The beaches are beautiful in the Seychelles, but there’s a lot more to this stunning island nation than flawless white sands and the Indian Ocean.

From fruit bats in gardens to mountain top mini-frogs, and most of the world’s oldest tortoises, there’s wildlife worth spotting all over the place. Primeval forests and Creole plantations, fill endless days out, and you can try anything from ziplining to rock climbing away from the coast.

You’ll also find great local guides, tours, expeditions, excursions and voyages everywhere, if you know where to look. Here are just 10 family adventures, highly recommended by Seychelles Tourist Board, and all designed to tempt you off the most tempting beaches on earth.

Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island family adventure seychelles

1/10  Tour mysterious Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island

Vallée de Mai was once thought to be the Garden of Eden, spend a few hours immersed in this lush primeval forest, and you can’t fault the logic. It’s one of the few places on earth where giant Coco de Mer palms are indigenous, and as otherworldly as it is lovely.

UNESCO World Heritage status means the forest is now heavily protected, and for decades, concerted weeding out of invasive and non-native plant species has gone a long way to returning it to a near original state. Learning about ongoing conservation and the complexities of caretaking Vallée de Mai, is fascinating. But it’s fair to say, kids are more likely to be impressed by the immense Coco de Mer seeds (largest in the world).

Scores of ancient myths and legends surround this enigmatic, palm-filled paradise and, local guides know them all, by heart. So as well as being awe-struck by beauty on a minute-by-minute basis, you can expect to be educated and highly entertained too: all the essential components for a text-book perfect family day out.   

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