Imagine a scenario comprised of breathtakingly pristine, white sandy beaches with crystal clear blue waters, surrounded by rocky yet lushly vegetated hills and you might get an inkling of what a visit to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean may comprise. Made up of 115 islands in total, this is an area of supreme beauty, which includes not only some of the most ancient oceanic granite islands on the planet, but also some of the most stunning coral reefs.
The main island is Mahe, which is home to the capital, Victoria, and also where the international airport is located. This is part of the inner islands, which primarily form the main area for the best tourism facilities as well as being the economic and cultural hub of the region as a whole. Of course the beaches around this area are pretty good, too.
Favorite Pastimes in Seychelles
Obviously, a fantastically situated region such as the Seychelles has some of the best marine activities available anywhere - the islands provide ample opportunity for diving, swimming and snorkeling due to the clear turquoise waters and astounding coral reefs, set amongst isolated, white powdery beaches. Glass-bottom boating and water sports are other popular activities.
‘Island-hopping’ is another favorite pastime of some of the more active visitors to the region and it is possible to secure accommodation on sixteen of these at present, ranging from luxurious 5-star resorts to beach bungalows and lodges. Some of the legendary hotspots on and around the islands include the Coco-de-Mer and the Vallee de Mai.
Seychelles Stunning Nature
Some of the other diverse attractions on offer in the Seychelles include an array of art galleries, national reserves, marine parks and island excursions; guided tours, golfing, horse-riding and nature tours which allow up-close insights into some of the rarest fauna and flora on earth. Of course there is also a choice selection of fine restaurants and bars offering amazing Creole cuisine alongside popular international dishes, or you could even spend some time at one of the many casinos dotted around the islands.
All in all, the breathtaking natural surroundings with their idyllic, romantic backdrops, coupled with a vast array of activities both active and serene to partake of, it is not difficult to see why the Seychelles has gained the reputation as one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet.
Major attractions: Mahe, Victoria, Praslin, Valle de Mai, Aldabra Atoll, Aldabra islands, Amirante Islands.
Currency: Seychellois rupee
Budget for one week: €600
Taxes and gratuity: Tipping is recommended
Official languages: English, French, Seychellois Creole
Area: 174 sq mi
- Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)
- Primary Socket Type: British BS-1363
- Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): Plug adapter
- 110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
- Hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter