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The islands of the archipelago of Seychelles have received quite a number of visitors from over the globe. These islands are blessed with a wonderful weather almost all year round, attracting tourists throughout the year. The main islands of the Seychelles remain Mahé, La Digue and Praslin. These three islands include many tourist attractions and activities such as deep sea fishing, scuba diving, kite surfing and many more!

The other islands are filled with natural treasures of flora and fauna. They include rare species found nowhere else in the world such as the Wright’s Gardenia on the flora side and the Seychelles magpie robin on the fauna side.

 

Mahé Island

mahe seychelles victoria
mahe seychelles victoria

Mahé is the capital island of the Seychelles. Its capital is Port Victoria where many interesting tourist activities await you. The island is also surrounded by magnificent beaches which are known throughout the globe such as Beau Vallon and Anse Intendance.

Interesting places to visit in Mahé includes its botanical garden, the small Ben, the Victoria supermarket and the Kenwyn House.

 

Botanical Garden

Victoria botanical garden
Victoria botanical garden

Lying in the middle of Port Victoria, the great Botanical Garden was established in the 1900’s. It is a stunning garden which includes a five acres landscape which is home to a wide range of exotic and endemic plant including a wide range of unique spice and fruit trees.

You can visit the botanical garden from Monday to Sunday at 7hr30 Am to 5pm.

 

Clock Tower

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

The Small Ben is a miniature version of the Big Ben in London. It is an important historical monument of the Seychelles and represents an important landmark of Port Victoria. The clock tower was built by Messrs Gillet & Johnson of Croydon from 1844 to 1957.

 

 

Kenwyn House

Kenwyn House is among the most renowned attractions in the Seychelles. It comprises of a shopping mall which included rare dazzled diamonds. Kenwyn House was constructed in 1855. Today, It constitutes the most luxurious retail company in the archipelago.

Victoria Market

The Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market was established in 1840 and has since become a local hotspot for the inhabitants of the Seychelles. The market is the spot to be if you want to learn about the Seychellois’ cultures and daily routines. The market is vivid and has a pleasant atmosphere where a variety of fruits, vegetables, fishes and souvenirs items are on display for sale. You may acquire your daily consumables there during your time in the Seychelles.

 

There are many things that you can try out in Mahé. Here are a few on the list:

Casino

There are many local casinos spread around the area in Mahé although the most recommended one would be the Amusement Centre which include 200 slots machines and a licensed bar. The night life of Mahé cannot be fully discovered in one night! However, don’t rush things! Take your time to enjoy the ride.

Disco

Insider tips: The Katiolo is the best club to go to enjoy the nightlife of the Seychelles. It is an air opened club where you can dance to the Creole music and enjoy a lively Creole ambiance with 100% creole services.

Seychelles Golf

Mahé include the largest golf club in the Seychelles which is namely the Seychelles Golf club. The latter is established on an old coconut plantation which can be reached in 15 minutes from the airport of the island. Have fun on a nine-hole course which is probably the best that you will get in the Seychelles.

 

Praslin Island

Seychelles Anse Lazio PraslinPraslin is a famous tourist destination where many hotels and resorts have established themselves on the coast of the island. It is a small island which can be explored in a 2 hours drive. However, there are plenty of activities to try and spots to visit.

 

Beaches of Praslin

Praslin beach

The beauties of the beaches of Praslin are not to be underestimated. Praslin includes beaches which are listed among the world’s best beaches. The most renowned ones are Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio. These two beaches are listed in the Top 10 list of world’s best beaches.

Anse Georgette

Anse Georgette, SeychellesAnse Georgette is located at the north-east of Praslin. It is a unique spot which you can access from Anse Lazio. Anse Georgette offers you a magnificent landscape view- It is surrounded by lush vegetation while the scenery of the turquoise water merging with the golden sand is just mesmerizing!

Anse Lazio

Anse Lazio beachAnse Lazio is situated in the north of Praslin. It is one of the best spot where you can capture gorgeous pictures of the seaside!

 

 

Vallée de Mai

One of the most important sites in Praslin is the Vallée de Mai which is a UNESCO world Heritage Site. The Vallée de Mai is located in the middle of Praslin. This nature reserve includes an old forest which is filled with rare endemic plant such as the Coco de Mer, palmers, Vanilla orchids and Palm of the traveler. There are also rare birds that are exclusive to the Seychelles like the Seychelles black parrot.

 

La Digue

La Digue is the third biggest as well as third most populated island of the Seychelles archipelago. The island is privately owned by the hotel La Digue Lodge and is sometimes reserved for the exclusivity of its clients. La Digue is one of the best spots for scuba diving. While tourism is its main industry, La Digue has gone through a significant tourist increase over these years and has had major influence on the economy of the Seychelles.

