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Found in the Indian Ocean, the mesmerising island of Seychelles is an archipelagos of in all 115 islands. There are actually 42 inner island and73 outer island, all of them unique in their own way. Ideally situated 1500 kilometres east from afar Africa,the Seychelles is home to many unique species and this is one of the main reasons why people travel from all around the world to visit the Seychelles islands. They maternal language is a mixture of French, English and Creole hence if you know talk or can manage with one of these language it will be really easy for you to communicate.
300, 000 tourist come to visit the Seychelles annually and as a matter of fact 15 percent of the inhabitant work in the tourism industry. It is actually a small destination but surely a unique and worthy holidays. There is a lot to discover about the ethnic mix islands. A wide range of activity is offered to it visitors as well as locals. Enjoy outdoor activities including surfing, hiking and even fishing.

The largest and the main island of the Seychelles is the Mahe Island, and the capital of the Seychelles is Victoria. Victoria was granted by a British of the same name. The population of the Seychelles Islands is only 95, 000 of inhabitant. Despite having a large number of tourist arriving each year on the island, or having development, some people still live in poor condition. Some inhabitant of the islands have to work all day to be able to feed themselves.

As all island have a history, the Seychelles islands have one too. During the prehistoric times, it is said that the island was completely lone. It was the Arab, the Maldivian and the Austronesian who were the first to visit the island. After that Portuguese, British, French and Pirates fought to get the island and hence in 1903 the Seychelles islands became a crown colony and became independent in 1976.

The best and perfect time to travel to the island of Seychelles are April, May, October and November. These month are where the weather is as its best, it’s between the hot season and the humid season. During these month you may enjoy sunbathing, scuba diving and all the other summer activities.
April to May-at this period of time the Seychelles experience a warm and mild weather. The rainfalls also become more frequent and it is the time where most hotel becomes almost empty.

June to September- if you are planning to visit the Seychelles islands during these months especially June to August, just get prepared to pay at high prices. It is the peak season, where most people visit the island and yes make sure you already book your accommodation way before because you might not get your accommodation.

October to November- if your budget doesn’t allow you to go during the peak season then just go during November and October to pay less. This period of time is just right after summertime. You have the chance to encounter promotion or packages. You can still enjoy the sun and do many activities.
December to March- during these month, most of the time there are heavy rainfall and its quiet windy out there. However this does not stop visitor from visiting the island and spent their winter holiday here. If you are planning to visit during the late December and the beginning of January then you must book your accommodation months before going on your holiday.
The first best island to visit in the Seychelles is probably the main island, Mahe. It is home to some of the most breath-taking scenery and have attractions for oldies, children, singles and couples. On the Mahe islands you can try both water and land sport and surely you will not regret it. Hike up the mountain and contemplate the mesmerising views the Mahe islands offers. If you only want to relax you may just go to a beach or why not for a whole body massage?

Praslin, the 2nd largest island is full with resorts, hotel and restaurants as well as major tourist attractions for newly married couple. After the Bird islands, Praslin is the island where there is most habitat of birds. If you are a bird lover and enjoy watching or clicking bird’s picture then it is the perfect time to click some memories.

La Digue is mostly for old people and those who simply like to relax and contemplate the nature’s beauty. People at la Digue have casual lifestyle, most people move from one place to another by foot only. If you are lucky enough you might see a car but it’s rare and most people travel by bike or foot. However it is still a unique place and have mesmerising unspoiled natural beauty.

Denis islands is nothing like the other islands, unique in its own way, the stunning island was made from coral, and it is still protected by coral reefs. It is also a nice place to enjoy some nice water activities including surfing, diving and kayaking. People also go to the Denis Islands to have a good sunbathing over the white sandy beach.

Cousine islands is the other perfect place to relax, a quiet place to enjoy your holiday. It is not an island of great interest hence there are a minimum number of people visiting the Cousine islands. However you may find some nice resorts over there where you will get pampered with spa, food and everything else. You may perform activities such as fishing and diving or boat tour.

