115 Tropical Islands, One Place – Seychelles
Seychelles is a nation of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, about 1,000 miles east of mainland Africa and northeast of the island of Madagascar. Of these islands 41 are granitic and are considered the oldest and hardest granite in the world. The majority of the islands are uninhabited, with many dedicated as nature reserves.
There are 45 granite based islands known as the Granitic Seychelles. The major islands are Mahe, Praslin, Silhouette Island and La Digue.
You can’t talk or write about Seychelles, you must see it. The Seychelles Islands has anything for everyone:
- top beaches: Anse Source d’Argent beach (La Digue) – one of the most photographed beaches in the world; Anse Lazio beach (Praslin) – voted “The best beach in the world” in 2004; Anse Victorin beach (Fregate Island).
- an amazing underwater world and top swimming, diving or snorkelling places: Ste Anne Marine National Park (six islands around Mahe); Sister Rocks, South Marianne and White Bank (Praslin); Desroches Island; Denis Islands
- excellent conditions for sailing, surfing and windsurfing
- top fishing destination: Alphonse Island (fly fishing); Denis Island (deep-sea fishing)
- good hiking and stunning scenery: Morne Seychellois National Park (Mahe); Vallee de Mai (Praslin); Silhouette Island; Aride Island
- two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Aldabra Atoll – the largest atoll in the world and home to about 152,000 giant tortoises; Vallee de Mai (Praslin) – a natural palm forest preserved in almost its original state. It is most famous for its Coco de Mer palm tree
- wildlife (a lot of species found nowhere else on earth): Bird Island – millions of birds come here to nest every year; Cousine Island – a private nature reserve; Aride Island. La Digue is the home to the critically endangered paradise flycatcher. There is a significant population of giant tortoises and from the arthropod group there is, for example, the Seychelles coconut crab which likes to dig holes in the backyards of the Seychellois people. Among others, there are fodys, sunbirds, terns, fruitbats, sheath-tailed bats, and geckos.
- delicacies and specialty dishes – Seychellois cuisine has been greatly influenced by the islands’ rich cultures. Creole cooking, varied seafood dishes, coconuts and curries are the most popular. The main product of the country, fish, is cooked in a variety of ways. Especially the red snapper is very tasty and well known to visitors.
With temperatures relatively stable, averaging 29°C (84°F) throughout the year there is always something interesting to see or do, no matter what the season.
The best times to visit Seychelles are April, May, October and November. These months represent the transition times between the hot and humid northwest trade winds (from November through March) and the cooler southeast trade winds that define April through October. A visit during these shoulder months offers more mild conditions ideal for sunbathing, wildlife watching and scuba diving.
Peak season occurs in December, January, July and August.