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Seychelles is one of the island countries that everyone has heard of, but hardly a few can locate on a map. It is a few tiny dots on the western Indian Ocean, at the crossroads of Asia and Africa. One of the smallest countries in the world, the archipelago comprises one hundred and fifteen islands with a lush tropical climate, postcard-perfect beaches, and a vast variety of marine and animal life. Besides being an important tourist hub of Africa, Seychelles is also home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the prehistoric forest of Valle de Mai and the world’s second-largest coral atoll, the Aldabra. With its tropical climate, Seychelles is a perfect spot to visit all year round.
Languages: English, French, and Creole
Currency: Seychellois Rupee
Driving Side: Left
With tropical beaches, lush wildlife, and a diverse platter, Seychelles has become a premier travel destination among travelers for all the right reasons.
1. Mahe Island
Mahe Island is the largest island in Seychelles with the smallest capital city in the world. Adorned by verdant forests, majestic peaks, and more than 65 pristine beaches with diverse flora and fauna. The capital Victoria is a mix of the buzz of a capital city and the laid-back vibes of a beach paradise. The city is so small, the locals say you can explore it all on foot in under an hour. Mahe Island features some of Seychelles’ most beloved beaches like the Anse Soleil, the Beau Vallon, and the Petite Anse. The island also features the highest peaks of the country like the Moure Seychellois, the Morne Blanc, and Mount Simpson.
2. Praslin Island
The second-largest island in Seychelles, Praslin Island is a true tropical paradise with sandy beaches and lush forests, creating a kaleidoscope of blue, green, and white. The island is home to the national bird of Seychelles, the Black Parrot, which only breeds on Praslin. The Valle De Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the heart of the island with forests of prehistoric palm trees. All six of the endemic palms found in the archipelago can be found here. It is also the largest producer of the coco de mer, one of Seychelles’ most famous exports. The beaches here of Praslin are the ones that we see in travel tales. The Anse Lazio has been rated as one of the best beaches in the world, because of its soft fine sands and crystal blue waters. The Grand Anse offers the best views of Black Parrots, minding their own business in the palm and mango trees of the shore. The Baie St Anne offers wonderful water sports opportunities for everyone, regardless of their skill.
3. La Digue Island
La Digue is one of the most picturesque islands of Seychelles and often referred to as the island that time forgot. Home to the most photographed beach in the world, the Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue also offers a slice of the traditional Seychellois way of life. Former plantations such as Chateau St Cloud and L’Union Estate provide deep insights into the history of Seychelles.
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Seychelles, although known for white pristine beaches and crystal blue waters, have a lot more to offer than what meets the eye. From honeymooners to adventure freaks, families to solo travelers, there’s something for everyone.
1. Laze around in Kaleidoscopic Beaches
The beaches of Seychelles attract millions of tourists from all over the globe to the island nation. With over one hundred and fifteen islands forming the archipelago, you are spoilt for choice for beach hopping. The Anse Source d’Argent on the island of La Digue is famed for being one of the most photographed beaches in the world with its dazzling white and pink sand, granite boulders, and azure waters. Anse Lazio, on the island of Praslin, was rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world.. Anse La Passe on Silhouette Island is a secluded beach where you can truly leave the hustle and bustle of the modern world behind. The island is free from cars and inhabited by only about a hundred people. West Beach on Bird Island is a remote beach with pearly white and unforgettable vistas of the horizon. The beaches of Seychelles are so picturesque that they have been featured in countless films and advertisements from all over the world. Whether you’re after water sports or quiet beaches or lively areas by the shoreline, Seychelles has it all.
2. Visit the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The remote islands are home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, each unique in its own way. The first is the island of Aldabra, the world’s second-largest coral atoll. Unaffected by human activity, it is one of the best examples of a thriving ecosystem. This island is home to giant tortoises, one of the largest in the world. Because of its inhospitable conditions, this island provides a haven for the tortoises and the other creatures that live there.
The Valle De Mai is another UNESCO designated site on the granitic island of Praslin. It is a massive area covered by mature palm forests that remained unchanged since prehistoric times. The landscape is also filled with the native Lodoicea plant, more commonly known as coco de mer or the sea coconut. Often called the forbidden fruit, it has been found in traditional Indian medicinal practices such as Siddha and Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. It has also been used as a flavor enhancer in South Chinese cuisines. The Valle De Mai is also home to other endemic plants such as the thief palm, the latanier palm, and the Seychelles stilt palm. The site also provides refuge to other native species such as the black parrot, bronze gecko, blue pigeons, tiger chameleons, and tree frogs among many others.
3. Experience Eco-Tourism
Cousin Island became a nature reserve when BirdLife International bought it to protect the dwindling population of the endemic Seychelles warbler. Conservation efforts transformed the ecologically depleted island into an ecological hotspot. The transformation of Cousin Island and the rehabilitation of the warbler is one of the greatest success stories of conservation in the world. Other species, such as the once-endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin, also benefited from the conservation efforts. Recently, the island received a Safe Tourism Certificate and opened its beaches to environmentally cautious tourists. The travel process is strict ensuring that no human footprint is left on its shores and avoids the accidental transfer of pests. Once there, you step into a fragile, carbon-free world and experience firsthand both the constraints and the impacts of sustained conservation. Cousin Island was the first-ever nature reserve to become carbon neutral, and emissions are regularly measured.