Local cuisine- the holiday is not completely if you didn’t taste the delicious and unique local cuisine. Seafood, chicken and coconut are the key ingredients to almost all dishes, the Seychellois are big fans of these 3 ingredients.Lentils and Dhal, rice are also some of the main ingredient in their dishes. The Seychellois have a secret for their unique grilled fish, you should definitely try it if you visit the island of Seychelles.
Seychelles always have something new to offer to its visitors, just take a break from your boring life, come and have fun here! Book your ticket now!

The sensation of being on holiday eternally, the feeling of being on La Digue Island of the Seychelles! The atmosphere is relaxed. Locals moving on their bike while humming! The life on the island seems to have stopped some fifty years ago.  La Digue is a small island. Only 5 km long and 3 km wide.

It may seems bizarre but you will find no real roads on La Digue! So no need to rent a car. On the west of the island are found the only three villages of the island: La Passe, La Réunion and L’Union. The small villages are clustered and form a group of houses.

The island of La Digue is the most photographed of the islands of the Seychelles with its magnificent granite rocks bathing in turquoise water and its beautiful white sandy beaches! Moreover, La Digue is the most chosen honeymoon destination.  Every year, a large number of couples coming from outside the Seychelles celebrate their weddings on this picturesque island. The island has only one luxury hotel, the rest of the accommodation being mostly guesthouses, villas or apartments for rent (self-catering). The island has no airport or aerodrome, but a heliport connects by Mahé Island found about 45 km away.

The island of La Digue rises to 333 m above sea level. Here, the population is mainly black and many men wear dreadlocks similar to those of “Bob Marley”! With its beaches, La Digue is certainly the most beautiful island of the Seychelles.

La Digue Beaches

The different beaches are accessible by bike or by foot. Neither will you find crowded beaches, nor beaches with sunbeds or umbrellas that often spoil the landscape! Everything is almost wild and just perfect! Some beaches are protected by a coral reef, making swimming very enjoyable, while other beaches are beset by high waves and strong currents, it is then necessary to be very careful when swimming (when allowed). In general, a panel indicates danger.

Anse source d’Argent

Anse-Source-d'Argent
Anse Source d’Argent

To get to Anse Source D’argent the best way is to take a sandy trail which will quickly take you  to the famous beach. You will fall in love with this sublime Anse, the Island’s most beautiful site and certainly the Seychelles! It is here that almost all the clichés representing the Seychelles are made. Anse Source d’Argent is characterized by large granite rocks eroded by waves. The site is protected by a coral reef and thus offers a calm sea for bathers. Depending on the tide, swimming is more or less easy. At low tide, the depth is very low and the bottom covered with algae.

Anse Coco

Petite Anse and Anse Coco are separated by a small peninsula called Pointe Turcy. A twenty minutes walk is necessary to reach Anse Coco from Petite Anse. Again, a beautiful deserted beach without building uplifting the landscape! There is very little shade and the sea is also dangerous. Be cautious if you want to swim.

Anse-Coco
Anse Coco

La Digue Fauna and Flora

Apart from the beaches, the island is covered with thick jungle with some walkable paths allowing you to discover the beauty of the unique flora of the Seychelles. The island of La Digue is the refuge of the “Black Widow” which are magnificent black birds endemic to the Seychelles. During the day you cannot miss the flight of the big Roussette bats.

La Digue: How to get there?

The Seychelles consist of One hundred and fifteen islands spread over a total area of One thousand two hundred square kilometers. The island of La Digue is only two hundred kilometers from the main island of Mahé and its international airport. To reach the island of La Digue, there are only two main options.

By boat

The island of La Digue is generally reached by boat from the islands of Mahé (45 km) or Praslin (7 km).  You only have to report to the port to have a precise schedules of the departures. The journey from La Digue Island to the main island Mahé is about one hour and ten minutes (70 minutes) provided that the boat does not stop in Praslin.