La Digue is the shelter for many rare species, some which are even endangered such as the black paradise flycatcher. The latter are only about 100 in the entire globe.

The island has a rich marine life which includes a variety of fish, sharks and rays. While scuba diving, some divers have affirmed spotting blacktip reef sharks and whale sharks.

 

If you are planning for a trip to the Seychelles, you might want to check the website of AirSeychelles. The latter offers many interesting packages that will definitely pick your interest.

Brief definition of geography:

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

 

Location of the Seychelles

Map of the Seychelles

Maps of the Seychelles
Maps of the Seychelles

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

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

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

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

The inner part of Seychelles

The Outer part of Seychelles

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

Inner Islands

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

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

Some of the Inner Seychelles are:

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

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

 

Praslin

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

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

La Digue

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

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

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

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

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

 

Silhouette

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

 

Seychelles Outer islands

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

The Amirante Islands

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Climate of Seychelles

Weather Seychelles

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Flora and Flauna of Seychelles

Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher
Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher

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

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

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 !

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…

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.

Book your flights to the Seychelles now!

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!

Travel to the Seychelles
Travel to the Seychelles

 

The Seychelles includes a group of small tropical islands. Talking to someone about Seychelles will make him think of the blue sky and brightly sunlit beaches. The Seychellois climate is indeed the same as a paradise. It is always warm, never arriving at an extreme cold or hot temperature.

The Seychelles comprises of 115 islands. These islands can be broken down into two categories namely the Inner part of the Seychelles and the Outer part of the Seychelles. Most of the Seychellois population live in the inner island.

The inner Seychelles are the most visited by the tourists. It includes islets such as Mahé, La Digue, Praslin, Silhouette Island, Denis Island and Bird Island.

The three main islands of the Seychelles are Mahé, La Digue and Praslin.

 

Mahé Island

mahe seychelles victoria
mahe seychelles victoria

The main island of the Seychelles is Mahé. Its capital is Port Victoria. Mahé is also the largest island of the Seychelles. If you are searching for a hotel to stay in the Seychelles, we definitely propose a mahe hotel. Get to experience the daily life of the Seychellois townsmen.

Few places of interest in Seychelles: Mahé Island

Port Victoria Seychelles

You are sure to find something interesting in the capital of the Main Island of Seychelles. Port Victoria is home to many luxurious hotels in Mahe. Furthermore, numerous attractions are available for visitors such as:

  • The little Ben: A miniature copy of the Big Ben clock in London.
  • Seychelles Victoria Botanical Gardens: are composed of more than five acres of gardens full with exotic and endemic plants and animals such as the Aldabra tortoises.
  • Victoria National Museum of History: The museum has in its possession historical artifacts which include the oldest map of the Seychelles.
  • Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market: This is the local hotspot for Seychellois. Experience the vivid atmosphere in the market. You will also get the opportunity to acquire some souvenirs at the market.
Little ben seychelles
Little ben seychelles

 

 

Beau Vallon Seychelles

Beau Vallon beach sunset in Seychelles

The beach of Beau Vallon is the most reputed seashore on Mahé. It is located on the north-western coast of the island. The lagoon is rich in beautiful colourful coral reefs living clear waters. As a result, it has become the ideal spot for diving and snorkelling. The beach is much visited by locals, especially on weekends.

Praslin Island

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Praslin is the second largest and most inhabited island of the Seychelles after Mahé Island.  The island is home to heavenly beaches. Many hotels in Praslin are available for short and long-term stays. Whether it is a villa or a beach resort, rooms are fairly priced to suit everyone’s budget.

Praslin is a reputed tourist destination with some of Seychelles’ most beautiful beaches. Below is a list of things to do on Praslin Island.

Anse Lazio

Anse Lazio plage Seychelles

This beautiful beach offers a picturesque view and good swimming opportunities. The lagoon is calm and clear, from light to deep aquamarine blue. The trees lining the beaches provide shade for you to laze and relax.

Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

Vallée de Mai- Praslin
Vallée de Mai- Praslin

The Nature reserve is located at the heart of Praslin Island. This rainforest is a UNESCO world heritage site. Vallee de Mai contains a well preserved Palm forest, consisting of endemic Palm trees. The wildlife of the park includes the Seychelles black parrot, snails, mammals and reptiles.

La Digue

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

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

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

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

La Digue lodge offers a lot of activities for your Seychelles vacation. Below is a list of activities in the Seychelles that the five star hotels propose you:

Fishing

fishing in Seychelles
fishing in Seychelles

La Digue lodge also gives you the opportunity to try the oldest tradition of the Seychellois; fishing. Whether you are going for a private trip aboard the ocean using a motor boat, or a group vacation for seasoned reef fishermen; La Digue Island Lodge is disposed to meet your every needs and demands.

