Our Guide to
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 layed out around the main island of Mahe. These islands feature granatic 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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See this as our little insight into the stunning Seychelles. Facts and figures are not for everyone. So we will keep this brief and interesting, mixing up some statistics and our take on Seychelles.
Where is Seychelles and what is Seychelles best known for?
Set off the coast of Africa, The Seychelles conjures up images of beach beauty, lush vegetation, vibrant blue waters warm to swim and swaying palms in the breeze.
Here you have so much to see on 115 islands! So, what to do in Seychelles? Everything from swimming, snorkelling, diving, fishing, sailing to hiking, trekking, climbing and even cooking await on one of our designer made all inclusive Seychelles holiday packages.
Luxury Seychelles Holiday highlights
Regardless of the islands you visit, all Seychelles holidays begin on either Mahe or Preslin.
Both islands showcase the Seychelles’ architecture well which is distinctively colonial and practical to island life and climate. Mahe runs 27 kilometres long and 7 kilometres wide, the largest in the archipelago and the gateway to Seychelles with the international airport and budget to five star accommodation options. Whilst the most populated, it’s spectacular with beaches, mountains, national parks, great restaurants, shops, craft markets and more.
Seychelles has a wonderful art scene that features local writers, poets, painters, sculptors and more. Visiting a local gallery or artist studio provides insight into the creative industry in the Seychelles.
Music and dance here is rooted in imported tradition from mainland Africa, Madagascar and European cultures. Drums are popular and simple string instruments. There is the lively Sega dance that dates back to slavery when it was the only outlet for prisoners to express sadness and discontent. It is an elegant shuffling of feet and hip swaying motion that is still popular. If you enjoy music, a moving experience is listening to a local choir singing traditional hymns with the repertoire sacred, secular, gospel and folk influenced.
We can create a luxury Seychelles holiday package that takes in as many or as few islands as you wish to explore depending on your time and budget. Seychelles honeymoons, Seychelles family holidays and sailing adventures awaits for honeymooners, families and adventure seekers wanting Seychelles Islands sailing holidays.
Top five Seychelles holiday highlights
- Find a piece of paradise on Mahe island – the most beautiful beach on the island has to be Anse major, only accessible by boat or on foot. Granite rock faces merge into endless beaches creating the picture perfect paradise.
- Incredible birdlife and natural beauty. Take a half day hike though these Jurassic lands to get a feel for its natural wonder and take in some incredible bird life.
- Take a stroll through the capital city Victoria and discover it’s secrets.
- Marine safari fun, so head out sailing and jump overboard for some stunning snorkelling or diving.
- Soak in a beautiful Seychelles sunset from a different location every day!
You can experience all above activities within a unique, all inclusive Seychelles holiday package that tailor by Encompass Africa travel company to suit your need.
Seychelles is synonymous for…
The beach of course, it is what beckons visitors to the Seychelles. Venture a little further and discover Seychelles rare wildlife, outstanding scuba diving, hiking and parasailing not to mention the culinary delights of a fiery local cuisine.
Diving and snorkelling is fantastic with some of the best sites in the world, calm and safe waters and over 850 species of fish and 100 species of shells. Every dive centre is a member of PADI so you are guaranteed qualified dive masters and safe equipment. Minimum age for Seychelles diving is 12 years. Nothing beats diving in azure warm waters and seeing reef fish, manta rays, green turtles, tiger sharks and more.
Seychelles fishing is synonomous with marlin, barracuda, sail fish, wahoo, tuna and dorado. It is a popular fishing holiday destination for professionals and amateurs.
Fishing is governed by trade wind seasons so May to September is great for Big Game Fishing whilst November to February is great for bottom fishing.
Our favourite Seychelles fishing months are October and April with calm seas and clear sky. Wherever you stay on your luxury Seychelles holiday, expect great food because it will be a rich assortment of flavours thanks to the cultural diversity of its population.
Creole cuisine features nuances of French cooking, piquant flavours from the Orient with spices from India and the grand elegance of colonial influence. Seafood plays a major role with octopus and fish the favourites and the national staple, rice.
Best time to visit Seychelles
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.
Conservation in Seychelles
Seychelles is a global biodiversity hot spot and with its 115 islands and low lying geography, the country is susceptible to climate change and the impact of rising waters and storms. Did you know the marine waters of Seychelles’ are 3.000 times larger than its land area? More than 50% of the land is now protected, yet not even a few percent of the ocean has been formally protected.
Back in 2016 the country completed an innovative debt-for-nature swap that enables conservation and climate adaptation goals to be successfully reached through an innovative debt restricting coinciding with a comprehensive marine spatial plan. This plan commits to increasing the marine protection 30%. The year 2021 is significant – when marine protection will total more than 400,000 square kilometres of ocean to ensure they are protecting the valuable marine life.
If only more countries used their debt to save their oceans and wilderness areas.