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Maldives vs Seychelles : Which is the better pick?

Maldives and Seychelles are a couple of the most premier island destinations in the world. For those planning a honeymoon vacation to one of these destinations. It might be a bit daunting to choose between them and you might be wondering which destination is the better pick? Well, like in life and a lot of things, the answer isn’t simple. Don’t worry though, I’ve done most of the hard lifting for you so, sit back and let’s now take a look at what differentiates the two destinations.

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Geography:

Now even though both Maldives and Seychelles are island destinations, their geographies are quite different. The Maldives is an archipelago with over 1190 islands with low lying reefs that are spread over an area of 90,000 sq km. Only 1% of that total is solid land, the rest is just open seas. Seychelles, on the other hand, is made up of 115 islands that are spread over an area of 459 sq km. Of this, the capital island city of Mahe takes up 157 square kilometres of area. This is quite important as most islands in Maldives average at about 0.3-0.4 square kilometres which is a small fraction of the size of the three main islands in Seychelles. This leads to Seychelles having more diverse geography with rain forests, mountains & nature reserves apart from the beautiful beaches and waters it’s known for. 

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Activities and sightseeing:

When it comes to activities and sightseeing its Seychelles that generally takes the cake. With its more diverse geography come multiple places to visit such as the La Digue island which is known for its Vallee de Mai reserve which is a UNESCO world heritage site. You also have a wider range of activities on offer such as hiking, wildlife tours, rock climbing, ziplining and so on. 

Maldives, on the other hand, doesn’t have much in ways of sightseeing to offer due to it not having a larger landmass that concentrated. What Maldives excels at is experiences, for starters, it has a lot to offer for the diver, a ton of dive spots that each offer its own unique underwater landscapes and unique aquatic life. You can experience staying overnight on an island all by yourself or go to an island just for a picnic lunch. The kinda experiences you can have here are more unique and can’t be done at a lot of other places on earth. It’s also one of the last few prime areas for coral reefs in the world.

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The Experience:

While Seychelles offers a much better experience when it comes to sightseeing and activities. Maldives reigns supreme when it comes to the stay experience. Maldives is known for its one island one resort concept. The private island stay experience is something you just don’t get everywhere and even if you do. The way things are set up in Maldives makes it much better at executing that concept. By default, most accommodations come in the form of small villas and you also have the opportunity to experience water villas in Maldives. Water villas are again primarily found only at two places in the world, Bora Bora and the Maldives. The experience of water villas in the rest of the world doesn’t compare to the ones that you get at these two destinations. Seychelles doesn’t have any water villa accommodations available at this point of time. Seychelles does offer some amazing villas but they usually end up being more expensive than what Maldives has on offer. What it does offer is more flexibility, when you stay in Seychelles you are not dependent on your resort for everything. Since the islands are bigger, you have restaurants, pubs, bars and other places to hang out at around the resort. In Maldives those experiences hinge on the resort you choose to stay at and Maldives also has an almost non-existent nightlife since there aren’t exactly any pubs or bars around in the public islands. It’s a Muslim country as well and only resorts have permits to serve alcohol here. So if you are someone who values nightlife quite a bit, then It’s better to go with Seychelles. 

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The Budget:

When it comes to the budget side of things it again falls down to a number of different factors. Flight tickets to Seychelles go for around 40-60k per person roundtrip on average while flight tickets to Maldives go for around 10-25k per person roundtrip. When it comes to accommodation and other expenses. Maldives is the more expensive here with good private islands accommodations starting at around 20k a night, there are cheaper rooms available as well but the good rooms start at around the 20k a night mark. Seychelles, on the other hand, does have cheaper accommodations available. Good rooms start at around 8-10k a night

Conclusion: 

Now considering all those factors, here is what it all falls down to. If you are planning a longer trip, say for 6 nights or more. Then it’s better to go with Seychelles, even though the airfare is more expensive it kinda gets adjusted over the accommodation pricing which is more affordable. You have more to see and do in Seychelles. Now if you are planning a short, a long weekend sorta getaway and you just wanna blow off some steam and experience a dreamy atmosphere and drown in luxury, Maldives is a better pick. If you are someone who is very much into water sports, Maldives is also one of the best destinations for it. If you need more help choosing between the two and are still confused or if you are looking for the best deals. Well, visit Pickyoutrail to get some of the best deals on the market and book your customized vacation now.