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The Maldives vs Seychelles – Which Destination is Best?

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Seychelles Anse Source d'Argent Beach
Are you considering the Maldives vs Seychelles for your next vacation? In this post, I will tell you about these two destinations to help you decide if you should go to the Maldives or go to Seychelles.

Geography and other info

  • MALDIVES means 1000 tropical islands in South Asia
  • The main airport is Malé International airport. From Male, you can choose a speed boat transfer, a seaplane (very good for panoramic photos of the archipelago), or an internal flight.
  • The Maldives are flat, coral islands that sit just two meters above the sea.
  • The Maldives island are the most geographically dispersed country in the world
  • Many of the islands are surrounded by their own reefs offering excellent snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.
  • The Maldives is a Muslim country. you’re not allowed to bring alcohol or pork with you. Wear decent clothes outside the resort area.
  • Languages: English, Dhivehi
  • SEYCHELLES is an archipelago made up of 115 islands in East Africa
  • The main airport is Mahe International Airport.
  • The islands in Seychelles are close together and are a better option if you want to move around from one island to another.
  • Seychelles are granite islands. The look is with rocky cliffs and white-sand beaches.
  • Close to South Africa, Tanzania or Kenya. You can go on a safari trip to these countries.
  • Languages: English, French, Seychellois Creole
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Maldives
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Seychelles

How to get there

  • MALDIVES
  • Flights from Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi
  • Flights from Sri Lanka
  • Flights from Istanbul
  • SEYCHELLES
  • Flights from London Heathrow, Berlin, Geneva (seasonal)
  • Flights from Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi
  • Flights from Istanbul
  • Flight from Nairobi, Addis Abeba

Best time to visit

  • You can visit MALDIVES all year
  • Best: November – April
  • Peak Season (High Prices)December – April
  • Monsoon Season: May – October (but this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy this beautiful islands during this season)
  • You can visit SEYCHELLES all year
  • Best: April, May, October, November
  • High Season (High Prices): June – September
  • Rainy season: December – February (during this time you can expect rainy days but this doesn’t mean that you can’t spend great time here)

Activities

  • MALDIVES
  • Snorkeling, swimming
  • Check and find great snorkeling tours
  • Water flying
  • Parasailing
  • Surf, kitesurf or windsurf
  • Fishing trips
  • Spa treatments
  • Going to sandbanks
  • Whale/Dolphin Watching
  • Submarine Tours
  • Male’ City Tour (capital of Maldives)
  • Maldives is more honeymoon destination
  • SEYCHELLES
  • Water sports, snorkeling, swimming
  • Explore tropical rainforests and national parks
  • Hike, go rock climbing, or mangrove kayaking
  • Seychelles is a more family-friendly destination
  • Boat trip around the islands
  • Explore local markets: Victoria Market (Mon-Sat, 4 am-5 pm), Victoria Bazaar (Friday), Bazar Labrin (last Saturday, every month). The best place to buy authentic, local souvenirs are around the Victoria market.
  • You can go and see rare animal and plant species:  giant Aldabra tortoises and the rare Coco de Mer palm (from the islands you can buy Coco de Mer nuts). 
  • Most popular islands: Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette, Bird Island, and Denis Private Island.
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Maldives Veligandu Island
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Seychelles beach

Attractions

  • MALDIVES
  • Ruins of GemendhooKudahuvadhoo Island – believed to be the ruins of Buddhist temples from the pre-Islamic period that have as yet not been excavated
  • Coral Stone Mosques – Kudahuvadhoo Island
  • Rinbudhoo island – The famous jeweler’s island – People of Rinbudhoo are among the most skilled silver and goldsmiths in the Maldives
  • SEYCHELLES
  • Anse Lazio Beach, Praslin Island
  • Anse Intendance Beach, Mahe Island
  • Anse Volbert (Côte d’Or) Beach, Praslin Island
  • Baie Lazare village, Mahe Island
  • The Giant Clam Farm, Pearl Farm and the Black Pearl shop, Praslin Island – perfect to buy black pearls
  • Mother Church of the Catholic Diocese in Seychelles, Mahe island
  • The Dauban Mausoleum, Silhouette Island
  • Granite Boulder, La Digue
  • Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve – UNESCO- Praslin Island
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Maldives underwater
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Seychelles

Accommodation

  • The MALDIVES is home to some of the best, world-class resorts and over water bungalows with direct access to crystal-clear lagoons and the stunning marine wildlife below.
  • In SEYCHELLES you can find all kinds of accommodation, from cottage beach Houses to World Class Luxury resorts, from budget hotels to luxury hotels
  • Mahe is the largest island with a lot of options. If you chose to stay here you can book trips to the other island as well.

Food

  • MALDIVES
  • Fish (mostly tuna)
  • Coconut is also a main ingredient in most main dishes
  • Bis keemiya (samosa) – a kind of spring rolls
  • Huni roshi (chapati bread) – a pita with coconut
  • Saagu bondibai (sago pudding) – a delicious desert
  • Maldivian grilled fish
  • Garudhiya – fish soup
  • Maldivian Lobster
  • SEYCHELLES
  • Fresh-grilled fish
  • Octopus chapati
  • Coconut Curry
  • Sausage Rougay – sausages with sauce
  • Smoked Fish Salad
  • A blend of French cuisine, piquant Indian and Chinese flavors
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Maldives – Food
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Seychelles Fruits

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