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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

Seychelles: Conseils Pratiques

The Seychelles

Les Seychelles sont une collection parfaite d’îles, abritant certaines des plus belles plages du monde. Nous vous recommandons de ne pas vous limiter à seulement une de ces îles enchanteresses, mais d’explorer au moins deux iles pour vraiment sentir le véritable esprit des Seychelles. Que vous soyez à la recherche d’un hôtel familial, d’une retraite romantique ou d’un refuge idyllique, vous le trouverez aux Seychelles.

Les Seychelles

Composé de 115 îles étincelantes, chacune avec son propre charme, il n’est pas facile de décider où vous allez passer votre temps aux Seychelles.

D’Île en île

Une combinaison des deux plus grandes îles – Mahé et Praslin est l’option parfaite pour ceux qui veulent découvrir les divers paysages des Seychelles et des plages spectaculaires. Si vous êtes plus pour un aperçu authentique sur la vie de l’île, visitez Praslin avant de se diriger vers La Digue, où la vie existe à un rythme plus lent. Les amoureux de la nature tireront le meilleur parti d’un séjour qui comprend Mahé et Silhouette, où les parcs nationaux exceptionnels attendent.

Mahé

La plus grande île des Seychelles, Mahé est aussi sa plus active, avec 90% de la population du pays résidant ici. L’aéroport international peut également être trouvé ici, ce qui en fait un endroit idéal pour commencer et terminer votre aventure. Au-delà des plages typiques, il y a beaucoup à faire. Dans les spectaculaires montagnes du Morne Seychelles National Park. Une randonnée sur le Morne Blanc vous emmène à travers des plantes endémiques rares, telles que l’Arbre des méduses et la Carnivore Seychelles Pitcher Plant au sommet, où la vue est à couper le souffle.

Alors que la ville de Victoria a son propre charme colonial unique, il y a aussi beaucoup de jolis petits villages à explorer et des marchés locaux colorés pour se promener. Lié par des routes sinueuses, vous pouvez conduire autour de l’île en seulement deux heures et demie, ce qui signifie que si les conditions de plongée ne sont pas tout à fait comme vous le souhaitez, vous pouvez facilement vous aventurer le long de la côte à un endroit plus calme.

Praslin

La deuxième plus grande île, Praslin offre une atmosphère plus décontractée et rustique. Si vous cherchez un équilibre entre l’agitation de Mahé et la somnolence de La Digue, c’est le choix parfait. Pour les voyageurs les plus aventureux, la réserve naturelle de la Vallée de Mai offre une tranche d’Eden et est l’un des deux seuls endroits sur terre ou vous pouvez voir le coco de mer dans son environnement naturel. Si vous êtes chanceux, vous pouvez repérer le perroquet noir insaisissable.

Si vous aimez les plages, l’île abrite également certains des plus beaux paysages de la région, dont Anse Lazio, qui a figuré dans les 10 meilleures plages du monde. Juste en face de l’eau au nord de l’île, un voyage sur le petit parc national maritime protégé de l’île Curieuse est un must. Ici, la couleur rouge du sol contraste de façon frappante contre les feuilles verdoyantes du coco de mer et plus de 300 tortues Aldabra géants y erre sans entrave.

La Digue

Le rythme de la vie est fixé à un amble définitivement détendu sur le petit paradis île de La Digue. Il y a très peu de voitures ici, avec les bicyclettes comme principal mode de transport et les chariots de bœuf traditionnels utilisés pour se déplacer. Les vieux bâtiments coloniaux donnent un aperçu du passé de l’île, tandis que les plages isolées ont été magnifiquement préservé et protégé du développement.

L’environnement naturel fait partie intégrante de la vie insulaire et il n’est pas difficile de comprendre pourquoi. De grands blocs de granit anciens lisses reposent sur le bord de l’eau, répartissant les baies isolées et il est facile de se sentir hors des sentiers battus. Gardez un regard sur que vous marchez et essayez de repérer le célèbre moucherolle des Seychelles paradis, l’un des oiseaux les plus rares sur terre.

La planification d’un voyage aux Seychelles ?

Voici 10 conseils qui peuvent être utiles :

# 1 Comment s’y rendre

Situé dans l’océan Indien, les Seychelles sont desservies par leur transporteur national – Air Seychelles – et par seulement quelques autres compagnies aériennes.

# 2 Visa à l’arrivée – et il est GRATUIT

Enfin un pays a le sens d’offrir le visa à l’arrivée, et ne perçoit pas de frais.

# 3 Monnaie

La monnaie locale est la Roupie des Seychelles, et fixé à environ 13 roupies pour un dollar américain. Le taux de change est plus ou moins pareille, peu importe où vous changer de l’argent. Toutefois, le dollars américains et l’euros sont largement acceptée partout.

# 4 Se déplacer

Les taxis peuvent être un peu cher, mais vous pouvez louer des voitures à partir de 40 euros par jour. Vous avez également les options de louer des motos, des bicyclettes, des bateaux et même une charrette à bœufs. Il y a des bus publics limités sur les grandes îles comme Mahé.

# 5 Logement

Il y a une option pour tous les budgets – en particulier ceux qui cherchent des segments de luxe pas trop cher. Procurez-vous d’un appartement indépendant ou d’une villa à partir de cent Euros seulement.

# 6 Plan d’activités

Il y a une large éventail d’activités que vous pouvez réserver avec les opérateurs locaux, même à la dernière minute. Les prix sont tout à fait semblables, et la plupart offrent une haute qualité de service. Alors, petit conseil, planifier bien votre emploi du temps, pour pouvoir tout essayer.

# 7 C’est tout le temp l’été, soyez prévoyant !

Les températures varient 30-32 C (86-90 F) tout au long de l’année, donc faites vos valises en conséquence. Il fait assez humide – vous pouvez prendre une douche plus d’une fois par jour. N’oubliez surtout pas une protection solaire, des chapeaux, des nuances, etc…

# 8 Acheter une SIM locale pour les données et les appels

Choisissez-en une lorsque vous atterrissez pour pouvoir rester connecté durant votre séjour au paradis et partager vos photo sur Instagram.

