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Geography of Seychelles

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Brief definition of geography:

It is the investigation of the physical characteristic of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human animation as it influences and is influenced by these, including the sharing of populations and resources and political and economic activities.

 

Location of the Seychelles

Map of the Seychelles

Maps of the Seychelles
Maps of the Seychelles

The Seychelles is an archipelago (a collection of islands) situated in the Indian Ocean.

It is found to the northeast of Madagascar while being 1600km to the east of Kenya.

Seychelles is located roughly between 4ºS and 10ºS and 46ºE and 54ºE.

The Seychelles include 155 tropical island which is broke into two parts:

The inner part of Seychelles

The Outer part of Seychelles

The population of the archipelago includes 90 000 people of which more than 80 000 lives in the principal island namely Mahe Island.

Inner Islands

Seychelles MapThe inner islands include 45 islands of the Seychelles which together make a total area of 247.2 km2. The inner islands cover a total of 54% of the total Seychelles area. However, more than 99% of the Seychelles population lives in the inner part of the Seychelles.

The three main islands of the Seychelles are found in the inner island. They are Mahé Island, Praslin Island and La Digue Island. Mahé is the principal island with its capital Port Victoria.

Some of the Inner Seychelles are:

Mahe from aboveMahé is the biggest island of the Seychelles and is also the most populated island of the Seychelles. It has many stunning beaches and historical sites. Visitors can also try the many activities in Seychelles which are available around the island’s coast such as scuba diving, kite surfing, sea kayaking and many more!

The coast of Mahé us filled with gorgeous beaches and lagoons ideal for swimming. The beaches are often tranquil while the best beaches are situated in the south and the north of the island. The south is also the most ideal and beautiful place for you to stay where tourists have full tie to discover and explore the island. Many holidays packages are available. You may stay on the east-north coast where you will find attractive coastline or the south for the best beaches.

 

Praslin

Praslin is another gorgeous island of the Seychelles and is the second biggest island of the Seychelles in terms of population which is around 6500 people. Its beaches are famous around the world among which are Anse Lazion and Anse Googette.

Several hotels in Praslin are available for you to consider. There are many interesting packages offered by the hotels throughout the year.

La Digue

Anse Marron La DigueThe fourth largest island of the Seychelles is La Digue. The only way of accessing the island is by boat or helicopter as there are no airports on La Digue.

La Digue is home to the five star hotel La digue Lodge. The hotel provides the following facilities:

Le Veuve restaurant offers local Creole cuisine with remarkable professionalism. It also provides international cuisines and manages frequent themed nights for your entertainment.

There is also a restaurant near a pool which provides a wide variety of light-lunch options as well as more filling dishes for heartier appetites.

La Digue lodge also offers a lot of activities for your Seychelles vacation.

 

Silhouette

Top view of silhouette island seychellesThe most important islands are only Mahe, Praslin, Silhouette and La Digue. The majority of the remaining islands is unpopulated and has no means for accommodation. Other famous inner islands of the Seychelles are Bird Island,Cerf Island, Cousine Island, Denis Island, Fregate Island, North Island, Round Island and Ste. Anne Island.

 

Seychelles Outer islands

The Outer Islands comprises of 5 batches of coralline islands namely:

The Amirante Islands

The Southern Coral Group which include the island Ile Platte and Coetivy Island.

The Alphonse Group which contain the Alphonse Atoll and St Francois Atoll.

The Farquhar Group having the Farquhar Atoll, St Pierre Island and Providence Atoll.

The Aldabra Group which consist of Astove Island and Cosmoledo Atoll.

 

The Outer Islands are about an area of 211.3 km2. This makes up of around 46% of the total Seychelles area. However they make less than 1% of the population of the republic of Seychelles.

The corallines islands are flat with up raised coral reefs at variant stages of formation. Those islands have no drinkable water (you will find only sea water) and individuals will find it very difficult to live there.

 

Climate of Seychelles

Weather Seychelles

Anse Intendance SeychellesThe Seychelles is the only archipelago where you will experience a gorgeous weather with clear blue sky, Sunny and warmth atmosphere nearly all year round.

Although quite humid, the Seychelles are blessed with calm and healthy climate which is rarely disturbed.

However as the islands are small they are subject to marine influences. The temperature may vary a little bit during the year. On Mahé, the temperature may range between 24 to 30 °C.

On the other hand, rainfall may vary from 2,900 mm to 3,600 mm yealy at Victoria.

July and August are the coolest months of the Seychelles. The temperature may drop to 24 °C at the utmost. The southeast trade winds puff systematically from May to November which is the most enjoyable time you can have in the Seychelles during the year

December to April are the hot months accompanied with higher humidity. The hottest months of the year are March and April. However, the temperature rarely overreaches 31 °C. High winds seldomly arise since the majority of the islands are located outside the cyclone belt.

 

Flora and Flauna of Seychelles

Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher
Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher

The Seychelles’ ecology was enhanced in the US$1.8 million project of the Global Environment Trust Fund of the World Bank which started in 1993. The World Bank research for this project declares that the islands is home to a sum of 1,170 flowering plants, 3 of mammals, 15 of birds,  30 of reptiles and amphibians, and many hundreds species of spiders, snails, insects, and other invertebrates” found only in the Seychelles.  The variant species in the islands is being evaluated by the Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles.

Moreover, the waters comprise of more than 1000 kinds of fish.

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