Here we go again – three top tropical destinations, the ultimate vacation: Seychelles, Maldives and Bora Bora, who will emerge victorious?

Located in the western Indian Ocean, Seychelles are the top contender in the epic showdown. In the central-northern Indian Ocean, the Maldives is the second competitor and far in the central South Pacific Ocean, Bora Bora is the last competitor. Despite its small size, the Seychelles remains a paradise for island-seeking vacationers due to its beautiful beaches and favorable climate, but how attractive this island is to travelers compared to the Maldives, and which one is likely to appeal more to travelers when Bora Bora joins the contest?

Beaches

The beaches are arguably the most sought-after attractions on any island, so it only makes sense to start there.


Seychelles Beaches

The beaches of the Seychelles are beautiful to look at and also satisfying to explore. They are often characterized by crystal clear turquoise waters, soft white sand, towering hills and enchanting bright blue skies.

The waters consist of unique sea creatures and abundant coral reefs, making them excellent spots for snorkeling. The beaches range from peaceful and quiet to lively and exciting. Some of the beaches even feature incredible waves which make the surfing here world class. Here are some of the best beaches on the island.

  • Anse Georgette, Praslin: Located on the island of Praslin and featuring choppy turquoise waters, unique rock revetment on the shores of the beach and lush surrounding palm tree forest.
  • Anse Major, Mahé: A secluded beach that has no roads leading to it. Anse Major is made for those looking for solitude and incredible landscapes.
  • Anse Source d’Argent: A dream beach located west of La Digue. The combination of the stunning rocks, palm trees, soft white sand, turquoise waters and surrounding vegetation make this beach look like a beautiful painting.


Related: How to have an amazing vacation in the Seychelles, even if you’re not a beach lover

Beaches in the Maldives

The Maldives are famous for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, many of which consist of fine white sand, charming turquoise waters and bright blue skies. The coral reefs that abound in the depths of the waters also create the setting for exceptional diving.

The beaches of the Maldives make the island perfect for couples as most of them are located far away on tiny islands in the middle of the ocean offering incredible scenery and serenity. Here are some of the best beaches in the Maldives to get an idea of ​​the adventure that awaits you in this chain of 1,200 islands.


  • Fulhadhoo Beach: A beautiful secluded beach located in Baa Atoll and characterized by crystal clear waters, sparkling white sand, lush surrounding jungle and great privacy.
  • Dhigurah Beach: A hidden gem and a diving paradise located on the island of Dhigurah. The beach is surrounded by many coral reefs and unique sea creatures.
  • Kurumba Beach: A charming white sand beach located in the Kurumba Resort Maldives – the oldest resort in the Maldives.

Beaches in Bora Bora

Bora Bora’s beaches are limited but still beautiful. The island has only one public beach and the rest of the beaches are located in resorts. The beaches usually feature beautiful white sand, crystal clear waters and fun atmospheres. There are beaches for relaxation and also those for diving and snorkeling. These are some of the best beaches to be found on the island.


  • Matira Beach: The only public beach on the southern edge of Bora Bora that features attractive soft white sand, crystal clear turquoise waters and a beautiful surrounding lush forest.
  • Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort Beach: The Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa’s private beach is a beautiful white sand beach that has a lush forest backdrop and enchanting waters.
  • Private Beach At Pension Alice And Raphael: A small and beautiful beach located at the Pension Alice and Raphael complex.

Related: 20 gorgeous photos of Bora Bora taken by real tourists

Food

Many islands feature flavors from different cultures around the world to provide visitors with finger-licking goodness. When it comes to food, that’s how well the different islands do.


Food in the Seychelles

Seafood is a big part of Seychelles cuisine, so dishes here mostly consist of fish combined with other foods such as sweet potatoes, vegetables, plantains and rice. Octopus curry – one of the favorite foods here is made with octopus, coconut milk, ginger, masala and saffron.

Food in the Maldives

Food in the Maldives revolves around seafood, but the island is also rich in fresh foods and vegetables. Expect plenty of fish dishes often served with rice. Fish curry is the most popular dish on this island and is often served with rice or roshi.

Food in Bora Bora

Seafood is a crucial part of Bora Bora’s cuisine, and fish is the island’s most popular food. Some of the most popular traditional foods here, such as raw fish and sushi, are made from fish. The island is also rich in fruits and vegetables and one can also expect plenty of fruit dishes on the menu.

Additional Things to Enjoy

In addition to the beaches, guests must also be able to enjoy other activities, otherwise the vacation could quickly become boring. Here are the activities to plan on these islands.

In the Seychelles

The Seychelles are unique in many ways. It is the only archipelago in the world in the middle of the ocean composed of granitic islands. There are mountains for hiking on the Seychelles islands.

In the northernmost part of the Seychelles is Bird Island where the awe-inspiring sight of over 700,000 migratory sooty tern birds can be seen during their nesting season which starts from late March. Other amazing things to see and do on this island include watching giant tortoises and exploring the second largest atoll in the world at Aldabra.

In the Maldives

Apart from the exciting diving and snorkeling opportunities it offers, the Maldives also offers incredible surfing and paddle boarding activities. Dolphin watching and fishing are also popular activities here. For a more relaxed adventure, guests can head to the spa for massages or enjoy a meal overlooking the sunset. The Maldives also has Huvafen Fushi – the world’s first underwater spa.

The spa sits several meters underwater and will offer guests a view of the beautiful ocean while enjoying some pampering.

In Bora Bora

Sharks have a large population in Bora Bora, which makes snorkeling and shark feeding a popular thing to do here. Divers will also encounter other creatures such as stingrays, turtles, and rainbow-colored fish in the waters.

There are trails on Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia for hiking. The peaks of these mountains offer stunning views of the island, but helicopter tours are undoubtedly the best way to get stunning views of Bora Bora.

The inconvenients

There is always something that can be unpleasant for people, which is why it is important to list the disadvantages of a place so that travelers form a complete opinion about the destination. Here are the things guests might find unpleasant about these islands.

In the Seychelles

  • Expensive
  • Water pollution
  • Crime and theft

In the Maldives

  • so much waste
  • Disappearance of islands due to sea level rise and erosion
  • Suppress free speech (do not interfere with political issues)
  • Strict dress rules and no alcohol due to the island’s Muslim culture

In Bora Bora

  • Very expensive
  • Only one public beach
  • Mosquitoes

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