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Which destination has 115 heavenly islands and the most beautiful beaches in the world; a haven of peace and a dream destination often preferred for honeymooners not only for its beautiful diving spots but for its slow paced life?

Seychelles Turquoise water
Seychelles Turquoise water

There exists no two answers for this question. It can only be the Seychelles. The most beautiful islands of the Indian Ocean.

Life is indeed beautiful in the Seychelles archipelagos. Earth of multi-ethnicity, both pluricultural and multicultural, a real melting pot of people of different backgrounds. Living in the Seychelles, is like living in a lost paradise, far from the fast-paced life of the western world.

From the Seychelles is the assurance of staying in the warmth and beauty of the Indian Ocean, the ocean that unites the largest number of festivals, people of different origins and colors…

Seychelles is indeed lucky to reflect all of that Indian Ocean culture in a nearly microscopic territory. Time seems to have stopped while the nature, fauna, and flora are still preserved. Many species are endemic to the Seychelles.  From birds and trees. The Valley of May of Praslin is a perfect example of how this nature has been preserved.

No words can describe to perfection what a pair of eyes can. This small video speaks for itself.

The water is so clear, that the sky reflects perfectly on it. The resulting turquoise water can only invite your soul to dive into it.

Discover the main islands of Praslin, La Digue and Mahe. Dive to admire the corals and the endemic marine fauna and flora. From the colorful parrotfish to an array of tropical fish residing in the multicolored variety of corals. Coral reefs around every tiny island.

And contrary to popular belief, Seychelles, this is not only an unattainable destination where luxury fills every iota of air… Superb hotels such as La Digue hotel or Domaine de la Reserve will welcome you for a relatively small price!

La Digue

La Digue extends 6 km southeast of Praslin and 43 km north east of Mahé. It is usually associated with the two largest islands of the archipelago. La Digue, which is about ten square kilometers in area, is the fourth island of the Seychelles archipelago In terms of surface area. The mountain, which rises to 333 m outcrop La Digue, occupies two-thirds of the territory. Granite blocks shaped by erosion descend to the beach coast multiplying the Hollywood set. The 2,000 residents of La Digue are concentrated in the plain along the western coast of the island, between La Passe and Anse Réunion. Coconut groves extend all around. It is in this area that there is the cultivation of vanilla.

Anse Source D'Argent - La Digue
Anse Source D’Argent – La Digue

Oxcarts

Until the 1970s, chariots pulled by oxen acted as public transport in La Digue. It was the only means of transportation available to residents. Time seems to stand still on the island. Only a few unpaved roads crisscrossed the. Today, trucks are recycled and used as buses. They stop on random locations and pick up their passengers at the side of the road on a simple hand gesture. As for oxcarts, they remain in service for the sake of folklore. They wisely align against the dock before the arrival of schooners from Praslin and Mahé. Visitors assault the carts to take a tour of the island or be led at the hotel.

La Digue- Ox Carts
La Digue- Ox Carts

“Veuve Noire” Reserve

Black paradise FlyCatcher
Black paradise FlyCatcher

On the road to Grand Anse is the “Veuve Noire” Reserve. Open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 pm and from 13 am to 16 pm, the reserve is a nice place to go walking in between nature. Admission is free. It was created to save the last 60 pairs of endemic bird species threatened with extinction because of the deforestation of the island: the tchitrec Seychelles, more commonly known as “Veuve Noire des Seychelles”. This kind of flycatcher builds its nest on the branches of the tropical almond tree. The male sports a dark blue plumage and a disproportionate black tail. The female, with brown plumage, a white belly, and a black head, seems to belong to another species. This is probably the reason for their nickname “veuve noire” which literally means black widow in French. It is rare to see a specimen of the species in the undergrowth of the reserve. Early morning or late afternoon, we will see more flying over the shore. The “Veuve noire des Seychelles”, paradise flycatcher in English, has become the symbol of La Digue.

Anse Coco

On the southeast coast. It is a beach at the wilderness. Coconut trees ranks in series. It nearly takes thirty minutes to walk from Grand Anse to Anse Coco. It is without contest worth the trip. Large boulders of granite which vamps the coastline. Between May and October, the waves are violent and it is dangerous to swim which explains the fact that there are very few swimmers.

Petite Anse

On the southeast coast. Petite Anse seems very modest compared with its neighbors, Grand Anse and Anse Coco, between which it is inserted. Petite Anse but has the advantage of being often deserted.

Anse Fourmis

On the eastern coast, the road ends in a cul-de-sac at Anse Fourmis. Previously, she skirted rocky coves windswept Anse Gaulette Anse Grosse Roche, Anse Banana. On a calm day, you can see on their shores schools of butterfly fish, angelfish or parrotfish.

Anse Patates

One of the best spots of the Seychelles for snorkeling and diving. Once again, clear turquoise water awaits you. Anse Patates is found at the northeastern tip of the island. It is a paradise for swimmers, especially at high tide. Diving enthusiasts with a mask and flippers are not far behind.