Excursions

The island La Digue is the perfect and ideal spot to camp and visit other islands of the Seychelles. You will get to try a variety of activities such as Snorkelling, fishing, diving and trekking on the islands around la Digue.

 

On the other hand, la Digue is the utmost romantic place in the Seychelles. For your dream like honeymoons, anniversaries or just a special treat that you definitely deserve, La Digue is the place for your romantic escape in Seychelles.

Some Islands to visit during your travel to the Seychelles:

Cousin Island

Cousin Island
Cousin Island

It is a nature reserve protected by the Seychelles law as a special reserve. It is managed by Nature Seychelles, a national non- for profit and partner of BirdLife International, for which the island has been identified as an important bird area.

Felicité Island

Felicite Seychelles

Felicié Island is a small island of granite which is located four kilometres to the east of La Digue. The islet was a coconut plantation back in the 1900’s.

The Sisters Islands

Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur Islands are referred to as the Sisters islands.

Situated 6 km northeast from their neighbouring island La Digue, these small tropical retreats are popular for excursions because of their spectacular ocean views and excellent opportunities that they offer for hikes and picnics.

The islands are also famous for snorkeling and scuba diving in waters where marine life is prolific.

The hotel Château de Feuilles on Praslin manages the islands.

 

If you are going to the Seychelles, you might want to check the other articles we have on our blog, the Indian Ocean on the Seychelles.

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Sun and heat all year round, Creole delicacies, perfectly intact coral reefs, best beaches in the world, Seychelles transport you to an idyllic world that will make you forget the daily stress. Lying on the sand in the shade of coconut palms, you can admire the crystal clear water and enjoy absolute relaxation. Fly to Seychelles and enjoy and unparalleled experience.

Victoria

Seychelles capital account less than 25 000 inhabitants. Its mixed population, younger than the other islands, gathers around Independence Avenue and Albert Street.

This historic, commercial and administrative center where departments, the court and other buildings can be found, bears the imprint of the English and French colonization. The styles of the nineteenth century are biased to the colonnaded facades, domes and other flirtations. Symbol of that time, the Clock Tower reproduced in miniature the Big Ben of London.

The atmosphere of the indoor market in Sir Selwyn-Clark (1840) better reflects the Creole lifestyle. Under its arcades, merchants and shoppers remake the world and reputations. It is alert, cheerful and eager that you will enjoy this spot that provides delicacies and spices. Do not miss seeing the nearby Hindu temple honoring Ganesh and the cathedral where flock the faithful for celebrations.

On Francis Rachel Street, the National History Museum offers a collection of works of craftsmen, objects that belonged to the founding of the colony. Further south, the botanical garden of Paul Dupont has 200 species of flowers and an amazing collection of endemic palms.

The coastline is hardly disturbed by the presence of the city. It faces the National Park of St. Anne. Aside inland you will find the residential area of ​​Bel Air towards the Morne Seychellois National Park and its colonial cemetery overlooking the city. It is accessed by the road Sans Souci, an evocation of the more relaxed lifestyle.

Plane

From Paris, Air Seychelles, Etihad Airways and other airlines serve Mahé and Praslin. Rates vary significantly depending on the tourist seasons.

Inter-island flights are operated by Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways from Mahé airport. You can connect two islands without passing through Mahé. Daily flights to Praslin (15 minutes – from 20 to 30 flights per day), and variable frequencies depending on the season to Bird, Denis, Desroches and Alphonse.

The Mahé airport is located fifteen kilometers from Victoria. Connections by taxi or shuttle are readily available. A free shuttle is available for travelers who join the ferry to Praslin (reservation required – 2-3 day).

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Boat

The islands of Mahé, Praslin, Fregate and La Digue are connected by ferries. The trip varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the destination. From June to September, the sea is particularly rough and providers may be forced to cancel schedules.

Bus

The company Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) covers many routes on Mahe and Praslin islands. The service is reliable and offers comfortable buses.

Car Rental

A national license is sufficient but one must be over 22 years and have a credit card for booking and driving. Rental companies only offer insurance to third parties, which calls for particular caution. You can request that the contract is written in French or English. Read the terms carefully and locate disclaimers.

Service stations are spread over both islands – Mahe and Praslin and are open from 7 to 19 as a rule. Only Mahé and Praslin have a road network that is well maintained. Former Commonwealth countries, in Seychelles you drive on the left (priority right). The roads are quite narrow and winding. The speed limit is 65 km / h on the road and 40 km / h in town. At night you need to be even more cautious than the day, you have to be extremely attentive to pedestrians, bicycles and carts…

What you can drink on the island?

