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Seychelles

The Republic of Seychelles is an island nation that sits more than 900 miles off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean. Full of unique surprises, the country is an archipelago of 115 different islands, many of which are uninhabited. 

This was where Prince William and Kate Middleton went on their honeymoon – and subsequently it’s gaining popularity as a honeymoon destination.  The Seychelles are home to what are arguably some of the best beaches on the planet. Fine white sand, turquoise waters, and a year-round tropical climate makes this the quintessential island holiday. 

The largest island of Mahe boasts a variety of contrasting landscapes, including huge granite mountains and boulders adorned with palms and jungle plants. Hiking is popular here, with various trails leading to great viewpoints across the island and through Morne Seychellois National Park. The highest mountain is Morne Seychellois at just under 3000 feet. 

The Seychelles is home to some of the most unique flora and fauna, such as the Aldabra giant tortoise. These docile creatures roam freely on islands like Cousin and Curieuse.  Island cuisine comprises of fresh and delicious seafood and creole dishes.  The Seychelles are in perfect proximity to pair up with a safari in Southern Africa.  Worthwhile considering a beach and safari option. 

Forests of Vallée de Mai – an alluring UNESCO World Heritage Site nature preserve that is nestled on the island of Praslin. This palm forest is home to several endemic plants including the famous tree of coco de mer with the largest seed in the world.  Many people believe that it could be the original Garden of Eden. 

Cousin Island a tiny island that has been protected as a nature reserve and a slice of paradise for nature-lovers and bird-watchers. One of the major nesting sites for hawksbill turtles and green turtles. 

La Digue Island – is renowned for having one of the best beaches in Seychelles. Anse Source d’Argent Beach features dramatic granite formations and exquisite white, sandy beaches, whilst Anse Severe is famous for coral reefs and Anse Cocos remains a hidden gem. 

Curieuse Island – characterised by red coloured soil and coco de mer palms, is popular for it’s up close and personal encounters with some of the largest tortoises in the world that frequent this island.

Morne Seychellois National Park – explore the dense mangrove forest or hike up the highest peak in Seychelles. Visit the historical site of Mission Lodge and the ruins of old distilleries that can still be found in the park. 

Anse Lazio – is proud to be one of the best beaches in the world. The clear blue water and granite boulders lining the shore are truly picture-perfect. This is a snorkeler’s paradise. 

Seychelles National Botanical Gardens – with a history of more than 100 years, this 15-acre botanical garden will keep you engaged for hours.  Pathways are lined with coco de mer trees and exotic plants like the Cannonball tree. The garden is home to several exotic and endangered birds including fruit-eating Blue Pigeon, Indian Myna Bird, the nectar-sipping Sunbird, and the Seychelles Bulbul.

Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden – is a popular attraction where you can experience the aromas of different local and exotic spices while exploring the garden. The small museum will share the agricultural history.

Sauzier waterfall – is a hidden gem that you must explore. Located in Port Glaud, this cascading waterfall reconnects you with nature and is an easy walk. 

GOOD TO KNOW

SEYCHELLES AREA

459 km²

POPULATION

82 000

Capital of SEYCHELLES

Victoria

Currency

Seychellois Rupee

ClimatE

A tropical climate: warm and humid with strong maritime influences. The temperature is consistently 24-32°C, there is no distinct dry season and there is some humidity at all times. 

People

A multi-ethnic society, drawn from Indian (mostly of Biharis and a minority of Tamils), African, Chinese and European (mostly French) origin.

Official language

The local Seychellois Creole (Kreol), a creole language derived from French and African tongues, is the native language of 91.8% of the people; but English and French are also commonly used

Time

GMT +4 hours

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