Seychelles and Maldives are both home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, amazing resorts, and thrilling marine life. No wonder it sometimes seems impossible to choose one over the other when planning our next dream vacation. Even though they are luxurious destinations, that doesn't mean you can't visit them - you just need to follow some rules.
Seychelles lie between the Somali Sea and the Indian Ocean. Of its 115 islands, many are not inhabited to protect nature. The trademark of the beaches on Seychelles is giant boulders that rest among white sand.
The Maldives are located in the Arabian Sea, more out to the east than Seychelles. They feature romantic bungalows and shallow waters. It's one of the best destinations if you're looking for complete relaxation.
Here are some photos that tourists took while there to help you decide which one you like better.
10 Seychelles: Resorts Never Feel Crowded
If you're not sure about booking a resort in Seychelles, just do it because you won't be disappointed. Forget the crowded, dirty, and just straight-up bad Caribbean resorts. Resorts on Seychelles are spacious and private, so you won't be running into guests all the time and you certainly won't have to line up for dinner. According to Tripadvisor, the best resorts are Constance Lemuria and Raffles Seychelles.
9 Maldives: The Perfect Honeymoon Destination
The Maldives is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. Newlyweds get to rest in one of the most romantic settings on this planet without a single care. Some resorts don't even expect their guests to wear shoes. Since the Maldives are so used to hosting honeymooners, they offer activities catered specifically to them: think couple's massages and private yoga classes.
8 Seychelles: Victoria Is A Truly Adorable Capital
With a population of 26,000 people, Victoria does not give off the vibe of a typical capital city. Exploring this city takes half a day tops and it can all be done on foot. The top attractions are the Victoria Clock tower, a reminder of its colonial past that resembles Big Ben. There's also a colorful Hindu temple and a lush botanical garden. Unlike many other amazing botanical gardens around the world, this one is not free of charge.
7 Maldives: Amazing Snorkeling Wherever You Are
The Maldives offer much more than romantic bungalows and ocean views. With so many coral reefs surrounding them, it is a must to go snorkeling in the clear blue water. Depending on what they want to see and when they're visiting, tourists can encounter manta rays, sharks, turtles, and a wide variety of fish. Even people who can't swim can find spots where they can snorkel in the Maldives.
6 Seychelles: The Aldabra Giant Tortoise Almost Went Extinct
Just like the photo suggests, this is the second-largest tortoise species on the planet and it only lives on the Aldabra atoll in Seychelles. They used to inhabit many small islands but were sadly driven close to extinction. Today, visitors can go and see these magnificent creatures for themselves. They also introduced some to Alphonse Island, a private island that welcomes both couples and families.
5 Maldives: Not Every Beach Is A 'Bikini Beach'
Much of Maldives' 1200 islands are exclusively high-end resorts and some are even privately owned. Many don't know that the Maldives is actually a Muslim country, which means that outside those tourist-designated areas women can't simply wear bikinis anywhere they go. If you want to visit the local spots, make sure to respect their culture. The population of the Maldives is slightly over 500,000.
4 Seychelles: Try The Flavorful Street Food
Seychelles are the go-to place for an adventurous lover of street food, especially the kind involving spices and seafood. They sell some of the best seafood right on the famous Beau Vallon beach when the heat subsides. Make sure you don't restrict yourself to dining in resort restaurants only. You can try some as soon as you fly in at Jules Take Away. If you make it to Praslin, visit Coco Rouge.
3 Maldives: Versatile Fine Dining Experiences
There's much more to fine dining in the Maldives than the iconic Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. Those who consider themselves foodies should make an educated decision about their accommodation since hopping between the islands is not always easy. Four Seasons Kuda Huraa resort houses an amazing South Asian restaurant Baraabaru, while Iberry Café is for those who want to mix with the locals and have a culturally more authentic experience.
2 Seychelles: Hiking On Silhouette Island
Seychelles is a far more dynamic destination than the Maldives. Silhouette Island is the third largest island and besides having pristine beaches, it also has quite a few hiking trails. The most rewarding hiking trip goes from La Passe to the Anse Mondon beach. It takes two hours, but with so many things to see on the way, it doesn't feel like a struggle at all.
1 Maldives: Amazing Diving Guaranteed
If snorkeling is amazing around the islands of Maldives, just imagine the diverse marine life divers come face to face with. It's the perfect way to make your super-relaxing holiday more active and exciting. If you're new to diving, why not give it a try? This is the ultimate place to see hammerhead sharks and whale sharks all year round. Make sure to follow the rules, though. There are some dangerous species lurking around.