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Seychelles

The 115 islands of the Seychelles have some of the most beautiful beaches in the region and deserve their reputation as the 'Eden of the Indian Ocean'. Creole culture is very evident and the Seychellois are a colourful people. The largest island, Mahé, and its neighbour, Praslin, are the liveliest in the archipelago with plenty of watersports and nightspots to enjoy. Other smaller islands are private retreats from which to appreciate the sun-kissed white sand beaches and turquoise waters.



Highlights

Indian Ocean
, every shade of aquamarine, sapphire, opal and emerald, from the darkness beyond the reefs to the palest translucent waters of the protected lagoons.

Giant tortoises and turtles, the former in their natural habitat on the atoll Aldabra but also re-introduced to several of the islands, the latter in the clear seas everywhere

Coco de Mer palm, a botanical rarity, found growing wild in the Vallée de Mai World Heritage Site on Praslin

Endemic bird species such as Seychelles paradise fly catcher and Seychelles warbler plus the sooty terns nesting May to September

 


Weather

Generally the islands enjoy a warm and pleasant climate with temperatures averaging about 27°C. The wettest period is from December to February but the islands do lie outside the cyclone zone. In July and August the south east trade winds can cause the sea to be choppy.


Activities

  • Watersports including snorkelling, scuba diving, waterskiing, surfing and windsurfing and sailing
  • Deep sea game fishing - best time in May and October to December
  • Golf on Mahe and Praslin
  • Tennis at some hotels
  • Horse riding on La Digue
  • Bird watching - especially on aptly named Bird Island!

 

 


Sample Itinerary

Click on the title below for links to see our suggested itinerary.  But please remember that this is just an idea and we look forward to helping you plan YOUR holiday!

Beaches of the Seychelles: Visiting Praslin and Desroches, two contrasting, idyllic islands

 


 

Diving in the Seychelles
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