The Republic of Seychelles comprises of 115 islands known as an archipelago with an estimated population of ninety thousands. It is well known for its beaches and lagoons attracting at least two hundred thousand yearly. In 2013,230,272 foreigners visited those islands out of which more than ninety percent came for vacation purposes only. So if you are planning for a holiday in the Seychelles, here is a list of the top places you might want to check out in the group of islands.
The Port Victoria is the capital of the main and largest island of Seychelles, the Mahé Island. It is named after the queen of England and is the heart of the Seychelles’ tourist industry. You will find a botanical garden which is almost a hundred year old. With fifteen acres of native and exotic plants, bats and giant tortoises, it is the ideal place for nature lovers.
Port Victoria also has a clock tower, a small version of the Big Ben found in England. The little Ben was build in 1903 and is the most well-known and noticeable historical monument there. Furthermore the Mahé Island holds many hotels, making it easy for visitors to find comfortable accommodation during their small journey in the granite land.
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Anse Intendance which is also found in the Mahé Island has one of most gorgeous beaches among the 115 islands. It is an ideal place for surfing thanks to the strong winds there causing frequent big waves. However, due to the lack of protective coral reefs and the southeast trade wind, we would not advise one to go bathing there. On the other hand, one can sunbath and shoot beautiful pictures with the palm framed landscape.
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Beau Vallon,located on the northwest coast of Mahé, has everything that tourists whom seaside is far from reach in their natives’ countries may want. The sea is usually calm making it the perfect place for swimming. You will also find a range of water sports on offer namely jet skies,water skiing and underwater walking. It is also very safe for families with children thanks to the calm sea and lifeguards that circulate around the borders of the beaches.
4.Vallée de Mai National Park
The Vallée de Mai National Parkis a UNESCO world heritage site. The latter maintains a very old forest that includes approximately four thousands samples of the giant coco de mer fruit palm which is special to the Seychelles, Vanilla orchids, Palmists, Latanier, Splayed traveler’s palm and Chinese fans. Photographers and nature lovers will adore adventuring in this reserve. The valley is also home to many types of lizards and rare birds
Baie Lazare, a beautiful village named after Lazare Picault who was a 18th century explorer. The latter was sent by the government to explore the islands. The primary tourist attraction in the rural area is the neo-Gothic Baie Lazare church which gives a wide view of the area. Numerous hotels have settled around the border of the beaches. A day at those hotels would provide one with striking azure water and dazzling white sand views.
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6.Morne Seychellois National Park
Morne Seychellois National Park is the largest national park in the Seychelles. It occupies more than twenty percent of the Mahé Island with mountainous borders. Morne Seychellois is the highest mountain there, reaching 905 meters high. If you would like a good view of Port Victoria, you might want to climb this high point of land. It will also offer a gorgeous view of the southwest coast of Mahé. Green activists will get to do hiking trails and admire the tea plantations there.
7. Cousin Island
Cousin Island was established in 1968. It is a nature reserve protected by the Seychelles law and hosts mainly the Seychelles Warble and hawksbill turtle. Different types of animals can be found there namely the Seychelles magpie robin, the Seychelles brush warbler, the Seychelles turtledove and the Wedge tailed shearwater. The reserve holds breeding grounds for the lesser noddies, fairy kerns and tropic birds. The island is accessible to visitors every morning from Monday to Friday but is closed on weekends and public holidays.
Anse Lazio is found on the north shore of Praslin Island and is the place where you can get the best pictures of the beaches. Sided by rounded granite boulders, the fine small sands merges with the crystal clear waters in light shades of blue.It’s lagoon is protected by coral reefs and so offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities. Takamaka trees surrounds the beach, providing shades from the hot shinning sun for relaxing and eating after a good bath in the waters. There are also many restaurants on both ends of the beach, so no need to bring provisions of food or water.
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The name itself says everything about the island. It harbors at least 1,500,000 black terns. Bird lovers and passionate photographers will find the perfect opportunity to go to Bird Island from May to October which is the breeding season for these terns. Fairy and noddy terns, cardinals, ground doves, mynahs, crested terns, and plovers giant land tortoises are also inhabitants of the island.Visitors can have access to the Island in 30 minutes through a flight from Mahé Island.
Silhouette Island is reputed for its rich biodiversity. It has a mist forest and is the third largest granite island in Seychelles. It has a park which preserves more than 2000 species including birds, geckos, chameleons, turtles, and skinks.Visitors will also find caves to adventure and beaches with best swimming and snorkeling opportunities.
As you can see, the Seychelles is an ideal place for you to visit on your vacations. Fed up with the high buildings views and the polluted air in your country? Then book your ticket to visit the Seychelles now and do not forget to bring this list with you. Also, you might want to check out this article on the 5 best affordable hotels in the Seychelles if you are planning a trip in the archipelago.