The fascinating Seychelles are made up of 100 islands and, scattered in the middle of the Indian Ocean, are thought to be one of the highlights of this part of the world.
Isolated for thousands of years they have an extraordinary plant and animal life, many of which are endemic to the area. The tropical waters, made famous by Jacques Cousteau, are an exotic and beautiful coral underworld. Each island is unique and, with the combination of lush green vegetation surrounded by white sandy beaches, they appear like precious jewels in the turquoise waters.
Lying just south of the Equator, the weather is generally warm and humid. The temperature ranges from a minimum of around 24°C and a maximum of 32°C. The average humidity is 75% The islands receive approximately 12 hours of sunshine daily with sunrise between 0600 hrs and 0630 hrs and sunset between 1800 hrs and 1830 hrs.
Mahé, the largest of The Seychelles boasts no less than sixty eight powdery white sand beaches surrounded by coral reefs. The abundant vegetation rises through plantations of coconut palms and cinnamon to forested peaks that afford fantastic views of the neighbouring islands. The capital, Victoria, has a number of Creole restaurants, craft shops, art galleries and a colourful fruit market. At the superb Botanical Gardens highlights include giant tortoises, an orchid garden and the unique coco-de-mer palm from neighbouring Praslin.
Praslin is the home to the Seychelles Black Parrot, Blue Pigeon and Bulbul, three of the world’s rarest birds. It is perhaps most famous, however, for the indescribably beautiful Vallée de Mai, a magnificent forest of palms and other rare flora and fauna, where the unique double nutted coco-de-mer palm grows in abundance. Beaches are of glorious white sand and dramatic boulders. With its rich diversity Praslin offers an unforgettable experience.
Just 4km east of Praslin, La Digue is not only one of the most beautiful islands of The Seychelles, but also considered amongst the most picturesque in the world. The island remains virtually unspoilt, with transportation mainly by ox-cart or bicycle. Giant naturally sculptured granite boulders, stately green palms, brilliant white sand and the turquoise ocean comprise its idyllic setting. The bird sanctuary is home to some of the few remaining Paradise Flycatchers, which are endemic to the area.