In the vast majority of towns and cities, tap water is drinkable. However, uneven rainfall and failing networks can cause problem. So it is better to consume bottled mineral water. You should not refuse though a fresh exotic fruit juice in places where hygiene is respected or refreshing green coconut water. Fresh lemongrass is particularly tasty.

The tea smallholder on Mahé is not enough to cover all the needs of the Seychellois. Make sure that the tea you consume comes from this region because it can be an imported tea. Local teas are also flavored (mint, cinnamon, vanilla).

The local beer is a must. Seychelles brewery produces two brands: Seybrew and Eku. The kalou (fermented coconut sap) is prohibited for sale in the shop. Among the spirits, you can test the Coco d’Amour, a liqueur with coconut milk. Palm wine, or toddy is also a product from the same family.

Must eat in the Seychelles

The Seychellois Cuisine had long been enlivened by the likes of curries from India, highly spiced and smoothed with coconut cream; Chinese stir-fries and grilled or steamed fish; and aromatic blends of garlic, ginger and herbs from La Belle France.

Added to the abundant seafood of the Indian Ocean, and a cornucopia of tropical fruits and vegetables, Creole cuisine is fusion without the fuss – simply gorgeous fresh produce, cooked in a myriad mouth-watering ways.

Seafood and many fish species (trevally, barracuda, vielle, bourgeois) used in the preparation of the most common dishes like Carry koko. On family tables, the kat kat comes prominently mixing tuna, banana and coconut milk followed by curry zourite, a bouillabaisse of spicy octopus. The pepper sauce – commonly named chatini – is usually presented separately preserving delicate palates. Various salad mixes local products, do not miss tasting the palm heart salad called salad billionaire. The green fruits are eaten as vegetables, ripe they are served in salads or crushed and embellished with spices. Looking out to taste something new? The bat curry, great bat-based specialty, is served with a mazavarou – highly spicy preparation consisting of garlic, red pepper, ginger. Why not try that?

Try the donuts (pumpkin and vanilla syrup, bananas) or cassava cake (pudding) cooked with grated coconut, sweet potato and red fruits and mountain honey. Bananas and mangoes have a significantly different tastes from their cousins ​​sold in Europe.

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A country of white sand beaches and palm trees, the Seychelles is an exotic tourist destination. Just four degrees south of the equator, the 115 granitic and coralline islands of the Seychelles make up the world’s only granite-formed oceanic islands. We recommend hopping between the pristine islands during your holidays in the Seychelles.

Mahe, capital of the Seychelles and its beautiful beaches and hiking trails; La Digue Island enchanted by its Creole rhythm where one travels only by bike or ox carts in an authentic atmosphere and its small colonial village of La Passe; Praslin, the second largest island of the Seychelles, famous for its beautiful beaches and its primary forest; Aldabra Atoll, refuge giant tortoises; Silhouette, quintessential natural island and national park; The Seychelles has so much that you’re sure to always have some new place to visit while spending your holidays there. Do not hesitate to book your flight to Seychelles for your next holidays.

Mahe, Seychelles

Mahe from above

Patrimwann, cultural center of Victoria, Independence Avenue, the Champs-Elysées Victoria Clock Tower, Victoria’s Clock Tower symbol of the Hindu Temple Sri Vinayagar Navasakthi in honor of Ganesh, former Bel Air Cemetery and legends, the oldest site in the Seychelles built by man are few of what awaits you on Mahé. You will also come to the discovery of the St. Anne Marine park, ranked marine nature reserve.

You will also come across its ruins of colonial buildings, tombs of pirates and its famous snorkelling spot, the Bay and beach of Beau Vallon, the Seychelles Morne National park in an exceptional setting, the cove of Anse Major prized for its beauty, tranquility and views on Silhouette also remains must visit spots.  The beautiful beaches of Anse Soleil, Anse Takamaka and Anse Intendance are not to be missed along with the king’s spices garden.

Praslin, Seychelles

Praslin marine reserve boasts millions of colorful fish. Alone with the Vallée de Mai where the earth is red and where grows one of the largest seed in the world, coconut buttock (Coco de Mer – Coco Fess) the island beholds the treasures of the Seychelles archipelago. On Praslin, you will also have the chance to have a swim at Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

La Digue, Seychelles

Former colonial area with coconut trees, Union Estate, a real open air museum will surprise its visitors. The stunning beach of Anse Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world, will make you think you are dreaming and do not miss a stop at the Eagles Nest, the highest point of the mountain peak of La Digue. Experience easy-going island life on the island of La Digue. With a population of only 2000, the island itself is just 10 square kilometres, making it relatively easy to navigate by bicycle. La Digue is also home to the extremely rare Black Paradise Flycatcher bird, with only 100 in existence.

