10 National Parks in Seychelles For a Perfect Wildlife Escape!

Seychelles National Parks

1. Sainte Anne Marine National Park
2.  Morne Seychelles National Park
3. Praslin National Park
5. Silhouette National Park
6. Baie Ternay Marine National Park
7. Curieuse Marine National Park
8. Ile Coco Marine National Park
9. Port Launay Marine National Park
10. Silhouette Island Marine National Park

Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, is a haven for nature lovers. On your Seychelles trip, visit several national parks, and get a chance to see rare animals like the Aldabra Giant Tortoise. You can also witness marine species like Green Turtles, Rays, Sharks, Morays, Hammerhead Sharks and Giant Cod. From the towering Morne Seychellois on Mahé to the tranquil waters of Sainte Anne Marine Park, each park offers a unique adventure on your Seychelles trip

If you enjoy marine life, places like Baie Ternay and Curieuse Marine National Parks are perfect. Here, you can snorkel alongside colourful fish and ancient corals. You might spot rare birds and giant tortoises on land, especially in the La Digue Veuve Reserve. Venture to Silhouette Island Marine National Park for its untouched natural landscapes and Ile Coco Marine National Park for its breathtaking snorkelling spots. These beautiful areas are crucial for conservation and offer a glimpse into diverse ecosystems.

Visiting these parks supports local conservation efforts and brings you into the heart of Seychelles' natural beauty. From hiking through dense jungles to diving in clear seas, these parks ensure unforgettable experiences. These parks protect the region's biodiversity, ensuring the survival of countless species. A visit to the Seychelles National Parks offers the perfect blend of adventure, while also providing a valuable opportunity for ecological research.

Here are some of the best national parks in Seychelles

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Morne Seychellois National Park

Covering 20% of Mahé Island, the Morne Seychelles National Park offers easy access to its natural wonders. Renowned for having the tallest peak in Seychelles, Morne Seychellois, it attracts many hikers and nature enthusiasts. The park is also home to unique birds like the Seychelles scops-owl and blue pigeon and is a birdwatcher's paradise.

 The diverse flora includes rare orchids and carnivorous pitcher plants, creating a lush green landscape. You can explore numerous hiking trails, such as Copolia and Morn Blanc, which provide spectacular panoramic views.

9C29+FQ5, N.Y.S. Village, Seychelles

08:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.

Entry Fees:

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Praslin National Park

Situated on Praslin Island, this park spans 324 hectares, with several lush valleys and high-altitude regions, The park is home to the Vallée de Mai, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its prehistoric forest. It is also a sanctuary for birds like the rare Black Parrot and Seychelles bulbul, offering exceptional opportunities for bird watching.

You can also encounter a range of wildlife here, including snakes, tree frogs, green turtles, and geckos. Trails here wind through ancient palm forests, providing both leisurely walks and more challenging hikes for adventure seekers.

LOCATION: MPCQ+292, Baie Ste Anne, Seychelles

TIMINGS: 08:30 a.m. to 04:30 p.m.
ENTRY FEES: INR 1,800 onwards

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La Digue Veuve Reserve

Nestled on La Digue Island, the La Digue Veuve Reserve is one of the top Seychelles national parks to visit.  It plays a crucial role in protecting the rare Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher, known locally as the Veuve. In addition to the flycatcher, the reserve is home to fruit bats and native birds, creating a vibrant ecosystem.

The lush foliage provides a perfect habitat for wildlife like Moorhens and the Giant Millipede, enhancing the reserve’s natural beauty. You can also explore the trails here, which allow for strolls through the reserve’s serene environment, perfect for quiet observation.

Location: La Digue Island

Timings: 08:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. 

Entry Fees: INR 900 onwards

Silhouette National Park

Located on Silhouette Island, this park is a major conservation area known for its rugged terrain. The park is spread across 20 square kilometres and was established in 2010 by the Seychelles government.  Its rich biodiversity includes critically endangered species like the Seychelles sheath-tailed bat

.The park is rich in endemic plant species like Bwakoulev Silwet and Bouskiya, offering a glimpse into the island’s diverse natural heritage. The park also offers hiking and eco-tours that focus on conservation education amidst the island's stunning natural beauty.

LOCATION: Silhouette Island, Seychelles

TIMINGS: 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

ENTRY FEES: INR 1,200 onwards

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Baie Ternay Marine National Park

Situated on the west coast of Mahé, this park was established in 1979 and is one of the most serene national parks in Seychelles.  The park is primarily accessible by boat, adding to its stunning natural beauty and offering glimpses of its marine life.  The clear azure waters around the park provide excellent spots for snorkelling and observing marine life, including moray eels and cone shells.

The habitat includes diverse species such as whale sharks, sea turtles, dolphins as well as catfish. The park supports various coastal habitats, including seagrass beds and vibrant coral reefs, providing a colourful underwater landscape for all. It is also quite a popular spot for enjoying other water sports, such as diving, boating and kayaking among stunning marine scenery.

LOCATION: 996F+GG8, Cap Ternay, Seychelles

TIMINGS: 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

ENTRY FEES: INR 1,200 onwards

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Curieuse Marine National Park

Located off the northern coast of Praslin, this is among the top Seychelles national parks, encompassing the entire island of Curieuse. It is particularly famous for its large population of over 300 Aldabra giant tortoises, which roam freely on the island. The park also supports diverse bird species and marine life, like the Seychelles Black Parrot, enhancing its ecological significance.