The travel will cost you about Sixty Euros (60 Euros) for a one way ticket. The voyage between Praslin and La Digue is about fifteen minutes (15 minutes) and costs about 15 Euros for a one way ticket. The sea is very often rough outside the lagoons. Do not be surprised if ever you have some seasickness. Take some precautions before the departure (anti-seasickness pills).

Helicopter

The second way to get to La Digue is somehow less conventional but more fun. The flight from Praslin to La Digue takes about ten minutes. There are definitely many advantages in taking the helicopter to go to La Digue. Maybe you have never taken it before and you want to try this lifetime awesome experience. Nevertheless, you will admire the turquoise lagoons of the Seychelles and take some amazing photos of the picturesque islands.

Even though being expensive, it is definitely worth the try.

La Digue: La Veuve Noir Reserve

 La-Veuve-Noir-des-Seychelles
La Veuve Noir des Seychelles

It is in La Digue that you will the last Flycatchers of the paradise island of Seychelles (or Black Widow), a bird that found uniquely in “La Veuve Noir” Reserve created exclusively to this bird. In 2012, it is estimated that about three hundred of these birds could be found on the island of La Digue. The reserve is located near the village of La Réunion. Admission is free but donations are most welcomed! An information center provides explanations on the functioning of the reserve and the life of the birds. Trails through the reserve is easy and fun.

La Digue: The small neighboring islands

From La Digue, it is very easy to reach the small islands and islets scattered around. These islets include Félicité, Cocos, Grande Soeur, Petite Sœur and Marianne. To visit these islands, it is necessary to organize a tour, either by negotiating a private boat or by joining a group. It costs about fifty Euros per half day or a hundred Euros per day. The price will depend mostly on the islands visited and type of meals included. The islands are mainly visited for snorkelling or diving. Best place to try your diving equipment!

Map-of-the-Seychelles
Map of the Seychelles

Where is Seychelles?

Have you ever wondered what tasted Africa but one class above? Well, take your map point just an iota below the equator some 1500 km to the southeastern coast of the African continent. Congratulations. You’ve just spotted the Seychelles islands.

The Seychelles islands have the perfect geographic location to shame any other tropical island. Its geographical location makes of this insular state without contest one of the pearls of the Indian Ocean, with one of the most preserved fauna and flora of the whole world.

You may be asking yourself what makes the Seychelles so distinct from the rest of Africa. Well, the answer is everything.

Seychelles Demography

To begin with, with a population of only 90,024 (2014), the Seychelles is demographically the smallest of all the African states.

Out of its 155 islands, the archipelago of 459 square kilometers has about 90% of its population staying on the island of Mahé which is home to the capital city Victoria. La Digue and Praslin accommodate for the rest of the inhabitants.The other remaining islands are uninhabited or declared nature reserve.

The population density of the Seychelles is therefore very small. You will find it astonishing that the vast majority of its soft sandy beaches are almost unfrequented giving the sensation of lost paradise.

Seychelles-Granite-blocks

Seychelles Granite blocksThe islands of the Seychelles are either of granitic or coral origins. As a matter of fact, the Seychelles granitic islands are considered the oldest and hardest granite in the world.

A walk on the beaches will reveal enormous blocks of granite,that when coupled with the azure of the sea and the green of the flora, increase your sensation of ecstasy.

Seychelles history

Tower-Cloc- in-Vicotria--Mahé
Tower Clock in Vicotria- Mahé

Seychelles has the typical historical blueprint as the majority of islands in the Indian Ocean.

Situated on the travel route of merchants of the past European  golden era, Seychelles was a transit point between Africa and Asia. It is of no wonder that Seychelles saw itself first colonised by the French in 1756 when a stone was laid by Captain Nicolas Morphey. The islands were named after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, Louis XV’s Minister of Finance.The British later contested control over the island.