# 9 Pas de soucis à propos de la sécurité

La criminalité et les vols sont presque inconnus aux Seychelles – vous verrez rarement des flics autour. Vous vous sentirez toujours en sécurité.

# 10 Profitez de la nourriture

La nourriture aux Seychelles est un pur délice pour les gourmets – il y a quelque chose pour tout le monde. Et généralement, avec vue sur mer et les montagnes pendant que vous mangez, bref un pure moment d’extase.

Bonne Vacances aux Seychelles !

The Seychelles: Fly to the beaches!

the seychelles

The archipelago of 115 islands forming the Seychelles is famous for its beautiful beaches, which are the main attraction for visitors. Almost the entire island is surrounded by spectacular white sand. The SNA has considered the top beaches in the Seychelles.

The Top Beaches

There are these fabulous rocks from another age, that give each a Jurassic coastline pan majesty, that give depth to the cards, and change the romance adventure film. This goes beyond the beauty that awaits the tropics, light sand, clear water, palm trees accomplices everything takes an epic dimension, and the people imagination these beaches pirates, cursed ship, hopeless romantic. Some beaches are coves with tunes from around the world, gold enclaves in the forests, where there are fears almost to surprise some unspeakable secret. Anse Takamaka, Mahe, or Anse Georgette, Praslin, have this wild look of hidden gem, with their form half-moon bristling with rocks, their treasure map draws. Everywhere the water comes in precious stones, one hesitates to resort to kitsch, but how to say otherwise? it combines the transparency of the diamond to the smoothness of the turquoise. Others are huge, wide open bays inordinate whose brilliance dazzled out of sight. Lazare bay, Beauvallon beach in Mahe and Anse Lazio on Praslin, are large gentle beaches, where some palm trees just grow horizontally to better work towards the pearl of funds. On Praslin, the beach coast Golden is huge and flat out of sight, without depth, so much so that we imagine to walk on water to the rocky islets that low tide strips. The sand is almost white ice, and the zenith, the light is blinding literally – it’s the kind of beach where reflected causes snow blindness. You get the impression of having been transported to another piece of paradise, as if you jumped from sphere to sphere, to increasingly clear nirvanas.

1. Anse Source d’Argent

This is one of the best beaches in the world. Located on the island of La Digue – the third most populated island of the archipelago, its white sand beaches, azure blue sea, surrounded by massive granite boulders make this beach a place of unique souvenir for Seychelle’s tourists. The beach dotted with massive boulders and smooth, came out first in a survey by the British newspaper “The Guardian”. TripAdvisor website, which collects user reviews, classified the beach in the Top 12 of the most beautiful beaches of crystalline water. The beach is also featured among the best beaches in the Traveller’s Choice 2014. The beautiful National Geographic book elected Anse Source d’Argent best beach in the world. The beach was also voted 4th best beach in the world by CNN on 100 staff. She is the fifth best beach ranked 12 in the world by US News & World Report.

2. Anse Lazio

Located in the northwest of Praslin – the second most inhabited island of the Seychelles, it is regarded by many as the best beach in the island nation. This is probably the one that is the most photographed. Long and wide, with its satin sand and enchanting blue sea, the beach is surrounded by large granite blocks and gives the feeling of being isolated in a small corner of paradise. In 2015, users of Tripadvisor elected Anse Lazio as the 6th most beautiful beach in the world.

3. Anse Georgette

Located on the west side of Praslin, this beach – compared to Anse Lazio – is nice and quiet. Accessible only by boat, the beach has preserved its isolation, making it an ideal place for couples. US News & World Report indicates that the beach “one of the 10 best beaches in the world. ”

4. Petite Anse

The producer and British actor Jamie Theakston, described the beach “spectacular -with one hand steep volcanic cliffs and across a growing perfect azure blue sea that sliding on the sand barely caressing your feet. “It is on the east side of the island of La Digue and listed idyllic beaches in the Seychelles in the Lonely Planet guide. This is the place for you if you wish to play castaway on a deserted beach.

5. Anse Intendance

Ranked as one of the most unspoilt beaches of the main island of Mahe, it lies on the south coast of the island and stretches over nearly 3 km. With no reef, the big powerful waves make it an ideal place for surfers. However, this is not the best site for those who just want to swim. US News & World Report has ranked 5th activity things to do in Seychelles

6. Anse Major

The beach borders the Seychelles Morne nature reserve northwest of the main island of Mahé. It is accessible by boat or by hiking trails. The online version of the Daily Mail in the UK was ranked No. 1 of the 6 best outputs to the Seychelles. As for Tripadvisor, the site was ranked No. 5 in outdoor activities on Mahe. According to a user of Tripadvisor “Hiking to get there is long and exhausting, but it’s really beautiful because it offers magnificent views of the coastline. Once you’ve made it, Seychelles reward you by allowing you to admire one of the most enchanting places on earth! “

Le Carnaval des Seychelles

Carnaval Seychelles

 

Les Seychelles en bref

Oui, les Seychelles sont l’une des destinations dès plus populaires parmi les touristes.  Il faut aussi noter que l’afflux de visiteurs que ces îles paradisiaques acquirent, ne modifie pas leur beautés ou leur atmosphères paisibles. Le tourisme dans l’archipel des Seychelles est en effet assez élitiste et respectueux de l’environnement. Espérons que la tendance restera stable et que le pays sera longtemps à l’écart d’un impact environnemental négatif.

