Female tourist woman feeding and admiring big old Aldabra giant tortoises, Aldabrachelys gigantea, in National Marine Park on Curieuse island, close to Praslin on Seychelles.
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Spend your day on Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles, seeing two of the attractions it’s best known for: its dozens of beautiful white and gold sand beaches and legendary giant land tortoises. Enjoying a swim at Beau Vallon Beach, on the northwest coast, a short drive from the capital, Victoria, is a nice complement to a stroll through the five-acre Seychelles National Botanical Gardens, located just outside of town. Here, you can mingle with giant tortoises from the island of Aldabra—some of which are more than 150 years old—and see tropical orchids and other native flora.