State-House-Victoria-Seychelles
State House Victoria Seychelles

The buildings and infrastructures are perfect vestiges of its past colonial era. The State house and the district tower clock both situated in Victoria are perfect example.

Seychelles Culture

The colonial past can also be traced in Seychelles culture which is a mix of French and African (Creole) influences. Although having French and English as official languages, Seychellois Creole (Kreol), a creole language derived from French and African tongues, is the native language.  English and French are also commonly used. English remains the language of government and commerce.

The Seychellois are beautiful people with the majority of the population being racially mixed which is the same as the surrounding islands of La Réunion, Mauritius, Mayotte and Rodrigues.

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Seychellois boy carrying a coco fesses

Seychellois are well mannered and polite people. They are very warm welcoming to visitors and will without hesitation invite you to share their meal.

Seychelles food

Gastronomy is one of the major aspects of your visit to the Seychelles. If you are a ‘fin’ gourmet, you will find restaurants which will do nothing except arouse your taste buds. You will find whatever type of food you are looking for in the Seychelles- even Chinese food, since the Chinese make up about 1% of the population. Inner Indian Ocean islands have their own type of cuisine which is distinctive from the rest of the African continent. Seychellois cuisine is not to be excluded from the custom.

Seychellois-food

Seychellois foodIts cuisine is a unique mélange of Indian, African and French food. Hot and spicy food is generally preferred. Fish is ubiquitous in the Seychelles kitchen. Freshly caught it is savored grilled, with rice and eggplant or pumpkin puree. Hot pepper sauce, which is part of the Seychelles habits is to be eaten with moderation! Specialities of the Seychelles are the “ladob”, shark chutney, “bourgeoise grille” and the famous “kat-katbanane”. For dessert, enjoy the many tropical fruits.

Seychelles accommodation

The most fascinating fact about the Seychelles is that regardless of nationality of the visitor, no visas are required for entry. This makes the Seychelles a unique travel destination.

Unlike some African countries Seychelles enjoys amazing peace. Peace and tranquility is what every traveler research for their holiday trips. And this is exactly what the Seychelles has to offer to you. Seychelles has the lowest criminality level of Africa. Personal safety is a major factor to take into consideration while planning your holiday. One of the best tips while choosing your holiday destination is to choose the safest place for you and your family.

There is a wide range of hotels you can choose from when planning your trip. From 5 star hotels to villas or guest houses, chose whatever location you prefer. From the slow motion life of Victoria, to time freezed sea coasts and mountain foots. The Seychelles offers you accommodation according to your budget.

Seychelles Islands nature reserves

Seychelles is home to several national parks and nature reserves.

At Mahé, the highlight of the Seychelles archipelago is protected by the Morne Seychellois National Park.

At Praslin National Park, Vallée de Mai is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

National-Park-Coco-De-Mer-.-Praslin-,-Seychelles
National Park- Coco De Mer. Praslin, Seychelles

This site, unique to the Seychelles, has a forest of Coco de Mer, also called coco fesses. The fins of these coconuts shade several rare plants and many birds.

At La Digue, the reserve hosts in a lush tropical vegetation an endemic species of bird called the “red collared widow-bird.”

Several islands are located in the immediate vicinity of Mahé or Praslin. Sainte-Anne and Cerf Island are next to Mahé. Cousin, Cousine and Curieuse are close to Praslin.

In these small islands, nature rules, and marine parks are home to a beautiful underwater world. Silhouette, Bird Island, Denis Island and Fregate are islands near Mahé worth seeing.

These are small paradise where hotels are scarce and the beaches paradisiacal.

Live on these pristine islands of Seychelles giant tortoises. These animals are the endemic emblem of the island. Through your visit, do not try to disturb their routine.

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Seychellois dancing at night fall

At nightfall, the music of Seychelles launches its rhythms in hotels inviting you to dance in a friendly atmosphere, in these extraordinary islands.