Les clichés de cartes postales certes ne mentent pas. Ici vous aurez un rendez-vous avec le sable chaud, doux, fin; Eaux cristallines; Cocotiers luxuriants … Vous pourriez vous dire que nous avons omis les plages? Ceux de Beau Vallon, de Royal Cove, de Petite Anse, d’Anse Lazio, d’Anse Georgette, de Grand Anse ou d’Anse Source d’Argent sont les pierres précieuses de cet archipel inégalé. De vrais petits morceaux de paradis!

Le Carnaval International des Seychelles

Lorsque les îles des Seychelles furent habitées pour la première fois, ce fut par un amalgame de culture variées qui possédaient des coutumes et des modes de vie différents. Tout au long de leur histoire et jusqu’à ce jour même, les Seychelles ont continué à être un creuset de cultures et de personnes des quatre coins de la planète qui ont chacun donné leur fil particulier au tissu de cette société vibrante, en y ajoutant et en étant, eux-mêmes, transformés subtilement en retour.

Dans ce contexte de multiethnicité, de diversité et de rassemblement des peuples, il est approprié que les Seychelles deviennent une fois de plus le point central d’un “Carnaval des Carnavals” annuel – en amenant des représentants des meilleurs carnavals du monde à participer à 3 jours fête. Des groupes du carnaval du Brésil, de l’Italie, du Swaziland, du Cambodge et de la Corée du Sud se sont rendus à Mahé en prévision du carnaval des Seychelles.

Carnaval 2016

La 6e édition du Carnaval international des Seychelles de Victoria s’est déroulé du 22 au 24 avril. Encore une fois cette année, le carnaval est devenu un point focal pour les représentants des plus célèbres carnavals du monde. Ils étaient invités aux îles afin de participer et de donner un coup de main dans cette événement international passionnant.

Etant le centre d’attention internationale et locale, le Carnaval international des Seychelles de Victoria a mis en vedette un défilé de flotteurs colorés représentant les carnavals nationaux des participants différents, ainsi que toute une gamme d’autres activités dédiées qui relèveront tous le thème du carnaval.

Une couverture internationale importante de la presse était prévue pour cet événement coloré et était certainement un régal pour les yeux de la foule! Chacune des personnes présentes ont pu profités de l’ambiance animée apportée par les carnavals internationaux aux îles. Cet événement annuel sans aucun doute a aidé à rassembler toutes les nations, faisant de cet événement le rassemblement international le plus festif du monde.

À travers les costumes, les flotteurs et la musique, toute la culture de chaque participant parle d’eux mêmes, et permet d’apporter de la richesse et de l’harmonie à travers les nations participantes. De plus, cet événement permet à différents pays du monde de mettre en valeur leur culture et leurs réalisations en se déplaçant à bord des flotteurs de carnaval colorés dans les rues joyeuses et animées de Victoria. Ce qui a créé le buzz dans la plus petite capitale du monde a ouvert ses portes pour accueillir un carnval culturel haut en couleurs!

Le carnaval des carnavals, avec le slogan évocateur: «Apporter le monde aux Seychelles» offre un riche programme de divertissement de musique live, une variété d’étals proposant des plats de nombreux pays. Lumières de Noël et couleurs vives ont complété le cadre pittoresque tout en habillant les rues de Victoria pendant les 3 jours de carnaval.

La deuxième journée fut une expérience dès plus exclusive. Un gigantesque défilé a rassemblé les communautés locales et les nombreux pays participants. Une grande foule fut rassemblés pour voir tous ces flotteurs colorés, ajoutant au succès d’un spectacle conçu pour dépasser celui de la première édition … Pour la troisième et dernière journée, le carnaval s’est terminé par une explosion de couleurs, de spectacles et de musique durant tout le long de la journée et continuant dans la nuit …

Où loger dans les Seychelles?

Que vous soyez à la recherche d’une escapade familiale de luxe ou d’un lieu simple près de la plage, vous pourrez trouver un hébergement aux Seychelles pour profiter du carnaval de 3 jours qui se deroulera l’année prochaine!

LA DIGUE ISLAND LODGE – La Digue

Le lodge est situé au milieu d’un jardin paisible et exotique de cocotiers et de takamaka sur la plage d’Anse Reunion surplombant l’île de Praslin. Parmi ses nombreux atouts, le lodge dispose de la seule piscine sur l’île et l’hébergement dans une variété de chambres et de villas.

DOMAINE DE LA RESERVE – Praslin

Le Domaine de La Réserve Hôtel, Praslin Island Seychelles, a un cadre merveilleux à la belle Anse Petite Cour sur l’île de Praslin aux Seychelles. La plage est essentiellement privée avec du sable blanc, des rochers de granit à chaque extrémité et des vues de Curieuse Island au loin.

QUARTIER SEYCHELLES – Mahe

Situé dans le cadre sylvestre du majestueux Mont Copolia et surplombant la paisible baie de l’île Eden, le Marina est un refuge tranquille qui promet une relaxation complète et le rajeunissement. Conçu sur l’architecture coloniale, créole, l’hôtel est stratégiquement situé sur la côte est de Mahé!

Ces 3 jours de divertissement seront l’occasion de passer un moment inoubliable en famille ou entre amis pour profiter pleinement de l’atmosphère du carnaval. Nous vous tiendrons au courant du prochain carnaval 2017.

A suivre…

Where to go on Holidays in October?

sunny days in the Indian Ocean

October is the perfect month to travel and to discover new countries around the globe, especially those in the Indian Ocean. With the beginning of autumn in Europe, you might still want to enjoy some more sunshine. If you want to eke out the summer then why not choose the Indian Ocean as your holiday destination.

sunny day in the Indian Ocean

It is common to see travelers leaving the wistful atmosphere of autumn season to appreciate the Indian Ocean summertime.

The Indian Ocean is the ideal getaway for a warming sunshine, stunning beaches and adrenaline rush activities and perhaps the sunshine break you need.

Mauritius

The Republic of Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean and covers an area of 2040 km². The largest city and Capital is Port-Louis.

