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By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile
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Silhouette is the third largest island in the Seychelles archipelago. 93% of its territory is classed as a protected natural park (Silhouette National Park), and a protected marine park, ideal for snorkelling and diving. To say that guests at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa and la Belle Tortue, the only two hotels on the island, are at home in this paradise for nature lovers is a bit of an understatement.

To see

According to an old legend, pirate Hodoul is said to have buried his treasure here... Who knows, you may even find it while hiking along the trails which have been so little explored in the last centuries, and which venture into the rainforest covering the mountains of the island. 'Mont Dauban' stands 740m tall and gives the island a beautiful unmistakeable profile that can be seen even from afar and makes you think of the island of Jurassic Park! There is a small village between the jetty and the hotel, with a school and a little bar. These is also an enclosure where you will find hundred-year-old giant turtles. Just next to it, you can admire the Dauban family mausoleum; the owners of the island in the 19th century, and who lived in the Maison Créole from 1860 to 1960. The latter now houses one of the five restaurants of the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa. You will also be able to see frigates and many giant bats, who like to eat the fruits of the breadfruit trees. In the distance, you can see North Island.

To do

Being vast and mountainous, Silhouette is suitable for many different activities, such as hiking on the trails in the virgin forest which overs 90% of the island's surface. The perfect opportunity to discover wild plants and fruits like coffee, vanilla, lemon lime, bitter orange, papaya, mango, mini bananas, and many more. For daytime entertainment, you can alternate between guided diving, snorkelling, fishing and relaxing at the spa. For some peace and quiet, head to the mile long beach. Situated on the edge of the beach not far from the hotel, the diving centre is the starting point for numerous discoveries. The Divemaster (PADI diving centre) has all the modern and essential equipment, even for night diving. It boasts the Seychelles' only decompression chamber. Located 15 or 30 minutes away by boat, the diving spots are easy to reach. The marine geography along the island comprises gorgeous granite cliffs where corals thrive. You will be able to admire many species of tropical fish among the 850 identified in the Seychelles waters.


  • +  A paradise for hikers.
  • +  A magnificent virgin island.
  • +  One of the most beautiful spas in the Seychelles.


  • -  The remote location on an island, which requires transfers.
  • -  The difficulty swimming in the shallow sea with rocks and corals.
  • -  The location is not recommended for the elderly and the disabled.

To think about

Sandals are recommended for swimming due to the presence of rocks and corals. Furthermore, swimming is difficult as the water is only knee-high even a long way from shore. Motorised water sports are banned dued to the protected status of the marine park.
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To avoid

Climbing 'Mont Dauban', which rises to 750 meters above sea level, is no stroll in the park. Go with a guide or tell someone before heading off. If possible, leave early in the morning as the hike is a 12-hour round trip!

To try

A cuisine inspired by the sea and the richness of the surrounding nature. You absolutely must taste the Creole cuisine at Gran Kaz Creole (a historical monument dating back to 1860 made from takamaka, the endemic tree of the Seychelles). Opposite the jetty, the former Dauban residence, the owners of the island in the 19th century, now houses a restaurant serving à la carte Creole specialities in the evening: something you won't find in other hotels in the Seychelles, especially the famous giant bats that the residents of Seychelles seem to go crazy for.

To bring back

A trim figure thanks to the spa, the hikes, the fish-based dishes, the vegetables and the fruits.

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