A paradise with dreamy palm-fringed beaches with soft white sand lapped by turquoise waters and plenty of sunshine. It is made up of over 100 tropical islands, scattered over a million square kilometers in the A paradise with dreamy palm-fringed beaches with soft white sand lapped by turquoise waters and plenty of sunshine. It is made up of over 100 tropical islands, scattered over a million square kilometers in the Indian Ocean. 40 of these islands are granitic and the rest are coralline.
The Seychelles is home to two National Heritage sites, The Vallée de Mai and Aldabra. The largest island is Mahé, where about 90 percent of the population is based. It is 27 kilometres long and 8 kilometres wide and is the country's political and economic center. Mahé has many fine hotels and wonderful beaches together with an abundance of unspoilt rain forest.
Praslin-about 15 minutes by air from Mahé - is even more relaxed than Mahé and is becoming increasingly fashionable. Some of the world's richest marine life can be found in the warm waters around Seychelles. Over 950 different species of fish are estimated to be present in local water. Of particular interest is the whale shark, which is present in growing numbers.
In the past few years there has been a trend towards the development of otherwise deserted outer islands, with new hotels being constructed and others refurbished. Bird, Desroches, Denis and Frégate islands are all popular with those seeking a truly isolated yet upmarket location. It is hot and rainy from November to April and drier and cooler from May to October. The islands are situated completely outside the cyclone belt. The people of Seychelles are a mixture of African, Malagasy and French, which came to be known as Seychellois after slavery was abolished in 1835.The cuisine has been influenced by the islands' many different cultures. Creole cooking consists of varied seafood, coconuts and curries and more.
The Seychelles rupee is divided into cents and you can change your money at the airport on arrival. Banks are open from 08h30 - 14h00 on weekdays and up to 11h00 on Saturdays.
The official languages are English, French and Creole.
Area - 216 square kilometres
Mahé is the economic center, and both the international airport and the seaport are located on the island, which also acts as the transit point for visitors enroute to other islands.The island is inhabited by some 65,000 people (90% of the population). The capital is Victoria. It is scattered with idyllic beaches - over 75 of them - with soft white sand fringed by swaying palm trees and lapped by the beautiful deep-blue ocean. Though small Mahe has many attractions, from strolling around the market town of Victoria, with a replica of Big Ben, the clock is immortalized in a famous island song as the Clock that chimed twice. Other attractions include botanical gardens, quaint shops and boutiques, a Hindu temple and a variety of nightlife venues including two casinos.
Frégate Island Private is a 16 villa resort opened in December 1998. The voluntary limitation to 16 villas restricts the number of guests present on the island at any one time to 40. No other hotel will exist on the island so it will remain forever a private and exclusive refuge for environmentally conscious travelers. Two of Frégate Island's private villas are positioned on sheltered meadows, built with the needs of families in mind. The island's own plantation guarantees that guests can enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables every day. The seven beautiful beaches of Frégate offer swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, deepwater sea fishing and other watersports. A freshwater swimming pool is integrated within a natural rock basin.
Area - 375 acres
It is a privately owned coral island with two long stretches of sparkling white beaches bordered by coconut trees and a sea full of beautiful fish and coloured corals. There are 25 deluxe cottages on this island. There are 4 flights from Mahé each week and the island offers a real sense of tranquility and isolation.
There exist on earth only a few locations which can offer a taste of perfection and among these can be counted Desroches. Located in the Amirantes islands, 240kms southeast of Mahé, Desroches is a small jewel with the shade of coconut palms, 14 kms of immaculate beaches, lapped by crystal blue waters and protected by its own coral reef.There are plenty of things to do, from exploring the island coconut grove by bicycle, to watersports, tennis, petanque, golf or diving on one of 14 classified sites, or just relax in this tranquil paradise.
Area - 70 hectares
The island boasts over 20 species of birds, with a great number of them breeding on the island; Sooty Terns breed in their thousands from May to the end of October, occupying one-sixth of the whole islands. Bird island is also known as the breeding place for both the Hawksbill and the Green Turtle.
Area - 15 square kilometres
Transport is generally by ox cart or bicycle on La Digue, a tranquil paradise and the most untouched of all the beautiful Seychelles islands. However, any part of La Digue can be reached in less than an hour on foot.The island is surrounded by coral reefs, which provide excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities and also protect the beaches, so the sea is safe for swimming. Fishing is also a rewarding experience.Inland, the woods of La Digue are full of rare and exotic plants, and the island is the only nesting place of the extremely rare Black Paradise Flycatcher.Daytrips to La Digue are possible, but a timeless paradise such as this, where life has remained unchanged for somany years, surely deserves a longer stay.