Mauritius, the real holiday destination is described by many as “the paradise on earth”, it is the ideal location to lay down your towel and work on your tan. Palm fringed beaches, lapis lazuli lagoon and a unique sun is the identity of Mauritius. Unsurprisingly, the island is gaining more popularity and is rank as one of the best holiday destination by TripAdvisor.

This idyllic island does not limit itself to just stunning beaches but goes further beyond with waterfalls, rivers, craters, natural forests, UNESCO Heritage Sites and magnificent landscape. The Mauritian culture is actually a blend of different cultures and nationalities, giving birth to the unique Mauritian culture. The Mauritian hospitality is remarkable as well.

Mauritius attractions

Mont Choisy beach

Mont Choisy beach

The best location to sit back and relax, among Mauritius beaches, Mont Choisy beach is one of the longest and is around 3 km long. A very popular spot, the Indian Ocean blue turquoise waters and the island powdery sand mix up together to give an incomparable beauty. This Intimate beach will keep you speechless.

Trou aux Biches beach

Mauritius trou aux birches beach

Powder-like sand shadowed by Filao trees facing the stunning sea is what Trou aux Biches beach has to offer. This famous beach that attracts a lot of tourists each year, is situated in the north of Mauritius. The beach stretches over 2 km long and has calm and shallow waters. It is best to visit during weekdays.

Pereybere beach

mauritius island pereybere beach

Positioned in the northwest part of Mauritius, between Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux, Pereybere is a well-known beach amongst both locals and tourists. Despite being small (150 metres long), Pereybere is a lively and attractive beach. With its white sand and blue waters, all under the sun of the Indian Ocean, Pereybere remains one of the best beach in Mauritius. The nearby restaurant and street foods adds up to the magnificence of the beach.

Le Morne Brabant

Mauritius Morne Brabant

This astonishing peninsula is worth seeing, the iconic Morne Brabant is one of the pride of Mauritius. There is a strong historical significance behind le Morne Brabant and has a great importance in the Mauritian culture. This rugged mountain is situated in the southwest of Mauritius and is over 555 m height and has been recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.

Seychelles

An amazing archipelago which comprises of 115 granitic and coralline islands spread over the Indian Ocean and covers an area of 459 km². Seychelles has 3 main islands which are Mahé, La Digue and Praslin, its capital city Victoria is the smallest capital in the world. 50% of Seychelles landmass is protected.

Teeming with a splendid fauna and flora, the Seychelles remains one of the best holiday destination. With its talcum powder beaches, limpid tropical waters and huge granite boulders, the Seychelles seems surreal. Visiting the Seychelles islands represents a pinnacle for many holiday seekers. Appearing in many movies for its legendary beauty and its paradise-like qualities, the Seychelles is a Must visit destination.

Seychelles attractions

Anse Source d’Argent

Seychelles Anse Source d'Argent

A popular beach with a spell-bounding effect , Anse Source d’Argent is located on la Digue Island and is actually the star of Seychelles’ islands. Anse Source d’Argent is scenic, with emerald waters, white sand and sculpted granite boulders, all wrapped in a serene atmosphere.

Anse Lazio

Seychelles Anse Lazio Praslin

A sizzling beach in the northwest of Praslin Island. Everywhere you look turns out to be picture perfect, Anse Lazio beach is considered to be the best beach by Lonely Planet.

Turtles in Seychelles

Seychelles shores is one of the rare places where turtles lay their eggs in the bright day and in tranquility. North Island is a major nesting sites for the hawks bill turtle and the green turtle, both species are protected. The Seychelles is home to the biggest and oldest turtle in the world.

Vallée de Mai National Park

The National Park is a natural museum of rare and endemic birds and plants. A very important place to add to your list, this UNESCO World Heritage sites is home to the famous Coco de Mer (Coco Fess) who has the world’s largest nut and leaves. The Coco de Mer is native to the Seychelles.

Maldives

The Maldives is a sublime archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped in 26 coral atolls and covers an area of 298 km². It lies in the Indian Ocean and is very different from the rest of the world. The Capital city Malé is well known for its fish market.

Defined as ‘one of the wonders of the world’ by Ibn Batuta, the Maldives definitely fit the bill. The awe inspiring beauty of the Maldives will mesmerize you, it is said that the Maldives is highly addictive. This wonderful archipelago is best described as Sunny, Unique and Unspoiled.

Maldives attraction

Fulhadhoo beach

Maldives fulhadhoo beach

Probably one of the best beach in the Maldives. Pure white sand, placid waters, blue turquoise lagoon and a peaceful atmosphere is what the Fulhadhoo beach offers. Away from the hectic hustle and bustle of every day routine, this fabulous beach is the perfect spot to let go and lay back.

National Museum

Found in the Sultan Park, the National Museum of the Maldives is a popular tourist attraction. It was once an ancient palace that has now been converted into a museum. The wide variety of historical artifacts exposed by the Museum reflects the history of the country.

Manta Point

Maldives Manta Point

Divers will be served with a unique experience. The Manta point is a diving site where you can swim with numerous manta rays and discover the rich marine life of the Maldives.

Enjoy your holidays in the mighty Indian Ocean!

Why fly to the Seychelles?

With its 115 islands, the Seychelles archipelago covers an area of ​​1.4 million square kilometers in the heart of the Indian Ocean. The archipelago known for the beauty of its natural environment. Seychelles remains the most enchanting of all the Dream archipelagos.

Difficult not to be intoxicated by these small islands sprinkled in the middle of the Indian Ocean. And on those few green spots lost in the blue cards, divine beaches that only distract some palm trees. Here you have an appointment with nature in its purest form!

The 115 islands are divided into two different categories: mid-oceanic granite islands, are among the oldest on earth. They are found around Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles where the international airport and the capital, Victoria are located.

These inner islands near Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the other two main islands on which the cultural and economic wealth are concentrated. Many hotels in the seychelles are also located there, bordering the beaches of exceptional beauty. The second category constitutes the outer islands which is made up of 74 islands, atolls and coral islands combined.

