The Seychelles, a group of over one hundred islands in Indian Ocean, is a haven of unspoilt nature just waiting to be discovered.
Paradise on Earth is what they call the Seychelles. Seemingly forgotten out in the middle of the Indian Ocean, a thousand miles from Africa, this archipelago of more than a hundred islands stretches for hundreds of miles.
The warm waters, high standards and friendly people draw many year after year to these Jewels in the Ocean that are the Seychelles. The Seychelles archipelago has more natural and marine parks than anywhere else in the world.
Island names such as Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, Aldabra and Desroches have enchanted travelers for years. Whichever way you turn, there is a lovely beach and upscale dining.
With its palette of subtle colours, ranging from the turquoise blue of the transparent sea to the emerald green of its luxuriant vegetation, with the glowing amber of its fine sandy beaches in between, the archipelago of the Seychelles is like a necklace of pearls lying on the deep blue jewel box of the Indian Ocean.
Arab navigators were the first to start trading with the Seychelles in the 9th century. They were followed by the Portuguese, and then the English (with a French interlude). The archipelago was used for a long time as a hideaway by buccaneers who constantly raided ships laden with spices, tea and silk. There is still talk of mysterious treasures hidden on the islands but no one has discovered them yet.
The Seychelles, a paradise of unspoilt nature, is a young Republic (it became independent in 1976) and has about 75,000 inhabitants who speak English and French, in addition to Creole.
An astonishing variety of flora and fauna can be found in the Seychelles. Besides the magnificent fish of the Indian Ocean (over 800 species), there are also turtles and flocks of brightly coloured birds. The Seychelles archipelago has an abundance of fruit, plants, and rare varieties of trees. It is the home of the famous "coco de mer", or double coconut, which has astonishing and suggestive shapes...
Off the beaten track in the Seychelles, you will discover and fall in love with its scenic beauty, and Creole people known for their warm hospitality, exotic cuisine and cheerful temperament.
This is the ideal place for swimming, sunbathing on deserted beaches and romantic walks in a heavenly setting!
You can go deep sea diving all year round since the water around the islands is crystal clear. However, in order to protect this precious environment, diving in the Seychelles is strictly regulated and harpoon fishing is forbidden.
If you are tempted to explore this fabulous underwater world and its unique flora and fauna, many diving centres are at your disposal to initiate you into diving techniques.
Although Mahe is the largest of the islands, it is paradoxically the least known. Yet it offers some enriching experiences for those who are able to understand and love it. Even when it rains, there is always some spot in Mahé where it is sunny: usually, all you have to do is cross to the other side of the island to find fine weather.
Morne Seychellois, with a peak rising to 905 metres, also makes Mahe the highest island of the Seychelles.
There are many places in Mahe worth exploring. In the North, explore Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, with its well-known port and clock tower, an exact replica of Big Ben. Many different types of accommodation are available in Mahé, ranging from big luxury hotels to small boarding houses or comfortable and reasonably priced bungalows.