Welcome to Seychelles
115 islands of paradise
This is an island archipelago of vast and timeless beauty.
The Seychelles boasts mountains and forests that plummet to coastlines with warm azure oceans lapping its sandy shore. The islands are classified as ‘inner’ and ‘outer’.
The inner 41 islands are located to the north and laid out around the main island of Mahe. These islands feature granitic rock formations and beaches are littered with impressive large granite boulders. Inhabited islands in the inner ring include Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and Fregate to name a few.
The outer islands of Seychelles are coralline islands compromised of flat sandy landscapes dotted with palms. The popular islands include Bird and Denis, some 100 kilometres away from Mahe.
Other islands are as fas as 1,100 kilometres away such as Aldabra. The extreme southern islands are then divided into two groups – Amirantes and the Aldabra as must mentioned. Desroches island is part of the Amirantes whilst the Aldabra consists of Cosmoledo, Providence and Farquar to name a few.
There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Seychelles that offer beautiful natural attractions for any Seychelles holiday maker. Vallee de Mai on Praslin island is where the special shaped Coco-de-mer nut grows high on ancient palms. Praslin is one of the larger island with exceptional infrastructure and great accommodation options for Seychelles honeymoons, family holiday Seychelles seekers and more.
Aldabra is the world’s largest raised coral atoll in the extreme South and the second Seychelles UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was first seen in the 9th century AD by Arab seafarers and continues to attract attention.
Whether a Seychelles holiday is on the radar or not, it certainly is worthy of consideration as the world’s last frontiers of island beauty with pristine surrounds thanks to minimal impact. It is also listed as one of the top ten dive sites in the world thanks to clear, calm waters and abundant marine life.
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Seychelles at a glance
The Seychelles is a year round destination thanks to its location being outside the cyclone belt and a moderate climate. The temperature rarely drops below 24 degrees or rises above 32 degrees. The weather factor to keep in mind is trade wind. A north westerly blows October to March and May to September which sees the brisker south easterly blow bringing in cooler weather and windier conditions – great for kitesurfing, wind surfing and of course Seychelles sailing. Rains usually fall between December and February.
The best time of year to visit for a Seychelles holiday will vary depending on what you wish to do. For sailing, snorkelling it’s year round. Diving is ideal March to May and September to November. Surfing and Windsurfing is May to September as is hiking, walks and trails. Fishing is great October to April, possible throughout the year. For Seychelles birdwatching, April is breeding season, May to September is the time Sooty Terns nest and October is the migration month.
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