Are you under the spell of a trip to the Seychelles?

Seychelles Islands

For those wishing to “get away from it all”, the Seychelles are the perfect get-away. After all, the Seychelles Islands is characterized by isolation, majestic seascapes, unparalleled beauty and temperate weather. This 115-island archipelago is located about a thousand miles off the eastern coast of Africa and lies, practically, in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The islands are scattered over 150,000 square miles (400,000 sq km) of the Indian Ocean and range from granite rock islands with lush vegetation to coral atolls that barely rise out of the sea. What distinct the Seychelles from the so many other holiday destinations is its array of islands -each one having its own particular geography, character and history. Whether you choose a one day excursion to any of the many Inner granitic islands or an extended stay on one of its exotic island hideaways, Seychelles has something exceptional to offer- Another World! Experiencing more than one island during your stay is a must and will add some sparkles to your holiday experience, which will remain forever engraved in your memories.

How to move from one island to the other in the Seychelles?

Island Hopping
Island Hopping

“Island Hopping” will maximise your enjoyment of the Seychelles and there are various ways to move from one island to the other during you holidays in the Seychelles.

By Air

Island Hopping By Air
Island Hopping By Air

Inter-island flights operate from Mahé, meaning that flying from Praslin to Bird, you must make a connection through Mahé. Praslin, Bird and Denis Islands are served daily from Mahé while the islands of Cousine and Fregate are served by chartered helicopter. Most inter-island flights are operated by small aircraft with around 20 seats. Luggage space is therefore restricted and the baggage allowance is restricted to 10kgs or 15kgs per person on some flights. Excess baggage maybe left at the main airport on Mahé. So for your own wellness, travel light, particularly to the smaller outlying islands. Timetables can also vary due to weather conditions. Last, but not least, it might also be required to spend the first and last night of your holiday on Mahé to allow for international flight connections.

By Sea

Yacht Sailing Seychelles
Yacht Sailing Seychelles

La Digue is accessible through daily ferry service from Praslin, while Cerf and Sainte Anne Islands are reached via ferry from Mahé. But another choice would be cruising around the magnificent islands on a breath taking yacht and visit the islands of your choice. Your cruise journey may begin by a sail around the islands close to Mahé. You could then stop off at one of the world’s most stunning beaches, Anse Lazio followed by a visit to the beautiful conservation island of Cousine, before dropping anchor at Coco Island to enjoy the lively marine life while snorkelling. Whatever your choice, a regular network of air and sea carriage, operating out of the principal island of Mahé, will cater for most routes. Ferry services, domestic flights and even helicopter transfers are also offered on a daily basis to many of the islands.

The Islands To Visit In The Seychelles.

Seychelles

No two islands are the same, each possessing its own attractions, characteristics and ambience. Compare the main island of Mahé for instance and its uneven high mountains, a collection of quiet white sand beaches, the busy capital of Victoria with the absolute peace and tranquility of Denis or Desroches Island, home to un-crowded beaches and diamond blue clear seas.

Mahé

Mahé, is the largest island of the Seychelles. It is also the cultural and economic hub of the Inner Islands, and the international gateway to Seychelles. The island is home to almost 90% of the total population reflecting Seychelles’ diverse ethnicity and descent from African, Indian, Chinese and European populations. Lodging in one of Mahé’s hotel or villa is one of the best thing you can do.

Mahe-Seychelles
Mahé – Seychelles

Mahé is an extraordinary treasure trove of flora that has evolved over centuries of splendid isolation. Rent a car to visit the island in depth and discover his hidden treasures. Rare endemic plants found nowhere else in the world adorn Mahé’s mist forests in mountain strongholds, such as the Jellyfish Tree, the carnivorous Seychelles Pitcher Plant and the Seychelles Vanilla Orchid.

