Maldives vs Seychelles: Pick Your Next Holiday Destination!

The Maldives, a tropical haven of immaculate beaches located in the Indian Ocean south of Sri Lanka, is an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped into natural atolls. Only a few of these islands are inhabited. Each resort generally occupies an entire atoll and are equipped with luxurious water villas. 

Seychelles is an island nation, located in the Indian Ocean close to the east of Africa, known for its breathtaking beauty. It is an archipelago of 115 islands. Seychelles doesn't have water villa accommodations but is equally popular as Maldives amongst honeymooners.

  Maldives Seychelles
Visa Free tourist visa on arrival for up to 30 days Free tourist visa on arrival for up to 30 days
Ideal Number of Days 3-4 days 4-6 days
Type of Island Private islands Public Islands
Water Villas Yes No
Nightlife No Yes
Water Sports Yes Yes
Flight (from Mumbai)  INR 15-25k round trip INR 50-65k round trip
Hotel Cost (per night) 20-25k 8-10k

Best Time to Visit

Both Maldives and Seychelles has a tropical climate and stays hot and sunny throughout the year with not many variations. The best time to visit the Maldives from November to March which is the dry season. In Seychelles, although the tourist season lasts all year round, May to September is the best time to visit.

Honeymoon

For couples, this one is a hard choice to make as Seychelles vs Maldives, and both are two of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations in the World. Maldives is known for its luxurious resorts, overwater villas, pampering spa sessions where couples massages and personalized programmes which come as standard, romantic candlelight dinners under the starry sky. This place has attracted some very famous celebrity couples after all!

Seychelles' natural beauty - the pristine beaches and diverse flora and fauna are also hard to beat. It is often referred to as a couples' paradise and a holiday here is more adventurous. Therefore, if you are looking for a  laid-back, pampered and luxurious experience with your partner, Maldives is the best option for you. Seychelles is perfect for those active couples who are interested in island hopping and exploring the islands beyond resorts and beaches.

Geography

Maldives is an archipelago of 1190 islands having low lying reefs and grouped into natural atolls. It is located in the Indian Ocean, 700 km southwest of mainland Sri Lanka. It is spread over 90,000 sq km of which only 1% is solid land, while the remaining is open sea. 

Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands, 45 of which are granitic islands, while 74 are coralline islands. It is located in the Indian Ocean, 1500 km east of mainland Sri Lanka. Seychelles has a more diverse geography with rainforests, mountains and nature reserves.

Family Trip with Kids

In the Maldives, water sports activities for children are limited to snorkelling and scuba diving. However, a few resorts are great for families that features the kids' club and offers a wide range of activities for kids.

Kids' clubs are rare in Seychelles, but it is more of a touristy destination where different towns and villages could be visited to soak up the local culture. The colourful and vibrant capital city - Victoria is also a good place to learn about History and experience Seychellois cosmopolitan culture. Also, the exotic wildlife of Seychelles, especially the fascinating giant tortoises amuse children and adults alike.

Family trip, Maldives vs Seychelles
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Adventure

Both Seychelles and Maldives offer exciting water sports activities. Maldives is a paradise for water sports lovers, be it excellent snorkelling or diving or canoeing. You may spot the fascinating whale sharks and dolphins. Resorts offer a large variety of water-sports opportunities, and dive sites are almost everywhere. Maldives are also famous for snorkelling opportunities, straight from the beach or water villa.

In Seychelles, motorised water sports are largely banned and are restricted to Beau Vallon Bay in Mahe, and this archipelago is not popular on the surf map either as it's difficult to find your desired types of waves here. Seychelles offer some fun land-based adventure activities like rock climbing and hiking. It is also famous for its diving and snorkelling opportunities with a variety of colourful fishes and even the gentle giants - whale sharks. 

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Accessibility & Getting Around

Both Seychelles or Maldives are almost on an equal playing field when it comes to accessibility as a number of flights operate now, though finding an affordable flight to the Maldives would be easier. As far as getting around is concerned, island hopping is fruitful and fun in Seychelles as it offers amazing sightseeing, be it lush green tropical forests or vibrant towns. Large islands can be explored by renting a car or by a local bus while the small islands can be covered on foot.

In the Maldives, there isn't much to explore except for stunning beaches and when the resort offers a variety of activities to enjoy right there, most people prefer to stay on their private island resort and enjoy the comforts to cut costs and save time as the islands are quite spread out.

Accessibility and getting around, Maldives vs Seychelles


As far as gay-friendliness is concerned, Seychelles has the advantage of the law as homosexuality is no longer illegal here while the Maldives still hasn't legally accepted it.  It will be easy to find gay-friendly accommodation and enjoying a gay honeymoon in Seychelles. In Maldives, even though the law doesn't allow 'being gay,' the culture is different, and this hub of tourism is accepting of all couples. Just that LGBT couples may feel more conscious indulging in public display of affection. Both are amazing options nevertheless.

This post was published by Pranjali Kureel

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