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Discovering Seychelles

Beach of Seychelles

The picture perfect Seychelles is a haven for holiday seekers. Imagine laying on a warm white powder sand and feeling the cool breeze caressing you. Huge granite rocks of different sizes and shapes on your right and a coconut tree bending over the seashore on your left while the gentle lapping of the waves gradually carries you to a more and more relaxed state. This fantastic sensation is what you can expect, all while discovering THE SEYCHELLES.

This fabulous archipelago is not just about beaches but also about unspoiled nature, marine treasures, endemic animals and plants, postcard scenery, unique culture and a distinctive cuisine.

Cocktail in the Indian Ocean

Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands scattered over the Indian Ocean. Among these 115 islands, 41 forms parts of the Inner Islands and 74 of the Outer Islands. The Seychelles is about 1,600 km east of Kenya and covers an area of 459 km². Teeming with pristine white beaches, giant granite boulders, and a blue azure lagoon makes the archipelago a legendary beauty.

The Seychelles comprises of 3 main islands, notably: Mahé, La Digue and Praslin Island.

History

Before the 17th century, the Seychelles remains inhabited and was mostly used by pirates to hide their treasures. In the 18th century the governor of Mauritius, Mahe de la Bourbonnais sent Lazare Picault to explore and chart the islands northeast of Madagascar.

The French were the first to colonize the Seychelles but in the early 19th century the Britain took control of the Seychelles.

On June 29, 1976 the Seychelles became an independent republic within the Commonwealth with Sir James Mancham as its President and Albert René as Prime Minister.

Culture & Religion

Seychelles has developed a unique culture by the blending of different races and nationalities of people residing in the archipelago.

The official languages are the Seychellois Creole, French and English.

Roman Catholic is the dominant religion, however other religions such as Islam, Hinduism and Chinese are also practice in the island.

Seychellois are known for their hospitality and friendliness.

All while discovering Seychelles you will notice that Mahé, Praslin and La Digue Island are real bijou of the Indian Ocean.

Mahé Island

Mahé is the most developed and largest island of Seychelles. Home to the capital city Victoria, Mahé has a population of around 80,000 citizens, consisting of more than 90% of Seychelles population. With 60 stunning beaches, waterfalls, jungle, mountain walks and striking viewpoints, Mahé has evolved into a main tourist destination. Mahé is famous for its vibrant atmosphere, Creole architecture and market.

Praslin Island

Praslin is a delight for beach lovers, a piece of paradise on earth. Commonly listed among the best beaches in the world, Praslin beaches and lush tropical forest will leave you speechless. Being the second largest island of the Seychelles, Praslin has a population of merely 6,500 citizens. The island has also an 18 hole championship golf course. Get ready to discover the endemic Coco De Mer and other rare species. Praslin is considered to be a ‘MUST visit destination’.

La Digue Island

La Digue famous beaches never fail to impress, the perfect laid-back location. It is the smallest of the 3 main islands and has a population of only 2,000 persons. La Digue iconic beaches and landscape will take your breath away. There are a handful of taxis and local bus services, however, the best way to discover la Digue is by bicycle.

Beaches & National Park

Seychelles and its beaches are of unmatched beauty, here is a list of those amazing beaches:

Anse Source d’Argent

Iconic Anse Source d'Argent

Perhaps the most beautiful beach you will set eyes upon. Anse Source d’Argent is the star of the Seychelles, with its naturally sculptured granite boulders and crystal clear turquoise waters, Anse Source d’argent is spectacular. Situated on La Digue Island, the famous beach is probably the most photographed and has appeared in many films.

 Anze Lazio

Anse Lazio, Seychelles

 Situated in the northwest of Praslin Island, Anse Lazio is adorned by white powder-fine sand, lapis lazuli waters backed by scenic granite boulders. Anse Lazio deserves its reputation, a real gem of the Indian Ocean. Recently voted the 6th best beach in the world by TripAdvisors.

 Anse Georgette

Anse Georgette, Seychelles

Again, one of the riches of Seychelles, Anse Georgette situated on Praslin is an outstanding beach. Powder soft sand, incredible palm trees and blue turquoise water make the beach an unforgettable souvenir of Seychelles. Considered the second best beach in Praslin Island after Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette is a truly jaw-dropping beach.

 Anse Intendance

Anse Intendance, Seychelles

 Anse Intendance in Southern Mahé is the perfect location to lay your surfing materials. With high waves, Anse Intendance presents the ideal conditions for surfing. An amazing beach with imposing granite formation and beautiful scenery. Rank among the best beaches in the Indian Ocean, Anse Intendance is a true postcard image.

 National Park

Vallée de Mai National Park

Vallee de Mai Seychelles

An untouched vestige of natural palm forest preserved since years. Designated as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, Vallée de Mai is highly recommended. Almost conserved to its original state, the national park has no match. Resting on the granitic island of Praslin, Vallée de Mai covers an area of 19.5 ha and is a sanctuary largely unchanged since prehistoric times.

Vallée de Mai is home to the famous Coco de mer only found in Praslin and Curieuse Island and to five endemic palm trees. Unique for its wildlife, the National Park has rare species of bird such as the black parrot.