4. Take a Deep Dive into the Ocean Depths
The mesmerizing topography of coral reefs and canyons added with clear turquoise waters make Seychelles one of the best destinations for scuba diving. Due to its tropical weather, the archipelago is perfect for diving all year round and has diving spots suitable for all skill levels. The inner islands, which are areas of submerged mountains with shallow plateaus provide beginners with ample opportunities to elevate their skills. The outer islands, mostly coralline and uninhabited, give experienced divers the opportunity to explore underwater landscapes few dare to tread. The archipelago also offers divers glimpses of exotic marine life such as migrating manta rays, green tortoises, and potato bass and the chance to explore the many wrecks around the islands. For the utterly inexperienced, snorkeling is also an option offered here. The water around some islands is so clear, you won’t even need snorkeling goggles to view the vivid colors of the ocean underneath.
5. Relive the Past on a Plantation Tour
Since the days of plantations, the economy of Seychelles largely depended on coconut, cinnamon, and vanilla exports. Before the islands gained independence, about 33% of the populace was engaged in plantation work. Now that tourism is the primary source of revenue, most plantations have opened their doors to visitors. The Union Estate, one of the most famous plantations in the archipelago, is sought after by both history and nature buffs. Before the 1980s and before palm oil took over the world, the Union Estate, along with many others in Seychelles, were leading producers of coconut and copra. Copra is the dried flesh of a coconut used to make coconut oil, a natural ingredient widely used in kitchens across the globe. However, these days, as the debate around the impacts of producing palm oil continues to grow, the plantations are planning on making a comeback, producing coconuts, coconut oil, and vanilla. You can witness the entire process of making coconut oil from raw coconut or the finished vanilla from vanilla beans. The plantation tours are also loved by history buffs as they remain a standing testament to the brutal history witnessed by the continent and borne by its inhabitants.
6. Indulge in rum at Takamaka Bay Rum Distillery
The Takamaka Distillery on Mahe Island is known for producing the famous award-winning dark spiced rum. The distillery also has other offerings such as white rum and coconut rum. It also provides guided tours of the historical property and you can observe the entire rum-making process. This is followed by a rum tasting session and finally a cozy meal at the restaurant within the property.
7. Go trekking, climbing, and zip-lining
As an island nation, Seychelles has its fair shares of trekking trails and rock climbing spots. The Copolia Trail on Mahe Island is one of the most famous as it offers a moderately easy climb and stunning views of the white sands of the islands and the clear blue waters of the western Indian Ocean. Apart from this, the Morne National Park also has a majestic trekking route through a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Rock climbing and zip-lining activities are also available at various spots and resorts throughout the archipelago, if you’re in the mood to zip past above the spellbinding flora and fauna of the islands.
8. Indulge in Local Arts and Shopping
Despite being one of the smallest countries in the world, the arts and shopping districts in the country are well known for being lively and warm. Victoria Bazaar in the capital city of Victoria offers everything under the sun. Sold by local vendors at unbelievable prices, the market remains a lively spot every day of the week. There are also several artists in the city who have made a name for themselves selling their art pieces to international travelers. There is also a world-class gallery that houses pieces by local artists, the most famous of them being George Camille.
9. Go Island Hopping
This is definitely one for the couples or the travelers who just want to laze around. With one hundred and fifteen islands making up the archipelago, there are plenty of islands to explore. Whether you want a quiet stroll with your loved ones, or you want to have a party on the beach, the beaches of these islands have something for everyone.
10. Gorge on the Local Cuisine
No trip to any country is complete without indulging in the local cuisine. Being an island nation, seafood is most widely eaten in the Creole society with ample coconuts and bananas being added to the dishes. Freshly caught grilled fish and salted fish are very popular in the country as is curry, an import from the Indian subcontinent, prepared with chicken, fish, or coconuts. An important side dish of Creole cuisine is the humble lentil and in Seychelles, red lentils are served as a side with almost every dish. Fresh fruits also are a staple in Creole homes, especially bananas and breadfruit. Over twenty-three varieties of bananas available on the islands, from small sweet ones to huge plantains that need to be cooked. The other popular fruits of the island are mangoes, papayas, avocados, starfruit, limes, and grapefruit. There are also a variety of traditional snacks - both sweet and savory, that can be found on the streets and corner shops.
Set Course to Seychelles
Whether you’re looking to go on a memorable honeymoon, a perfect family vacation, or dive with the creatures of the deep, Seychelles has got you covered. The island nation, most notably known for its tropical allure entices all who lays their eyes on a photograph of its immaculate beaches. Dook International specializes in crafting exciting Seychelles tour packages covering the best of the archipelago from nature to culture to food in one unmissable tour package.
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