The Seychelles lie just four degrees south of the equator but several hundred miles from anywhere else. In total there are 115 islands scattered across this section of the Indian Ocean. Some are simply low-lying coral atolls or reef islands whilst 40 or so are mid-ocean granite islands with soaring peaks at their centre.
Dreamlike and picture-perfect, the islands, which have excellent ecotourist credentials, are ideal for people looking to really relax, or for honeymooners looking to celebrate. Yet there are also affordable, equally attractive ways to visit.
The main island, Mahe is home to the capital, airport and most of the population. Protected by coral reefs, it has 70 sand beaches, lush vegetation, forested peaks up to 1,000m high and coconut plantations to explore. Head into the Morne Seychellois National Park to see rare endemic plants and take scenic strolls.
Mahe also acts as the cultural and economic heart of the country, along with the islands of Praslin and La Digue, both of which boast extraordinary beaches and some outstanding swimming and diving spots as well as stylish places to stay and high-quality restaurants. Walk through the forested Vallee de Mai on Praslin to find the exotic, erotic nut of the coco de mer palm or simply indulge in the laidback charms of La Digue.
Aldabra is the world's largest atoll and home to 150,000 giant land tortoises, which can only be found here and on the Galapagos Islands. Wildlife enthusiasts should also travel to Cousin Island, which is run as a nature reserve and home to a number of rare endemic species as well as huge flocks of migrating birds.
The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0619.
Monsoon rains from November to April with northwest trade winds. Mostly hot all year round with temperatures above 23°C.
Most festivals follow the Roman Catholic calendar, with celebrations for Easter, the Assumption, Corpus Christi, and the Immaculate Conception. The major non-religious festival is the Festival Kreol at the end of October, which celebrates the Creole culture over a week with food, fashion, art, music and dance.
The Creole cuisine in the Seychelles is influenced by French, Indian and African traditions. Emphasis is placed on the careful blending of fresh spices, and coconut milk and breadfruit are commonly used. Specialities include coconut curries, salade de palmiste (palm heart salad) and seafood dishes. Lobster, octopus, pork and chicken feature more often than lamb or beef, which must be imported. Wide selections of alcoholic beverages are available. The local lager is Seybrew, German in style.
A simple and unsophisticated way of life is followed on the island, creating an unspoilt charm, and this is carefully protected. The locals are hospitable and welcoming people. Imperial and metric weights and measures are used. Casual wear is normal, only churchgoers dress formally, but beachwear should be kept to the beach.
MahÃ© Island (SEZ) is 10 km from Victoria.
Good air and boat services. Roads are mostly sand-tracks. Regular buses available and frequent taxis.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Seychelles. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0619.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Seychelles. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Seychelles, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0619.
The types of holiday listed below are just a flavour of the experiences available in Seychelles. We can also suggest and plan alternative types of holiday to take into account your individual interests. To start planning what to do whilst away, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0619.
Alison Nicolle - Indian Ocean Specialist
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