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Maldives or Seychelles or Mauritius? Which is the best?

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Maldives or Seychelles or Mauritius? Which is the best?

I am planning for a week long holiday in the first week of February 2016. Have the three islands in mind - Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles.

But confused which one to choose. We are a couple. We like private beaches and some adventure sports as well.

The budget is 1.00 - 1.50 Lakh per person including airfare (4 star hotels).

Suggestion for any other destination is also welcome.

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1. Re: Maldives or Seychelles or Mauritius? Which is the best?

We have been to all three and Maldives is the best in our opinions with the Seychelles a close second. Mauritius was lovely but the other two are more unique with way better beaches and Maldives is just perfect! We love the Maldives for the beaches, stunning waters of many hues of blue and green and the fabulous snorkelling if you pick a resort with a good house reef. Seychelles does have some amazingly beautiful beaches and scenery but not the total privacy/desert island feeling you get in the Maldives (except for a couple of smaller Seychelles islands like Denis which is great but snorkelling not so much). For adventure sports it depends what you are looking for - you may have more choice in the Seychelles but if you like water sports and diving them then the Maldives will suit you perfectly.

You will need to give us your budget in US dollars less airfare and a little more information on what you are looking for in the Maldives if you want forum members to suggest resorts. You can start by doing some more research on the FAQs at the top of this page which should help.

Tirol, Austria
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2. Re: Maldives or Seychelles or Mauritius? Which is the best?

You might be a little late for February 2017 and definitely too late for 2016! ;)

I'm afraid you'll need to say how much in US dollars you want to pay after taking off airfares. Ie for hotel, transfer and possibly food, for anyone to be able to offer advice.

Swindon, United...
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3. Re: Maldives or Seychelles or Mauritius? Which is the best?

Maldives for water based activities and more of a desert island feeling. Seychelles for beautiful beaches and more to see on land. Mauritius for value for money and things to see on the island.

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4. Re: Maldives or Seychelles or Mauritius? Which is the best?

The budget would be approx 2200 USD for 4 nights for the couple excluding the Airfare. Looking for a private beach resort with sea view facing room / cottage or the resort on the beach type. Also please suggest if including Doha in the package would be a good idea as my holiday is for 7-8 nights and Maldives is suitable for 4 nights.

Isle of Skye...
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5. Re: Maldives or Seychelles or Mauritius? Which is the best?

Doha isn't really a tourist destination. If you want to combine the Maldives with somewhere else then Dubai would be a better option. That said, I'd just spend the whole time in the Maldives as you'd probably just end up spending as much in Dubai/Doha.

Warwickshire...
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6. Re: Maldives or Seychelles or Mauritius? Which is the best?

Only been to Seychelles and will be going to Maldives in April but Sey is absolutely stunning. On average it probably has the best beaches in the world and if you haven't snorkelled before there is certainly enough to keep you entertained. There is lots to do and see and has some really remarkable wildlife above the water that Maldives doesn't have. On the forums people tend to say Seychelles are 5* islands with 3* accommodation in relation to what they charge for it, where as Mauritius is a 3* island with 5* accommodation.

Edited: 26 December 2016, 06:34
Swindon, United...
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7. Re: Maldives or Seychelles or Mauritius? Which is the best?

I agree with Gazz about the Seychelles beaches, there are so many stunning ones.

cardiff south wales
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8. Re: Maldives or Seychelles or Mauritius? Which is the best?

What is snorkeling from the beach like in Seychelles. Any particular island ? Thank you

Swindon, United...
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9. Re: Maldives or Seychelles or Mauritius? Which is the best?

Port Launay on Mahe is supposed to have good off beach snorkelling. Denis Island also has some, but not like a Maldives island with a house reef.

Warwickshire...
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10. Re: Maldives or Seychelles or Mauritius? Which is the best?

Snorkeling from the beach is best from Mahe and La Digue, Bird island and Denis island. The best snorkeling in Sey is via boat trip out to the sister islands, coco island and Felicite island (a full day trip). While you won't find much healthy coral anywhere in the country you will see lots of the same marine life as you would in Maldives.

Mahe: we only snorkelled off petite anse which has quite good snorkeling on the one side and the beach itself might be our favourite we saw. There are quite a few Mahe off the beach snorkeling opportunities that I have seen detailed in guide books but I can't comment on them.

La Digue: again quite nice snorkeling off Anse Severe and Anse source D'argent (again almost no coral but expect turtles and fish).

Praslin: the only snorkeling off the beach is at Anse Lazio (bull shark beach) with quite a lot of fish and turtle sightings.

I would say Seychelles has nice snorkeling if you haven't snorkeled much before (especially the boat trip islands) but if you have been to Maldives or Indonesia you will probably be disappointed

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