Inner and outer islands, Seychelles

The Inner Islands are mostly granitic and group mainly around the principal islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Together they are home to the majority of Seychelles’ accommodation facilities as well almost the entire population of the archipelago. There are 43 Inner islands in total, 41 granitic and 2 coraline.

The Outer Islands are those situated beyond the Seychelles plateau. They comprise 72 low-lying sand cays and atolls. Less visited than their granitic cousins due to their remoteness, these pristine miniature worlds offer untouched habitats for many species of wildlife.

The Seychelles blue waters

Must-Taste in the Seychelles

Here is everything you should taste while visiting the Seychelles: The shark’s flesh chutney is a mixture of minced shark, with saffron and bilimbi is a pure pleasure in the mouth; The Seychelles curry – rousette, zourite, chicken and other meats – in which coconut milk is added is pure bliss – a must eat; The Kat-Kat, a popular dish of green bananas and tuna served in the milk of coconut salt and pepper.

These accompanied with lemongrass tea or SeyBrew, the local beer simply makes it all perfect. If you have the chance to, do not hesitate to tests the Bacca Rum – local alcoholic beverage made with sugar cane and pineapple. The Coco D’Amour liqueur, with the remarkable shape of its bottle will seduce more than one. You will notice that practically all desserts in the Seychelles is linked with banana or coconut: banana or coconut pies, banana fritters, coconut nougat and many more.

Family activities in the Seychelles

Playing Robinson Crusoe in an idyllic setting, with a centenarian turtle as best friend and swimming with whale sharks which can be spotted near the west coast and north of Mahe from August to October, is a dream coming true for most. Admire the sea without getting wet aboard a glass-bottom boat, go in search of the rare “black parrot” in the Vallée de Mai, take the sea to observe dolphins, whales or watch the turtles nesting on the beach of Desroches Island and make snorkeling activities. You will always find something to do with your family in the Seychelles.

Seychelles: The ideal destination for lovers

Say “Yes!” in a unique and romantic location between sea and garden, fly to Seychelles in the turquoise vastness of the Indian Ocean, participate in a yoga class at sunset, get a massage facing the ocean, enjoy sports with a coach, marvel at the sublime view of the horizon, enjoy the beauty of the seabed and spend unforgettable memories with your loved one.

The Seychelles in a Nutshell

The Seychelles will conquer more than one with its many activities and spots offered on the pristine island. From young to old, everyone will find something to do. Come at the discovery of a wonderful culture with exquisite culinary practices and enjoy wonderful moments in unparalleled scenery. This is what the Seychelles is all about – adventure. Visit the hidden coves at your own pace, enjoy the moments and make memories. The Seychelles is the real paradise on earth.

Enjoy your holidays in the Seychelles!

The Seychelles waterfalls

The Seychelles are wonderful small paradises scattered in the Indian-Ocean. This archipelago of over 100 islands, is a dream destination where almost every people in the world want to spend, at least once, their holidays. This holiday destination is surely of top notch quality and offers endless possibilities and accommodation to visitors. We have gathered all the reason why the Seychelles remains the best destination for quality holidays.

A Stunning Wildlife

Did you know that nearly half of Seychelles is protected by nature reserves? So if you dream to admire turtles, birds, fish of all colors without having the impression of being in an aquatic zoo, the Seychelles is an ideal solution. These islands remain the favorite destination of diving enthusiasts, as there are countless spots to admire the marine fauna and flora. It is undoubtedly a dream destination.

Magic Places

Besides beaches and wildlife that already adds an inescapable charm to the Seychelles, be aware that the islands are beautiful in themselves. On the islands you will find beautiful palm trees, and you can even enjoy atypical fruits and unique food that will wake up your taste buds. It will be far from what you eat in everyday life, but it will surely interest you.

Combining Islands: Cousin – Curious – St. Pierre

Experience this unique combination of the most famous islands of the Seychelles. Cousin, a picturesque reserve that boasts a wide range of wildlife, including doves, giant tortoises and also a conservation success story that saved significant endemic wildlife from extinction. After enjoying the rich diversity of this pristine sanctuary set like a stone in a pure turquoise sea, you can visit the curious island off the north coast of Praslin, the only place outside the Vallée de Mai, where the legendary Coco de Mer grows wild.

