Witness The Best Of Nature At These 10 Seychelles National Parks


The best ever deal for all nature and animal lovers wait at the national parks in Seychelles. It is a place where you get to experience nature at its rawest and real form–the marsh, the hills, the granite boulders, the corals, the shiny beaches and a thriving world of wildlife on the land as well as underwater. This part of the world is completely different from the concrete jungle that we live in. Tread with care, this land has its own rule. Every life is precious and needs to be preserved.

Terrestrial national parks

1. Morne Seychellois National Park

Morne Seychellois National Park Seychelles

Stretching across a magnanimous 3,045 hectares, the Morne Seychellois National Park is one of the largest Seychelles national parks and covers almost 20 percent of the island of Mahe. It is situated on the highest peak at 905 meters in all of Seychelles, Morne Seychellois. It will take a half or full day trip to explore the 12 different trains across the national park.

The park is a home to some of the rarest of the plant and animal species. You find some of the most beautiful birds such as Seychelles blue pigeons, bulbuls, sunbirds, Seychelles white-eyes, swiftlets and kestrels. This is the place where you can spot the pitcher plants that feed on the insects that come near them by trapping them in their liquid-filled carafes.

Entry fee: Free of cost

Timing: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Address: Seychelles National Park Authority, PO Box 1240, Laurier Avenue

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2. Praslin National Park

Praslin National Park, Seychelles

The Praslin National park is located on the island of Praslin. It covers an area of 330-hectare meters. The second largest terrestrial park in Seychelles, Praslin National Park is home to a natural reserve Vallee de Mai, which has been declared as a World Heritage Site in 1982.

Apart from the widest variety of palm species including the Coco de Mer, the park is home to a wide variety of birds, insects, and reptiles, including the famous Black Parrot of Praslin, Bulbul, Seychelles Kestrels, Sunbird, and Blue Pigeon. Apart from these, snakes, tree frogs, green turtles and geckos are found in this region.

Entry fee: Free for adults but chargeable for children below 12 years of age

Timing: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

3. La Digue Veuve Reserve

A turtle at the La Digue Veuve Reserve, Seychelles

Founded with an aim to protect the precious 15 pairs of the endangered Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher or Veuve as they are locally called, La Digue Veuve Reserve covers a 21 hectare of land. You can also find a vivid variety of fruit bats, native birds and insects. Then you also find a rare species of a turtle named Terrapins along with moorhens.

Entry fee: Free

Address: Along the west coast of La Digue island

Timings: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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4. Silhouette National Park

Bats found in the Silhouette National Park, Seychelles

Located at the island of Silhouette and covering an area of 20 km at a height of 751 meters, Silhouette National Park got recognition as a National Park in the year 2010 after it was purchased by Seychelles government from its previous owner the Dauban family. It is one of the very few spots that support biodiversity for any endangered species particularly the sheath-tailed bat of Seychelles, Blue Pigeon, and Seychelle Krestel.

Entry Fee: Free

Timing: Opens daily

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Marine national parks

5. Baie Ternay Marine National Park

Dolphins under water at Baie Ternay Marine National Park, Seychelles

Truly, a treasure trove of scenic beauty that makes your eyes go wide open and experience the harmony and peace in the lap of nature like never before, Baie Ternay is flourishing with mangrove marshes and a thriving aquatic world. Turtles, eels, catfishes, dolphins, and sharks move about fearlessly as the government of the land takes a special interest in preserving the flora and fauna of this place.

Entry fee: Free for children below 12 and SCR 200 for adults

Timings: Open on all days

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6. Curieuse Marine National Park

A giant turtle at the Curieuse Marine National Park, Seychelles

Curieuse Marine National park is one of the marine reserves that operate under a very close vigilance of Marine Parks Authority of Seychelles. You can visit this national park for a day trip as there is no lodging option available. The red sand against the turquoise ocean along with the lush green forest together gives a very picturesque view of this island. Black parrot and Aldabra giant tortoise and Green sea turtles can also be seen.

Entry fee: Free for children below 12 and SCR 200 for adults

Timing: Open on all days

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7. Ile Coco Marine National Park

Manta rays in Ile Coco Marine National Park, Seychelles

The vibrant world that lay under the still and tranquil layer of the sea at Ile Coco makes one of the most breathtaking experiences that will stay with you long after you have left this place. The underwaters are filled with the most amazing breed of sea animals that include manta rays, sea urchins, eels, crabs, reel shark, puffer fish and whale shark to name a few.

Entry fee: SCR 200 for adults and free for children below 12 years.

Timings: Open on all days

8. Port Launay Marine National Park

Port Launay Marine National Park

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The most beautiful piece of landmass complete with gorgeous granite hills and lush forest surrounding the sea in the shape of a horseshoe – is what meets your eyes at the very first look at the Port Launay. The aquatic wonderland awaits you with the whale shark and shoals of native fishes floating around which can be encountered during the boat trips.

Entry fee: SCR 200 for adults and free for children below 12 years of age

Timings: Open on all days

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9. Silhouette Island Marine National Park

Silhouette Island Marine National Park

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The crystal clear turquoise water of the Silhouette Marine National Park together with the granite rocks make up for one of the largest of all the marine parks in Seychelles. The breathtaking view and the world of wonders that is alive and kicking under the apparently calm looking sea look and feel nothing less than a dreamland. One of the most favored spots for snorkeling and scuba diving, Silhouette gives you an opportunity to see the beautiful underwater flora and fauna that include blue-spotted rays, gray snapper fish, white-tip sharks under the sea and giant tortoises on the beach.

Entry fees: SCR 200

Timing: Opens daily

10. Sainte Anne Marine National Park

Sainte Anne Marine National Park

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Sainte Marine National Park is one of the oldest and the most beautiful marine reserve that promotes biodiversity and is extremely stringent in their protective measures for the wildlife and the vegetation of the island. The wildlife that you get to see here include vivid underwater animals such as sea turtles, Hawksbill turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and the beautiful coral reef.

Entry fee: SCR 200

Timings: 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

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Your trip to Seychelles doesn’t have to be only about beaches and a lazy day on the beach. All the wildlife lovers can do a lot more than water activities in the island nation. So, plan a trip now to the archipelago of 115 islands, Seychelles.

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