Relax at the beaches. Mahé, the largest and most commercial island in the archipelago, is only about 17 miles long but boasts 75 fine beaches that are often uncrowded, if not altogether deserted. Praslin, which has been called the "blueprint for the perfect tropical island," also has a couple of world-class strands in Cote d'Or and Anse Lazio. The spectacular boulder-bordered shores at Anse Source d'Argent, on La Digue are famous. On private Fregate Island, Anse Parc is on the ISLANDS list of the Best Undiscovered Beaches. Part of the allure of Anse Parc is strolling the trail that leads to its sandy shores. Winding through an old copra plantation, the trail takes you on a tour of some of Frégate's most beloved attractions, including the ghostly ruins of a pirate settlement, the rare Seychelles magpie robin and the island's iconic tortoises lazing on the beach in perfect beach-bum fashion. Sink your toes into the sand (so soft it's like a memory-foam mattress) and try to count the lolling reptiles who seem to own this stretch of beach.