Pick your sandy spot depending on whether you want an isolated Crusoe moment or something with a bit more going on – they don’t do bad beaches in the Seychelles. Lots are perfect for children, with gently sloping sands down to shallow waters – Anse Source on Praslin is fabulous. Some have great facilities including refreshments close to hand – try Beau Vallon, also on Praslin. Spy on the turtles as they go about their egg-laying business at Anse Forbans on Mahé, but be warned that turtle-espying requires the utmost patience and smaller kids may squirm and squeal too much. Or try Anse La Mouche, Port Launay or Anse Royale beaches.
Get out and about on the water, snorkelling, diving and kayaking or in a glass-bottomed boat.
Go island-hopping. Cousin Island is a popular stopping place with simply thousands of birds shrieking and squawking. Once you’ve all mastered the difference between a tern and a noddy, head to Curieuse Island for a glimpse of the giant tortoises, part of a conservation program. Have a picnic on the beach and a snorkel before heading back. There are no jetties so be prepared for everyone to have a wet landing.
Horse-ride on Mahé, where the stables have horses to suit all ages and level of ability. There are also plenty of walks to choose from around the islands, all marked according to ease.
Head for the famous Jardin du Roi in Anse Royale on Mahé, to wander around the tropical garden, smell Seychelles’ spices or enjoy a creole meal in the lovely restaurant, with a fantastic view of Anse Royale Bay.
Venture to Port Launay Marine National Park, famous for its whale-shark sightings.
Check out the urban delights of Victoria with its Natural History Museum, Botanical Gardens, Selwyn Clarke Market with its local produce and even its own Big Ben, close to the post office.