Praslin

Praslin, with a population of 6,500 people, is Seychelles’ second largest island. It lies 45km to the northeast of Mahé. Renting a car is a great way to visit the island and a leisurely tour around the island will take approximately 2 hours.

Praslin Seychelles Vallee De Mai
Praslin Seychelles Vallée Mai

Praslin is the site of the fabulous Vallée de Mai, one of Seychelles’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The island also houses truly exquisite beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette, both appearing on the top-10 list of world’s best beaches in recent years.

La Digue

Close neighbour to Praslin and to its satellite islands of Félicité, Marianne and the Sisters Islands, La Digue is the fourth largest island in Seychelles. The island hosts the Seychelles’ black paradise flycatcher, one of the rarest birds on earth.

Ox Cart La Digue Seychelles
Ox Cart La Digue Seychelles

La Digue’s forests contain an affluence of flora in the form of delicate orchids, tumbling vines of vanilla, as well as trees such as Indian almond and takamaka. Gardens blaze with hibiscus and nepenthes against a backdrop of swaying coconut palms. La Digue is an island where time stands still and time-honoured traditions such as travelling by ox-cart and bicycle are still king.

Bird Island

Bird Island- Flock of birds
Bird Island- Flock of birds

Bird Island is a true chef-d’oeuvre of nature, right at the edge of where the Seychelles bank drops to depths of more than 1500 meters. The island houses a fantastic flock of birds which can be observed and snapped from arm’s length. Sea turtles lay their eggs on the white powdery beaches and the world’s oldest land turtle (“Esmeralda”, born in 1771!!!) happily wanders around the island.

Aride Island

Aride Island is considered a jewel of the Indian Ocean. It is one of the most important nature reserves in the world with flora and fauna that has not be disturbed by human beings for half a century. Visitors take a full day to relax and enjoy this small bit of paradise.

Aride Island
Aride Island

The island has never been developed for tourism and has been a nature reserve for decades. This is the main reason it stayed a wild and beautiful place. Tourists can enjoy the hundreds of birds and their chicks that are not afraid of humans on the top of the island. The birds come up close to people, which is a real thrill for children. On the top of the granite cliffs, visitors can sometimes see hawksbill turtles and dolphins in the water below. Those sea lovers can swim and snorkel over the reefs and see some of the 450 species of brightly coloured reef fish in the area.

Cousine Island

Cousine Island Seychelles
Cousine Island Seychelles

In the azure waters of the Indian Ocean it is an island like no other on earth. On Cousine Island, nature thrives and man is just a silent observer. Cousine Island is one of the 115 islands that make up the Seychelles islands. Cousine Island can be reached by helicopter or boat, and it is this seclusion that makes it such an attractive haven for people wanting absolute privacy.

Denis Island

Denis Island Seychelles
Denis Island Seychelles

Denis Island Seychelles, is only a 30 minute flight from Mahé. The rich vegetation of Denis with its fertile soil and lush greenery is home to roaming giant tortoises and nesting sea birds. It also boasts excellent nature walks. Free bicycles are also available for exploring the island at your leisure.

Desroches Island

Desroches Island
Desroches Island

A stunning Robinson Crusoe of an island with a cool hippy attitude, Desroches Island is the peak of indulgence and escapism. Floating a thousand miles away from the coast of Africa in the sheer nowhereness of the Indian Ocean, the farthest island of the archipelago, Desroches, remains untouched, a pristine sweep of palm-fringed beaches edged with rainforests and mango groves

Fregate Island

Seychelles Fregate Island
Seychelles Fregate Island

Fregate Island is a unique destination to experience the best the Seychelles have to offer. The name recalls legends and tales of treasure chests buried under the sands, as immortalized in Robert Louis Stevenson’s  “Treasure Island”. And with over 10 km of roads and walking trails, you can comfortably explore the island on foot. These haven of peace are only waiting  for you visitors, grab your tickets and head towards Another World- The Seychelles!