Here you can enjoy exceptional swimming in the clear waters and relaxing on the white sand before being served a delicious BBQ lunch on the beach. After lunch, you can enjoy a guided one-hour tour through the fascinating nature reserve, through the ruins of the former leper colony and newly renovated ” Doctor House”, now a charming museum. The trail island winds through a mangrove forest teeming with wildlife to impressive lagoon Bay La Raie where small sharks and turtles abound. Leaving behind Curious, you will eventually make your way to the third in this trio of gems of the Seychelles, St Pierre, which is certainly the diving experience of a lifetime. With its crystal waters which abound with a myriad of fish and colorful coral formations. On the way back, you will be given the arduous task of deciding which of our three islands was the most beautiful!

Vallée de Mai, La Digue

This tour, featuring some of the most famous monuments in theSeychelles, will present the extraordinary diversity of this destination. After your arrival on Praslin, the second largest island in Seychelles, you will be escorted to the legendary Vallée de Mai, home to the fabulous Coco de Mer, which was once considered to be the original site of the garden of Eden. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Leaving the valley behind, you will be taken to the colorful Baie Ste Anne Jetty where you walk in the footsteps of the first visitors of the Seychelles by boarding a traditional schooner towards the island of La Digue.

There you will realise that time has stopped and secular traditions has stood still. On arrival at the picturesque pier of the island, you will be offered freshly picked coconuts to cool off. You will have the opportunity so have a tour of the Estate Union where you will witness the production of “coconut oil” – secret flesh of the coconut fruit that you will find drying in the oven and eat while still warm.

You will learn how coconut oil is made. You should make a photo-stop near Anse Source d’Argent which will take your breath away while you capture the extraordinary beauty of one of the most famous beaches in the world, framed by crystal clear turquoise waters and ancient granite blocks. A delicious Creole buffet lunch will be served to you in a restaurant of choice, then you will be invited you to enjoy a leisure afternoon on the beach before taking again a boat for the return trip to Praslin.

Dream Beaches

Dream Beaches Seychelles

A holiday at Seychelles is sure to fill your travel kitty to the brim with fond memories. Seychelles, situated to the north east of Madagascar, close to the coast of Africa, in the midst of the ocean. There are numerous beaches which you can visit while on a holiday to Seychelles. Here we have compiled a list of the best eight beaches which are indeed worth visiting.

Of course, when we know that there are around 100 pieces of land where we can put our feet in the water, we say that the results must be beautiful for the eyes … And it’s true! Seychelles is particularly deemed to offer the best beaches you will find on earth. I must admit that each of these beaches will make you dream.

Anse source d’argent consists of numerous tiny crescent pink sand beaches. Large granite boulders separate these beaches from one another. The unique shapes of these boulders are a marvel by themselves since these curves were the created when the weather and time took a toll on these rocks. A reef stands protecting the beach which is ideal for your kids. The water is not too rough and it is safe for children to play in it. You can enjoy snorkeling at the reef which can also be used to relax and sun bathe.

Anse Lazio, reputed to be the most beautiful beach of the world will stun you. The experience of swimming and diving in the crystal clear waters of this divine beach is not soon forgotten and after an equally unforgettable barbecue in this magical setting, you will have enough time to burn this precise moment in your memory before you bring at home the final day.

Have fun in the Seychelles!

Seychelles as a whole is “interesting” to the average person living an average life- it’s not an island as many seem to think. Oh no- it’s 115 islands. Indeed quite a lot of islands one may say, still not intrigued enough to visit it, are you? Well, the Seychelles Islands also happen to be the celebrity of islands worldwide. You must have heard of Bali, of the Maldives but those beaches of Seychelles? They have an impressive list of awards that have been allocated to them throughout the years and mark my words- these beaches have deserved each and every one of them!

On top of all that, Seychelles has an underwhelming population size of just under 90000 people. Imagine that- 115 islands and just 90000 people! But the most impressive fact is actually that 90% of them all live in Mahé! The island is home to the locals, expats and most considerably- the tourism industry. It is the island where you first land on your journey to Seychelles. This is where it starts- Victoria, Mahé.

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Let’s start with that itself- the airport. It is a fairly recent one, only a couple of decades old with the honour of having been inaugurated by Her Majesty herself. It is the home base to Air Seychelles and provides a warm welcome to hundreds of thousands of tourists yearly. People have raved about its cleanliness and good service among other facilities such as wifi and lounge for layovers. However, you might want to bring a snack bar or two if you are going to be at the airport for longer than a few hours since it is not big on food shops. For others simply having a layover in Seychelles while en route to other countries, bear in mind that one cannot leave the airport without proof of residence arrangements! So, book a hotel in case you want to tour the island(s) for the few hours spent there instead of simply lazing in the airport lounge!

