Home to the 125-year-old tortoise, unique animals, trees and breathtaking landscape, Silhouette Island is a perfect place to enjoy a relaxed and cosy vacation with your loved ones. It is a relaxation hub for every kind of traveller and is a paradise for honeymooners. Situated 20 km north-west of Mahe, this island is a protected area that is known as a marine national park. Being the third-largest island of the archipelago of Seychelles, Silhouette Island is a one-stop destination for all the enthusiast travellers making your Seychelles tour packages worth remembering. To ignite your romance with your better half, this island is just the right place to begin your newly married life.
Seychelles being a popular tourist attraction has numerous islands that boast of stunning beauty, sun-kissed beaches and exciting water sports that will make a picture-perfect holiday destination. Silhouette Island is a perfect blend of natural beauty including the beautiful flora and fauna that will leave you awe-struck. With its dramatic sceneries, this mountainous island can be an ideal choice for your Seychelles honeymoon tour packages. Bordered by beautiful coral barrier reefs, Silhouette Island is home to Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa and is the only resort on this magnificent island.
Silhouette is actually made of volcanic syenite and it belongs to the inner granite islands and it came much after the massive eruption 63 million years ago. This makes Silhouette a lot younger than Mahé, dated at about 650 million years old. Silhouette supports outstanding biodiversity which includes endemic birds, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, bats and plants. From walking trails to fascinating attractions, this island is worth the visit on your Seychelles package.
Places to visit on Silhouette Island
La Passe Beach
Nestled in the close proximity to the only resort on the island, La Passe Beach is a beautiful stretch of sparkling white sand that exhibits breathtaking views of the Turquoise Ocean and golden sunset. This attractive beach is the most beautiful places to see in Silhouette Island and is protected by reef, making it an ideal option for swimming and floating. It is a perfect destination for beach lovers and offers unlimited fun to travelers.
A hike through the forests from La Passe takes you through the beautiful beach of Anse Mondon and is probably one of the best and beautiful beaches not only in Silhouette Island but Seychelles. This attractive place is famous for its water activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing among the tourists. If you are adventure lover, you can take a hike and traverse around the northeastern coast of Silhouette that will surprise you with its amazing views making your Seychelles packages memorable and worthwhile.
Grand Barbe Beach
One of the scenic places to see on Silhouette Island is Grand Barbe Beach which is a must-visit holiday destination on your Seychelles package. Decked with sparkling sand and azure water, this beach is a secluded one, ideal for honeymooners who are looking for privacy and seclusion. Between November to February, one can spot turtles on the beach and it is truly a delight to watch them from a closer view. The beach is ideal for those who are interested in snorkelling and swimming.
Dauban Family Mausoleum
The Dauban Mausoleum is a family cemetery for the Dauban family located on the Silhouette Island in the Indian Ocean Republic. It has an interesting, neo-classical architecture in a serene and remote location of the island in the luxuriant vegetation mainly composed of cocoa trees. The mausoleum reflects this island and the Dauban family’s past wealth.
Activities to do in Silhouette Island
- Hike through lavish forests
Surrounded by wild vanilla and cinnamon forests, beaches like La Passe and Anse Mondon are best for hiking trails at Silhouette Island. Hiking through these aromatic forests is one of the intoxicating experiences on this beautiful island. While on your hike, you may even get to spot huge tortoises and Coco de Mer Palm trees within the forests. If you are not the kind of person who likes to hike, you can rent out bicycle or golf buggies to spend your day.
- Enjoy enthralling Scuba Diving at the Island
Silhouette Island is popular for shallow coral reefs, moderate water current and abundant marine life and is a paradise for scuba divers. From beginners to experienced divers, this island is worth experiencing. Eco Centre which is a popular operator on the island organized diving trips and allows you to explore the hidden gem of the sea. Unravel the mysteries and dive deep into the sea and make the most of your Seychelles tour package.
- Rejuvenate yourself at Hilton Spa
What better way to unwind your tour with a relaxing spa session. The Hilton resort has an inbuilt spa where guests can relax and have a soothing stay. The famous spa centre offers revitalizing and therapeutic body and face treatments. Invigorate your mind and soul along with enjoying the uninterrupted views of the mesmerizing ocean and beaches.
Best time to visit Silhouette Island:
The tropical climate is good for the island and can be visited all year long. May to December is the best time to visit, as days of light sunshine and moderate wind speed can be felt. Occasionally heavy rainfall occurs in July, August and September, so those who enjoy water sports should avoid these months.
How to reach Silhouette Island:
The island is not so overcrowded so it is easy for the travellers to have ample time exploring the beaches. Ferries, speedboats and catamaran vessels can only reach the island from Mahe. Each day, from Mahe to Silhouette and from Silhouette these ferry services are available at 9:00 am, 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm. At 5:00 am, 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, every day, ferries return to Mahe. You can choose to fly by helicopter to Silhouette from Mahe if you are in a small group of 5 persons.