Middle East & Africa

Seychelles, Africa

Includes the islands of Mahé, Praslin, La Digue

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The Seychelles is an archipelagic island country in the Indian Ocean, consisting of 115 islands. Our guide to running in the Seychelles is focused on the three most visited islands — Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. These islands feature gorgeous beaches an,d a rugged, mountainous interior.

The best island for running in the Seychelles is the nearly traffic-free La Digue. We love the coastal road built atop boulders. On Mahé, which contains 90% of the country’s population, there’s some decent road running in the capital of Vicotria, along E Coast Rd., and on a couple of beaches. Morne Seychelles National Park will challenge trail runners! On Praslin, Anse Volbert /Cote D’Or Beach is one of the best beaches for running in the Seychelles, while Vallée de Mai National Park is great for some less challenging trail running through lush foliage. There are some decent sections of the coast road for running, and the very hilly road that leads to Vallée de Mai.

Note: The roads on Mahé and Praslin can be narrow and lack a sidewalk/shoulder. On the busier roads, use caution and go early! Also, the heat can be oppressive.

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Mahé Running Options

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The best options for running on Mahé are some decent roads and two running tracks in the Victoria area, and Bel Ombre Rd. in the Beau Vallon area. The best beach for running is Beau Vallon Beach. The hiking trails make for rugged, challenging trail running.
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La Digue Running Options

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Three distinct, unique runs on unspoiled La Digue island: A coastal run on a concrete road built atop boulders; a run to 'the most beautiful beach in the world', and a palm-lined interior road to gorgeous Grand Anse Beach. Routes can be combined.
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Praslin Running Options

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The best options for running on Praslin are some sections of the coast road (go early!), the gentler trails of Vallée de Mai National Park, and gorgeous beach running on Anse Volbert /Cote D'Or Beach. For a hilly road run, take the road that leads Vallée de Mai.
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La Digue Running Options

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Three distinct, unique runs on unspoiled La Digue island: A coastal run on a concrete road built atop boulders; a run to 'the most beautiful beach in the world', and a palm-lined interior road to gorgeous Grand Anse Beach. Routes can be combined.
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Runners should be prepared for hot, humid, wet weather year-round. Daytime temperatures in the 28-32C (85-90F) range, and nights rarely dipping below 23C (73F). Rainfall is abundant: 2,900 mm (114 in) annually, with even more in the interior. The island of Mahé tends to get the most rain. May to November is the most pleasant, with less rain and humidity.

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There are no running-specific stores in the Seychelles. Best bet for running gear is Victoria Sports in the capital on Mahé.