Concerning hotels in Seychelles, that will be a fairly easy task. Victoria has an abundance of hotel which cater not only to longer term tourists but also people who are just stopping over. So worry not, you will easily find a perfect fit to stay in Seychelles for however long you plan to. Especially with most hotels having their own websites and online booking facilities, this is doubly easy now. Victoria is a curious place to visit. It is the largest city of the largest island in Seychelles but simultaneously, the smallest capital of any African country! Filled with magnificent hotels, quaint houses, pretty little shops and an awesome bazaar- Victoria makes itself a highly interesting possibility for exploration. The island itself is home to a diverse group of flora and fauna as well as a very rich history. Having been previously colonised by the British gave Victoria its name in honour of Queen Victoria. To learn more about this vibrant past of the islands, a visit to the national museum is in order! Located in the city itself, it ha an affordable entry fee for the average holidayer. The descriptions and labels are mostly in French, a result of the more frequent use of creole over its official language which is English. However, the guides and locals are usually very helpful to the polite and inquisitive visitor. So, do not hesitate to ask questions and let your curiosity spread- you will thank yourself when you are back home with a quasi encyclopedia of knowledge to accompany your beautiful island memories.

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About these island memories- what’s a Seychelles holiday without a healthy dose of the beach, sea and sun? Mahé is ever warmed by the tropical sun, being a pleasant place to lazy and tan all year round. April is famed for being the hottest month while July is supposedly the coldest. In Seychelles, “cold” doesn’t even warrant a quilt at night! The temperature remains mild and comfortable- so do not be afraid of extreme temperatures- it will take a natural calamity for that to happen in Seychelles!

About natural calamities, Indian Ocean is well-known for its cyclones. It is something to be expected, a big bad cyclone attack on a near yearly basis. However, these cyclones somehow always manage to evade Seychelles apart from some few exceptions including in 2016 very recently. Though small, the islands got back on their feet in a remarkably short time and got back to business as usual. And hotels in Praslin are as amazing as any other! Hence, your holidays are unlikely to be marred by any sort of extreme reaction of Mother Nature. She seems to like this cluster of paradisiacal islands…

Beau Vallon is reputed for its white, refine sand and calm blue sea. It just begs for a swim actually. Your holidays in Seychelles will be practically incomplete if you do not set foot on Beau Vallon. One of Mahe’s pride, it is where you take your family or significant other for a fun day at the beach. If you have a camera handy, bring it along- you will want to capture that perfect sunset! To be rather honest, every sunset in Seychelles with its red and orange sky is beyond perfection but it is still worthwhile to take a more tangible memory of all of them with you when it’s finally time to go home. Go to the beach, rock that beach body, make new friends, buy ice cream from the local vendor and take some wonderful pictures. They happen to also make great post cards!

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Let’s not forget the academic side of life! Being in Seychelles is another big opportunity to learn about so many things. The botanical garden in Mahe is a good place to start. You will visit palms endemic to the Seychelles which are older than even your grandparents among other trees with equally impressive characteristics. The surprises don’t end here- ever seen a tortoise extend its neck for nearly 1 metre out of its shell? Well, it is indeed time to go to Seychelles! That very sight is of the Giant tortoise of Seychelles- they are a mighty impressive breed!

All in all- Mahé might be an invisible dot on the world map but it is more than worth a visit on its own. Book your ticket now!

La République des Seychelles se compose de 115 îles connues sous le nom d’un archipel avec une population estimée à quatre-vingt mille. Il est bien connu pour ses plages et lagons qui attirent au moins deux cent mille touristes par an. En 2013, 230,272 étrangers ont visité ces îles, parmi lesquels on retrouve plus de 90% venus uniquement pour les vacances. Donc, si vous envisagez de passer vos prochains vacances aux Seychelles ou vous voulez simplement vous renseigner à propos du Seychelles, voici un résumé des iles de Seychelles.

Les iles sont divisées en deux catégories, notamment ; les iles internes et les iles externes des Seychelles.

Les iles internes des Seychelles sont des iles grannitiques assemblées autour des iles principales: Mahe, Praslin et la digue

Les îles extérieures  quant à elles, sont des îles coralliennes se trouvant à l’ouest en direction de la côte africaine.

Les Iles Internes des Seychelles

1. Mahé

Mahé est l’ile principale du Seychelles. C’est la plus grande ile de l’archipel avec une dimension de 155 kilomètre carrés. La Capital de Mahé est Port Victoria. Avec plus de 70,000 habitants, la population de Victoria constitue plus de 90% de la population de l’ile de Mahé.

 Port Victoria est nommé après la reine d’Angleterre et il au cœur de l’industrie du tourisme des Seychelles. Vous trouverez un jardin botanique qui est âgé de près de cent ans. Avec 15 acres de plantes indigènes et exotiques, de chauves-souris et de tortues géantes, il est le lieu idéal pour les amoureux de la nature.