Why visit the Seychelles?

The beaches lined with coconut trees

You will find during your holiday in the Seychelles, real postcard beaches. If you are looking for the most beautiful beaches in the world, some are in the Seychelles. When you are on a beach in the Seychelles, your only wish will be that time stops.

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His genuine and Protected Islands

This is one of the great strengths Seychelles: its islands. There are two types of islands in the Seychelles archipelago. The granitic islands with mainly Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. The specificity of coves of the islands is that they are surrounded by large blocks of granite, especially in La Digue. For the more daring, there are coral islands, Denis Island, Desroches Island and Bird, all offering much larger beaches.

His breathtaking seabed

Seychelles is particularly popular with travelers for the quality of its seabed. A simple dip in the lagoon with a mask and snorkel in the blue lagoon allows you to discover the wonderful marine fauna and flora of this unique archipelago.  Those protected reefs and marine life are simple beautiful and thriving.

The Seychellois

The Seychellois are friendly and love to share and this is what makes the charm of life in the archipelago. You can spend a Sunday at the beach to better understand the soul of the Seychellois.

The climate

The Seychelles archipelago has a near to perfect climate all year round. Its location close to the equator makes it an ideal holiday spot as it is never subject to cyclones unlike its near neighbors, Madagascar or Reunion. With high but pleasant temperatures and sunshine for about seven hours a day, Seychelles experience a rather good weather throughout the year. This archipelago, is indeed a tropical paradise where it is a must so spend some time.

Activities to do in the Seychelles

This heavenly archipelago in the Indian Ocean, offers a wide range of activities and excursions that can be easily arranged if you do not want to spend all your time at the beach!

Among the most popular choices, there are diving courses anddiving excursions … It’s a great way to explore some of the islands around Mahé that make up the 115 islands of the Seychelles. Excursions to the islands like Praslin and La Digue are also possible.

Why not go fishing and go back to your house and have a barbecue? Whether you want to practive sea fishing or deep sea fishing, local operators will be happy to help you. There are also some wonderful places to practice fly fish. Another way to fish is simply to sit on the beach with your cane.

Seychelles

This must be one of the tours we strongly recommend: a ride on a glass bottom boat in the marine park of St Anne “St Anne Marine National Park.” You will feel like swimming with the fishes … You can also feed them, so do not forget to take some bread with you.

With most of its islands located outside cyclonic zone and enjoying a tropical climate, the Seychelles are ideal to navigate in calm waters throughout the year. It is an ideal destination for sailing. You can optimize the discovery of the archipelago and its unique environment at your pace over water in your own catamaran. Enjoy the fantastic browsing experience of the inner islands of the Seychelles.

If you are not that into water activities then you will surely find other activities during your holidays in the Seychelles: hiking on La Digue, Visit Vallee de Mai on Praslin, and visit the giant tortoises on Aldabra Atoll.

Also discover Anse Source d’Argent, which is probably the best known and most photographed beach in the Seychelles. It is located within the Union plantation (entrance fee required) and within 10 minutes by bike. Located on the tiny island of La Digue, its beauty is immeasurable. Everything here is a postcard picture landscape. Other beaches are between 10 and 15 minutes to the north, Anse Severe and Anse Patates, and 15 minutes to the east, to the beautiful Grand Anse. For those looking for a little more solitude, a short walk beyond Grand Anse takes you to Petite Anse and Anse Coco.

The jewel of the Seychelles, the Vallée de Mai on Praslin, a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, icontains all eight endemic species of palms of the country, including the famous Coco de Cer, called coconut-buttock for its resemblance to a certain part of our anatomy.

Yet, one activity we are sure you won’t miss remains sunbathing and swimming. One cannot resist the call to visit the beautiful beaches of the Seychelles such as Anse Intendance or Anse Lazio. Also, make it a must to visit Victoria Market which is located in Mahe and little Ben, a small replica of Big Ben.

So go ahead and embrace this adventure that rhymes with discovery and relaxation.  Happy holidays in the Seychelles!

Fly to the Seychelles: Honeymoon

The Seychelles

While this archipelago of islands may be small, beauty is overflowing in this corner of the world. With plenty of beach to bliss out on, adventurous things to do, and delicious fresh mixes of cuisines from around the world, the Seychelles is a nothing short of a fabulous spot for your honeymoon. When talking of the Seychelles, everyone has in mind a picture postcard; a sandy beach, transparent water and bright sun in a blue sky. This is exactly what the Seychelles look like – Heaven. If you want to experience paradise on earth, book your flights to the Seychelles without any delay!

Honeymoon in the Seychelles, a dream trip

Hidden coves and intimate corners under the mango trees – only a slight breeze and the gentle roar of the waves will disturb your romantic honeymoon in the Seychelles. The water in the sea of bright turquoise is clear, dark green vegetation is abundant, granitic islands glittering shine in the Indian Ocean – this setting for couples in seventh heaven is perfect. Your dreams of paradise will turn into reality and promise a harmonious common happiness. You just need to enjoy the quiet life, before the soft twilight hour of happiness.

Seychelles, where is it?

So, the Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 natural islands located in the Indian Ocean at 1,600 km east of Kenya. The main island is Mahé with the capital Victoria. It is on this island that is the international airport. Its two satellites are the islands of Praslin and La Digue. On the islands the Seychelles Creole is the main language but you will also come across a lot of English and a little less French. In any case, people are very open and it is very easy to be understood.

The best time to go to Seychelles

Since the climate is tropical and the archipelago is located outside the cyclone belt, you can go there all throughout the year. But if you want to avoid the seizure of rain, it is better to focus during the period between April and early October. For example, the end of September which is the perfect moment for wonderful romantic getaways.

Why the Seychelles for your Honeymoon?

