The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 granite and coral islands in the Indian Ocean, 1,000 miles off the coast of Kenya. Often described as the “Original Garden of Eden”, it is a popular honeymoon destination.
Each island has a natural character of its own. Mahe, the capital, is the largest: a dramatic island with towering granite peaks, picturesque coves and sweeping sandy beaches littered with sea shells. In contrast, Denis is a flat coral island with walls that plummet to 2,000m, attracting shoals of vividly coloured fish and creating a glorious haven for divers. Praslin is exceptionally pretty with thick emerald green vegetation, sugar white beaches and shimmering turquoise seas. Visit the primeval palm forest of Vallee de Mai to see the legendary Coco de Mer in its natural habitat. La Digue is a sleepy island. The locals dwell in creole houses nestled under papaya trees, living life at an unhurried pace in what can only be described as a tropical paradise.
Snorkelling and scuba diving in the Seychelles is second to none with over 850 species of fish – butterfly, angel and squirrel fish to name but a few. Explore the underwater granite mountains of the inner islands or the outer coral atolls. Or visit during the whale shark season when the waters are brimming with plankton.
The Seychelles have one of the highest rates of endemic species in the world and ecotourism is a priority for the islands. Cousin Island supports more than 300,000 nesting seabirds including the endangered magpie-robin and the Seychelles warbler, which has been saved from extinction through conservation efforts. The forest reserve on Praslin has been made a UNESCO world heritage site.
Most people visit the Seychelles for the exquisite beaches and reef diving.It’s a wonderfully romantic place that has been ranked among the top ten destinations for honeymoons and weddings. Where else can you find a deserted cove to call your own for the day and relax as if the rest of the world doesn’t exist?
When to go
It is best to visit the Seychelles from May to October when the islands are dry and temperatures are high. Avoid December to March as heavy rains and cyclones hit the islands.