 This marine national park is also rich in mangroves and other coastal vegetation, which support a variety of life forms. Here, you can enjoy guided nature walks among the Takamaka trees and Coco de Mer palms, and explore its natural beauty.

LOCATION: PP8G+R7P, Cap Samy, Seychelles

TIMINGS: 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

ENTRY FEES: INR 1,200 onwards

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Ile Coco Marine National Park

Ile Coco Marine National Park is located near La Digue and Praslin and is renowned for its stunning underwater landscapes.It is home to vibrant marine ecosystems that include manta rays, sea urchins and reef sharks, providing exceptional diving experiences. Other species that you can witness here include eels, crabs, pufferfish and even whale sharks, thriving with the underwater flora species.  The park also offers conditions ideal for snorkelling and diving, offering close encounters with a diverse array of marine biodiversity.

LOCATION: SCMRT-MPA Headquarters, PO Box 1240, Victoria, Mahé

09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

INR 1,200 onwards

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Port Launay Marine National Park

Situated on the west coast of Mahé, Port Launay Marine National Park ranks among the most pristine national parks in Seychelles. It was established for the protection of the region's underwater ecosystems and is renowned for its beautiful beaches and rich marine life.The park is a haven for marine enthusiasts, offering snorkelling and diving experiences where you can encounter colourful reef fish, sea turtles, and ray sharks.

The underwater world in Port Launay is a paradise, known for its vibrant coral reefs that are essential habitats for marine biodiversity.Its calm and shallow waters are ideal for water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding, allowing you to explore the coastal area leisurely.The scenic beauty of the park is enhanced by the lush green hills framing the turquoise waters, providing a serene atmosphere for relaxation.

LOCATION: West coast of Mahé, Seychelles

TIMINGS: 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

ENTRY FEES: INR 1,200 onwards

Silhouette Island Marine National Park

Located around Silhouette Island, this park is the largest marine protected area in the Seychelles, covering significant underwater landscapes.It was established in the year 1987, and covers an area of around 30.45 square kilometres, making it the largest marine park in the archipelago.The waters around Silhouette Island are home to a variety of marine habitats, including vibrant coral reefs and rich mangrove forests.

This park is crucial for the conservation of several endangered species, including the Hawksbill Turtle and the Seychelles Sheath-tailed Bat.Here, you can enjoy activities such as snorkelling, diving, and guided nature walks, which allow you to explore its diverse ecosystems.

LOCATION: Silhouette Island, Seychelles

TIMINGS: 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

Sainte Anne Marine National Park

Located off the coast of Mahé, Sainte Anne Marine National Park is the oldest marine reserve in the Seychelles.Among the best Seychelles national parks, it is spread across six islands and offers a sanctuary for a wide array of marine life. The park is home to different species, including Eagle Rays, Pipefish, Sea Turtles and even the occasional Bottlenose Dolphins.  Known for its clear waters, the park is a popular spot for snorkelling, diving and glass-bottom boat tours, offering you a glimpse into the underwater world.

The park also plays a vital role in the conservation of marine ecosystems, aiming to protect against the overfishing and coral damage that threaten this area. The Sainte Anne channel here also serves as a haven for other recreational activities like sailing, swimming and windsurfing, making it popular among eco-tourists.

LOCATION: Seychelles

TIMINGS: 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

ENTRY FEES: INR 1,200 onwards

People Also Ask About Seychelles

  1. How much does it cost to go to the Marine Park in Seychelles?

    Visiting the Seychelles National Parks and marine parks generally starts with an entry fee of INR 1,200 to INR 1,800 approximately. This fee allows access to most parks and supports conservation efforts. You can explore the diverse marine ecosystems and natural beauty that Seychelles has to offer.

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  2. Where is the world's smallest national park?

    The world's smallest national park is in Seychelles called the Moyenne Island National Park. Covering just 0.099 square kilometres (0.04 square miles), this tiny park is part of the Sainte Anne Marine National Park. It sits off the north coast of Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago. The park also offers a unique conservation area within its compact space.
  3. How famous is Seychelles?

    Seychelles is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world. It is renowned globally for its stunning natural beauty, featuring pristine beaches, clear turquoise waters, and lush tropical vegetation. This archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean is a top destination for luxury tourism. It offers world-class resorts, diverse marine life, and exceptional opportunities for snorkelling and diving. Its commitment to environmental conservation makes it even more appealing to eco-conscious travellers.

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  4. What do you need to know before going to Seychelles?

    Before travelling to Seychelles, ensure you have a valid passport and check visa requirements for your country. Vaccinations might be advised, so consult a healthcare provider. Seychelles uses the Seychellois Rupee SCR ( INR 5 approx), and English, French, and Creole are widely spoken. The climate is tropical but be mindful of the rainy season from December to February. Finally, respect local customs and environmental regulations.
  5. Do Indians need passports for Seychelles?

    Yes, Indians need a valid passport to travel to Seychelles despite being visa-free.  Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of arrival. You can also get direct flights from Delhi to reach the archipelago.
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