 Interesting facts about the Seychelles

  1. The gorgeous Seychelles was at a time a pirate hideout. Rumors are that the infamous pirate Olivier Levasseur hid a treasure of great value in the Seychelles Island.
  2. The heaviest land tortoise, Esmeralda, resides on the Bird Island.
  3. The endemic Coco de mer produces the heaviest and largest seed in the world.
  4. Victoria, the capital of Seychelles is the smallest capital in the world and can be explored in a day on foot.
  5. Rarest bird species can be spotted in Seychelles.
  6. Prince William and his wife spent their honeymoon in the Seychelles.
  7. The republic was uninhabited until the 18th century

Reasons why Seychelles is your ideal holiday destination

In the cluster of The Seychelles Islands, the holiday season is all year round. Ever warmed by the tropical sun, the islands remain a perfect paradise for holiday goers. White sandy beaches stretch on for miles on some islands with a flawless azure sea. It is indeed the Utopian beauty of the Seychelles that entice most visitors. Every island has its own little place of wonders, with a unique touch of its own to please each person.

seychelles beach

Unlike certain touristic destinations, the Seychelles are not merely perfect beaches but also a hub for countless leisure activities which would suit even the fussiest of tourists. These islands manage to capture the hearts of thousands on the regular. Holiday goers, know that you will yearn to sejourn again in the Seychelles. After all, it is not for nothing that we call the Seychelles the ideal holiday destination.

Dive into the Colours!

Scuba diving in Seychelles is the dream of many around the world. Not only does the island boast a beautiful sea but also of a thriving underwater flora and fauna. When in Seychelles, you absolutely need to arm yourself with your diving gear and head out to one of the many serviceable Dive Centres. The employees are accommodating and always ready to help.

As you plummet into the clear and lukewarm waters, you end up in the colorful kingdom that has existed for centuries. Seychelles is very environmentally conscientious, prioritizing the need to maintain the sea as is. This offers a distinctly different experience from other places round the world which have inevitably changed.  Imagine the wonder of being able to explore vibrant corals and even touch fish ever ready to wriggle away!

scuba diving seychelles

A little trip down the memory lane

Among the many islands of Seychelles, one of them hides secrets from centuries past. Preserved in that era, every little detail remains available for the history enthusiast to explore without reserve. Curieuse Island had, in the 1800s, been a refuge for all those needing treatment for leprosy. The island, beautiful and green today preserving both animals and plants had once been the safety net of hundreds of people. The dwellings of the patients as well as the Doctor’s House have been well-maintained ever since. They all remain accessible to the frequent visitors.

Seychelles is not merely an abundance of greenery and unique animals, there is a deep history behind the obvious. And it’s all awaiting your exploration.

seychelles curieuse beach

Sharks! Just fluffy and friendly beings to swim with of course!

Maybe you watched Jaws a few years back.

Maybe you are just an adrenaline junkie.

Maybe you simply like dangerous fish which are easily affected by blood-lust…

It’s all here in Seychelles, sharks swimming in their natural habitat dozens of feet deep into the ocean. Imagine the magic of being able to touch one such feared being- makes you wonder if it will all live up to the hype. Do not fret, it does that and much more! The experience has astonished countless till date. Many rendered speechless from the view, the sheer majesty of these creatures swimming undersea, alongside you. This is “that” moment, the one which stays engraved in your memory for a lifetime, don’t miss it!

swimming with sharks

Walk a little walk, perhaps not so little…

The islands are well known for their dense forests, greenery everywhere with all sorts of animals populating the area. Some places go eerily silent as the furry or scaled or winged occupants feel humans approaching. Others remain loud and cheery with chirps, grunts and cries. They have gradually grown used to occasionally sharing their living space with us, reveling in a sense of safety rarely afforded to animals throughout the world.

In the Seychelles, you will have the unique opportunity of walking through the flamboyant scenery. It might even be possible to lose a few pounds as well if you are worried about all the extra holiday calories!

hiking in seychelles

Island Hopping in Seychelles

This is the childish dream from years ago when you thought of owning an island or two or more. The dream of having so much at the tip of your fingers is enthralling. The Seychelles is made up of 115 islands, the vast majority of which open to the public for a token fee.

Set a challenge for yourself. Try to get to as many of them as you can- each one from Mahé, Aride, Cousin, Curieuse to Petite Soeur.

Of course, for a short holiday, this might as well be Mission Impossible Redux but it is the fun you will have while trying to accomplish your task that will mark your memories. Going from one island to the other in a matter of hours, granitite or coralline- all of them distinctively phenomenal.

island hopping seychelles

Coco de Mer… or something else?

Coconuts which look like, excuse me, what?

Yes, indeed, those weird pictures of a gigantic fruit resembling a human backside are not actually simply the product of a bizarre imagination. They exist. Indigenous to a few of the Seychelles Islands, the coco de mer are now few in numbers but they are still as intriguing as they had been, if not more so. The fruits actually take years to mature and become the cliché that we are used to seeing in pictures. The exceptional shape affords the fruit an unbelievable notoriety in countries miles away.

The strangely shaped fruit fascinates many. The reality of it being a dying species has become exceedingly apparent lately, only contributing to the legend and boosting its popularity.

In the past, Chinese people had consumed the inside in soups but nowadays, the authorities have sought to preserve each and every one they can get their hands on. People come visit Praslin Island for the opportunity to hold a coco de mer in their hands.  It is accomplished with great difficulty as it weighs kilos at times but worth the ache later on!

seychelles coco de mer

Luxury appeals?

Some of the best resorts worldwide are located in Seychelles. They are essentially your paradise for a short while. Imagine your every needs catered to, be the King or Queen of your little palace for a few days.

A massage at dawn, the breakfast in bed or bronzing cozily on the beach- for you, Seychelles is the dream come true.

luxury resort seychelles

 In fact, the beauty of the islands lie in that they satisfy everyone, all needs are met with tailor made holiday packages. From the sports enthusiast or the academic to the hedonist- The Seychelles are there to meet all desires in the most mind-blowing of ways. It’s merely asking for a try at you next!

 

Seven Landmarks of the Seychelles that you can visit during your holidays

Sunset at Praslin, in the Seychelles.

During your holidays in the Seychelles, there will be a lot of local landmarks and monuments to visit. Here we will present some of the national monuments that you will be able to see during your holidays in the Seychelles. Continue reading