An amalgamation of romance, privacy and exclusivity, the Seychelles boasts of being one of the most beautiful places in the world. The diversity of the island landscape rushes up to greet you from the very moment you set eyes on it from that little window on your aircraft. The Seychelles people culture, history, and geography of scintillating islands, is something every tourist should experience. The Seychelles islands provide any traveler ranging from novice to sophisticate with romantic beaches, tropical gardens, night life, privacy, relaxation and pampering, along with an array of activities including sailing, snorkeling and fishing on the 155 islands. The unparalleled experience of honeymooning in the Seychelles, will prove any young couple about to embark on the journey of life, a truly memorable, once in a lifetime getaway.
The Republic of Seychelles, located in Eastern Africa, forms a widely scattered archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. The islands are divided into two main physical types: the group of granitic and mountainous central islands or inner islands, surrounded by flat coastal beaches and the outer islands, representing coral atolls and coral reefs with slight elevations above sea level. The main islands are Mahe (covering 142 sq km), which houses the capital and the only city Victoria, Praslin (with the land area of 38 sq km) famous for the rare “coco de mer” palms and La Digue (10 sq km) featuring Anse Source d’Argent-one of the most famous Seychelles beaches.
The Inner Islands
The Inner Islands offer safe moorings and easy sailing distances with tremendous diversity and breathtaking natural beauty. The largest island, Mahé, offers 44 miles of scenic coastline that features safe anchorages, over 65 beaches and plenty of secret coves and romantic hideaways. Scenic bays include Beau Vallon, Baie Ternay, Port Launay, Anse à la Mouche, Anse Soleil, Baie Lazare, Intendance and Anse Royale. Some of the more secret coves include Anse Major, Anse Jasmin, Anse Du Riz, and Petit Anse.
The smaller islands of Cerf, Moyenne, Round and Ste Anne lie just off Mahé’s eastern coast in a marine park and Conception Island and Thérèse to her west.
From Mahe, you’ll want to visit the twin islands of Cousin and Cousine, and then continue on to the island of Praslin, home to the Vallée de Mai and numerous world famous beaches. The island offers numerous safe anchorages along its 18-mile coastline.
Scenic bays and romantic coves around Praslin include Anse Lazio, Anse a la Farine, Anse Petite Cour, Baie Chevalier, Anse Posession, Anse La Blague, Côte d’Or and Anse Marie-Louise. Satellite islands include Curieuse, St. Pierre, Île Cocos, Aride, Cousine and Cousin, to name a few.
Less than 4 miles southeast from Praslin’s Baie Ste Anne jetty, La Digue is the island where time stands still. Discover its many coves (such as Reunion, Union and Patate) and silver-sand beaches, among which is one of the planet’s most photographed strand, Anse Source d’Argent. There are numerous surrounding islands, including Félicité, Marianne and Grand Soeur, all within easy reach and all offering safe anchorages.
Seychelles Beaches – More than Just Sun and the Sand
In addition to the world famous beaches of the Seychelles, there is bustle of special attractions other than this for visitors. These include the legendary Vallee de Mai in Praslin, named by UNESCO as a world heritage site and known as the Garden of Eden, and L’Union Estate in La Digue Island, home to the one of the most pristine beaches. While Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the most popular islands, Mahé boasts 65 silver beaches and an assortment of restaurants, cafés, bars and casinos in its tiny capital, Victoria. One may find national monuments, beautiful Creole houses, national reserves and marine parks for exploring, as well as, breathtaking natural wonders above and beneath the waves. Excursions can be arranged, allowing visitors to indulge in the pleasures of glass-bottom boating and a choice of water sports.
There are also golf courses, horse-riding and guided nature tours, where visitors may enjoy some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth. Aride Island, one of the world’s most important and beautiful Nature Reserves, is home to breeding seabirds of ten species that are endemic. The Ile Coco Marine National Park is set around 3 small islands, in shallow turquoise sea peppered with a large expanse of coral reefs. The combination of the colours red and green, dot the hillside of Curieuse Island, along with the unmistakable eternally symbolic coco de mer trees, giving it an unforgettable and unique appearance. The Silhouette Marine National Park, which stands at a height of 740m, is the only “paper park” left in Seychelles. Set in turquoise sea, Anne Marine National Park has one of the largest areas of sea grass meadows in the granitic islands. All are a definite must see for any curious visitor.
Flora & Fauna
Seychelles boasts over 700 various endemic species of plants, including Coco-de Mer-the largest seed in the world, albizzies, takamatas, baobabs and casuarinas that form an important part of the overall flora of the country. Seychelles also hosts some of the largest seabird colonies, including such species as Sooty tern, White-tailed tropic birds, and Frigate birds. You can find spectacular marine life, with more than 1000 species of fish. Seychelles is famous for Bird Island-its wildlife sanctuary, home to colorful reef animals, such as the Green Sea Turtle.
The Seychelles Climate and Surroundings
The Seychelles’ enviable climate is always comfortably warm, devoid of any extremes. The temperature seldom drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C and since most of the islands lie comfortably outside the cyclone belt, Seychelles’ is indeed a year-round destination for sun worshippers and beach lovers. The Seychelles islands are renowned and famous for having some of the best beaches in the world. Picturesque, pristine and un-crowded, some are framed by old granite boulders, while others have powder-soft flowing sand and cobalt waters offering sublime opportunities for swimming, snorkeling or pure relaxation. The Indian archipelago is renowned as one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world. Game fishing is also among the favorite activities on the things to do list, while on a Seychelles holiday. The crystal-clear warm waters of the Seychelles beaches and coast-line, provide an unparalleled, picturesque seascape and masses of beautiful marine life for enthusiastic divers.
Seychelles Food – Wine, Dine and Accommodation
Worthy of mention is the subtle and mellow nightlife, where you can unwind and lose yourself at a casino or visit some local bars and fine restaurants, which offer an unforgettable Creole and international culinary experience. The Seychelles resorts offer excellent accommodation, with a wide variety of choices and vacations, to meet any criteria and budget. From sumptuous and extravagant 5 star resorts, to cozy beach bungalows and rustic lodges, there are classy accommodations to choose from. The Creole influence on the architecture is visible all around and even in the modern hotels, you can experience a fusion of this with modern architecture.
So, if you have decided on an unforgettable beach vacation, come down for a visit to Seychelles and let yourself be mesmerized and utterly pampered.