Seychelles Honeymoon

An idyllic setting

The post card idyllic setting of Seychelles and reputation are largely justified. It’s not just beautiful, it’s compelling and attractive. A translucent blue sea and green blocks of rocks worked by the rain and especially a very generous vegetation. You can swim with the fish just meters from the beach or relax under a coconut tree.

The friendliness of the people

In all hotels, staff is fussing. But somehow it’s their job. Yet, it is amazing to see the kindness and friendliness of the inhabitants of the archipelago. They are always ready to help with a smile and even stop in the street to ask how is the day.

Incredible discoveries

The gossips say that there is nothing to do in Seychelles. It’s all false! On the main islands, including Mahé, you should visit the capital Victoria with its market, its magnificent Hindu temple, the Botanical Garden and the National Museum. By car or bus, you can visit the Mission, a former residence created to give shelter to orphans from slavery and do not miss going at the discovery of the tea factory. A must-do in southern part of Mahé is visiting its sublime beaches of Beau Vallon and Anse Soleil.

On Praslin, the neighboring island, there is a mandatory stop in La Vallée de Mai. A nature reserve listed as a World Heritage of UNESCO and populated with  sea coconut that are commonly called “coconut-buttocks.” This is also the emblem of the Seychelles. The beaches we recommend are Anse Lazio, probably the most beautiful beach of the archipelago and Anse Georgette which is equally amazing.

On La Digue, the third of the main islands, no cars are allowed. You should rent a bike on site but do not worry, there are plenty of small stands for. And if you are one of those who prefer something different, why not have an ox ride. Must dos on la Digue remains visiting the beach Anse Source d’Argent. It is indeed the most romantic beach of the archipelago. And a bit further, some 30 minutes by bike after winding up and down, Grand Anse Beach awaits you. Again a dream panorama.

There are so many places to visit in the Seychelles: The St. Anne Marine National Park for divers, Curious Island for rides in the mangroves and giant tortoises, Bird Island for wildlife, go fishing, surfing, sailing or outings in catamaran … Trust me, you will not get bored in the Seychelles.

Good to know

Because the Republic of the Seychelles is a bit of an unknown island destination far away in the middle of nowhere, it’s not surprising that even the most savvy travellers have questions before they go, so here are a few essential things you need to know:

-Little time difference: +2 hours in summer and 3 hours in winter.

-Very few formalities, just a passport and a small questionnaire to be filled during the flight.

-No special vaccination.

-You can pay in euro almost everywhere.

-Make provision for a power adapter. All outlets are 220V British 3-pin.

-Businesses and shops close between 16 and 17 hours.

Celebrate your new life together with that memorable romantic experience. The Seychelles is the ideal destination for a magical honeymoon getaway. You will enjoy every moment of this unique holiday and admire the spectacular views of the Indian Ocean at every wake up.

Sailing the Seychelles

Sailing the Seychelles

The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 islands off the Indian Ocean is definitely a destination to the image of paradise. Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the main islands, but more than 80 are inhabited. Renting a boat is the best way to discover the different islands coves and extraordinary white beaches. mass tourism and far from the bustle of civilization, cruising in Seychelles provides a change of scenery and a warm welcome from its people.

Navigate to the Seychelles

Seychelles enjoy a warm climate all year, temperatures often reaching 30 degrees. It usually makes a little cooler when northwest winds blow during the months of November to March. All islands, except the most remote southern islands, are located outside the hurricane belt, which makes the Seychelles an ideal destination throughout the year. The sea is generally calm and the tides are low, with 4 meter tidal range maximum. Currents can be strong, however, in the channels between the islands.

A fragile environment …

In Seychelles, there are some limitations related to the preservation of the environment. Access to parks and nature reserves is controlled conservation organizations that require permission and / or payment of landing fees, entrance or mooring for the night. Simply anchor in planned and marked; marine park officials will then come to you to collect the required fees. Night mooring rates are as from € 10 per boat.

A Sailing plan around the Seychelles

God seems to have designed Seychelles with the sailor in mind! There can be few better ways to explore their coves, secret beaches and to savor their enviable tranquility than by sailing or motor yacht. Seychelles naturally lends itself to move on the water and you can enjoy its natural beauty, in exactly the same way as the first visitors did, Arab intrepid navigators of the 9th century AD, riding the wind on the calm ocean water like the timeless beauty of its islands by drifting very slowly. Cruising in the Seychelles is undeniably a world class activity which one cannot miss during his holidays!

Day One

We suggest you begin your journey of discovery around Mahé, the main island of Seychelles which is home to the capital, Victoria, the port and airport.

Navigating the most beautiful archipelago in the world and this imposing green granite island whose peak towers highest at over 900m boasts over 65 beaches and a group of picturesque islands bordering the Ste. Anne Marine Park. Sailing around Mahé (18mi by 5km) take you on a memorable journey past picturesque north coast of the island and famous Beau Vallon with its beautiful strand and a wide range of tourist facilities where you could spend the night at anchor or, perhaps, on the shore while savoring delicious Creole dishes in the many restaurants in Beau Vallon. There is also a casino nearby and a number of bars to try before making the return journey on board in an array of shimmering stars.

Day Two

Time to venture northwards to Silhouette, the third largest island of the Seychelles. When you leave Beau Vallon Bay behind you and slip into the blue ocean, it might be a good idea to leave a fishing line in the water. The waters surrounding the islands are known for their great fishing and there is the chance to have some of the tastiest fish around your plate for lunch before continuing your journey to the North island with beautiful beaches and a breathtaking beauty – a great place to spend the night.

Day Three

It is time to tear yourself away from the wild beauty of the North Island and navigate again in the direction of Beau Vallon, then savagely beautiful west coast of Mahé where low splendid beaches of Grand Anse, Petit Anse Takamaka and Intendance await you . As you encounter difficulties which stop-spot is tha best, it’s a good idea to make a stop at each, enjoy a swim or a dive into the warm waters or even have a late lunch at a poolside restaurant nearby sea, where seafood specialties abound.