Mahé est aussi très réputé pour ses plages magnifiques et lagons turquoise que l’on peut  profiter en s’adonnant à de nombreuses activités.

Beau Vallon est situé sur la côte nord-ouest de Mahé. La mer à Beau Vallon est généralement calme qui en fait l’endroit idéal pour une baignade. Vous trouverez également une gamme de sports nautiques proposés, notamment jet ski, ski nautique et de la marche sous l’eau. C’est très sécurisé  pour les familles avec  enfants car la mer est calme et il y a des sauveteurs qui circulent autour des frontières des plages.

Anse Intendance qui se trouve dans l’île de Mahé a l’une des plus belles plages parmi les 115 îles. Il est l’endroit idéal pour le surf grâce aux vents forts qui soufflent là-bas provoquant de grosses vagues fréquentes. Toutefois, en raison de l’absence de récifs coralliens et les vents du sud-est, nous ne recommandons pas la baignade dans ces eaux. D’autre part, on prendre un bain de soleil et capturer de belles images avec le beau paysage qu’offre Anse Intendance.

 

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2. Praslin

Praslin

L’ile Praslin est la deuxième plus grande ile des Seychelles comportant 38 kilomètre carrés soit 11 km en longueur et 4km en largeur avec une population de plus de 6500 habitants. Se trouvant à 36 km au nord est de Mahé, on peut voyager de Praslin à Mahé en bateau en 45 minutes.

Voici une des plus fameuses plages paradisiaques que vous pouvez visiter à Praslin.

Anse Lazio

 

Anse lazio beach

Anse Lazio se trouve au nord de l’île de Praslin. C’est l’endroit où vous pouvez obtenir les meilleures photos des plages. Les sables fins fusionnent avec les eaux claires du lagon bleu qui est protégé par des récifs coralliens et offre donc d’excellentes possibilités de natation et de plongée en apnée. On retrouve beaucoup d’arbres Takamaka autour de la côte, qui fournit de l’ombre pour se détendre et manger après une bonne baignade. Il y a aussi beaucoup de restaurants sur les deux extrémités de la plage, donc vous n’êtes pas obligés d’apporter des provisions de nourriture ou d’eau.

Vallée de Mai

 

 

Vallee de Mai

D’autre part, il y a le Parc national de la Vallée de Mai qui est un sitedu patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. Ce dernier maintient une forêt très ancienne qui comprend environ quatre mille échantillons du ‘géant coco de mer fruits de palme’ qui est endémique aux Seychelles, les orchidées vanille, chiromanciens, Latanier et la palme du voyageur. Les photographes et amoureux de la nature vont adorer l’aventure dans cette réserve. La vallée est également la maison de nombreux types de lézards et d’oiseaux rares

Plusieurs iles des Seychelles se situent prés de Praslin notamment Curieuse, Cousin et Cousine, l’île Ronde, La Digue, Félicité, Petite sœur et Grande Sœur, Aride et Marianne. On peut y parvenir entre 15 à 30 minutes en mer.

 

Important: Découvrez la beauté des Seychelles avec Le Domaine de la Réserve, un hôtel quatre étoiles qui se trouvent sur ​​l’île de Praslin.

Avis : Un luxueux hôtel 5 étoiles se situant à Praslin offre beaucoup plus qu’un simple hébergement aux Seychelles. Bienvenue à Le Château de Feuilles.

2.1. Curieuse

l'ile Curieuse mix

L’ilot Curieuse est situé à un kilomètre au nord de Praslin avec une superficie de 2.93 kilomètre carrés. De 1883 à 1965, l’ile a été servi comme une léproserie; un lieu d’isolement pour soigner les lèpres.

Il y a pas de village ou même d’hébergements à Curieuse.  Alors, les touristes peuvent s’y rendent que pendant la journée. De plus, vous ne pourrez pas le parcourir entièrement car il n’y a pas de route ou de véhicules.

2.2. Cousin

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Cousin est un petit île granitique des Seychelles, située à 2 km de l’ouest de Praslin . Il est une réserve naturelle protégée par la loi des Seychelles comme une réserve spéciale. Il est géré par Nature Seychelles, une organisation nationale sans un but de profit et partenaire de BirdLife International, par laquelle l’ile a été identifiée comme une zone importante pour les oiseaux.

 

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2.3. Cousine

ile cousine

Munie d’une superficie de 30 hectares, l’ilot cousin est reconnu internationalement comme l’une des îles privées les plus importantes sur le plan écologique sur la terre. Il est situé à 6 kilomètre au sud est de Praslin.

2.4. La Digue

La Digue Seychelles

La Digue se situe à 6 km au sud est de Praslin. L’ile est assez petite faisant 5km de long et 3 km en largueur. Cependant La