ Islands.  The Inner Islands are the mountainous ones whereas the Outer Islands are more flat, coral atolls. 

The main areas for hiking are on the island of Mahé, where Morne Seychellois National Park covers a large part of the island and contains peaks such as Morne Blanc, Morne Seychellois and Mount Simpson; and Silhouette island which has trails to Mont Dauban and Mont Pot a Eau. The best months for hiking in the Seychelles are June to August.  Read on for more information on where and when to hike in the Seychelles.

Capital: Victoria

When To Hike in Seychelles?

June – August: Driest period
September – May: Rainy; cyclone risk in some of these months

Climate: Tropical – hot and humid throughout the year; quite wet here especially in the northern islands where Mahé is located, winds can be bad in July and August 

 

Seychelles Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy:  Marked trails and there’s a guide published (see below) that lays out many hikes that you can do on your own

Transportation required: Public transit to some trailheads, car needed for others

 

Most popular hikes in Seychelles

The main hiking area is on Mahé, the largest of the islands, part of the ‘Granitic Islands’, home to the capital and 90% of the Seychelles population. The other island where there is hiking is Silhouette. Many of the other islands in the Seychelles have mountains but are quite tiny and are run as private resorts; many of them have an emphasis on ecotourism and conservation. Highest Mountain: Morne Seychellois (905 m) on Mahé.

Filter out hiking places of Seychelles by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Silhouette Island

  • 90% of this small mountainous island is protected as Silhouette National Park
  • Mont Dauban
  • Mont Pot à Eau

Mahé Island

  • Morne Seychellois National Park – takes up about 20% of the island’s land mass and is a beautiful place to explore the mountains
  • Morne Blanc
  • Mount Simpson

Long Distance Trails of Seychelles

Seychelles's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Seychelles Hiking Books: 

  • Seychelles, Bradt Guide, by Lyn Mair and Lynnath Beckley, 2021, Bradt Travel Guides – https://amzn.to/3U0ZiVt
  • Lonely Planet Mauritius, Réunion and Seychelles, by Paula Hardy, Fabienne Fong Yan, Rooksana Hossenally, 2023, published by Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/4aEsVBn
  • Insight Guides Pocket Seychelles (Travel Guide eBook), by Insight Guides, 2017, published by APA Publications – https://amzn.to/43QcGPG
  • Seychelles Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide – https://amzn.to/4aEFjS8

 

Best Hiking Trails in Seychelles:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Morne Blanc – Mahé
  • Morne Seychellois – Mahé
  • Mount Simpson – Mahé
  • Mont Dauban – Silhouette
  • Mont Pot à Eau – Silhouette
  • Trois Frères – Mahé
  • Dan Gallas Trail – Mahé
  • The Dengue Loop – Mahé
  • Mont Sebert – Mahé
  • Cassedent Trail – Mahé

Easy Hiking Trails in Seychelles:

  • Copolia Trail – Mahé
  • Anse Major Trail – Mahé

 

Seychelles Hiking Websites:

 

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Seychelles Official Tourism Site:  

 

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What Else To Do

  • Beaches

Other Important Points