Day Four

Leaving behind Mahe, you head for Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles which is 26 miles away, passing in front of the twin island gems of Cousin and Cousine on the way. Once known as Ile des Palmes (Palm Island) because of its dense coconut groves and lush vegetation, Praslin is home to one of the two sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Seychelles, the famous Vallée de Mai where the wonderful Coco-de-Mer palm grows up on a pristine valley.

Praslin also has some of the most beautiful beaches of the Seychelles, consistently ranked among the best in the world such as Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette and the Gold Coast where satellites Barren Islands, Curieuse, Sisters, Maryanne, Félicité and Cocos are easily accessible.

Day Five

It will not be long before you are attracted to the neighboring island of La Digue where, they say, time seem to have stopped and where the ox cart and traditional bikes are still the main means of transport. Here you will find one of the most famous beaches in the world – and certainly the most photographed one, Anse Source d’Argent, with the relics of another age – a cemetery of the first settlers, a working Calorifer and even giant tortoise and beautiful Creole mansion.

Other stops you might consider

Paving your way north ever, you leave the realm of the granite islands to the glittering world of the coral islands of Bird and Denis located approximately 52miles north of Mahé. Here you will be greeted by the sight of colonies of seabirds, nesting turtles, silver surf and golden sand. These islands are located on the edge of the shallow Seychelles bank where the ocean plunges 2000m and where the opportunities in the world beat to go fishing together with memorable swimming and snorkeling in the clear waters and super- diving where few have dared visiting the depth of the ocean.

Have a nice sailing trip around the wonderful islands of the Seychelles!

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The Seychelles: Big Game Fishing

Fishing Seychelles

Why not go out and catch your own fish and come back to your beach villa to have a great BBQ? Whether you fancy big game fishing or deep sea fishing, the choice is yours with local Seychelles operators who will be more than happy to assist you. Mahe also has some wonderful spots for fly fishing. You simply need to take a fishing rod on the beach – sit back relax, watch the sunset and wait for the fish to hold onto the bait.

Big Game Fishing, Seychelles

If you’ve always dreamed of a blue marlin or a swordfish stuffed in your living room or mounted near the fireplace, then no doubt, a trip to the Seychelles is a must. Seychelles is a paradise for fishing. And even if you’ve never seen a reel of your life, no problem: you will have professionals beside you that will make you believe that you have done this your whole life – honestly, it’s really simple.

Uniqueness of the Seychelles

You will not need to venture into deep sea fishing to beat records! The abundance of different species of fish make the fishing trip of an angler or a beginner, memorable. Seychelles is the meeting place for fishing.

Thanks to bottom line fishing, you can catch live fish species in corals, perfect to satisfy the most gourmets of your guests. Do not miss the thrills that night fishing provides. Who knows, you may be able to put together a barracuda or a shark!

The catch that you will be bringing back with you will certainly be varied. Among the spectacular Marlin, , a variety of bonito or tuna – beginner will surely be amazed. Who knows, you may be able to break the record of the Carange weighing over 25Kg! Still, given the amount of fish you will catch, you shall never be disappointed with your fishing trip.

Also the Seychelles allow for fishing throughout the year and this regardless of the type of fishing that you will opt for. The playground is huge: 1.4-million-kilometer square around 115 islands in the archipelago. Note however that the conditions are most favorable between the months November and May. Everything will depend mainly of which genre fishing in which you will indulge. Do not omit to abide by the simple rules to follow on fishing in Seychelles, mainly to preserve this beautiful environment.

Fishing in the Seychelles

Today fishing boats to are mostly based on Mahé, but can also be found on La Digue, Denis, Frégate, Desroches or Silhouette. This allow visitors to experience one of the many adventures offered by the planet: capture, with a simple fishing rod, fish of several hundred pounds, after a struggle that may last several hours.

The best fishing areas are located on the edge of the continental shelf, a few kilometers from the coast. It was at this point that evolved the almost mythical fish like marlin and sailfish, since it hosts warm waters par excellence. Their upper jaw extends a rostrum, so long sword cartilage which is a formidable weapon. Traditionally fishing on the surface trolling or artificial lures or with natural bait. Three or four lines are still tense at the back of the boat, allowing to vary the methods and multiply all the chances of success. Spring and autumn are the two great seasons of sailfish, combative migratory, which is named after its huge dorsal fin shaped banner. This is the most colorful of billfish, also with the most elegant slim body and flat iridescent. At the end of a line, the sport that the angler gives is unparalleled. He violently throws the bait, slaying of his rostrum before rolling in.

If sailfish manifest a herding instinct, marlin, on his side lives alone. Much larger than the previous, less bright but more cunning than him, Hemingway, who portrayed with so much talent and accuracy his features in The Old Man and the sea. Blue Marlin, black marlin, striped marlin: several species of marine beast that haunts all year, Seychelles waters. The biggest subjects exceed the weight of 1000 pounds. Contrary to popular belief, the fisherman is not attached to his seat, but his fishing rod and reel are, to become one with his material and punch its weight on the fish during the fight. Rest assured: the crews, lapped in this kind of sport, lend a hand to beginners, very quickly by these powerful and angry fish, which draw on the line like crazy, tearing suddenly several tens of meters of wire reel. Tuna, too, willingly take up residence around the granitic Seychelles islands, particularly yellowfin and dogtooth tuna, two opponents with muscular curves that might amaze you. They fight forcefully until their last breath. Numerous, smaller fish such as barracuda, bonito, dorado, and other wahoo, also take the bait from Mahe to Desroches. But sea fishing has one unique charms, it leaves a lot to chance. One does not choose his opponent – one does not choose his catch. This is often the neophyte shoeing a marlin of 400 pounds, while the seasoned fisherman must be content with a miserable shark of 10 kg.

