Located in the western Indian Ocean between 4° and 10° south of the equator is The Seychelles Islands. This unique travel destination is renowned for its timeless beauty, tranquility and diversity, which rolls from emerald green rainforests down to crystal clear turquoise waters, home to some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth. The perfect setting for a tropical island dream holiday…world famous and exquisite beaches, incredible rock formations, amazing coral reefs, picturesque mountains, a warm climate year-round and a wide range of accommodation!
Seychelles is unique
The world’s only granite islands in mid-ocean, the world’s oldest ocean islands, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and a whole host of attractions make up what is surely the world’s ultimate tropical paradise. The Seychelles are made up of 115 granitic and coralline islands, covering a total land mass of 455 km² scattered across an Exclusive Economic Zone of nearly 1.4 million km² between 4° and 10° south of the equator in the western Indian Ocean. Of these 115 islands, 41 constitute the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth while a further 74 form the low-lying coral atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands.
A unique range of endemic species has evolved in the archipelago. This biodiversity is protected within two UNESCO World Heritage Sites ( Vallee de Mai in Praslin and Aldabra ) as well as several impressive Nature Reserves and National Parks. In 2011, the Seychelles Government announced plans to extend this network to cover more than 50% of the total landmass, making Seychelles the first nation on earth to officially protect more than half its total area. Each island has indeed a distinct character and attraction of its own.
Seychelles has a population of over 87000 inhabitants living mostly on three main inner islands: Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. With its sparkling white sand, turquoise clear waters, the Seychelles archipelago made figure of heaven on Earth. Parks and natural reserves are renowned worldwide and its exceptional fauna makes the Seychelles an ideal destination for diving. Visit of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, the main islands of the archipelago.
Mahé, the largest island of the Seychelles granitic
In Mahe, the number of exceptional sites is impressive, without forgetting its incredible beaches, such as Beau Vallon, the most popular of the island. The center of the island, with spectacular rugged scenery and also hides many treasures, like the Morne Seychellois National Park. If someone decides to hike through the mountains of the island, he will make wonderful discoveries –a lush deep green jungle and stunning flora and fauna. Just offshore, marine parks of St. Anne and Baie Ternay are yet other wonders of the islands of the Seychelles.
Praslin, the earthly paradise
Discovering the most beautiful beaches in the world is what you can do on Praslin Island in the Seychelles archipelago. Praslin is probably the island of the archipelago that symbolizes more the impression of paradise. It is thus difficult to classify its beaches, each more beautiful than the other. Its scalloped coastline (granite blocks), the beautiful curves of its bays and Vallee de Mai, a unique green setting in the world which gives Praslin garden of Eden image which boast the Famous Coco De Mer (Coco Fess- Coconut Buttocks).
La Digue – the sweet life
Paradise for diving lovers, the island of La Digue is Seychelles archipelago’s gem! How can someone resist the charm of the island of La Digue and its unique small town of La Passe? Accessible only by sea, La Digue has also boast its small lot of beautiful beaches that have nothing to envy to those of Praslin and Mahé, such as Anse Source d’Argent and Grand’Anse. On the island, time seems suspended: one can visit the island only by foot, bicycle or Oc cart. At the top of the peaks at the Eagle’s Nest, the panorama is breathtaking. From La Digue, you can sail to Cocos Island, to enjoy swimming in a lush natural aquarium.
Mythical. Less illustrious, the number of islands that make up the 115 in total, and its cuisine, is rather an ancestral cuisine that continues to evolve. An ancestral know-how, that is passed on from generation to generation, where the flavors fit very harmoniously and explode into the palate. Seychellois cuisine remains a unique cuisine of excellent quality.
Seychellois cuisine is an amalgam of Chinese, African, Indian, Portuguese, Dutch and especially French influence, she was able to take the best of each country, according to the passages of the various settlers and travelers in pursuit of adventure, to create its own identity, uniqueness and mix. This is probably the least known of Creole cuisine, but it is above all unique just like the Seychelles themselves. Do not miss the typical dishes of the island and enjoy the meals prepared from freshly caught fish!
No visa required. That’s the good news. The bad news: You’re welcome to visit, but not to stay. You must present a passport that is valid for the entire length of your stay, show immigration officials a return/onward ticket to leave, proof of accommodation including contact details and sufficient funds (at least $150/day) for the duration of your stay. All of this will grant you a visitor’s permit that is given free of charge and is valid for one month.
Seychelles International Airport is located on Mahé island. Emirates has one-stop flights from JFK to Mahé, and Air Seychelles has several flights a week departing from London, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan and Rome, and also flights once or twice weekly from Johannesburg, Mauritius, Bangkok and Singapore.
Have a unique Stay in the Seychelles!