Imagine a world of 115 stunning and unspoiled islands lying 1,000km from the east coast of Africa in the western Indian Ocean, just south of the Equator. Paradise islands with over 60 beautiful beaches of white sand and hidden coves, a densely forested interior and small towns with a unique Creole culture; welcome to the Seychelles.
The Seychelles, located outside the cyclone belt, enjoy tropical, warm climate all year round without extremes of heat or cold. Refreshing sea breezes and trade winds provides plenty of natural cool air year round. The average yearly temperature is an agreeable 29°C (84°F), and average sea temperature rarely dropping below 27°C (81°F). The cooler season in Seychelles is during the southeast monsoon season (May to September) and the warmer season is during the northwest monsoon (November to March). April and October are between the monsoons, with variable winds.
About the Islands
The Seychelles Archipelago of 115 islands and islets comprises two groups of islands, markedly different appearance, stemming from their distinct geologies: the Inner Islands of granitic origin and the Outer Islands of coraline origin. They rise only a few metres above sea level but are covered with rich and dense vegetation
The Inner Islands are granite islands with a lush green, tropical vegetation is where the vast majority of the population lives. The Inner Islands are also home to the largest number of hotels and resorts. The main Inner Islands are: Mahé, Praslin, La Digue, Bird Island, Cerf, Chauve Souris, Cousine, Denis Island, Frégate, North Island, Round Island (Praslin), Silhouette and Ste. Anne.
The Outer Islands are coralline and rise only a few metres above sea level but are covered with rich and dense vegetation. They are more difficult to reach due to their remoteness; travel is via private yacht or small local planes. The Outer Islands are divided into five groups: the Amirantes group, the Southern Coral Group, Alphonse Group, Farquhar Group and the Aldabra Group.
The Seychelles are home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the legendary Vallée de Mai on Praslin where the wonderfully shaped Coco de Mer nut grows (Lodoicea), subject of various legends and lore and the mythical Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll, first seen by early Arab seafarers of the 9th century A.D.
Activities and Experiences
The Seychelles will provide you with plenty of outdoor activities and considered a prime diving destination. Most activities can be enjoyed all round the year. The Seychelles have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, many untouched, and refreshingly uncrowded. Beach and seaside activities include: snorkeling, scuba diving, boat hire, fishing, deep sea fishing, kite boarding, kite surfing, windsurfing, jet-skiing and paragliding. Sailing is also very popular.
For the active on land one can experience: golf, walking tours, horseback riding, mountain hikes, cycling and many more. Praslin Island is a paradise for birdwatchers all over the world. Some very rare birds can be spotted on this island.
As the home of many prestigious hotels and private islands, luxury is not difficult to find making the islands of the Seychelles quite simply the ultimate beach getaway and one of the world’s most romantic destinations for a dream honeymoon or wedding anniversary.
Seychelles Fast Facts
Geographic coordinates: 4 35 S, 55 40 E
Area: 455 sq km (176 sq miles)
Highest point: Morne Seychellois 905 m
Population: 93,186 (July 2016 est.)
Ethnic groups: mixed African, European, Indian, Chinese, and Arab
Languages: English, French and Creole
Government type: Presidential Republic
Currency: Seychelles Rupee
Time zone: UTC+4
National holidays: Constitution Day, 18 June (1993); Independence Day (National Day), 29 June (1976)
Telephone international country code: 248