Fly Fishing in the Seychelles

In recent years, the Seychelles authorities have encouraged the emergence of a very supportive sport that remains very popular on American shores: the fly fishing. In shallow water lagoons, including that of St. Francis, fly fishing is practiced from small traditional boats. This is especially the bonefish, fish or banana, which are concerned as regards to this technique: a silver fish leaping and giving a thousand emotions to those who track it. It is not uncommon to catch 20 or 30 in one sitting. Artificial flies that are used are mounted on hooks without barb. Then catches are unhooked without damage and, it is the rule of the game, to return your catch to the sea – set it free. This practice affirms the firm belief of the Seychelles in the protection and preservation of its marine life and biodiversity.

Have fun fishing in the Seychelles!

The Seychelles: Nature Reserves

Saint Anne Seychelles

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands scattered off the coast of Kenya and Madagascar. Altogether, land areas represent just the surface of central Paris. From the fragmentation of continents, 41 granite islands are also called inner islands were formed. The three most important (Mahé, Praslin and La Digue) house almost the whole population. Rocky and green, these islands enjoy a lush and spectacular nature. The 74 so-called outer islands (including Bird, Amirante, Aldabra) are only the tip of coral reefs sometimes forming atolls. Mostly known as a tropical paradise, some of these islands are private areas which, though, remain accessible to the public.

Wildlife in the Seychelles

The Seychelles islands are home to 7 million migratory and resident birds. Seabirds are the most numerous; colonies preferentially elect an island or another where they can be observed. During the sensitive periods of the punters, the islands have seen regular waves of huge bird colonies establishing them as home. Their fascinating ballet and deafening cackle can really impress. Forest birds’ show is infinitely subtler yet it is also riskier. The banana bird, the widow and the barn owl are endangered.

Apart from dogfish and pitching, the family of mammals have few representatives. Reptiles and insects however are not missing. Of all sizes and shapes, they are however harmless. The four turtle species tend to be scarce. Just as shellfish and crustaceans which remain victims of human consumption.

The underwater environment is another source of astonishment. Tropical fish inhabit the lagoons of atolls and islands in the archipelago, plying between the corals. Unfortunately, most of these reefs have disappeared after rising temperatures caused by El Niño in 1998. Marine reserves, however, managed to preserve part of it all. We should not forget the populations of big fish (sharks, barracuda, swordfish) attract big fishermen.

Flora of the Seychelles

The mountains and the granitic coast are covered with tropical vegetation. The botanical inventory is impressive and relatively well preserved. However, there are only patches of primary forest (Valley de Mai, Silhouette) and many species introduced by birds or humans are now considered endemic. This is the case of the famous sea coconut visible on Praslin and Curieuse. On the Morne Seychellois, some specimens remain unique such as the jellyfish tree. Mangroves occupy the coasts. You will also see flowering species such as hibiscus, frangipani, flamboyant trees and fruitiers.

Le Morne Seychellois National Park

“Morne” is a Creole mountain. These crags have emerged under the pressure of the Pacific hotspots. Their rugged and tangled rainforests make up the bulk of the Morne Seychellois National Park, named after the climax. On the summits cling black clouds and lose the clearest skies. Enjoy a hike in a rare botany surrounding where coexist several forest types,. Rainforest thrives in wetlands. It is home to woodland giants which is a rare jellyfish tree. All of ti have this exotic charm distilled by unknown ferns, improbable shapes of mangrove bark brittle wood or wood mountain undergrowth blooming in lowland Vacoas and on the slopes of orchids. The endemic plant and animal species are dozens. Nine trails through the largest park in the country (1 / 5th of the island’s surface). They require several hours of walking and some are uneven. All or nearly all lead to lookouts and cross several natural habitats. The easiest way is the path of Morne Blanc which you can take from the way near Sanssouci. A visit to the Tea Factory is a must as well as Mission Lodge; the first to know the art of tea cultivation, the second for its gazebo and heritage.

Marine Park of Port Launay

The southwest coast of Mahé offers a great and almost untouched natural landscape. Certainly, some of the spots are fully dedicated to the high-end tourism, but many beautiful beaches are accessible. Two marine parks (Baie Ternay and Port Launay) preserve the natural wealth of this coast. Listed since 2004, where the mangrove cove dominates between Islette and Port Launay.

Eight bay beaches included in the park of Port Launay remain probably the most beautiful. On the coast, and tropical almond takamakas offer a green waterfront swept by turquoise waters. These are known to accommodate whale sharks, placid giants and small colorful fish. Whether one is in the water or sailing in a glass-bottomed boats, the world of silence guards its mysteries and its ability to attract.

The vegetation consists mainly of corals that has suffered from El Niño passing in 1998. Scientists found that they have got back their place in these ecosystems and are attract fish that disappeared since then such as parrotfish. The proactive policy of Seychelles with regard to its environment is now reaping the fruits of its measures. It is therefore recommended to snorkelers not dive more than two meters deep and walkers to leave nothing behind.

Marine Park of Sainte-Anne

Although located a few miles from Victoria (15 minutes by boat), the National Park of St. Anne manages to preserve a valuable ecosystem for the entire planet. Born in 1973, it was one of the first preserved areas of the Indian Ocean. It is unique in all the aspects possible from its vegetation to its wildlife. The largest park of the Seychelles (2 km2) is now privatized, but it was the haven of the first European inhabitants. Nearby, Cerf Island you will come across a most visited spot for its beaches and for its hawksbill. The richness of marine grasslands of the park has made its reputation. Nearly 150 species of fish crisscross through the corals. Moray eels, rays, wrasses evolve in solitary or benches seem familiar and snorkeling enthusiasts will be amazed. Horned Zancle also called paraha torus Polynesia had been returned to the water by local fishermen who lend it as s sacred character. This recognizable fish is known to all small, since it embodies a character from Finding Nemo. The best times to observe marine life are when the winds calm down (October to March). The fine sand does not blur your vision then.

Enjoy your visit of the Seychelles!