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Seychelles

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Country in East Africa

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It's home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria. It also has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.

 

The granite Inner Islands include Praslin, with the renowned Anse Georgette beach, studded with sculpted rock formations. Seychelles Black Parrots are found in the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. On laid-back La Digue, bicycles are the main mode of transport, and rare birds inhabit the Veuve Nature Reserve. The remote and largely uninhabited Outer Islands are coral atolls and sand cays, such as Alphonse and Desroches, accessed by light plane or boat. The Seychelles have numerous resorts, spa hotels and self-catering options. The local Creole cuisine blends African, European, Indian and Chinese influences.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF SEYCHELLES

Mahé

The Seychelles largest and main island, Mahe is home to the capital of Victoria and about 70,000 people (almost 90% of the nation's total). Still, the island retains its idyllic beauty, with 3,000-foot mountains and scores of gorgeous beaches. Many plants, including the so-called Jellyfish Tree and several rare orchids, are unique to Mahe's shores. The Seychelles Natural History Museum, the Botanical Gardens and the Codevar Craft Centre, all in Victoria, are not to be missed.

 

Praslin

Praslin is home to fantastic beaches and intimate hotels and resorts. Soak up the sun in style while you keep a sunglassed eye out for the very rare bird species that dwell on Praslin, including the Seychelles bulbul and the black parrot. Praslin National Park in the island's south contains the spectacular palm forest of Vallée de Mai. Divers love the ancient coral reefs off Praslin's shores.

 

La Digue

If you are looking for a relaxed island vibe, with beautiful beaches and just a touch of local life, La Digue fits the bill perfectly. The smallest of the three main inhabited islands, La Digue has a tiny population of just 2,000 people. With no airport, and just a handful of road vehicles, this is an extremely laid back place, with some of the most iconic beaches in the Seychelles. 

It's possible to visit La Digue as a daytrip from either Mahe or Praslin, but in order to truly soak up the atmosphere and explore you may want to stay for a few days.

 

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